Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend and have some time set aside to bring along your project and share in some of the news and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do use the comment box at the end of this post to join in the conversations and share any quilt related links that have caught your interest this week. Thank you! 🙂
Most of my stitching has been centred on my second version of the ‘Dashing Stars’ quilt, designed by Viv of Purple Stitches for a Beginners Course. In the first of the four classes we concentrated on rotary cutting and quarter inch seams. We made Courthouse Step and Strip blocks. For the second class, held today, we turned our attention to Churn Dash and Sawtooth Star blocks, making two at a time Half Square Triangles and four at a time Flying Geese. Earlier in the week I made all the blocks for my quilt bar two – a Churn Dash and a Sawtooth Star kept back to be my demonstration blocks.
I spent quite a while arranging and rearranging the 36 blocks on my design wall, took a photo for reference and then, oh! silly, silly me!, I decided not to pin a positioning label on each block! Well! I started lifting pairs of blocks down from the design wall and stitching them together…. Chaos quickly ensued and then, instead of stopping, unpicking some seams and getting myself back on track, I made the rash decision to move a few blocks around to cover my mistake 😀 I tried adding some labels but it was too late…
Needless to say, I am now partaking in a mammoth solo unpicking fest *sigh* – just how did four of the Churn Dash blocks come to be bunched up in one section of the quilt? I have given my students clear instructions to arrange, photograph AND number their blocks! A case of ‘do as I say not as I do’!
Here are some of the blog posts that have caught my attention through the past week, more links on my Pinterest ‘Pins of the Week‘ board:
Yvonne has another helpful tip re. choices for quilting designs. She shows the clarifying effect that stitching around the outline of a patchwork shape can have on the overall appearance of the quilt.
We’ve had a brief taste of Spring here in the UK – in fact day time temperatures have been ridiculously warm for February! Rachel has finished a quilt in soft Spring colours that give a beautiful misty mountain look to the triangles of her Blue Ridge Spring quilt.
There’s a new Quilt-A-Long about to start. Bobbi explains the collaboration between eleven quilt designers and how to join in with making this mystery quilt. Sounds like there will be lots of support for partcipents and the chance to win prizes too 🙂
Do you find jelly rolls irrisistable – especially if they are on sale? I have a couple in my stash, I get them out every now and again, pat them, get myself covered in fabric shavings from the pinked edges and then put them away! Well! Allison Harris is a great pattern writer and she’s made a jelly roll friendly quilt that could tempt us to actually unwrap a stashed roll and go for it!
I’m going to persevere with the unpicking and rearranging of the Beginners Quilt blocks and maybe get to make a few more scrappy Trip Around the World blocks too… Oh! And I have a new vacuum cleaner to play with – such excitement 😀
A quick plug for my Etsy Shop: My Quilt and Book Pillow Sets are discounted by 10% in recognition of World Book Day that falls on this Thursday, 7th March. Do take a look, pdf patterns and whole quilts are listed along with a bit of a fabric de-stash 🙂
These crocus are glowing brightly in the deep shade under the hedge at the end of my garden. There perfection took my breath away.