Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to bring along a sewing project or two whilst enjoying the sharing of ideas and inspiration by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links by using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
I’ve enjoyed an unusually sociable week. So lovely to catch up with friends and family face-to-face, in real-life, rather than via Zoom or social media. The dry weather may have given us lots of watering to do but it has given ample opportunities to meet-up outdoors.
On the sewing front I’ve been working on making my Bargello experiment into a quilt top. The Bargello panel measured 51″ wide by 40″ long. Dimensions suitable for a wall hanging maybe but not very useful as a quilt or throw. I’d used almost every inch of the Circulus Jelly Roll but still had a Circulus Charm Pack to use. Slowly an idea formed in my mind… Using the 5″ squares with a background fabric to make curved blocks…. Inspired by the circles printed on the Circulus fabrics.
Some weeks ago I ordered a background fabric but when it arrived I knew straight away it was the ‘wrong’ grey *sigh* On the plus side a couple of yards of any grey added to my fabric stash is a happy occurrence! Last Saturday I made a visit to Purple Stitches (lovely to see Eve and step inside the shop) and after an enjoyable browse chose a grey print from the Fantasy range by Sally Kelly.
I used my Classic Curves Ruler to make twenty-eight 5″ quarter circle blocks and then arranged them to make panels to stitch above and below the Bargello panel. I’m not altogether sure what I feel about this design, nevertheless I do feel like pushing it through to a finish. Next steps: stay stitch the edges of the quilt top to keep all those Bargello seams intact or should I add borders?; make a label; cut out backing and wadding; baste the quilt sandwich; quilt; and bind! Simples!
Time to step away from the design wall and enjoy some links into the Worldwide Quilting community 🙂
Katy has shared some handy tips and useful tools for using blue marker pens AND removing the marks.
Yvonne has been using Drunkards Path templates to make ‘Curve Star’ blocks. Her tutorial is easy to follow and the Curve Star block opens up so many possibilities in quilt design….
Find six very interesting quilt photography tips from a professional photographer writing on Suzy’s blog page. I’d never have thought getting the sun BEHIND a quilt would be the way to obtain a good photo but Hannah Kelly demonstrates this is a very effective way of getting a colour-accurate and pleasing photo of quilt.
Cynthia is continuing to design and choose blocks for a quilt she is making to honour the women who campaigned to gain the right to vote for women across the USA. This week she made star blocks to reference the stars women added to their quilts as one by one each State passed a law giving votes to women.
If you like a good read then you will find Carole’s reviews of fiction books with a quilting theme a useful resource.
I’m all for adding a label to quilts. Linda has plenty of handy hints and product recommendations re. creating labels using printable fabric.
Patty has taken time to do the 2020 Mid-Year Check-in. I’m really struck by the cohesiveness of the quilts she has made this year. They make for a lovely bright montage photo in the middle of her blog post 🙂
Over on her blog, Cluck Cluck Sew, Allison is celebrating the arrival of her latest fabric collection called ‘Backyard Blooms’. She showcases the fresh, bright fabrics in some of her characteristically simple and pleasing quilt designs in this blog post. The collection is produced by Windham Fabrics and is available in the USA now – I wonder if Backyard Blooms will be crossing the Atlantic anytime soon?
Linking with Tish for UFO Busting Saturday. (I’m counting my Rainbow Bargello quilt as a UFO since the Jelly Roll and Charm Pack had been hanging around in my stash for several years).