Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I’m sorry to be late publishing. Yesterday I had one of those stomach-drop moments when I found I couldn’t access my own blog site *horrible* Thankfully my website lady worked her magic and all is running smoothly now. I hope you have had time to enjoy sewing this weekend, maybe a few treats have come your way too if you are a mother in the UK? 🙂 There may just be time to bring along your project and share in the tips, ideas and inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you visit some blog sites via the links below you can join in the sharing by leaving your thoughts in the comments boxes 🙂
After finishing the I-Spy Puzzle quilt at the start of the week I had a bit of a tidy-up in my sewing room, taking time to clear the lint out of my sewing machine and then looked around for my next project. I always have more than one WIP but somehow finishing a project causes a bit of stutter in my creative flow: Which project should I focus on now? Is this the time to start a new project ;-)? I didn’t really think hard about my choices…. This is how the sewing panned out through the rest of the week:
WIP: I decided to work on the February block of the English Country Garden QAL. The Poppy is complete 🙂 I used a blending Aurifil 50wt thread to add a line of echo quilt stitching around the applique flowers and leaves before switching to fmq to fill in the background with a simple meander.
UFO: This Irish Chain quilt was abandoned when I couldn’t decide how to fill in the open spaces. The original idea of a fmq design gave me the collie-wobbles, not helped by Julie the Juki deciding to be a bit of fmq drama queen, so I got no further than stabilising the quilt sandwich with some walking foot in-the-ditch quilting. This week I pulled the rolled up quilt sandwich out from under my sewing table and decided to apply what I’m learning from the QAL. The new plan is to applique hexi-flowers into the four open spaces. I spent quite a while choosing fabrics from my stash and made a yellow flower with a pink centre. On reflection the milky pink just didn’t look right alongside the brighter pink in the quilt…. I ended up switching to my blue scraps, finding three fabrics which coordinate well with the dusky blues of the quilt.
I even had to piece together some off-cuts of one fabric to make the final two hexies – proper patchwork 😉
SQUIRREL: Oops! I couldn’t resist starting something new 😀 I blame Leah Day for sharing an old design inspired by the fabrics contained in a subscription box. I decided to break into a stash of fat quarters kept back for a design that I’ve not progressed, mixing in some other fabrics from my stash to make the ‘Sixty Slice’ quilt – links below. The blocks are super-quick to make. I’m wondering if the dark salmon pink solid is a bit too dark? Maybe I should swap in another fabric?
Here are the links, I hope you find plenty to interest and inspire (maybe you’ll end up squirrelling this week?):
Jayne shares some photos of her design wall. So many WIPs on display as well as experimental blocks. If you have a design wall does it look like Jayne’s or is it exclusively for the one project you are working on?
I really enjoy a bit of crazy patchwork every now and then. The technique has been very successfully combined with applique to create a mini quilt decorated with attractive tulips. Click over to Stitchin At Home to take a look.
‘Interlinked’ is the name of Christa Watson’s latest quilt pattern. It’s a modern design with plenty of negative space to play around with linear quilting or fmq patterns. I especially like the way Christa has used a directional, low volume print to add interest to the negative spaces.
Hand applique using the ‘back basting’ method. Jayne gives a quick and clear explanation of the method which has me intrigued. I think there may be an opportunity to try it out on some of the blocks I’ll be making as part of the English Country Garden QAL. There’s always something new to learn under the umbrella of patchwork quilting isn’t there?
Cynthia has been creating a quilt top from orphan blocks given to her by a friend. I’m particularly struck by the layout she’s trying out on her design wall. A staggered distribution of cornerstone squares works really well. Another idea to tuck away…
Leah Day has shared a free quilt pattern called ‘Sixty Slice’ along with a video tutorial and lots of cutting and piecing tips. Leah makes full use of sixteen fat eighths from a subscription box plus yardage to create a 47″ x 62″ quilt top. I think this pattern is a great way to use a pack of pre-cut fabrics especially if some of the designs are larger prints that you’d rather not cut into tiny pieces!