Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (272)

 

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy the company of quilters from around the World as we share tips, tutorials, inspiration and more. Use the links below to kick-start your journey around the quilty world, don’t forget to leave an encouraging message and join in the sharing on any blog sites you visit πŸ™‚

This past week I’ve switched from chain piecing to ‘chain quilting’! I’ve actually finished one quilt, basted another and prepared the backing and wadding for a third.

  1. The finished quilt is a 30 block version of my 42 block I-Spy Shadow Quilt. I’m very happy with this quilt. It measures 40″ x 52″ which is a good size for a child. I do like the ‘playmat’ fabric I used for the backing. It’s a dual purpose quilt πŸ™‚ The novelty fabrics on the front are ideal for playing I-Spy and the town map on the back is a fun place to play with toy vehicles and building bricks.

2. The basted quilt is a blue I-Spy Shadow quilt, again made with 30 blocks. I was chuffed that these two quilts made perfect use of 1.5m of theΒ  road map extra wide backing fabric. All I had to do was rip the fabric in half, top to bottom, and hey! presto! two backings ready to use!

3. The third quilting project is my sixth version of the beginners course Dashing Stars quilt. I pieced the backing, adding a homemade label, and cut the super-soft bamboo wadding to size. Today I used the backing, wadding and nearly finished top (just one more border strip to add…) to give a quick demonstration of how to pin baste a quilt sandwich. Now I need to add that border before basting it for real.

My plan for the next few days is to quilt and bind the blue I-Spy quilt ready to photograph and list in my Folksy shop. Then, while my machine and tables are set up for quilting, I hope to quilt the Dashing Stars quilt. Maybe there’ll be time in the week to share my progress – I hope so πŸ™‚

I’ve been working hard to catch up on reading blog posts and have found plenty of interest so here is a bumper set of links to get you thinking and inspired:

A cautionary tale from Katy re. mixing pre-washed fabrics with those that haven’t had the ‘shrink’ treatment!

It’s not too late to join in Carole’s ‘Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along‘. This year she is sharing instructions to make a 40″ square table topper. In her initial post she shares several colourways to help get us inspired.

Linda has a great gift for making improbable improv experiments into exciting, cohesive patchwork quilts. Her latest, ‘Playin’ Around‘, is no exception!

Reading Yvonne’s tutorial for making Quarter Square Triangles made me realise it is a very long time since I made this classic block. The tutorial is full of useful tips and Yvonne has generously shared a table of cutting sizes to take the guess work out of the process πŸ™‚

Angela Walters will be starting another free motion quilting challenge in November. This time the challenge is all about quilting feather designs. You can purchase a printed quilt top to follow along or just use your own fabric.

I’m in the habit of naming and labelling the quilts I make. Joni asks ‘Do you name your quilts?’ and has given three reasons why she feels a quilt should be named and have a label attached.

Karin over at Blue Pip Designs is hosting a QAL featuring her beginner friendly design, ‘Bernie’s Mittens‘. It looks like just the right amount of work in the run up to Thanksgiving and doesn’t require the choosing of many fabrics πŸ™‚

Christina Cameli’s latest book is ready for pre-order. The book is called ‘Free-Motion Combinations‘ and she says inspiration for it came as she posted short clips through the first lockdown of her drawing out quilting designs on a whiteboard. I watched many of those on Instagram and found Christina’s explanations and ideas very inspiring.

After a few false starts Jayne has cracked on with a partially finished quilt project given to her by her Grandmother. The Pinwheel blocks were all very neatly hand pieced but 24 Pinwheels spun in one direction and 16 in the other. Jayne has come up with a layout that uses them all without drawing attention to the orientation of the blocks. What wonderful memories that quilt will hold for Jayne and her family – much better finished than in pieces hidden in a box πŸ™‚

The Mystery of the Scant 1/4″ Seam‘ is the title of Brittany’s detailed post all about the difference between a true 1/4″ seam and a scant 1/4″ seam. She has included a way of testing to achieve the perfect scant 1/4″ seam and adjustments that can be made to maintain a consistent seam allowance. Very useful!

Here’s the link to the first part of Carole’s ‘Autumn About Town Sew Along Purse‘ tutorial (across-the-pond translation: read ‘bag’ for ‘purse’!).

Rachel’s explanations of colour choices for a quilt top are always worth a read…. Warning! Clicking to this particular post might just head you down the road of joining in her latest QAL! It’s sooo tempting! πŸ˜€

Linking my post and finished quilt with Alycia at Finished or Not Friday, Wendy’s Peacock Party and Michelle’s Beauties Pageant.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (271)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. This week fashionably late on a sunny Sunday afternoon 😁 Bring along your project(s) and take part in the generous sharing of tips, ideas and encouragements that our Worldwide Quilting Community is just so good at doing! Do add to the community by leaving a message in the comments box of any blog sites you visit using the links below πŸ™‚

I’ve been busy creating an I-Spy quilt using my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern. The top came together really easy. When it came to finding

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Adjusting to a new season in and out of the sewing room

Japanese Graden, Kew by Allison Reid
Peace and tranquility at the Japanese Garden, Kew – a photo memory from Oct 2018

I knew September would throw up a lot of changes but I hadn’t factored-in quite what an impact adjusting to them all would have on my slowed-down, lock-down self. In trying to accommodate increased social activity I know I’ve dropped a few balls, including writing for this blog. Sorry for the lack of regular posts – there have been plenty written in my head!

I’m definitely not grumbling about the way life is changing, just having to acknowledge that returning to a more normal, pre-Covid, level of activity is going to take some time to get used to.

Gratitude Log. First and foremost I am grateful for the roll-out and up-take of vaccines in the UK – over 80% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated. The vaccination programme has made the following events possible and I’m acutely aware that most of the World’s population have no where near the levels of Covid-safety I’m privileged to enjoy.

In the past couple of weeks I’ve been grateful because:

  • Both my husband and younger son have found employment and we are settling into new routines.
  • I’ve been on a sewing day – first in 18 months πŸ™‚ Felt so odd being in a public hall and not wearing a mask! Funny that I sat next to a lady and as we chatted we realised she’d been one of the customers I’d served earlier that week in Purple Stitches – we’d both been wearing masks in the shop so didn’t recognise one another!
  • The ladies mid-week Bible study group at Church has begun meeting in-person rather than on Zoom.
  • We’ve been able to meet up with family and friends for a variety of socials including birthday celebrations and an in-person meeting of our Housegroup.
  • I’ve begun teaching again. The first class of the four session Beginners Course took place last Saturday.

Whew! That’s a lot of social activity and I’ve just had to accept that it’s going to take introvert me a little time to cope with this return to a more balanced social routine.

Which makes me grateful for something else, namely my sewing room πŸ™‚ Definitely a place to retreat into, find rest in creativity or just find rest in pottering about, fondling fabric and playing with new ideas. Occasionally this sewing room space does become a place of work though. For the past two weeks I have been pressing, rotary cutting and collating novelty print fabrics. I managed to source 42 different cotton prints. After laundering them all I set about cutting them into 1,156 five inch squares! (I’ve only just worked that out – definitely better not to have known at the start of the process how many were needed!).

I have collated the squares into eighteen packs of 42 and twenty packs of 20. All are now listed in my Etsy and Folksy shops for UK customers. Alongside the packs of novelty squares I’ve listed my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern. I’m proud of this pattern as I designed it to be a quick and easy make and it has received positive reviews ☺️

Apart from the 42 novelty print squares all that’s required to complete the patchwork are two background fabrics – one a darker shade of the main background to create the ‘shadows’. The pattern has step-by-step instructions for strip piecing. Despite appearances there’s no fiddling about with sashing as the strips between the novelty squares are part of the blocks. The pattern is available as a pdf download on Etsy or as a printed pattern for UK customers on Folksy. (Unfortunately Etsy add tax onto the price of the pattern – obviously I don’t receive that money).

Handling all the novelty fabrics has got me fired up to make another I-Spy Shadow quilt. I think I’ll try making a smaller version using 30 novelty squares in a 5 by 6 layout. I’ll be posting my progress here and on Instagram @allisonreid.neweverymorning

Background fabrics along with the excess novelty squares I’ll be using.

Other projects that need attention this weekend are my blocks for the Beginners Class – can’t have the teacher falling behind on the homework! I’ve taught the Beginners Course several times, making at least five versions of Viv’s Dashing Stars quilt.

My most recent Dashing Stars quilt – I added borders to this one.

This time around I’m mainly using fabrics from my overflowing bins of blue scraps. I’ve decided to alter the pattern a bit by making Square-in-a-Square Blocks in place of the large feature fabric squares. I used this table on the Quilter’s Paradise site to figure out the cutting of the fabrics for the Square-in-a-Square Blocks. A very handy resource for anyone who ties themselves in knots doing quilt math!

Once I’ve done my Beginners Course homework and the prep for lesson two I will turn my attention to the ninth block of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along. I’m making these blocks using scraps of blue fabric – surely I’ll be able to close the lids on those bins soon? πŸ˜€

I hope you have some time to be creative this weekend.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

PS. Catching up with reading blog posts is definitely on my list with the intention to re-establish Saturday Quilting Bring & Share posts as soon as I have brain space to absorb more than ‘absolutely necessary’ information!

 

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Welcome back to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share after our short Summer break. I hope you have a project to bring along and some time to join in the sharing of inspiration, tips, news and views with our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to find your way into the Community, leave an encouraging message in the comments boxes and enjoy absorbing some of what’s been shared over the past few weeks πŸ™‚

This week I finished the third version of the bag I’m designing (it’s listed along with a matching facemask in my Folksy shop). It was a bit of a slog as I was not only sewing but also taking step-by-step photos and amending the draft pattern as I went along.

 

I’m pleased with the adjustments I’ve made to the design. I’m particularly proud of the bottle holder πŸ™‚ Little things, little things…

Whew! It is a relief to have pushed the pattern writing process to a new stage. Now I have to edit the photos, integrate them into the pattern draft and polish up the written instructions…

Having finished a sewing project I took time this morning to clean the lint out of my machine and change the blades of my rotary cutters. Why do I always delay doing these simple but game-changing tasks? πŸ˜€

Then I scratched my ‘patchwork piecing itch’ by making the eighth block of Melva’s Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along.

Grandmother’s Block

The Sew Along is ideally paced for me with a new block being announced just once every three weeks. The blocks themselves are interesting to make and at 12Β½” square provide a relaxing break from more fiddly sewing.

Just as well I am keeping up with Melva’s Sew Along. Looking around my sewing room and up at my design wall I can see I’ve got rather a lot of projects stuck at a standstill.

The EPP/applique English Country Garden QAL blocks are the February-April blocks, I still haven’t finished the May Marigolds; the blue EPP hexagon flowers were made many months ago to fill in the open spaces of the Irish Chain quilt languishing on the back of the sofa bed; and there are several other partially completed projects stored in clear boxes around the room/house. I think I either need to make progress with the projects on the design wall or replace them with a selection that will get me motivated. It feels like a good time to freshen things up; we’re entering a new season, the new school year is getting underway and several groups I belong to are about to resume after the 18 month Covid break. Are you gearing up for changes in projects and activities as we enter the last third of the year?

Before we get to the links just a reminder that I’m now sending out a newsletter a couple of times a month. There’ll be more links into the world of patchwork quilting as well being the place to hear about new patterns and workshops before they are launched. Newsletter 2 will be winging it’s way to in-boxes in a few days time. Sign up here to keep ahead of the news πŸ™‚

Here are some links that I hope will be of interest and spark your creativity:

Izzy has chosen a flower design to free motion quilt across a Plus Sign Patchwork. The curvy, swirling design makes a great contrast to the straight lines of the patchwork and creates a comfortable, smushy texture too.

The final part of Cynthia’s scrap sorting trilogy includes a selection of the quilts she has made from the scrap fabrics she keeps so well organised.

Watching someone else exercising their free motion quilting muscles is always entertaining (well! in my quiet world it counts as entertainment!). In this short video clip watch Leah Day quilt out ‘Loopy Angles’, straight lines and triangles take the place of loopy lines and circles.

On a fmq roll here so why not add another fmq link? πŸ™‚ This link will take you to Angela Walter’s ‘Tips for Quilting Negative Space’.

Inspiration comes from all directions… How about Van Halen’s guitar? πŸ˜€ Izzy has interpreted the design on said guitar to make a cushion cover for a VH fan.

Quilts that make you say ‘wow’! I have no desire to make a millefiori style quilt but I am fascinated by the process and the results Wendy shares in her blog posts. Her latest quilt ‘Fireworks’ took four years to make! It is EPP and hand quilted. All done exquisitely.

Following the progress of a blogger’s project via their posts makes me eager to click on the email notifications when they arrive in my inbox to see what’s occurring. Finishing the piecing, then quilting and binding someone else’s abandoned Double Wedding Ring quilt certainly provided an interesting series of posts as Sharon battled to keep the project moving, overcoming several difficulties along the way. Having willed the project on I’m so pleased to see the quilt finished. It certainly is a masterpiece in perseverance and well worth all the effort Sharon put into it.

Yvonne is an experienced quilter of negative space. She shares her quilting plan decision making process in this post.

When you finish a huge UFO quilt and decide it’s your favourite make ever! Take in Rebecca Grace’s pure pleasure at moving her Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt to the final stages of it’s construction πŸ™‚

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She has finished a scrappy quilt which looks just great.

Happy Stitching!

Allison