Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (227)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to be creative this weekend. Bring your project(s) along and share in some of the inspiration to be found in our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like to add your ideas and thoughts into the mix then please do make use of the Comments box at the bottom of this page or join in with a comment on any of the pages you click on and visit. Thank you!

I must admit to feeling a tad tired today after a busy couple of weeks. There have been some unexpected days of work at Purple Stitches, some hours of sleep lost to noisy weather along with the general upheaval and rearranging that go with decorating a bedroom. Being involved in such a varied mix of activities after all the months of slow, steady predictability have caught up with me! Thankfully I have some restful, straightforward cutting and piecing to keep me occupied over the weekend.

First there were the September blocks of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 to complete. Nice surprise here when I found all the 2½” squares cut and ready to piece. A bit scary that I have no recollection of cutting the squares from my red scraps… :-O But I do remember being concerned that there wouldn’t be much variation in colour across the blocks. Actually I think these blocks are OK, not too ‘flat’ or boring. Red was September’s RSC colour, October’s RSC colour is yellow.

Second on my project list this weekend is cutting and piecing for the Dashing Stars quilt I’m making along side the Beginners Class. I have all the background pieces cut and ready, just the last three feature fabrics to cut. Then I will need to piece a good number of the blocks before the class next Saturday. I’m just wondering if the grey feature fabric (see it by the wheel of my rotary cutter in the photo) will get lost in the background text print…? Hmm! I’ll give it a go and see! It’s not too late to swap in an alternative 🙂

And so to this weeks links into our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Anyone in the UK ever spotted a Barn Quilt? These large scale, painted quilt blocks (on some kind of weather proof board – no fabrics involved) can be used to decorate the outside of barns (maybe most of us in the UK would scale down from a barn to a garden shed :-D) or workshops or of course a wall or fence or indeed be used as an indoor decoration. Cynthia’s post includes some photos of Barn Quilts along with a link to Barn Quilt kits produced by Sheila Sinclair Snyder (only for purchasers in the USA). Sheila has produced a video showing how to create a Barn Quilt.

Shopping for clothing in Charity shops (‘thrift stores’) is a great way of building up stash or finding the fabric to create entire quilts. Nancy gives some handy tips about choosing clothing of the right sort of fabrics that will prove suitable for quilting.

Yvonne Fuchs is making preparations for a new quilt along. For schedule details click here.

The annual Autumn Jubilee is just about to get underway over at Carole’s ‘From My Carolina Home’ blog site. Do take a look. Every year Carole shares seasonal sewing and craft projects as well as recipes and much more. AND there are prizes!

Alyce shares the five lessons she has learned during a pro-longed period of creative burnout. It’s a good read with useful links and lots of interesting comments.

Leah Day’s series ‘Mini Block Monday’ came to a close this week but the thirty video tutorials and blog posts will all remain accessible on line indefinitely. The tiny blocks finish at just 3″ square and Leah gives plenty of advice on how to maintain accuracy when stitching such tiny pieces.

Happy Stitching!



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