Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (237)

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 πŸ˜‰ Don’t forget by subscribing to my blog an email notification will be sent to your inbox whenever a post is published πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€ ); 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 ΒΌ” 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 πŸ™‚

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 herΒ  Bloom blocks. There’s plenty of quilting inspiration in the close up photos shared in her blog post.

Jan’s use of partial Dresden Plate blocks to make a medallion style quilt is well worth a look. It looks like a Drunkards Path pattern but without the curved piecing.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia shares her latest finish Quilt of Valour and the story of Wade the Steer who makes regular visits to her back yard!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (226)

Welcome to Saturday/Sunday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ˜‰ Please do bring along a project or two, fill a glass or mug with your favourite beverage and relax as we share in just a little of the goodness doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in the sharing by clicking on the links and/or adding your thoughts and ideas in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you πŸ™‚

I’ve had a varied week. Last weekend we made good headway on decorating our son’s bedroom – a good team effort by the three of us. On Monday Dear Hubby and I took the day off and drove down to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. It’s one of our go-to places and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was balmy, the sea and sky were blue, there were plenty of birds to be spied from the hides around the Reserve AND it was warm enough to enjoy lunch in the Cafe garden (I highly recommend the Dorset Apple Cake!).

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Scrap Vortex Quilt Finished

I have a finished quilt to share after a deal of concentrated effort and a lot of fun in my sewing room over the past five days.

I’ve called this quilt ‘All The Pieces’. (If you’d like to know how I make and attach quilt labels then do take a look at my blog post ‘Homemade Quilt Labels – A Tutorial‘).

It’s been great to use up some scraps a la the Scrap Vortex tutorials by Amanda Jean Nyberg. It’s not just the quilt top that’s made from left-over fabrics. The pieced backing is all from my stash and the super scrappy binding is made from short lengths of binding saved from previous projects.

Even the wadding is part of the use it up/recycle vibe, as I made use of a pack of Quilters Dream Green batting I’d opened for another project. Did you know Dream Green is made from recycled plastic bottles? I really do enjoy using this particular poly batting: It feels soft and smooth (not rough and prickly like other poly battings), is easy to to stitch through and produces light-weight, cuddly quilts.

I quilted a spiral from the centre of the quilt using my walking foot and some handy tips from Yvonne Fuchs, Quilting Jetgirl.

 

Adding the text print borders (all strips left over from extra wide backing fabrics bought at Purple Stitches) helped to stabilize all those scraps and their short seams. The quilt finished at 45Β½” x 49Β½”.

Linking with Wendy for the Peacock Party and Michelle for the Beauties Pageant. Wendy shares the progress she is making with the Pandemic Sampler while Michelle been ‘diamond-painting’ a Van Gogh masterpiece!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (118)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to bring along a sewing project or two whilst enjoying the sharing of ideas and inspiration by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links by using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I’ve enjoyed an unusually sociable week. So lovely to catch up with friends and family face-to-face, in real-life, rather than via Zoom or social media. The dry weather may have given us lots of watering to do but it has given ample opportunities to meet-up outdoors.

On the sewing front I’ve been working on making my Bargello experiment into a quilt top. The Bargello panel measured 51″ wide by 40″ long. Dimensions suitable for a wall hanging maybe but not very useful as a quilt or throw. I’d used almost every inch of the Circulus Jelly Roll but still had a Circulus Charm Pack to use. Slowly an idea formed in my mind… Using the 5″ squares with a background fabric to make curved blocks…. Inspired by the circles printed on the Circulus fabrics.

Some weeks ago I ordered a background fabric but when it arrived I knew straight away it was the ‘wrong’ grey *sigh* On the plus side a couple of yards of any grey added to my fabric stash is a happy occurrence! Last Saturday I made a visit to Purple Stitches (lovely to see Eve and step inside the shop) and after an enjoyable browse chose a grey print from the Fantasy range by Sally Kelly.

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