Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (259)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share… Or should I make that ‘Bank Holiday Weekend Quilt & Share’? Here in the UK we have a long weekend in which to bring along our project(s) and share in the inspiring news, tips and views posted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to click on a few of the links below, join in the sharing by leaving your thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes you’ll find at the end of most blog posts 🙂

The busy Old Harbour area of Weymouth is lined with Georgian buildings.

I have to confess that I have not passed thread through a needle in the past seven days! We were fortunate enough to be able to take a mini-break to Weymouth – so good to have a change of scene 🙂

I’d carefully prepared my English Country Garden QAL fabrics and templates as my holiday project but somehow never found the right moment. After long walks each day I was happy to be occupied either watching activity on Portland Harbour from our window or reading Mansfield Park (for the umpteenth time!). Actually reading a Jane Austen novel and spending time enjoying the Georgian architecture and heritage of Weymouth was all very ‘in keeping’. In chapter 13 I read one of Jane’s characters had begun a friendship whilst ‘at Weymouth’.

 

On a much more modern note: Cruise liners have been moored off Weymouth Bay throughout the pandemic. We saw the brand new  ‘Virtuosa’ manoeuvring in and out of Portland Harbour several times during our stay.

MSC’s ‘Virtuosa’ leaving Portland Harbour

 

Cruise liners moored off Weymouth Bay.

Walking along the South West Coast Path was a great pleasure. As you can see the cliffs are very unstable with sections regularly breaking away so the route of the Coastal Path is often diverted from precarious edges.

South West Coast Path looking west towards Weymouth Bay.

 

The view looking inland.

While we were away both Julie the Juki and Phyllis the Pfaff (my sewing machines) enjoyed a spa day. They’ve returned home in tip-top condition ready to resume duties in my sewing room. For this week I have several small projects in mind including the third block of Melva’s Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail QAL and a wall hanging I designed and cut out over a month ago.

I hope you have had a more productive week than me and will enjoy reading some of the links I’ve hi-lighted:

Sometimes quilts evolve as fabrics are found and grouped together. It has taken Cynthia a while to curate the perfect collection of fabrics but once put together she instantly knew one of her popular patterns would make the most of each of the prints with the low volume background.

Jo has created a new pattern, the ‘Heart Spool’, to test a new brand of papers designed for foundation piecing. The pattern has a rainbow heart in a thread spool and comes in two sizes, mug rug and cushion! See Heart Spool and read Jo’s review of the foundation paper here. Jo’s also included a video clip explaining how she chose the free motion quilting designs for her Heart Spool block.

Katy has made great use of left-over solids to make a bright and BIG ‘Postage Stamp’ quilt. What a wonderful wedding gift – definitely one to treasure.

Woah! Yvonne used two spools of Aurifil thread to densely stitch out the quilting on her latest project, the Pulsar quilt. Her design involved a lot of thread stops and starts. There was a sizable quantity of thread cut away after Yvonne had buried all the ends in the quilt. She was curious enough to calculate the percentage of thread that went into the quilting as opposed to the percentage removed. (She used 24 full bobbins in the quilting!).

Charisma Horton made a trip to California to spend a few days working on a project with Rob Appell. Find out how she coped behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

If trying to keep up with the ‘should dos’ of modern life are getting you down take time to read Alyce’s contemplations on how to face down the pressures.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

1 thought on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (259)

  1. I would not say that you haven’t been productive, Allison! A holiday is a blessing for sure! It is a great and necessary opportunity for relaxation and recharging! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! 🙂

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