Finding the right colours for borders

Phew! I have finalised my selection of fabrics for the borders of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail quilt. Thankfully it hasn’t involved the purchase of too much extra fabric. A total of one metre divided into two quarter and one half metre pieces. A quarter metre of grey for the narrow inner border; some extra of the dark blue for the second border & the binding; and a quarter of the rusty red to complete the sashing strips.

Here are my mock ups on EQ7 complete with colour changes:

 

And here’s how it all looks for real up on my design wall:

I’m planning to use the discarded pinky-peach sashing and excess fabric in a pieced backing. Funny how finishing a scrap quilt involves buying new fabric! If only I’d made the right fabric choices at the start πŸ™„

Never mind, I’m much more motivated to proceed now I’m happy with the colours of the fabrics.

Linking with Judy for Design Wall Monday and Beth for Monday Making. They’ve both been making place mats ready for Christmas and have plenty of interesting posts to click to from other quilty bloggers who’ve joined in with their link-ups.

Allison

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Hmm! I’m not at all sure about my choice of colours for the sashing and cornerstones of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail quilt 🀨 The colours looked OK on my EQ7 mock up but of course they are approximations… The actual fabrics appear more rusty red and salmon pink than theΒ  shades of orange I’d been imagining.

Melva (designer of the QAL) took a look at the photo I posted on Instagram and messaged that with a blue border it should work… I’m hoping the broad, mainly blue outer border will throw attention on the blocks and suppress the sashing. We shall see! The fabrics are cut now so the options are: 1. to carry on or 2. face a trip to that UFO Cupboard of Shame 😱

The Following Day: I’ve moved on to a third (expensive) option 😌 I looked at the design wall this morning and decided the sashing hadn’t grown on me at all, quite the reverse. I experimented with some strips of golden yellow fabrics before trying strips of the cornerstone rusty red fabric. I’m surprised the darker strips seem to be a preferable option although I’m still not convinced… Whatever I decide will now involve buying even more fabric to finish a scrap quilt!

Back to UFOs, well things of outer space anyway. I’m listening to the autobiography of NASA’s Flight Director, Gene Kranz. You may have seen his character depicted in such films as ‘Apollo 13’ or ‘First Man’. Gene Krantz is the chap in Mission Control who dons a white waistcoat at the start of the manned rocket launches. His book, ‘Failure is Not an Option‘, is a fascinating listen. I can’t claim to follow all the technical stuff (although it is written to be accessible) but the background story to getting humans into space is remarkable. I’m in awe of the people who pushed the boundaries of knowledge and the men who basically sat on top of World War 2 German V2 rockets in order to be propelled out of the Earth’s atmosphere. Quite amazing!

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share posts may be a bit intermittent over the coming month but I intend to get the schedule back on track in the new year πŸ™‚ Here are a few links to distract you from your Christmas preparations:

Sheila Christensen is launching her online ‘Modern Triangle Sampler’ course. Participants will have access to Sheila’s videos sharing all her expertise in cutting and making triangle blocks without templates or Y-seams. She is offering two options for the course quilt.

Have you made a Plaid-ish quilt? The design crops up fairly often in my Instagram feed and it’s definitely on my list of quilts to make. The Plaid-ish tutorial was first published in 2019 by Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting. You can download the pattern for free here.

Something else that catches my eye as I do the Instagram scroll are jackets made from quilts. Now, I’m no dress-maker but I am tempted by these especially as I have a large quilt that is not being used. I made it a few years ago as an entry for the Festival of Quilts challenge. It’s too big to work as a throw so I have no qualms about cutting it up. Alison Stothard @hexadoodlequilts shared her first version of the Paola jacket, a free pattern from the Fabric Store. That got me searching ’til I found another jacket pattern, the Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio. I found there is series of tutorials on the Grainline Studio blog page, maybe I could have a go? The website is full of helpful information – a good one to favourite I think πŸ™‚

I had better stop dreaming of future projects, press the ‘publish’ button and acknowledge it is time for a reality check – go clean the bathroom πŸ˜›

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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I got more sewing done than expected this past week. I had to make preparations for the final class of the Beginners Course. Dashing Stars number six was duly quilted and a scrappy binding constructed ready for the class demo.

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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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ˜€

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 12Β½” 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 πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ™‚

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

Happy Stitching!

Allison