Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (2)

Welcome! This is the second Saturday Quilting Bring & Share linky party – a virtual sewing day if you will 🙂
Here is the idea: Through the week I find lots of inspiring posts, tips and projects shared via the blogs I follow and via internet searches. Do you? Could we share them, almost as though we were joining in conversations at a sewing day? Of course we’d all like to take a look at the sewing projects we each bring to the sewing day!  No need for lots of words, just a great opportunity to share what’s sparked our interest through the week, passing on nuggets and links through a weekly get together.
I hoped to launch this linky with a button and all the clever linky technology. Sadly my IT skills are not yet up to the job. Nevermind, just for now we will dispense with blogging etiquette and I encourage you to leave the link to your Bring & Share post in the comment section below 🙂
The project I’m bringing to this sewing day is the Plus Sign quilt I’m making as an example for the Beginners Class at Purple Stitches. Here it is on my design wall.
Plus sign quilt on design wall Jan 18 Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I haven’t completed all of the piecing as I want to stitch some of the seams as part of my demonstration at the Beginners Class I’ll be teaching this weekend.

Plus sign close up - Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
A closer view to show some of the detail of the new ‘Kitty’ fabric collection by Makower.

With perfect timing Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs has included a history of plus sign quilts in a blog post this week. Her book, ‘Modern Plus Sign Quilts’ is being released this weekend 🙂
If you’d like to delve some more into the history of quilt making Melanie of Cat Bird Quilt Studio has produced a list of recommended books, websites, museums and groups.
If you are pulled in both directions by the great debate – to pre-wash or not to pre-wash patchwork fabrics – you will want to follow Stephanie’s series as she conducts a careful step-by-step comparison by making two patchwork mini quilts – one with pre-washed fabrics the other with unwashed fabrics.
Those of us who do choose to pre-wash fabrics will find this tip Carole picked up whilst browsing the internet very useful – avoid creases and tangled threads.
Jessica writes very touchingly about the memories attached to scraps and her improv ‘brick by brick’ method of creating patchwork.
And finally, the new series of Call the Midwife began on BBC1 last Sunday evening. As excellent as ever, but be warned this first episode is a tear-jerker.
Looking forward to seeing your Saturday project and checking out the links to the on-line conversations that have sparked your interest through the week.
Happy Stitching.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (2)

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! This morning I’m reading some old posts (2011) by Sherri Lynn Wood, who has a book and reputation for “improv” quilting. This is, again, years ago, when she was exploring what improv means and how that works for her and other quilters. These old posts are somewhat thought provoking, at least enough so that I am still reading them. Here is a link to the set of them. The oldest ones are at the bottom of the list.

    • Thanks for the link Melanie. When I’m doing a search I’m sometimes surprised by how long a go a tutorial or post was published. Improv feels like a very new development but knowing there were posts about it in 2011 puts a different perspective on it! Thinking about it I wonder if improv is a modern manifestation of Victorian crazy patchwork?


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