I’m just about keeping up with the Quilter’s Color Quest, a series of challenges designed to expand knowledge about and understanding of colour both on a objective level and on a personal, emotional level. The Quest is being run by Rachel Hauser over on her blog Stitched in Color and is designed to be followed in conjunction with her book, ‘The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’.
Challenge 9: Neutrals. I’ve enjoyed picking through my boxes of neutral scraps. I have neutrals sorted in two boxes, one contains white, grey and black fabric scraps, the other box has light beige through to dark brown scraps. This made for a quick start to playing with the scraps for the Neutral challenge. Rachel gives lots of helpful information about how neutrals – white, grey, black and brown – affect the colours around them. It was absorbing picking out swatches and fabrics and laying them next to the neutrals I’d chosen: Black, Smoke, Chocolate and Parsley.
Welcome to a very late edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! Ooops! However it’s not too late to bring along our project(s) and share in some of the great inspiration being imparted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂
My bring along sewing project is my third version of the Dashing Stars quilt designed by Viv Poon of Purple Stitches. On Saturday I took my quilt to the back-to-back final sessions of the Beginners Classes I’ve been teaching this term. It seems to have rained on all of the four Saturdays this course have been held! Sure enough it was wet and very gloomy so all the class participants had to dash from their cars to the shop carrying their nearly finished quilts, their sewing machines and equipment. Getting to a workshop can be quite a workout can’t it? Even when the parking is close by!
Anyhow! It was good day in the shop. Wonderful to see the students projects turning from their ‘ugly duckling’ states to beautiful swans as the excess backing and wadding was carefully trimmed away before binding strips were pieced and then stitched to the quilts. It is always so satisfying to see patchwork novices producing their first quilts! Thank you ladies, it’s been a great term!
‘Tis the season …to be signing up to 2020 Quilt-A-Longs! Here are two that have come to my notice this week: Yvonne’s ‘Push-Pull’ QAL offers a way into understanding and using her expertise in the field of very modern looking ‘transparency’ quilts; while Amy’s ‘Next Door Block of the Month’ QAL offers a chance to practice and develop paper foundation piecing to create a variety of buildings (looks a lot more interesting than my description sounds 😉 ).
Stephanie enjoyed the ‘stitch it and gift it blog hop. In her post ‘Recap‘ she shows some of her favourite stitched gift ideas from the hop. I’m especially taken with the cushion cover made from shirt plackets (designed by Moira of the Quilted Snail).
I know, I know! It’s not December yet but I am going to type in the ‘C’ word by sharing the Quilter’s Christmas Wish List compiled by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.
The Log Cabin block is one of my favourites to piece. I find the huge range of layouts that can be made just by re-orientating a few of these blocks quite fascinating. So when a quilt group friend expressed an interest in learning how to make a Log Cabin quilt my little brain cogs starting whirring!
First of all I gave some thought to the skills and techniques I could teach using the Log Cabin block. I decided to teach a basic square-in-the-middle block using speedy strip piecing techniques for part of the workshop and then switch to the slower, but more precise, individual rotary cut piece technique to make curved Log Cabin blocks.
Next step was to draw up the blocks and play around with layouts on EQ7…
The blocks are 10″ finished and the quilt top with borders measures 68″ square. Once I started getting down to the nitty-gritty math of the quilt I was pleased to find this pattern will be ‘Jelly Roll friendly’. I was even more pleased when I found a Moda French General Jelly Roll listed on Lucy’s ‘Secret Garden Quilting’ website that looked to have the limited colour palette I had in mind for my sample quilt 🙂
And whoopie-do when the Jelly Roll arrived – and I did that brave thing and unrolled it – I found just the right number of blue strips and red strips required for the quilt top 🙂 There are a few beige strips too and these can be used as background. The beige strips helped me to colour-match low-volume fabrics from my stash to make up the 2m of background fabric I’ve calculated is needed to complete the design . We shall see! Obviously making up a sample quilt is a good and necessary part of testing a pattern but it’s fun too; seeing an idea move from paper or a screen to being realised in fabrics.
This morning I spent a couple of hours making a start writing the pattern on my lap top. It takes me quite a while to do this. As I’m writing I think through the logical steps in choosing fabrics, cutting the fabrics, making the blocks and putting the quilt top together. I enjoy teaching workshops using my own patterns as I get to see them being used and I learn more about the different ways patchwork quilters read and interpret patterns.
I’m planning to schedule the ‘Build a Log Cabin Workshop’ for early in the New Year. Keep an eye on the Workshop of this blog for a date and venue 🙂
While the Log Cabin workshop pattern has some way to go before publication you can find my other patterns by clicking on to my Etsy Shop, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AllisonsPatchworks . Most are available as instant download PDFs, a few are hard copy paper patterns for sale in the UK only.
Linking with Judy for Design Wall Monday. Judy has a teeny-tiny Apple Core quilt in the making. Also linking with Beth for Monday Making, she shares the beautiful square-in-a-square applique quilt she has been busy working on the past week.
Today is an atypical Bank Holiday Monday. For one it is sunny and VERY hot! Being British we plan for cool, rainy holidays….
Secondly, in our household we are waiting, waiting… To hear from our eldest son who was admitted to hospital last night and is undergoing emergency hernia surgery as I write. To occupy our anxious wait I have retreated to the relative cool of my sewing room while my husband is in the sitting room watching the hi-lights of yesterday’s dramatic Ashes Test match.
Yesterday evening, blissfully unaware that our son (who lives across town) was writhing around in agony, I managed to complete all the fmq feather swirls on the first Square-in-a-Square quilt. My free motion ‘skills’ produced a variety of swirls – some with just seven feathers others with ten. But I am content with the overall look.
Now. with my heart beating a little faster than is necessary for the activity involved, I am squaring off the quilt and preparing to attach the binding. Thankfully neither job requires my full attention 🙂
I am so thankful to our God for the gift of prayer. Yesterday morning we sat with both our sons in Church, we sang God’s praises together, prayed together and shared in Holy Communion together. Our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow 🙂 We can trust him through the good times and the difficult times.