Welcome to a relaxed holiday mode Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 We have traveled 250+ miles to the beautiful county of Yorkshire – I’m sure I’ll be sharing some photos very soon 😉 So I have switched my sewing needles for the knitting variety. However I have been reading blog posts and invite you to bring along your project(s) and share in conversations from the Worldwide Quilting Community using the links provided. Do add your responses and links in the comments box at the end of this post.
Of course even while I was busy packing for holiday I managed to sneak a few moments in my sewing room! I added a green border to one of the Square in a Square quilt tops, made the binding and cut out the border and binding strips for the second quilt top.
I slipped a couple of new books into my bags as I packed and I’ve really enjoyed looking through them both. These were birthday gifts along with a Quilter’s Cut’n Press double-sided cutting mat and pressing pad. Christina Cameli’s ‘Step by Step Texture Quilting’ is a great quilt design reference book – there are a mix of walking foot and free motion patterns to inspire. ‘Quilts with an Angle’ is very intriguing. Sheila Christensen shows how to rotary cut and piece shapes with 60º angles to create very interesting patchwork patterns.
For the last few days I’ve been thinking and reading about patchwork quilting without actually doing anything creative but I have been soaking in some of the glorious creation that Yorkshire has on show. Friends took us to see Bolton Abbey which stands proud at the end of a beautiful river valley.
Here are a few links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:
Recently I’ve realised one of my favourite stages of the quilt making process is putting together a pieced back for a quilt. Michelle has compiled a little gallery of the pieced backs she has made and explains her method too. There are also links to other patchwork quilters and their finished projects via the weekly ‘Brag About Your Beauties Pageant’ link-up she hosts.
Rachel of ‘Stitched in Color’ reflects on the first week of her family moving continents, setting up home in Holland. Her long arm quilting machine is being shipped from the States so she can continue her quilting business.
Researching a quilting pattern for an old Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt has Melva recollecting her US Grandparents hosting working German Prisoners of War on their farm. Melva’s Grandmother was evidently a very good cook and the family received letters from the ex-POWs describing the food rationing they experienced back home in Germany following the War. Melva shares one of the letters in her blog post.
Enjoy a free pattern on the Olfa website courtsey of Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl’s design called ‘Rock & Roll Baby Quilt‘ is ideal for using up scrap fabrics and uses a clever placement of half square triangles to create an interesting pattern.