Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (47)

Welcome! To the forty seventh Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. Bring along your project and share in some of the news, views and inspiration circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community :-). You are welcome to share links to your projects and add your insights to the quilty conversations via the comments box at the end of this blog post 🙂

Beginners Quilt 2019 fabrics by Allison Reid
Six fabrics ready for my second ‘Dashing Stars’ beginners quilt.

I’m experiencing a happy buzz today having taught the first session of a Beginners Patchwork and Quilting Class at Purple Stitches this morning. We covered rotary cutting, quarter inch seams and made our first blocks. I do so enjoy sharing my love for this craft and seeing others catching the bug! We are making a quilt using a new pattern called ‘Dashing Stars’ written by Viv Poon, owner of Purple Stitches.

Beginners Quilt 2019 fabrics by Allison Reid
The Dashing Stars pattern with all my background pieces cut (thanks to A&T for the gift of the IKEA fabric).

You can find out more about Viv by reading this interview by another local patchwork quilter, Jo Westfoot, aka The Crafty Nomad. Viv and Jo have recently formed the Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild – the first two meetings were very well attended and the group looks sure to go from strength to strength 🙂

First Blocks of Beginners Quilt 2019 by Allison Reid
My Strip and Court House Step blocks, the start of ‘Dashing Stars – the second quilt’.
I-Spy Book Pillow pocket by Allison Reid
The patchwork pocket front ready to be made into a book pillow.


My projects for this weekend include making blocks for my (second) ‘Dashing Stars’ quilt (I pieced the shop sample before Christmas), making a book pillow to coordinate with an I-Spy quilt that is nearing its finish and, hopefully, piecing a few more of the Trip Around the World blocks. I know I’m not the only one of us working on more than one project at once, right? 😀



Here are links to some of the patchwork and quilting posts that have caught my eye this week:

The Pantone colour of 2019 is ‘living coral’. For those not into shades of pink/salmon it could be a bit of a challenge to feature ‘living coral’ fabrics in patchwork projects. Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts wasn’t keen on this particular colour of the year but has taken on the challenge and been pleasantly surprised, combining ‘living coral’ with navy.

How about this for a bit of a coup: Apple Tree Crafts in Newtonmountkennedy, Ireland are hosting none other than Kaffe Fassett for a lecture and two workshops from 4-6th March. If you are in the area or know of a crafty individual who is then do find out about tickets – there are still some available…

You know that mixture of happiness and relief when a long term project finally gets finished? Well! Sharon is doing a happy dance over a t-shirt quilt that has been on her mind and her to-do list for quite a while!

EPP Cushion by Allison Reid
My very 1970’s EPP cushion (loosely stuffed with old tights!).

My very first experience of patchwork was English Paper Piecing – traditional hexagons made from my Mum’s old dresses and sheets – inspired by a chapter in a craft book published by Marks & Spencer under their retail brand St Michael (this was way back in the 1970s!). Since then EPP has moved on and Shannon Brinkley has discovered it’s history and modern delights – she is hooked despite previously thinking it was a branch of patchwork she’d never get into!

Sorting and managing fabric stash has been a bit of theme running through Saturday quilting Bring & Share links recently (I guess we are still in ‘New Year resolution’ mode?). Rachel has a new take on this theme. She is ADDING to her stash before moving from the USA to Europe! It is very true that fabrics are considerably more expensive on this side of the Atlantic…

Happy Stitching!


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