Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to be creative this weekend. Bring your project(s) along and share in some of the inspiration to be found in our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like to add your ideas and thoughts into the mix then please do make use of the Comments box at the bottom of this page or join in with a comment on any of the pages you click on and visit. Thank you!
I must admit to feeling a tad tired today after a busy couple of weeks. There have been some unexpected days of work at Purple Stitches, some hours of sleep lost to noisy weather along with the general upheaval and rearranging that go with decorating a bedroom. Being involved in such a varied mix of activities after all the months of slow, steady predictability have caught up with me! Thankfully I have some restful, straightforward cutting and piecing to keep me occupied over the weekend.
First there were the September blocks of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 to complete. Nice surprise here when I found all the 2½” squares cut and ready to piece. A bit scary that I have no recollection of cutting the squares from
My Quilter’s Color Quest quilt is finished! I have so enjoyed learning about colour by reading Rachel Hauser’s book, ‘A Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’. Working through the challenges presented in the book and via the Quilter’s Color Quest has helped me gain a better understanding of my own colour and fabric preferences. I feel much more confident about choosing fabrics, understanding much better why I’m drawn to some rather than others but also how to incorporate fabrics I might have rejected in the past into my future projects.
The Bear Paw blocks were such a pleasure to make. I decided to piece my 59 blocks into an on-point layout with narrow sashing to separate the blocks. I used unbleached calico for the background, all the Bear Paw fabrics were lurking in my stash or scrap bins.
The backing fabric was a gift brought back from a trip to SE Asia. I had to cut the length in half and join selvage edges together to make a piece the right width for the backing. I still can’t quite believe I managed to match up the two pieces of fabric so well – the seam is hardly visible, even if I do say so myself 😀
At 51″ by 71″ the quilt was a comfortable size to fit through Julie the Juki. I used a Hera Marker to establish the initial quilting lines across the pin basted quilt sandwich. One gently wavy line across the centre and another intersecting it were enough to begin the process of stitching out the wavy grid design. I used a walking foot with the line guide set to 2″ to make sure the echoed stitching lines were evenly spaced.
In the bobbin I used a light brown Aurifil 40wt thread, 2314, which blended well with the backing fabric. I chose a varigated Aurifil 40wt thread, 3817, for the top to give some colour to the plain calico setting triangles at the end of each row of blocks.
To finish the quilt I made a scrappy binding, machine stitching it to the back before folding it to the front and machine stitching it down. I also made a label, this time stitching it into the binding before hand stitching the other two edges in place. (Here’s the link to a label making tutorial I shared earlier this year).
Last night a storm blew up, I crept downstairs, lifted the Bear Tracks and Big Dottie quilts from the sofas and laid them on top of our inadequate summer duvets. Perfect! We were quickly warm enough to go back to sleep! Makes me think I need to make a full size quilt for our bedroom… 😀
Linking this rare finish of mine with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant, Wendy for the Peacock Party and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. As an introduction to Down Syndrome Awareness Month Michelle gives a beautiful account of being the parent of a child with the condition.
Welcome to Saturday/Sunday Quilting Bring & Share 😉 Please do bring along a project or two, fill a glass or mug with your favourite beverage and relax as we share in just a little of the goodness doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in the sharing by clicking on the links and/or adding your thoughts and ideas in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you 🙂
I’ve had a varied week. Last weekend we made good headway on decorating our son’s bedroom – a good team effort by the three of us. On Monday Dear Hubby and I took the day off and drove down to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. It’s one of our go-to places and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was balmy, the sea and sky were blue, there were plenty of birds to be spied from the hides around the Reserve AND it was warm enough to enjoy lunch in the Cafe garden (I highly recommend the Dorset Apple Cake!).
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along a project and share in some of the generosity and inspiration being posted by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your links and contributions to the conversations in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
Before I share my projects I’m going to share a story from the wonderful Community that exists around the craft of patchwork quilting: I was so touched to receive an email from Jana who has just finished a quilt for her first Grandchild. Jana’s daughter had asked for a Snoopy themed quilt in a very specific colour scheme. An internet search brought Jana to one of my blog posts featuring the Snoopy baby quilt I’d made for a friend, this became the inspiration for her quilt 🙂
Jana wrote, ‘This is my second quilt but I made my first one 15 years ago so this should probably count as my first! This quilt was way beyond my skill set and I quickly realized that during the planning stages. I found wonderful help from my neighbor, who has her own studio, and she pointed me to a wonderful quilting community. I could not have done it without their help and YouTube.’
I’m so happy Jana has discovered the Patchwork Quilting Community and I’m glad to say she is already collecting fabrics to make another quilt 🙂
My sewing progress has slowed down this week but not completely stalled so I can report that I’m about 2/3rds of the way round stitching the binding to the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt (we watched Casablanca last night for the first time ever and I managed to keep stitching through most of it!). Quilting the wavy grid design over the Bear Tracks quilt is also progressing steadily – maybe about 1/4 of the quilting is complete. Thankfully it’s an easy design to do in short bursts. My machine is all set up and ready to go with the walking foot and line guide in position so I can disappear into the sewing room for 20 minutes at a time, stitch a couple of lines of the grid before getting back to other things that need doing around the house and garden.
No surprise that there’s lots of quilty goodness to share in this weeks selection from our Worldwide Quilting Community:
Patty has kindly shared a tutorial to make a baby quilt from a charm pack and a yard of background fabric. The layout of off-centre Half Square Triangles gives the quilt a modern ‘edge’ and allows for lots of fun arranging the HSTs by colour.
Have you tried taking part in an on-line class? I’ve yet to enroll in one but joining with others for a class or workshop from your own home sewing table is getting to be a real ‘thing’ after virtually all exhibitions, shows and shop based classes have been cancelled. Next month Christa Watson will be teaching three classes at the ‘Pacific International Quilt Festival On-line’. Click over to her blog post to read the details and find out about the enrollment procedure.
Christa is also starting a new series on her blog, called Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks. It’s well worth subscribing to her blog to receive the email notification when she publishes one of these posts.
I’m a bit of a sucker for star blocks! Sandra shares her latest quilt, made with large star blocks. She used a fat quarter pack of Blueberry Park fabrics and the quilt looks so fresh in green, blues and yellows. Sandra shares how she came to make a pieced back and her use of the ‘floppy feathers’ design in the quilting.
Have you noticed there is a lot of curved piecing being incorporated into modern quilt designs at present? If you fancy giving curved piecing a go then I recommend this photo tutorial by Leanne. She includes lots of useful tips and reaches out through the screen to hold hands through the curved piecing process 🙂
Amy Friend is sharing a seasonal pumpkin pattern over on her blog page. The pumpkin is foundation paper pieced. Amy has used four of the pumpkins to make a cushion cover, they could also be used to make a table topper or place mats as well as being incorporated into a quilt.
Emily Dennis has built up a great set of patterns that all clearly share her design style and fabric choice. Her latest pattern is called ‘Glowing‘, comes in three sizes and is fat quarter friendly.