Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (287)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s lovely to back 🙂 Hope you have enjoyed a peaceful Easter break. Bring along your projects and share in the tips, tutorials and news to be found via our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you click on any of the links below do leave an encouraging comment wherever you visit to help grow the Community good-vibes 🙂

As usual I’ve been working on more than one project at a time 😌 But there is progress to share. I finished quilting another Trip Around the Stars quilt as part of my investigation into the spray baste vs pin baste debate – read more about that here. Yesterday I made the binding and hope to finish the quilt in the next few days.

I also made progress on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. Feeling a bit tired and in need of a session of ‘no-brainer’ stitching I remembered the RSC and then 😳 realised I hadn’t made the yellow-gold blocks for March and didn’t even know the colour for April! So that was a good bit of motivation.

The blocks came together quickly and I even found time to delve into my pink scraps (for pink, so it transpires, is the colour for April), cutting 1½” strips ready for another peddle-to-the-metal sewing session.

Here are the links into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty of interest:

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge is the inspiration behind one of Cynthia’s scrap projects. Every month she makes placemats from fabric scraps. Later in the year she will donate them to a local meals on wheels charity who will gift a placemat to recipients of one of their holiday meals.

Christa Watson’s series of YouTube videos are great if you are fairly new to patchwork quilting or want to try a different technique (she shares plenty of tips for more experienced patchwork quilters too). In the latest video she takes us through the method of making a quilt, start to finish using one of the free patterns, Puzzle Box, available from her website.

Sometimes scrolling through Instagram does bear fruit…. My scrolling stopped when I saw a wonderful version of the Modern Squares quilt being show cased by Judy Gula. I found her website and enjoyed reading the guest post by the quilt designer/maker Christine Vinh. She used a selection of very colourful fabrics called ‘Earth Made Paradise’ by Kathy Doughty. The pattern is ideal if you are puzzling over how to use a collection of busy, large scale prints to best effect in a quilt. Needless to say I have the pattern download and have added it to my ‘must make’ list!

Patty has created the illusion of curves in the careful placing of her Half Rectangle blocks. It is a very striking design in her colour choices of black and wasabi.

Linda’s Seaglass modern applique quilt displays her usual great colour choice and placement of fabrics with really effective free motion quilting designs. I’m so glad there is such a wealth of inspiration and knowledge made readily available by talented textile artists who are generous enough to blog about the processes they employ.

Leader-Ender projects quietly grow in the background while other projects are being worked on. Katy’s leader-ender quilt has 1,368 squares lovingly stitched together. I don’t need to tell you that Katy is a prolific quilt maker!

Forget Me Not is a new fabric line by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. Go to her blog post to see the new fabrics and catch a glimpse of the new patterns she’s designed to showcase the collection.

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. It’s easy to be part of the sharing: click on one or more of the links below; get inspired; click on more links; get lost in a wonderful quilt lined warren (who knows where in the World you might pop up?); and leave encouraging thoughts in the comments boxes of the sites you visit 🙂

I’ve spent the week tweaking my Trip Around the Stars Pattern ready for the Beginners Course that begins next Saturday, 5th March, at Purple Stitches. To test the pattern I’ve been making a second sample quilt. All the while I’ve been making the quilt top and adjusting the pattern I’ve been aware of a teaching dialogue running through my head 😀 I don’t think I’ve been speaking out loud but I may have been! I guess most tutors preparing to teach a class have a bit of a run through in their minds to discover the best way to demonstrate and describe the techniques being taught?

On Thursday I enjoyed a sewing day with friends. The hall we used was a bit chilly and I forgot to take a cushion to soften the folding wooden chair but none-the-less it was a lovely day. After all the lockdown restrictions of the past two years time spent gathered together with a group of sew-ists is precious and not to be missed. I made the aqua & teal blocks for my RSC 2022 quilt.

It’s good to be up-to-date with the challenge after playing catch-up with the January blocks. I guess the colour for March will be revealed this weekend.

This coming week, I hope to finish the Trip Around the Stars sample quilt but it’s obviously more important to prepare for the Course than to complete a second sample quilt.

Here are some links to get you started on a search through the tips and inspiration patchwork quilters have been sharing:

I was really pleased to find this blog post by Brittany of Lo & Behold Stitchery. It’s the perfect follow-on to my quest for piecing accuracy. Brittany has shared ‘6 Tips for Flat Seams‘. Her tips include finger pressing seams and using a tailor’s clapper.

Maintaining equipment is another important way to improve patchwork accuracy. Melva of Melva Loves Scraps shared this link to a post all about caring for self-healing cutting mats.

Well! This is something different! A table runner made from circles of cotton washing line! Katy explains her method here.

Rachel’s Expat Chronicles series continues with a comparison of staple eating habits and foods in Holland and the USA. Interesting! Lots of bread in Holland but far less sugar than in the US. Rachel didn’t mention pancakes but I can remember a 1980s food franchise in London called ‘The Dutch Pancake House’.

Cynthia has made an eye-catching quilt using the triangles left after cutting up brightly coloured strip sets. Her choice of a dark blue background sets off the bright solids perfectly.

Sometimes its best to just do something rather than try to come up with a plan. Patty has created a stunning little quilt after making a ‘bunch of’ blue Drunkards Path blocks. Those blocks got her started sewing again, before long she was adding another colour and playing with quilt top layouts. Her unplanned quilt definitely gave her creativity a chance to get back into gear.

If you use a die-cutter in your quilt making process then be sure to check out Katy’s tutorial for her Heavenly Stars Quilt over on the Accuquilt website. Katy’s design makes clever use of two sizes of the Sawtooth Star block.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Meet the Patchwork Juggler!

‘Patchwork Juggler’! Ha! Ha! That’s what I feel like at the moment! Throwing patchwork projects in the air and catching about two out of five as gravity does it’s thing. (For ‘gravity’ read ‘time’ and ‘inclination’!)

Let’s start with the projects I have managed to keep juggling rather than the one’s I’ve dropped…

Plaid-ish was completed in time to be gifted 🎉

On social media I’ve seen many quilts made to this pattern by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. A current Plaid-ish QAL hosted by @jessicaquilter over on Instagram finally shifted my thinking from ‘one day I’ll make a Plaid-ish quilt…’ to ‘I’m going to make a Plaid-ish quilt NOW!’

Most of the fabrics are from my stash. I did have to purchase some fabrics for the dark blocks and, to fit in with the limited time available,  I chose to buy an extra wide backing rather than piece a backing. I made all the Blocks required by the pattern but decided not to use the bottom two rows as I was worried the 64″ x 82″ quilt would be difficult/impossible to squish into a standard front-loading washing machine. I’m hoping this quilt will be used a lot and therefore require regular washing 🙂 So this Plaid-ish quilt measures 64″ square and does fit into a standard washing machine.

I used Bosal 80/20 wadding and 50wt Aurifil 5005 turquoise blue thread for the quilting.

The corner label was stitched into the binding.

The binding fabric, from my stash, proved to be a great colour match for the patchwork of fabrics on the front and the muted backing fabric.

The Plaid-ish quilt definitely counts as a squirrel project – it certainly wasn’t in my plans for the first quarter of 2022 – and deciding to gift it was the best incentive to keep it moving forwards, not stopping until it was well and truly finished 🙂

Other projects that have been thrown in the air and continue to be juggled are the baby quilt design that I’m going to be using as the pattern for the up-coming Beginners Course at Purple Stitches. It’s all been a bit of a rush but I’m discovering that sometimes deadlines can be my friend rather than the source of my project downfall. I finished the shop sample of the quilt last week and I’ve been pounding my laptop keyboard, writing and revising the class tutorial version of the pattern.

I’m also writing the ‘Trip Around the Stars’ pattern for ‘general release’ – the design is slightly larger than the class quilt and includes instructions for strip piecing Four Patch Blocks as well as the Snowball, Star Point Blocks.

Of course revising the design and writing two patterns means I need to make another sample quilt! I must confess to having got into a bit of a muddle at this point… Thinking it would be OK for me to get ahead of myself by cutting out the fabrics for the planned ‘general release’ pattern whilst continuing to write and revise the Beginners version of the pattern. Hmm! I should know the limits of my brain power by now! 🤯 Let’s just say I will be shopping for some extra yardage…. 😏

Somehow in the background I’ve managed to sort and cut fabrics for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Bullseye Courthouse Steps blocks. Here are the completed January blocks. The February RSC colour is aqua/teal.

So that’s the projects that have been/are being successfully juggled.

The projects that have been dropped include the original Trip Around the Stars quilt and the Modern Fans quilt, both of which are partially quilted. I did manage to publish the first in my mini-series about accurate piecing but have yet to complete the second blog post. Regular readers will know the weekly Saturday Quilting Bring & Share posts have been dropped too *sigh* and there’s not been many other social media updates either. Once I have the Beginners Class pattern finalised and the larger Trip Around the Stars pattern ready to be tech-edited I will be scurrying around picking up the dropped projects, ready to share and nurture (my word for 2022) once more.

Linking this post to Wendy’s Quilts & More for the Peacock Party, Alycia Quilts Finished or Not Friday and Michelle’s From Bolt to Beauty Beauties Pageant.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to a belated Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 😌 I hope you still have a bit of time to bring along a project or two and delve through the links below to discover some of the good things being shared by our Worldwide Quilting Community.

I had one of those weeks where I hopped around between various projects. I did actually start and complete a patchwork tote bag. I used the pattern I devised several years ago and used up some left over 1930s prints. I never knew quite how to integrate the black background 1930s repro prints with the prints on bright backgrounds (I’m not a big fan of using black) so there were enough of those black prints to make a couple of 12″ nine-patch blocks to use as panels for the outside of the bag. I also ‘invented’ a removable padded handle grip and used cotton webbing for the handles rather than making them from fabric. Now I need to list the tote bag in my Folksy shop…

On Saturday I took two projects to a sewing day. I enjoyed using my mechanical ‘Bernie the Bernette’ sewing machine to stitch many quarter inch seams. Together we made the first two ‘Bullseye’ Courthouse Step blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt (red is the colour for January) before moving onto my latest design project, a beginner friendly baby quilt I’m calling ‘Trip Around the Stars’.

I love the soft grey background and whimsical feel of this ‘To The Moon And Back’ fabric by Michael Miller. I bought yardage from Sew Busy and I’m tempted to go back for more!

I need to make six more RSC blocks before the end of the month; add borders to the baby quilt; and finish writing the pattern. BUT I’m now allowing myself to be pulled in a different direction: namely to make a Plaidish Quilt. There’s an informal QAL being organised by @jessicaquilter on Instagram using the pattern by @kitchentablequilting.  I’ve had a hankering to make a Plaidish quilt for a l-o-n-g time 😉

Here’s a snapshot of the many, many interesting and inspiring blog posts published by generous members of our Worldwide Quilting Community:

As I mentioned last week heart patterns are coming to the fore with Valentine’s Day just round the corner (in craft makers reckoning anyway!). I particularly like Mariana’s ‘Heart Bits’ pattern. The faceted heart shapes look very jewel like, I wonder how the pattern would look made with ombre fabrics?

Rachel has some great tips for sorting scraps and selecting colours to use in scrap quilts 🙂

I like the strong, simple design of Angela Walter’s latest quilt, ‘Faded Stripes‘. Going off on a side track: Angela’s quilt has reminded me of my plan to make a row-by-row quilt using all the speciality rulers I’ve accumulated over the years….

Putting together a plan to tackle some UFOs through the year and having a friend do the same seems like a good way to stay motivated as you cheer each other on. Cynthia and one of her friends have each listed 12 UFOs and will be working on them month by month in a random order. Read about their plan here.

Linking with Judy for Design Wall Monday – there’s a whole host of lovely projects show-cased in the link-up 🙂

Allison

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