Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have the time and inclination to bring along your project(s) and share in the news and inspiration to be found via our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 You can spread the goodness by clicking on some of the links below and leaving a like or a comment wherever you find a blog post that sparks your interest. Thank you!
How’s your week been? I’ve definitely got my sew-jo back which is lovely. I’ve had time to work on my ‘quick quilt‘ which, of course, has turned out to be NOT so quick after all! I ran into problems with basting and quilting it – so many tucks and pleats. I felt I had no choice but to unpick the rows of stitching I’d completed and then take out all the basting pins and start again *sigh*
I decided to spread the quilt layers flat on a floor before lifting them onto a table for basting. (With the excess backing and wadding around the edge the quilt sandwich measures about 74″ square!) Luckily our resident Off-Spring is very helpful: between us we moved the kitchen table, spread the backing fabric face down on the laminate floor, taped it in place and then laid the wadding and patchwork flimsy on top. After smoothing out the wadding and flimsy we placed a few pins in the centre and around the edges just to keep the layers in place before lifting the sandwich up off the floor. Then it was back to the basting table…
Second time around the quilting still isn’t perfect but I’m ploughing on! I made a few adjustments including reducing the tension of the top thread of my sewing machine which has helped. At this point I would usually share some photos of the project but I’ve handed my camera SD card to my Dad who wanted to copy and make prints of some of the family photos from the card… If you’d like to see my pleats and puckers :-O you can nip over to my Instagram feed @allisonreid.neweverymorning or scroll down my Facebook page.
Just before we dive into the links I thought I’d share a little bit about our virtual tour of the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton (a village just a few miles from where we live in Hampshire). It was a very relaxed 1½hrs in the company of the enthusiastic Director of the museum who enjoyed sharing details of the well-preserved patchwork coverlet made by Jane and some of her family members. See the Riley Blake reproduction kit here: JaneAustenAtHome
Some of the other visitors joining the museum Zoom tour were watching from as far away as Germany and Alabama, USA. If you visit the Museum web-page you’ll find there are a series of YouTube videos examining different aspects of the life and times of Jane and the Austen family as well as an events page.
Now onto the quilty links:
I have to admit I’m not in the least bit adventurous. Sitting in the comfort of our family home reading about other people’s adventures is fine by me. I’ve really enjoyed Rachel Hauser’s posts about her families experiences of moving from Carolina to Holland and now I can sit back and enjoy reading how Yvonne Fuchs and her husband are adjusting to life in Hawaii having moved from California.
Have you discovered Yasmeen’s needle turn applique tutorials on You Tube? She is covering all the basics in these gentle, short videos – right from how to create a quilter’s knot (such a neat trick!).
Alyce is sharing a free quilt pattern and memories of how this pattern helped her and other quilters come together on-line to encourage each other through the first period of lockdown last March. The quilt is called ‘Happy Scrappy‘ …. and you’ve guessed it… It’s an ideal opportunity to use up some of your scraps 😀 Alyce designed each block to be quick and easy to make, providing 20-30minute nuggets of stress-free creative escapism.
And now, from the simplicity of Alyce’s design to the ‘Dazzling New York Beauty Sampler’ book by Cinzia White. The book is being reviewed by a host of quilty bloggers. Click over to Lissa’s page to see what she has to say about the book and to gaze in wonder at the four New York Beauty blocks she constructed :-O
The Pantone Color Institute have released their colour of 2021. Actually it’s two colours: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. Have a read of Andrea Tsang Jackson’s article to delve into the background and significance of these colours and how they may be used by creatives around the world.
Cindy has stepped out of her comfort zone to create a ‘shattered heart’ block using improv techniques. She was prompted to take on the challenge set as part of a blog hop. Cindy lives alone following the death of her husband and is working hard to keep sewing through an isolating lockdown in her home state of Ontario.
Dione is busy creating an unusual design to share as a QAL. She’s making a charm bracelet pattern complete with a patchwork chain and the option to add simple applique charms to suit you or the recipient you have in mind. The ‘Charmed 2021′ sew along is due to begin in February.