Welcome to another edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 It’s a virtual sewing day with a chance to bring along your latest project(s) and share in the conversations across the Worldwide Quilting Community. You’ll find links to some blog posts below and you are welcome to add to the conversations by writing and sharing links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
After all the rushing around last week to finish the Scrappy Trip Along quilt, these last few days I’ve only spent a few hours sewing. I did enjoy another of the monthly sewing days at Brown Candover. I was still in a bit of a dither over which project to work on next…. In the end I decided to start a new project *blush*. At a quilt show two or three years ago I bought the fabrics pictured below – a jelly roll and charm pack of Moda’s Mirabella range along with 2m of background.
My intention was to make a quilt using the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial ‘Square in a Square’. Well! The fabrics have been stashed away ever since – occasionally being brought out to be patted and swooned over! I refreshed my memory of the pattern by watching the tutorial on Wednesday night and realised I needed to cut lots of 1½” strips (in lieu of the required Honeybun) from the very creased background fabric…
I enjoyed the no-fuss chain piecing on Thursday. I came home with eleven finished blocks and the remaining thirty-one requiring their second borders. I think I shall put this project to one side, keeping it for future sewing days as it doesn’t require too much concentration and I should be able to remember how to construct the blocks 😉
All the piecing I was doing on Thursday was ideal for pushing along my scrappy leaders and enders quilt. I have quite a heap of scrap blocks now so it will soon be time to put them up on the design wall and figure out how to piece them all together.
I’m looking forward to teaching the leaders and enders block along with two other blocks at the Scrap Buster Workshop at Purple Stitches on Saturday 25th May. A new Beginners Course is due to start there on 1st June – it’s always exciting to meet a class of patchwork quilting newbies. More information and booking details can be found at www.purplestitches.com.
Staying on the subject of classes, I have a new venture. I’ve hired a workshop space at a local Craft Centre with the intention of teaching the basics of foundation paper piecing and crazy patchwork. I’ll be using my ‘Into the Woods’ pattern for the workshop – more details on the Workshop page of this blog.
I’m in the process of publishing the pattern. I need to overcome my tech-phobia and play around with a pdf reader (do what?) to arrange the foundation patterns. In the meantime the cabin block is available as a pdf download from AllisonsPatchworks, my Etsy shop.
We are at the height of the Bluebell season here in Southern England. Yesterday I went for a walk among the Bluebells with a friend and her dog, Holly. It was wonderful to see all the beautiful native flowers and breathe in their delicate scent.
And now to links to just a few of the inspirational quilty posts and conversations I’ve discovered through the past week:
If you are not sure of the fibre content of any fabrics that are passed on to you then check out Katy’s demonstration of how to test for polyester fibres and how to be sure fabrics are 100% cotton.
Rachel has taken some photos and describes how she constructed her Gypsy Wife quilt using partial seams (I’ve always backed away from this technique but maybe it’s time to have ago?).
Do you save all your fabric scraps including the selvages? Amy Friend does and she’s just released her ‘Selvage Whirlwind Block Pattern’. Check out her pretty quilt and see how she’s made good use of a whole load of selvages.
I really like Log Cabin quilts. It’s a straightforward block to piece and when several are put together there seem to be an endless number of layout options – so many patterns to play with 🙂 Not only are there lots of layout options with the Log Cabin block there are also a variety ways of altering the appearance of the blocks. Yvonne has shared a tutorial showing how to use different strip widths to create curves in a log cabin quilt. Her 44″ square demo quilt has me inspired to make a quilt using ‘Uneven Log Cabin Blocks’.
To finish a quick view of the orchid blooms brightening up the view from my kitchen sink 🙂