Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (244)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your projects(s) and be part of the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in by leaving encouraging comments for the blog writers you visit via the links below.

How has your week been? We had very little snow here just a freezing East wind that made facemasks a practical outdoor accessory! Brrr! A good week for getting on with projects indoors. Yesterday I shared my first attempt at adding a flange into a border seam. I’m pleased with how it turned out. The Basket of Blooms applique block plus borders now measures 24″ square. I think that makes it a wall hanging rather than a cushion cover! I’ve cut backing fabric and a piece of wadding to size, ready to baste into a mini quilt sandwich. The plan is to hand quilt the background. I’m not sure how to fix it as a hanging… I don’t think I’ll add loops to hang it from a pole… So I’ll have to investigate other options. Do you have a favourite method for fixing fabric wall hangings to the wall?

I’ve received some happy post this week πŸ™‚ Several spools of 60wt Mettler thread to add to my small collection of applique/EPP threads and a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. I took out the subscription when one of those ‘too good to miss’ deals flashed up on my Instagram feed. I have a vested interest in this title as one of my designs will feature in a forthcoming edition πŸ™‚ Should I take a bow? πŸ˜€

Thread buying was prompted by participation in the English Country Garden QAL. Today I settled down in front of my laptop with my basted EPP shapes and stitched along with Alison as she live-streamed her regular Saturday morning programme, Hexadoodle Quilts, on Twitch TV.

My EPP poppy.

Alison demonstrated how to whip stitch the pieces together and later showed how to use a printed template to accurately place the pieces on the background square. I’ve appliqued four leaves in place so far… This is a quilt-as-you-go project so once the shapes are stitched in position it will be time to make a sandwich and quilt the block. I haven’t decided on backing fabric yet…

My projects for this weekend are to baste the Basket of Blooms wall hanging and continue working on the applique stage of the English Country Garden Poppy block.

Here are the links to the patchwork quilting community, I hope you’ll be learning and finding inspiration with each click:

Melva’s long running series linking the letters of 2nd World War POWs to patchwork blocks is coming to a close. It has been fascinating to read about the aftermath of war described by first hand witnesses. In this post Melva shares a letter from a German ex-POW who returned to Germany longing to be reunited with his family only to end up in a Russian labour camp. All these letters shared by Melva are a raw reminder that the deprivations of war last many decades beyond the signing of a peace treaty.

The Happy Scrappy quilt pattern was shared by Alyce at the start of the pandemic as a way of uniting quilters from around the world. It was a gentle scrappy QAL designed for short bursts of stress-free piecing without the need to go out fabric shopping. Over 400 quilters took part! In this gallery post Alyce shares a few of the quilts and flimsies that have been completed – so many colour schemes and pattern adjustments to compare and enjoy πŸ™‚

Jayne has put in a sustained effort to de-clutter her sewing space. The results are striking and maybe an encouragement if you are thinking it’s time to tackle clutter around your sewing machine!

Lately I’ve been paying particular attention to applique projects and how they are quilted. Gretchen’s quilt top looks stunning. I especially like the way her quilted feathers weave behind the applique flowers. I’ve definitely been inspired!

Flying Geese are such a staple of patchwork and yet piecing these blocks can be quite a frustrating process. Yvonne Fuchs is into precision and her beautifully photographed No-Waste Flying Geese tutorial is full of tips to ensure the production of uniform, on-size Flying Geese. Well worth a careful read and a save to Pinterest!

Sandra hosts the monthly squirrel link up and of course she does this because she is prone to more than an occasional squirrel project! Her latest was inspired by a holiday photo – such as amazing beach scene – using a machine applique technique. Her mini-quilt clearly depicts the beach glass Sandra loves to collect. I wonder if anyone else will be inspired to try this technique taught by Allie @exhaustedoctupus?

Patchwork clothing is definitely ‘a thing’ right now. Lissa has cut into an old quilt to make a new jacket. That was brave but so much better than the intended destination for the quilt!

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday which has a heart theme in keeping with Valentines Day weekend.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

9 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (244)

  1. I love the flanges. Haven’t quite got into loving different threads yet!

    What did you think of the HST gift with Love Patchwork and Quilting? I much prefer the method you taught me Allison, in the beginners quilting course.

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    • Hi! Louise! Are you sticking to one type of thread for the time being? I still much prefer to use Aurifil 50wt in my machine.
      I haven’t tried the HST template yet. I’ll give it a go but I do think it’s easier to trim HSTs to size rather than struggle to piece them to be exactly square and the correct measurement!

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      • Yes, threads and needle sizes are still a bit of a mystery to me! Sticking to aurifil 50wt and the needle size you recommended for now. It seems to work for me. I just did the Crafty Nomad FMQ course! I enjoyed the challenge but would need to feel much more confident before risking one of my quilts.

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        • Keep practicing the FMQ. The main thing is to get your hands and feet coordinated so stitch length becomes more even. Some days it just doesn’t click and others the FMQ will flow. Try doing little bits of FMQ in a patterned background of a quilt to get more confident without worrying about ‘spoiling’ the quilt. I’m glad you did the course with Jo, I enjoyed the in-person workshop last year.

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  2. I really like your flange in the border seam. It fits so well with the delicate applique. For small wall quilts I sometimes sew folded triangles into the corner seams when I put the binding on and then use a small dowel for a hanger. Otherwise, my go to is a sleeve sewed into the top binding and hand stitched to the back. I usually hang them with a piece of screen trim and Command hooks. This has always worked well, except this week I had the hooks fall off the wall. I’m blaming it on indoor dry air this winter but who knows?

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