Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have had a good week and there’s time for a spot of creativity over the weekend. Bring along your project(s) and join in the sharing of inspiration, ideas and tips with other members of or Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to go find something new and why not leave an encouraging message in the comment box of any blog you visit?
I got more sewing done than expected this past week. I had to make preparations for the final class of the Beginners Course. Dashing Stars number six was duly quilted and a scrappy binding constructed ready for the class demo.
It was a real pleasure to see two of the class members working on the final stages of their quilts. And very satisfying to hear them planning their next quilting projects. Their class quilts are really stunning.
I’m still surprised and fascinated by how one quilt pattern can look so different when put together in different colourways.
Earlier in the week I met up with friends for a sewing day. I took along the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL. I’ve been working (or more to the point, not working) on this block since May. The QAL has nine 18″ blocks which are sewn together using the Quilt-As-You-Go method. As you can see I have quilted the first three blocks.
However I’ve lost the motivation to continue with this QAL. It was a difficult decision to make but I’ve come to the conclusion I should stop following the QAL, instead using the four blocks to make cushion covers. The patchwork cushions in our living room are between 5 and 10 years old and looking a bit worn. The flower blocks will make fresh, bright cushions and as a project making cushion covers feels far more do-able than continuing with the quilt. It’s a relief to have made a decision about this project before it slips into becoming yet another UFO to carry forward into 2022. It’s no good allowing an on-going project to become a burden is it?
This weekend I’m hoping to machine stitch the scrappy binding to my blue Dashing Stars quilt. Perhaps, maybe, I’ll hand stitch the final orange flower to the Marigold QAL block and prepare it for quilting? 🙂
Here are the links into the rabbit warren of quilting goodness:
I like the way Myra has created a pattern where Sawtooth Stars are interlocked rather than set side-by-side. The pattern is called ‘Sunnyside‘.
Rachel Singleton is using textile art to interpret a recent trip to the west coast of Ireland. Her posts are always an education in the process of developing craft skills into art. Definitely worth a look (the scenery is stunning) and a read (Rachel has a great way with words as well as colour and design).
Carole has posted the second and final part of the ‘Autumn About Town Purse’ tutorial. She provides a pdf download too so it’s easier to follow than flicking through a blog post 🙂
It’s hard to avoid the subject of the Covid pandemic along with all the restrictions we have had to endure. The virus remains a key component of the away-from-home social decisions we make. Alyce describes the effect the pandemic has had on her mental well-being and the decisions she’s now making about her business, Blossom Heart Quilts, as a result. I think most of us could point to changes in our lives that wouldn’t have happened so quickly, if at all, but for the pandemic forcing us to face situations from a completely different angle.
Linda had a good time meeting up with friends, teaching a class and learning about African print fabrics at the Broward Quilt Expo. She also witnessed the exhibition coming to an abrupt end… 😱
Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.
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