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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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (40)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. An opportunity to bring along your current project to a virtual sewing day and share in conversations circulating around the quilty world. You are very welcome to share your links in the comments section at the bottom of the page and I hope you will find the blog post conversations introduced on this page of interest (it always gives me a thrill when I see that readers of these Quilt & Share post have clicked on links to explore more of what’s being shared in the online quilty community πŸ™‚ ).

My focus project this week has been to finish the covers for the storage trolleys. The idea being that the covers will hide the drawers filled with notions and fabrics and soften the rather clinical looking metallic top of the trolleys. The covered trolleys then take on their second role of bedside tables when my sewing room is transformed into our guest room πŸ™‚

For the quilting I chose a cream coloured 40wt Aurifil thread No. 2000.

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it is Sunday πŸ˜‰ – it’s me who’s late not you!). Bring along your weekend sewing project and share in some of the quilty conversations that have caught our attention through the week. Add links to your project posts or add to the conversations by using the comments box at the bottom of this page.

My projects this week have been all about teaching and learning. I’ve had fun experimenting with foundation piecing Pineapple blocks before teaching the technique at Purple Stitches’ Quilt Club. Here are my versions of the 12″ Pineapple and Old Maid’s Puzzle blocks:

Pineapple and Old Maid's Puzzle Blocks by Allison Reid

The Orange Peel blocks are still on my design wall. I need to spend a bit of time with pencil and squared paper figuring out how to enlarge the blocks to give the effect of leaves drifting across a blue blue sky…

Orange Peel blocks by Allison Reid

But I’m in deep danger of being completely distracted by this little pile of fabric happiness…

Serendipity by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs from Purple Stitches
Serendipity by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs from Purple Stitches

Viv has come up with a fresh design for the Purple Stitches Beginners Course quilt. I’m the lucky one who gets to pattern test the design and fondle these new fabrics (available from the shop website).

Here are just a few of the blog posts that have caught my attention this week:

I like that by writing my blog and using social media I am part of the Worldwide Quilting Community (could WQM become a recognisable abbreviation? :-D). Quilters from places across the globe share their love of patchwork and quilting and also give glimpses into events in their lives. Kristie shares her experience of living through Hurricane Michael and how this massive storm has affected the rural community around her home.

I think Avis must have the patience of a saint! She is making the Loyal Union Sampler Quilt designed by Jennifer Chiaverini (she of the Elm Creek Quilt novels) . Avis’ latest blocks look so neat and they showcase several different piecing techniques.

Have you ever wondered why quilt patterns cost what they do? Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts has written a very candid blog post about the costs she incurs in producing and selling her patterns. The short version is that as buyers we can provide designers the best remuneration by buying patterns direct from them. She explains clearly why paper and PDF versions of a pattern have the same cost and reminds us not to break copyright either by copying patterns we have bought or by accepting copied patterns from well-meaning friends.

Do you have fat quarters of large scale prints that you are feeling reluctant to cut into small pieces? Leah Day has a video tutorial using the stack ‘n whack method to create large ‘fractured quarter’ blocks that allow you to showcase your fabrics πŸ™‚

Is it too early to be writing our Christmas gift lists? Maybe not! Alyce has been testing the advantages of using a wool ironing mat as opposed to a conventional ironing board. She found the wool mats are winners!

If you’d like to find more links into the quilty world try my ‘Pins of the Week‘ board πŸ™‚ I refresh the board every Tuesday (sometimes Wednesday ;-)).

Happy stitching.

Allison

PS. Bearing in mind we live in a town and have a small garden, it was a big surprise to find a rather handsome pheasant paying us a visit from the countryside this week!

Pheasant in my garden by Allison Reid