Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (226)

Welcome to Saturday/Sunday Quilting Bring & Share 😉 Please do bring along a project or two, fill a glass or mug with your favourite beverage and relax as we share in just a little of the goodness doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in the sharing by clicking on the links and/or adding your thoughts and ideas in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you 🙂

I’ve had a varied week. Last weekend we made good headway on decorating our son’s bedroom – a good team effort by the three of us. On Monday Dear Hubby and I took the day off and drove down to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. It’s one of our go-to places and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was balmy, the sea and sky were blue, there were plenty of birds to be spied from the hides around the Reserve AND it was warm enough to enjoy lunch in the Cafe garden (I highly recommend the Dorset Apple Cake!).

The Canada Geese in the background are on high alert as a very literate Buzzard has just landed on island ‘B’!
A Grey Heron stalking through the reeds.

The rest of the week was a bit of a blur as I got my mind around teaching the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches. It was a surprise to be able to go ahead with the Course what with all the social distancing restrictions and me doubting if anyone would be in the mood to give it a go. Three people who had been enrolled on the courses cancelled in the Spring did sign up but sadly one had to pull out after a work colleague testing positive for Covid meant she had to go into self-isolation (sign of the times and all that!). Viv had worked hard to provide us with a low risk environment: we each had a large work table with tall perspex screens on three sides – our own booth in effect – and our own iron and board. It was a bit awkward having to wear masks but it was worth the extra effort and a bit of discomfort to get back to in-person workshops again.

The Beginners Course uses Viv’s ‘Dashing Stars’ pattern. I’ve lost count of the number of quilts I’ve made using this pattern but I do find it helps me to make a quilt alongside each class I teach = a perfect excuse to buy some new fabrics.

To ring the changes I’ve chosen a text print rather than a solid for the background, teaming it up with six fabrics that together have a seasonally appropriate Autumn vibe (ha! ha! that reads like a description in a paint catalogue!).

One innovation for the Beginners Course has been the introduction of ‘Diagonal Seam Tape’. This tape, developed by Allison Harris, is designed to speed up the process of stitching Half Square Triangles and the like. Clear instructions on how to use the tape are given here. The great thing is the tape can also be used to create consistent quarter inch seams. I tried it out for the first time earlier in the week and was a convert to it’s use within the first ten minutes! I made these four sample blocks for the class, all finished at exactly 8½” square. Brilliant!

I put a reel of Diagonal Seam Tape in with the course materials given to each of the students and they were quickly able to stitch consistent seams. I think following the black guidelines is a great help especially for beginners who often find difficulty in keeping the last few stitches in a seam running straight. (For UK buyers the Diagonal Seam Tape is stocked by Purple Stitches – just leave a message or call if you can’t find it on the website :-)).

As for on-going projects: I’ve nearly finished quilting the Quilters Color Quest Bear Tracks quilt. It is taking me longer than expected… Hopefully I’ll be sharing the finished quilt before the end of the week!

Here are some links into Worldwide Quilting Community, I hope you find plenty of interest and maybe, just maybe, you’ll disappear down one or two intriguing rabbit holes:

Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew has made colourful version of the Bat Quilt she made for son last year. Go to her blog post to see the colourful bats flying across her quilt and click the link to a bat making video tutorial 🙂 Watch the video and you can see Allison’s Diagonal Seam tape in action.

Rachel over at Folio and Fibre uses fabrics, threads and dyes to interpret the natural landscapes and man made structures that inspire her. This year she has been making ‘Busy Bodies’ to record her memories of places and people. Her idea might inspire you to make a Busy Body – kits to get you started can be ordered from Rachel’s website.

I am slowly learning the value of sorting and storing my wadding/batting scraps rather than just stuffing them all into a box. Rebecca shares her resolve to sort her left-over batting pieces and her method for joining two pieces together.

Janine has used a challenge from the Quilters Color Quest to make a wall hanging. She has chosen fabrics to represent the saturated colours of her Coleus plants and used some clever quilting to turn the Bear Paws into leaves.

Happy Stitching!


2 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (226)

  1. Glad you’ve been able to start again. I didn’t realise courses were up and running. I will def look into diagonal seam tape! It sounds very helpful.


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