Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (67)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder what project you will be working on this weekend? Bring it along to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations, tip-filled tutorials and all round quilty goodness doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

I am running a bit behind (again) this week as I’ve been away from my sewing room a fair bit and I’m also getting a little bit freaked about the workshop I’ll be running this Friday! Freaked at the thought of trying to get all the equipment together, work through preparing samples and put the finishing touches to the Into the Woods pattern BUT excited to be finally meeting the class after all the months of preparation 🙂

First things first: I have a finish to share! Yep! The blue version of Into the Woods is quilted and bound. I’m pleased with how this has turned out.

Into the Woods blue finished by Allison Reid

The little crazy patchwork blocks gave me an opportunity to rummage through my collection of threads and try out some of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine (which is sounding a lot happier and behaving well after it’s recent service).

Into the Woods crazy patchwork stitched (1) by Allison Reid

Into the Woods crazy patchwork stitched (2) by Allison Reid

For the rest of this weekend I need to sit beside my sewing machine – rather than in front of it – tapping away on the laptop, putting the finishing touches to the pattern.

Into the Woods pattern snip by Allison Reid

Of course I will be distracted – I’ve already spent an hour (or more!) adding some changes to another design and trying to figure out how to construct the blocks… 😀

Here is just a small selection of this weeks tips, news and inspiration to be found via the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Alphabet Soup is a Jaybird Quilts pattern featuring – well you’ve guessed it – the letters of the alphabet. Julie has recently issued a free bonus pattern with the letters and a very simple quilt design (you will need her ‘Side-Kick ruler to follow the pattern). The blog post sharing this new version of the pattern has baby Nate looking adorable on his own name quilt (so cute!).

Wow! When a son chooses the design for his College quilt and it’s a New York Beauty pattern where every block is different! Cheeky Cognoscenti has taken up the challenge but through experience she is pacing herself.

Yvonne has written a post about using grey scale to assess colour value. Her trade mark quilt designs use colour to create the illusion of transparency so colour value is a key element in her choice of fabrics.

I’m saying a BIG ‘Thank You!’ to all those patchwork quilters who take the time and trouble to post ‘how to…’ videos on line! So helpful! I’m fiddling about with a pattern idea and got stuck figuring out how to make a half square rectangle unit (if that makes sense?). This 5 minute video by Jacquelynn Steves has saved me a hours of frustration. 🙂

Linking with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for Beauties Pageant – Michelle is confessing to being a ‘serial project starter’, having nine projects on her sewing table at the moment! Also linking with Myra for Finished or Not Friday – Myra is sharing her latest quilt design and the trials of photographing quilts (not easy when you are on your own and the wind is blowing!).

Linking with Cheryl for July’s Favourite Finish Monthly Linkup.

Happy Stitching!



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