Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (265)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations and inspiration circulating our Worldwide Quilting Community. Be part of the sharing by leaving a message in a comments box when you click on any of the links below πŸ™‚

It’s taking me a while to adjust to the pace of life now lockdown restrictions are lifting! A few hours working at Purple Stitches, a few hours teaching patchwork 1:1, socialising (generally outdoors) have impacted negatively on my blog reading/writing routine. I am the sort of person who finds socialising an enjoyable but energy sapping activity rather than an invigorating one so I know I need to factor-in rest and ‘alone time’ following a social event. No doubt I’ll be finding socialising less tiring as it becomes ‘normal’ once again πŸ™‚

Learning bag-making techniques continues to be my main occupation in the sewing room. In a recent blog post I wrote about three bags I’ve made with varying success. I can now reveal my latest make…

This is the ‘Reversible Hobo Bag’, pattern by Mrs H Sewing Patterns. I bought the pattern along with the bag hardware (I’ve got all the bag lingo now πŸ˜‰ )and text print fabric from Purple Stitches. It is the biggest bag I’ve made.

I found the pattern reasonably easy to follow although some of the photos didn’t quite match up with the text instructions. I’d say this pattern might leave a complete beginner a bit frustrated but being a large bag in a simple style does mean there are few, if any, fiddly sections to negotiate.

I used woven interfacing to give body to the contrast (black) side of the bag and attached fusible fleece to the text print fabric. First up I used a fusible interfacing that was too stiff. I tried to persuade myself it would be OK but fortunately, having slept on the decision, came to the conclusion that softer, lighter, woven interfacing would be more in keeping with the slouchy styling – thankfully the black fabric was a freebie from a friend of a friend and there was just enough to make cut out more panels to fuse with the lighter weight interfacing.

The roomy Reversible Hobo Bag has two zipper pockets. I like the soft style, wondering if I could make a smaller version…

In other sewing news: I continue to make heavy going of the English Country Garden QAL – the May Marigold block remains incomplete… ; I’m booked to run a Beginners Class at Purple Stitches starting September 18th; and I may be able to schedule a patchwork skill-builder or a bag-making class too πŸ™‚

I hope you are able to set aside time to be creative. Maybe you’ll find inspiration via one or two of this weeks links into our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Amy Friend brings a distinctive style to foundation paper piecing. Her latest project, Briar Quilt, displays that style very clearly. I like the muted colour palette Amy has chosen.

The Quilt Spot monthly post by Melony features a change of quilts between the films Paddington and Paddington 2. I won’t mind watching those two films again just so I can point out the quilts to my family! πŸ˜€

Melva shares another instalment of Marian Russell’s recollections of life along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1850s. I was struck by the readiness to provide education for the local girls as well as the boys. There were so many hard lessons for such young children to learn outside of school – including the fate of political prisoners.

Christmas in July! I know! It’s a concept I just can’t grasp but there’s a lot of it about on social media. Carole’s Christmas in July post contains a whole host of seasonal sewing/patchwork projects including a quick tutorial about turning a panel into a table topper or wall hanging.

I’m amazed anyone can come up with an original quilt block – surely there are only so many ways to sew pieces of fabrics together into squares? πŸ˜€ Kirsty has designed a new block, the ‘Alex Quilt Block’. Using four fabrics/colours she says the Block is an ideal scrap buster. Go to her post for the full tutorial which includes helpful suggestions for creating different looks by the careful placement of fabrics.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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