Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Has time been moving slowly for you or racing by? We are aiming to make the weekend feel different from the week days we’ve been spending together in our household of three. I’m especially glad to have the routine of publishing SQBS to remind me it really is Saturday. This is an opportunity to bring along your project(s), share in the varied and inspiring information being circulated around the Worldwide Quilting Community and just BE for a little while 🙂
I’m in need of a fanfare… I actually have a FINISHED project to bring along and share. I completed hand quilting the applique cushion front and made an envelope back (with buttons!). I am so happy with this little step into the world of needle turned applique. The fabric colours actually reflect the current season more closely than the Spring Color Quest Bear Paw block I shared in my previous blog post!
I’ve also enjoyed BEing in the moment at my sewing machine, stitching more Dear Dottie blocks. I love seeing the collection up on my design wall. I’m in no big hurry to finish this project but now that I’m exactly halfway there – at least with regards to the number of blocks required – my mind is running onto the quilting. ‘Slow down! Slow down! Stay in the moment and BE!’
I’ve completed all the blocks with dark borders now I need to make twentyone more blocks with white(ish) borders and medium value coloured centres (like those to the left of my design wall) A good project to get stuck into after an afternoon planting potatoes and onions at the allotment. Oh! My back! Ouch!
Lots of great posts to share this week, this is only a small selection of what I’ve read, there are more links over on my Pinterest boards:
Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts has kindly launched The Happy Scrappy Quilt QAL. It’s a no-pressure, 9-patch mystery Quilt-A-Long. Alyce will publish new blocks every few days and the aim is to follow along engaging in half an hour of mindful sewing as a bit of therapy in these unsettling times.
Myra has opened a new link-up, The Stress-Free Quilt-A-Long. She’s put most of her pattern publishing schedule on hold and is choosing just to BE, using sewing as therapy and inviting us to share our sewing via the ongoing link-up.
Linda is creating some beautiful quilt designs in her ‘She Cave’. It’s very interesting to see how an idea developed into fabric and the changes Linda introduced as she played with pieces on her design wall. I’m particularly drawn to the 3D effect her fabric placement creates – a modern Tumblers quilt with curved piecing :-O
If you need to convince anyone of the importance of washing hands often and effectively then you will find this video shared by Nancy really handy. A good one to share with children and adults.
Jayne has kindly worked out the cutting instructions and produced a tutorial to make two blocks her Grandmother used together to produce several simple striking quilts.
Jo Avery has made a great effort to maintain her patchwork quilting teaching program despite having to cancel an annual retreat. Jo has organised a virtual retreat via Facebook with lots of tutorials and the opportunity to be sociable even in these times of lock down.
Leah Day is continuing to produce her Mini Block Monday video tutorials. This week she has plenty of helpful tips to guide us through making Card Trick blocks. The Mini Block series is building into a great ‘how to’ library – definitely worth taking a look and filing away in your reference section!
Sandra has launched her fourth annual Quilt-A-Long. The quilt is called ‘Centred’ and measures 40″ square. The design is symetrical and creates a 3D illusion that is very effective.
If you are missing visiting quilt and art exhibitions then Carole Lyles Shaw has come to the rescue. She has compiled a list with links to institutions providing virtual exhibitions 🙂
Happy Stitching! Stay Safe!