Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you can fit some creativity into your weekend. Bring along your projects(s) and share in the conversations and quilty goodness of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to discover new techniques, find inspiration and enjoy what has been shared this past week.
I’ve been switching my creative time between the steep curve of learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and the rather smoother curves I’ve been quilting on my Wonky Windows scrap quilt. No surprises that the quilt is finished and the AI learning still has a long way to go!
A few weeks ago you may remember I made a spiral template? As the spiral is one of my favourite walking foot quilt designs I decided to take the fiddle out of re-drawing the centre of a spiral each time I come to quilt it by making a reusable template. Doh! Could I find my spiral template when I needed it? No! I could not! I still haven’t found it… but thankfully I did lay my hands on the original drawing of a spiral I’d used to trace onto plastic. So, I made me another spiral template…. (if you’d like to use my spiral drawing to make your own template you may download it here) Once I’d used my new template to mark the spiral I made a conscious effort to place it in my ruler & template storage drawer! I WILL be able to find it next time I want to mark a spiral 😀
To finish the Wonky Windows quilt I made my usual 2¼” folded binding. I machine stitched it to the back of the quilt but before folding it round to the front of the quilt I pressed the seam. I’ve never done this before but remember reading somewhere that a fellow quilter found pressing the binding seam had been a ‘game-changer’. I’d used Hobbs 80/20 wadding so thought it would be safe enough to use a hot iron (I wouldn’t do this if I’d used 100% polyester wadding).
Pressing the seam, or at least nudging the binding, so it no longer lay flat on the back of the quilt really did help. I still needed to use clips to keep the binding in place but found I wasn’t having to use my fingers to pull and press the binding in place nearly as much as usual.
I don’t know about you but stitching the binding down on a large quilt can make my fingers quite tired. Pressing the binding seam definitely made folding the binding round to the front of the quilt and stitching it down easier and quicker.
For the rest of the weekend I’ll be planning the quilting of the Diamond Anniversary bed runner (I finished piecing the very simple top a few days ago but can’t get a decent enough photo of it to share just now). To brighten the sewing room I’ve popped my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks onto the design wall.
There’s not quite enough space on the wall for all the blocks… I think I’ll stitch them together in rainbow colour order using a diagonal layout working from top left to bottom right. I may have to make a few extra blocks to fill in any gaps…
I hope you find plenty of interest as you click through this week’s links into our Worldwide Quilting Community:
Kat shares photos of string quilts made for ‘Covered With Love’, a charity providing quilts for cancer patients nearing the end of their lives. She also reflects on artistic school teachers whose influential lessons remain fresh in her memory now. I guess we can all remember teachers whose lessons went beyond sharing facts and skills to sharing a passion for their subject that ignited that same passion in ourselves?
I have a 10″ Layer Cake that is bothering me. I thought I was going to add it to the de-stash section of my Etsy shop but I found myself googling, ‘layer cake patchwork patterns’ and found a tutorial by Kea Bee on You Tube. I was sorely tempted to have a go at this low-waste method for making corner log cabin blocks from 10″ squares but I have resisted the temptation to dive into another project. The ‘Just a Speck’ Layer Cake is listed in my Etsy shop.
Sometimes accidents can be happy! Kirsty’s happy accident involves a mistake when making snowball blocks. The resulting blocks and the finished quilt top have become her latest quilt design. It’s well worth subscribing to Kirsty’s newsletter – written in an honest and entertaining fashion even the story of her son cycling into a parked car made me gasp and then smile with her.
On-line classes are enabling Linda to expand her patchwork skills. She has learned the correct way to make a Siddi quilt – a technique from India traditionally used to make the most of tailoring scraps. Linda’s also half way through making a Maze quilt after taking part in a virtual class by Malka Dubrawsky.
Charisma Horten’s patchwork pattern, Scaffold, is fascinating in it’s simplicity. I particularly enjoy following the interlinking lines weaving between blocks and the on point squares that give the pattern a real sense of movement.
Isn’t it disappointing when a quilt top is just a bit wider than the fabric you’d like to use for the backing? Sonia at Fabric and Flowers has a great solution and a tutorial to match… It involves cutting the backing fabric on the diagonal which sounds a bit scary but looking at the tutorial it certainly seems worth a try, especially as Sonia includes cutting instructions for different sized quilts.
Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday and Michelle for the Beauties Pageant. Alycia has made a Disappearing Shoo-Fly quilt and Michelle is featuring some of the quilts recently shared on her link-up – including my Chocolatier quilt (proud face!).