Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (269)

Welcome back to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share after our short Summer break. I hope you have a project to bring along and some time to join in the sharing of inspiration, tips, news and views with our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to find your way into the Community, leave an encouraging message in the comments boxes and enjoy absorbing some of what’s been shared over the past few weeks 🙂

This week I finished the third version of the bag I’m designing (it’s listed along with a matching facemask in my Folksy shop). It was a bit of a slog as I was not only sewing but also taking step-by-step photos and amending the draft pattern as I went along.

 

I’m pleased with the adjustments I’ve made to the design. I’m particularly proud of the bottle holder 🙂 Little things, little things…

Whew! It is a relief to have pushed the pattern writing process to a new stage. Now I have to edit the photos, integrate them into the pattern draft and polish up the written instructions…

Having finished a sewing project I took time this morning to clean the lint out of my machine and change the blades of my rotary cutters. Why do I always delay doing these simple but game-changing tasks? 😀

Then I scratched my ‘patchwork piecing itch’ by making the eighth block of Melva’s Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along.

Grandmother’s Block

The Sew Along is ideally paced for me with a new block being announced just once every three weeks. The blocks themselves are interesting to make and at 12½” square provide a relaxing break from more fiddly sewing.

Just as well I am keeping up with Melva’s Sew Along. Looking around my sewing room and up at my design wall I can see I’ve got rather a lot of projects stuck at a standstill.

The EPP/applique English Country Garden QAL blocks are the February-April blocks, I still haven’t finished the May Marigolds; the blue EPP hexagon flowers were made many months ago to fill in the open spaces of the Irish Chain quilt languishing on the back of the sofa bed; and there are several other partially completed projects stored in clear boxes around the room/house. I think I either need to make progress with the projects on the design wall or replace them with a selection that will get me motivated. It feels like a good time to freshen things up; we’re entering a new season, the new school year is getting underway and several groups I belong to are about to resume after the 18 month Covid break. Are you gearing up for changes in projects and activities as we enter the last third of the year?

Before we get to the links just a reminder that I’m now sending out a newsletter a couple of times a month. There’ll be more links into the world of patchwork quilting as well being the place to hear about new patterns and workshops before they are launched. Newsletter 2 will be winging it’s way to in-boxes in a few days time. Sign up here to keep ahead of the news 🙂

Here are some links that I hope will be of interest and spark your creativity:

Izzy has chosen a flower design to free motion quilt across a Plus Sign Patchwork. The curvy, swirling design makes a great contrast to the straight lines of the patchwork and creates a comfortable, smushy texture too.

The final part of Cynthia’s scrap sorting trilogy includes a selection of the quilts she has made from the scrap fabrics she keeps so well organised.

Watching someone else exercising their free motion quilting muscles is always entertaining (well! in my quiet world it counts as entertainment!). In this short video clip watch Leah Day quilt out ‘Loopy Angles’, straight lines and triangles take the place of loopy lines and circles.

On a fmq roll here so why not add another fmq link? 🙂 This link will take you to Angela Walter’s ‘Tips for Quilting Negative Space’.

Inspiration comes from all directions… How about Van Halen’s guitar? 😀 Izzy has interpreted the design on said guitar to make a cushion cover for a VH fan.

Quilts that make you say ‘wow’! I have no desire to make a millefiori style quilt but I am fascinated by the process and the results Wendy shares in her blog posts. Her latest quilt ‘Fireworks’ took four years to make! It is EPP and hand quilted. All done exquisitely.

Following the progress of a blogger’s project via their posts makes me eager to click on the email notifications when they arrive in my inbox to see what’s occurring. Finishing the piecing, then quilting and binding someone else’s abandoned Double Wedding Ring quilt certainly provided an interesting series of posts as Sharon battled to keep the project moving, overcoming several difficulties along the way. Having willed the project on I’m so pleased to see the quilt finished. It certainly is a masterpiece in perseverance and well worth all the effort Sharon put into it.

Yvonne is an experienced quilter of negative space. She shares her quilting plan decision making process in this post.

When you finish a huge UFO quilt and decide it’s your favourite make ever! Take in Rebecca Grace’s pure pleasure at moving her Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt to the final stages of it’s construction 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She has finished a scrappy quilt which looks just great.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (258)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and settle down to enjoy sharing in the company of other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to be creative and also click through to some of the inspiring blog posts hi-lighted in this edition of SQB&S.

I’ve been hand sewing and researching bag-making whilst enjoying the company of our house guests. How lovely to be able to invite family members back into our home and have them staying over night too! We’ve had an easy paced week, time to relax and just ‘be’ together. You may have seen the post I shared a couple of days ago following a walk in a bluebell wood. In the chilled-out family times we’ve been sharing I’ve made some progress with the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL and continued my research into the craft of bag-making. I’m excited to be learning so many new things, ready to get practicing and already planning to share what I’m learning via in-person workshops. So many ideas whizzing around inside my head! 😀

The leaves are stitched in place onto the background of the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL. Next to stitch down the stems and make the EPP flowers.

I hope you are able to enjoy more time with family and friends and that the pandemic restrictions are not hampering your creativity. There may be just the inspiration you need in this weeks links into the Quilty World:

Julie aka Jaybird Quilts has a new take-it-at-your-own-pace Quilt-A-Long. Use her speciality rulers to create fascinating shapes and patterns. More information here.

Nancy is figuring out a quilt layout for a large collection of Hourglass blocks. Decisions, decisions!

Lissa and Cassandra have collaborated to create a week-by-week QAL, ‘Quilt Concert Series 2021‘. The quilt has a modern twist with blocks of different scales combining to make interesting patterns and providing an opportunity to learn and practice cutting and piecing skills.

Jane gives a quick tutorial in response to all the interest in her ‘Four Patch Scrappy Quilt‘. It really is very effective with lots of secondary patterns created by the arrangement of four patch units within Economy Block style surrounds.

Patty’s Scrappy Fabric Rug adventure wasn’t without it’s traumas but she persevered and shares lessons learned the hard way to ease others down the rug making adventure trail 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (257)

Welcome toSaturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along you project(s) and take time to share in the conversations and news inspired by our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Do join in by leaving encouraging comments on the blog posts you click through to.

Have you been making progress with your sewing projects this week? After the rainbow quilt marathon I had fun stitching a quick project. I needed a protective sleeve to protect my new mobile phone from scratches and bumps. It took me a while to find the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial in the archives of this blog but eventually I found the post, dated June 2015 (doesn’t time fly?), and with this and the printed instructions from a mini workshop held at North Hampshire Quilters I set about making me a phone sleeve.

I bought a fat quarter of this luscious Sally Kelly fabric with mask making in mind but I reckon there’s enough fabric in a FQ for a mask AND a phone sleeve 🙂 After all if I’m wearing the mask I can’t see the fabric whereas I can keep the phone sleeve in view just about all the time 😀 I will share an updated version of the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial very soon.

Today I packed away my sewing machines and equipment, transforming the sewing room into a guest room. How exciting is it that from Monday we can invite our visitors indoors and have them stay overnight? Thankfully this change in Covid restrictions has coincided with our DD and SIL having a break from their studies and they’ve chosen to spend the week with us. I’ll be switching to sociable hand stitching while my sewing machines enjoy a rest! My on-going hand sewing project is the English Country Garden QAL. This month we are making the Marigold block. I cut out all the papers a couple of weeks ago. Now I need to cut the fabric prior to glue basting the shapes, stitching them together and then stitching all the pieces onto the background square. Plenty to do!

Here are the leads into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty to interest you and inspire your creativity:

Allison Harris has shared another of her simple but oh! so effective designs. The pattern is called ‘Tulips’ for obvious reasons and looks to be a great way to use up left over strips of fabric.

Yvonne has recorded a short video full of tips for handling a large quilt through the process of walking foot quilting. In particular she demonstrates how when quilting an area at the edge of the quilt it is possible to avoid having to shove all the bulk through the throat of the sewing machine.

Do you find adding fabrics into a charm pack tricky? Cheryl has released a really helpful video explaining how she goes about choosing just two extra fabrics to expand a charm pack into a good sized quilt. I think her new book ‘Just One Charm Pack Quilts’ is going to be very popular!

A teapot, teacups and cup cakes adorn Elana’s table runner. She’s sourced designs and tutorial tips from various sites to put together a unique and very attractive runner 🙂

Angela Walter’s Free Motion QAL is coming to a close. This final video tackles the ‘Paisley Feathers’ design. I find watching someone stitching out free motion designs quite mesmerising 😀 Have you found watching FMQ helpful in developing your own FMQ skills?

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Finishing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Quilt – the short and long versions

Ok! The short version of my 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt goes like this:

Having enjoyed following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge last year I was definitely up for the 2021 Challenge. From January to October Angela nominates a colour each month and then it’s up to each maker to create their chosen blocks from fabric scraps of the designated colour. Last year I made nine patch and thirty-six patch blocks using 2½” squares. This year I decided to tackle my over-flowing

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