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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your WIPs and enjoy tips, news and inspiring projects being shared around our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links below and be part of the sharing by adding your thoughts and experience in the comments boxes of the blog posts you visit πŸ™‚

I can’t seem to catch up with myself lately! Funny to think this time last week we were returning home from a short break on the South Coast.

Looking across the Solent to the Isle of Wight (can you spot The Needles showing on the horizon?) Key Haven salt marshes to the right were teeming with bird life.

 

A sleepy corner of Key Haven harbour on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Since then I’ve been fiddling around trying my hand at fusible applique. I’ll be demonstrating the technique at a monthly craft group meeting. We generally do paper crafts so I’ve tried to fuse the mediums of fabric and cardΒ  πŸ˜‰

Fusible applique for card makers. Excited to discover that Wonder Under fuses straight onto card (don’t use steam in the iron though!).

 

A work in progress. I’m going to switch from hand stitching and beading to using my sewing machine to finish this butterfly before trimming it and attaching it to a blank greetings card.

Never far from my thoughts are the two workshops I’m running this month… A mix of worry and excitement!

And this time of year there’s plenty to keep me occupied in the garden and at the allotment.

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. The leaves of the potato plants in the foreground are now yellow – it will soon be time to harvest πŸ™‚

And I just have to share a photo of this prickly sweetie who visits our garden every evening. The hedgehog is very wary and comes out at dusk so apologies for the blur on the photo.

We are hoping this individual is a female. We heard plenty of hedgehog hanky-panky going on a couple of months ago so maybe we’ll be visited by some youngsters soon?

Here are links to just a few of the tip filled, inspiring patchwork quilting blog posts I’ve read recently. Hope you find plenty of interest πŸ™‚

Ever thought of sewing with ‘minky’ fabric? Leah Day has shared a tutorial showing us how she managed this deep pile fabric when making an envelope pillow. Translated into UK English: minky = fleece fabric; pillow = cushion πŸ™‚Β There’s lots of useful tips as Leah wings the pattern and trials a Janome 8200 sewing machine.

Back in 2020 the Festival of Quilts held a virtual exhibition. Photographing quilts can be a quite a challenge. This ten minute video made by the UK Quilters Guild is full of handy information to help us find the best locations and set-ups for quilt photography without investing in fancy equipment.

Wendy was invited to be the guest exhibitor at a quilt show in the most scenic of places. Her blog post includes a video tour of her quilts hung on black background boards which really show the colourful designs beautifully.

There are so many handy tips and ideas in Rachel’s post ‘Fabric Shopping for Quilters: Begin with Colour‘. Rachel tops up her fabric stash 2-3 times a year and manages to do this shopping online.

Christa Watson’s series of piecing and quilting videos contains lots of useful information and are especially useful for those of us who are challenged when choosing and executing quilting designs. In this video Christa shares the steps she takes to quilt a large project and in this video she shares quilting tips and techniques to prevent puckering.

On the Suzy Quilts blog there’s a machine binding tutorial. I haven’t tried this method myself – stitching the binding to the front of the quilt and then using glue to secure the binding to the back of the quilt before stitching it down from the front. The results look very neat.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia does have a finished quilt to share – made from a Jelly Roll.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend and have a bit of time to relax, bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration, tips and news circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. Leave an encouraging message in the comments box of any of the blog sites you visit to keep the goodness flowing πŸ™‚

It’s been a bit of an odd week here as me and my husband settle into a new ‘looking for work’ routine. We are very blessed that this break in employment coincides with a burst of Spring weather bringing with it plenty of opportunities for walks and allotment, ‘lottie’, activity. This afternoon we were busy weeding, mowing, watering and nurturing.

While we are waiting for the veg seedlings to be big enough to plant out I let the Forget-me-nots take over the vacant beds.
The Strawberry plants are already covered in flowers. Not many bees about though…

In my sewing room this week I’ve made a mug rug and pushed on with making clasp purses. The mug rug is the example made for a free pattern I’ve written and the clasp purses are my latest bid to make some items that I can sell (or, more to the point, that other people might buy!).

First of all, the background to the mug rug. I decided to launch a new group on my Facebook page. The group is named, ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub‘. My idea is to create a friendly group where new-comers can come and learn the craft of patchwork-quilting. Here’s a link to my first ever live-stream video where I attempt to explain what the Learning Hub is all about and who it is for.

The Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub is a private group so there are a couple of questions to answer before membership is approved – just to make sure it stays a safe place with no spammy intruders! The mug rug pattern is available to download as soon as membership is approved. I’ve written it with patchwork newbies in mind but obviously it can be used by more experienced patchwork-quilters too.

My other sewing related venture this week has been preparation for a craft fair next Saturday 14th May. Four or five years ago I gave up on trying to sell items at craft fairs and turned my attention to selling on line. This hasn’t met with much more success so my stock of quilts, bags and other bits and bobs has been growing and growing! I’ve decided to have a switch back to physical, in-person, selling. It’s a risk that could cost a lot more than I gain as I’ve paid out Β£30 for table space and Β£80 to renew my public liability insurance 😒 With my ever enlarging stock you might well be asking why on earth I’m adding to it by making the clasp purses? πŸ€” Especially as having completed just one of the ten I’ve cut out and stitched I now know what a fiddle it is to attach the clasps πŸ™ƒ

My thinking is they’ll be at a lower price point than bags or quilts so may attract buyers… But whether I’ll make back my investment in the clasps I don’t know! Anyhow, other preparations for the craft fair have included sorting out which items to take, making price labels and creating a mock-up of the stall to test out my props. I tested the stall using the folding table from my sewing room. It’s less than 5ft long so all the things on it look a bit squished for space but I’m assuming the table I’ll be given next Saturday will be 6ft long so it’ll be easier to see individual items rather than being faced with a big jumble!

Having moved the folding table out from behind my sewing machine table and into the hallway I decided this was the time to clean and tidy my sewing room… It was a BIG job but I’m glad I did it as the dust and muddle had been unsettling me for a while.

My diary is pretty full this coming week so getting prepared for the craft fair well in advance was a priority this weekend. In little spaces of time through the week I may, or may not, finish a few more of the clasp purses…

Here are links to a few of the inspiring and useful posts I’ve read over the past days:Β 

How many years ago did you start your oldest UFO? Cynthia is celebrating finishing a quilt she began way back in 2014. The blocks are foundation paper pieced and depict 1950’s style kitchen utensils. Cynthia gives a link to the pattern that’s still available to purchase from Kristy at Quiet Play.

If you tend to get so absorbed in a sewing task that you carry on even though it’s causing your body stress then you should definitely take time out to read ‘5 Tips for Good Sewing Ergonomics’. There are way more than five tips to take away from this blog post by Jenni Grover.

Wow! JanineMarie is using a multitude of scraps to work on her Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects and several others besides. I now consign scraps smaller than 2″ square to the bin (waste/trash NOT scrap bin) but Janine Marie’s ticker-tape patchwork strips must be using up the most teeny-tiny pieces of fabric!

Jen Frost has produced a comprehensive video tutorial detailing how to attach hanging tabs to a small quilted wall hanging. She includes her method for calculating the finished size of the tabs which is obviously worth considering BEFORE making and attaching them! There are also tabs (ha! ha! see what I didΒ  there?) in the video so you can skip the parts you already feel confident to do eg. adding binding.

As promised Allison is sharing new quilt designs to showcase her latest fabric collection, Forget-me-not. The Primrose pattern has rows of blooms in vases and definitely makes the most of the fabrics.

Linda outlines the process of making her Seaglass Quilt #2. It is another great way of using up scraps (Linda says 3″ squares of fabrics rather than ‘crumbs’) and I like the faced edging she’s made to her quilt too (there’s a link to the tutorial in Linda’s post).

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She made a 1,500 mile round trip with two stop-overs to get a new motor fitted in her longarm machine. Honestly here in the UK if we drive 150 miles in a day we feel like we’ve been on a major adventure!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects, share in the inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community.

I’ve had an enjoyably eventful week. A sewing day on Thursday: I took hand binding to do so no sewing machine required. I made the most of the opportunity to walk to and from our meeting place, the local Scout Hut. There was lots of chat and sharing of projects going on but I did mange to stitch down about three quarters of the binding on my Trip Around the Stars quilt. One recurring subject of conversation was the upcoming Sandown Quilt Show. Several members of the group, including myself, were planning to travel up the M3 to London the following day. Others would be making the hour long journey on Saturday.

I completed the Trip Around the Stars quilt at home a couple of days later whilst listening to a course all about live-streaming* (I know get me moving into the modern world! 😁).

My Trip Around the Stars pattern is available for Β£7.00 as a PDF instant download from my new Payhip store – PayPal and card friendly πŸ™‚

On Friday I went to the Quilt Show at Sandown: Was a good day as usual. Before Covid struck the annual event had begun to wane in popularity with fewer vendors, fewer exhibition quilts and smaller numbers of visitors. Although it’s sad to see this show, along with others, decreasing in size, post-Covid it’s quite a blessing to be able to move freely and not be concerned about over-crowding. The venue (the airy ground floor of the main stand of Sandown Racecourse) is spacious but not too big. On a warmer day it would have been possible to take our refreshments up on the Stands and enjoy the view across the green racecourse with it’s panoramic view of central London but it was a bit too breezy to be outside!

I came home with a little collection of low-volume fabrics to top up my stash (I’m running out of these for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Court House Step Blocks) and some landscape prints. Impulse purchasing of the prints followed an inspiring Gail Lawther workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed her fused applique class and now I’m full of ideas for making little pictorial wall hangings.

Saturday, A walk through the Bluebells: The rising sun woke us around 6am so we went with it, had an early breakfast and then drove the short distance to Micheldever Woods. It really was a magical sight with the morning sun filtered through the partially open, bright green leaves of the stately Beech trees giving dappled light and shade the acres of deep blue flowers.

*Live Streaming? What’s this old girl up to? πŸ‘΅ Well! I’m getting over my tech phobia in order to pursue two of my patchwork quilting passions: One, building community around our wonderful craft; two, teaching the basics to beginners and then helping them and others to enhance our skills together. To these ends I’m going to launch a new private membership group on my Facebook Page called ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub’. Thankfully excitement about this venture is outweighing my tech-nerves and I’m keen to get the group up and running this coming week πŸ₯³ If you’d like to keep up to date with the launch schedule I invite you to follow my Facebook Page, NewEveryMorningPQ, and/or sign up to my newsletter:

 

Here is a short list of links to some of the patchwork quilting posts that have caught my interest over the past week:

I recommend using Myra’s Busy Hands quilt patterns. She has designed so many quilts, nearly all are pre-cut friendly and use quick piecing techniques. This post about her Flying Geese ‘Formation’ pattern is a good example of her work and the lovely fabrics she chooses to showcase her designs.

Nancy’s post ‘The Most Fun I Ever Had Making a Quilt‘ is a heart-warming read for anyone who has experienced the challenges of making a multi-block quilt, grappling with unfamiliar techniques, having to rip out fabrics that turned out not to be in keeping…. After all the ups and downs spread over several years Nancy has completed the quilt and can honestly say it’s the quilt that’s given her the most fun!

I found this tutorial about trimming Half Square Triangles really useful! Suzy demonstrates trimming HST blocks BEFORE opening them out to press the seam. She shares two methods, one using a special ruler (Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer) and the second using a standard square ruler. Very interesting – I will be giving this technique a go next time I’m faced with a pile of HSTs πŸ™‚

Yvonne has been applying her scientific experience to curved piecing. Specifically whether cutting pieces across the grain to save fabric affects the piecing and final outcome of Drunkards Path blocks. She’s created a video as well as a comprehensive blog post to explain her method and the results of her investigation.

Linking my finished quilt with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Both have been enjoying making quick projects.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. It’s easy to be part of the sharing: click on one or more of the links below; get inspired; click on more links; get lost in a wonderful quilt lined warren (who knows where in the World you might pop up?); and leave encouraging thoughts in the comments boxes of the sites you visit πŸ™‚

I’ve spent the week tweaking my Trip Around the Stars Pattern ready for the Beginners Course that begins next Saturday, 5th March, at Purple Stitches. To test the pattern I’ve been making a second sample quilt. All the while I’ve been making the quilt top and adjusting the pattern I’ve been aware of a teaching dialogue running through my head πŸ˜€ I don’t think I’ve been speaking out loud but I may have been! I guess most tutors preparing to teach a class have a bit of a run through in their minds to discover the best way to demonstrate and describe the techniques being taught?

On Thursday I enjoyed a sewing day with friends. The hall we used was a bit chilly and I forgot to take a cushion to soften the folding wooden chair but none-the-less it was a lovely day. After all the lockdown restrictions of the past two years time spent gathered together with a group of sew-ists is precious and not to be missed. I made the aqua & teal blocks for my RSC 2022 quilt.

It’s good to be up-to-date with the challenge after playing catch-up with the January blocks. I guess the colour for March will be revealed this weekend.

This coming week, I hope to finish the Trip Around the Stars sample quilt but it’s obviously more important to prepare for the Course than to complete a second sample quilt.

Here are some links to get you started on a search through the tips and inspiration patchwork quilters have been sharing:

I was really pleased to find this blog post by Brittany of Lo & Behold Stitchery. It’s the perfect follow-on to my quest for piecing accuracy. Brittany has shared ‘6 Tips for Flat Seams‘. Her tips include finger pressing seams and using a tailor’s clapper.

Maintaining equipment is another important way to improve patchwork accuracy. Melva of Melva Loves Scraps shared this link to a post all about caring for self-healing cutting mats.

Well! This is something different! A table runner made from circles of cotton washing line! Katy explains her method here.

Rachel’s Expat Chronicles series continues with a comparison of staple eating habits and foods in Holland and the USA. Interesting! Lots of bread in Holland but far less sugar than in the US. Rachel didn’t mention pancakes but I can remember a 1980s food franchise in London called ‘The Dutch Pancake House’.

Cynthia has made an eye-catching quilt using the triangles left after cutting up brightly coloured strip sets. Her choice of a dark blue background sets off the bright solids perfectly.

Sometimes its best to just do something rather than try to come up with a plan. Patty has created a stunning little quilt after making a ‘bunch of’ blue Drunkards Path blocks. Those blocks got her started sewing again, before long she was adding another colour and playing with quilt top layouts. Her unplanned quilt definitely gave her creativity a chance to get back into gear.

If you use a die-cutter in your quilt making process then be sure to check out Katy’s tutorial for her Heavenly Stars Quilt over on the Accuquilt website. Katy’s design makes clever use of two sizes of the Sawtooth Star block.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison