Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (95)

Welcome to Saturday(ish) Quilting Bring & Share! Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the latest inspiration circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community. πŸ˜€

My projects have been quite varied this week but my main focus has been on teaching the last session of the Beginners Course to two classes on Saturday. I feel so privileged to have seen these newbie patchwork quilters tackle all the stages of making a patchwork quilt with such determination and then to be rewarded by seeing their smiles as the near-completed quilts were put on parade:

Isn’t it amazing to see a patchwork pattern made in seven colourways? If you click on the photos you’ll be able to see the variety of quilting patterns used as well. Hard to believe that these are all first quilts πŸ™‚ It was especially encouraging to hear everyone’s plans for their next quilts!

I used my fourth version of the Dashing Stars quilt and one of the sample quilts for the Two Ways to Build a Log Cabin workshop as my demo quilts for the classes. In this final class we were squaring up our quilts and making and attaching binding. So my end of weekend project is to finish stitching down the bindings on both these quilts…

As the weekend is coming to a close I’ll share just a couple links into the Worldwide Quilting Community (if you’d like to find more inspiration click over to my Pins of the Week board on Pinterest):

Sharon has boosted her sewing room productivity by sticking to her resolve to sew every day. Her latest finish is a simple but effective square-in-a-square quilt with a daisy free motion quilt design that compliments the fabrics and patchwork really well.

Melony has designed her own range of fabrics! The modern floral designs on Spring-fresh shades of green, pink and purple look lovely. Take a look on her blog or click straight over to her Etsy shop for a peek!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (86)

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 πŸ™‚

Dashing Stars 3 ready to bind by Allison Reid
Before the classes on Saturday I quilted echoing arcs across the quilt. I demonstrated attaching the binding during the lessons. Now I just need to machine stitch the binding down on the front…

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!

Beginners Class am Nov 19 by Allison Reid
Three of the ladies in the morning Beginners Class were ready to proudly display their first quilts.
Beginners Class pm Nov 19 by Allison Reid
And three first quilts were ready to be shared at the end of the afternoon class.

Just a few clicks into the Worldwide Quilting Community for you this week (you’ll find more on my Pins of the Week Pinterest Board):Β 

‘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 πŸ˜‰ ).

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.

Linking with Beth at Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (64)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. My holiday is over and I’m settling back into my natural habitat – my sewing room πŸ™‚ These regular SQB&S posts are intended as a way into the Worldwide Quilting Community so do join in: bring along your project and share in the conversations by clicking on the links to articles and posts written by quilters from around the globe. Use the comments box at the end of this page if you’d like to introduce a link to another topic or respond to what’s in this post πŸ™‚

At the end of our holiday we visited York and Beverley. Both very attractive towns, jam packed full of history.

York Minster by Allison Reid
York Minster
Beverley Minster floor tiles (1) by Allison Reid
Floor tiles in Beverley Minster were sure to catch the eye of this patchwork addict!

More of these visits in a later post…

We drove the 250+ miles from Yorkshire back to Hampshire on Thursday. Lots of lorries, lots of rain and oceans of spray… but thankfully no delays.

Since getting back in the sewing room I’ve added the borders and made the binding for the second Square in a Square quilt.

Square in a Square two with borders by Allison Reid
Both quilt tops: borders and bindings in the opposite colourways.

These quilt tops are now folded away in a box awaiting a delivery of wadding and time to search for suitable backing fabrics.

Later today I will collect my Pfaff sewing machine from the service department of Franklins in Salisbury. I’m so looking forward to having a sewing machine that purrs rather than growls! Bless it, the machine was functioning well despite obviously being in desperate need of some professional TLC. We shall be reunited after our refreshing holidays, all set to tackle the next round of projects together πŸ˜€

This weekend I’m revisiting a project. My Into The Woods pattern is nearing completion and I’d like to make a start on a monochromatic version of the runner in preparation for a workshop I’m holding in July (details on the Workshop page of this site).

Into The Woods pattern cover and runner by Allison Reid

Below are just a few links to launch you into what’s been occurring in the Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like some more links and inspiration, you are very welcome to check out my Pins of the Week board on Pinterest πŸ™‚

Bernie has written a post with her usual clarity to celebrate five years of blogging at Needle and Foot. That is no mean achievement and I agree with her that blogs might not be as ‘fashionable’ as they were five years ago but they still are an extremely effective way of building a ‘community’, allowing everyone who reads and/or writes blogs to contribute.

Patty has posted a tutorial for quick and easy to make coasters. Another great use of fabric scraps πŸ™‚

Shannon discusses how to use colour combinations from nature as inspiration for choosing fabrics.

If you are keen on applique but find some solid colour fabrics a little difficult to hand stitch then you will be interested in Nancy’s recommendation... (I know, I am a bit of a tease, but just click the link!).

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (49)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend and have some time set aside to bring along your project and share in some of the news and inspiration doing the rounds of the WorldwideΒ  Quilting Community. Please do use the comment box at the end of this post to join in the conversations and share any quilt related links that have caught your interest this week. Thank you! πŸ™‚

Most of my stitching has been centred on my second version of the ‘Dashing Stars’ quilt, designed by Viv of Purple Stitches for a Beginners Course. In the first of the four classes we concentrated on rotary cutting and quarter inch seams. We made Courthouse Step and Strip blocks. For the second class, held today, we turned our attention to Churn Dash and Sawtooth Star blocks, making two at a time Half Square Triangles and four at a time Flying Geese. Earlier in the week I made all the blocks for my quilt bar two – a Churn Dash and a Sawtooth Star kept back to be my demonstration blocks.

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