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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s lovely to back 🙂 Hope you have enjoyed a peaceful Easter break. Bring along your projects and share in the tips, tutorials and news to be found via our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you click on any of the links below do leave an encouraging comment wherever you visit to help grow the Community good-vibes 🙂

As usual I’ve been working on more than one project at a time 😌 But there is progress to share. I finished quilting another Trip Around the Stars quilt as part of my investigation into the spray baste vs pin baste debate – read more about that here. Yesterday I made the binding and hope to finish the quilt in the next few days.

I also made progress on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. Feeling a bit tired and in need of a session of ‘no-brainer’ stitching I remembered the RSC and then 😳 realised I hadn’t made the yellow-gold blocks for March and didn’t even know the colour for April! So that was a good bit of motivation.

The blocks came together quickly and I even found time to delve into my pink scraps (for pink, so it transpires, is the colour for April), cutting 1½” strips ready for another peddle-to-the-metal sewing session.

Here are the links into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty of interest:

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge is the inspiration behind one of Cynthia’s scrap projects. Every month she makes placemats from fabric scraps. Later in the year she will donate them to a local meals on wheels charity who will gift a placemat to recipients of one of their holiday meals.

Christa Watson’s series of YouTube videos are great if you are fairly new to patchwork quilting or want to try a different technique (she shares plenty of tips for more experienced patchwork quilters too). In the latest video she takes us through the method of making a quilt, start to finish using one of the free patterns, Puzzle Box, available from her website.

Sometimes scrolling through Instagram does bear fruit…. My scrolling stopped when I saw a wonderful version of the Modern Squares quilt being show cased by Judy Gula. I found her website and enjoyed reading the guest post by the quilt designer/maker Christine Vinh. She used a selection of very colourful fabrics called ‘Earth Made Paradise’ by Kathy Doughty. The pattern is ideal if you are puzzling over how to use a collection of busy, large scale prints to best effect in a quilt. Needless to say I have the pattern download and have added it to my ‘must make’ list!

Patty has created the illusion of curves in the careful placing of her Half Rectangle blocks. It is a very striking design in her colour choices of black and wasabi.

Linda’s Seaglass modern applique quilt displays her usual great colour choice and placement of fabrics with really effective free motion quilting designs. I’m so glad there is such a wealth of inspiration and knowledge made readily available by talented textile artists who are generous enough to blog about the processes they employ.

Leader-Ender projects quietly grow in the background while other projects are being worked on. Katy’s leader-ender quilt has 1,368 squares lovingly stitched together. I don’t need to tell you that Katy is a prolific quilt maker!

Forget Me Not is a new fabric line by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. Go to her blog post to see the new fabrics and catch a glimpse of the new patterns she’s designed to showcase the collection.

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Hope you can bring along a project or two and enjoy sharing inspiration, tips and ideas with members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to take a wander through the quilting neighbourhood, please do leave encouraging comments and ‘likes’ whenever you stop-by to take a closer look at something that takes your interest 🙂

Excuse the gratuitous photos of flowers. I can’t help myself! It’s been beautiful weather here all week and flowers and blossom have been opening in the warm sunshine.

Magnolia Stellata glowing in the sun and fluttering in the breeze.

We’ve been isolating for ten days as my husband keeps on testing Covid +ve. The unseasonal warm sunny weather has been a lovely silver lining as we’ve been enjoying coffee breaks and lunches in the garden. The Primulas are looking particularly good this year (well! the ones that haven’t been pecked to smithereens by the Woodpigeons and Sparrows ).

A few days I go I posted about spray basting a quilt after getting frustrated with the less than perfect quilting outcome of a previous quilt that I had pin basted. The spray basted quilt sandwich is awaiting it’s quilting test. I put it to one side for a few days in order to actually bring another quilt to a finish…

… I machine stitched the binding to the second quilt I’ve made using the Beginners Course version of my Trip Around the Stars pattern. I like the subtle colouring of this one. The quilt measures 38″ x 46″.

 

Thankfully our term of isolation ended yesterday so today I could go ahead with the second class of the Beginners Course. It was good to get my teaching hat on again and begin to feel like we are getting back to normal. My class version of the Beginners Trip Around the Stars quilt is in complete contrast to the one above! We added borders today so the flimsy is complete.

I think I may have overdone ‘pretty’ but those Lewis & Irene prints called to me!

Now I need to baste and quilt the pretty, pretty quilt ready for next Saturday’s class when we’ll be binding our quilts. I’m looking forward to seeing the quilts finished and the look on the face of the first time quilter as she celebrates the completion of her first quilt.

I also hope to find time in the week to quilt the spray basted quilt and complete my comparison of the effectiveness of spray basting as opposed to pin basting…. Look out for part 2 of ‘Spray Basting – Will it work for me?’.

Here are the links which will take you on a wander through the fascinating Worldwide Quilting Community:

An orphan block quilt that proves that any colour goes and making it up as you go along does work! I think Melva’s quilt top is proof that no block is lost, all can find a home!

I admire Jayne’s perseverance and determination to finish a quilt. She has been steadily improving her long arm quilting skills whilst working through a large fabric stash and a very long list of ‘wanna make’ quilts. In this post she shares how perseverance and determination got her through a needle-stick incident and a maths mis-calculation to a finished quilt!

Patty has been making patchwork blocks in support of the people of Ukraine. She gives links to the block designs (which can be downloaded with the intention that a donation is made to a charity/organisation providing aid to those affected by the invasion). And there are further links provided by readers who have left comments at the end of Patty’s blog post.

Woah! Gretchen’s finished patchwork flimsy is beautiful and HUGE! The spring fresh colouring of blue, yellow and white combined with the repeated patchwork pattern gives the quilt top a very homely retro look. Gretchen is a talented quilter so I’m looking forward to seeing how she decides to stitch this BIG top into a quilt.

Cynthia has a way with scraps and project left overs. She’s made a baby quilt using the triangles left from strip blocks. The layout and the background fabrics give the impression it was all carefully planned!

If you are handy with hammer and nails (or know someone who is!) then a custom made quilter’s pressing table could be within your reach. Rebecca Grace is very happy with her rectangular, mobile pressing unit that fits a full width of fabric.

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. As the weekend draws to a close it’s not too late to bring along your projects(s) and join in the sharing going on throughout our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to find inspiration and leave your encouraging thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes of the blog pages you visit 🙂

There’s been more class prep than stitching going on in my sewing room this past week. The Beginners class on Saturday went well. As well as dishing out the homework I have brought some home to do too.

I started a new quilt top to sew along with the class. The pretty floral and butterfly fabrics along with the bright pink Bumbleberries blender were purchased from Jo at Love and Legacy Quilts. I have cut out all the squares and now need to piece the centre of the quilt ready to demonstrate how to add borders at the next class in two weeks time.

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for March is yellow. I don’t have a great variety of yellow scraps but I will see if I can find a few more in my strings bin before purchasing any fabrics specially for the quilt – which is meant to be a scrap quilt after all!

Trip Around the Stars design by Allison Reid

In other news I have a broken tooth 😟 Of course this happened on Saturday morning – why do these things always happen on a weekend? Thankfully, despite loosing a chunk of tooth and most of the filling from it there is no nerve pain to endure, just a very sharp piece of tooth that catches my tongue when I’m eating. A vicious and effective dieting tool! So securing a dental appointment is top priority this week. Yes! Even more important than making progress on any of the four versions of my ‘Trip Around the Stars’ pattern I now have on the go! I won’t even try to explain how I’ve ended up making another four versions of this quilt or try to calculate how many copies of the pattern I will need to sell to re-coup the cost of all the fabrics! 😳

Here’s a selection of the blog posts I’ve been reading and learning from over the past week. Enjoy!

Pin basting vs spray basting? Emily Dennis acknowledges some disadvantages to using spray baste whilst concluding that for her the spray produces much smoother, pucker free quilting than using pins. In her blog post she describes her spray basting method as well providing two video demonstrations. I think watching the second video, ‘How to Spray Baste a Quilt‘, would be a helpful introduction to this method of basting as Emily provides plenty of tips at an easy pace to follow.

Elizabeth has been experimenting with glues to baste her quilts. In this blog post she shares her method using *Elmer’s Washable School Glue. Interesting! *As far as I can make out Elmer’s Washable School Glue is the same as generic PVA glues but I’m ready to be corrected on this…

Jayne’s choice of red fabrics to make the setting triangles to complete her latest quilt top is inspired. She’s understandably pleased with the finished flimsy and it’s a great example of a quilt design evolving rather than being a set pattern from the get-go.

Patchwork bookmarks? I didn’t know these were a thing! But JanineMarie assures us there are patterns to be found on the internet and she discovered they are a perfect sewing project to do with her grandchildren. Here’s a patchwork bookmark tutorial on the QuiltersCandy website.

Mariana has made a stitch-and-flip patchwork cushion (pillow) cover using 1″ – 2″ scrappy strips. Her tutorial includes directions for making the patchwork blocks and the envelope back cushion cover.

QAL alert! The Wave Pool BOM QAL designed and hosted by Sherry at poweredbyquilting is a clever mix of traditional blocks in a modern(ish) layout. Sherry will be providing tips in her blog posts as well as live tutorials to watch as the BOM QAL progresses.

March is Worldwide Quilting Month 🙂 Carole’s blog post whet’s our appetite for the international event. She share’s her experience of meeting quilters from around the world via a Zoom retreat. I wonder how many of these on-line retreats might be going on? Particularly over the weekend of March 19th (International Quilter’s Day)?

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. It’s easy to be part of the sharing: click on one or more of the links below; get inspired; click on more links; get lost in a wonderful quilt lined warren (who knows where in the World you might pop up?); and leave encouraging thoughts in the comments boxes of the sites you visit 🙂

I’ve spent the week tweaking my Trip Around the Stars Pattern ready for the Beginners Course that begins next Saturday, 5th March, at Purple Stitches. To test the pattern I’ve been making a second sample quilt. All the while I’ve been making the quilt top and adjusting the pattern I’ve been aware of a teaching dialogue running through my head 😀 I don’t think I’ve been speaking out loud but I may have been! I guess most tutors preparing to teach a class have a bit of a run through in their minds to discover the best way to demonstrate and describe the techniques being taught?

On Thursday I enjoyed a sewing day with friends. The hall we used was a bit chilly and I forgot to take a cushion to soften the folding wooden chair but none-the-less it was a lovely day. After all the lockdown restrictions of the past two years time spent gathered together with a group of sew-ists is precious and not to be missed. I made the aqua & teal blocks for my RSC 2022 quilt.

It’s good to be up-to-date with the challenge after playing catch-up with the January blocks. I guess the colour for March will be revealed this weekend.

This coming week, I hope to finish the Trip Around the Stars sample quilt but it’s obviously more important to prepare for the Course than to complete a second sample quilt.

Here are some links to get you started on a search through the tips and inspiration patchwork quilters have been sharing:

I was really pleased to find this blog post by Brittany of Lo & Behold Stitchery. It’s the perfect follow-on to my quest for piecing accuracy. Brittany has shared ‘6 Tips for Flat Seams‘. Her tips include finger pressing seams and using a tailor’s clapper.

Maintaining equipment is another important way to improve patchwork accuracy. Melva of Melva Loves Scraps shared this link to a post all about caring for self-healing cutting mats.

Well! This is something different! A table runner made from circles of cotton washing line! Katy explains her method here.

Rachel’s Expat Chronicles series continues with a comparison of staple eating habits and foods in Holland and the USA. Interesting! Lots of bread in Holland but far less sugar than in the US. Rachel didn’t mention pancakes but I can remember a 1980s food franchise in London called ‘The Dutch Pancake House’.

Cynthia has made an eye-catching quilt using the triangles left after cutting up brightly coloured strip sets. Her choice of a dark blue background sets off the bright solids perfectly.

Sometimes its best to just do something rather than try to come up with a plan. Patty has created a stunning little quilt after making a ‘bunch of’ blue Drunkards Path blocks. Those blocks got her started sewing again, before long she was adding another colour and playing with quilt top layouts. Her unplanned quilt definitely gave her creativity a chance to get back into gear.

If you use a die-cutter in your quilt making process then be sure to check out Katy’s tutorial for her Heavenly Stars Quilt over on the Accuquilt website. Katy’s design makes clever use of two sizes of the Sawtooth Star block.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison