Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (24)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your current project and share in the conversations on this virtual sewing day. Use the comments section or the linky button at the end of this post to leave links to quilty blog posts or tutorials that have caught your attention through the week.
First things first … We’ve had some rain ๐Ÿ™‚ It will take quite a bit more to turn the grass from brown to green but it has been lovely to hear the sound of rain and see drops of water clinging to leaves and adding sparkle to dusty flowers.
My other news is that I have finally finished the BIG quilt! Whew!! I have stitched a temporary hanging sleeve to the back so it is ready to be sent to The Festival of Quilts… or so I thought…. Blow! I need to attach a flap of fabric to hide the label on the back (this is to keep the judging process fair). Will this quilt ever really be finished? I apologise for the poor quality of this photo, I had to copy it from my Facebook page as I don’t have access to the external hard drive where my photos are stored.
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If you have an Instagram account you can click over and see better quality photosย of both the front and back of the quilt. The quilt, called ‘Carrie Nation Variation’, measures 76″ x 76″ so I was very glad to have both our boys at home when it came to holding up the quilt for the ‘face on’ photos.
Now, which project am I going to switch to since the BIG one is (just about) out of the way? Well! My ‘bring’ for this weekend is a bit of cheat as my sewing machine is packed away in readiness for the arrival of guests (sewing room becomes guest room). I’ll be using paper and pencils instead, designing a table runner and figuring out how to write foundation paper piecing patterns on EQ7. Hum! Keep your distance family this could all get rather tense!
It has been another busy week with the added distraction of Wimbledon tennis on TV so I’m still behind in my blog reading but here are the links to just a few of the quilty posts and tutorials that have caught my attention this week. You can find more links on my ‘Pins of the Week’ Pinterest board.
Teri shares her incident filled move from (and I am quoting) ‘ … confirmed, snobby hand quilter, to free-motion machine quilter and teacher’.
To use bed sheets in our quilts or not to use bed sheets in our quilts? Leah Day asked the question, gave her opinion and sparked some lively comments ๐Ÿ™‚
Suzy has shared her solutions to common quilting FAQs. Part I here, Part II here ๐Ÿ™‚ There are some helpful hints in each post and Suzy doesn’t mind sharing her mistakes to prevent us falling into the same patchwork and quilting holes!
Do you let your pets sit on your quilts? Soma shares the inspiration, the patchwork and the quilting hows and whys behind a beautiful little quilt. But I can’t get my head around putting such a beauty in a cat’s bed! Ha!Ha! You won’t be surprised to read that we don’t have pets! There is a cautionary tale (tail…) attached to this video re. pets and packing a quilt to post to an exhibition.
Back in my pet-free comfort zone… I’ll end with a link to Alyce’s post about choosing and fussy cutting fabrics for a double star block. I may have mentioned this before but … I just love patchwork stars ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy stitching!

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