Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (291)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your WIPs and enjoy tips, news and inspiring projects being shared around our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links below and be part of the sharing by adding your thoughts and experience in the comments boxes of the blog posts you visit ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t seem to catch up with myself lately! Funny to think this time last week we were returning home from a short break on the South Coast.

Looking across the Solent to the Isle of Wight (can you spot The Needles showing on the horizon?) Key Haven salt marshes to the right were teeming with bird life.


A sleepy corner of Key Haven harbour on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Since then I’ve been fiddling around trying my hand at fusible applique. I’ll be demonstrating the technique at a monthly craft group meeting. We generally do paper crafts so I’ve tried to fuse the mediums of fabric and cardย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fusible applique for card makers. Excited to discover that Wonder Under fuses straight onto card (don’t use steam in the iron though!).


A work in progress. I’m going to switch from hand stitching and beading to using my sewing machine to finish this butterfly before trimming it and attaching it to a blank greetings card.

Never far from my thoughts are the two workshops I’m running this month… A mix of worry and excitement!

And this time of year there’s plenty to keep me occupied in the garden and at the allotment.

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. The leaves of the potato plants in the foreground are now yellow – it will soon be time to harvest ๐Ÿ™‚

And I just have to share a photo of this prickly sweetie who visits our garden every evening. The hedgehog is very wary and comes out at dusk so apologies for the blur on the photo.

We are hoping this individual is a female. We heard plenty of hedgehog hanky-panky going on a couple of months ago so maybe we’ll be visited by some youngsters soon?

Here are links to just a few of the tip filled, inspiring patchwork quilting blog posts I’ve read recently. Hope you find plenty of interest ๐Ÿ™‚

Ever thought of sewing with ‘minky’ fabric? Leah Day has shared a tutorial showing us how she managed this deep pile fabric when making an envelope pillow. Translated into UK English: minky = fleece fabric; pillow = cushion ๐Ÿ™‚ย There’s lots of useful tips as Leah wings the pattern and trials a Janome 8200 sewing machine.

Back in 2020 the Festival of Quilts held a virtual exhibition. Photographing quilts can be a quite a challenge. This ten minute video made by the UK Quilters Guild is full of handy information to help us find the best locations and set-ups for quilt photography without investing in fancy equipment.

Wendy was invited to be the guest exhibitor at a quilt show in the most scenic of places. Her blog post includes a video tour of her quilts hung on black background boards which really show the colourful designs beautifully.

There are so many handy tips and ideas in Rachel’s post ‘Fabric Shopping for Quilters: Begin with Colour‘. Rachel tops up her fabric stash 2-3 times a year and manages to do this shopping online.

Christa Watson’s series of piecing and quilting videos contains lots of useful information and are especially useful for those of us who are challenged when choosing and executing quilting designs. In this video Christa shares the steps she takes to quilt a large project and in this video she shares quilting tips and techniques to prevent puckering.

On the Suzy Quilts blog there’s a machine binding tutorial. I haven’t tried this method myself – stitching the binding to the front of the quilt and then using glue to secure the binding to the back of the quilt before stitching it down from the front. The results look very neat.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia does have a finished quilt to share – made from a Jelly Roll.

Happy Stitching!



2 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (291)

  1. I haven’t been a good blog reader lately but this is a wonderful post! Love the mixed media with the cards Allison. Also, thank you for the link to the binding post. I just did some machine binding and while it looks reasonable, I wasn’t completely happy with it. So I am going to read through the post and give it a try next time. Your garden looks amazing!! We recently moved and I miss our veggie garden. We didn’t plant one this year but next season we will. Take care.

    • Thanks Bernie! I’m glad you’ve taken time out to relax and read a few blog posts – I always enjoy reading your posts ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be interested to know how you get on with the binding technique. There is something very satisfying about growing fruit and veg, I hope you quickly settle into your new home and enjoy making the most of your garden.


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