Monochrome Quilt Finish and Starting to Explore Colour

Well! I just managed to squeeze a finish in before the end of the month! That’s two finished quilts in two months – steady going for me!

This is my fourth version of the Dashing Stars quilt. The design is by Viv Poon of Purple Stitches. It is the pattern used by participants in the Beginners Course. Last week I shared photos of the quilts made by the latest graduates of the course. There are such a useful mix of skills to be learned through making this quilt – a great grounding from which to explore the craft of patchwork quilting.

I’m very happy that a visiting Aunt has taken home this particular Dashing Stars quilt 🙂

We are coming to a weekend so there must be another storm ready to blow it’s way across the UK 🙁 Yep! Storm Jorge is on his way…

Yesterday we had a whole afternoon of sunshine. I wrapped up warm and dashed out to deliver copies of the local newsletter to houses in a couple of nearby streets. Today the weather is a foretaste of what is to come over the weekend – very wet, very grey and windy too!

Determined to brighten things up a bit, I shared photos on Instagram of the flowers I could find in the garden (before the rain started lashing down) and a few indoor blooms too. We all need a colour boost in the Northern Hemisphere!

Keeping with the topic of colour, I am looking forward to Rachel Hauser’s blog series, ‘Quilter’s Color Quest’, based on her book, The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color.

Encouraged by Rachel’s recent blog post I have finally extracted the colour swatches from the back of the book. They need to be cut up, ready for the ‘swatch challenges’ found in each chapter of the book. By working through the book and following the Quilter’s Color Quest I’m hoping to gain a better understanding of colour and the language of colour so I can choose fabrics for my patchwork projects with more confidence and maybe even a bit of flair 😉

You can tell what a grey day it is here by the poor quality of this (edited) photo!

Linking with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for the Beauties Pageant; Wendy for The Peacock Party (even though my monochrome quilt is certainly no Peacock!); Alycia for Finished (or Not) Friday. and Cheryl for the Favourite Finish Monthly Link Up.

Allison

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. 😀

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 🙂 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 (94)

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I’ve spent the past week pushing along two projects. The more traditional looking Log Cabin project has been

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Free Motion Quilting – Growing Skills

Ho! Hum! My word for 2020 is GROW. This week I have been experiencing GROWing pains! 😀

The Log Cabin quilt ‘beached’ on my sewing table while I worried about free motion quilting feathers…

It’s my on-going battle with developing Free Motion Quilting skills vs. Perfectionism! Of course it is impossible to become a skillful crafter without tons of practice and the production of less-than perfect quilts along the way. Even

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