Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (221)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it’s Sunday!). Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration generated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do use the comments box at the end of this post to leave your thoughts and links. Thank you!

Well! For me this week has been all about creating a quilt from scraps. I’m so happy to have another Scrap Vortex quilt finished – see how it all came together in my Friday blog post. Continuing the scrap quilt theme I’ve also been stitching my blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. August is the month for purple. Not my favourite colour so it’s been a surprise to find myself enjoying sorting through my (small) collection of purple scraps and putting these simple blocks together.

Area ringed in red has hardly any cotton fibres.

Having finished the diverting Scrap Vortex Quilt I am now determined to turn my attention back to the little quilt tops I made from one big UFO. This morning before Church…. (by ‘Church’ I mean: sitting in an elderly friend’s living room, listening to the service via the loudspeaker on my phone – weird how many new ways there are to join in Christian worship these days!) …. As I was saying, before Church I decided to get one of the little quilt tops ready for quilting. I’d already pieced quilt backings and cut out some wadding. When I came to lay the wadding onto the quilt back I was disappointed to see how unevenly the cotton fibres were spread through the wadding.

When I looked more closely I found one area had virtually no cotton at all, it was just held together by the near transparent scrim layer. That wouldn’t make for much of a quilt! I had to discard that piece and thankfully found the second square I had cut from the same roll of wadding didn’t have any bald patches. So, basting is my sewing room project for what’s left of the the weekend.

Here are just a few of the quilty blog posts that caught my attention this week. I hope you find plenty of interest as you click through the links:

Do you save selvage strips? Cynthia has used all her saved strips to make a rainbow quilt. She explains her process, is pleased with her quilt but won’t be saving any more selvage strips!

How about finding a bit of motivation by joining in with ‘We Sew Together 2020’? The sew along starts on 26th August and runs for just one month. The objective is to produce a quilt top using any pattern you choose. Then, once the quilt is completed, donate it to one or other of the charities listed in Suzy’s blog post or add your own favourite charity to the list. Suzy has also written a blog post with some helpful suggestions re. donating quilts to charities.

Another QAL: This is the Modern Logs Quilt Along being organised by Christa Watson. If you’ve wanted to tackle this sort of project but been a hesitant to go it alone then I’m sure following Christa’s pattern and all the tips and tutorials she’ll be posting on her blog will provide all that’s needed to produce a quilt to be proud of 🙂

Over the course of a month or two Sharon has been sharing her progress with her ‘Village Quilt’ top. In this post she shares the finished top – all those little house blocks made from scrap fabrics make for a very attractive quilt 🙂

Dione’s latest post is full of interest – from her latest applique quilt block to photos and descriptions of a recent trip into the Australian outback as well as the quilts and projects that are inspiring her.

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap. Cynthia is enjoying using her scraps to make curved log cabin blocks – the rainbow collection on her design wall promise a beautiful and interesting quilt.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (220)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the virtual realm of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Here in the South of England we are over our heatwave and we are now stuck with low cloud trapping all the moisture left by several hefty thunderstorms. Although the humidity is high, air temperatures are much more bearable. The difficult weather conditions have made it a testing week for quilt photography. I apologise for the variations in the colours and the graininess of my photos in this post, hoping you will bear with me 🙂

Earlier this week I shared my decisions re. a potentially large UFO. Following on from the encouraging comments left on my Facebook and Instagram feeds I forged ahead with a plan to utilise the thirty-five blocks, making several quilts rather than one large one which would have been too big for me to comfortably quilt. By the end of the week I had used thirty two of the blocks, making three quilt tops and one bed runner!

I feel really pleased to have used just about every inch of the feature fabrics – both left overs and picking pieces out of the remaining three blocks. I now have the dilemma of how to quilt my four new WIPs (I really hope I haven’t created four UFOs out of a single UFO! Eeekkk!) I had thought about adding Dresden Plates to the open areas of background fabric but none of my stash fabrics sit happily with the feature fabrics so I’m set on stitching out some sort of design into those spaces. I have a 10″ stencil that fits nicely. The pattern is a continuous line so I may be able to machine stitch it…

Next issue: How to mark the stencil pattern onto the white-on-white fabric? I gathered my marking tools together and did a fabric test.

Top: Clover Chaco Marker. Bottom: Water Erasable Pen – Medium Tip; Pilot Frixion Ball pen; EZ Quilting, Erasable Pencil.

I left the marks for about three hours before attempting to remove each one as per instructions.

The easiest to remove was the Frixion pen (using a hot, dry iron); the Water Erasable Pen mark could be removed very effectively too but it did involve making the fabric very damp/wet; the grey Chaco marker rubbed away but left a trace (I tried dampening the fabric later and the chalk did disappear); the mark left by the erasable pencil was impossible to remove – I ended up with a yellow smudge, although, in it’s defense, I must point out that the pencil is a few years old so the rubber eraser has gone a bit hard.

Despite the results of my fabric test I’m still a bit nervous of using the dark blue Frixion pen on my white fabric. Watching a review of Frixion Pens by Kim of Chatterbox Quilts has got me a bit more reassured. But I guess I would have to use a wadding with no polyester or scrim if I were to use a hot iron to remove the pen lines after quilting? I’d be interested to learn of other quilter’s experiences with any of these marking tools. Marking fabrics certainly is a thorny issue.

Time for some links into our Worldwide Quilting Community, happy clicking!:

Patty has been making improv curve pieced blocks for a collaborative quilt. She has shared a tutorial showing her method for making ‘Stacked Improv Curves’.

Can you relate to Carole who is having a downer on social distancing and the impact it’s having on motivation and creativity? She suggests switching our mind set from ‘social distancing’ to being ‘distantly social’.

Leanne has just launched a new pattern called, ‘Level Up’. She has used the debut fabric line, ‘Create’, by Kristy Lea to make her sample quilt. The colours are bright rainbow hues with white and navy blue as background.

It’s always handy to have some fabric in reserve. Cynthia shares her ‘protocol’ for purchasing fabrics to add to her stash – particularly fabrics to use as quilt backings, background fabrics and bindings. Building a stash was also the subject of Rachel Hauser’s Quilter’s Color Quest blog post earlier this month. Both Cynthia and Rachel’s posts are well worth a read 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished of Not Friday – Alycia has been pattern testing for Myra of Busy Hands Quilts and share her blue and white finish.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Re-working a patchwork UFO

Encouraged by the recent finish of a long-term UFO quilt I reached back into the UFO Cupboard of Shame and brought out a large bag containing thirty-five 12″ blocks, left over fabrics, backing fabric and a large piece of cotton wadding. I was all ready for the challenge of finishing this project until I put three of seven rows of blocks up onto the design wall and took a moment to look over the magazine pattern.

With borders this quilt would measure a hefty 98″ by 68″. Way beyond the size I feel comfortable quilting. Would it really be worth investing time and effort stitching the top together when I knew I’d either get frustrated quilting it or, more likely, return it to the Cupboard un-quilted?

I posed the following question via Instagram and Facebook: ‘Is it OK to ditch a UFO?’ The responses were so helpful and encouraging. Ranging from ‘permission’ to scrap the project and move on, along with suggestions of how to use the blocks to make smaller projects.

With those suggestions running around my mind I began to feel much more positive about the UFO. I unpicked strips of three blocks from three of the rows and stitched them together to make a 36″ square.

I had a think, toyed with introducing other fabrics, finally deciding to add a border around the blocks to bring the flimsy up to a reasonable size. Looking through the bag of left-over fabrics I found a few partial strips of the feature fabrics and at least 1½m of the white on white background fabric. I decided to cut twelve squares of feature fabric and continue the patchwork pattern into the borders.

I’m pleased with how this looks 🙂 The squares running into the borders create a large on-point square running through the patchwork which helps keep the eye travelling around the quilt (in my humble opinion!). The flimsy measures 46½” square so a handy size for a baby quilt, a chair throw or even a wall hanging. Just the remaining twenty-six UFO blocks to deal with…

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers. Susan is designing a camping themed quilt for her son.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (119)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along a project (or two!) and be inspired by some of the topics and designs being shared by our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like to add to the conversations and introduce your own links please do make use of the comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

I don’t quite know what’s come over me but I cracked on with the Bargello quilt and can announce a finish! Get me!

The quilt began as an experiment to see if I could design and make Bargello blocks using an entire Jelly Roll. A bit of

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