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 🙂
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.
- 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 🙂 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 the 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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
‘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! 😀