Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (70)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! An opportunity to bring along your project(s) to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations and handy tips 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!

Soamli over dresses by Allison ReidFirst, my little achievement in the sewing room. I managed to shorten my daughter’s dresses and somewhere through the process (of crawling around on the floor with a measuring tape and then standing in front of a mirror using myself as a dressmakers dummy) I came up with the idea of adding tabs and buttons so she can hitch up the sides of the dresses to make them a little shorter if needs be.

Somali dress with tabs by Allison Reid

I keep referring to these dresses gifted to my daughter by her Somalian friends as ‘Somali over dresses’. The correct name is ‘dirac’, pronounced (deer-ah).

I’m quite pleased with these alterations (a grand word to use for my lowly dress making skills!) – I hope Dear Daughter is too! The buttons came from her Great-Grandmother’s button tin 🙂

My other sewing achievement this week has been keeping up with the Jelly Roll Waves QAL. I spent Thursday (which turned out to be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK!) sewing with friends. It was pretty warm even in our usually cool North-Easterly facing venue but we didn’t let the heat stop the sewing  machines whirring or the hand needles moving. I completed the QAL challenge of making half the blocks required for my quilt 🙂

Jelly Roll Waves QAL first 15 blocks by Allison Reid

My project for this weekend is to get started on the second half of the blocks. I need to slice up the strip-pieced sets and then set about creating the blocks. Having made half of the blocks I feel confident enough to chain piece the strips together so that should speed me on my way… As long as I concentrate on orientating the pieces correctly (I did make a couple of errors on Thursday – I’m sure the heat and the perspiration dripping into my eyes were to blame!).

Here are those links into the Worldwide Quilting Community that you have been trawling through my burble to find:

Christa Watson gives some great tips in her post titled ‘How to Make a Quilting Plan for Your Quilt‘ . Well worth a read and saving onto a Pinterest board 🙂

Sticking with quilting, Allison Harris has a post full of encouragement (and tips and useful links) for those of us who contemplate free motion quilting with a sense of trepidation.

Are you planning to visit a quilt show any time soon? Here in the UK we are counting down to our biggest annual show, The Festival of Quilts being held at the NEC Birmingham between 1st and 4th August. Jo Westfoot, aka The Crafty Nomad, has entered some quilts into the exhibition. Her blog post gives her Top Ten Tips for visitors to the show.

I have a soft spot for log cabin quilts. Cynthia shares her latest and the ingenious way she integrated a third colour into her quilt to solve the problem of running out of fabric scraps in one of her original colours. So clever, so simple!

More log cabin news… Yvonne Fuchs has been making log cabin blocks mixing traditional rectangular logs and Half Square Triangles. Very interesting…!

Ripping stitches…. Doh! I guess we all have to unpick a seam once in a while? Amy Ellis has some useful tips about this subject in the latest of her You Tube video series. I’ve never bought a seam ripper – I just use the one that is supplied with the tools for my sewing machine. Having watched Amy’s tutorial, I’m thinking it’s time to invest in a better, sharper ripper.

Linking with Myra for the Jelly Roll Waves QAL and with Kelly for Needle and Thread Thursday.

Happy Stitching!



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