Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (101)

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!

The cushion cover is looking a bit baggy as I only have 16″ cushion pads and this needs an 18″ pad – not exactly essential shopping in the current circumstances!

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 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished (Or Not) Friday and Michelle for the Beauties Pageant.

Happy Stitching! Stay Safe!



3 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (101)

  1. Sweet little cushion! I think my favorite part is the button closure!

    Love your Dear Dottie blocks! I am not a pink and blue fan, but this project is going to be super!

    ‘Slow down! Slow down! Stay in the moment and BE!’ Great advice! I have such a difficult time with this. It was a lovely sunny afternoon here…about 50 degrees…and I tried really hard to simply sit in the sunshine and soak it up. I did enjoy the time, but my mind just won’t be tamed!

    Thanks for the links! 🙂

    • Always good to hear from you Laura. I hope you have plenty more opportunities to sit in your garden and enjoy the sunshine. Perhaps we will be all the better for having fewer options of places to go and having time to pay more attention to where we are?
      As for pink and blue… I do make children’s quilts using these colours but they don’t feature in my home much at all, or in my wardrobe for that matter!
      Glad you make use of the links. There is so much patchwork quilting inspiration and wisdom to be found floating around the interweb – aren’t we fortunate to be part of such a generous community?


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