Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (257)

Welcome toSaturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along you project(s) and take time to share in the conversations and news inspired by our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Do join in by leaving encouraging comments on the blog posts you click through to.

Have you been making progress with your sewing projects this week? After the rainbow quilt marathon I had fun stitching a quick project. I needed a protective sleeve to protect my new mobile phone from scratches and bumps. It took me a while to find the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial in the archives of this blog but eventually I found the post, dated June 2015 (doesn’t time fly?), and with this and the printed instructions from a mini workshop held at North Hampshire Quilters I set about making me a phone sleeve.

I bought a fat quarter of this luscious Sally Kelly fabric with mask making in mind but I reckon there’s enough fabric in a FQ for a mask AND a phone sleeve 🙂 After all if I’m wearing the mask I can’t see the fabric whereas I can keep the phone sleeve in view just about all the time 😀 I will share an updated version of the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial very soon.

Today I packed away my sewing machines and equipment, transforming the sewing room into a guest room. How exciting is it that from Monday we can invite our visitors indoors and have them stay overnight? Thankfully this change in Covid restrictions has coincided with our DD and SIL having a break from their studies and they’ve chosen to spend the week with us. I’ll be switching to sociable hand stitching while my sewing machines enjoy a rest! My on-going hand sewing project is the English Country Garden QAL. This month we are making the Marigold block. I cut out all the papers a couple of weeks ago. Now I need to cut the fabric prior to glue basting the shapes, stitching them together and then stitching all the pieces onto the background square. Plenty to do!

Here are the leads into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty to interest you and inspire your creativity:

Allison Harris has shared another of her simple but oh! so effective designs. The pattern is called ‘Tulips’ for obvious reasons and looks to be a great way to use up left over strips of fabric.

Yvonne has recorded a short video full of tips for handling a large quilt through the process of walking foot quilting. In particular she demonstrates how when quilting an area at the edge of the quilt it is possible to avoid having to shove all the bulk through the throat of the sewing machine.

Do you find adding fabrics into a charm pack tricky? Cheryl has released a really helpful video explaining how she goes about choosing just two extra fabrics to expand a charm pack into a good sized quilt. I think her new book ‘Just One Charm Pack Quilts’ is going to be very popular!

A teapot, teacups and cup cakes adorn Elana’s table runner. She’s sourced designs and tutorial tips from various sites to put together a unique and very attractive runner 🙂

Angela Walter’s Free Motion QAL is coming to a close. This final video tackles the ‘Paisley Feathers’ design. I find watching someone stitching out free motion designs quite mesmerising 😀 Have you found watching FMQ helpful in developing your own FMQ skills?

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Ending 2020 with a Patchwork Rainbow

I’m happy to have my first Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt finished in the year I began making it – just! The monthly hunt though a box of scraps of the prescribed colour gave me a sense of making progress through the topsy-turvy year of 2020. The simple nine patch blocks fit together in a 10 x 12 layout measuring 60″ x 66″. The backing is an extra wide text print and I created the label in my usual fashion using a computer print out, light box and permanent marker.

I stitched two sides of the label into the binding and finished the project by hand stitching the remaining two edges to the quilt back. The binding fabric is from the Solstice range by Sally Kelly @sallykellyfabric . I felt I was committing a crime by cutting this beautiful fabric into binding strips but the rainbow of colours on a dark blue background make it just perfect for the quilt!

In the end I chose to echo quilt a gentle curve across the quilt following the flow of the patchwork pattern. The echoes are 2½” apart so the quilt drapes well and feels cuddly 🙂 I used three different colours of Aurifil 40wt threads – 2314 across the yellow & orange sections; 2520 across the red, purple & blue sections; and 2902 across the aqua & green sections.

My final quilt of 2020 🙂 It feels appropriate to have ended with a rainbow, symbol of hope in the Bible, and a natural phenomena which moves us to look up in wonder. Before Christmas I shared thoughts on Advent as a season of waiting. The sense of waiting continues with the transition from this year to the next bringing few tangible changes. This morning I read a reflection by Mark Meynell* which included the thought that there are two types of waiting: passive ‘rainy day’ waiting; and active ‘house-guest’ waiting. I’m going to make a conscious effort to make my ‘stay at home’ Tier 4 existence a time of active waiting. Not necessarily making quilts (although there’s bound to be some sewing room action!) but a time of expectant waiting. Instead of staring at the rain and wishing it would stop I intend to be preparing for when the sun breaks through a gap in the clouds and a rainbow arcs overhead.

Rather than wishing you ‘Happy New Year’ (which may sound hollow to some and wishful thinking to others) I will instead go back to the theme of Advent: a sure hope in the promise of everlasting light that can never be extinguished by the darkness. Two thousand years ago John wrote with confidence, ‘… the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining’. Jesus is the name of that light and He’s still shining! Amen

Allison

* Mark Meynell, Colossians & Philemon For You, The Good Book Company