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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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (223)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along a project or two and relax in the company of other quilters from around the World as they share their latest projects, tips and ideas. Please do use the comments box at the end of this post to share your links and join in the conversations. Thank you!

The weather this weekend has been perfect for getting outdoor jobs done. My husband has given the garden shed two coats of wood preservative and I’ve made a couple of trips to our allotment to cut the grass and continue the end of season tidy up. All very satisfying.

I’ve spent a bit of time in the sewing room too. I decided to keep the Quilter’s Color Quest Bear Paw blocks on point. I stitched narrow sashing strips to each of the blocks before stitching the blocks into rows. I had a bit of trouble visualising where I was going with this layout. My main problem stemmed from having to turn the blocks on their sides so the rectangular layout would fit onto my design wall.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time trying to get my head around the bottom left hand corner of the layout on the design wall actually being the top left corner of the quilt top. Now the blocks are stitched into rows I’ve got a better handle on where I’m going with this! πŸ˜€ I found the ‘Piecing On-Point Quilts’ tutorial onΒ  quiltnotes.com a handy reference guide when my head went into a spin trying to figure out sashing for diagonal rows lying on their sides!

Next step is to add the sashing strips along each row. In measuring the rows I’ve discovered my quarter inch seams are a bit too scant. This row of five 6″ blocks and sashing strips should measure 35″ long not the actual 35ΒΎ”!

Ah! Well! I’ll keep all the following seams consistent to this but I’ll be sure to adjust Julie the Juki’s seam guide before piecing another project!

Juki adjustable ‘swing gauge’. There are magnetic seam guides available and I’ve seen a guide that can be attached to Bernina machines.

Lot’s of great posts this week from our Worldwide Quilting Community. Here is just a small selection you might like to click through:

Good to see the new version of Craftsy has been launched following the take over of Bluprint. The Craft Industry Alliance has posted a helpful, short article ‘What to Expect from the New Craftsy‘. The comments are worth a read too as people share their first experiences of the re-jigged platform.

Here’s a stunning ‘leaders, enders’ quilt. It’s maker has decided leaders & enders projects are too distracting – she quickly finds herself abandoning the main project and working on the secondary, leader & ender, project instead!

Sometimes our UFOs can give us a surprise! Elana was caught on the hop when she retrieved a UFO from it’s hiding place, took a photo and saw in the picture a layout design she’d completely forgotten!

Over at Sew Yummy there’s a striking quilt finish to enjoy. I don’t know when I last saw a quilt made just using orange, blue and white fabrics. Of course orange and blue are on opposite sides of the colour wheel making for an attention grabbing quilt. I have a soft spot for this colour combo as in the 1970s our family kitchen had cupboards painted orange with blue tiles on the floor.

Sharon has two finished UFOs to share! Both made with scraps and stash fabrics and both have lovely pieced backings – again all from stash fabrics. Sharon gives links to the patterns she used to make these quilts. I’m especially taken with the ‘Plaidish Quilt’. Another one to add to my list?

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap. She has already made a start on her red blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge – I’ve yet to take the lid off my reds & pinks scrap box!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (221)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it’s Sunday!). Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration generated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do use the comments box at the end of this post to leave your thoughts and links. Thank you!

Well! For me this week has been all about creating a quilt from scraps. I’m so happy to have another Scrap Vortex quilt finished – see how it all came together in my Friday blog post. Continuing the scrap quilt theme I’ve also been stitching my blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. August is the month for purple.Β Not my favourite colour so it’s been a surprise to find myself enjoying sorting through my (small) collection of purple scraps and putting these simple blocks together.

Area ringed in red has hardly any cotton fibres.

Having finished the diverting Scrap Vortex Quilt I am now determined to turn my attention back to the little quilt tops I made from one big UFO. This morning before Church…. (by ‘Church’ I mean: sitting in an elderly friend’s living room, listening to the service via the loudspeaker on my phone – weird how many new ways there are to join in Christian worship these days!) …. As I was saying, before Church I decided to get one of the little quilt tops ready for quilting. I’d already pieced quilt backings and cut out some wadding. When I came to lay the wadding onto the quilt back I was disappointed to see how unevenly the cotton fibres were spread through the wadding.

When I looked more closely I found one area had virtually no cotton at all, it was just held together by the near transparent scrim layer. That wouldn’t make for much of a quilt! I had to discard that piece and thankfully found the second square I had cut from the same roll of wadding didn’t have any bald patches. So, basting is my sewing room project for what’s left of the the weekend.

Here are just a few of the quilty blog posts that caught my attention this week. I hope you find plenty of interest as you click through the links:

Do you save selvage strips? Cynthia has used all her saved strips to make a rainbow quilt. She explains her process, is pleased with her quilt but won’t be saving any more selvage strips!

How about finding a bit of motivation by joining in with ‘We Sew Together 2020’? The sew along starts on 26th August and runs for just one month. The objective is to produce a quilt top using any pattern you choose. Then, once the quilt is completed, donate it to one or other of the charities listed in Suzy’s blog post or add your own favourite charity to the list. Suzy has also written a blog post with some helpful suggestions re. donating quilts to charities.

Another QAL: This is the Modern Logs Quilt Along being organised by Christa Watson. If you’ve wanted to tackle this sort of project but been a hesitant to go it alone then I’m sure following Christa’s pattern and all the tips and tutorials she’ll be posting on her blog will provide all that’s needed to produce a quilt to be proud of πŸ™‚

Over the course of a month or two Sharon has been sharing her progress with her ‘Village Quilt’ top. In this post she shares the finished top – all those little house blocks made from scrap fabrics make for a very attractive quilt πŸ™‚

Dione’s latest post is full of interest – from her latest applique quilt block to photos and descriptions of a recent trip into the Australian outback as well as the quilts and projects that are inspiring her.

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap. Cynthia is enjoying using her scraps to make curved log cabin blocks – the rainbow collection on her design wall promise a beautiful and interesting quilt.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and news circulated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave your links and ‘shares’ in the comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

I’ve had opportunities for short bursts of activity in my sewing room this week. This hasn’t helped me to focus-in on any one project in particular… I realised there are four Works In Progress spread across my design wall! This is not really helping me keep motivated. I look back on several evenings when I could have made some progress with (and enjoyed) the hand applique Basket of Blooms block but instead chose to watch TV or fill the time doing Sudoko puzzles. Hey! Ho! It was good to watch the film ‘My Left Foot’ starring Daniel Day Lewis, telling the true story of Irish artist and writer Christy Brown.

Blue squares for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge; Bear Paws for the Quilter’s Color Quest; Drunkards Path blocks for the Rainbow Bargello quilt; and the Basket of Blooms applique.

This weekend I am resolved to make more of the Drunkard’s Path blocks – I have a plan for the Rainbow Bargello quilt πŸ˜‰ – and make a couple more face masks as requested by my family. Maybe I’ll do a bit of needle turn applique too πŸ™‚

Here is a bumper collection of quilty goodness provided by the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patchwork quilters are, of course, a creative bunch. Many designers and teachers have mastered technology and are now offering workshops and guild lectures on line. One such is Amy Friend, her lecture subjects include improv paper piecing and an introduction to modern quilting. I wonder if any quilt groups in the UK are taking the online option as a way to continue to meet and learn together?

Over on the Flourishing Palms blog page there’s a free pattern and detailed tutorial for the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee quilt. It’s an ideal pattern if you have scraps to use up (‘if’ ha!ha!) and/or you fancy dipping your toe into the mysterious world of foundation paper piecing. Each of the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee blocks is made up of just three pieces of fabric and the tutorial is so comprehensive I’m sure a FPP newbie would grasp the technique and be flying through the blocks in no time πŸ™‚

Rebecca has changed a fabric colour choice from her original digital design after seeing the physical fabrics up close to each other. I found her discussion around the decision to make the change very informative.

Michelle has taken the time to explain how she has been inspired by the works of artist Stanley Whitney.Β  She has made a number of thoughtful, colourful quilts and will be sharing more about her process of making quilts in a series of blog posts.

Nancy has also been working from inspiration – for her it was walking through a garden market, gazing at a host of roses, the red petals set off against the dark green leaves. Nancy has been making red and green blocks but now has to decide how to set them into a quilt top. She’s laid out several options to ponder and there are even more suggestions in the comments at the end of her post!

There’s a new linky party been launched by Melva at Melva Loves Scraps. The ‘Throwback Thursday’ link up can be used to link to social media posts as well as blog posts. The theme for the first Throwback Thursday link up is ‘Christmas in July’.

The Book Club Hand Pieced QAL has come to an end and Patty has compiled a gallery of the finished quilt tops. It’s always fascinating to see a quilt design interpreted into many different colourways. You may well find some inspiration as you scroll through the photos in Patty’s post πŸ™‚

Linda has used up all her saved selvage strips to make a rag rug. She borrowed a peg loom to weave the rug and found it to be the perfect tool for creating the rug she had in mind.

More on-line classes … Christina Cameli is running free motion quilting and improv piecing classes. Maximum number of students in each class is just eight.

Linking with Alycia for Finished Or Not Friday and Cynthia for Oh! Scrap! Alycia has pulled out a UFO workshop quilt top and quilted it – well worth the effort – now she says we have to wait and see if she adds the binding by this coming October or the next! Cynthia is making blocks from selvages.

Happy Stitching!

Allison