Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (231)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration as well as the ups and downs being experienced by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do share your comments in the box at the end of this page. Thank you!

In stereo-typical fashion I’m going to start with a statement about the weather – how British is that? ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s been a grey skied, rain soaked week (a particular shame for all the families with children home for half-term holidays). The past couple of days have been so overcast and damp that I’m having trouble taking photographs of a finished quilt – the outdoor photos below were taken pre-breakfast this morning just before the next lot of rain clouds did their thing!

But! Wahoo! For another finished UFO: My version of the Chocolatier BOM quilt by AnneMarie Chany. Here is the original Chocolatier (AnneMarie has kindly permitted me to use this photo from her website).

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My initial layout plan mapped out using EQ7

The Block Of the Month was hosted by my local quilt store, Purple Stitches, several years ago. I made the blocks as I demonstrated the various techniques to a group of BOM subscribers.

The finished Chocolatier quilt measures 72″ square: too big for me to attempt quilting on a domestic sewing machine. I decided to use the Chocolatier blocks in an alternative layout that measures a more manageable 58″ square.

Having completed the quilt top, pieced the backing and cut out the wadding I still couldn’t bring myself to quilt it – the label stitched into the backing indicates this loss of momentum occurred in July 2018.

But now it’s done and I’m very glad this quilt is out of the UFO Cupboard of Shame and can take a spot in my 2020 Gallery.

After completing the quilting of the Chocolatier quilt I left my machine set up with the walking foot ready to quilt my latest version of the Dashing Stars quilt. I’ve stitched a diamond grid across the quilt and I’m happy with the texture and interest the pattern has added to the patchwork top – and me thinks the back looks pretty good too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll be trimming and binding the quilt next Saturday as I teach the final session of the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches (if the soon to be announced new Covid restrictions allow us to meet ๐Ÿ™ ).

Back to the weather again… This weekend’s forecast is dominated by promises of grey skies, heavy rain and gale force winds *sigh* Thank goodness for sewing! I’m planning to spend my time piecing in a relaxed style as I stitch together more fabric scraps for yet another Scrap Vortex quilt.

Here are links to just a few of the articles published by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community to get you inspired:

Feeling the need for a change of scene and some fresh air? Rachel shares photos of her bracing break in North Yorkshire – I love the shot of the wind catching the tops of the waves.

There’s a fascinating discussion over on Yvonne’s blog site. Yvonne asked the question: How do you determine whether the piecing or the quilting will be the standout factor in a quilt? Should one outweigh the other? Are there different factors that go into your quilt when making one as a gift verses one to be entered into a show? The piece she wrote is thought provoking and the comments left by other patchwork quilters are full of interest.

Simple patchwork patterns often look very appealing don’t they? Jan has made a blue Postage Stamp quilt that definitely ticks the ‘appealingly simple’ box. Backed with flannel it’s sure to be a well used addition to her home this Winter.

CraftMonkies Takes Luxury Sewing Retreats Online‘ is the headline of an article published by the Craft Industry Alliance. The piece tells how the newly formed UK company had to make a quick change from offering in person sewing retreats to creating high quality online content from some of the most well known sewing tutors in the UK.

Patty has made a great job of making a sling bag using the Noodlehead ‘Sandhill Sling’ pattern. It really does look professional. It was Patty’s first time using a pattern by Noodlehead but she says it won’t the last!

Making Flying Geese blocks can be a bit of a fiddle – trying to preserve those points, create enough seam allowance and press the seams straight – there’s a lot to be thinking about! Rachel’s latest sew-along is all about Flying Geese. In this post she shares tips on making the blocks and gives a bit of reassurance to those who struggle with perfectionism!

Linking my finished quilt to Alycia’s Finished or Not Friday and Michelle’s Beauties Pageant. Alycia has finished a Quilt of Valor with a personal touch to it’s story and Michelle has been crawling around on the floor basting Christmas quilts!

Happy Stitching!


And proof that it is a blustery day… Thank you to my early morning Quilt Holder-Upper!



4 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (231)

  1. This looks fantastic!!!! I remember Purple Stitches running this program – she picked out some great colors for all of you. LOVE LOVE LOVE what you’ve done with the setting!! And I love how those bracelet blocks are still included in the border. Wonderful job! So glad you were able to take the blocks from my program and make it your own. Hugs!! AM


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