Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s lovely to have you join this virtual sewing day 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in the quilty conversations buzzing around the world-wide-web. You can always share links in the comments box at the bottom of the page – links to your project or to something quilty that has inspired you this week.
My Saturday sewing will be all about sharing the how-to’s of patchwork quilt making. It is the second session of the four part beginners course at Purple Stitches. We’ll be stitching rows of blocks together to form the centre of our quilts and measuring and adding borders before going on to make choices re. backing fabric and wadding. As this is the sixth time I’ve taught the course and therefore the sixth time I’ve made the quilt I have made a few changes for my version. I’m making another Plus Sign quilt but this time all the pluses are complete. This has made me do a bit of re-designing and some extra math before cutting out the fabric strips for the borders. Good for my brain, I’m sure! 😀
But looking at the quilt up on the design wall I am having difficulty picking out the different coloured plus signs. I think this is because the colour values (light – dark) of the fabrics I’ve used are pretty similar. Have a look at the partially constructed quilt in black and white:
There are some dark and some light squares but most are mid-range in value. And, just to confuse the eye and brain even more, the positioning of an occasional light or dark coloured square disguises the plus sign shapes some more! Hey! Ho! This will be a good teaching point in class and I’m hoping a bit of defining quilt stitching will bring out the individual plus signs in the design 🙂
Here are just a few of the quilty conversations that have caught my attention this week:
Allison Harris writes a homely quilting blog under the name Cluck Cluck Sew. She designs lovely quilts and in this post analyses why she quilts. I found her thoughts really helpful as I’ve been trying to be ‘good’ lately, only making quilts that have a ‘purpose’. But, as a result I’m not experiencing the freedom that creativity can bring, my sewing room is in danger of becoming a workroom rather than a creative space . Allison has got me thinking afresh about why I quilt…
One of my achievements for this week: my first ever Pineapple Block. This is just 6″ square finished and did require quite a bit of concentration but I’m very happy with the result. I found this foundation piecing block tutorial very helpful. Making this block just a couple of weeks before teaching it reminded me of how Laura Ingalls Wilder had to work hard as a very young teacher to keep ahead of the lessons she was teaching to the older pupils in her little school house!
Having such a huge range of fabrics at our disposal means we can keep our projects in tune with the seasons – well that’s one of my excuses for curating a colourful stash! Bernie shares a beautifully simple, stylish Autumn leaf table runner she has made using a pattern by Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting.
Linking with Myra for Finished or Not Friday. Myra has made a quilt with her niece using her ‘Nautical News’ pattern.
PS. Just had to squeeze this last link in… Bella has always been drawn to antique quilts and has finally put a long held desire into place: to recreate an antique quilt she’s recently had the privilege to view at close quarters. To chart her progress and share all things antique quilts Bella has opened a new blog site, Then and Again Quilts.