Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects and share in the inspiration to be found in the company of the Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 There’s a comments box at the bottom of this page if you’d like to add anything to what you discover as you click on the links below.
I’ve not had much time in the sewing room this week but I have been working on the needle turned applique project started last Saturday in the excellent class run by Yasmeen of Sand & Stars. I have done a bit of unpicking: I felt I could do better than my first attempt at the circle shapes in the centre of the piece:
My stitching left quite a few points and unevenness on what should be smooth curves. I decided the seam allowances I’d cut were a bit too generous – more like 3/8ths of an inch rather than just under a 1/4 inch. And my stitches were too far apart. I’m glad I unpicked the circles. Before re-basting them I pressed them using Best Press and trimmed down the seam allowances. I stitched carefully and the shapes have much smoother outlines second time around:
I’ve tacked down the leaf shapes and will be stitching them over the weekend 🙂 I still have plenty to learn… Like how to position applique pieces correctly… The point of this leaf is not in line with the indent of the flower 😀
Never mind! I’m not going to correct this wonky placement, just accept it as part of learning something new 🙂
I’m enjoying being on the steep slope of a learning curve. At this stage every fresh learning point and progress step makes a big difference. Most of my recent patchwork quilting development has been on the flatter part of the learning curve – steady but not so exciting!
Now for those links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:
I’m just a little bit obsessed with applique after last Saturday’s workshop, so imagine my reaction to seeing Rebecca’s photos of the winning quilt at the Carolina Lily Quilt show: The most beautiful applique quilt designed and made by Christa Smith. Christa’s quilt pattern is available from her Etsy shop (link in Rebecca’s blog post).
Jo Avery has been busy making mini-quilts using her favourite techniques including improv curves. Her quilts have recently hung with others made by members of the Scottish Region of the Modern Quilt Guild at the Scottish Quilt Show, Glasgow. Jo had a wonderful surprise as she toured the Show!
Jayne is busy using up scraps. Cutting squares of different sizes she has been making 6″ square-in-a-square/Economy blocks. In her blog post Jayne gives the dimensions of the pieces needed to create these attractive scrap-buster blocks.
Christina Cameli is celebrating her first fabric line, Moongate, with a free charm pack friendly baby quilt pattern. I’m fascinated by the secondary patterns created when four of the charm pack quilts are put together to make a big 80″x 80″ quilt.
Adding sashing strips and cornerstones to blocks can be a bit of a chore – especially lining up long strips across the width of the quilt. Carol shares a way of adding sashings that avoids those long strips and keeps the quilt top to an accurate size.
Linking with Alycia for Finished (or not) Friday. Alycia has been making her teal blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.