Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (235)

Welcome to Saturday Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s), relax and enjoy the news, inspiration and patchwork tales being shared by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in with everyone by leaving comments on this page and the pages you click to. Thank you!

I’ve spent the week overcoming my fear of fmq (see my last post for my tips) to quilt the bed runner I’m making for my parents. To finish the quilting I’ve switched back to the walking foot to stitch straight lines in the background sections. Once the stitching is finished I have a whole host of thread ends to bury – a job to do in front of the TV 🙂

Hopefully the runner will be completed before the end of the week and we’ll enjoy some brighter days suited to photography so I can share all the details in a blog post.

To break the tension created by free motion quilting I have been playing around with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks on my design wall. Each month I followed the colour prompts, raided my scrap bins to cut 2½” squares and piece nine and thirty-six patch blocks. Having arranged and rearranged the blocks many times I have come to the conclusion a more balanced pattern will emerge if most of the blocks are the nine-patch size. So a bit of unpicking is required *sigh* I’ve mocked up a RSC quilt top on EQ7 so I’ll know exactly how many nine and thirty-six patch blocks I need (each square represents a nine-patch block).

Here are this week’s links into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty to interest and inspire you:

Sharon is getting in the mood for Christmas by using holiday themed fabrics to make a postage stamp quilt using a strip piecing method to speed up construction. Looks like the blocks came together in no time!

Wendy has made a quilt to give as a wedding gift. She’s made great use of her stash. The backing is pieced so beautifully that I’m sure the lucky recipients will be using their gift as a double-sided quilt.

Now is about the time I think, ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely to give hand made gifts this Christmas?’ It would be better to have that thought in July or August! Ho! Hum! However, Carole has come to the rescue. In her blog post she has collated links to her free Christmas patterns – all relatively quick makes. Maybe it’s not too late to start making gifts?

Alyce has written a blog post full of ideas and tips titled ‘How to do Straight Line Quilting’. Need I say more! 😉

Kirsty shares a detailed tutorial to make her Christmas Candles Quilt Block. The tutorial includes clear instructions for making half rectangle triangles (HRTs) which is a handy to know for this and other projects. I think the Christmas Candles block could feature in place mats, a table topper or runner, maybe a little wall hanging…

Allison Harris has come up with another winning design in her distinctive style. Her Wish pattern has stars with streaming tails and is jelly roll and fat quarter friendly.

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap! Cynthia has several scrap projects on the go and thinks she may – almost – have her bin of red scraps under control!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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