I’ve given myself a bit of colour bother! I went for a pick-n-mix tour of my local quilt store. I picked a fabric from the ‘Fantasy’ collection by Sally Kelly. I chose to mix it with a print from the Wildflower collection by Kelly Ventura.
The Fantasy fabric has a variety of dusky colour shades on a dusky lavender/grey background – I tried to find a colour match on a Kona colour card but can’t find one – something between Kona Lavender and Slate. The fantastical flowers and foliage are coloured in shades amongst others, of salmon, orange and pink. Three colours I have difficulty putting together despite them being adjacent to one another on
Welcome to a late issue of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I think a day out at the seaside on Friday has sent me into holiday mode! There’s still a bit of time to bring along our projects and share in the quilty goodness posted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you visit any of the links do take time to join in the sharing by leaving your ideas in the comments boxes 🙂
On Friday I shared a finished quilt, Summer Mist. Since then I’ve been busy quilting and binding a rainbow version of Sew Fresh Quilts pattern, Giraffes in a Row, for a client. I took on finishing the quilt after the lady walked into Purple Stitches with her partially pieced quilt top asking if we knew anyone who would finish it for her. She’d found patchwork piecing was not her ‘thing’ and she’d much rather continue with dressmaking. Last week we finally got to meet in the shop to choose the backing and wadding. We agreed the binding should be a scrappy rainbow using fabrics left over from piecing the giraffes.
Projects to push on with this week include the English Country Garden Quilt Along – I have a bit of a race on to complete the April block…
To be fair Alison aka Hexadoodle Quilts is very clear that this QAL is not a race so I’m imposing the monthly deadlines on myself out of concern that if I should slip behind with this QAL it could quickly become another UFO.
And maybe I’ll tackle quilting the large Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt…
Here are some links to start you on your wanderings through the generous and inspiring information shared by the Worldwide Quilting Community:
Project bags are a simple way to keep all the bits and pieces together and so useful if a project is portable. Heide has tried several project bag patterns and shares her favourite quick make in her blog post.
Jayne has a love of Churn Dash quilts. She’s just finished one. Simple colours, blocks turned on point, the quilt looks wonderful. I can feel a Churn Dash quilt coming on…
These days I generally finish quilts by using my sewing machine to attach binding to the back and then to the front of the quilt. I’m always looking to improve my skills and found this video tutorial by Melanie Ham contained some useful tips. I was particularly looking for tips on how to keep the stitching straight once the binding is flipped round to the front – that part of the process begins about 10 minutes into the tutorial. I’m not so sure about using an ‘edge foot’ but I found the tips around using a standard foot very helpful. On the same subject I also found this helpful blog post by Julie ‘ The Crafty Quilter’.
It wouldn’t be a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share without a link to a scrappy quilt 😉 This week Christina Cameli shares her latest finish, a ‘Scrappy Quarter Cabins’ quilt which stopped me in my tracks as I was scrolling through Instagram. Here’s the link to Christina’s quilt on IG and there’s a tutorial in her blog archive .
I guess there’s space for another scrap quilt link? Cynthia has made a colourful Postage Stamp quilt making use of different solids and scraps of sometimes difficult to use prints. Her placement of the finished blocks gives a lovely cohesive look to a super-scrappy quilt.
Wendy shares a wonderful gallery of her favourites from the recent Kapiti Quilt Show, New Zealand. So much to admire and so much inspiration 🙂
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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the stories, inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links and add your ideas and thoughts in the comments boxes at the end of each blog post. With Christmas fast approaching I’ve decided to make this the last edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share for 2020. Although I’m sure I’ll be sharing links in posts I write between now and the New Year 😉 Don’t forget by subscribing to my blog an email notification will be sent to your inbox whenever a post is published 🙂
My week has been dominated by deadlines: first and foremost the finishing of the Diamond Anniversary bed runner (see the photos here); then a quilt pattern to finalise before emailing it to a magazine while the sample quilt was collected by a courier (that sounds so cool to me! 😀 ); finally, finally, a couple of hours re-capping and preparing for an in-person class at Purple Stitches.
To calm myself down after all the deadlines were met I turned my attention to a bit of fabric sorting. My basket(s) of scraps from recent projects were overflowing. It was relaxing to untangle the mess, sorting the scraps by colour into my scrap bins. I even threw away a few! I know!
The Beginners Course at Purple Stitches was suspended during the November lockdown. Today the two participants were able to join me at the shop (perspex screens, masks and hand gel made this possible). It was such a pleasure to be sewing in a group and I had the extra pleasure of seeing student A progress to making and stitching binding to her quilt while student D conquered ¼” seams to make Sawtooth Star blocks. So all in all a very satisfying morning.
During the class I had time to cut binding strips for my fifth version of Dashing Stars, the pattern used for the Beginners Course. I definitely feel like my sewing is winding down for the year.
There are two finishes within sight: I have the binding to machine stitch to the front of the Dashing Stars quilt before stitching it by hand to the back; there’s the sample cushion that also needs binding to be hand stitched; and I may have time to tackle the over large blocks I made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. If only I’d done some forward planning like Julie whose RSC quilt blocks all fit into a design she had in mind right at the start of the year. My ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ method has resulted in the need to unpick some of the thirty-six patch blocks to make more versatile nine patch blocks…
I hope you will find plenty to interest you in this weeks selection of links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:
Cross stitch Gingerbread Houses! Now we know it’s nearly Christmas! Wendy has been making these 3D houses since 2010 and has quite a collection. They are very appealing. Wendy highly recommends the patterns by ‘The Victorian Sampler’. I especially like all the little extras added to the cross stitch including buttons, beads, piping and ribbons.
Sharon has finished a quilt made of Christmas fabrics with a snugly flannel backing and a baubles quilting pattern. Perfect for this chilly season (in the Northern hemisphere anyway!).
Bobbi has been making zippered book sleeves to protect her books when she takes them out and about. She has provided a tutorial which is particularly helpful if you, like Bobbi herself, have been avoiding projects with zips. In three sizes, these would make an excellent last minute Christmas gift 🙂
I found linking my emotions to fabric quite a test as I followed along Rachel Hauser’s Quilter’s Color Quest earlier this year. Rachel shares very clearly how she uses fabrics and designs to work through and express emotions. She used a design in 2016 to illustrate her feelings around the struggles of her severely disabled baby, Eleni. Since then Rachel has remade the design using fabrics to express a sense of hope. Early next year she will be launching the pattern and hosting a QAL – as Rachel says: ‘If you are a maker, you have a unique opportunity to use art to process big emotions. I know from experience that this can be so healing.’ Read more here.
I’m not that keen on batiks – can I hear gasps of astonishment and horror? – but… Leanne’s use of Island Batik’s ‘Love and Kisses’ range of fabrics has softened my opinion somewhat. Leanne has used the fabrics to make another of her Bloom blocks. There’s plenty of quilting inspiration in the close up photos shared in her blog post.