Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (249)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and relax in the company of quilters from around the World – after all it is International Quilting Day 🙂 There’ll be plenty of sharing of ideas going on – use the links below to visit a few quilty bloggers and join in the sharing by adding to the conversations in the comments boxes.

I’ve tried to stay focussed through the week but I did get a bit fluttery yesterday when I suddenly felt overwhelmed by all the projects on the go! Progress has been made on a few. Once I’d overcome the overwhelm (if you know what I mean?) I followed my DHs advice (up to a point) and got stuck into one (or two) projects. First up, I made a large piece of wadding from several offcuts of Quilters Dream Green. That felt good! Next I made a label for the Sixty Slice quilt calling my version the ‘Sixty Degree Summer’ quilt and pieced that into a pieced backing. I forgot to take a photo of the backing before getting the quilt sandwich clamped to my basting table…

Hand sewing has been going on steadily through the week, yesterday I stitched together the fourth and last of the hexie flowers I intend to applique to an Irish Chain quilt.

As I’ve already started machine quilting the quilt I think I will attempt to machine applique the hexie flowers to the quilt sandwich. Any advice? Is this plan likely to lead to a puckered disaster? Would I do better to carefully hand applique the hexie flowers to the top layer and then machine quilt on and around them?

So that’s more than enough sewing room action for one weekend really: pin basting the Sixty Degree Summer quilt; and attaching the flowers to the Irish Chain quilt. But, and here I open the window into my overwhelm, there are several other projects scattered across my sewing room. There are this months Rainbow Scrap Challenge string blocks to make – so far all I’ve done is sort out the green fabric strings from the box.

Then there’s the English Country Garden QAL – I’ve cut out the fabrics for the March block but got no further.

(And of course there are blocks up on the design wall ready to be stitched together into ANOTHER quilt top) 😀

On Thursday I received some happy post, a complimentary copy of the latest edition of Love Patchwork & Quilting as one of my designs is in the magazine 🙂 You can find out more about Issue 96 by visiting the @lovequiltingmag bio and clicking the link to buy print and digital copies, or to subscribe. Next week I’ll share more about the design and my limited experience of having designs published in magazines.

Time for a bumper batch of links to celebrate International Quilters Day:

Wow! Linda has pushed herself hard through a design process and produced a really spectacular quilt. It all began at the end of January in a workshop on Zoom run by Maria Shell. It’s well worth reading this summary blog post to see how Linda finished the quilt but you might then take a trip through her earlier posts to follow the ups and downs of the design process.

Carole is enjoying the transition from Winter to Spring, she says she’s ‘Breathing Again‘. Enjoying Spring flowers, birds visiting her garden and an outdoor lunch with a show and tell with friends.

Another brilliant tutorial from Yvonne. This time she walks us through making accurate, consistent Square-in-a-Square blocks. So much helpful information and a cutting chart too. Definitely worth saving a link to this tutorial 🙂

Nancy enjoys searching in thrift stores for fabrics suitable for quilting. She has found a great selection of shirts, blouses and bed linen to bolster her stash. Nancy takes a needle with her when she’s hunting for fabrics – just to make sure the fabric weave is loose enough to make hand quilting comfortable.

Leanne’s latest edition of ‘Let’s Get to Know’ features Bernie of Needle & Foot. I have followed Bernie’s blog since around 2015 and always look forward to receiving a notification in my inbox letting me know she’s published a post.

Cynthia is a queen of scrap quilting. She’s been dealing with an over-flow of brown scraps. Some may think ‘meh’ about the colour but I think Cynthia’s Courthouse Steps Blocks will gain a few more thumbs up for brown!

Earlier this month Michelle shared her thoughts on binding quilts and got a lively and informative discussion going in the comments section of her blog. In that post she also shared a link to a binding tutorial post she wrote back in 2016 – well worth a couple of clicks 🙂

Laura Hopper has been a guest on the Suzy Quilts website sharing her skills of organizing and storage. In this post Laura shares some tips that should help us think more clearly about Quilt Fabric Organization.

Jen is helping to ‘keep it real’ by giving a tour of her basement sewing space. It is a windowless laundry room but with a bit of ingenuity and good grace Jen is making it a productive and happy place.

Cheryl shares a baby quilt tutorial which could be a great scrap buster – lots of strips cut into half square triangles.

Funny how we can make loads of quilts to give away but put off making things for our own homes! Laura has taken time to get round to making a cover for her sewing machine – it was worth the wait! She’s chosen bright colours to compliment her sewing room.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She’s on roll finishing quilt tops!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Speedy Patchwork and a Pre-Wash Surprise!

Well! This was a bit of a surprise! To allow the fibres to shrink before cutting and piecing I pre-washed a piece of white cotton from IKEA I wasn’t expecting the colour to change! I mean it’s white, there’s no dye to bleed!

Left: Before washing and Right: After washing

My husband knows a thing or two about this and says its the OBA (Optical Brightening Agent) in the detergent and demonstrated it’s effect with a UV light 🙂

Left: Before washing and Right: After washing

I generally wash my quilting cottons before cutting and piecing. I know there are good arguments on both sides of the pre-wash vs. don’t wash debate. I just feel more comfortable knowing excess dye has been washed out of deep colours and the cotton fibres have shrunk before I start sewing. Of course there are exceptions to most rules and I’m willing to be pragmatic on this issue. Fabrics in packs of pre-cut strips and squares can’t be washed without fraying and becoming distorted. If I’m using pre-cut strips or squares I don’t wash the background fabrics I’ll be piecing with them – they can all shrink together when the finished quilt is washed.  And scrap quilts do end up being a mix of pre-washed fabrics and off-cuts from unwashed pre-cuts. So, in principle, I pre-wash but there are plenty of exceptions 😀

Back to sewing 🙂 I decided to take out the dark solid from the blocks I made over the weekend. I don’t think it was the dark colour value bothering me, it was much more that the chunk of solid colour in amongst the prints and lighter solids kept drawing my eye – becoming less a place to rest the eye and more of a distraction.

Looking at a B&W image of the completed quilt top I’m satisfied there is a fair range of value without the dark solid.

 

Having completed this quilt top my attention went straight back to the remaining fat quarters.

I decided on another simple block pattern and found a really helpful strip piecing technique for making the blocks in Allison Harris’ book, ‘Growing Up Modern’. It was easy to adapt her width-of-fabric instructions to my fat quarters and non-standard width IKEA cotton. I am enjoying giving my sewing machine a pedal-to-the-metal workout as we race through all the long seams together 🙂

Ready for some high-speed strip-piecing action!

I haven’t decided on a layout for this quilt but as there are only four prints I think it may be easier to keep them in an orderly fashion rather than try to make a ‘random’ distribution. Here are the blocks I’ve made so far:

Linking with Jennifer for Wednesday Wait Loss – a place to encourage one-another to keep going with our WIPs. Also linking with Susan for Midweek Makers – she’s found a lot of green quilts to get in the spirit of St Patrick’s Day. With all this speedy strip piecing it seems appropriate to link with Denise for Put your foot down Thursday 🙂

Lastly a heads up that this coming Saturday, 20th March, is International Quilting Day 🙂 Will you be doing anything special to mark the day?

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (248)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I’m sorry to be late publishing. Yesterday I had one of those stomach-drop moments when I found I couldn’t access my own blog site *horrible* Thankfully my website lady worked her magic and all is running smoothly now. I hope you have had time to enjoy sewing this weekend, maybe a few treats have come your way too if you are a mother in the UK? 🙂 There may just be time to bring along your project and share in the tips, ideas and inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you visit some blog sites via the links below you can join in the sharing by leaving your thoughts in the comments boxes 🙂

After finishing the I-Spy Puzzle quilt at the start of the week I had a bit of a tidy-up in my sewing room, taking time to clear the lint out of my sewing machine and then looked around for my next project. I always have more than one WIP but somehow finishing a project causes a bit of stutter in my creative flow: Which project should I focus on now? Is this the time to start a new project ;-)? I didn’t really think hard about my choices…. This is how the sewing panned out through the rest of the week:

Read more

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (247)

Welcome to a belated edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have been having some stitching fun this weekend. Bring along your project(s) and share in the some of the quilty goodness offered to us by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do click on the links below and join in the conversations by leaving an encouraging word or two in the comment boxes at the end of any posts that inspire you.

I-Spy Puzzle Quilt. The quilt sandwich showing wonky, non- squared edges.

I’ve been absorbed in making a(nother) Scrap Vortex style quilt. I’m calling this one the ‘I-Spy Puzzle Quilt’ as I’ve included lots of pieces of

Read more