Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (97)

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I spent much of the past week preparing for the Two Ways to Build a Log Cabin workshop. It was a meeting of friends for me as I knew four of the ladies taking part. As always it is fascinating to see the variety of colour schemes  chosen. Sadly one friend had to leave before the end of the day due to a family emergency. Here are some of the partially constructed blocks made by the other three:

My basted and partially stitched workshop block.

After a good nights sleep I was ready for a change of pace on Saturday. My turn to sit at the workshop tables at Purple Stitches and enjoy participating rather than teaching. The beginners applique class was run by Yasmeen K Branton aka Sand & Stars. A former student at the Royal School of Needlework, Yasmeen gave us all confidence to put her Needle Turned Applique tuition into practice. There were long periods of silence as we became absorbed in our stitching. Before the class was finished it was clear we were all hooked on this hand stitching technique. I felt so relaxed – unusual considering how hard I was concentrating!

I know it will take many more hours of practice to become truly competent at needle turned applique but the expert tuition from Yasmeen along with her carefully thought out pattern has left me feeling excited to add applique to my quilts. 🙂

In fact I feel so excited about Needle Turned Applique that I treated myself to a new set of notions 😀

Just before I head back to my hand stitching, there’s time to share with you a few of the blog posts that caught my attention this past week:

I’ve never made a postage stamp quilt.  Jan at Cocoa Quilts has just finished a stunning version of this classic scrap quilt design. Jan used hundreds of the Mini-Charm Pack 2½” squares she’d collected as she bought larger cuts of the fabric lines for patchwork projects.

Kate at SmilesFromKate has announced a charity quilt blog hop in memory of her friend and fellow blogger Paula Budinger of Paula B Quilts. The ‘Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop’ will take place from 6th-8th May. For details of how to take part and more information about Paula click over to Kate’s blog post.

Well! I’ve seen a few quilts made with up-cycled men’s shirts. But boxer shorts…! Alycia visited an exhibition of quilts by men at a quilt museum and spent quite some time looking at one exhibit in particular! 😀

Fancy piecing some circles? Leanne has a free pattern for you to download as part of her association with the Quilters Planner. The pattern is called ‘Half Moons Afire’ and has clear, detailed instructions on how to piece perfect curves.

Linking with Alycia for Finished (or not) Friday.

Happy Stitching!



4 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (97)

  1. I don’t know what happened to my comment so here I go again:

    I love the boxer shorts quilt…so much humor and so fun! 🙂

    I have always enjoyed hand applique. One of my favorite threads is 60 wt. cotton by Mettler (I also use it for machine applique…if you remember the Candace quilt, then you’ve seen me use it.). I cannot tell, but is this the thread that is pictured in your new notions kit?

    • 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the boxer shorts quilt!
      Yes! It is Mettler 60wt cotton. It is so smooth and has a beautiful sheen, I am enjoying using it. I use Aurifil 50wt for most of my machine sewing but will certainly give the Mettler threads a try.

  2. I love log cabins – in all colors and sizes! what a fun thing to do with your friends. Now applique – not something I know much about but I am impressed with your progress!

    • Thanks Alycia. There is something very universal about the Log Cabin block. It can be ultra traditional and also very modern indeed.
      The needle turned applique really has me hooked. I’m going to have to be careful I don’t get drawn away from some projects that have deadlines to be met!


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