Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (234)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy the inspiration, tips and conversations being shared by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do click on the links below and don’t be shy about leaving comments here or on the pages you visit ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t done much sewing at all this week. Most of my sewing time has been spent cutting and collating fabrics for the novelty square packs listed in my Etsy Shop. I have to admit I have also been procrastinating re. the bed runner I’m making for my parent’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary…. Anyhow! This morning I cleaned my sewing machine before cutting out the backing fabric and wadding for the runner. So, my project for this weekend is to baste the runner and then overcome my fear of spoiling the project with my less than perfect quilting.

I thought I’d share a tip about a really useful gadget I use when cleaning my machine. It’s a right-angled or ‘off-set’ screwdriver.

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Wonky Windows I-Spy Patchwork Quilt

My belated ‘ta-da’. I’ve finally managed to put together a group of photographs of the quilt I finished last week. It’s definitely a tricky time of year to get accurate colours in photos, what with the reduced hours of daylight, grey clouds and low level sun.

This morning there was a slither of an opening in the clouds, just above the horizon, so I wrapped up warm and took my quilt out into the garden for it’s 8.15am, rising sun, photo shoot!

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Bashful Flash Sale – Patterns, Fabrics…

You might like to put your fingers in your ears as I blow my own trumpet but please don’t close your eyes! I am the World’s worst sales woman…. But here goes…

Starting today, 16th October ’til 19th October 2020 I’m holding a Flash Sale over in my Etsy Shop – 20% off everything!

Wahoo! Go to www.etsy.com/shops/AllisonsPatchworks to have a browse ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Everything’ includes:

PDF Pattern downloads – available for international as well as UK purchase.

A recent purchaser of the I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern left this review:

This was my first EVER quilt, and I understood everything clearly. I donโ€™t even know how to read a pattern and just sew โ€œcreatively.โ€ I did learn that I need to be more careful when cutting my fabric because being off 1/8โ€ can go wrong!
Thanks for this wonderful pattern!

Quilting fabrics available for UK purchasers – 20% off PLUS free postage!

Fabrics on sale include this pack featuring a ‘Magical Dragons’ panel by Cheri L Strole.

Finished items available for UK purchasers – 20% off PLUS free postage! Items include Book Pillows, Table Runners and Quilts :-O

All available this weekend with a 20% discount from my Etsy Shop, AllisonsPatchworks ๐Ÿ™‚

Phew! I’ll pack away my trumpet and resume normal blog writing service asap!

Thanks for taking a look!

Allison

UFO Quilt finish: ‘Black Coffee in Bed’

Black Coffee in Bed was declared ‘finished’ a few weeks ago but didn’t get recorded here on the blog as the weather was all wrong for taking photos and then we went on holiday…

So, belated drum rolls…. The finished quilt unveiled:

Me and ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ have a story stretching over at least six years! There was a long period when the completed quilt top, pieced back and wadding all resided in the UFO Cupboard of Shame. A fear my quilting would spoil all the hard work that had gone into piecing the patchwork held me back. Anyhow, growing confidence thanks to a sewing machine upgrade and the determined subduing of a perfectionist mindset enabled me to drag the UFO out of the cupboard, back into daylight.

I made a label (see first photo above) before getting down to basting and quilting the caffeine monster. After a using a walking foot to stitch in the ditch around the blocks I switched to a free motion set up, quilting a meander pattern in the setting triangles before stitching a series of vertical waving lines with swirls (to represent the steam rising from a cup of freshly poured coffee) through the blocks; then back to the walking foot to stitch a broad twisted ribbon design through the piano key borders.

 

 

 

 

The coffee themed ‘Java’ fabrics were designed by Deb Strain for Moda. I think this may have been my first Jelly Roll quilt. The quilt measures 81″ x 64″ and is now available to buy from my Etsy Shop, AllisonsPatchworks.

Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Michelle is doing a bit of that ‘Christmas in July’ thing and Alycia is making masks in readiness for College (or not!). Both link-ups provide lots of inspiration from quilters around the world ๐Ÿ™‚

Allison