Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (229)

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I had a productive start to the week in my sewing room. There’s less progress to share from the latter end of the week. Last night I did make the label and piece the backing for the Dashing Stars quilt so that’s all ready for the quilt basting demo I’ll be giving at the penultimate session of the Beginners course.

The reason less sewing got done was a shift of attention to pattern writing. Pattern writing stretches my tech skills to the absolute limit and beyond! Over the past few months I’ve had no desire to sit at the computer for hours struggling with creating piecing charts etc. I think my mental resilience has been lowered so much by all that’s going on in the world I just knew I wouldn’t be able to successfully apply myself to the challenges I face when writing patterns. Anyhow! This week I have found the motivation to stick to the task for quite a few hours without being overwhelmed by frustration – I may even have learned a few new tricks πŸ˜‰

This weekend I’m NOT pattern writing, instead I’m answering the call of a UFO. Yep! Something else has fallen out of the UFO Cupboard of Shame πŸ˜€

In the finishing stakes this UFO can definitely be classed as ‘low-hanging fruit’: The quilt top is complete; there’s a pieced back complete with label; and the wadding is cut to size. I guess, as so often is the case, I must have hit a brick wall re. quilting. The label dated ‘July 2018’ is a dead give away as to when this project became a UFO! I now have a quilting plan, nothing too taxing… Using her walking foot, Julie the Juki and I are going to quilt a spiral in the centre of the quilt and finish with some simple straight line quilting through the borders.

So, a-basting I must go πŸ™‚

Here are the links to some of the inspiration recently shared by the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts has launched her latest pattern, Mountainside. It is fat quarter friendly, the pattern includes cutting instructions for five sizes and it’s a design that makes choosing a colour scheme very straightforward. See Kirsty’s blog post and read the comments for a multitude of great ideas!

Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew is being kept busy with home schooling. She has just enough time to join in an ‘An Hourglass a Day’ QAL. Allison has updated her own Hourglass Block tutorial with it’s cutting guide for blocks in several sizes. Click here for her blog post which contains the link to the printable block tutorial.

Rona has found herself a new job – starting in May she’ll be the Guide on quilt tours exploring Georgia. Who’d have thought a love of patchwork quilting could lead to being a tour guide? Read more about the quilt trip Rona enjoyed in Ireland and find out more about the tours she’ll be leading next year.

Christa Watson has been using her blog to introduce pattern writers. I must confess that I have not come across Charisma Horton and her modern designs. I found the photos of her designs made with Christa’s fabrics really exciting and inspiring. Seeing all those quilts has livened up my design mojo !

Melony has designed a lovely panel of mini Christmas bunting. It’s available to purchase from her Etsy shop but if you visit her blog post first you can pick up a discount code πŸ™‚

Alyce has been reflecting on the women of the Bible linked to Advent. She has designed a quilt called ‘Women of Advent’ and will be running a quilt along with Bible reflections through November. Find out more here.

Settle down with a cup/glass of your favourite beverage and be prepared to have your creativity boosted or re-ignited by Alli’s cheerful and practical post titled simply ‘Creativity!’.

Over on her website, Your Sewing Friend, Teresa Weaver has made available for free download her Quilt Completion Chart. It’s an attractive way of creating a UFO busting list – keep track of progress made with each quilt and encourage yourself to keep going to that proud finish!

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia has taken a double wedding ring quilt to the mountains for a photo shoot – her beautiful quilting and the scenery are well worth a look!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Quilter’s Color Quest Quilt Completed

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy Quilter’s Color Quest quilt is finished! I have so enjoyed learning about colour by reading Rachel Hauser’s book, ‘A Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’. Working through the challenges presented in the book and via the Quilter’s Color Quest has helped me gain a better understanding of my own colour and fabric preferences. I feel much more confident about choosing fabrics, understanding much better why I’m drawn to some rather than others but also how to incorporate fabrics I might have rejected in the past into my future projects.

The Bear Paw blocks were such a pleasure to make. I decided to piece my 59 blocks into an on-point layout with narrow sashing to separate the blocks. I used unbleached calico for the background, all the Bear Paw fabrics were lurking in my stash or scrap bins.

The backing fabric was a gift brought back from a trip to SE Asia. I had to cut the length in half and join selvage edges together to make a piece the right width for the backing. I still can’t quite believe I managed to match up the two pieces of fabric so well – the seam is hardly visible, even if I do say so myself πŸ˜€

At 51″ by 71″ the quilt was a comfortable size to fit through Julie the Juki. I used a Hera Marker to establish the initial quilting lines across the pin basted quilt sandwich. One gently wavy line across the centre and another intersecting it were enough to begin the process of stitching out the wavy grid design. I used a walking foot with the line guide set to 2″ to make sure the echoed stitching lines were evenly spaced.

In the bobbin I used a light brown Aurifil 40wt thread, 2314, which blended well with the backing fabric. I chose a varigated Aurifil 40wt thread, 3817, for the top to give some colour to the plain calico setting triangles at the end of each row of blocks.

To finish the quilt I made a scrappy binding, machine stitching it to the back before folding it to the front and machine stitching it down.Β  I also made a label, this time stitching it into the binding before hand stitching the other two edges in place. (Here’s the link to a label making tutorial I shared earlier this year).

Last night a storm blew up, I crept downstairs, lifted the Bear Tracks and Big Dottie quilts from the sofas and laid them on top of our inadequate summer duvets. Perfect! We were quickly warm enough to go back to sleep! Makes me think I need to make a full size quilt for our bedroom… πŸ˜€

Linking this rare finish of mine with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant, Wendy for the Peacock Party and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. As an introduction to Down Syndrome Awareness Month Michelle gives a beautiful account of being the parent of a child with the condition.

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (225)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along a project and share in some of the generosity and inspiration being posted by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your links and contributions to the conversations in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Snoopy Baby Quilt finished front by Allison Reid
My Snoopy Cot Quilt

Before I share my projects I’m going to share a story from the wonderful Community that exists around the craft of patchwork quilting: I was so touched to receive an email from Jana who has just finished a quilt for her first Grandchild. Jana’s daughter had asked for a Snoopy themed quilt in a very specific colour scheme. An internet search brought Jana to one of my blog posts featuring the Snoopy baby quilt I’d made for a friend, this became the inspiration for her quilt πŸ™‚

Jana wrote, ‘This is my second quilt but I made my first one 15 years ago so this should probably count as my first! Β This quilt was way beyond my skill set and I quickly realized that during the planning stages. Β I found wonderful help from my neighbor, who has her own studio, and she pointed me to a wonderful quilting community. Β I could not have done it without their help and YouTube.’

Jana’s Quilt with embroidered panels and perfect Flying Geese and star points!

I’m so happy Jana has discovered the Patchwork Quilting Community and I’m glad to say she is already collecting fabrics to make another quilt πŸ™‚

My sewing progress has slowed down this week but not completely stalled so I can report that I’m about 2/3rds of the way round stitching the binding to the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt (we watched Casablanca last night for the first time ever and I managed to keep stitching through most of it!). Quilting the wavy grid design over the Bear Tracks quilt is also progressing steadily – maybe about 1/4 of the quilting is complete. Thankfully it’s an easy design to do in short bursts. My machine is all set up and ready to go with the walking foot and line guide in position so I can disappear into the sewing room for 20 minutes at a time, stitch a couple of lines of the grid before getting back to other things that need doing around the house and garden.

Sorry for the poor picture quality – I forgot to take a photo during daylight hours!

No surprise that there’s lots of quilty goodness to share in this weeks selection from our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patty has kindly shared a tutorial to make a baby quilt from a charm pack and a yard of background fabric. The layout of off-centre Half Square Triangles gives the quilt a modern ‘edge’ and allows for lots of fun arranging the HSTs by colour.

Have you tried taking part in an on-line class? I’ve yet to enroll in one but joining with others for a class or workshop from your own home sewing table is getting to be a real ‘thing’ after virtually all exhibitions, shows and shop based classes have been cancelled. Next month Christa Watson will be teaching three classes at the ‘Pacific International Quilt Festival On-line’. Click over to her blog post to read the details and find out about the enrollment procedure.

Christa is also starting a new series on her blog, called Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks. It’s well worth subscribing to her blog to receive the email notification when she publishes one of these posts.

I’m a bit of a sucker for star blocks! Sandra shares her latest quilt, made with large star blocks. She used a fat quarter pack of Blueberry Park fabrics and the quilt looks so fresh in green, blues and yellows. Sandra shares how she came to make a pieced back and her use of the ‘floppy feathers’ design in the quilting.

Have you noticed there is a lot of curved piecing being incorporated into modern quilt designs at present? If you fancy giving curved piecing a go then I recommend this photo tutorial by Leanne. She includes lots of useful tips and reaches out through the screen to hold hands through the curved piecing process πŸ™‚

Amy Friend is sharing a seasonal pumpkin pattern over on her blog page. The pumpkin is foundation paper pieced. Amy has used four of the pumpkins to make a cushion cover, they could also be used to make a table topper or place mats as well as being incorporated into a quilt.

Emily Dennis has built up a great set of patterns that all clearly share her design style and fabric choice. Her latest pattern is called ‘Glowing‘, comes in three sizes and is fat quarter friendly.

Another pattern launched this week is ‘Waterfall’ by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. I really like the 3D effect Myra creates in her Log Cabin style blocks by her careful use of colour value.

Leah Day’s latest mini block tutorial shows how to make a Sugar Bowl block. The instructions lead to the making of two blocks at a time in reverse colourways. These could build into an intriguing patchwork pattern…

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (224)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Whether you are working on one project or flitting between several like me, bring a WIP along and share in the inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts and links in the Comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

I spent Friday evening quilting the Winnie the Pooh baby quilt panel. I used a 40wt Aurifil thread which blended well with both front and back. The Kona cotton I’d ordered arrived on Friday and is washed, pressed and ready to be cut into binding strips. And, not meaning to sound too smug, I’ve also made the label ready to stitch to the binding πŸ™‚ So a UFO is on the verge of becoming a finished quilt. I am enjoying bringing that flat piece of fabric to life – the Quilters Dream Green wadding is so soft

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