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In the sewing room this week:

I managed to finish the second of the 30 block I-Spy Shadow quilts. This one with blue background fabrics. It is listed in my Folksy shop along with the pattern and pre-cut novelty fabric packs.

Making the tenth block of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along was a brief but welcome diversion from the quilting production line I’m working on!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (271)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. This week fashionably late on a sunny Sunday afternoon 😁 Bring along your project(s) and take part in the generous sharing of tips, ideas and encouragements that our Worldwide Quilting Community is just so good at doing! Do add to the community by leaving a message in the comments box of any blog sites you visit using the links below πŸ™‚

I’ve been busy creating an I-Spy quilt using my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern. The top came together really easy. When it came to finding

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (270)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoying the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you visit any of the blog sites in the links below don’t forget to join in the conversations by leaving an encouraging comment or useful tip for others to read πŸ™‚

It’s the end of a much calmer week for me. There’s been time to potter and enjoy hearing the sound of rain hammering down on our roof and the road outside. The drumming of rain always reminds me of happy but wet childhood holidays in our family caravan!

And I’m getting used to being home alone as my husband and son have both very recently moved from home-working to going out to their work places. I have to laugh at myself: as soon as the front door closes behind my husband I begin talking to myself – out loud! Just a running commentary on the little decisions I’m making, reminding myself to empty the washing machine, feed the garden birds or add an item to my to-do list.

Of course, the chat continues in my sewing room πŸ˜‰ This week I spent more time than I’d bargained for preparing for the second session of the Beginners Course I’m teaching. Anyhow, I think the preparation paid off, I certainly enjoyed the class on Saturday – hopefully the students did too! In the evening I unpacked my workshop bag, made the final two blocks of my sixth version of the Dashing Stars quilt we are making in the class and stuck all the blocks to my design wall. I carefully pinned identifying numbers to each block before taking them down to sew into rows.

I’d like to get the Dashing Stars rows stitched together so I can clear the design wall and my attention, changing my focus to the I-Spy Shadow quilt I’m making. I whizzed through piecing the I-Spy blocks on Friday afternoon, there’s a little video on my Facebook page if you’d like to watch me chain piecing πŸ™‚

Before I left Purple Stitches on Saturday I chose some extra-wide backing fabric for the I-Spy quilt. The print is a street map so the back of the quilt will be a playmat. A dual purpose, reversible quilt!

In the coming week there’ll be less time to potter around the house and more time spent in social situations. I feel more prepared to be out and about now after the initial shock of being involved in so many in-person social events.

Here are this weeks links into the World of Patchwork Quilting:

Ever got in a muddle trying to get a directional print to flow in a patchwork block? Yvonne has created a blog tutorial with a video to talk us through how to keep a print orientated in the same direction whilst making Half Square Triangles using either the stitch and flip or the two at a time methods. Definitely worth keeping a link to this post! I’ll be pinning it to a couple of my Pinterest boards πŸ™‚

Also from Yvonne: Intricate straight-line quilting and an interesting explanation of thread and design choices.

On the other hand, Michelle has fallen out of love with straight line quilting. Struggles with puckering have led her to change her walking foot for a free motion foot. She received some encouraging and helpful comments including one from Yvonne πŸ™‚

Cynthia has used pre-cuts and a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop to make a simple but effective quilt. Depending on the fabrics it could be a design to reflect any season of the year. Cynthia’s is all about soft Autumn colour.

Nancy shared an ‘out and about’ noticing things type of post that might just get us all looking out for the quirky and odd in our neighbourhoods.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Using up the blue scraps

Ha! When I declare, ‘I’m using up the blue scraps’ patchwork quilters reading this will understand my bin of blue scraps is no where near being emptied! In fact after all my rummaging the bin appeared to be overflowing even more than when I’d started! πŸ˜€

Left: Blocks of the Santa Fe Sew Along and Right: Blocks for the Dashing Stars quilt.

Anyhoo! The design wall is looking blue! And after a few hours of rummaging, playing with options and rotary cutting I have been able to clear my cutting table.

I have the pieces cut to make 10 more of the square-in-a-square blocks for the Dashing Stars beginners course quilt. I used the calculator from the Quilter’s Paradise website to give the cutting measurements for an 8″ finished block. After making a test block I’ve decided to keep the centre piece at 6-1/8th inches but to increase slightly the size of squares to cut into the outer triangles to 5″ square. This adjustment allows me to square-up the blocks to 8Β½” unfinished whilst ensuring there is a generous ΒΌ” seam allowance at each of the points. I also selected and cut out the pieces for the other blocks I need to piece to complete the Dashing Stars quilt top. So I’ve pretty much prepared the materials for the second session I’ll be teaching this coming Saturday. (Always supposing tomorrow’s PCR test comes back negative – I received a ‘close contact’ ping today – *sigh*).

As the contents of the blue scrap bin were spread across my cutting table I took the opportunity to rummage some more in order to find pieces for the ninth block of the Pieces of Santa Fe Trail Sew Along.

I checked back through Melva’s blog posts and found a photo of the completed quilt top. Altogether there are twelve 12″ blocks in a 3 x 4 layout with sashing, cornerstones and three simple borders. I’m thinking I may add a ginger coloured fabric to the sashing or borders just to add a bit of warmth amongst all the cool blues….

Once done with rummaging and cutting, I carefully folded all the scraps, laid them flat in the scrap bin and …. Wahoo! The lid clicked shut without too much persuasion. Of course that may have been partly because I sorted out and put to one side the scraps of the scraps I’ve used to make the other eight Pieces of the Trail blocks, reasoning it will be good to use each fabric more than once… This battle of the scraps is definitely becoming a devious mind-game!

Now my cutting table is clear enough for me to begin work on the I-Spy quilt I’ve been itching to make. I’ll be making a slightly smaller version of my own I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern and using some of the novelty print 5″ squares I’ve been busy cutting to collate into the Novelty Square Packs available from my Folksy and Etsy shops. I’ve chosen blue background fabrics for my quilt so inevitably there will be a few scraps to add to the blue scrap bin, although there’s not much ‘waste’ as it’s an economic strip-piecing pattern.

I’ll be posting regular updates @allisonreid.neweverymorning on Instagram as well as here πŸ™‚

I wonder if you have been working on scrap-busting projects this year? Could you recommend a good quilt-along that is helping you keep going as you seek to make good use of your scraps?

Linking with Judy for Design Wall Monday and Beth for Monday Making. Judy has made a doll quilt with mini Pinwheel Blocks and tiny buttons. Beth is sharing the second block of her Christmas Sampler QAL.

Allison