Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (53)

Selsey (2) by Allison Reid

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have some time to bring along your project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the news and inspiration travelling around the Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 If you’d like to add a link to take us to your project on your blog or Instagram feed then please do use the comment box below. Likewise if you have anything to add to the conversation links below do join in by using the comment box. 🙂

I had a trip to the seaside this week -such a beautiful day at Selsey and in the company of good friends.

Adding the binding to our quilts will conclude the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches on Saturday. I plan to use the strips cut from the excess backing fabric as the binding for my quilt.

Dashing Stars binding fabric by Allison Reid

I’m still umm-ing and er-ing over the quilting design for the Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I’ve been practicing drawing feathered swirls…

Scrappy Trip Along quilting design options by Allison Reid

But I think these could be quite challenging if used as an all-over design: it’s going to be hard to keep track of the quilt stitching lines on such a busy top; and the quilt is quite big (59″ wide x 77″ long) so I know I’m going to find it hard-going moving it around and through the throat of my sewing machine. Maybe a gentle meandering pattern with an occasional feather swirl would be a good compromise?

Scrappy Trip Along quilt design on quilt by Allison Reid

Leaders and enders scraps by Allison ReidA weekend may only have two days but I can still manage to have at least three projects on the go 😀 As I was piecing the Dashing Stars and Trip Along quilt tops I was adding to my leaders & enders scrap heap. Today I pressed the seams of all the pairs of scraps I’d stitched together. As you can see there is a substantial pile now (and there are more squirreled away). Time to put some scrap blocks together I think. This should provide a good anti-dote to the tension created by free motion quilting!

Here are just a few of the quilty blog posts that caught my attention through the week:

There’s a new quilt-along starting on 3rd April hosted by Sandra of Musings of Menopausal Melon. Sandra has designed the quilt and will be taking participants through it’s construction through April, May and into June (so the quilt along has momentum but the schedule is not too demanding). See the design and read more about the fabric options here.

If you are up for a Quilt-Along with more of a time challenge then look no further than Gnome Angel’s #100Days100Blocks2019 event. The blocks look amazing and Angie is using a bundle of new fabrics by Tula Pink so we can guess it will be VERY colourful!

I’m adding a new book by accomplished machine quilter Christina Cameli to my birthday wishlist. The book is called ‘Step by step Texture Quilting’ and has designs created both for walking foot and free motion quilting. See some tempting photos here.

Do you ever find all the perfection displayed on social media can become a bit intimidating rather than inspiring? Bernie has a great idea for all us bloggers to join her link-up and ‘get real’ on April Fools Day, sharing our flops and creative mishaps 😀

Carole has collated a virtual quilt show for us to enjoy. Not only are the quilt designs inspiring but also the generosity that has gone into each one, made as gifts for the victims of the Carolina hurricane.

Combining fusible applique with matchstick quilting sounds like a quick way to put together a quilt! Shannon has some great tips to make a successful quilt by combining these two quilt making skills.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Look out for the launch of my latest quilt pattern – coming soon 😉 www.etsy.com/shop/AllisonsPatchworks

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