Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (77)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects to a virtual sewing day and enjoy sharing in the conversations initiated by other members of the World Wide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts, comments and links to the reply box at the bottom of this page. Thank you! 🙂

Square in a Square finished on fence by Allison Reid

Kingston Lacy, Duncan and Daniel by Allison Reid
My quilt holder-uppers at Kingston Lacy

I am going to begin with a ‘show and tell’ as I actually have a finished quilt to bring along with all my WIPs! I completed hand stitching the binding to the first of the Square-in-a-Square quilts last weekend whilst staying in the wonderfully comfortable Harbour Lights B&B in Weymouth. On the way home we stopped off at a National Trust property called Kingston Lacy and I persuaded my faithful quilt holder-uppers to do the honours in the beautiful parkland.

 

 

 

Square in a Square front at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square back at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square quilt label by Allison Reid
The quilt label forms part of the pieced backing to the quilt.
Square in a Square binding, border and backing by Allison Reid
Salmon pink border, green binding and creamy yellow backing.

Snoopy Snowball Flower block by Allison ReidThe second Square-in-a-Square quilt needs to be quilted but before that I have a baby quilt commission to work on. Through the past week I’ve been battling with Snowball blocks to make these ‘Snowball flowers’. The finished blocks are 6″ square and will form the border around a central panel. All will be revealed once the quilt has been gifted 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be giving too much away if I share with you my choice of fabric for the background and backing of this quilt. My go-to fabric of the past few months is the Friendship text by Windham Fabrics. It’s one of the extra wide fabrics stocked at Purple Stitches.

 

 

Friendship text fabric (4) by Allison Reid

So my bring along project for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share is to create a pieced back for the baby quilt, cut fabric strips to make the binding and maybe cut a piece of wadding too…

Now to a few links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Rachel’s thinking deep, splashing paint about and preparing some beautiful pieces for an exhibition 🙂 Reading her blog posts makes me feel comfortable to call myself a crafter and not an artist – unlike Rachel who uses nature and sometimes rusty old buildings as inspiration to create and develop the most amazing series of textured, mixed media art works. Fascinating!

Meanwhile another Rachel has teamed up with Viv of Purple Stitches. Read a review of the Shop in Rachel’s Stitched in Color blog post 🙂

Myra at Busy Hands Quilts has published a striking quilt pattern called ‘Liberty Lake’. She’s teamed her bold design with a range of pretty fabrics called ‘English Tea’ by Connecting Threads.

The My Favourite Quilt Block blog hop is underway and Cindy shares her love of Star Blocks along with some piecing tips 🙂 and historical information.

Melony made the most of a brief span of time to revamp her sewing room. The flooring needed attention so all her equipment, stash and furniture had to be moved out! Imagine! But so worth the effort 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Finished Friday. Alycia is sharing her favourite block and some lovely quilt pics.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

PS. Here is a photo of the beautiful house at Kingston Lacy. Built in the mid-1600’s – after the Monarchy had been restored – by a Royalist family who had experienced their former home (Corfe Castle) being destroyed by Cromwell’s troops.

Kingston Lacy house by Allison Reid

 

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Welcome to Saturday Sunday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) to this virtual sewing day and share in the conversations and inspiration to be found in our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Please do leave your contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

We have had a few days holiday in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset. We have enjoyed walking through the town centre and onto the seafront which is dominated by Georgian architecture. There is a statue of King George III, erected to celebrate his Golden Jubilee and in grateful thanks for his patronage of the town – the King’s summer residence still forms part of Weymouth’s sea front.

Weymouth 2019 the harbour front by Allison Reid

Weymouth 2019 statue of King George III by Allison Reid

Weymouth 2019 seafront from the beach by Allison Reid

Square in a Square attaching binding by Allison Reid
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All this by way of explanation for the fact my current project remains hand stitching the binding to the back of one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts… Just got to carry on carrying on… 😀 I did pack the quilt and my sewing kit into my suitcase so there is a chance it will be finished before we travel home…

 

I hope you find something of interest and maybe something to inspire you through the following links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Karen’s series of blog posts recalling each day of her and her husband’s quilt shop hop around Minnesota continues to entertain. I still can’t get over the distances traveled each day and the number of shops visited! I’m sure it just wouldn’t be possible on the winding roads and crowded motorways here in the UK.

If you are a quilter who loves to travel then you will want to check out a new group on Facebook. Rona has created the ‘Traveling Quilters‘ group. Here is her intro: “Not all Quilters like to sit still. Some of us love to travel! Shop Hops, Row by Row, Quilt shows, Quilt retreats, you name it, we’re on our way. The Traveling Quilters group is for all the quilters out there that also love to travel. Share your tips, photos, projects and, of course, your travels!”

Marking a quilt design on beautiful fabrics is always a bit daunting: will the chosen marker brush or wash away without a trace or permanently stain the quilt? Nancy describes her experience of using Prismacolor pencils to mark a design on her quilt.

Laura has completed a lovely version of the ‘Jars of Love’ block. Such neat machine applique.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

 

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Welcome to Saturday Sunday Quilting Bring & Share! This is my week of missed deadlines… Nevermind! It’s not too late to bring out project(s) and share in just a few of the inspiring conversations going on in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your comments and links in the box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Before continuing with all things quilting I would like to thank everyone who inquired after and joined in praying for our son who underwent emergency surgery last Monday. The procedure went well and he is on the road to recovery. Being a man who’s life revolves around working in a gym and running miles every week he is having to make a big life style adjustment – no exercise for 6 weeks while his body knits itself back together! Meanwhile I am having to accept he is 27 years old and does not need a Mother Hen clucking around! 😀

So! The first day of September, Meteorological Autumn has begun. To be sure there is a little nip to the air but the sunshine is still very warm. However I’m not ready to let go of Summer just yet. I’ll do a retrospective of August instead with the One Monthly Goal challenge I set myself. I had set more than one goal for this one month. My aim was to execute some finishes. I did finish the ‘secret quilt’ but as it remains a secret I can not share the visual proof! I got close to a couple of other finishes: one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts is quilted and I’m in the process of hand-stitching the binding down; and I’ve quilted quite a bit of the Jelly Roll Waves quilt BUT as neither are actually finished I couldn’t link up with for the One Monthly Goal August Finish post. Still! Progress has been made 🙂

Square in a Square attaching binding by Allison Reid
The beginning of the binding stitching happily marks the end too!

Stitching down the binding all around a quilt can be a rather daunting prospect. Having got the first few stitches done I had a thought: that first stitch has not only created the beginning of the task but also the ending. From now on every stitch I make takes me nearer to the end. Suddenly the task doesn’t seem so over whelming 🙂 Maybe I am going just a little bit loopy in my old age but this thought has kept me going! Do you have any mind strategies to keep a long task from becoming overwhelming?

Just a few links this week:

How about this for a cute baby quilt? Patty has used Elizabeth Hartman’s bunnies to very good effect.

On the hottest August Bank Holiday ever recorded in England it seemed a bit strange to be thinking of Autumn but Connie’s Amber Logs quilt pattern is too lovely to file away in the ‘not yet’ folder:-) Adding curves to the already versatile log cabin creates an interesting setting for the blocks.

Carole is an accomplished patchwork quilter who turns her hand to other crafts. She has been experimenting with techniques, materials and dried flowers to make her own papers to use in card making.

As I’m hand stitching binding I thought it would be appropriate to link with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in England, the sun is shining and the mercury is rising. There’s time to enjoy the outdoors and play in the sewing room too: bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations initiated by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Add your thoughts to the conversations by using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I was aiming for a finish this week but it hasn’t quite come about. My main focus has been on the quilting of one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts. Using the walking foot I stitched edge-to-edge wavy lines followed by in-the-ditch stitching around the charm squares at the centre of each block. The quilting shows up best on the back of the quilt:

Square in a Square quilting back by Allison Reid

I liked the squishy look this open quilting design produced – I was reminded of the eiderdowns we had on beds before duvets became the go-to bedding. But on reflection I decided a quilted design within the centre sqares would create interest whilst adding to the stability of the layers. My first choice was to mark and stitch (using a free motion set up) a design into each square using a stencil.

Square in a Square stencil by Allison Reid

This didn’t work so well…

Square in a Square stencil quilting by Allison Reid

I could put up with the wobbly stitching lines and the variation in stitch size but when the beginning and end of the continuous line design didn’t meet up… Well! I got the stitch ripper out and had a re-think. I plumped for free motion feather swirls. The results are not particularly even but I am content with the overall result – imperfect feather designs are very forgiving.

Square in a Square FMQ feather swirl by Allison Reid

I’ve completed three of the feather swirls so my aim is to complete the remaining seventeen before attaching the binding to the quilt.

Tomatoes ripening in my garden by Allison ReidI will be spending quite a bit of time outdoors too – this weekend feels like a bit of a bonus at the end of the summer season. The tomatoes are finally ripening and I am moving into phase two of the ‘battle of the bird table’ with my adversary: the ever growing population of large, greedy Woodpigeons. I wouldn’t mind them stopping by to feed once in while but these birds peck away in relentless fashion with no thought of sharing the food with smaller birds. I added some plastic mesh to the bird table to prevent them perching and reaching the food but to no avail. Still! I am ready for a fresh battle 😀 I will not be defeated by a Woodpigeon!

 

Woodpigeon on bird table by Allison Reid

And so to just a few of the quilty conversations that have caught my attention this week:

Ever been on a quilt shop hop? Karen over at Tu-Na quilt set off to tour the whole of Michigan in 8 days taking in 59 shops and covering 2815 miles in the process – not to mention a Grandson’s baptism! Click here for the opening installment of her Shop Hop tales!

Yvonne Fuchs has released another of her striking quilt patterns. The solid fabrics she used for the featured ‘Wonder’ baby quilt has helped me decide on the colour scheme for a Snoopy quilt commissioned by a friend.

Cynthia challenged herself to use green fabrics. She has created a stunning improv garden quilt.

Allison’s Diagonal Seam Tape is a brilliant idea – helping accuracy and saving time by doing away with all the diagonal lines that usually have to be drawn for half square triangles or snowball corners. In fact the tape is such a great idea that Allison’s initial supplies sold out super fast!

Linking with Alycia for the first Finished or Not Finished Friday 🙂 as she takes on the baton from Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

Happy Stitching!

Allison