Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share and Happy Easter too! Bring along your project(s) and share in the latest news and inspiration along with other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. It’s great to encourage blog writers by getting a conversation going via their comments boxes so don’t forget to join in when a post gets you thinking 🙂
This week I’ve been concentrating on the March block for the English Country Garden QAL. This QAL certainly provides variety month by month as it is a quilt-as-you-go project so each block is brought to completion before the next one begins (or that’s the plan…) To complete the block I chose to hand applique the EPP Tickseed flowers in place prior to turning to machine quilting.
I decided to quilt this second block in a similar way to the Poppy block: first using the walking foot to echo quilt around the applique shapes before switching to free motion quilting a simple meander on the text print background. This time around though I used a stencil to mark and stitch out a motif in the centre of the block. I used the walking foot with a shorter stitch length to help keep the curves smooth. To make the motif stand out a little more I also echo quilting around it before stitching a fairly dense meander in the remaining open sections of the block centre.
Around the outside of the applique I stitched a more open meander (about ¾”) in keeping with the Poppy block. I’m very happy with the block and liking the quilting more than I dared to hope 🙂
Over the weekend I plan to catch up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I need to make the green blocks for March and sort out blue strips for the April challenge….
And of course it is Easter. Our Church will be holding three services on Sunday. The 10.30am Easter celebration will be live-streamed via the website and YouTube as well as being recorded to view anytime. Our Curate, Rob, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Making Sense of Easter’. You are very welcome to watch with me 🙂 Covid restrictions make actually going to Church a very odd experience. Social distancing applies so the congregation is split into household groups/support bubbles, conversing between groups is not allowed, masks must be worn and there’s no singing out loud but, thanks to dedicated techies and musicians, it is very possible to be part of an uplifting worship service whether at home or in the Church building.
Here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope these Easter bunnies lead you into a warren of inspiration:
Wendy has developed great skill in the art of hand piecing. In this post she answers a question about how to judge the amount of fabric required to make a quilt requiring fussy cut blocks.
Janine at Quilts from the Little House finally got round to make new seat covers for a couple of vintage dining chairs and then a squirrel popped up and she found herself rummaging through fabric scraps to make a couple of cushions to match! Funny how that happens!
‘Supernova’ is the name of Cheryl’s latest pattern. With a name like Supernova you won’t be surprised to learn the pattern features stars! I do enjoy seeing traditional blocks given a subtle modern edge with the choice of fabrics and some open background space allowing the patchwork shapes to shine (see what I did there? Stars, shine…).
Ooo! Another Rainbow Scrap Quilt idea! This one made by Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon.
Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.