Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (73)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the conversations members of the Worldwide Quilting Community are engaging in this week. Join in by leaving your thoughts and inspiration in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Please do click the ‘subscribe’ button too – I promise I won’t be sending a deluge of notifications and messages to your inbox! Thank you!

I’ve had a satisfying week in the sewing room. How about you? I finished, packed and posted the Secret Quilt to it’s destination. Whew! I actually beat a deadline 😀 Then I turned my attention to quilts with self-imposed deadlines attached: All the blocks for the Jelly Roll Waves QAL were up on my design wall so it was a no-brainer to start with stitching them together, completing the quilt top and keeping up with the QAL. You can see other finished Jelly Roll Waves quilt tops by clicking here.

Jelly Roll Waves pieced top by Allison Reid

I was on a roll myself 🙂 I decided to make the binding and piece the backing for the quilt. Despite the time it takes me I do enjoy putting together a pieced quilt back.

Jelly Roll Waves pieced backing by Allison Reid

I included a label as part of the backing too. I used up most of the fabrics that remained from making the quilt top and the leftover extra-wide backing fabric I’d used for the Secret Quilt.

Jelly Roll Waves label and binding by Allison Reid

Quite a lot of the furniture in my sewing room can be moved and utilised in different ways which is great as we know making a quilt involves several stages. I have a folding gate leg table, a folding picnic table and the portable Sewezi flat bed machine table. When I’m cutting, piecing or quilting I arrange the tables like this:

Sewing Room set for cutting and piecing by Allison Reid

When I need to baste a quilt, I collapse the picnic table, move the sewing machine table against the wall and use the enlarged floor space to open out both sides of the gate leg table. This room and the versatile furniture are such a blessing.

Sewing Room set for basting by Allison Reid

I basted the Jelly Roll Waves quilt and thought I might as well get one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts basted too while the room is arranged this way.

Square in a Square quilt ready for basting by Allison Reid

Beaded tealight (2) by Allison ReidAway from the sewing room my crafting extended to a bit of beading. We made these decorative tealight holders at the monthly Craft Group I help run at our Church. Before the meeting I had to dive under a bed to find my box of beads and equipment. You won’t be surprised to learn I found several UFOs in the box! What am I like?

Just a few quilting links to share (I’ve spent more time away from my laptop than usual this week … I’ll get back into routine.. sometime!):

Jayne shares photos of quilts on display at the Circleville Quilt Show. There is lots of inspiration particularly if you are drawn to traditionally pieced quilt designs.

The second part of Christa Watson’s machine quilting tutorial demonstrates how to stitch a wavy line grid across a quilt. It does look effective and has the distinct advantage of being a pattern that can be stitched edge to edge – no thread ends to hide 🙂

Myra is handing on her weekly link up Finished Or Not Friday to Alycia at Alycia Quilts. I’ve found Finished Or Not Friday a really encouraging link up. Always interesting to click over to those who’ve joined in and find out what they are making, maybe find out why it’s not yet finished and celebrate brilliant finishes too. Myra is going to devote more time to her pattern writing – she has a rapidly growing collection of patterns available from her Etsy shop.

Mary has created a beautiful scrap quilt based loosely on the Jen Kingwell ‘Gypsy Wife’ pattern. Mary’s relaxed method of making blocks and collecting strips worked really well.

I tend to shy away from using templates when I’m cutting out fabrics but Wendy is obviously a bit of an expert and shares some useful tips in her post describing the finishing of a complicated looking quilt designed by Anna Maria Horner.

Linking with Myra for the Jelly Roll Waves QAL.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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