After a very enjoyable weekend with family I’ve been in two minds about publishing this post as a ‘Quilting Bring & Share’ or just starting over with a blank screen. But here we are…. It’s Tuesday, it’s very hot and I will be basing this post on the links I collected last week 🙂 So, welcome to
Saturday Tuesday Quilting Bring & Share! Do bring along your projects and share in quilty conversations using the links in the second half of this post.
What were we up to this past weekend? Well! Lovely couple, daughter and son-in-law came to stay and we met up with other family members to make our annual trip to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, for the Anniversary Games athletics meet. We arrived at the Park in good time for those of our party who fancied a dip in the Olympic pool to do so. We then enjoyed a walk through the Park to the Velodrome where we sat track side sipping coffee, watching amateur cyclists having a lesson using the fixed-wheel track bikes to ride the very steeply banked track. I really enjoy revisiting the Park: seeing how it is continuing to be re-developed, how the trees and vegetation planted for 2012 are becoming established and seeing the international standard sports facilities readily available for use by the general public.
My sewing room was converted to a guest room for the weekend. The sewing machine is now set up again and I am itching to get on with some stitching but I have a pattern deadline to meet. Yesterday morning I worked on writing the pattern – calculator close at hand to figure out the math. I would like the quilt top to be fat quarter ‘friendly’ so there’s been a bit of jiggery-pokery going on with the design and various cutting plans drawn out on squared paper. I think I’ve got there now, having struggled a bit to settle on an answer to the question, ‘Exactly what is a fat quarter?’ Quilting fabrics come in widths from 40″ to 44″ so a fat quarter could be 20″ – 22″ wide, and as for the length along the selvedge? Well! Don’t get me started! Here in the UK while we cheerfully measure the width of fabrics in inches we actually buy lengths by the metre. A metric fat quarter is 50cm or 19¾” long whereas an Imperial fat quarter is half a yard,18 inches, long! Those variations in width and length can make a significant difference to the number of patches it’s possible to cut from a selection of fat quarters. I shall organise my cutting instructions to fit the smallest of accurately cut fat quarters, 18″ x 20″. Of course this smallest size could be even smaller if the fat quarter is washed and shrinks before cutting! :-O
My fat quarter calculations are further complicated by the fabrics I’ve chosen to use to make the design and test my pattern. I’m using Oakshott fabrics for the first time. The complication for me in trying to test the accuracy of a fat quarter friendly pattern is that the Oakshott fabrics are 54″ wide 😀 And I’ve discovered that when washed they do shrink a little more lengthwise than width-wise…. Oh! Dear! My poor brain! Anyhow, these are issues for me to resolve so the eventual pattern users can cut and piece without worrying about running short of fabric.
The Oakshott fabrics feel lovely and have a beautiful sheen. Oakshott shot cottons are ideal for use as blenders or to create a graduation of colour as the warp and weft threads are different shades of the same colour or in some cases different hues altogether.
I’m looking forward to a sewing day with friends on Thursday when I plan to make half of the Jelly Roll Waves blocks. Thankfully, Myra has generously allowed two weeks to make half the blocks so I can still comfort myself with the knowledge that I’m not falling behind on the QAL (yet!).
Following on from the Patchwork Workshop I ran a couple of weeks ago I have published two patterns. There is the full pattern for the ‘Into the Woods’ table runner/wall hanging or a pack containing the patterns and foundation papers to make the three pine trees (I have included additional templates so up to ten tree blocks are ready to be made from a ‘Three Pine Trees’ pack). They are available in printed form only at present as they contain foundation paper piecing templates. Despite the help of Jo Westfoot aka The Crafty Nomad I still haven’t figured out how to publish FPP pdf patterns. When I do I will list the patterns, including templates, as downloadable pdfs.
Both patterns are available to purchase via my Etsy shop, AllisonsPatchworks.
Here are the promised links into the Worldwide Quilting Community (sorry about all the burble above!):
It’s always helpful to take advice from an expert. Christa Watson designs quilts and fabrics but openly admits her main love is quilting. This week she’s been sharing her tips for stitching Quilt in the Ditch across a large quilt on a domestic machine.
Stephanie has made a fascinating search for mentions of quilts in old newspaper clippings. The economy and recycling tips are genius!
And talking of designers… Teri shared some of the doubts that went through her mind after sending off quilt samples to her publisher. (I follow a marketing coach called Claire Mitchell – she often gives advice about how to close down the ‘mind monkeys’!). Teri also shares a link to a range of solid colour fabrics by Benartex.
Amy Ellis has been posting a series of patchwork basics on You Tube. This week is all about matching seams and points. She demonstrates different ways of pinning patchwork units with seams pressed to one side along with units pressed with seams open. She also adds tips for using alternatives to pins such as glue or binding clips.
Here is a really cheerful post by Rebecca entitled ‘Good Things Happen when You Join a Quilt Guild‘. Couldn’t agree more – although I should add that ‘guild’ needs a bit of transatlantic translation, generally our local quilt ‘groups’ are the equivalent of ‘guilds’ in the USA. (And I can also add that as we at the local quilt group, Roundabout Quilters, Basingstoke prepare for our biennial exhibition we do have room to recruit some new members). 😉
Well! That’s a relief to have caught up with the Quilting Bring & Share post. Now I need to take a big gulp of coffee before facing all the email notifications linking me to the next batch of fascinating blog posts 🙂
Linking with Christine at Stitch All the Things for To-Do Tuesday. Christine shares some of the ‘squirrels’ that sent her chasing projects other than those on her goal list last week.