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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the stories, inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links and add your ideas and thoughts in the comments boxes at the end of each blog post. With Christmas fast approaching I’ve decided to make this the last edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share for 2020. Although I’m sure I’ll be sharing links in posts I write between now and the New Year πŸ˜‰ Don’t forget by subscribing to my blog an email notification will be sent to your inbox whenever a post is published πŸ™‚

My week has been dominated by deadlines: first and foremost the finishing of the Diamond Anniversary bed runner (see the photos here); then a quilt pattern to finalise before emailing it to a magazine while the sample quilt was collected by a courier (that sounds so cool to me! πŸ˜€ ); finally, finally, a couple of hours re-capping and preparing for an in-person class at Purple Stitches.

To calm myself down after all the deadlines were met I turned my attention to a bit of fabric sorting. My basket(s) of scraps from recent projects were overflowing. It was relaxing to untangle the mess, sorting the scraps by colour into my scrap bins. I even threw away a few! I know!

The Beginners Course at Purple Stitches was suspended during the November lockdown. Today the two participants were able to join me at the shop (perspex screens, masks and hand gel made this possible). It was such a pleasure to be sewing in a group and I had the extra pleasure of seeing student A progress to making and stitching binding to her quilt while student D conquered ΒΌ” seams to make Sawtooth Star blocks. So all in all a very satisfying morning.

During the class I had time to cut binding strips for my fifth version of Dashing Stars, the pattern used for the Beginners Course. I definitely feel like my sewing is winding down for the year.

There are two finishes within sight: I have the binding to machine stitch to the front of the Dashing Stars quilt before stitching it by hand to the back; there’s the sample cushion that also needs binding to be hand stitched; and I may have time to tackle the over large blocks I made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. If only I’d done some forward planning like Julie whose RSC quilt blocks all fit into a design she had in mind right at the start of the year. My ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ method has resulted in the need to unpick some of the thirty-six patch blocks to make more versatile nine patch blocks…

I hope you will find plenty to interest you in this weeks selection of links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Cross stitch Gingerbread Houses! Now we know it’s nearly Christmas! Wendy has been making these 3D houses since 2010 and has quite a collection. They are very appealing. Wendy highly recommends the patterns by ‘The Victorian Sampler’. I especially like all the little extras added to the cross stitch including buttons, beads, piping and ribbons.

Sharon has finished a quilt made of Christmas fabrics with a snugly flannel backing and a baubles quilting pattern. Perfect for this chilly season (in the Northern hemisphere anyway!).

Bobbi has been making zippered book sleeves to protect her books when she takes them out and about. She has provided a tutorial which is particularly helpful if you, like Bobbi herself, have been avoiding projects with zips. In three sizes, these would make an excellent last minute Christmas gift πŸ™‚

I found linking my emotions to fabric quite a test as I followed along Rachel Hauser’s Quilter’s Color Quest earlier this year. Rachel shares very clearly how she uses fabrics and designs to work through and express emotions. She used a design in 2016 to illustrate her feelings around the struggles of her severely disabled baby, Eleni. Since then Rachel has remade the design using fabrics to express a sense of hope. Early next year she will be launching the pattern and hosting a QAL – as Rachel says: ‘If you are a maker, you have a unique opportunity to use art to process big emotions. I know from experience that this can be so healing.’ Read more here.

I’m not that keen on batiks – can I hear gasps of astonishment and horror? – but… Leanne’s use of Island Batik’s ‘Love and Kisses’ range of fabrics has softened my opinion somewhat. Leanne has used the fabrics to make another of herΒ  Bloom blocks. There’s plenty of quilting inspiration in the close up photos shared in her blog post.

Jan’s use of partial Dresden Plate blocks to make a medallion style quilt is well worth a look. It looks like a Drunkards Path pattern but without the curved piecing.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia shares her latest finish Quilt of Valour and the story of Wade the Steer who makes regular visits to her back yard!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (233)

Using a walking foot and guide to quilt a spiral.

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ I hope you can fit some creativity into your weekend. Bring along your projects(s) and share in the conversations and quilty goodness of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to discover new techniques, find inspiration and enjoy what has been shared this past week.

I’ve been switching my creative time between the steep curve of learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and the rather smoother curves I’ve been quilting on my Wonky Windows scrap quilt. No surprises that the quilt is finished and the AI learning still has a long way to go!

A few weeks ago you may remember I made a spiral template? As the spiral is one of my favourite walking foot quilt designs I decided to take the fiddle out of re-drawing the centre of a spiral each time I come to quilt it by making a reusable template. Doh! Could I find my spiral template when I needed it? No! I could not! I still haven’t found it… but

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (232)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and take inspiration from our Worldwide Quilting Community as members share their projects, thoughts and tips. Please do join in by clicking on the links below and leaving a comment or two πŸ™‚

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidI’ve got over the discombobulated feeling brought about by the imminent lock down and I’m now settling into the four weeks (or more?) of restrictions. I managed to follow a mini course shared by Elise & Emelie as a taster for their new course, Illustrator for Quilters (registration has now closed). I was certainly stretched by the Adobe software but having to concentrate so hard did my general mindset a lot of good. I still have much to learn before I’ll be producing a patchwork pattern using AI but I can now draw and colour quilt blocks (well! I could yesterday!). Here’s my first effort πŸ™‚ Definitely counts as a tick next to my word of 2020, ‘GROW’.

In the sewing room I’ve been working on the Scrap Vortex blocks. I decided to add wonky sashing and borders. I’ve used a Royal Blue extra wide backing fabric to frame the scrap blocks.

The sun glowing through the fabrics of the quilt top puts me in mind of stained glass windows, in particular the huge West Window of Winchester Cathedral.

In December 1642, during the Civil War, a band of disgruntled Roundhead soldiers over ran Winchester, rode their horses into the Cathedral and set about shooting the Medieval glass out of the windows!

Local people managed to salvage fragments of glass and kept them safe until, several decades later, restoration work began. There was little chance of being able to piece together the glass into the original pictures , instead a stained glass collage was created and remains in place to this day filtering sunlight into a myriad of patterns.

The outside view of the West Window

Not so many links this week. What with feeling unsettled and spending hours practising Adobe Illustrator I’ve fallen a bit behind with reading blogs. Anyhow, I do hope you find plenty of interest through exploring these links πŸ™‚ :

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts has written a comprehensive tutorial to guide us through matching a fabric print for a quilt backing. I love her examples of matching the same prints in different colourways. Her method produces ‘seamless’ results – Well! the seams are there of course but only visible on very close inspection πŸ˜‰

Fancy tackling a UFO with the support of the quilting community behind you? Then UFOvember could be just the blog hop to follow! A whole host of patchwork quilters are disclosing their UFOs and sharing tips and ideas for moving these projects forwards. There’s a hashtag to follow too: #ufovember

Rebecca explains the reasons why she always washes a quilt before gifting it. Her post is full of interesting information re. a recently finished quilt and it’s appearance and qualities pre and post washing.

Leanne has made a very effective mini quilt depicting a pine tree/Christmas tree. In her blog post she includes a link to the free pattern and describes her method of ticker-tape patchwork and how she quilted the mini.

The Royal British Legion logoLinking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia has made a quilt using Greek Key blocks – it’s the right colours to be a Quilt of Valor…. Which reminds me it is Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. We will stand on our doorstep at 11am to share in a socially distanced Two Minute Silence.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (231)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration as well as the ups and downs being experienced by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do share your comments in the box at the end of this page. Thank you!

In stereo-typical fashion I’m going to start with a statement about the weather – how British is that? πŸ˜€ It’s been a grey skied, rain soaked week (a particular shame for all the families with children home for half-term holidays). The past couple of days have been so overcast and damp that I’m having trouble taking photographs of a finished quilt – the outdoor photos below were taken pre-breakfast this morning just before the next lot of rain clouds did their thing!

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