Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (225)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along a project and share in some of the generosity and inspiration being posted by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your links and contributions to the conversations in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Snoopy Baby Quilt finished front by Allison Reid
My Snoopy Cot Quilt

Before I share my projects I’m going to share a story from the wonderful Community that exists around the craft of patchwork quilting: I was so touched to receive an email from Jana who has just finished a quilt for her first Grandchild. Jana’s daughter had asked for a Snoopy themed quilt in a very specific colour scheme. An internet search brought Jana to one of my blog posts featuring the Snoopy baby quilt I’d made for a friend, this became the inspiration for her quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

Jana wrote, ‘This is my second quilt but I made my first one 15 years ago so this should probably count as my first! ย This quilt was way beyond my skill set and I quickly realized that during the planning stages. ย I found wonderful help from my neighbor, who has her own studio, and she pointed me to a wonderful quilting community. ย I could not have done it without their help and YouTube.’

Jana’s Quilt with embroidered panels and perfect Flying Geese and star points!

I’m so happy Jana has discovered the Patchwork Quilting Community and I’m glad to say she is already collecting fabrics to make another quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

My sewing progress has slowed down this week but not completely stalled so I can report that I’m about 2/3rds of the way round stitching the binding to the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt (we watched Casablanca last night for the first time ever and I managed to keep stitching through most of it!). Quilting the wavy grid design over the Bear Tracks quilt is also progressing steadily – maybe about 1/4 of the quilting is complete. Thankfully it’s an easy design to do in short bursts. My machine is all set up and ready to go with the walking foot and line guide in position so I can disappear into the sewing room for 20 minutes at a time, stitch a couple of lines of the grid before getting back to other things that need doing around the house and garden.

Sorry for the poor picture quality – I forgot to take a photo during daylight hours!

No surprise that there’s lots of quilty goodness to share in this weeks selection from our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patty has kindly shared a tutorial to make a baby quilt from a charm pack and a yard of background fabric. The layout of off-centre Half Square Triangles gives the quilt a modern ‘edge’ and allows for lots of fun arranging the HSTs by colour.

Have you tried taking part in an on-line class? I’ve yet to enroll in one but joining with others for a class or workshop from your own home sewing table is getting to be a real ‘thing’ after virtually all exhibitions, shows and shop based classes have been cancelled. Next month Christa Watson will be teaching three classes at the ‘Pacific International Quilt Festival On-line’. Click over to her blog post to read the details and find out about the enrollment procedure.

Christa is also starting a new series on her blog, called Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks. It’s well worth subscribing to her blog to receive the email notification when she publishes one of these posts.

I’m a bit of a sucker for star blocks! Sandra shares her latest quilt, made with large star blocks. She used a fat quarter pack of Blueberry Park fabrics and the quilt looks so fresh in green, blues and yellows. Sandra shares how she came to make a pieced back and her use of the ‘floppy feathers’ design in the quilting.

Have you noticed there is a lot of curved piecing being incorporated into modern quilt designs at present? If you fancy giving curved piecing a go then I recommend this photo tutorial by Leanne. She includes lots of useful tips and reaches out through the screen to hold hands through the curved piecing process ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy Friend is sharing a seasonal pumpkin pattern over on her blog page. The pumpkin is foundation paper pieced. Amy has used four of the pumpkins to make a cushion cover, they could also be used to make a table topper or place mats as well as being incorporated into a quilt.

Emily Dennis has built up a great set of patterns that all clearly share her design style and fabric choice. Her latest pattern is called ‘Glowing‘, comes in three sizes and is fat quarter friendly.

Another pattern launched this week is ‘Waterfall’ by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. I really like the 3D effect Myra creates in her Log Cabin style blocks by her careful use of colour value.

Leah Day’s latest mini block tutorial shows how to make a Sugar Bowl block. The instructions lead to the making of two blocks at a time in reverse colourways. These could build into an intriguing patchwork pattern…

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Puffy borders, ‘seamless’ joins and undulating lines

Last weekend I shared the three projects that were ‘live’ in my sewing room. Progress has been made on two ๐Ÿ™‚

First up is the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt panel. I’d already quilted around the printed patchwork blocks – pseudo in-the-ditch. Since the weekend I’ve made the binding – four 2ยผ” width of fabric strips were just enough :-). Before attaching the binding I thought it would be best to flatten down the ruffled fabric of the printed borders.

I could have done some quilting but the aim of this project was to ‘keep it simple’ so I opted to stay-stitch about 1/8th inch in from the marked edges. I figured anchoring down the puffiness would reduce the risk of the excess fabric being pushed to the corners when the binding was being stitched in place. This would have created edges that wouldn’t lie flat and distorted the rectangular shape of the quilt.

I increased the machine stitch length from 2 to 5 and began stitching from the corners to the mid-point of each edge.

Midpoint of the bottom edge. Stay stitching started from the corners meets in the middle, creating a pucker or two…

At the midpoint I stopped stitching, broke threads and went onto the next corner, stitching down to the mid-point and stopping again. This shifted the excess fabric to the centre of each edge rather than pushing it out to the corners. A few puckers were created but I figured these were a reasonable compromise in the pursuit of keeping the whole quilt flat and with 90ยฐ corners.

Once the stay-stitches were in place I trimmed away the excess backing and wadding before attaching the binding to the front of the quilt.ย  As for puckers and pleats I’m pleased to say there are so few I’m pretty sure they will fly under the radar of the Quilt Police! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m looking forward to hand stitching the binding to the back of this little quilt.

On to project number 2the Quilters Color Quest scrappy Bear Tracks quilt. First job was to ‘re-size’ the backing fabric. The fabric was much longer than the quilt top but not as wide. I decided to cut it in half across the fabric width and stitch two long edges together. The tricky bit was stitching the two pieces together so the diagonal stripe pattern appeared unbroken. Two attempts, a bit of fiddling and lots of pins produced a happy result!

Really close inspection would show the little patterns within the stripes not quite matching but over all the stripes look unbroken ๐Ÿ™‚

I pin basted the Bear Tracks quilt yesterday afternoon. It took me a while to come up with a quilting design. I decided the Bear Track blocks would be difficult to stitch around or integrate into a design, better to go for an all over design that doesn’t relate directly to the blocks. I thought about straight parallel lines (a bit like tracks?) or a grid, finally coming up with a wavy line grid. I used a Hera Marker to ‘draw’ two intersecting undulating lines (don’t you just love the word ‘undulating’? I think Miranda Hart would enjoy playing with that word!). Once I’d stitched over the indents made by the Hera Marker (using Yvonne’s tip of directing light from the side to create a shadow) I fixed the line guide to my walking foot and made a start echo stitching the curvy lines.

My echos are two inches apart – I could be quilting for some time… So far, so good.

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers.

Allison

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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (223)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along a project or two and relax in the company of other quilters from around the World as they share their latest projects, tips and ideas. Please do use the comments box at the end of this post to share your links and join in the conversations. Thank you!

The weather this weekend has been perfect for getting outdoor jobs done. My husband has given the garden shed two coats of wood preservative and I’ve made a couple of trips to our allotment to cut the grass and continue the end of season tidy up. All very satisfying.

I’ve spent a bit of time in the sewing room too. I decided to keep the Quilter’s Color Quest Bear Paw blocks on point. I stitched narrow sashing strips to each of the blocks before stitching the blocks into rows. I had a bit of trouble visualising where I was going with this layout. My main problem stemmed from having to turn the blocks on their sides so the rectangular layout would fit onto my design wall.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time trying to get my head around the bottom left hand corner of the layout on the design wall actually being the top left corner of the quilt top. Now the blocks are stitched into rows I’ve got a better handle on where I’m going with this! ๐Ÿ˜€ I found the ‘Piecing On-Point Quilts’ tutorial onย  quiltnotes.com a handy reference guide when my head went into a spin trying to figure out sashing for diagonal rows lying on their sides!

Next step is to add the sashing strips along each row. In measuring the rows I’ve discovered my quarter inch seams are a bit too scant. This row of five 6″ blocks and sashing strips should measure 35″ long not the actual 35ยพ”!

Ah! Well! I’ll keep all the following seams consistent to this but I’ll be sure to adjust Julie the Juki’s seam guide before piecing another project!

Juki adjustable ‘swing gauge’. There are magnetic seam guides available and I’ve seen a guide that can be attached to Bernina machines.

Lot’s of great posts this week from our Worldwide Quilting Community. Here is just a small selection you might like to click through:

Good to see the new version of Craftsy has been launched following the take over of Bluprint. The Craft Industry Alliance has posted a helpful, short article ‘What to Expect from the New Craftsy‘. The comments are worth a read too as people share their first experiences of the re-jigged platform.

Here’s a stunning ‘leaders, enders’ quilt. It’s maker has decided leaders & enders projects are too distracting – she quickly finds herself abandoning the main project and working on the secondary, leader & ender, project instead!

Sometimes our UFOs can give us a surprise! Elana was caught on the hop when she retrieved a UFO from it’s hiding place, took a photo and saw in the picture a layout design she’d completely forgotten!

Over at Sew Yummy there’s a striking quilt finish to enjoy. I don’t know when I last saw a quilt made just using orange, blue and white fabrics. Of course orange and blue are on opposite sides of the colour wheel making for an attention grabbing quilt. I have a soft spot for this colour combo as in the 1970s our family kitchen had cupboards painted orange with blue tiles on the floor.

Sharon has two finished UFOs to share! Both made with scraps and stash fabrics and both have lovely pieced backings – again all from stash fabrics. Sharon gives links to the patterns she used to make these quilts. I’m especially taken with the ‘Plaidish Quilt’. Another one to add to my list?

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap. She has already made a start on her red blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge – I’ve yet to take the lid off my reds & pinks scrap box!

Happy Stitching!

Allison