Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (228)

Welcome to Saturday/Sunday Quilting bring & Share. ‘Late again Reid!’ Oops! I hope you have had time to be creative this weekend. Use the links below to see some of the projects members of our Worldwide Quilting Community have been bringing to our attention and share in the generous pool of patchwork quilting knowledge and news that’s been published on the worldwide web over the past week 🙂 Do add your links or news and ideas in the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!

It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to teach the foundations of modern patchwork quilting. On Saturday morning I taught the second installment of the Beginners Course at my local quilt shop. Sadly one class participant was unable to attend as she is suffering flu-like symptoms 🙁 I so hope she tests negative to Covid and quickly recovers from her illness.

I am stitching another version of the Dashing Stars quilt along with the Beginners Class. My blocks are now up on my (cluttered) design wall.

The Churn Dash block below is conclusive evidence that I have moved from an attitude of wariness towards text prints to becoming completely hooked! I’m using an extra wide backing fabric, Newsprint by Carrie Bloomston, as the background for this Dashing Stars quilt.

My guess at yellow being the colour for October in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge was correct.

My yellow scrap bin is overflowing with golden yellow fabrics. I am not fond of acidic yellows so they don’t often find space in my stash or scrap bins – maybe if I delved right to the bottom of the bins I might find some? 😉

I’m hoping to have more sewing time this coming week than during the past week. As well as stitching the Dashing Stars blocks into a flimsy I’d like to cut out the yellow squares for the RSC. After months away from pattern designing I do have a new I-Spy pattern on the EQ7 design board. I’d like to play around with that a bit…. And I am beginning to put together a patchwork gift to give to my parent’s to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in December. Sixty years married! :-O

But first I need to tidy my room! Oh! Boy! This is NOT my ideal environment for creativity!

The mess is all my own making. My cutting mat is only clear because it had been the collection point for all the equipment I’d gathered together to take to the Beginners Class!

Here are links to just a few of the projects and ideas shared this week by our Worldwide Quilting Community:

I am so enjoying the patterns Yvonne is creating using curved piecing. She has a very distinctive, crisp modern style which she combines with a limited colour palette to make really eye-catching quilts. Yvonne’s latest is called ‘Pistols & Pollen‘. She has stuck to a solid colour background but branched out using Pat Sloane’s latest range of small scale prints, Morrison Park, as the feature fabrics.

Carole’s annual Autumn Jubilee is underway. The QAL this year is a row by row mystery quilt. Click here for the instructions for Week 1 – making the top and bottom rows of the quilt – you’ll need your scrap fabrics and some background (could be scraps again of course!).

If you fancy a Sew-A-Long rather than a QAL then Carole has that covered too. The Autumn Jubilee SAL this year will be all about making a bag and trying out some different embellishing techniques. Grab your left over Jelly Roll strips and make a start…

Sticking with the Autumn theme Heide has made a pair of beautiful place mats using seasonal fabric scraps. Foundation piecing the leaf shapes with lots of shades of one or two colours makes them so realistic!

Cynthia’s blog, Quilting is more fun than Housework, is bursting full of creative ways of using up scrap and stash fabrics. Now Cynthia has collated many of her ideas and tips into pattern booklets. The first of the ‘Scrap Mixology’ booklets is titled ‘Well Suited’. Cynthia shows how to use a simple nine patch design but then swaps out blocks for Pinwheels and creates a totally different look but based on the same pattern design ideas.

Alyce shares the pleasure of having slow moving projects through the stories of four of her quilts. There’s plenty of encouragement for us all in these stories and in Alyce’s reminder to enjoy our hobby even if like her ii is also a job.

A very timely post from Jen Shaffer. She shares her tips for placing scrappy blocks in a quilt layout. Very handy tips as I and the beginners class sort out the layouts of our Dashing Stars quilts 🙂

Happy Stitching!


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