Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (221)

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Well! For me this week has been all about creating a quilt from scraps. I’m so happy to have another Scrap Vortex quilt finished – see how it all came together in my Friday blog post. Continuing the scrap quilt theme I’ve also been stitching my blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. August is the month for purple.Β Not my favourite colour so it’s been a surprise to find myself enjoying sorting through my (small) collection of purple scraps and putting these simple blocks together.

Area ringed in red has hardly any cotton fibres.

Having finished the diverting Scrap Vortex Quilt I am now determined to turn my attention back to the little quilt tops I made from one big UFO. This morning before Church…. (by ‘Church’ I mean: sitting in an elderly friend’s living room, listening to the service via the loudspeaker on my phone – weird how many new ways there are to join in Christian worship these days!) …. As I was saying, before Church I decided to get one of the little quilt tops ready for quilting. I’d already pieced quilt backings and cut out some wadding. When I came to lay the wadding onto the quilt back I was disappointed to see how unevenly the cotton fibres were spread through the wadding.

When I looked more closely I found one area had virtually no cotton at all, it was just held together by the near transparent scrim layer. That wouldn’t make for much of a quilt! I had to discard that piece and thankfully found the second square I had cut from the same roll of wadding didn’t have any bald patches. So, basting is my sewing room project for what’s left of the the weekend.

Here are just a few of the quilty blog posts that caught my attention this week. I hope you find plenty of interest as you click through the links:

Do you save selvage strips? Cynthia has used all her saved strips to make a rainbow quilt. She explains her process, is pleased with her quilt but won’t be saving any more selvage strips!

How about finding a bit of motivation by joining in with ‘We Sew Together 2020’? The sew along starts on 26th August and runs for just one month. The objective is to produce a quilt top using any pattern you choose. Then, once the quilt is completed, donate it to one or other of the charities listed in Suzy’s blog post or add your own favourite charity to the list. Suzy has also written a blog post with some helpful suggestions re. donating quilts to charities.

Another QAL: This is the Modern Logs Quilt Along being organised by Christa Watson. If you’ve wanted to tackle this sort of project but been a hesitant to go it alone then I’m sure following Christa’s pattern and all the tips and tutorials she’ll be posting on her blog will provide all that’s needed to produce a quilt to be proud of πŸ™‚

Over the course of a month or two Sharon has been sharing her progress with her ‘Village Quilt’ top. In this post she shares the finished top – all those little house blocks made from scrap fabrics make for a very attractive quilt πŸ™‚

Dione’s latest post is full of interest – from her latest applique quilt block to photos and descriptions of a recent trip into the Australian outback as well as the quilts and projects that are inspiring her.

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap. Cynthia is enjoying using her scraps to make curved log cabin blocks – the rainbow collection on her design wall promise a beautiful and interesting quilt.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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