Wahoo! I finished a quilt! In fact I had a bit of a Groundhog Day – a finished quilt, faithful quilt holder-uppers and a sunny National Trust garden 🙂
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I’ve had a satisfying week in the sewing room. How about you? I finished, packed and posted the Secret Quilt to it’s destination. Whew! I actually beat a deadline 😀 Then I turned my attention to quilts with self-imposed deadlines attached: All the blocks for the Jelly Roll Waves QAL were up on my design wall so it was a no-brainer to start with stitching them together, completing the quilt top and keeping up with the QAL. You can see other finished Jelly Roll Waves quilt tops by clicking here.
I was on a roll myself 🙂 I decided to make the binding and piece the backing for the quilt. Despite the time it takes me I do enjoy putting together a pieced quilt back.
I included a label as part of the backing too. I used up most of the fabrics that remained from making the quilt top and the leftover extra-wide backing fabric I’d used for the Secret Quilt.
Quite a lot of the furniture in my sewing room can be moved and utilised in different ways which is great as we know making a quilt involves several stages. I have a folding gate leg table, a folding picnic table and the portable Sewezi flat bed machine table. When I’m cutting, piecing or quilting I arrange the tables like this:
When I need to baste a quilt, I collapse the picnic table, move the sewing machine table against the wall and use the enlarged floor space to open out both sides of the gate leg table. This room and the versatile furniture are such a blessing.
I basted the Jelly Roll Waves quilt and thought I might as well get one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts basted too while the room is arranged this way.
Away from the sewing room my crafting extended to a bit of beading. We made these decorative tealight holders at the monthly Craft Group I help run at our Church. Before the meeting I had to dive under a bed to find my box of beads and equipment. You won’t be surprised to learn I found several UFOs in the box! What am I like?
Just a few quilting links to share (I’ve spent more time away from my laptop than usual this week … I’ll get back into routine.. sometime!):
Jayne shares photos of quilts on display at the Circleville Quilt Show. There is lots of inspiration particularly if you are drawn to traditionally pieced quilt designs.
The second part of Christa Watson’s machine quilting tutorial demonstrates how to stitch a wavy line grid across a quilt. It does look effective and has the distinct advantage of being a pattern that can be stitched edge to edge – no thread ends to hide 🙂
Myra is handing on her weekly link up Finished Or Not Friday to Alycia at Alycia Quilts. I’ve found Finished Or Not Friday a really encouraging link up. Always interesting to click over to those who’ve joined in and find out what they are making, maybe find out why it’s not yet finished and celebrate brilliant finishes too. Myra is going to devote more time to her pattern writing – she has a rapidly growing collection of patterns available from her Etsy shop.
Mary has created a beautiful scrap quilt based loosely on the Jen Kingwell ‘Gypsy Wife’ pattern. Mary’s relaxed method of making blocks and collecting strips worked really well.
I tend to shy away from using templates when I’m cutting out fabrics but Wendy is obviously a bit of an expert and shares some useful tips in her post describing the finishing of a complicated looking quilt designed by Anna Maria Horner.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your projects(s) and share in the inspiring conversations and helpful tips doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts and links using the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!
Just a note on this ‘Worldwide Quilting Community’ thing: I’ve followed Rachel Hauser’s blog Stitched in Color for several years. She and her young family recently moved from USA to the Netherlands. Rachel is a longarm quilter and to promote her business she took a trip to The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK. Her blog post about the Festival features photos of some of the quilts that caught her eye and one of the traders she chatted with. Well! What-do-you-know? That trader just happened to be Viv of Purple Stitches: My local quilt store and the place where I have been teaching for several years 🙂 Just goes to show the virtual and actual Worldwide Quilting Communities are one and the same thing!
I had hoped to baste one of the Square in a Square quilt sandwiches but (as usual) I underestimated just how long it would take me to baste and quilt the secret sewing quilt! Anyway here we are, 5pm on Saturday, the secret sewing quilting is done and the binding is machine stitched to the front of the quilt.
So I’m bringing hand-stitching-the-binding-down to our virtual sewing day. I’m looking forward to a bit of hand stitching but even more I’m looking forward to beating the deadline on this project and moving on! (The extra-wide backing fabric is by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics and is called ‘Friendship’ – purchased from Purple Stitches).
Up on my design wall are all thirty of my Jelly Roll Waves QAL blocks. I will aim to stitch this top together next week as well as getting that Square-in-a-Square quilt top basted. 🙂 Looks like there are quite a lot of seams to match up – a good opportunity to try out using glue rather than pins to achieve accurate alignment?
And so to some of the inspiring conversations and helpful tips being shared by the Worldwide Quilting Community this past week:
Triangles and pieced hexagons… Emily Dennis has some of her lovely patterns on sale.
Cynthia at ‘Quilting is More Fun than Housework’ has used muted shades of blue-grey to make a scrappy Tumbler quilt. To my eye it is restful and very attractive.
Suzy has recently shared a very comprehensive How to Sew Curves tutorial. I find it’s always handy to have picture heavy tutorials to hand when using an unfamiliar technique. This one is definitely going to find a place on my ‘Curved Piecing Patchwork’ Pinterest board 🙂
Quite a number of patchwork quilters are dipping their toes into the mysterious (to me) art of dressmaking. Irene is obviously well beyond beginner dressmaking in the way she has adapted a pattern while Leanne is gaining confidence by making several versions of each pattern she uses – her latest is a tank dress.
Hmm! Decorative selvages… I’ve never really got the whole using selvages to make patchwork blocks, bags etc. But Amy Friend’s ‘How to Work with Selvages’ video tutorial has changed my thinking! From now on I will be saving selvages…. along with scraps and stripy scraps and goodness knows what else I already squirrel away! 😀
I am glad I chose to make Myra’s Jelly Roll Waves quilt using the instructions for strip piecing fabrics from Fat Quarters rather than the 2½” strip version. I would definitely have fallen behind if I’d been cutting and piecing all