Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (105)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects (or at least a cup of coffee) and share in some of the inspiration and ups & downs experienced by other members of the Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Do add to the sharing by leaving your thoughts and links in the comments box at the bottom of the page and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button if you’d like to receive an email notification each time I publish a blog post. Thank you!

I’m working on two secret sewing projects this weekend which doesn’t make for great ‘bring alongs’ but here goes… My first secret sewing project arrived home on Friday after a trip to long arm quilter Trudi Wood (on Instagram @trudi_wood). The quilting texture looks amazing! This quilt was just a bit too big for me to feel confident quilting it on my domestic machine and as it’s been made for a magazine I decided to hire Trudi’s skills. So glad I did!

I’ve cut and joined fabric strips for the binding. Before I press and attach these I’m going to turn my attention to the second secret sewing project. This I am going to quilt at home. I basted the quilt sandwich yesterday. I’ve used Hobbs Premium 80/20 wadding and really like the slightly ‘bouncy’ feel it had as I secured it with pins. I’ve attached the heavy duty walking foot to Julie the Juki so we can test out our quilting skills together 🙂

Here is a bumper pack of inspiration from the Worldwide Quilting Community (you may need a second cup of coffee!):

Seems I haven’t had enough of circles (see my Big Dottie post)! This table runner design by Michelle really grabbed my attention. I hope she is able to push through with publishing a book about translating inspiration and ideas into quilt designs.

It doesn’t matter where we are in the World we can all do our bit to support our local quilt shops through these economically tough times. Wendy is based in New Zealand and puts out a heart-felt plea for us all to help and encourage our local quilt shop owners. As she points out, if we don’t support them during lock-down they won’t be around when we are free to go where we please – including visiting quilt shows.

Also in NZ is RJ, a paper piecing pattern designer. She has kindly shared a Poppy pattern for free to mark Anzac Day. Even though Anzac Day has been and gone for 2020 you can still download the pattern from RJ’s website, KOHATU Patterns. I have it in mind for Remembrance Day in November.

Yvonne has generously shared a quilt pattern tutorial which is just ideal for using up orphan blocks or those QAL blocks you carefully constructed but never got round to making into a quilt top. With her pattern writing and tech-editing skills you can be sure Yvonne’s tutorial will be easy to follow and very accurate. 🙂

Suzy has posted a short video giving her tips for pressing seams straight and flat – there’s a cute interlude when her her toddler son needs a bit of attention!

Eight Ways to Use Leftover Scrap Triangles‘ – is your finger already poised to click on this link? 😀 Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts has published a post that’s certain to inspire quilters around the World. She provides eight answers to the question most of us will have asked at some point in our piecing careers, ‘How can I make use of those ‘waste’ triangles cut from Snowball corners?’.

Jo has been chatting to fellow patchwork quilters and discovered most of us are having trouble getting down to sewing since lock-down began. She has written a helpful post sharing her ‘Top Ten Tips for Kick Starting Your Sew-Jo During Lock Down‘.

Oh! And just in case you are wondering, I did shorten those curtains! I cut 7½” of fabric off the bottom of each curtain and the linings before hand stitching the hems and side seams. As you can see one isn’t entirely straight – it just touches the floor at one point. For the time being I’m thinking, “That’ll do!”.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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