Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to accept the invitation to bring along a project or two and enjoy sharing in some of the inspiring posts published by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Just click on the links below to begin your journey through quilty wonderland 🙂 Leave some encouraging comments along the way and keep the goodness flowing 🙂
This afternoon I spent an hour tidying my sewing room. I had four projects on the go – two of which were at the quilting stage. Space was at a premium and I just felt I couldn’t move literally or figuratively. One of the projects is at the ‘making a quilt top’ stage, I completed all the blocks for this on Thursday. I’ve given myself a deadline for the project (I’m not great at working to deadlines but sometimes it’s the best way to push a project forwards isn’t it?). I’m making a Plaid-ish Quilt, using the free pattern by Erica Jackman aka @kitchentablequilting. I’ve made all 63 blocks required for the full size, 64″ x 82″ quilt but I’m not sure I’ll make it that big – it would create quite a quilting challenge! It’s an interesting pattern relying on good contrast between fabrics of light, medium and dark value.
Here are my blocks for the Plaid-ish quilt, starting with the light blocks:
Then the medium value blocks:
Followed by the dark value blocks:
And here’s just twenty of the sixty-three blocks on my design wall:
It looks over-the-top busy to the naked eye but in a photograph the pattern seems to emerge more clearly and the whole thing appears less chaotic! I think the dark blocks would have been a better contrast without the royal blue squares – I should have found some more dark blues. Amazingly enough I had to buy a total of a metre of dark blue fabrics to complete the blocks as I’d actually used all my stash during my campaign last year to bring to order my blue stash and scraps!
To see Erica’s tutorial and download the Plaid-ish pattern click here. There’s a Plaid-ish QAL about to start on Instagram, go to @jessicaquilter to find out more. And, of course, use your search engine to look up images of completed Plaid-ish quilts – there’s such a variety of colourways to see 🙂
Now all projects other than the Plaid-ish blocks have been cleared away I have enough space to sew and breathe without that horrible feeling of overwhelm. I have wadding and backing fabric ready to use, time to get stitching these blocks together and see if the deadline will keep me focussed to the end of this project…
Lots of great posts to read this week, here’s a selection to get you started visiting quilty bloggers around the world:
Hearts are definitely a strong theme running through patchwork quilting posts at the moment! No prizes for guessing why 😉 I’m particularly struck by Allison’s aka Cluck Cluck Sew Heartsy pattern. I like the way her modern take on an Irish Chain gives the design depth as the squares appear to be floating across the quilt, moving in front and behind each other (Well! That’s what I see when I look at the quilt anyway!).
Another patchwork favourite has to be the star. Check out Alyce’s latest Scrap Buster Block tutorial to see how to make a patchwork from the fabric scraps you have to hand.
Melva is preparing another QAL, this time a row-by-row design. In this post she shares a few clues as to the blocks she’ll be sharing and also has a great gallery of finished projects as she’s hosting the ‘Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday’ link up.
Matching repeats in a fabric print can be quite a head-scratcher. Michelle explains how she gets a pattern to match for a quilt backing in her post.
If your WIPs are creating a sense of overwhelm then reading this article about getting them organized could provide just the motivation you need to cut through the problem, resulting in a do-able plan to tackle the pile(s) of trouble 🙂
Rachel showcases three quilts made by clients of her long-arm quilting service. The quilts are all labours of love and Rachel’s quilting enhances the patchwork beautifully.