Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (84)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the news, views and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in the sharing by clicking on the links and using the comments box at the end of this page. There’s an email subscription box too if you’d like to keep track of my blog posts week by week.

It’s been a funny old week for me. My husband has been away for six nights on a business trip – to the Caribbean would you believe! He arrived home safely on Friday morning – it was -1ΒΊC when his plane landed at Gatwick, the day before he’d flown out of Antigua after enjoying a swim in temperatures nearing 30ΒΊC!

Seven days and six nights home alone…! I coped but I wouldn’t like to have to do it too often. For a start I struggle to eat properly when I’m on my own – so tempting to have a few slices of toast rather than preparing vegetables and cooking a proper dinner. Anyhow I made an effort this week and only had one toast day πŸ™‚ And then there’s the talking to myself! πŸ˜€ That began almost immediately my husband left for the airport last Saturday morning, just hoping I don’t start chatting to myself in the street!

During the week I made time to do a bit of stitching and pattern writing: log cabin blocks with a view to running a class. More of that later… For the time being I’m mixing and matching the blocks on my design wall to form various layouts.

And I’m learning how to be a shop assistant – after all it’s never to late to gain new skills! Most Thursday’s you can find me at Purple Stitches. For the first time I was on my own in the shop for a few hours – a bit scary but then it was my week for being alone! Thankfully the customers came in one at a time and were patient with my methodical (or should that be ‘slow?’) service ;-D It was particularly special to have Helen, a participant of one of the previous Beginners Classes I run at the shop, come in to purchase fabrics and her BOM pack. Very encouraging for me to see she’s got the patchwork quilting bug and has the confidence to try new techniques.

After that day in the shop I was really tired. I’d chosen to do the hour long walk to get there rather than catch a bus: the sun was shining after a night of heavy rain so all the Autumn colours were glowing, it felt good to be out in the fresh air. Of course retail work inevitably involves being on your feet most of the day so no wonder my legs were tired when I got home. After cooking myself a proper dinner I settled in front of the TV and made some progress stitching the binding to the Square-in-a-Square quilt.

So my projects for the weekend are: to finish binding the Square-in-a-Square quilt (this will be a perfect choice for Saturday evening after another day on my feet teaching two Beginners classes!); and continuing to write the log cabin pattern and plan the class. How about you? I hope you do have an opportunity for some stitching or quilt related retail therapy this weekend πŸ™‚

Talking of projects… Here is a little piece of shameless advertising for a couple of seasonal patterns ready to purchase from my Etsy shop, AllisonsPatchworks:

First there’s the Star Runner pattern which can be purchased as a download pdf to be viewed on you screen or printed onto either A4 paper or US letter paper.

Ptchwork Star Table runner pattern by Allison Reid

And second the Into the Woods runner (available as a printed pattern for UK customers only).

I’m still playing catch-up with reading blog posts. Here are links to some of my latest finds:

Melony shares the bitter sweet moment her daughter decided it was time for the baby quilts to be put away.

Wow! Rachel looks understandably proud as she holds a copy of her new book, ‘The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color – A Hands-On Workbook for Mastering Fabric Selection’. She is planning to run aΒ  blog series next year, ‘The Quilter’s Color Quest’, to encourage readers to use the book and explore colour.

Patty shows us how to use self-threading needles to take the pain out of burying quilting threads πŸ™‚

And another Wow! Myra celebrates her ninth year of blog writing and shares her prolific quilt making and pattern writing efforts through those years. How does anyone make more than fifty quilts in a year? πŸ˜€

I discovered Katie Blakesley’s ‘Half Rectangle Triangles: tips, tricks + tutorials’ series via Alyce Blyth’s email newsletter. I think the series will be really helpful. The first post in the series has a cutting chart for eighteen sizes of Half Rectangle Triangles.

Have you ever used ‘double gauze’ instead of quilting cotton fabric? Suzy gives some handy tips on how to adapt piecing and quilting techniques to suit double gauze in her blog post, ‘How to make the Softest Baby Quilt in the World’.

I’m linking this post with Alycia for its Finished (Or Not) Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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