Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (239)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and kindness generously provided by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. There are links to blog posts further down this page. Please do click on the links and leave comments on the pages you visit – those will be such an encouragement to the page owners 🙂

Well! This isn’t a very inspiring photo is it?

Sadly it sums up my sewing activities this past week. I did press all the pink strips I sorted from my string scraps (using a Christmas gift – a wool pressing mat) but I haven’t yet lifted the cover off my sewing machine or done any of the hand applique I’d intended to resume. Instead I have filled the time fiddling around designing a table runner and listing quilts in my Etsy shop. I’ve also been out walking quite a lot despite the grey skies and low temperatures. In truth I think all the depressing news this week has stolen my sew-jo. I know I just need to ‘push through’ and get started. Maybe later today I’ll fire up Julie the Juki and we’ll bash out a few string blocks together 🙂

How’s your sew-jo been this week?

A welcome occupation for me has been catching up on reading blog posts. I hope the links below prove inspiring and a welcome distraction from the relentless nature of this pandemic. Dive in 🙂

Irish Chain patterns are very versatile. Allison Harris has stamped this one with her own style and it made a beautiful finish just in time for Christmas.

Leanne* is running a series of ‘Let’s Get to Know…’ interviews on her blog site. First up is HollyAnne Knight of String & Story. I hadn’t come across Holly-Anne before reading the interview. I’ll definitely be watching out for the monthly ‘Let’s Get to Know’ posts as a great way of well… getting to know more quilters from our Worldwide Community 🙂 And Leanne has asked for suggestions for interviewees so why not put a few names her way?

Amy Friend ran a house block BOM last year. She has now provided the twelve house styles as individual paper pieced blocks in her shop. You may just find the perfect house to use in a quilt to remind you of home or to use in a new home gift quilt.

Christa Watson has just started a nine part series over on her blog. ‘Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks‘ is bound to be a great source of advice and inspiration 🙂

I had to laugh in sympathy with Rebecca as she described the ins and outs of adjusting a quilt pattern and the complications that ensue when the project is put to one side for a while! Trying to remember all the changes and the recalculations re. fabric requirements etc. can be a bit like trying to solve an intricate plot line in a crime novel! But Rebecca’s done it and has her One Monthly Goal project up and running!

Several bloggers I follow make ‘temperature quilts’, recording the high and low temperatures for each day of the year by making simple colour-coded patchwork blocks that grow into a quilt. Patty has her 2020 Temperature quilt top finished and explains how she keeps the fabrics organised through the year.

Back to Leanne* who designs and makes terrific quilts. She’s a child-minder by day and this week she’s used her experiences of teaching little children to dress themselves as an illustration for her regular devotional post. There are no photos but her words have painted clear pictures in my mind 🙂

Whilst playing catch-up with blog reading I found this gem… A blog post from Rachel posted al the way back on 11th December! It’s all about choosing fabrics for English Paper Piecing. Well worth a read especially as there are lots of example photos which really help to show how fussy cutting, colour, contrast and placement can affect the look of a block.

Jayne’s careful use of colour has created a really interesting quilt top from just two block designs – Churn Dash and Half Square Triangles. Definitely one to save to Pinterest!

Reading Bernie’s latest blog post over at Needle & Foot led me to a brand new link up called ‘Stitch Sew & Show 2021‘, hosted by Life in the Scrapatch. The link up runs from Wednesday to Tuesday and is described as follows, ‘This is a very informal party … no stress, no prizes, no finish needed. This is just a place to share what you are working on with others and enjoy their inspiration. Think of it as sitting at home while stitching with a group of friends. I have always enjoyed sharing with others and have received much kindness in return. This is a way for me to say thank you and to encourage others.’

Linking this post with Scrapatch for the first Stitch Sew & Show of 2021 and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

7 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (239)

  1. Thank you, Allison, for adding my humble Stitch, Sew & Show Linky Party to your post today. I very much enjoyed the links in your post. Sew inspiring! This has been a difficult week. Trying to find joy in everyday things has been a challenge. My sewing and stitching is my happy place. Yet, I have only “puttered” around on my current project, started another and planned a few more. The beautiful fabrics and threads have soothed me. Following the thread trails in the links and comments on my blog have helped me to feel less alone in the world. I very much appreciate all the beauty and love I find with my online quilt friends. Thank you for sharing with me this week … <3 Pat

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    • Hi! Pat. My pleasure to add you new linkup to my post. It is always heart warming to find new ways to meet and feel in-touch with fellow quilters around the world.
      I know what you mean about ‘puttering’ about and doing a bit of flitting between projects too. Unsettling times but as you say there’s comfort in patting fabrics and planning future projects. 🙂

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  2. I hope you find your sewjo soon, Allison! I am sure the daily walks help, and maybe a time out with a good novel is what is needed. I haven’t sewn for a week…my paper clutter became too much, and I am busy taming it. 🙂

    As usual, thank you for sharing new links to check out!

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    • Yes! It’s just giving myself a little push to re-start the sewing. I know I enjoy it and that being creative is good for well-being. Just having a few simple blocks up on the design wall has given me a boost 🙂

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