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Welcome to Saturday Quilting & Share. An opportunity to bring along your projects and thoughts; to share in the conversations grabbing attention in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add to the conversations by clicking the links and/or adding your own responses and links in the comments box at the end of this post 🙂

Here in the UK it’s the weekend of the annual National Quilt Championships held at Sandown Racecourse situated on the Western outskirts of London. I’m excited to be going. As a member of the Basingstoke based Roundabout Quilters group I’m especially excited to be going to Sandown as we have entered a quilt into the ‘Group Quilt’ category of the exhibition. I will be sure to take some photos of the quilt in situ 🙂 but if you can’t wait there is a

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Blue Monday and the latest Just A Card campaign

The countdown to my ‘Into the Woods’ foundation paper piecing and crazy patchwork workshop is well underway. The 12th July really isn’t too far distant now so I have a build-up of nervous energy to tap into as I prepare for the big day! I’ve made a start on a monochromatic version of the Into the Woods runner. Raiding my colour sorted STASH (stash = pieces of fabric larger than a fat quarter) and my colour sorted SCRAPS (you won’t be surprised to read: scraps = pieces of fabric smaller than a fat quarter) made me realise that I have a LOT of blue fabric pieces so the colour choice was already shouting at me!

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. My holiday is over and I’m settling back into my natural habitat – my sewing room 🙂 These regular SQB&S posts are intended as a way into the Worldwide Quilting Community so do join in: bring along your project and share in the conversations by clicking on the links to articles and posts written by quilters from around the globe. Use the comments box at the end of this page if you’d like to introduce a link to another topic or respond to what’s in this post 🙂

At the end of our holiday we visited York and Beverley. Both very attractive towns, jam packed full of history.

York Minster by Allison Reid
York Minster
Beverley Minster floor tiles (1) by Allison Reid
Floor tiles in Beverley Minster were sure to catch the eye of this patchwork addict!

More of these visits in a later post…

We drove the 250+ miles from Yorkshire back to Hampshire on Thursday. Lots of lorries, lots of rain and oceans of spray… but thankfully no delays.

Since getting back in the sewing room I’ve added the borders and made the binding for the second Square in a Square quilt.

Square in a Square two with borders by Allison Reid
Both quilt tops: borders and bindings in the opposite colourways.

These quilt tops are now folded away in a box awaiting a delivery of wadding and time to search for suitable backing fabrics.

Later today I will collect my Pfaff sewing machine from the service department of Franklins in Salisbury. I’m so looking forward to having a sewing machine that purrs rather than growls! Bless it, the machine was functioning well despite obviously being in desperate need of some professional TLC. We shall be reunited after our refreshing holidays, all set to tackle the next round of projects together 😀

This weekend I’m revisiting a project. My Into The Woods pattern is nearing completion and I’d like to make a start on a monochromatic version of the runner in preparation for a workshop I’m holding in July (details on the Workshop page of this site).

Into The Woods pattern cover and runner by Allison Reid

Below are just a few links to launch you into what’s been occurring in the Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like some more links and inspiration, you are very welcome to check out my Pins of the Week board on Pinterest 🙂

Bernie has written a post with her usual clarity to celebrate five years of blogging at Needle and Foot. That is no mean achievement and I agree with her that blogs might not be as ‘fashionable’ as they were five years ago but they still are an extremely effective way of building a ‘community’, allowing everyone who reads and/or writes blogs to contribute.

Patty has posted a tutorial for quick and easy to make coasters. Another great use of fabric scraps 🙂

Shannon discusses how to use colour combinations from nature as inspiration for choosing fabrics.

If you are keen on applique but find some solid colour fabrics a little difficult to hand stitch then you will be interested in Nancy’s recommendation... (I know, I am a bit of a tease, but just click the link!).

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (62)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. An opportunity to bring along your project(s) to a virtual sewing day and join in some of the conversations reaching across the Worldwide Quilting Community this past week. Do add your links and thoughts in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Salisbury Cathedral from the North by Allison ReidIn my last blog post I mentioned a planned visit to Salisbury. My lovely Daughter had arranged a day out for the two of us 🙂 We met at Salisbury Railway Station. First job was to deliver my (rather heavy) Pfaff sewing machine to the repair shop at the Franklins sewing and knitting store. My much used machine is in desperate need of a TLC service: although still valiantly soldiering-on it sounds mechanically dry, almost like it’s been left out in the desert and filled up with sand 🙁

Square in a Square border and binding fabrics by Allison ReidOf course while we were in Franklins we spent some time trying to match up fabrics with the Mirabelle fabrics of my current project. It wasn’t easy. I think this range of fabrics is about five years old, maybe more, and the tones and shades of current fabric ranges are completely different. Still in the end we decided these two fabrics should make acceptable borders and binding for the pair of Square in a Square quilts I’m making.

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