Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (292)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and enjoying delving into the projects, ideas, tips and tutorials being shared by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links below to go visit quilty bloggers, be kind, leave encouraging comments to help build up our community 🙂

I’ve been tidying up my room following the Bargello workshop and preparing for the I-Spy Quilt workshop next Saturday, 30th July. I did manage to get a quick ‘squirrel’ project started and finished in less than a day.

This little fabric basket is a gift for a friend who is very fond of the nature based artwork of Hannah Dale that is featured on the the fabric. I bought a long quarter of the Bramble Patch fabric with my friend in mind. I was going to make a little wall hanging but funnily enough, in a very recent conversation, my friend shared her plans to make some wall hangings for her loft-space craft room – maybe incorporating some of my novelty fabric scraps, if I didn’t mind? Well! Of course I don’t mind sharing my scraps! But the conversation did lead me to change my plan from making a wall hanging to making a Bits & Bobs basket for her craft table instead.

I made the basket by adapting the pattern shared in a post last year my tutorial. I made it smaller, starting with fabric pieces 9½” x 7″ which made a finished basket pretty much 4½” tall, wide, and deep. I’ve tied the remainder of the Hannah Dale fabric with a pretty ribbon and popped it in the basket, all ready to gift.

Whilst pottering in the sewing room I suddenly remembered the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! Oops! The colour for July is purple. I quickly sorted through my scrap bin and pressed some fabrics ready to cut. I hope I’ll be able to get to the monthly Scout Hut Sewing Day which happens to be this coming Thursday. The little Bullseye Courthouse Step blocks are an ideal project for a sewing day. I’ve made at least eight blocks in each of monthly RSC colours. Here’s a couple of each with my pull of purple fabrics.

Here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community. Enjoy!:

Cynthia shares how she’s used sashing to stretch her patriotic CIL blocks to make an extra quilt. Her colour choices work really well to make the most of the blocks.

In this video tutorial Carolina Moore shares three ways to square up blocks and two ways to fix blocks that come up too small. Very handy!

If you are in the mood to gawp at stunning quilts then look no further than Carole’s post all about her visit to the Annual Quilt and Wall Hanging Exhibition held in the very grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the Cultural Center in the State Capitol complex, Charleston, West Virginia. Just WOW!

Rachel explains how she’s using her scraps to make Log Cabin blocks. I like that she’s willing to make test blocks and learn lessons from what works and what doesn’t. See how her project blocks are progressing here.

Katie got up one morning to witness sunrise over the Arizona desert. She was well rewarded with stunning skies and cacti illuminated by the golden light of early morning. I wonder if all those colour and shape combinations will inspire a patchwork project?

It’s fascinating and humbling to follow the progress Gretchen is making as she hand quilts a whole cloth, Welsh Beauty, design. In this post she takes time away from the quilting frame to photograph some of the floral delights of the ‘Quilt Gardens, Along the Heritage Trail’. This trail was begun in 2008 as a way to attract visitors to an area hard hit by the industrial downturn.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia is sharing a quilt made of blue plaid fabrics. It’s a lovely finish. And she wants to know our favourite way to eat Zuchinni (here in the UK we go all French and call them ‘courgettes’)… The courgette plants we’ve been nurturing at our allotment are producing lots of fruits (are they fruit or veg?). I like to pick them when they are fairly small, 6″-8″ long, slice them and boil them for 3-4 minutes. I did make a courgette cake once – it was a disaster!

Linking with Michelle at Bolt to Beauty – I think my little basket counts as a ‘finish’ 🙂 Michelle has used ombre strips to create a simple, stunning quilt.

Happy Stitching!



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