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Well! The over-riding theme of life here in the UK continues to be ‘waiting’. Thankfully the waiting is now tinged with a sense of anticipation. On the pandemic front we have a ‘roadmap’ out of restrictions with a caveat to not rush ahead of the timings set in place. On the day to day, Spring is showing itself in all sorts of ways now. We are enjoying a succession of dry, sunlit days and frosty nights. Flowers are much in evidence – yesterday I saw a hedgerow full of the white blossoms of Blackthorn – birds are loudly proclaiming their territories, some are gathering nesting materials and the hours of daylight are lengthening rapidly. We have been waiting for the soil in our garden and allotment to dry out enough to be workable, perhaps this afternoon we may be able to start the digging and weeding? (Added to post – ground still heavy and not quite ready for weeding by hand – still waiting in hope). Yesterday we bought some garden supplies including new poles in anticipation of the beans we haven’t even sown. Yes! Waiting is definitely being combined with a sense of hope after some very dark months.
My big sewing news this week is the release of my latest pattern. The ‘Use it all up 9 Fat Quarter Quilt’ pattern arose from my attempt to tackle one of those attractive but difficult to use FQ packs on several fronts: 1. To actually lift it off the shelf and break into it; 2. To make maximum use of the FQs- minimal left overs for the scrap bins; 3. to make a reasonable sized quilt from a minimal number of FQs and additional yardage. I made a quilt top measuring 67″ square using nine FQs with 2¼yds of extra fabric. I gave the finished quilt to my husband who is using it regularly as a very ample ‘lap’ quilt. Made without the outer borders the quilt would measure 60″ square – still a more than adequate size to use as a lap quilt or sofa throw. Instructions for making the quilt with or without the border are included in the pattern.
The pattern also gives full instructions with diagrams to make the nine-patch blocks using a quick and easy strip-piecing technique. If you’ve never tried this technique this would provide a good introduction 🙂 Just for this weekend and until midnight GMT on Monday 1st March I’m offering a 20% discount code for the 9 Fat Quarter Quilt pattern and the other patterns listed in my Etsy shop, AllisonsPatchworks. Just enter the code QUICKMAKES when prompted at the checkout 🙂
As for actual sewing…. I finished making the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for February. The colour for this month is yellow and I’m diving into my string scraps for this years RSC, planning to make eight blocks of each of the ten colours.
Sticking with scraps, I’ve put ‘peddle to the metal’ stitching together my very scrappy scraps with left-over novelty fabric scraps to make mis-shapened blocks ready to build into an I-Spy Scrap Vortex quilt. Those scrap bins are never emptied however many scrap quilts I make! 😀
The applique projects have pretty much ground to a halt this week but I hope for some quiet, slow stitching after the physical work at the allotment.
Here is a rather short list of links (I have some catching up to do on the blog reading front!). I hope you find plenty of inspiration none-the-less:
This recording of an Angela Walter’s live is an easy to watch lesson in free motion quilting swirls.
Lorna’s teddy ‘Honey Bear’ block would make a very lovable addition to a baby quilt or play mat.
Rona has been researching the status of quilt shows scheduled for 2021. She’s compiled a handy list of 2021 Quilt Shows detailing which shows are going ahead, those that are switching to virtual shows and some that have had to be cancelled.
Unable to discard old clothes Michelle has found a way to create a very modern quilt that is full of memories. I especially like the variety of patterns Michelle has created with straight line quilting.
I’m a terror for not changing rotary cutter blades when they start to get dull. I know I shouldn’t use blunted blades as they cut inaccurately and can damage cutting boards . So I was interested to read Linda’s review of a rotary blade sharpener she has recently purchased.
Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. If you need more inspiration then do make a visit to the link-up as it’s a great way to discover lots of bloggers and see what they’ve been busy making over the past week 🙂