Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (263)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and be inspired by some of what’s been shared in our Worldwide Quilting Community this past week. If you click on any of the links below (which I hope you do!) please do leave an encouraging message in the comments box for the writers of the posts. Thank you!

I’ve not been using up much fabric or thread this week instead I’ve been busy designing and re-designing a quilt suitable for a beginners class. I had to make three versions of the ‘Squares-in-a-Square’ block before I hit upon the perfect formula.

I was seeking to use cutting measurements that didn’t involve using 1/8th inch increments along with piecing which allowed for a bit of ‘wiggle room’ so the points of the four patch wouldn’t be cut off when the block is stitched to it’s neighbouring blocks… Got there in the end with cutting measurements to 1/4″ and a 3/8th of an inch seam allowance at the points! Phew!

Today I worked on the Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial I’ll be posting on Thursday as part of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 blog hop. I had some major brain fog problems so I actually ended up creating a few more scraps instead of eliminating them 😀 Never mind! I have a new basket to keep the new scraps tidy!

On Wednesday I published a post about the current state of our local quilt groups/guilds. Terry contributed a very interesting reply. Please do take time to have a read and add your experience to the ‘What’s Happening to Quilt Guilds in 2021’ discussion.

 

Here is this weeks selection of inspiring and intriguing blog posts written by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community:

JanineMarie is keeping up with the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Her scrappy triangle blocks are very effective especially when grouped together. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt – the blocks look similar to 19th Century Crazy Patchwork but made in modern prints.

If you enjoy a tour of a sewing room (without going green with envy!)and picking up storage ideas then head over to Rebecca Grace’s blog post. She’s been rearranging her sewing space to accommodate a new long arm machine.

Do you have fond memories of dressing paper dolls? Well Melva has taken this activity a step further and made a dress-up doll quilt! Melva shares her process for making the doll blocks and their clothes. Such a clever idea and sure to be a hit with the child who receives it.

Carole has shared a two part tutorial introducing us to ‘pin weaving‘ using fabric strips to weave and fuse ready to make a bag.

Charisma reviews a book by Heather Black called ‘Design Make Quilt Modern – taking a quilt from inspiration to reality‘. Charisma found the comprehensive scope of the book very inspiring, concluding ‘It gives great insight as to how to tackle designing in a manageable way’.

Week 3 of Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 and Swan Sheridan shares another great tutorial building a quick quilt from small rectangular scraps.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia found some prepared fabric squares amongst her sewing and made a sweet little baby quilt – quick, surprise projects can be such a blessing can’t they?

Happy stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (257)

Welcome toSaturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along you project(s) and take time to share in the conversations and news inspired by our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Do join in by leaving encouraging comments on the blog posts you click through to.

Have you been making progress with your sewing projects this week? After the rainbow quilt marathon I had fun stitching a quick project. I needed a protective sleeve to protect my new mobile phone from scratches and bumps. It took me a while to find the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial in the archives of this blog but eventually I found the post, dated June 2015 (doesn’t time fly?), and with this and the printed instructions from a mini workshop held at North Hampshire Quilters I set about making me a phone sleeve.

I bought a fat quarter of this luscious Sally Kelly fabric with mask making in mind but I reckon there’s enough fabric in a FQ for a mask AND a phone sleeve 🙂 After all if I’m wearing the mask I can’t see the fabric whereas I can keep the phone sleeve in view just about all the time 😀 I will share an updated version of the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial very soon.

Today I packed away my sewing machines and equipment, transforming the sewing room into a guest room. How exciting is it that from Monday we can invite our visitors indoors and have them stay overnight? Thankfully this change in Covid restrictions has coincided with our DD and SIL having a break from their studies and they’ve chosen to spend the week with us. I’ll be switching to sociable hand stitching while my sewing machines enjoy a rest! My on-going hand sewing project is the English Country Garden QAL. This month we are making the Marigold block. I cut out all the papers a couple of weeks ago. Now I need to cut the fabric prior to glue basting the shapes, stitching them together and then stitching all the pieces onto the background square. Plenty to do!

Here are the leads into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty to interest you and inspire your creativity:

Allison Harris has shared another of her simple but oh! so effective designs. The pattern is called ‘Tulips’ for obvious reasons and looks to be a great way to use up left over strips of fabric.

Yvonne has recorded a short video full of tips for handling a large quilt through the process of walking foot quilting. In particular she demonstrates how when quilting an area at the edge of the quilt it is possible to avoid having to shove all the bulk through the throat of the sewing machine.

Do you find adding fabrics into a charm pack tricky? Cheryl has released a really helpful video explaining how she goes about choosing just two extra fabrics to expand a charm pack into a good sized quilt. I think her new book ‘Just One Charm Pack Quilts’ is going to be very popular!

A teapot, teacups and cup cakes adorn Elana’s table runner. She’s sourced designs and tutorial tips from various sites to put together a unique and very attractive runner 🙂

Angela Walter’s Free Motion QAL is coming to a close. This final video tackles the ‘Paisley Feathers’ design. I find watching someone stitching out free motion designs quite mesmerising 😀 Have you found watching FMQ helpful in developing your own FMQ skills?

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (256)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope whatever this past week has brought your way you will have an opportunity over weekend to bring along your project(s) and relax whilst sharing in the inspiration members of the Worldwide Quilting Community have been posting for our gain. Leaving your thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes at the end of the posts you read is great way to take part in the sharing 🙂

I have managed to move on a few projects this week and, of course, spent no small amount of time chasing squirrel projects! First to what I have actually done: quilting the March Forget-me-not block for the English Country Garden Quilt Along. Whew! It’s a finish!

The text print background fabric hides the quilting so it’s easiest seen on the back:

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (255)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and conversations running through our friendly and generous Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you will find all sorts of routes through what’s being shared by clicking a few of the links in the second half of this post 🙂

Here in the UK we are enjoying a Bank Holiday weekend. Unfortunately the weather seems to be ignoring the holiday and staying rather cool. In fact last month was the frostiest April in 60 years. It must also have been one of the driest for us in the South. Oh! How our local Woodpigeons enjoyed the rain when it finally arrived on Wednesday 😀

Woodpigeons sat on our fence in the pouring rain!

The birds have been providing plenty of entertainment over the past week. Last Sunday ‘our’ male Blackbird arrived in the garden with two chicks that must have been having their first trip away from their nest. They stood around looking slightly bemused, opening their

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