Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have an opportunity this weekend to work on a project – bring it a long to this virtual sew-in and share some of the topics and inspiration brought to our attention by the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your comments and topics for conversation in the comments box at the bottom of this page.
On Saturday afternoon I will be teaching the final two blocks of a skill-building sampler quilt we have been making at Purple Stitches’ Quilt Club. We are tackling a nine-patch block and a Dresden Plate. Here are ‘the one’s I made earlier’ samples I’ll be sharing with the class:
And I’ve started two further versions of the blocks so I can demonstrate each stage of their piecing. (Well! That’s the plan ;-)).
I hope to complete quilting the zig-zag pattern on the Dashing Stars quilt this weekend but with the weather improving and hours of daylight increasing the garden and allotment are calling for attention. I should be getting on with sowing a few seeds in trays too….
I am very excited to be sharing that I have *finally* finished writing the pattern for the I-Spy Shadow Quilt. Once it has been proof read I will publish the pattern and list it as a pdf download in my Etsy shop 🙂
Here are just a few of the interesting and inspiring conversations and handy tutorials I’ve found this week whilst touring the virtual quilting world:
That New Year theme of de-cluttering and finishing up old projects isn’t showing any signs of melting away with the Winter snows. Alyce shares some quick finishes following a search through her UFOs. There are lovely quilts to look at and some wise advise about recognising when it’s time to let go of stuff…
Jen has made a fresh version of a much loved bag and would appreciate someone identifying the worn out purse she’s been using so she can make a fresh one of these too 🙂
Rachel has listed the five items worth a splurge to aid our patchwork and quilting. I think she’s made a good case for each one, including the Juki sewing machine that I’m lusting after 😀
Yvonne reviews Sylvia Schaefer’s new book ‘Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook‘ and reflects on how she has used the book to develop one of her own quilt designs.
Blog link ups are a great way to discover new blog writers and spread the quilty love. Cheryl has announced the creation of a new linky, Favourite Finish, that will run at the end of each month. The first link up opens on Sunday 31st March 🙂 I’m looking forward to being inspired by a gallery of finishes and discovering some more patchwork quilters along the way 🙂
Leanne is busy with a whole host of projects including making heart blocks to send to Christchurch New Zealand following the horrific terror attack. It is good to hear of another scheme that enables patchwork quilters to show compassion in a practical way (us crafters do tend to seek practical ways to demonstrate love don’t we?).
Have a lovely weekend. Happy Stitching!