Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) for a virtual sewing day and enjoy some of the news and inspiration being shared via the Worldwide Quilting Community. As always your views and shares are always welcome – please do use the comments box at the bottom of the page to keep the conversations flowing. Thank you!
I keep teasing you in my blog posts with mention of two secret sewing projects in progress. Well! At the start of the week I added a third project to the ‘Top Secret’ file. Thankfully the latest project has already been gifted and can be shared.
Wahoo! A finished quilt! Look in my Gallery 2020 page and you’ll see that is a rare occurrence!
I was drawn to Rachel Hauser’s Dear Dottie pattern when she first started sharing it on her blog Stitched in Color. I’d been inspired by lots of the curved piecing that other modern quilters were incorporating into their designs and wanted to have a go. Rachel led a Dear Dottie Sew-Along towards the end of 2019 but I knew I really couldn’t take on another project right then. However I bought and downloaded the pattern thinking I would make the time in the New Year…. Coincidentally an advert for the Classic Curves ruler by Color Girl Quilts had me succumbing to my ruler obsession (again!). I decided to use the ruler rather than the pattern templates to cut out my Dear Dottie fabrics, as a result my finished blocks measure 9½” rather than 6½” – hence my quilt being named ‘Big Dottie’.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Has time been moving slowly for you or racing by? We are aiming to make the weekend feel different from the week days we’ve been spending together in our household of three. I’m especially glad to have the routine of publishing SQBS to remind me it really is Saturday. This is an opportunity to bring along your project(s), share in the varied and inspiring information being circulated around the Worldwide Quilting Community and just BE for a little while 🙂
I’m in need of a fanfare… I actually have a FINISHED project to bring along and share. I completed hand quilting the applique cushion front and made an envelope back (with buttons!). I am so happy with this little step into the world of needle turned applique. The fabric colours actually reflect the current season more closely than the Spring Color Quest Bear Paw block I shared in my previous blog post!
Well! I just managed to squeeze a finish in before the end of the month! That’s two finished quilts in two months – steady going for me!
This is my fourth version of the Dashing Stars quilt. The design is by Viv Poon of Purple Stitches. It is the pattern used by participants in the Beginners Course. Last week I shared photos of the quilts made by the latest graduates of the course. There are such a useful mix of skills to be learned through making this quilt – a great grounding from which to explore the craft of patchwork quilting.
I’m very happy that a visiting Aunt has taken home this particular Dashing Stars quilt 🙂
We are coming to a weekend so there must be another storm ready to blow it’s way across the UK 🙁 Yep! Storm Jorge is on his way…
Yesterday we had a whole afternoon of sunshine. I wrapped up warm and dashed out to deliver copies of the local newsletter to houses in a couple of nearby streets. Today the weather is a foretaste of what is to come over the weekend – very wet, very grey and windy too!
Determined to brighten things up a bit, I shared photos on Instagram of the flowers I could find in the garden (before the rain started lashing down) and a few indoor blooms too. We all need a colour boost in the Northern Hemisphere!
Keeping with the topic of colour, I am looking forward to Rachel Hauser’s blog series, ‘Quilter’s Color Quest’, based on her book, The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color.
Encouraged by Rachel’s recent blog post I have finally extracted the colour swatches from the back of the book. They need to be cut up, ready for the ‘swatch challenges’ found in each chapter of the book. By working through the book and following the Quilter’s Color Quest I’m hoping to gain a better understanding of colour and the language of colour so I can choose fabrics for my patchwork projects with more confidence and maybe even a bit of flair 😉