A Finished QAL Quilt

I’m really happy to be sharing my finished version of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Sew Along quilt. The QAL, organised, by Melva Nolan was easy paced with blocks being published once every three weeks. Melva’s block designs were inspired by the writings of a Victorian relative, Marian Russell, who lived beside and traversed the Santa Fe Trail first as a young girl with her mother and later with her husband. Marian’s vivid memories made interesting reading as the QAL progressed.

I made the twelve blocks using fabrics from my collections of blue and neutral scraps. The outer pieced border is mainly made from my scraps too. The fabrics for the sashing, cornerstones, blue and grey borders and the binding were all purchased specially to complete this quilt. The pieced backing is a mix of fabrics from my stash and the left over fabrics from the sashing and borders.

I used Bosal ‘Stitch It’ 80% cotton/20% polyester wadding for the first time. I definitely recommend this wadding. The fibres used are evenly distributed and the wadding feels soft and smooth. It machine quilted very well and I was impressed with how little lint built up in my machine.

The quilting follows the same ‘hanging diamond’ pattern Melva used for her sample. I used a grey/blue Aurifil 50wt thread, No. 2770 and stitched the quilting lines 2Β½” apart. I don’t have a walking foot for Julie the Juki so I was relieved the fabrics stayed in place with very few puckers occurring. I credit the lack of ‘creep’ to the quality of the wadding more than the quality of my pin basting technique!

As you can probably see the quilt drapes very well. It is very snuggly and cuddly and at 57Β½” wide by 72″ long it is a useful size.

And of course, every quilt should have a label πŸ˜‰

Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and with Wendy for the Peacock Party.

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and enjoy being part of the sharing going on within our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ It’s easy to join in by clicking the links below and leaving your encouraging thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes of the blogs you visit πŸ™‚

I’m still working my way through finishing up projects. I made one of the four cushion covers and posted a tutorial sharing my method for making an envelope closure with button fastenings. I need to sew buttons to the remaining three covers and stitch them and the binding to the cushion fronts.

I’m making slow progress stitching down the binding to the UFO quilt. I have to confess to getting too absorbed in what’s on TV! I’m doing a bit of a binge watch of ‘The Good Wife’. I nearly gave up in series one but through series two I got hooked by some of the on-going story lines and here I am at episode 3 of series 3! Maybe I will have to switch to audio books if I’m ever going to finish the binding? πŸ˜€

What’s my next project? I’m warming to the idea of using a Suzy Q pattern I bought some time ago, ‘Modern Fans‘. At the time I bought a stack of pink and grey FQ bundles from Hobbycraft to use with this pattern. Over the intervening time I’ve snuck out a few of the FQs for other projects so maybe it’s time to make the quilt before all the materials disappear? I’m also feeling an urge to practice FMQ, maybe this quilt top with it’s curved piecing could be a good project to try out some new moves?

Here are the links into our Worldwide Quilting Community. Jump in and enjoy!

Melva continues to share Marian’s memories of life along the Santa Fe Trail in the mid 1800s.

Fancy learning how to repair old/damaged quilts? Carole has years of experience providing this service for customers. She is ready to teach the skills and refer clients as her workload is too great. Carole is able to provide the class to individuals or guilds.

Bear Paw blocks are high up on my list of favourite blocks to make. They are relatively quick; there aren’t too many HSTs to trim :-); and they can be arranged in all sorts of layouts. Wendy’s guild, Capital Quilters, has a Bear Paw block logo. In this post she shares some photos of the Bear Paw quilts made by guild members back in 2015. They are planning another Bear Paw QAL for 2022.

Following bloggers who make miniature quilts finally broke down Nancy’s resistance to making another little quilt. Click over to her post to find links to quilty bloggers who do things in miniature and see Nancy’s progress with her version of the Dear Prudence quilt.

Suzy shares a super quick method to make a table runner. It would be easy to apply this method to any sort of design, Suzy’s design is called Holiday Table Runner.

We know patchwork quilters are a bunch of kind, warm hearted souls, don’t we? Bernie has discovered a way to spread the warm hearted kindness by joining in with ‘I found a quilted heart’. Find out more by reading Bernie’s blog post.

Gretchen is expertly hand quilting a Welsh quilt. In her blog post she shares some of the detail and explains how her quilting frame works.

I’m looking forward to Angela Walters‘ next free motion quilting series, ‘Fabulous Feathers’. The first episode is due to go out on 16th November and is titled ‘Fixing Feather Frustrations’! Keep up to date with the broadcast schedule by subscribing to Angela’s email newsletter πŸ™‚

Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Wendy for the Peacock Party. Michelle is sharing her methods and progress re. de-stashing while Wendy explains why she has had to slow down progress on her Pandemic cross stitch sampler.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy the company of quilters from around the World as we share tips, tutorials, inspiration and more. Use the links below to kick-start your journey around the quilty world, don’t forget to leave an encouraging message and join in the sharing on any blog sites you visit πŸ™‚

This past week I’ve switched from chain piecing to ‘chain quilting’! I’ve actually finished one quilt, basted another and prepared the backing and wadding for a third.

  1. The finished quilt is a 30 block version of my 42 block I-Spy Shadow Quilt. I’m very happy with this quilt. It measures 40″ x 52″ which is a good size for a child. I do like the ‘playmat’ fabric I used for the backing. It’s a dual purpose quilt πŸ™‚ The novelty fabrics on the front are ideal for playing I-Spy and the town map on the back is a fun place to play with toy vehicles and building bricks.

2. The basted quilt is a blue I-Spy Shadow quilt, again made with 30 blocks. I was chuffed that these two quilts made perfect use of 1.5m of theΒ  road map extra wide backing fabric. All I had to do was rip the fabric in half, top to bottom, and hey! presto! two backings ready to use!

3. The third quilting project is my sixth version of the beginners course Dashing Stars quilt. I pieced the backing, adding a homemade label, and cut the super-soft bamboo wadding to size. Today I used the backing, wadding and nearly finished top (just one more border strip to add…) to give a quick demonstration of how to pin baste a quilt sandwich. Now I need to add that border before basting it for real.

My plan for the next few days is to quilt and bind the blue I-Spy quilt ready to photograph and list in my Folksy shop. Then, while my machine and tables are set up for quilting, I hope to quilt the Dashing Stars quilt. Maybe there’ll be time in the week to share my progress – I hope so πŸ™‚

I’ve been working hard to catch up on reading blog posts and have found plenty of interest so here is a bumper set of links to get you thinking and inspired:

A cautionary tale from Katy re. mixing pre-washed fabrics with those that haven’t had the ‘shrink’ treatment!

It’s not too late to join in Carole’s ‘Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along‘. This year she is sharing instructions to make a 40″ square table topper. In her initial post she shares several colourways to help get us inspired.

Linda has a great gift for making improbable improv experiments into exciting, cohesive patchwork quilts. Her latest, ‘Playin’ Around‘, is no exception!

Reading Yvonne’s tutorial for making Quarter Square Triangles made me realise it is a very long time since I made this classic block. The tutorial is full of useful tips and Yvonne has generously shared a table of cutting sizes to take the guess work out of the process πŸ™‚

Angela Walters will be starting another free motion quilting challenge in November. This time the challenge is all about quilting feather designs. You can purchase a printed quilt top to follow along or just use your own fabric.

I’m in the habit of naming and labelling the quilts I make. Joni asks ‘Do you name your quilts?’ and has given three reasons why she feels a quilt should be named and have a label attached.

Karin over at Blue Pip Designs is hosting a QAL featuring her beginner friendly design, ‘Bernie’s Mittens‘. It looks like just the right amount of work in the run up to Thanksgiving and doesn’t require the choosing of many fabrics πŸ™‚

Christina Cameli’s latest book is ready for pre-order. The book is called ‘Free-Motion Combinations‘ and she says inspiration for it came as she posted short clips through the first lockdown of her drawing out quilting designs on a whiteboard. I watched many of those on Instagram and found Christina’s explanations and ideas very inspiring.

After a few false starts Jayne has cracked on with a partially finished quilt project given to her by her Grandmother. The Pinwheel blocks were all very neatly hand pieced but 24 Pinwheels spun in one direction and 16 in the other. Jayne has come up with a layout that uses them all without drawing attention to the orientation of the blocks. What wonderful memories that quilt will hold for Jayne and her family – much better finished than in pieces hidden in a box πŸ™‚

The Mystery of the Scant 1/4″ Seam‘ is the title of Brittany’s detailed post all about the difference between a true 1/4″ seam and a scant 1/4″ seam. She has included a way of testing to achieve the perfect scant 1/4″ seam and adjustments that can be made to maintain a consistent seam allowance. Very useful!

Here’s the link to the first part of Carole’s ‘Autumn About Town Sew Along Purse‘ tutorial (across-the-pond translation: read ‘bag’ for ‘purse’!).

Rachel’s explanations of colour choices for a quilt top are always worth a read…. Warning! Clicking to this particular post might just head you down the road of joining in her latest QAL! It’s sooo tempting! πŸ˜€

Linking my post and finished quilt with Alycia at Finished or Not Friday, Wendy’s Peacock Party and Michelle’s Beauties Pageant.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ I hope you will find time over this weekend to relax, bring along a project or two and share in the inspiration filled conversations doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community.

So a little bit of a catch up. As you may (or may not) have noticed Saturday Quilting Bring & Share took an unscheduled break last week. After the quiet, sheltered, home-centric existence of the past 15 months our little world has unexpectedly gone through some significant changes. Happy things have happened as a result; our short break by the sea and spending lots of time with family (even seeing all three of our children and their partners together – nearly a year since that last happened). The past week has seen the culmination of the changes. We are a tad weary now as our minds continue to process all that’s happened and our emotions settle. We are so thankful we are all well; modern tech is keeping us in touch with family members who have moved away; and, most thankful of all, we know change happens through God’s will and within the hope His eternal plan brings us.

Alongside the personal changes has been the belated and most welcome onset of Summer after one of the coldest, wettest months of May on record. There has been plenty to do outdoors with rapidly maturing seedlings needing re-potting or planting out and many weeds to be composted.

Slowly emptying my greenhouse of plants now the temperatures are rising and the frosts are long gone.

Working outdoors is such good therapy isn’t it? I nearly always feel the reward of spending an hour or two at the allotment – both in seeing the effects of my ‘labours’ and being made aware of muscles benefitting from the workout!

I have been even more scatter-gun than usual in my approach to sewing but remarkably I do have two finishes to share! Neither were planned! First up: I finally added the binding to the Basket of Blooms wall hanging πŸ™‚

I had plenty of the golden yellow gingham in my stash so the binding matches the flange I added with the borders way back when… I hand stitched the binding to the back in time for the piece to be hung for our guests to see. The Basket of Blooms block/cushion cover pattern is a design by Jo Avery available as a pdf from the Quilters’ Guild.

My second finish is a bag.

Lots of new materials and techniques for me to try in this free ‘Pelican Tote’ pattern available from Bagstock Designs. I did mange to keep a record of my progress, along with links to the resources I found helpful, so I will share all the details in a separate blog post – too much to share here πŸ˜‰

Sorry I’m sharing so few links to inspiring posts this week. I will apply myself to my brim-full email in-box in the coming days and have more to share next week πŸ™‚

Lorna has captured the haughty expression of a camel perfectly in her latest animal patchwork design.

Wahoo! Another way to use up scraps of fabric! Linda shares the braided rug she is making – the spiral pattern is intriguing.

Rachel has shared a comprehensive Economy Block tutorial. She has included a tip to ensure directional prints run in the same direction around the central square. Useful, as I know I can spend ages trying to puzzle this out and still get it wrong!

Yvonne Fuchs is well known for her carefully designed transparency quilts. Here she delves into colour blending theory. It is quite deep but give it a try, Yvonne’s explanations are clear and created with patchwork quilters in mind.

Lot’s of wonderful inspiration in the gallery of the ‘Favourite Finish Monthly Linkup‘ run by Cheryl aka Meadow Mist Designs.

Linking my finishes with Michelle for Beauties Pageant and Wendy for the Peacock Party.

Happy Stitching!

Allison