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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Take this opportunity to bring your latest project along to our virtual sewing day and share in the quilty conversations that have caught our interest. To join in just leave your comments in the box at the end of this post.

Hampshire Open Studios ended on Monday so I spent the start of this week clearing away the quilt display in my sewing room, through the corridor and into the kitchen. At the end of the week I transformed the sewing room into a guest room. Before my sewing machine and table were packed away I managed to finish the table runner I’ve called ‘Into the Woods’. I added fancy stitching to the crazy patchwork panels and machine stitched the binding in place.

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It’s Saturday, the perfect day for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ˜€ Bring along your project to our virtual sewing day and share in the conversations going on in the quilty community around the world. Add to the conversation by using the comment box at the bottom of this post. I’d love to hear from you πŸ™‚

I’ve actually managed to finish a project this week – ring the bells and send the ticker tape flying! Being at home all week, waiting on visitors to my little part of Hampshire Open Studios, has given me the perfect opportunity to sew.

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along the project you are working on and share the quilty conversations that have caught your interest through the week. You can add links to your own blog post or the posts you want to share in the comments section or use the link button at the bottom of the page.
Parched garden July 2018 by Allison ReidThere seems no end in sight for the hot dry weather we are enjoying/enduring in the UK. The grass in our garden has turned brown and crunches when walked on. At present we do not have a hosepipe ban. I have been using a mix of hosepipe and watering cans to keep plants watered and amazingly many are growing, showing no signs of being frazzled by the heat!
Not the best conditions for hand sewing binding to a large, heavy quilt… but I am soldiering on.

Binding Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Most of the red binding is stitched down but there’s still another 80 inches or so to do…

My husband picked and then boiled and strained our crop of redcurrants to extract the juice. There was a modest 1Β½ pints of ruby red juice to be turned into redcurrant jelly – that was my job. Very hot work stirring the boiling mix of juice and sugar on the gas stove but worth the effort πŸ™‚
Redcurrant Jelly by Allison Reid
While I’ve been hand stitching or stirring jam I’ve been thinking and planning. I have joined with more than 250 other crafters and artists to participate in Hampshire Open Studios. This is an annual, county-wide event. Those taking part open up their studios, workshops or galleries for free and invite the public to come meet the artist and view their work. A kind of art & craft trail.
HOS 2018 publicity materials by Allison Reid
Last weekend I collected two boxes of brochures, posters, a banner, bunting and road signs ready for the event from 18th – 27th August. Now I need to move out of my comfort zone and start promoting Hampshire Open Studios and my part in it all. ‘Marketing’ is not my thing…. But here goes…
map1Hampshire is a large county. It includes chalk downlands to the north (where I am, in Basingstoke), in the South-West the ancient New Forest – once the hunting ground of royalty and the source of much of the oak that went into the British warships that sailed out of the Naval port of Portsmouth. In the Hampshire Open Studios brochure the county has been divided into eight regions and these are broken down into smaller areas.
HOS Basingstoke by Allison ReidThe Basingstoke area includes 16 artists/crafters within easy travelling distance of one another: Artists using many different materials, skills and styles including paints and paper, pottery, fused glass, upcycled wood, silver and textiles. Have I sold Hampshire Open Studios to you? πŸ˜€ If you are local and would like a brochure or could pin a poster to a board just let me know, thank you. Take a look at the HOS website for more maps, details and other places of interest to visit as you plan your trip around the studios.
And now onto some of the quilty conversations that have caught my attention through the week:
Medallion Quilt design – Melanie has a great eye and much experience when it comes to designing and making medallion quilts. The latest called ‘The Old School House‘ is well worth a look, especially as Melanie takes the time to explain her design, fabric and colour choices. I’ve learned so much from reading the stories of her quilts.
Keeping to the Medallion quilt theme, Jen has given notice of the ‘Border Quilt Quilt Along’ beginning 15th August. It looks fascinating and can be made in several different sizes. Jen has tried out a new range of flannel fabrics on her first mock up (photos and details in the post) but will be using cotton fabrics for the QAL.
Being ‘A Small Town Girl’ suits Kristie Cook. She’s chosen to stay in a small town in South Georgia all her life (apart from the first 11 months!) but knows her students are all keen to move away from small town life. Kristie argues that people need to stay in small towns and work at creating community.
Cindy of Stitchin at Home has just released a brilliant pattern. ‘Outside Stars‘ has foundation pieced stars combined with a rectangular block to create secondary stars – so clever. ToΒ  my mind it is a stunning design – I am sucker for patchwork stars!
Another great post from Jessica detailing her quilt design process, colour choices and quilting motifs. I’m really enjoying following this series of posts πŸ™‚
Sandy is offering a free download of her beautiful sunflower block design. She has a tutorial for the block here.
Happy stitching everyone! I’m so looking forward to visiting Viv and Eve at the newly re-located shop, Purple Stitches. This Saturday afternoon is the Grand Opening with refreshments and a 10% discount across the shop πŸ™‚ What’s not to like?
Allison


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A warm welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Do bring along a project to this virtual sewing day and share in the conversations picked up through the week. Add your links in the comments section or use the linky button at the bottom of the page.
Well! I’m still going through the Groundhog Day experience with my quilting projects. This week my diary has been fairly empty so I have put in quite a lot of quilting hours. The beginners quilt is stitched out and my project for today is to add the binding. I think I will stitch it to the front of the quilt and hand stitch it down on the back – I don’t want to machine stitch the binding down both sides and have a line of stitching cut through my precious feathers!
Beginners 5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Carrie Nation Variation design by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI’ve completed all the feathers on the larger quilt top and now need to free motion an orange peel pattern through the small, coloured squares before reverting to my walking foot for a straight line design in the borders…
I have to confess I am feeling a bit frazzeled as the quilting process on these two projects goes on and on and on… I am having to battle against my perfectionist expectations the whole time. I’m really feeling the need to retreat back into my comfort zone for a project or two before my confidence hits rock bottom. I’ve added extra expectations on myself by entering the large ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ quilt into The Festival of Quilts. Not only do I have the postal deadline of 27th July looming in my mind but I’m also painfully aware that people will be looking at my quilt and finding all the imperfections. I know: we are our own harshest critics. I’m going to the National Quilt Championships at Sandown next week and I’m really looking forward to looking around the exhibits. I won’t be getting up close to quilts trying to spot inconsistencies in stitch size or missed points etc. I’ll be standing back lost in admiration, figuring out how the colours and design work to give the overall effect, noticing how a narrow border in a surprising but well chosen colour brings a whole quilt together… I know I should allow that the majority of quilters who stop to look at my quilt at the Festival of Quilts will be doing the same πŸ™‚
How do you get through a desire for perfection, settling for the reality of where your abilities and skills lie? I found this post by Chris, who describes her/himself to be a ‘recovering perfectionist’. There is a list of questions for perfectionist quilters to ponder. According to an on-line Perfectionism Test I have a ‘healthy level’ of perfectionism but some of it is a bitΒ  misdirected or inconsistent. Oh! My Gosh! Now even my score in a perfectionism test isn’t perfect! Agghhh! Reaches for soothing chocolate and then regrets imperfect willpower and physical shortcomings…..!!!!!!
Lets get away from this introspection and enjoy some of the quilty conversations going on this week πŸ™‚
Melva has an occasional series on her blog called ‘Quilters Through the Generations’. This link takes us to an interview with Stephanie Collins. It’s well worth a read and a look at just a few of the lovely quilts she and her quilting Grandmother have made.
Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is preparing to run a quilt-along with an original design called ‘Modern Plus Sampler‘ . She shows the quilt in a blue colourway and I think the design would really suit a young man – maybe a quilt to take to university or a graduation gift?
On Tuesday evening I went to a very enjoyable meeting of my local quilt group, Roundabout Quilters, Basingstoke. Yvonne McAtamney the owner of Village Fabrics, Wallingford was our guest speaker. Of course she is very knowledgeable about patchwork and quilting and gave us some good tips about choosing colours but she really lit up when she shared her passion for all things Japanese – designs and fabrics. We were all captivated by her unique Japanese themed quilts and the beautiful Sashiko stitching that embellishes them. Yvonne is about to launch her latest Japanese BOM – check out the Village Fabrics newsletter for details.
A newsletter from another local quilt group, North Hampshire Quilters, has information about plans for the first ever quilt show to be held in India. I’ve read articles in quilt magazines about antique and modern textiles and sewing in India but hadn’t considered there never having been a quilt exhibition in such a large, highly populated country. Find out more here.
Happy stitching πŸ™‚
Allison