Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (268)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along your project(s) and join in the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Just use the links below to find inspiration, tips and tutorials kindly shared by quilty bloggers from around the world.

Couple of quick announcements:

  • I’m going to give Saturday Quilting Bring & Share a break for the rest of August. I’m hoping to get a few updates done on the blog. I’ll still be reading blog posts and storing up links to share in a few weeks time 🙂
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Are you making progress with sewing projects or busying yourself in other directions? We are having a bit of a ‘meh’ summer season here in the UK. However many of our plants have been sucking up the rain, growing amazingly fast and taking a bit of managing! The Hawthorns (Crataegus monogyna) in our garden had sent lead shoots rocketing skywards, we cut the shoots down this week to find six foot of growth in just this one season! The grass hasn’t stopped growing either, at this time of year there are usually brown patches in our ‘lawn’ and along the grass verges but this year green is the colour. All this by way of saying the garden and allotment are requiring quite a lot of attention so there’s less time for sewing.

Just a note on the Hawthorns… I transplanted four tiny seedlings found at the allotment into a bare corner of our garden. It’s taken a few years but safe to say the Hawthorns are now ‘established’ with main stems a couple of inches in diameter and sporting the most vicious, prickly thorns you could ever wish to encounter!

Hawthorn living up to it’s prickly name!

Green is definitely the dominant colour in our garden at the moment but a happy accident brought these vivid pink Nicotiana and bright yellow Chrysanthemums together. Not colours I’d have considered putting in the same sewing project but hey! nature knows better!

I have found time to make another bag. This time I’m using much of what I’ve learned over the past six weeks or so to make a bag to my own design.

I’m aiming to keep it fairly simple so the pattern will be accessible to makers just getting into sewing their own bags. Being me, the bag also has to be practical so I’ve tried to include features to make the bag usable and useful. This is the ‘prototype’ with many adjustments having been made and noted along the way. I’ll ‘test drive’ it tomorrow when I go to Church. I must show it to my Mum as I’m wondering if she will recognise the floral fabric as the curtain that once hung in her bathroom?

I will endeavour to make Version Two over the coming week whilst sprucing up the pattern notes and making a step-by-step photo tutorial.

Well! That’s more than enough of me! Now for the links into our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Rachel is playing around with a computer programme that allows her to try out different colour schemes for a quilt. She also showcases a quilt made to one of her patterns that caught my attention as the petals of the Dresden Plates are in a variety of colours but all the blocks have the same dark green fabric at the centre of the Dresden flowers. This has me thinking those vivid pinks and yellows in my garden that should be shouting ‘clash’ are held together by the cooling greens of the leaves.

Wendy’s hand pieced Mirage quilt is a beauty. Her fabric choices give the quilt depth and interest even though the colour palette is limited.

Another inspiring scrap quilt. This time a Four Patch that has inspired me to cut more 2½” squares from scraps. Cindy’s quilt has me thinking I could make Four Patches as leader-enders… I know Katy at www.katyquilts.net has done this very successfully. And there are so many layout patterns to be created from the simple Four Patch 🙂

Allison’s quilt, Shimmer, reminds me of a English Paper Pieced design but on a much larger scale. The design has her distinctive crispness. She tells us this version was started in 2019 to accompany a QAL she hosted.

Patchwork Stars are a staple of our craft. Beth has made a distinctive star block called ‘Key Lime Pie’ and shares a photo tutorial here with links to a YouTube tutorial too. The patchwork units and her fabric choices make this design twinkle – I’d certainly use it as an interesting alternative to a Sawtooth Star.

In this YouTube tutorial, Picking the Perfect Thread, Angela Walters takes us through the process she uses to choose a thread colour for quilting. The recording is stuffed full of handy tips!

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia shares a quilt she’s finished for the Positivity QAL and there’s a growing gallery of patchwork quilting projects to browse as the link-up fills up 🙂

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Happy Stitching!

Allison

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