Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (107)

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.

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Quilter’s Color Quest: 3. Emotion

Challenge three of the Quilter’s Color Quest looks at using emotion to guide fabric choice. The Quest is organised by Rachel Hauser over at Stitched in Color, using her book The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color and the 150 colour swatches to build an understanding of colour in relation to the fabrics we choose and use.

These blocks are my fabric interpretations of three emotions. Can you figure out what they are? Explanations below 🙂

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (101)

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!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (100)

Welcome to the 100th edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 😀 Come and join in this virtual sewing day (is there any other kind at the moment?), bring along your projects(s) and share in the inspirational conversations, tips and stories from the Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the comments box at the bottom of the page to add your thoughts and ideas.

At the beginning of the week I felt like I was wading in treacle (everything seemed to be taking twice as long as usual and my concentration levels were low) but somehow I did finish the secret sewing quilt top. It measures 70″ square and as it is destined for a magazine photo shoot I’ve decided to send it away to be long arm quilted. A quilt that size is right on the limit of my quilting capabilities and I’d hate to get all worked up trying to quilt it on my domestic machine. So, postal services willing, the quilt top will be winging it’s way to Trudi Wood for some edge to edge stitching magic 🙂

As the week has gone on I’ve nipped into the sewing room and done a little bit of stitching here and there. I often wish I didn’t have so many projects on the go but actually this week it has been a blessing to be able to work within my levels of concentration on a variety of familiar blocks.

I pieced the teal blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Made a couple more Dear Dottie blocks.

Worked on the second challenge of the Quilter’s Color Quest (more of that next week).

Today’s Quilter March 2020 photo by Allison Reid

And did a bit of day dreaming over the latest edition of Today’s Quilter. The magazine was a treat purchase after standing in a supermarket car park for 40 minutes queuing for my turn to shop (it was actually quite pleasant waiting in a very British, orderly line absorbing the Spring sunshine). The clincher for the purchase was the inclusion of not one but two rulers – you know I can’t resist a ruler 😉 The magazine held a lovely surprise for me: A Folk Art style applique table runner caught my attention straight away and then I spotted the designer is none other than Yasmeen who led the inspiring needle turned applique workshop I so enjoyed.

My project(s) for this weekend include making some more Dear Dottie blocks and working on the needle turned applique block – two more leaves to stitch in place and then it will be time to create a cushion cover. 🙂

Time to turn to the Worldwide Quilting Community for some patchwork quilting inspiration:

Angela Walters has announced a new Quilt-A-Long showcasing her Kaleidoscope Panel. You don’t need to have the Panel to join and learn from a master of the art of free motion quilting.

I so enjoy being part of our creative patchwork & quilting community. I’ve met lovely people both in person and on-line through our craft. I just want to give a shout out to two independent P&Q businesses local to me: there’s Viv and Eve at Purple Stitches (purchase fabric and notions on-line, just email or phone if you need help matching colours etc) and Jo Westfoot aka the The Crafty Nomad. Jo like Viv loves rainbow colours, she designs, makes, quilts, teaches and also produces patterns all with her distinctive, accessible style. Take a look at Jo’s website where you can purchase her patterns and for just £18 you can join-in her current skill-building BOM and access her supportive Facebook group.

Advice on home schooling is a bit off tack for this site but this is from a patchwork quilter who has done home schooling. You may find Rachel’s tips helpful or be able to pass them on to someone who has suddenly been landed with the role of home educator.

I have never attempted a Y-Seam. But I have saved to Pinterest Rebecca’s beautifully photographed Y-seam tutorial. Very helpful and her seam and point matching is so precise :-O Amazing!

Cindy over at Stitchin At Home has designed and made the most striking baby quilt using giant Dresden Plate segments. Well worth a look and guaranteed to make you smile 🙂

Leanne shares a little tutorial to show us how to use wax crayons to write messages on quilt tops. I didn’t know this was possible. Leanne finished her mini quilt with a border of mini pebble quilting – very effective!

Phew! That will do for links this week. One thing is for sure patchwork quilters are still producing blog posts – I have over 70 more email notifications waiting to be clicked and read! :-O You’ll find plenty more from the Worldwide Quilting Community on my Pinterest board, Pins of the Week.

Linking with Alycia for Finished (or not) Friday. Alycia does have a finished quilt to share – although the wind made for a challenging photo shoot!

Happy Stitching!

Allison