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It’s been a funny old week for me. My husband has been away for six nights on a business trip – to the Caribbean would you believe! He arrived home safely on Friday morning – it was -1ºC when his plane landed at Gatwick, the day before he’d flown out of Antigua after enjoying a swim in temperatures nearing 30ºC!
Seven days and six nights home alone…! I coped but I wouldn’t like to have to do it too often. For a start I struggle to eat properly when I’m on my own – so tempting to have a few slices of toast rather than preparing vegetables and
Ooo! I’m sorry I missed the deadline for last weekend’s edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s been a busy old time here and my laptop has been in a repair shop for over a week (battery issues) so everything has slipped. Anyho! You’ll find some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community at the end of this midweek post and I’m hopeful my laptop will be returned today. I sure will have a lot of blog reading to catch up on…
I have been busy patchwork quilting. Saturday I ran two Beginners classes at Purple Stitches. Week two of the course and the aims were to learn how to make two at a time Half Square Triangles and four at a time Flying Geese. I felt very mean giving a whole chunk of homework to the class members who had concentrated so hard to make their Churn Dash and Sawtooth Star blocks – all the blocks need to be made and the top pieced before the next class! In two weeks time I’ll be teaching the art of making a quilt sandwich and sharing quilting tips and techniques. I have to keep a step ahead of the class so I had my homework cut out too! After quite a bit of dithering and rearranging blocks I settled on a layout and stitched the quilt top together. This morning I pieced the backing and cut out a piece of Quilters Dream Green batting ready to make the quilt sandwich.
Keeping myself on my toes, I’ve been switching between the Beginners class quilt and my second version of the Square-in-a-Square quilt.
Thankfully I found my free motion quilting mojo and managed to stitch the feather swirls into the twenty block centres. I’ve also machine stitched the binding to the front of the quilt. Now I need to hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt. My essentials for this job (apart from a sharp needle and good quality thread) are binding clips and Thread Heaven (a substitute for beeswax). I find the clips are so much more user friendly than pins and the thread conditioner certainly cuts down on the number of knots and thread twists that occur as I’m stitching. Do you have any favourite tools or techniques to use when you are hand stitching binding?
Here are the links I’d gathered for the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post before my laptop had to go to to be repaired:
Yvonne and her husband have arrived home after five months on the road. Among all the settling-back jobs Yvonne has found time to decorate and re-organise her sewing space (‘space’ is the operative word!).
As part of her Autumn Jubilee Carole has published a great tutorial on her blog page showing us how to make table mats that fit the Season perfectly.
Rebecca has taken on the challenge of completing half-finished, hand pieced Double Wedding Ring blocks for a client. She explains clearly how she is constructing two bed runners rather than one large quilt from the blocks that are all ‘slightly unique’! Hum! It looks like quite a puzzle… I am in awe of Rebecca’s ability to figure out what needs to be done to create a precious heirloom out of a collection of partially finished blocks.
Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers and Jennifer for Wednesday Wait Loss. Both blog link ups feature inspiring project ideas and are great examples of the friendliness to be found in the Worldwide Quilting community 🙂
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I had a fruitful sewing day with friends on Thursday. I made most of the blocks for my latest version of ‘Dashing Stars’, the quilt pattern written by Viv Poon especially for the Beginners Course run in her shop Purple Stitches. I’m
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration to be found thanks to the generosity and kindness of members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave links of interest and the thoughts you’d like to share in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
My apologies for the late arrival of this edition. I spent Saturday teaching the first session of the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches. One class in the morning and then a repeat of the session in the afternoon for a second class! Isn’t it great that a whole new bunch of people want to learn how to make a patchwork quilt? 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed meeting these new-comers to our craft and the day sped by in a most enjoyable way, but phew! I was talked-out and fit for not much at all in the evening! Hats off to those of you who teach more than one whole day a week!
Like my students I have some homework to do to keep up with the class – we meet again in a fortnight. I completed just two blocks yesterday so need to make the remainder of these blocks in five more colourways. This afternoon I cut out the remaining fabrics so I’m all set to make examples of the next two blocks, a Churn Dash and a Sawtooth Star ready for the second session of the Beginners Course. Now I’ve got all the pieces cut and carefully packed I shall take them along to Thursdays sewing day with the aim of completing my homework and preparing for the next class 🙂
At last I can return to the second Square-in-a-Square quilt and get down to quilting it. I’ll be using Aurifil 2110 40wt thread. It’s a very pale yellow and blends well with all the warm summery colours in the quilt top.
There have been loads of interesting and inspiring blog posts to read this past week. Here are links to just a few:
Rachel has found some very neat solutions to a downsize in her sewing space. Moving to a Dutch townhouse from an American farmhouse has brought to light many differences in the way everyday living is conducted on either side of the Atlantic!
Sharing skills is one of the ways we build up our Worldwide Quilting Community. Jayne has been demonstrating hand quilting at a local show for several years. In her recent post she shows some of the quilts she’s taken along (some more than once – well it does take a long time to hand quilt a quilt!). I’m particularly intrigued by her version of the ‘The Long Road Home’ quilt – the pattern is by Paula Barnes.
It’s that Worldwide Quilting Community thing again 🙂 Reading Alyce Blythe’s email newsletter I was intrigued by a link she had provided under the heading ‘How to Quilt Wavy Borders’. I clicked over to HollyAnne Knight’s blog and found lots of helpful tips in her tutorial. A good article to keep Pinned for a rainy wavy day 🙂
And on her own blog page Alyce is sharing the beautiful boxed set of twelve 50wt Aurifil threads she has curated under the name ‘Mini Masterpieces’ – in honour of her latest book. The thread collection is lovely and is definitely on my wish list.
Switching blocks from a horizontal grid to an angled, ‘on-point’ layout can really transform a quilt. Amy Friend was playing with her spider web blocks, took the plunge and cut into them to set them on point. The finished quilt looks so much more dynamic than the original.
Suzy has some wisdom to share re. attacking our mounds of WIPs (Works In Progress). There’s some sound advice – even down to throwing away projects we no longer love! Steady…..!*!
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