Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (40)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. An opportunity to bring along your current project to a virtual sewing day and share in conversations circulating around the quilty world. You are very welcome to share your links in the comments section at the bottom of the page and I hope you will find the blog post conversations introduced on this page of interest (it always gives me a thrill when I see that readers of these Quilt & Share post have clicked on links to explore more of what’s being shared in the online quilty community 🙂 ).

My focus project this week has been to finish the covers for the storage trolleys. The idea being that the covers will hide the drawers filled with notions and fabrics and soften the rather clinical looking metallic top of the trolleys. The covered trolleys then take on their second role of bedside tables when my sewing room is transformed into our guest room 🙂

For the quilting I chose a cream coloured 40wt Aurifil thread No. 2000.

Trolley Covers back and front by Allison Reid
Finished covers on the trolleys – showing views of front and back.
Trolley Cover ties by Allison Reid
I stitched ties into the seams so the covers could be secured to the trolley handles.

I free motion stitched an all over meandering pattern across both of the covers. The ties stitched into the corners keep the covers in place. The storage trolleys-come-bedside tables will soon be making their debut in the guest room… 

Trolley Cover in situ by Allison Reid
Storage trolley to bedside table, transformation complete 🙂

Here are just a few of the quilty blog posts that caught my attention this week (find links to more via my Pins of the Week board on Pinterest):

Since making the blocks for the Trolley Covers and teaching a Scrap Busting workshop I’ve developed a soft spot for String Blocks. It was Sherri of ‘A Quilting Life’ that alerted me to the ‘String Along’ being organised by Moda. The string along begins the Friday after Christmas. Sherri’s post contains links to tutorials if you’d like learn how to make these effective and versatile blocks.

If, like me, you have had to pack away your sewing machine for the holiday season, how about trying hand piecing? Katy shares how she hand pieces mini bow-tie blocks.

Jen at Patterns by Jen is asking for help re. how to store spools of thread and bobbins. There have been some interesting suggestions and solutions for thread storage in the comments section of her post.

Suzy shares six really useful tips about straight-line, ‘matchstick’, quilting. How to avoid those puckers and keep the stitching lines straight…

Do you have Harry Potter fans in your family? If so, you’ll be pleased to know Lorna will be hosting a Harry Potter Quilt Along in the New Year. In fact it’s a ‘double bill’ as she and Kelli of ‘Seriously, I think it needs stitches’ are joining forces to create a quilt along with not one but two Harry Potter quilts to make!

Michelle has designed and made a fascinating modern quilt. She shares her design and making process very clearly. I’ve been inspired…

Linking with Myra for Finished or Not Friday.

Our first house guest of the season arrived today – youngest son home from Germany for two weeks 🙂 – we are thankful that his flight was delayed by just one hour, landing at Heathrow, avoiding the major disruptions at Gatwick. Our other guests and visitors are much more local and will be arriving over the next few days. 

I hope you will have the opportunity to rest and enjoy the company of family and friends over Christmas. We will be celebrating the birth of Christ Our Saviour (Immanuel, God With Us) with our Church family in services on Sunday and Tuesday. Three Sunday’s ago we were reminded that this season of Advent is not a ‘countdown to Christmas’ but actually a time to anticipate the second coming of Jesus when he will arrive not as a ‘helpless babe’ but in all his glory. Here is the prayer for the First Sunday of Advent originally written in the 1500’s by Thomas Cranmer, and still resonating today:

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

Happy Christmas!



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