Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (250)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have an opportunity to bring along a project or two and enjoy sharing in the creativity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Don’t forget to add encouraging comments to the blog posts you visit 🙂

Following a disastrous start to quilting a quilt sandwich earlier this week I shared my pin basting research in this post (there were some helpful comments left that you might like to read including links to pin basting tutorials from Laura and Jo – thank you both).

I re-basted my quilt sandwich – this time pinning the layers flat to my sewing room carpet instead of clamping it to a table. It was a bit of a squeeze to work around the quilt sandwich in a confined space but I managed to pin it in place and then insert and secure all the basting pins. It didn’t cause as much stress on my knees as I had expected and I somehow managed not to knock everything off my shelves as I moved around the sandwich!

Once basted I decided to include in-the-ditch quilting to stabilise the layers before stitching the quilting lines I had in mind. I’m glad I did take the time to stitch in-the-ditch around each of the fifteen rectangular blocks as the layers still shifted about a bit. I can’t say I enjoyed stitching the wavy vertical lines down the the quilt or the wavy lines running at 60º across the quilt. Every time intersecting quilting lines caused a little pleat I could feel myself tensing up another level but I decided this quilt was better finished than becoming another UFO.

By the end I had consoled myself, thinking that the pleats would not be so apparent once I stepped back from the close up view at the sewing machine. The rather puffy appearance of the quilt I’ve decided is ‘texture’ – not necessarily the texture I had in mind when I set out to do the quilting but texture none-the-less! 😉

I think this may be the last time I use a polyester wadding (even a good quality one like the Quilters Dream Green I used in this quilt). I’m sure my troubles were in part due to my choice of wadding. Perhaps poly wadding definitely calls for spray basting?

All the messing about with pin-basting has played havoc with my sewing goals this week. No progress made on the English Country Garden QAL, the green Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks or the flower blocks I was going to add to the Irish Chain quilt *sigh*.

Here are the links to some posts published by our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Angela Walters is preparing to start another FMQ course. The ‘Flora & Foliage FMQ Challenge’ tutorials are free to follow. Find out more here.

Michelle has set herself a challenge – ’30 days of quilting’. She is aiming to finish some WIPs whilst increasing her enjoyment of quilting. She’s made a great start using a a Jacqui Gering walking foot pattern to create texture in the background of a small quilt.

Ha!Ha! Rachel Hauser did a good job selling the on-line quilting magazine, Make Modern, in a recent blog post. I’ve taken out an annual subscription 🙂

I think there’s just enough time before Easter to piece this cheeky bunny designed by Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilts. Her free pattern is shared here by WeAllSew. If the Easter deadline is a bit tight the bunny would make a cute block in a baby quilt.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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