Heavy Weather Bear Tracks

Oh! Dear! I have made very heavy weather of placing my Quilter’s Color Quest Bear Paw blocks on point! I decided to separate out the scrappy blocks by adding narrow sashing. That went OK! But my poor brain struggled to figure out the layout once it was time to introduce the setting triangles and stitch the rows of blocks to each other.

The puzzling Bear Paw blocks on-point but on their sides and confusing me!

Thankfully I did find a helpful guide to ‘Piecing On-Point Quilts’ on the quiltnotes.com website, giving details for creating on-point layouts with or without sashing strips. When I couldn’t visualise the layout the website photos and explanations kept me going, despite not being able to see where I was going – if you see what I mean! The website also has a very handy table giving the cutting dimensions for the setting triangle and corner triangle fabric – calculated for whatever size blocks are being used. I made triangles a bit bigger than necessary just to be sure there’d be some excess fabric all around the edge of the quilt top.

Sewing the rows together took a good deal longer than I’d estimated. This morning I sat down and stitched the final couple of long seams through the centre of the quilt top and added the little corner triangles. Now I can hang the quilt the right way up it all seems quite logical but when the layout was under construction, lying sideways-on on the design wall it really did give me trouble!

And now, I must ask you please not to judge me….

But, even in the midst of piecing the Bear Tracks quilt, I’ve started another project! 😀 This little project (at least I hope it is a little project) came about because I’ve been de-stashing.

I found the baby quilt panel and thought about adding it to the fabrics currently for sale in my Etsy Shop. However, the panel is produced by Disney and the message on the selvage clearly states it is ‘intended for non-commercial home use’. Rather than risk a legal tangle with such a mighty corporation I decided to make the panel into a quilt and keep hold of it as an item ready to gift. I plan to quilt it using a walking foot, just following the patchwork pattern printed on the panel – keeping it simple 🙂

I found a piece of Civil War reproduction fabric that fits really well with the dusty colours of the panel and is just the right size to use as the backing. I had several off-cuts of Quilters Dream Green wadding stored away. I stitched three pieces together to fit this project. I hunted around for a green fabric to use as binding but couldn’t find the right shade in my stash. Using a Kona Solids colour chart I chose ‘Peridot’ as a good match and thankfully managed to order some from a UK store. Six months into the pandemic it’s not always possible to find specific fabrics or threads is it? I wonder how long it will be before production and supply chains are running as they were pre-Covid?

Linking with Kelly for Needle and Thread Thursday. Kelly has designed and finished a quilt – soon to be a pattern – and shares some of the quilts from last weeks link up.

Allison

(Should have been) Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (222)

Saturday is long gone so I won’t even pretend to make this post a regular Saturday Quilting Bring & Share but, never fear, at the end of the post there are some links into the quilty goodness shared by our Worldwide Quilting Community.

My blog posting schedule slipped as we welcomed family guests and enjoyed celebrating birthdays (two of our children have their special day in the same week!). Nothing makes me happier than having all three of our children together with us 🙂 Monday was a Bank Holiday for most of the UK so that made for a relaxing long weekend.

Now I’m trying to get my head round today being Wednesday. I finished converting the guest room back into my sewing room first thing this morning (a video on my Facebook page shows what the room looks like ‘mid-morph’). I haven’t been putting everything back into place though: I’m having a bit of a de-stash following on from the Quilter’s Color Quest stash challenges. I spent yesterday afternoon out in the garden photographing fabric – conditions were ideal, hazy sunshine and hardly any breeze 🙂 Check out my Etsy shop, AllisonsPatchworks for the latest de-stash items.

Back to my sewing room…. First up on the re-hung design wall are the Bear Paw blocks made as I followed the Quilter’s Color Quest QAL.

I’ve put all sixty up in no particular order and will just leave them to settle, waiting to see if any are too dominant or distracting. It’s such a scrappy mix I figure most, if not all, will be fine. I am considering adding sashing between the blocks to give the eye a bit of a rest as it travels over the quilt top. What do you think? Rachel Hauser gives instructions for different layouts including ‘Flower Pod’ and ‘Modular’ which both involve grouping and separating the Bear Paw blocks with additional fabric. But these alternative arrangements are not on-point and I do like the blocks on point… Plenty to ponder.

Here are the promised links into just a little of what has been shared by our Worldwide Quilting Community:

I wonder how many Hoffman Dream Big panels are languishing in ‘must get round to that’ piles? The panels are available in many attractive colourways. Carole has been at work on two of the panels. In this blog post she shares her quilting plan for the second of her panels and shows us, with lots of clear photographs, how she executed the plan. The quilt is now hanging in a local quilt shop and makes a stunning display.

Christa Watson shares her method for creating wavy line quilting patterns in a video tutorial. She is also offering a free download of her patchwork pattern, Puzzle Box.

Re. The Quilter’s Color Quest, JanineMarie has written a lovely post describing what she has learned about her stash through the final couple of Challenges. Her Bear Paw blocks look great – she has given a lot of thought to her fabric choices.

Often times ‘simple is best’. Patty has used a Charm Pack and some background fabric to make a lovely quilt to welcome her neighbour’s new baby. It’s a great gift and can be made in double quick time… It makes me want to rummage through my stash for a charm pack!

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers and Jennifer for Wednesday Wait Loss. Both blogs have quilts and projects made by their hosts and contributors to the link ups – more inspiration!

Allison

 

Quilter’s Color Quest: 9. Neutrals

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidI’m just about keeping up with the Quilter’s Color Quest, a series of challenges designed to expand knowledge about and understanding of colour both on a objective level and on a personal, emotional level. The Quest is being run by Rachel Hauser over on her blog Stitched in Color and is designed to be followed in conjunction with her book, ‘The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’.

Challenge 9: Neutrals. I’ve enjoyed picking through my boxes of neutral scraps. I have neutrals sorted in two boxes, one contains white, grey and black fabric scraps, the other box has light beige through to dark brown scraps. This made for a quick start to playing with the scraps for the Neutral challenge. Rachel gives lots of helpful information about how neutrals – white, grey, black and brown – affect the colours around them. It was absorbing picking out swatches and fabrics and laying them next to the neutrals I’d chosen: Black, Smoke, Chocolate and Parsley.

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