Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (30)

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Super sized scrap block by Allison Reid
A super sized scrap block!

My current project is the pink scrap quilt I shared earlier in the week. I’ve been steadily joining the blocks together and now these super-sized blocks are up on the design wall and I’m figuring out the best way to stitch them together to make the quilt top… I will probably have to make strips of scraps to fill in a few gaps between the big blocks but there’s still no shortage of scraps so that won’t be a problem! 🙂 Of course I could just cut down the super-sized blocks so they fit together but that would be too easy and I’d end up with the trimmings becoming scraps again! Agghh!!!

Super sized blocks on the design wall by Allison Reid
Super sized block puzzle!

I shared the scrap project on Instagram this week as part of #greatbritishquilter . This is being hosted by @sarahashfordstudio and @verykerryberry. Throughout September they are providing a daily prompt to post about a particular aspect of patchwork and quilting. So far I’ve found it a really successful way of discovering more quilters on Instagram.

This IG link up has come at just the right time for me as I was getting a bit disillusioned by the increasing number of spam or ‘bot’ sites on IG. These steal photos from genuine Instagram users and then start following genuine pages and putting out invitations for followers for their own spammy page. It is fairly easy to identify these rogue instagram pages: check the profile, they will have a very small number of posts compared to the number of pages being followed and the number of followers; scroll down their gallery and you may spot quilts and photos from pages you are following – you might even find one of your photos!; click on one or two photos and you’ll find the text is garbled or is a message begging you to follow the spam page. To stop one of these pages following your account you just click on the three dots at the top right of their profile page, press ‘report’ and then ‘spam’ and they are automatically blocked from seeing your account and IG admin should investigate them (that can take several weeks but at least by doing this some are being closed down).

There we go, the internet and social media aren’t bad but can be abused. Thankfully there is lot’s of lovely stuff going on out there, here are just a few of the quilty posts that have caught my attention in the past week:

Cutting equipment review by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs: Cheryl has been testing out Olfa’s Endurance blades, pretty mats and the Splash cutter. I’ve been getting through ordinary cutter blades pretty quickly lately. Perhaps it is time I splashed out 😉 on an Endurance blade?

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts fame is using Anchor Perle threads to hand-stitch her latest quilt. She strongly recommends the use of a hera marker to temporarily mark stitching lines on a quilt top.

Jayne has been giving two Mennonite girls a lift too work over the Summer. They talked quilts on their journeys (obviously!) and Jayne was honoured to be given a viewing of two of the quilts made by the girls’ Grandmother. These pretty Mennonite quilts are very different from the rich, earthy coloured, large block quilts I’ve come to recognise as Amish made.

Leah Day has been making Dresden Plates and has produced an easy to follow video tutorial.

Stephanie has completed a beautiful applique block using Lori Holt fabrics to fit with the Autumn theme – a pumpkin, a sunflower and a crow.

Finally, I have some photos to share from a visit we made to Emmetts Garden in Kent. We were amazed to see so many roses in bloom – just beautiful and a fitting way to end this post as on Friday I went to the funeral of my elderly friend, M. She had a life-long love of nature and was a qualified horticulturist so would have appreciated the well maintained plants we saw at Emmetts Garden as well as the hazy views across the Kent countryside.

Roses Emmetts Garden by Allison Reid


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