Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder which project(s) you are working on this weekend? Bring them along to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community by clicking on the links below. Do share your project progress along with your contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
The weather forecaster promised an overcast day and so far the prediction is coming true. It’s 11am and the sky this morning has shifted from Kona Iron to a uniform shade of Shadow. Not so great for photography but I will try and share the colours of my version of Kathy Brown’s design ‘Drop Box’ with you and the progress I am making with the quilting.
I’ve followed the quilting designs used on the sample Drop Box quilt in the book ‘Take 5 Fat Quarters‘. The quilting of the background is complete and I’m halfway through stitching through and around all the brown squares and rectangles that link and form the centres of the feature fabric squares. It is a bit laborious – it took me ¾ hour to quilt the eleven brown units in one column. I have two columns (22 units) to go, so that’s another 1½ hours, then all the thread ends to bury before trimming the quilt edge and adding the binding. That sounds like a weekends work for me! I’ve decided not to quilt over the feature fabrics as I like the way they look, slightly puffed up from the flattened background. I can’t wait to hang the finished quilt in our hallway.
Before I got down to quilting this morning I nipped out in the garden to feed the birds. A close inspection of the seed feeders and the bird table made me realise it was high time to give the whole lot a proper clean. So there I was at 8am with a bucket of disinfectant and an assortment of scrubbing brushes ….. Some of the sunflower seeds in one of the feeders had started to sprout! Definitely time for a clear out and clean up. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) website has some advice for keeping bird feeders and tables clean and disease free.
Goodness knows how long it will take the feeders to dry on this dull, breeze-less day… But hopefully I will be able to hang out some fresh seed soon. Many of the garden birds have been on their end of Summer trip out to the countryside to enjoy the berries and seeds on offer but yesterday I could hear and see the Titmice have returned to town so I’m not expecting the fresh seed to hang around for long.
Away from my wildlife distractions and on with the links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:
I expect some of you have seen the Downton Abbey movie? It’s imminent release inspired Rose to get on and use her Downton fabrics to make a cosy lap quilt before going to view the film.
Sandra shares her quilt design process as she seeks to fulfil her Island Batik ambassador challenge. Playing with a traditional Bear Paw block Sandra makes the most of secondary patterns that emerge through the placement of blocks and the use colour.
Alison at Little Bunny Quilts has made a scrappy stars table runner. She made the backing from strips of left over fabrics and attached them using a quilt-as-you-go/stitch-and-flip method. Such a clever way of piecing the backing and quilting the runner all in one go!
Melony likes to spot quilts as she watches TV shows and films. She didn’t spot any on screen in September but a visit to the home of her author hero Thomas Hardy didn’t disappoint 🙂
Stephanie shares links and photos of some Autumn themed sewing projects. The patterns for all nine projects are available for free – from full sized quilts to fabric pumpkins!
Carole is inviting us to take part in her annual event, ‘Autumn Jubilee‘. As in previous years there will be a variety of inspiring projects and lots of great prizes from the sponsors.
Leanne has been making reusable bags to carry her fruit and vegetables home from the supermarket. Her comprehensive tutorial is well worth a click 🙂
Happy Stitching (and birding!)!