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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Sorry I’m a little late publishing this weeks post – I think I’m getting a bit lackadaisical with deadlines as this lock-down stretches into forever! Hey-ho! Let’s enjoy bringing our projects along and sharing in the inspiration and news circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do use the links below to click to other blogs and I’m sure you’ll be inspired and heartened by what you see and read – don’t forget to leave a kind comment to encourage those bloggers to keep on sharing 🙂

Last week I didn’t have my camera SD card with me so I published a Saturday Quilting post starved of photos. This week I’m going to make up for that lack with a feast of photos! There’s definitely a theme of soft, muted colours going on as I share my first finish of the year. It’s a quilt inspired by the question. ‘What to do with a pack of eight fat quarters?’ I bought the pack because I loved the colours (aren’t the fabric manufacturers and shop owners clever, knowing exactly what will press our fabric loving buttons? :-D).The fabrics are from the Melange range by Stof and I bought a pack called ‘Misty Morning’ from Cotton Patch way back in the first UK lock-down. The colours certainly are reminiscent of a misty morning but for me the fabrics took my thoughts to walking the moorlands of the Peak District, Derbyshire.

Ah! Holidays, remember those? On to the quilt design… I decided to set myself a challenge of finding out just how big a quilt I could make from my pack of fat quarters, minimising waste and leftovers. I had some yardage of the Melange fabric to play with too. I used a light

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (241)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have the time and inclination to bring along your project(s) and share in the news and inspiration to be found via our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 You can spread the goodness by clicking on some of the links below and leaving a like or a comment wherever you find a blog post that sparks your interest. Thank you!

How’s your week been? I’ve definitely got my sew-jo back which is lovely. I’ve had time to work on my ‘quick quilt‘ which, of course, has turned out to be NOT so quick after all! I ran into problems with basting and quilting it – so many tucks and pleats. I felt I had no choice but to unpick the rows of stitching I’d completed and then take out all the basting pins and start again *sigh*

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (240)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the conversations and inspiration being circulated via our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to click on a few of the links below; maybe find a quilty blogger you haven’t met before, learn a new technique or discover a new on-line event to join making new friends along the way. Please do leave a comment or a like on the pages you visit – it is such an encouragement to the writers of the blogs we read.

Thank you for all the encouraging comments left me last week after I admitted to having lost my sew-jo. They were just what I needed to get the cover off my sewing machine and get stitching. On Monday I wrote about the string blocks that got me back into sewing mode alongside my plan to make a string block quilt for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2021. I received two messages from readers very politely asking if they might use the design for their RSC quilts? That gave me a real boost – so good to know my idea had given them the inspiration they needed for the Challenge. I think that definitely counts as a tick for my word of the year, SHARE 🙂

Having found my sew-jo I now need to work on my ‘pattern-jo’. Boy! Have I been making heavy weather of writing a pattern for a table runner/wall-hanging project! 😀 This week I’ve managed to write enough to be able to test the cutting instructions for two of the blocks. Thankfully they came together as planned. Now to write the instructions for and make the third and final block…

Of course a revitalised sew-jo lead to a Dreami (drop everything and make it) project has sprung onto my design wall! This began as a solution to the problem of what to do with pre-cut fabric packs? I find it difficult to resist buying packs of coordinating fabrics, they look so lovely on the shelves in my sewing room but what to do with them? I came up with an idea for this pack of eight fat quarters (an on-line, lockdown purchase made last year).

Melange by Stof ‘Misty Morning’ fat quarter pack and yardage.

I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible to make a good size lap quilt. The quilt plan grew in the back of my mind, some of the maths became my ‘go back to sleep’ thoughts in the middle of the night. This week suddenly felt like the right time to break into the fat quarter stack. After machine washing the fabrics I was pleased all measured just over 18″ x 20″ except for one fat quarter which wasn’t cut straight:

Never mind, with a bit of fiddling I just managed to get the necessary cuts from this wonky fat quarter.

The little basket in the photo contains all of the left-over fabric from eight fat quarters – I’m pleased so little fabric has gone to waste or been added to my scrap bins. The partially completed nine-patch block is the only glimpse I can give of the quilt just now but I hope it will come together very quickly and soon be ready for the big reveal.

Here are this weeks links into our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Cherry’s latest pattern, Oh! Sew Happy, is a cheerful row-by-row sewing themed quilt. There are spools, buttons, a sewing machine as well as a row of houses and the word ‘sew’. Lots of elements of the pattern could be used or adapted to make wall hangings for a sewing room or gifts for stitching friends.

Angela Walters has scheduled a series of live chats over on her You Tube channel (recordings will be available if the live times are not convenient for you). Here is the schedule: 21st Jan, Tips for Machine Quilting Feathers; 28th Jan, Help! How do I Quilt it?; and 4th Feb, The Business of Machine Quilting.

A post by Yvonne Fuchs aka Quilting Jet Girl led me to a skill building block of the month that has just got underway. Organised by Kim Lapacek the ‘Old School Block of the Month’ will have blocks contributed by twelve quilt designers through the year. Here are links to the introductory post and the first block post.

Looking for a speedy way to cut fabric? Katy demonstrates How a Die Cutter Works. And in a second post Katy shares information about the various die cutting machines and their accompanying dies manufactured by Accuquilt.

Rachel has made a serious dent in her collection of string scraps and has a finished Log Cabin quilt to enjoy. I especially like the scrappy border she improvised – another way of using up string scraps 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Finding my sew-jo during lockdown

My planned 8 x 10 block layout for RSC21

Well! We’re not in our first or even our second lockdown here in the UK. Nope! We are settling into our third. I don’t know why this one has hit me hard. Perhaps the announcement last Monday, 4th January, came just a bit too soon after all the emotional re-adjusting we went through in the run up to Christmas? Plans to see family and friends petered away to a quiet, stay in your household, affair.

Whatever the reason my sew-jo disappeared. It took me ’til the weekend to uncover Julie the Juki ready to power through some patchwork piecing. During the week I did visit my sewing room a few times and fiddled about sorting pink strips, pressing them and cutting foundation papers to size (or what in my fuddled state I thought was ‘to size’).

Halfway through the first string block the bobbin thread ran out…. Then nearing completion of the block it suddenly dawned on me that the foundation paper was 8″ square. My plan was to have 8″ finished blocks! *Groan*! The papers should have been cut with a seam allowance, making them 8½” square. Rookie mistake! After a quick look at the scruffy, untrimmed edges of the block I felt the fabric strips were long enough and the seams stitched far enough beyond the paper that I would be able to square the block to 8½ inches. Thankfully that worked. For the remaining seven blocks I made sure to extend the strips and the seams well beyond the edge of the foundation papers and trimmed them all to the correct size 🙂 So glad I only cut the eight paper squares needed for this months Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and didn’t get carried away cutting loads of papers, the wrong size, for future use.

These eight blocks will form one row of my RSC21 quilt. Thought I’d leave my pink slippers peaking in the photo!

The lockdown no-sew-jo has been broken, all be it a rather shaky break-through. Just as well I chose a forgiving block – no accurate cutting or seam matching required – whew!

Now I’m attempting to re-engage my brain cells by writing and testing a new pattern. It involves hearts… Will it be ready for this years Valentines Day or 14th Feb 2022? 😀

If your sew-jo has been missing I hope you re-discover it very soon 🙂

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap (she’s making pink blocks for several rainbow scrap quilts) and Judy for Design Wall Monday (she is making Drunkard’s Path blocks).

Allison