Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (231)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration as well as the ups and downs being experienced by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do share your comments in the box at the end of this page. Thank you!

In stereo-typical fashion I’m going to start with a statement about the weather – how British is that? 😀 It’s been a grey skied, rain soaked week (a particular shame for all the families with children home for half-term holidays). The past couple of days have been so overcast and damp that I’m having trouble taking photographs of a finished quilt – the outdoor photos below were taken pre-breakfast this morning just before the next lot of rain clouds did their thing!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (230)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in inspiration and news with our Worldwide Quilting Community. Your thoughts and links can be left in the comments box at the end of this post – thank you! – and don’t forget to take the opportunity to add a comment to any of the pages you visit 🙂

How has your week been? On Wednesday I shared my homemade spiral stencil here and then set about quilting the Chocolatier quilt. I finished quilting on Thursday evening and stitched the binding to the front of the quilt on Friday. So this weekend I’ll be relaxing with a bit of slow stitching as I hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt. I chose to make the binding using the Flurry white on black fabric to mirror the narrow border. I wonder if it might be a bit much? I hope not!

This morning (Saturday) I returned to Purple Stitches for the penultimate class of the Beginners Course. I’m adjusting to teaching in these times of social distancing. The perspex shields around the work tables enable us to see each

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (229)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and use the links below to share in the inspiring posts and projects from other members of Worldwide Quilting Community. Don’t forget to leave an encouraging comment or two when you visit blog sites and maybe subscribe too so you can keep up-to-date with your favourite bloggers 🙂

I had a productive start to the week in my sewing room. There’s less progress to share from the latter end of the week. Last night I did make the label and piece the backing for the Dashing Stars quilt so that’s all ready for the quilt basting demo I’ll be giving at the penultimate session of the Beginners course.

The reason less sewing got done was a shift of attention to pattern writing. Pattern writing stretches my tech skills to the absolute limit and beyond! Over the past few months I’ve had no desire to sit at the computer for hours struggling with creating piecing charts etc. I think my mental resilience has been lowered so much by all that’s going on in the world I just knew I wouldn’t be able to successfully apply myself to the challenges I face when writing patterns. Anyhow! This week I have found the motivation to stick to the task for quite a few hours without being overwhelmed by frustration – I may even have learned a few new tricks 😉

This weekend I’m NOT pattern writing, instead I’m answering the call of a UFO. Yep! Something else has fallen out of the UFO Cupboard of Shame 😀

In the finishing stakes this UFO can definitely be classed as ‘low-hanging fruit’: The quilt top is complete; there’s a pieced back complete with label; and the wadding is cut to size. I guess, as so often is the case, I must have hit a brick wall re. quilting. The label dated ‘July 2018’ is a dead give away as to when this project became a UFO! I now have a quilting plan, nothing too taxing… Using her walking foot, Julie the Juki and I are going to quilt a spiral in the centre of the quilt and finish with some simple straight line quilting through the borders.

So, a-basting I must go 🙂

Here are the links to some of the inspiration recently shared by the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts has launched her latest pattern, Mountainside. It is fat quarter friendly, the pattern includes cutting instructions for five sizes and it’s a design that makes choosing a colour scheme very straightforward. See Kirsty’s blog post and read the comments for a multitude of great ideas!

Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew is being kept busy with home schooling. She has just enough time to join in an ‘An Hourglass a Day’ QAL. Allison has updated her own Hourglass Block tutorial with it’s cutting guide for blocks in several sizes. Click here for her blog post which contains the link to the printable block tutorial.

Rona has found herself a new job – starting in May she’ll be the Guide on quilt tours exploring Georgia. Who’d have thought a love of patchwork quilting could lead to being a tour guide? Read more about the quilt trip Rona enjoyed in Ireland and find out more about the tours she’ll be leading next year.

Christa Watson has been using her blog to introduce pattern writers. I must confess that I have not come across Charisma Horton and her modern designs. I found the photos of her designs made with Christa’s fabrics really exciting and inspiring. Seeing all those quilts has livened up my design mojo !

Melony has designed a lovely panel of mini Christmas bunting. It’s available to purchase from her Etsy shop but if you visit her blog post first you can pick up a discount code 🙂

Alyce has been reflecting on the women of the Bible linked to Advent. She has designed a quilt called ‘Women of Advent’ and will be running a quilt along with Bible reflections through November. Find out more here.

Settle down with a cup/glass of your favourite beverage and be prepared to have your creativity boosted or re-ignited by Alli’s cheerful and practical post titled simply ‘Creativity!’.

Over on her website, Your Sewing Friend, Teresa Weaver has made available for free download her Quilt Completion Chart. It’s an attractive way of creating a UFO busting list – keep track of progress made with each quilt and encourage yourself to keep going to that proud finish!

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia has taken a double wedding ring quilt to the mountains for a photo shoot – her beautiful quilting and the scenery are well worth a look!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (228)

Welcome to Saturday/Sunday Quilting bring & Share. ‘Late again Reid!’ Oops! I hope you have had time to be creative this weekend. Use the links below to see some of the projects members of our Worldwide Quilting Community have been bringing to our attention and share in the generous pool of patchwork quilting knowledge and news that’s been published on the worldwide web over the past week 🙂 Do add your links or news and ideas in the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!

It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to teach the foundations of modern patchwork quilting. On Saturday morning I taught the second installment of the Beginners Course at my local quilt shop. Sadly one class participant was unable to attend as she is suffering flu-like symptoms 🙁 I so hope she tests negative to Covid and quickly recovers from her illness.

I am stitching another version of the Dashing Stars quilt along with the Beginners Class. My blocks are now up on my (cluttered) design wall.

The Churn Dash block below is conclusive evidence that I have moved from an attitude of wariness towards text prints to becoming completely hooked! I’m using an extra wide backing fabric, Newsprint by Carrie Bloomston, as

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