Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (263)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and be inspired by some of what’s been shared in our Worldwide Quilting Community this past week. If you click on any of the links below (which I hope you do!) please do leave an encouraging message in the comments box for the writers of the posts. Thank you!

I’ve not been using up much fabric or thread this week instead I’ve been busy designing and re-designing a quilt suitable for a beginners class. I had to make three versions of the ‘Squares-in-a-Square’ block before I hit upon the perfect formula.

I was seeking to use cutting measurements that didn’t involve using 1/8th inch increments along with piecing which allowed for a bit of ‘wiggle room’ so the points of the four patch wouldn’t be cut off when the block is stitched to it’s neighbouring blocks… Got there in the end with cutting measurements to 1/4″ and a 3/8th of an inch seam allowance at the points! Phew!

Today I worked on the Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial I’ll be posting on Thursday as part of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 blog hop. I had some major brain fog problems so I actually ended up creating a few more scraps instead of eliminating them πŸ˜€ Never mind! I have a new basket to keep the new scraps tidy!

On Wednesday I published a post about the current state of our local quilt groups/guilds. Terry contributed a very interesting reply. Please do take time to have a read and add your experience to the ‘What’s Happening to Quilt Guilds in 2021’ discussion.

 

Here is this weeks selection of inspiring and intriguing blog posts written by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community:

JanineMarie is keeping up with the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Her scrappy triangle blocks are very effective especially when grouped together. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt – the blocks look similar to 19th Century Crazy Patchwork but made in modern prints.

If you enjoy a tour of a sewing room (without going green with envy!)and picking up storage ideas then head over to Rebecca Grace’s blog post. She’s been rearranging her sewing space to accommodate a new long arm machine.

Do you have fond memories of dressing paper dolls? Well Melva has taken this activity a step further and made a dress-up doll quilt! Melva shares her process for making the doll blocks and their clothes. Such a clever idea and sure to be a hit with the child who receives it.

Carole has shared a two part tutorial introducing us to ‘pin weaving‘ using fabric strips to weave and fuse ready to make a bag.

Charisma reviews a book by Heather Black called ‘Design Make Quilt Modern – taking a quilt from inspiration to reality‘. Charisma found the comprehensive scope of the book very inspiring, concluding ‘It gives great insight as to how to tackle designing in a manageable way’.

Week 3 of Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 and Swan Sheridan shares another great tutorial building a quick quilt from small rectangular scraps.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia found some prepared fabric squares amongst her sewing and made a sweet little baby quilt – quick, surprise projects can be such a blessing can’t they?

Happy stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (261)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and be part of the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ Join in by clicking on the links below and leaving messages in the comment boxes of the blogs you visit. Thank you!

How’s your quilty week been? I’ve enjoyed carving out a bit of sewing time and learning new things along the way. I finished a second Pelican Tote (pattern from Bagstock Designs) and this time around I added a recessed zipper closure. My first time doing this, so I was pleased to achieve a neat finish – the pattern was easy to follow.

I plan to list this bag in my Folksy shop but haven’t been able to put together a collection of product photos – grey clouds are keeping natural light levels far too low for photography.

Last night I took an hour to make the fourth block of the Santa Fe Trail QAL. This block is called Snowflake. It was interesting making the corner Log Cabins and then cutting them in half across the diagonal before stitching the block together. Another new technique for me to try!

I fitted my recently purchased Janome quarter inch foot to Julie the Juki (a 2200 QVP mini) and was not disappointed. The Janome foot gives a perfect scant ΒΌ” seam – very satisfying πŸ™‚ I’ve found the Juki quarter inch foot gives a true ΒΌ” which is just a bit too wide for patchwork piecing.

Here are the first four Santa Fe blocks up on my design wall – each measures 12Β½” unfinished.

The plan is to create a cohesive quilt using blue scraps from my overflowing blue bin. At the moment the blues I’ve used all seem to be fighting against each other for attention, hopefully my next fabric choices will bring them together. Melva has shared a photo of her finished Santa Fe Trail quilt so we can see how the twelve blocks will fit into a quilt layout. Seeing the finished quilt has made me more determined to stick with this QAL πŸ™‚

A Blog Hop Announcement: This blog, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting, will be seven years old in October. My blog is my social media home. The connections I’ve made with other bloggers and with readers mean a lot to me. Now, after all these years I’m actually contributing to a ‘blog hop’! I’ll be posting a tutorial on 7th July linked to ‘The Summer Scrap Elimination 2021’ blog hop organised by Swan Sheridan over at Swan Amity Studios. Swan has kicked off Week 1 of the blog hop by posting an original patchwork block with a detailed tutorial. She’s enlisted seven guest designers – including yours truly – to contribute a scrap-busting tutorial to be published on Thursdays from 17th June ’til 22nd July. I’ll endeavour to include the links to the weekly blog hop posts both here and on Instagram– I can see from the contributors list there will be an exciting variety of projects and techniques to get us in the mood to eliminate our scraps!

I’m still a bit behind in reading blog posts but have been making time to catch up, so slowly but surely my email in-box is emptying and I’m getting closer to being up-to-date (with reading blog posts anyway!). Here are this weeks links, I hope you will be inspired and find new bloggers to follow as you click your way through:

I just love the super bright quilt-as-you-go quilt Elana is sharing over on her blog ‘That Fabric Feeling’. So colourful and there’s a story behind the quilt too. Elana also shares the doll clothes she’s making from novelty fabric. They are bright and cheerful too – all her makes are destined for distribution by charities.

Linda has been making keepsakes for family members using scraps of vintage fabrics found as they were clearing her grandparents Ohio farmhouse. How lovely to have something practical and attractive as a tangible link with past and living family members. And here’s the follow-up post of the bitter sweet reunion of family members for a final visit to the farm and an opportunity to distribute the keepsakes.

‘In The Stars’ is the name of Kirsty’s latest quilt pattern. It is designed to be fat quarter friendly and although it’s full of stars there are no points to match! So a great stash buster and quick to piece – win, win!

Have you been to any sewing workshops via Zoom? Yvonne gives us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a successful on-line workshop.

Blue fabrics and square shapes have been calling me through the email notifications this week! First there’s a fascinating pattern called ‘Friendship Quilt’ that adds depth to the appearance of the patchwork – pattern available from Myra at Busy Hands Quilts; secondly this Gingham Quilt, a squirrel project, by Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon. Both have me so tempted to dive into a new project…

Katy has made a kaleidoscope quilt using a large African style print cut down into Hourglass blocks. See the finished quilt here and there’s a link to a previous blog post explaining how to cut and piece the blocks.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday as I can celebrate a finished bag and a house full of not finished projects!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Finishing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Quilt – the short and long versions

Ok! The short version of my 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt goes like this:

Having enjoyed following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge last year I was definitely up for the 2021 Challenge. From January to October Angela nominates a colour each month and then it’s up to each maker to create their chosen blocks from fabric scraps of the designated colour. Last year I made nine patch and thirty-six patch blocks using 2Β½” squares. This year I decided to tackle my over-flowing

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (255)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and conversations running through our friendly and generous Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you will find all sorts of routes through what’s being shared by clicking a few of the links in the second half of this post πŸ™‚

Here in the UK we are enjoying a Bank Holiday weekend. Unfortunately the weather seems to be ignoring the holiday and staying rather cool. In fact last month was the frostiest April in 60 years. It must also have been one of the driest for us in the South. Oh! How our local Woodpigeons enjoyed the rain when it finally arrived on Wednesday πŸ˜€

Woodpigeons sat on our fence in the pouring rain!

The birds have been providing plenty of entertainment over the past week. Last Sunday ‘our’ male Blackbird arrived in the garden with two chicks that must have been having their first trip away from their nest. They stood around looking slightly bemused, opening their

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