Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (78)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. So lovely to have join this virtual sewing day. Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the conversations and inspiration being discussed in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!

This weekend I shall be out of my sewing room for much of the time as we have a Church family event to celebrate and this is the weekend of my local quilt group’s show. We set up the quilts yesterday and are hoping for many visitors to come gaze at the quilts, sample the homemade refreshments and enjoy a bit of retail therapy at the trader stalls. More details here.

Square in a Square ready for quilting by Allison Reid

When I do get a few minutes at my sewing machine I will be starting to quilt the second Square-in-a-Square quilt. I made the binding some time ago, the label is part of the pieced back so everything is in place for a smooth finish 😉 I’ll be posting progress pics on Instagram @allisonreid.neweverymorning

And so to the links into the Worldwide Quilting Community… You can find more links to useful patchwork quilting tips and tutorials by clicking onto my regularly updated Pinterest board, Pins of the Week.

Do you have ‘orphan blocks’ hanging around in your sewing space or buried in your scrap baskets? Orphan blocks = those blocks left over when projects finish, test blocks and the like. Cynthia takes us through her method for rescuing her orphans, bringing them together and lovingly adding a few new fabrics to make a little quilt. 🙂

Amy’s use of co-ordinated fabric scraps in this version of her Dart quilt pattern really appeals to me. The use of black & white fabrics in each of the 6″ blocks makes for an eye catching patchwork.

Stephanie is giving us the heads up re. a Quilt-A-Long to accompany the release of Lori Holt’s latest book ‘Farm Girl Vintage 2’. The picture blocks in the book look great, all around the theme of countryside and farming. See a video featuring the blocks and quilts here: https://youtu.be/STndcqJzrwE

Carole Lyles Shaw’s improvised curves technique looks like a lot of fun and she shares her students work to illustrate that curved piecing can be a stress-free experience. I want to have a go…

Suzy initiated a thought provoking discussion on Instagram under the title ‘I can’t Even Tell It’s Handmade!” – A Makers Dilemma’. The comments she received in response to publishing this reaction to a piece of her work form an interesting discussion. In her blog post Suzy generously concludes ‘As makers, we must forgive our awkward fellow humans with questionable craft education and forge on, bringing more and more beauty into the world! But when in doubt, even if it’s hard, take it as a compliment!’

Shannon Brinkley is sharing her thoughts on creativity in a series of articles, ‘Awaken Your Creativity’, published in her email newsletter. The first in the series is entitled ‘Inspiration for Creative Work’. These words got me thinking:

“When you’re putting yourself in the way of beauty– when you’re seeking out inspiration, try to do this regularly outside of the quilt industry. 

The quickest way for your quilts to look like everyone else’s quilts is to only draw inspiration from other quilts.” 

To read the whole of Shannon’s email subscribe here.

I linked yesterdays post about my finished quilt ‘Coral Sea’ to Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for her regular Friday link up celebrating finished projects. Her post was about her love of creating pieced backs for quilts. I received several comments about the pieced back I made for Coral Sea so thought those of you who missed the link might like to click over to Michelle’s post today 🙂

To keep with the pieced back theme here’s a sneak peak of a back I’ve made for a cot quilt. I’ll post more about the quilt once it has been gifted.

Snoopy Baby Quilt finished back by Allison Reid

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

 

Touring Quilter – West Country Quilt and Textile Show

A little account of my first visit to the annual West Country Quilt & Textile Show – I definitely give it a big thumbs up. The Show runs for three days every August and is held at the University of the West of England Conference Centre in Bristol. The Conference Centre has a large free car park and is easily reached from the motorway network. There is also a free shuttle bus service from nearby Bristol Parkway railway station.

The Show included: exhibitions of quilts and needlework in competition categories; galleries of quilts and textile art by local groups, national organisations and individuals; a program of workshops; as well as a good selection of traders. There were also two cafe areas serving hot drinks and light snacks along with plenty of seating space for those who had brought refreshments from home. All this on one level of the venue which has excellent overhead lighting showing all the displayed quilts and textiles to their very best.

The dates for the next show are Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August 2020 🙂

Back to the 2019 Show: here are a very few of the inspiring and awe-inspiring quilts that were on display…

Quilts by Helen Howes, photo by Allison Reid
Quilts and patterns by Helen Howes
HST Quilt at West Country Show by Allison Reid
Apologies to the maker – I don’t know who made this lovely HST quilt.

Pears at West Country Show photo by Allison Reid

I was particularly struck by the quilting on this lovely design called Garden Pears by Christine Install.

Sampler Quilt photo by Allison Reid

 

There were several Bargello quilts displayed through the exhibition, the rainbow quilt by Karen Llewellyn-Parsons caught the judges’ eyes.

Bargello Quilt photo by Allison Reid

Stir Fry Quilt photo by Allison Reid

The West Country Quilt and Textile Show provides a great day out – especially, if like me, you have the company of a like-minded friend and a patient daughter! I particularly enjoyed walking around the spacious three-sided gallery spaces used by so many different quilt and textile groups. A great opportunity to chat with the makers and meet up with one or two Instagram buddies too 🙂

Allison

Touring Quilter – National Quilt Championships, Sandown UK

I had a lovely day out on Saturday, visiting the annual National Quilt Championships at Sandown Racecourse. The sun shone but it was not too hot and although the traffic on the M25 motorway/carpark was heavy our journeys too and from the venue did not spoil the day.

Starting with lunch… We sat outside on the main stand of Sandown Racecourse and enjoyed the panoramic view of London.

Sandown 2019 View (1) by Allison Reid
If you look very closely you will see the triangular shape of The Shard between two tree tops to the right of the photo. The Shard is the tallest building in the UK.
Sandown 2019 View (3) by Allison Reid
Look closely at the horizon and you’ll spot the arch of Wembley Stadium gleaming in the sunshine.

As members of Roundabout Quilters we were keen to go see our Group Quilt hanging in the exhibition. Our quilt, along with all the others was displayed well and it was especially pleasing to see other visitors stopping to look and making positive comments.

Sandown 2019 Group Quilt (2) by Allison Reid
Roundabout Quilters entry with the winner of the Group Quilt category in the foreground.

Sandown 2019 Group Quilt (1) by Allison Reid

And look the quilt gained a Judges Merit! The first time Roundabout Quilters has entered a quilt in a show too! The Quilt will be first prize in the Charity Raffle we are holding as part of our bienneial exhibition in September (more details here).

Now for your delight and inspiration here are just a very few of the quilts on display at Sandown.

Sandown 2019 Quilt (1) by Allison Reid
‘Modern Quilt’ by Maureen Crawford.
Sandown 2019 Quilt (2) by Allison Reid
‘Tutti-Frutti’ by Pam & Nicky Lintott.
Sandown 2019 Quilt (2.1) by Allison Reid
‘Tutti-Frutti’ quilting detail

Part of the exhibition space was given over to Sandy Chandler’s huge wholecloth quilts. Here are close ups from two of her quilts:

Sandown 2019 Quilt (3) by Allison Reid
Detail of wholecloth quilt by Sandy Chandler

Sandown 2019 Quilt close up by Allison Reid

Sandown 2019 Quilt (4) by Allison Reid
‘Storm at Sea’ by Pat Coverdale
Sandown 2019 Quilt (5) by Allison Reid
‘Seaside Sewing’ by Gill Tilburn was hand pieced on holiday!

Of course, there was opportunity for retail therapy too. I had a good therapy session… picking up fabrics for Myra’s Jelly Roll Waves QAL starting in a week’s time; backing fabric for the Square in a Square quilt tops I made earlier in the month; a book about Bargello quilts (this is a patchwork pattern on my bucket list!); a couple of fabric pieces for my stash and a little collection of notions (I know, ANOTHER ruler! 😀 ).

Sandown 2019 Jelly Roll Wave fabrics by Allison Reid Sandown 2019 Notions by Allison ReidSandown 2019 Backing and Stash fabrics by Allison Reid

Roundabout Quilters met a few days after Sandown for a sewing evening. As well as being very happy with our first experience of having a Group Quilt hung in a national show we were in general agreement that attendance at quilt shows is declining year by year. I wonder if you have experienced the same? The biggest and most popular UK show is the annual Festival of Quilts held over a long weekend in August at the NEC, Birmingham. Perhaps there will have to be a reduction in the number of national shows held throughout the UK with the key event being the Festival of Quilts? As footfall declines and exhibition entries fall, vendors and exhibition goers alike may have to acknowledge that the number of shows on the calendar will need to be reduced.

On a positive note I wonder if a reduction in the number of national quilt shows will lead to a rise in the popularity of the exhibitions held by local quilt groups? Less travel and reduced costs for vendors and visitors alike, along with the pleasure of seeing quilts hung in a variety of spaces could be the way forwards. I’d be interested to know your thoughts on the present state and future options for quilt exhibitions.

Joining Lorna for the Let’s Bee Social link up at Sew Fresh Quilts. Lorna is sharing her latest animal pattern called ‘Lamb Chops’!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (65)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting & Share. An opportunity to bring along your projects and thoughts; to share in the conversations grabbing attention in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add to the conversations by clicking the links and/or adding your own responses and links in the comments box at the end of this post 🙂

Here in the UK it’s the weekend of the annual National Quilt Championships held at Sandown Racecourse situated on the Western outskirts of London. I’m excited to be going. As a member of the Basingstoke based Roundabout Quilters group I’m especially excited to be going to Sandown as we have entered a quilt into the ‘Group Quilt’ category of the exhibition. I will be sure to take some photos of the quilt in situ 🙂 but if you can’t wait there is a

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