Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (256)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope whatever this past week has brought your way you will have an opportunity over weekend to bring along your project(s) and relax whilst sharing in the inspiration members of the Worldwide Quilting Community have been posting for our gain. Leaving your thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes at the end of the posts you read is great way to take part in the sharing πŸ™‚

I have managed to move on a few projects this week and, of course, spent no small amount of time chasing squirrel projects! First to what I have actually done: quilting the March Forget-me-not block for the English Country Garden Quilt Along. Whew! It’s a finish!

The text print background fabric hides the quilting so it’s easiest seen on the back:

While I had the sewing machine set up for walking foot and then free motion quilting I decided to push on with the Basket in Bloom wall hanging I’d been working on a month or two ago….

I used the walking foot to echo quilt around the applique and then switched to a ‘fancy’ stitch to create the wavy lines in the borders. I used a stencil and water soluble pen to mark out the four butterflies. Two I stitched with the walking foot and the other two I free motion quilted. Now all that’s needed is a binding and some means to attach this little quilt to a hook on the wall.

I basted the Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. It’s now ‘under the needle’ having a spiral quilted from it’s centre. But there’s quite a story to the basting of this quilt, one deserving a blog post all it’s own πŸ˜‰

I’m stitching out the spiral using the same Aurifil 3817 rainbow thread I used to quilt the Giraffes in a Row quilt.

As for the squirrel project, I got myself all enthusiastic about making bags! I know! She who is wary of zippers and has no idea how to identify, let alone attach bag making ‘hardware’, is immersing herself in this world of mysteries πŸ˜€ I can squarely lay the blame for this squirrel at the door of Linda at Flourishing Palms. Her post about a newly made bag led me to the Bagstock Designs website, the downloading of a pattern and an on-line shopping spree! I’m just waiting on one more delivery and I can get started on my bag making.

Just before we get to this weeks links I’d like to take you on a quick tour of a site in North Somerset. I enjoy a country walk; when it’s a walk combined with meeting family, a site of historical interest, a wood full of Bluebells, topped with sunshine and wonderful views it rates as a perfect walk πŸ™‚ Click here for a bit more about the history of Cadbury Camp Iron Age hill fort.

Notice board giving an artists impression of Cadbury Camp Iron Age hill fort as it might have looked when it was constructed in the 6th Century BC. Now all that remains to be seen is the double ditch line of defences.
The double ditch has been breached in many places over the last 2000 years or so but is still very clear to see.

The views all around from the flat topped site are evidence of what a strategic spot this is for a defended settlement.

Looking Northwest to the Mendip Hills and the Severn Estuary, perfect picnic spot!


Looking North we could see both of the Severn Bridges linking England and Wales.


We walked through a Bluebell wood as we descended the hill.


It was a very steep descent back to the flat meadows below! Glad we didn’t ascend using this route!


Just time for a family photo before we got back on the road for the 100mile return trip πŸ™‚

Sorry to keep you waiting πŸ˜€ Here are this weeks links into the generous, sharing world of patchwork quilters:

Do you have a panel or two hanging around in your fabric stash? Bernie has responded to a challenge and started work on panel. I’d never have thought of dividing up a panel… Take a look at Bernie’s and see what you think. Is this an idea that might get you working on a panel lurking in your stash?

After seeing Gretchen’s absolutely beautiful piecing, applique and in-progress hand quilting my mind ran back to our Housegroups Bible study of Paul’s advice to be ‘sober-minded in our judgement of ourselves’ (I’m taking Romans 12:3 wildly out of context here!). I can safely put my recent applique blocks in the ‘not there yet’ category! But it’s so good to see where practice and patience can take us, isn’t it?

Christa Watson has posted her ‘Virtual Trunk Show of My Book Quilts‘ on her blog. Sit back in you seat and enjoy a colourful visual feast!

I guess we are all mindful of our use of plastic these days? Cheryl shares how she’s used plastic salad tubs to organise her fabric stash.

When is a scrappy quilt not a scrap quilt? Join in the discussion over on Leanne’s blog. I usually have to introduce a new fabric for the background or borders of a ‘scrap’ quilt but I do have a great sense of satisfaction when I complete a scrap quilt having used fabrics from my stash for the backing and binding.

I enjoyed reading this reflective post by Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated, ‘My Commitment to Slower Tech and the Making Life‘. It is a very thought-provoking account of her relationship with various social media platforms before, during and coming out of the Covid pandemic.

Patty shares her mini improv creations made during and after a Zoom workshop with Jacquie Gering. Doing the workshop on line had the benefit of all her stash fabrics being on hand. Have you found any positives to participating in workshops/sew-ins on line?

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Lots of lovely links to other bloggers and their projects in this weeks linkup πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!



8 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (256)

    • Yes! It was lovely to see our daughter and SIL enjoying their temporary home – a big change from their last year in suburban London.
      I’m glad you’ve been able to have a break with your family.

    • Thank you! It certainly was a great day to be out in the countryside. I’m so keen to experiment with bag making but I’m being a bit more disciplined than usual – I’m determined to finish the big rainbow quilt first!


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