Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (46)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have time to bring along a project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations doing the rounds in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do share your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

As usual I’ve been working on more than one project through this week! Over the weekend I intend to make one or two more of the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks. I now have five made 🙂 I timed myself making a block – it takes me 35 minutes from laying the strips out on my cutting mat to pressing the completed block and placing it on the design wall.

Five Trip Around the World blocks by Allison Reid
Five completed blocks and the next set of strips ready to be stitched.

The blocks have proved the perfect project for the ‘set me up for the day’ creative time slot. It has been so encouraging to start most days with a half hour or so of sewing.

I-Spy Strip Sets by Allison Reid
Strip sets pressed and ready to be rotary cut.

The second project I’m bringing to the our virtual sewing day is the I-Spy design I’m making and testing along side writing the pattern. I wanted to use strip piecing techniques – here are my strips of fabric sewn together, before I rotary cut them ready for chain piecing the blocks. One test block made, forty one more to make in double quick time 🙂

I-Spy Chain Piecing by Allison Reid

There have been so many interesting blog posts to read this week, I found it hard not to include links to them all! Here are some hi-lights, there are more links on my Pinterest board, Pins of the Week:

Jocelyn has shared an effective way to clean up the sole plate of an iron. She has tried and tested ‘Magic Eraser’ pads. Investigate if available in UK… There are a variety of eraser sponges and cloths available via Amazon UK but I’m not sure if any of them are the same as recommended by Jocelyn.

Heads up: if you’d like a bit of help making a bag, Michelle of ‘From Bolt to Beauty’ will be hosting a sew along in March. She’ll be sharing details before the end of February so you’ll have time to collect fabric and bag accessories. Looks like a great opportunity to learn a lot of bag making ‘tricks of the trade’ 🙂

Curved piecing! Yvonne has generously shared a Quarter Arch piecing tutorial. It’s how she made the circles for her very attractive ‘Crop Circles’ table runner.

Jessica shares a modern, planned improv quilt inspired by the New Jersey sunsets she often sees from her car. She is particularly fascinated by the way the colours of sunset change without any noticeable demarcation.

Stephanie and Yvonne have posted some exercises for quilters to help us stretch out after all that cutting and stitching 🙂

Alyce’s very practical blog post is entitled ‘How to KonMari the Fabric Stash‘. Need I say more?

A pieced pattern of a cowboy boot was the inspiration for Karen to rally her quilting buddies together and make blocks for a fund raiser in double quick time! Read their encouraging story here.

Stephanie has come up with some really helpful suggestions in answer to that perennial issue ‘How to Manage Your Fabric Scraps‘. I’ve been using my scraps for all sorts lately – the more I rummage through the boxes and bins the more my collection of scraps appears to grow!

Leah Day has produced an in-depth tutorial ‘How to make an easy t-shirt quilt‘. Well worth having a look and saving for future reference. 🙂

Finally: I like to contribute to the Worldwide Quilting Community through links in my blog posts and by leaving comments on many of the blog posts I read. Since closing down my original WordPress.com website my identity has switched from that platform to my GMail persona – my name appears as Allison Reid or Mrs A Reid or by the slightly embarrassing email name of quilted2pants or quiltedpants. I’m trying to figure out how to add my New Every Morning logo and consistently appear by one name – don’t hold your breath – in the meantime just be aware that all these names are one person – ME! 😀

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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