Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (224)

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I spent Friday evening quilting the Winnie the Pooh baby quilt panel. I used a 40wt Aurifil thread which blended well with both front and back. The Kona cotton I’d ordered arrived on Friday and is washed, pressed and ready to be cut into binding strips. And, not meaning to sound too smug, I’ve also made the label ready to stitch to the binding 🙂 So a UFO is on the verge of becoming a finished quilt. I am enjoying bringing that flat piece of fabric to life – the Quilters Dream Green wadding is so soft and has a medium loft that adds a cuddly texture to a quilt.

Actually, if I’m to be hyper-critical, the quilt top did shift a bit when I was quilting it so there are a few small puckers, some of the printed cornerstones are no longer square and the picture panels are a bit baggy BUT it is a baby quilt, looks cute, nicely puffy and, as Angela Walters says, ‘Done is better than perfect!’

September is the red month of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I looked through my scraps and found far more pinks than reds.

Red obviously isn’t a colour I work with very often! Looking at the fabrics I selected I’m aware they are all have very much the same colour value – they certainly can’t be sorted into darks, mediums and lights. This lack of contrast could make for rather dull, flat looking blocks. Red is a strange colour I think! Light red is pink or orange, dark red is magenta or purple, whereas red is … well! red! I’m obviously going to have to work on this!

And finally the third project hanging out in my sewing room is the Quilters Color Quest Bear Tracks quilt. The top is finished, I made a label the same time as I made the label for the baby quilt, and I’ve selected the fabric for the backing. I had intended to piece the backing from oddments but then thought of the large piece of fabric given me by my daughter and SIL on their return from a trip to SE Asia.

It’s a beautiful, fairly small scale print, ginger browns on deep blue. It’s not quite wide enough for the quilt top so I plan to cut it into two pieces and lie them sideways on – I wonder if I will be able to stitch the two together and keep the diagonal stripe pattern continuous?

Plenty going on in the quilty World as usual. Here are some links to get you wandering and wondering:

Jayne and friends came up with an alternative to a sewing retreat after the event was cancelled twice due to the Covid restrictions. I can’t help feeling a little envious as I look at the photos of a tight knit group of friends benefiting from the encouragement and inspiration that comes from sewing together. Here in England we have had a slight change to restrictions so we are limited to meeting in groups of no more than six outdoors and at home. But community halls are now opening as they implement measures to fit with the Government guidelines and demonstrate they are ‘covid secure’. So maybe there will be more opportunities to meet in a small group to hold a sewing day? I think we are need of these, especially with the Winter coming on.

Jayne also shares a day trip to the museums of Marietta, Ohio. She was particularly attracted to the historic textiles on display and was able to take plenty of photos. A reminder to readers in the south of England that the American Museum & Gardens just outside Bath is a lovely place to visit and has a great collection of historic quilts.

Storing images on Pinterest because the colour palette appeals is a great idea. Rebecca has applied some of her stored images to a quilt design on EQ8. Now she has to decide which palette to use!

Yvonne has posted a super clear video tutorial explaining how to use a Hera Marker. She also demonstrates how to keep sight of the lines marked (straight and curved) on fabric by adjusting the lighting around a sewing machine.

In her ‘Pieces from the Past Sew Along’ Melva has been sharing the fascinating letters her family received from ex-prisoners of war once they had been returned to Germany. The German POWs had worked on her Grandparent’s farm and all the letters echo fond memories of the hospitality given them by the Schleichs. It is heart-breaking to read of the men’s experiences on returning to Germany: The terrible food and fuel shortages and the forced separation of families as the Russians created internal borders that could not be crossed. Many of the ex-prisoners found they could not return to their home towns. I’d highly recommend taking the time to read Melva’s blog post, you might well find yourself clicking back to read others in her series. Oh! And never fear, quilt blocks feature too!

Angela Walters is about to start a new Free Motion Quilting challenge series. The latest challenge is titled ‘Free Motion Quilting with Rulers’. To find out more about it watch Angela’s You Tube video which includes a recording of the live chat where you’ll find answers to many of the questions you may have about the challenge.

A perfect finish for the changing seasons! Stephanie has stitched down the binding on this homely Lori Holt row by row design just in time to reflect the change from Summer into Autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere.

Dione’s blog posts at Clever Chameleon Quilting are always a source of wonder to me – she lives in a very arid area of Australia – her photos of the scenery, plants and animals are real eye-openers! This week Dione is launching her free QAL, the Lunarcy Lunar Calendar BOM a collection of 13 blocks depicting the animals of the lunar calendar. It really is a unique design and looks amazing in the Batik fabrics she’s chosen.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday and Cynthia for Oh! Scrap! Alycia has a finished quilt to share and Cynthia is having more success than me at finding a variety of reds for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

6 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (224)

    • More stash building! 😀
      Learning history from the lives of ordinary people gives a very different insight to huge global events doesn’t it? I really hope there is a way of preserving the activities and thoughts of ordinary people from this digital age when letters and even journals are all somewhere up in the Cloud rather than on paper.

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  1. It helps me to know that your cornerstones sometimes are not quite square! I have just finished (well, almost finished as I want to improve some bits of stitching) my disappearing 9 patch quilt. I love it but my ‘stitch-in-the-ditch’ technique could do with some work. I cant see any of your stitching in your pic! This is one of the things I wanted some help with. I think too much of my pressing has gone the wrong way and therefore my ditches aren’t very deep! I just dont know how to decide which way to press. I guess that experience is the key here. Resumption of classes would be great. Can’t wait.

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    • Ha! Ha! I know what I’m aiming for but I certainly don’t always achieve it! In fact I am learning to be satisfied with ‘less than perfect’ at least while I’m still learning and trying new things (and that’s not likely to change any time soon – I hope!).
      There are some helpful techniques to improve accuracy when stitching in the ditch. It does need to be done slowly and with good lighting. Wearing rubber tipped gloves helps guide the fabric and keep it feeding steadily under the foot. I sometimes use an open toe applique foot rather than the walking foot. This gives a really good view of the seam. If possible move the needle across to the left or right so the inside edge of the foot can act as a guide along the edge of the seam. I think once a quilt is washed any stitches that have jumped out of the ditch will get lost in the wrinkles anyway!
      I’m teaching a beginners course at Purple Stitches very soon. I’m hoping that experience will lead to more workshops through the Winter 🙂

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    • Ahh! The Winnie the Pooh illustrations in these soft colours are very charming. My Mother-In-Law lives on Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, the setting for Hundred Acre Wood and home to the original Pooh Sticks Bridge – and yes! we took our children there to play the game!

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