Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (279)

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Yesterday I shared my first quilt finish of 2022. The Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail quilt was made as I followed the sew along organised by Melva of melvalovesscraps.

I wonder if you have any 2021 QAL projects to finish? And maybe you have already signed up for one or more of the many QALs being promoted as the start of a new year makes us yearn for new beginnings? Some of the links below will take you to blog posts detailing 2022 QALs.

My next sewing project is to continue quilting the Modern Fans quilt. I completed the walking foot stage of quilting yesterday so now I need to switch to free motion quilting. However I’ve found myself a bit rattled by things not going quite right today 😤, definitely not the best frame of mind to take to fmq! I’ll give that a miss today and hope I get out of the right side of the bed tomorrow!

I’ve been a bit slow off the mark re. goal setting and the like. However I have settled on my word for 2022 (I choose a word rather than making New Year Resolutions).

Nurture is the word, is the word, is the word… According to the Cambridge Dictionary, to nurture is:

to help a plan or a person to develop and be successful

Within the world of patchwork quilting I intend to nurture my own skills and help others to gain skills and benefit from the blessings of being creative. Within and outside of the world of patchwork quilting I intend to nurture friendships and family relationships. There’ll be a bit of nurturing our garden too after the hard landscaping that went on last October!

Here are a selection of the interesting and inspiring blog posts I’ve has the pleasure to read over the past week. Hope you find plenty of interest too 🙂

Michelle has created a comprehensive tutorial for her Scrappy Star Block design. Click over to her blog post to check out the multi-piece block and the cutting & piecing instructions.

Pardon my ignorance but I’d never heard of a Nisse until Nancy shared the little figure she had made – maybe a cross between a gnome and an elf? I had to check Google to discover Nisse are creatures of Scandinavian folklore.

Not surprisingly, I’ve come across quite a few ‘recap 2021, plan for 2022’ posts over the past week. I was particularly struck by Karin’s both because she has made and designed some lovely quilts but also because her reflections on the previous year have led her to create a set of sewing goals for 2022 that sound like they will bring her a lot of pleasure through the coming year.

Jen Frost has compiled a list of 2022 Quilt Along and Sew Alongs. Click over to her blog site to find the list. There’s also a link to her YouTube channel which got me burrowing down all sorts of patchwork-quilting rabbit holes!

Of course there are lots of quilt alongs being promoted at the moment. The Night Sky Sew Along being organised by Julie at Jaybird Quilts looks likely to produce some very colourful quilts. It is FQ friendly and several shops in the USA are offering curated bundles to get us over the hurdle of choosing colours 🙂

IMAGE NAMEThe annual Rainbow Scrap Challenge has been organised by Angela aka SoScrappy since 2010. Click over to the blog site to find out how to take part (there are very few ‘rules’ to follow and the complexity of the blocks is down to individual choice). Red is the colour for January. I think I may join in again, this time taking the lead from Angela to make 7″ Courthouse Step blocks. A great opportunity to use up scrap strips 🙂

A design wall is definitely an asset, a big improvement on using the floor or a bed as space for arranging quilt blocks. Katy and her husband have recently made and hung a design wall in her sewing room.

Now the holiday season is over I’m starting to see hearts appearing in designs as we head towards Valentines Day. Brittany has just released her ‘Heirloom Hearts’ quilt pattern – a traditional Irish Chain pattern with easy pieced hearts – along with kits and, need I add ;-), a sew along!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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