Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and take part in the sharing going on through our Worldwide Quilting Community. To take part just click on any of the links that take your interest and leave an encouraging comment on the blogs you visit.
In the sewing room this week:
I managed to finish the second of the 30 block I-Spy Shadow quilts. This one with blue background fabrics. It is listed in my Folksy shop along with the pattern and pre-cut novelty fabric packs.
Making the tenth block of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along was a brief but welcome diversion from the quilting production line I’m working on! There are only a couple more blocks to make so I’m trying not to introduce any new fabrics in the hope the quilt top will look cohesive even though it’s made of scraps. Thinking ahead to the sashing fabric I’m wondering about using a muted rusty orange/red to add a warm contrast to all those cool blues….
And so back to the quilting table and yet another blue project! This time my scrappy blue version of the Dashing Stars, beginners course quilt. I’m echo quilting a gentle wavy line diagonally across the quilt. I used a Hera marker to ‘draw’ the first line across the quilt before stitching. To create the echoes I’m using a guide attached to the walking foot of my machine. The lines of stitching are about 2¼” apart. I’m using a Mettler 50wt variegated thread on top and a light blue Gutterman 50wt thread in the bobbin.
There should be time to finish the quilting tomorrow, then I’ll move on to cutting strips of fabric for a scrappy binding. As the quilt is my demo piece for the beginners class I won’t trim the quilt top or make the binding until the class meets next Saturday.
Looking at my diary I think it will be pretty quiet in the sewing room but I do have a sewing day to look forward to… Oh! and my brother’s wedding 🙂
Here are this weeks links into the world of patchwork quilting, I hope you will be inspired by something you read or see 🙂
Cynthia has made a mini quilt whilst taking part in the blog hop celebrating Kelly Young’s new book, ‘Scrappy Improv Quilting’. Click over to Cynthia’s post to read her review of the book and find links to the other quilters who have been making mini quilts using patterns from the book.
Gretchen explains how she has adapted her fabric choices and altered a pattern design to suit her own tastes and the contents of her stash. She has great skills both in hand applique and in patchwork piecing and has used those skills and experience to produce a very beautiful quilt top. Oh! And add hand quilting to Gretchen’s skills! See this post for the wonderful texture she is creating on a whole cloth Welsh quilt.
A kind friend has brought new life to a collection of very old quilt blocks discovered by Linda’s family when they were emptying a house that belonged to her Grandparents. The redwork blocks look so fresh after a clean up and the addition of sympathetic sashing and cornerstones.
Jayne shares her method for sorting fabric scraps and some of the blessings she receives when she delves into the scrap bins 🙂 The photos of three quilts made from her scraps demonstrate that sorting scraps (and then using them!) is a beneficial task.
The tenth block of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along has been released. Again Melva has been inspired by another extract from Marion Russell’s book of life on the trail in the mid 1800s. This episode takes us to 1860 and the sadness of seeing her brother going to war.
Isn’t it weird when we see places with the same names but situated on different continents? In Laura’s photos of Dungeness, USA there is very little (apart from the sea) that reminds me of Dungeness, UK! This site gives a drive through Dungeness, UK. Funnily enough the landscape and buildings bring to my mind the USA much more than anywhere in the UK! What do you think?
I don’t know the origins of the saying but I remember my maternal grandfather often using ‘luv-a-duck’ as a form of exclamation in conversation 🙂 Lorna has come up with a pattern for some very lovable ducks.
With the return to in-person meetings Joni shares the one thing she’d love to change about ‘show and tell’.
Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant. Michelle is sharing one of her recent finishes – a scrappy Economy Block quilt.