Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (275)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Please do bring along your projects(s) and join in the sharing of tips, news and inspiration by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to jump down into the rabbit warren and find your way to some like-minded makers or enjoy the challenge of looking into less familiar branches of the craft of patchwork quilting.

I have had my mind set on pushing three separate projects to a finish. My motivation has been a desire to clear the project clutter from my sewing room. I need to give my mind space to rest before moving on to something different. I actually don’t know what I want to make once these three are finished. This is a new and rather strange place for me to be. Usually I have a whole list of shiny new projects I’m itching to start but that’s not the case at the moment. It’s been months since I reached for my design kit – squared paper, pencils, eraser and EQ7 software…

My focus on finishing has produced one complete quilt and seen progress with the other two projects. I’m very happy with my sixth version of the Dashing Stars beginners course quilt. I’ve tweaked the pattern a few times. This version has a border; I’ve used a scrappy mix of fabrics rather than six long quarters; and I swapped in Broken Sash blocks for the plain squares.

I made a pieced backing from left-over extra-wide backing fabrics and kept the theme going with a scrappy binding. I wasn’t sure how all those blue prints and solids would sit together but I’m very happy with the way it looks.

Project No.2 is the UFO Irish Chain quilt. It is almost finished, just the binding to hand stitch into place.

I will have to give this quilt a wash as there is a little machine oil stain on the white-on-white background fabric 🙄 I asked for stain removal advice from members of the Great British Quilter Facebook group.  Several people suggested working in a blob of Fairy washing-up liquid on the stain, leaving it overnight before washing the quilt. I’m going to give that a go.

Project No.3 – the first four blocks of the English Country Garden QAL. I made good progress here, stitching down the final Marigold flower before quilting the block. I’ve trimmed all four blocks down to 18½” square. I have just enough of the Jane Austen text background fabric to make four cushion backs. I plan to make envelope openings with button fastenings.

Here are the links for this week’s Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you find plenty of interest 🙂

Michelle has used the Economy Block to make another winner of a scrappy quilt. This time her colour palette is peach, egg plant and blue/greens.

It’s November so I can mention Christmas crafts without feeling like I’m jumping the gun! Brittany has collected together seven festive projects and shares the links to the free tutorials and patterns.

Guess what? Here’s another link to a blog post filled with projects suitable to make as Christmas gifts 😄 This time it’s Alli of Woodberry Way who has generously provided great ideas and handy tutorials to get us shifting into Christmas mode.

Click over to JanineMarie’s post for a lovely mix of scrappy project updates and photos of the Autumn scenery she’s been walking and cycling through.

Rachael has been experimenting with plastic waste  retrieved from a beach. She did manage to do some weaving and stitching as well as moulding and melting!

Bobbi promises her latest quilt pattern is super quick and easy to make! Check out her post to see lots of photos of ‘Wonky Rails’ quilts and find out how to become a tester for future patterns.

Have you seen patchwork jackets and coats popping up on social media? I’ve seen quite a few. Patty has decided to make a patchwork coat from scratch. She’s sharing her progress in a series of blog posts. In ‘The Making of My Quilt Coat Progress Report #1‘ she shares with us the pattern she’s chosen, her fabrics and new tool: Swedish Tracing Paper.

I’m linking this post with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Michelle has news of a Give-Away she’s organised on Instagram and Alycia shares a bright, modern quilt she’s called ‘Cheery-os’ – she’s provided the pattern too.

Happy Stitching!


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