Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project to this virtual sewing day and join in the conversations by sharing the quilty discoveries you’ve made this week. You’ll see below, I’ve added links to the blog posts that have inspired me or got me thinking over the past few days.
Before I bring my project to the sewing table I just want to thank everyone who clicked on my post ‘Blog Trouble‘ and let me know the email notifications are getting through. I was so upset that a technical glitch had cut me off from the online quilty community. Thankfully our tech-savvy son is home from university. He pressed a few buttons on my WordPress site and found that a box opting for email notifications to be blocked had been ticked. As I didn’t even know the box existed I’m absolutely sure I hadn’t inadvertently ticked it, so we are assuming this must be related to a WordPress update… Anyway, normal service has been resumed and no one has ever been happier to find an overflowing email inbox than Yours Truly 😀
Now down to business. My project is the same one as last week. I have made some progress and I’m learning a few lessons. I’m about three quarters of the way through stitching a wood grain pattern across the width of lap size quilt.
The lessons I am learning:
- The design takes a lot longer to quilt than I’d expected. I hadn’t taken into account that despite the bulges and meanders, essentially the rows of stitches are about ¾” apart – there is a lot of stitching to do!
- I chose to use a walking foot rather than free motion quilt the design. This has given me several issues; it takes time to switch back and forth between forward and reverse stitching; stitching curves across a quilt that is being firmly held by a presser foot is hard on the upper arms; and the action of creating wavy lines and curves can cause fabric to ripple especially when changing stitching direction so often.
- I should have been ‘brave’ and stitched this design free motion rather than using a walking foot!
- On the positive side, the pattern allows for lots of creativity. I start stitching from one side of the quilt and on the way to the opposite edge I can echo quilt some of the way, make big curvy wood knots or make little hooks and stitch curves around them. There is no plan as I begin each row: there is, appropriately enough for a pattern inspired by nature, a kind of organic progress from edge to edge.
My aim this weekend is to finish the quilting and add the binding (I put the binding strip together when I had the fabrics out at the end of the piecing process).
Do you ever question your creativity?Are some people naturally more creative than others? can we learn to be creative? what circumstances encourage creativity to flourish? According to Melanie and the experts she’s read and listened to, curiosity – asking questions – is a key element of creativity. Persistence is up there too. Melanie’s blog post is a thought provoking read. Interesting that having a dedicated space for creativity is important too…
I spend ages trying to decide on colours in my quilts. In her latest colour theory post Shannon Brinkley has great advice on choosing background colour and an offer to download a colour wheel for free 🙂
Mardi has some brilliant information re. the merits of stitching in the ditch. Very helpful!
Sandra has finished a blue and yellow quilt. She tells the story of the quilt and includes a little video to show how she used a quilting ruler to stitch out some of the quilting.
Diane is kindly sharing a pincushion pattern for free – a pincushion in the shape of a cactus!
Christa Watson gives some great tips inspiring us to free motion all over quilt designs. Her dense box design gives texture to a quilt without blurring the patchwork design.
Happy Easter. There are so many great Easter hymns. We sang this one by Isaac Watts in Church on Good Friday – he wrote it 300 years ago.