Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (31)

It’s a bit cheeky to call this post Saturday Quilting Bring & Share but I will push my luck and hope you have had a chance to sew with friends or can enjoy this virtual sew-in as a gentle way to end one week and start another. Bring along your project and share in some of the conversations doing the rounds in the quilty world ๐Ÿ™‚

My projects over the weekend including a FINISH! I did a happy dance ๐Ÿ™‚

Pink Supreme by Allison Reid

I went ahead with my plan to quilt a swirl design on the ‘Pink Supreme’ quilt sandwich. I started by stitching around a paper circle that I positioned off-centre on the quilt. Using the built in walking foot of my sewing machine, I shortened the stitch length to try and keep this initial circle as smooth as possible.

Pink Supreme Quilting by Allison ReidIt’s not perfect but I don’t think the wobbles are too much of a distraction from the completed design. I gauged the distance between the swirling stitch lines at about 2ยผ” using a quilting bar as my guide.

I decided on a variegated 40wt Aurifil thread, No. 3817 for the quilting.

On Saturday morning I finished stitching the spiral prior to adding the candy stripe binding. I stitched this to the back of the quilt and then used binding clips to help me stitch the folded edge of the binding to the front of the quilt. I’m really pleased with this little quilt – it measures 53″ x 46″.

Pink supreme binding by Allison Reid

I had to put my foot down hard on the pedal to finish ‘Pink Supreme’ before heading out to Purple Stitches to teach the monthly Block Club.

Block Club practice blocks by Allison Reid
My pattern test blocks made earlier in the week – Eight Point Star and Card Trick.

We made an eight-point star block using paper foundation piecing for the star point units in the block. Having got our heads around FPP we moved on to making Card Trick blocks. The Card Trick requires a surprising amount of concentration to keep all the pesky triangles in the right place but we managed – we were very quiet for a while! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Below is a photo of all six of the blocks we have completed in Block Club so far. I do have a thing about the colours blue, green and white together (actually my ‘going away outfit’ comes to mind, particularly as we celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last Wednesday).

 

Block Club 1-6 by Allison Reid

Trying – unsuccessfully – to catch up with reading all the quilty blogs I love to follow I came across this beautiful quilt which uses the Eight Point Star block combined with four patch blocks. The quilt made by Jackie Koslowski from a pattern called ‘Victorious’ by Studio 180 Design. Jackie mentions using a special ruler so I guess her star points weren’t foundation paper pieced.

Carole has published a great blog post giving the highs and lows of the different tools available to mark quilt stitching lines on our precious patchwork. Well worth a read ๐Ÿ™‚

If you feel like stretching yourself and getting to grips with curved piecing then Suzy’s Modern Fans Quilt sew-along might be the perfect way to take your piecing to the next level. Buy the pattern and you’ll receive weekly prompts, tips and advice from Suzy and fellow members of her sew-along Facebook group to keep you on track.

Flying Geese are traditional blocks that can be used very effectively in a modern quilt design. Jo Westfoot, aka The Crafty Nomad, has produced a design called ‘Puzzled Geese’ which cleverly and boldly showcases the block – Jo has used Mixtape fabrics by Libs Elliot.

I’ve enjoyed focusing and refocusing on the optical illusion that Yvonne, the Quilting Jetgirl, has created in her design ‘Star Cube’. Very clever in it’s simplicity.

Linking with Myra for ‘Finished or Not Friday‘. She’s sharing her new pattern and a little gallery of readers quilts – lots to admire and inspire.

Allison

 

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