Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (114)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration and quilty goodness being posted by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do use the comments box at the bottom of this post to add your thoughts and links. Thank you!

I’d completely forgotten about a fresh colour coming into play in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge as the date ticked over from June into July. Earlier in the year we were prompted to use light and bright blues, now it’s the turn of the darker blues to take centre stage. I think I should be able to find some blue scraps …. πŸ˜€

My box of blue scraps is still over-flowing!

Despite working on three scrap-busting projects at once my colour sorted scrap bins continue to overflow! My stash boxes (I define stash as any piece of fabric equivalent to or larger than a quarter metre) are definitely looking

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (111)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ I hope you are keeping safe and well. Bring along your project(s) and share in quilting goodness from the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in by adding your thoughts and links in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I have been making very slow progress with the quilting of the large ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ quilt. This week I’ve filled in the setting triangles with a wide spaced meander using Aurifil 40wt thread, 2314. Next I’d like to fill in the main blocks. It’s taken me a while to decide how to do this. I thought of doing some sort of geometric, dot-to-dot style quilting pattern but the more I looked at the blocks

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (109)

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The weather here in the UK has been quite extraordinary. This has been the sunniest Spring on record and the driest May following on from the wettest February. The plants in my garden have never grown so well. Of course after two very dry months in succession the ground is drying out fast. As well as seeing the garden in it’s prime all this sunshine has given me so many delightful early mornings in my sewing room. All Winter long the sun never reaches through the window in my room, then in March the first early morning rays give a slither of gold on the wall next to the window. Now, nearing mid-Summer, the sun stretches far into my room, making it my early morning happy place πŸ™‚

Not that there has been a ton of sewing going on this past week! What with putting the finishing touches to my Four Patch Dash pattern and watering the garden!

Anyhow! I did finish the dark green blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I’ve made two 12″ blocks for each of the colours along with 1-4 smaller blocks depending on the number of 2Β½” squares I’d cut at the start of the month. I put a block from each month up on the design wall with a colour wheel to hi-light the gaps in the rainbow.

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for June is pink – not a go-to colour of mine but my collection of RSC blocks could do with an injection of warmth, so pink is good πŸ™‚

Finding pink scraps for the June Rainbow Scrap Challenge won’t be a problem!

Here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community – all very worthy distractions from your housework!:

Christina Cameli has been sharing some wonderfully relaxing free motion drawing tutorials on Instagram. I’ve come across a few in my daily scrolling and always enjoy them. You don’t need to use Instagram to view the 10 minute tutorials, just click this link. Christina is full of FMQ ideas and demonstrates how to move around a space on a quilt (or a white board!) filling in awkward gaps as the pattern expands.

In last week’s Saturday Quilting Bring & Share I got distracted by a machine binding technique. Laura kindly added a link to a tutorial about binding quilts by Rob of Man Sewing. He shares lots of tips and his favourite binding tools including a ruler – I’ve never seen one of these used before, it could be a game changer if the thought of joining the ends of binding with a bias seam sends you into a flat spin!

Hum! Do you have a subscription with the Bluprint or have a library of classes bought when Bluprint was Craftsy? I have some Craftsy classes which I found really helpful and occasionally dip into for a refresher. Bluprint has announced it is shutting down. There’s a lot of confusion both for subscribers who wonder if access to classes will be lost despite the ‘lifetime’ guarnatee and tutors wondering if they’ll lose the rights to their work. Find out more in this Craft Industry Alliance post – there are a lot of comments!

Rona has some suggestions for supporting local quilt shops even if our budgets have been squeezed by lock-down.

I really like Stephanie’s flower design patchwork block. She’s evenΒ  managed to give her flowers patchwork stems – not an applique stitch in sight!

Finishing with a view down The Long Walk to a rather hazy view of Windsor Castle. Not a random photo but a record of a trip out we made yesterday to meet our lovely daughter and dear son-in-law (first time we’ve seen them since January). Confession to a bending of the social distancing rules as we did meet 2-2 rather than the 1-1. We did maintain our distances from each other and the many other individuals and family groups enjoying Windsor Great Park!

Linking with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for the Oh! Scrap! linky. This week Cynthia has embarked on a new quilt to commemorate 100 years of women in USA having the right to vote.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (106)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your projects to a virtual sewing day where we can share in some of the inspiring projects, ideas and tips published by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts, ideas and links in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

How has your week been? On Friday we had a welcome change to our lock-down rut when we joined in with activities organised to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Neighbours in our Close rallied together to hold a doorstep tea party. Social distancing rules were observed as we decorated our houses with flags and bunting before moving tables and chairs into our front gardens. It was so cheering to see everyone, to chat and enjoy a complete change from the lock-down routine. I posted photos and some thoughts on VE Day in this post.

Have you made progress with any sewing projects through the past week? One of my secret sewing projects is finished and ready to be gifted – hopefully I’ll be able to share it with you very soon πŸ™‚

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