Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (221)

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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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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

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The weather here in the UK has been quite extraordinary. This has been the sunniest Spring on record and the driest May following on from the wettest February. The plants in my garden have never grown so well. Of course after two very dry months in succession the ground is drying out fast. As well as seeing the garden in it’s prime all this sunshine has given me so many delightful early mornings in my sewing room. All Winter long the sun never reaches through the window in my room, then in March the first early morning rays give a slither of gold on the wall next to the window. Now, nearing mid-Summer, the sun stretches far into my room, making it my early morning happy place πŸ™‚

Not that there has been a ton of sewing going on this past week! What with putting the finishing touches to my Four Patch Dash pattern and watering the garden!

Anyhow! I did finish the dark green blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I’ve made two 12″ blocks for each of the colours along with 1-4 smaller blocks depending on the number of 2Β½” squares I’d cut at the start of the month. I put a block from each month up on the design wall with a colour wheel to hi-light the gaps in the rainbow.

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for June is pink – not a go-to colour of mine but my collection of RSC blocks could do with an injection of warmth, so pink is good πŸ™‚

Finding pink scraps for the June Rainbow Scrap Challenge won’t be a problem!

Here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community – all very worthy distractions from your housework!:

Christina Cameli has been sharing some wonderfully relaxing free motion drawing tutorials on Instagram. I’ve come across a few in my daily scrolling and always enjoy them. You don’t need to use Instagram to view the 10 minute tutorials, just click this link. Christina is full of FMQ ideas and demonstrates how to move around a space on a quilt (or a white board!) filling in awkward gaps as the pattern expands.

In last week’s Saturday Quilting Bring & Share I got distracted by a machine binding technique. Laura kindly added a link to a tutorial about binding quilts by Rob of Man Sewing. He shares lots of tips and his favourite binding tools including a ruler – I’ve never seen one of these used before, it could be a game changer if the thought of joining the ends of binding with a bias seam sends you into a flat spin!

Hum! Do you have a subscription with the Bluprint or have a library of classes bought when Bluprint was Craftsy? I have some Craftsy classes which I found really helpful and occasionally dip into for a refresher. Bluprint has announced it is shutting down. There’s a lot of confusion both for subscribers who wonder if access to classes will be lost despite the ‘lifetime’ guarnatee and tutors wondering if they’ll lose the rights to their work. Find out more in this Craft Industry Alliance post – there are a lot of comments!

Rona has some suggestions for supporting local quilt shops even if our budgets have been squeezed by lock-down.

I really like Stephanie’s flower design patchwork block. She’s evenΒ  managed to give her flowers patchwork stems – not an applique stitch in sight!

Finishing with a view down The Long Walk to a rather hazy view of Windsor Castle. Not a random photo but a record of a trip out we made yesterday to meet our lovely daughter and dear son-in-law (first time we’ve seen them since January). Confession to a bending of the social distancing rules as we did meet 2-2 rather than the 1-1. We did maintain our distances from each other and the many other individuals and family groups enjoying Windsor Great Park!

Linking with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for the Oh! Scrap! linky. This week Cynthia has embarked on a new quilt to commemorate 100 years of women in USA having the right to vote.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (106)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your projects to a virtual sewing day where we can share in some of the inspiring projects, ideas and tips published by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts, ideas and links in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

How has your week been? On Friday we had a welcome change to our lock-down rut when we joined in with activities organised to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Neighbours in our Close rallied together to hold a doorstep tea party. Social distancing rules were observed as we decorated our houses with flags and bunting before moving tables and chairs into our front gardens. It was so cheering to see everyone, to chat and enjoy a complete change from the lock-down routine. I posted photos and some thoughts on VE Day in this post.

Have you made progress with any sewing projects through the past week? One of my secret sewing projects is finished and ready to be gifted – hopefully I’ll be able to share it with you very soon πŸ™‚

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