Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I wonder what projects you’ll be bringing along this weekend? I hope you have time to be inspired by sharing-in some of what’s going on in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links in the section below for the quilty goodness. Leaving comments on the blog pages you visit will be a real encouragement to the writers.
I got well and truly swept away by a squirrel project this week. I started out making a basket and pincushion set as a gift and ended up making several more sets to list in my Etsy shop! (I also posted a basket making tutorial here). So it’s no great surprise I’ve made very s-l-o-w progress on the English Country Garden QAL Poppy block. I’m beginning to think I should be employing machine applique rather than hand applique if I’m going to stand any chance of keeping up with QAL. This is what the completed block should look like:
And this is how far I’ve got with the applique…
My paper pieced shapes are all prepared but stitching them in place does seem a big task! Pleasant to be sat sewing in the company of the rest of the household rather than disappearing into the sewing room though. We are binge watching past series of ‘Unforgotten’ in preparation for the new series beginning next week. Maybe if I can keep my eyes off the screen I might get some stitching done 😀
My stitching was happily interrupted this morning by the arrival of our DD and SIL. They drove our way whilst travelling to temporary accommodation – part of a work assignment. This was the first time we’ve seen them since last August. So, so lovely to have this brief, outdoor visit – all socially distanced – and yet so weird too. Seeing these much missed members of our family in the flesh but not being able to give them a hug or invite them indoors emphasised just how alien it is to be living within the Covid restrictions.
Back to stitching and I had to laugh at myself… Having made five pincushions this week I found myself in need of one for my own use. The little notions basket was doing a fine job sat on the side table next to my armchair but I had nowhere to safely keep loose pins and needles! Time to return to the sewing room and whizz up a pincushion! I hoped I’d be able to locate pieces of the fabric used to make the basket all those moons ago and, buried in a bag of novelty scraps, I did indeed find three small pieces of the shoe fabric. Just enough to make a pincushion 🙂
I will be soldiering on with the applique this weekend. I think I may stitch down some of the red hexies just to have a change from all the green leaves and stems.
Here are the links into our inspiring Worldwide Quilting Community:
Rachel at Folio & Fibre has risen to a challenge, ‘From Cloth to Moth’. Her 3D moths created from fabrics and threads are quite remarkable! For me it’s the textures created by Rachel’s use of wool fabrics and fibres along with needle felting techniques and beautiful embroidery that make her creations so life-like.
Another opportunity to make a scrap quilt 🙂 Rachel at Stitched in Color is preparing a pattern with simple improv style, but not improv paper piecing. She’s designing the piecing of the ‘Confetti’ quilt to be as straightforward as possible and there will be a quilt along to keep momentum and motivation at optimal levels.
Michelle has shared a tutorial for a quilt design using HSTs with plenty of ‘negative space’ for modern style quilting.
Katie shares her use of a seam guide to create accurate quarter inch seams. And who doesn’t want consistent, accurate seams?
I don’t go into a swoon at the sight of Liberty fabrics but I can see their attractions particularly in small splashes. However, I know many quilters do pet their stash of Liberty and wonder how they will ever dare cut into a piece of the venerated fabric. Well! Alyce has reviewed a book called ‘Quilting With Liberty’ by Jenni Smith. The book contains 15 quilted items to make with those precious fabrics – maybe it will provide the persuasive power needed to make those first cuts into a Liberty stash?
As mentioned already I’ve made a few pincushions in the past week 😉 All feature a teeny tiny patchwork square-in-a-square block. Jen Shaffer on the other hand has scaled up that block in her latest quilt design ‘Squared Again’. Her many rounds of squares in squares are large, providing a great opportunity to use large scale prints that can be hard to use in small blocks.