Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (265)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations and inspiration circulating our Worldwide Quilting Community. Be part of the sharing by leaving a message in a comments box when you click on any of the links below 🙂

It’s taking me a while to adjust to the pace of life now lockdown restrictions are lifting! A few hours working at Purple Stitches, a few hours teaching patchwork 1:1, socialising (generally outdoors) have impacted negatively on my blog reading/writing routine. I am the sort of person who finds socialising an enjoyable but energy sapping activity rather than an invigorating one so I know I need to factor-in rest and ‘alone time’ following a social event. No doubt I’ll be finding socialising less tiring as it becomes ‘normal’ once again 🙂

Learning bag-making techniques continues to be my main occupation in the sewing room. In a recent blog post I wrote about three bags I’ve made with varying success. I can now reveal my latest make…

This is the ‘Reversible Hobo Bag’, pattern by Mrs H Sewing Patterns. I bought the pattern along with the bag hardware (I’ve got all the bag lingo now 😉 )and text print fabric from Purple Stitches. It is the biggest bag I’ve made.

I found the pattern reasonably easy to follow although some of the photos didn’t quite match up with the text instructions. I’d say this pattern might leave a complete beginner a bit frustrated but being a large bag in a simple style does mean there are few, if any, fiddly sections to negotiate.

I used woven interfacing to give body to the contrast (black) side of the bag and attached fusible fleece to the text print fabric. First up I used a fusible interfacing that was too stiff. I tried to persuade myself it would be OK but fortunately, having slept on the decision, came to the conclusion that softer, lighter, woven interfacing would be more in keeping with the slouchy styling – thankfully the black fabric was a freebie from a friend of a friend and there was just enough to make cut out more panels to fuse with the lighter weight interfacing.

The roomy Reversible Hobo Bag has two zipper pockets. I like the soft style, wondering if I could make a smaller version…

In other sewing news: I continue to make heavy going of the English Country Garden QAL – the May Marigold block remains incomplete… ; I’m booked to run a Beginners Class at Purple Stitches starting September 18th; and I may be able to schedule a patchwork skill-builder or a bag-making class too 🙂

I hope you are able to set aside time to be creative. Maybe you’ll find inspiration via one or two of this weeks links into our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Amy Friend brings a distinctive style to foundation paper piecing. Her latest project, Briar Quilt, displays that style very clearly. I like the muted colour palette Amy has chosen.

The Quilt Spot monthly post by Melony features a change of quilts between the films Paddington and Paddington 2. I won’t mind watching those two films again just so I can point out the quilts to my family! 😀

Melva shares another instalment of Marian Russell’s recollections of life along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1850s. I was struck by the readiness to provide education for the local girls as well as the boys. There were so many hard lessons for such young children to learn outside of school – including the fate of political prisoners.

Christmas in July! I know! It’s a concept I just can’t grasp but there’s a lot of it about on social media. Carole’s Christmas in July post contains a whole host of seasonal sewing/patchwork projects including a quick tutorial about turning a panel into a table topper or wall hanging.

I’m amazed anyone can come up with an original quilt block – surely there are only so many ways to sew pieces of fabrics together into squares? 😀 Kirsty has designed a new block, the ‘Alex Quilt Block’. Using four fabrics/colours she says the Block is an ideal scrap buster. Go to her post for the full tutorial which includes helpful suggestions for creating different looks by the careful placement of fabrics.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (264)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder if you will be keeping one eye on the the tennis from Wimbledon this weekend? I know I’m trying to multi-task! Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and conversations generated by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in as you click through the links below 🙂

Another week has passed with not much actual sewing being done I’m afraid. I’ve been hampered by a head cold (PCR test thankfully came back negative, my household enduring six days of isolation whilst waiting first for the test kit and then the result to arrive!); followed by a most welcome day out; and the need to convert my sewing room into a teaching workshop. The urge to do a bit of stitching finally drove me back to the English Country Garden QAL. I dropped behind with this QAL back in May, and somehow couldn’t persuade myself to pick it up and play catch-up. So, here I am stitching the May Marigolds, trying not to fret about the June Pansies or the July Lupins. One at a time, one at a time…

There are lots of lovely projects to inspire us out there in Quilty Blog World. I hope you find plenty of interest in this weeks selection 🙂 :

Izzy reviews a pattern from the online magazine, Make Modern. She used a Layer Cake and some extra fabric for the background. I subscribed to the magazine for the first time this year but despite receiving at least two, maybe three?, copies I just haven’t got in the habit of looking through a magazine on my laptop screen. Have you managed to make the transition from hard copy magazines to reading them online?

Amy Friend is organising a ‘Tell Me A Story Holiday Block Swap’. All the details are in this blog post. Is it too early to be rifling through Christmas fabrics? Probably not! 😀

Here’s a very practical, eco friendly use of a Fat Quarter – a reusable sandwich wrap! Click over to Suzy Quilts for the guest tutorial by Kelsey Williams.

Katy is trying out a different method of needle turn applique, back basting applique. Her explanation has me intrigued! And Laura is using freezer paper on the front of her applique shapes (another applique method to explore!). Laura’s post generated an interesting discussion about applique techniques.

Beth’s Pink Stars quilt along is coming together now. The mix of star blocks look great in the finished quilt. Scroll to the end of Beth’s post to see an image of the quilt top.

And just a reminder I’ve written a tutorial for Week 4 of the Summer Scrap Elimination blog hop. Find my Scrappy Scrap Basket post here and check out the other scrap busting tutorials being shared via Swan’s blog, Swan Amity Studios.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (263)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and be inspired by some of what’s been shared in our Worldwide Quilting Community this past week. If you click on any of the links below (which I hope you do!) please do leave an encouraging message in the comments box for the writers of the posts. Thank you!

I’ve not been using up much fabric or thread this week instead I’ve been busy designing and re-designing a quilt suitable for a beginners class. I had to make three versions of the ‘Squares-in-a-Square’ block before I hit upon the perfect formula.

I was seeking to use cutting measurements that didn’t involve using 1/8th inch increments along with piecing which allowed for a bit of ‘wiggle room’ so the points of the four patch wouldn’t be cut off when the block is stitched to it’s neighbouring blocks… Got there in the end with cutting measurements to 1/4″ and a 3/8th of an inch seam allowance at the points! Phew!

Today I worked on the Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial I’ll be posting on Thursday as part of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 blog hop. I had some major brain fog problems so I actually ended up creating a few more scraps instead of eliminating them 😀 Never mind! I have a new basket to keep the new scraps tidy!

On Wednesday I published a post about the current state of our local quilt groups/guilds. Terry contributed a very interesting reply. Please do take time to have a read and add your experience to the ‘What’s Happening to Quilt Guilds in 2021’ discussion.

 

Here is this weeks selection of inspiring and intriguing blog posts written by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community:

JanineMarie is keeping up with the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Her scrappy triangle blocks are very effective especially when grouped together. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt – the blocks look similar to 19th Century Crazy Patchwork but made in modern prints.

If you enjoy a tour of a sewing room (without going green with envy!)and picking up storage ideas then head over to Rebecca Grace’s blog post. She’s been rearranging her sewing space to accommodate a new long arm machine.

Do you have fond memories of dressing paper dolls? Well Melva has taken this activity a step further and made a dress-up doll quilt! Melva shares her process for making the doll blocks and their clothes. Such a clever idea and sure to be a hit with the child who receives it.

Carole has shared a two part tutorial introducing us to ‘pin weaving‘ using fabric strips to weave and fuse ready to make a bag.

Charisma reviews a book by Heather Black called ‘Design Make Quilt Modern – taking a quilt from inspiration to reality‘. Charisma found the comprehensive scope of the book very inspiring, concluding ‘It gives great insight as to how to tackle designing in a manageable way’.

Week 3 of Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 and Swan Sheridan shares another great tutorial building a quick quilt from small rectangular scraps.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia found some prepared fabric squares amongst her sewing and made a sweet little baby quilt – quick, surprise projects can be such a blessing can’t they?

Happy stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (262)

Welcome to a belated edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have had a weekend full of creative opportunities. Hopefully you will have just enough time to click on the links below to pick up some of the creative inspiration and know-how being shared by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂

I’m still on my bag-making thing! This week I tried a bag pattern which includes a bit of hardware (bling :-D). The Ana Crossbody Purse by Bagstock Designs was quite a challenge for me but thankfully Julie the Juki was up to the job of powering through multiple layers of fabric, interfacing and foam interlining. Between us we managed to produce a bag with – even if I do say so myself – quite a professional finish 😊

To help with stitching through multiple layers I fitted a Janome Purple Tip needle to my machine. The blurb on the packet reads, ‘The purple tip needle effectively prevents skipped stitches when sewing stretch fabrics, quilt layers and also for sewing across the hem.‘ The needle did produce fairly even sized stitches through the thickest seams and worked well with the Aurifil 40wt thread I used throughout this project.

When it came to top-stitching the narrow ¾” bag strap I came up with a wizard wheeze to keep all the layers together and the open seam edges neatly on top of each other: I threaded the adjustable slider onto the strap and just kept moving it down the long strip of fabric as I carefully stitched the 1/8th inch seam. Worked a treat!

My Ana bag is now listed in my Folksy shop.

I must put my bag-making supplies away now and concentrate on a couple of projects that have imminent deadlines: first my contribution to the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 goes live on 8th July; second I’m planning a one-to-one beginners course due to start on 9th July. The latter has been particularly good for me; for one it’s exciting to be getting into the teaching groove after a very long break, also preparing the course has got me back designing quilts, something I just haven’t felt in the mood to do for months.

I hope you have your creative sew-jo in motion, giving you a lift and a break from the everyday 🙂 If you are in need of help to get stitching (even though you know it would do you good) I recommend Jo Westfoot’s ‘find your sew-jo‘ article published a couple of months into the first lockdown.

And so to a few of the blog posts that could help inspire us and/or improve our patchwork quilting skills:

It’s Week 2 of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 and Swan has a great tutorial showing a way to use up left-over fabric triangles. She also shares a link to Tammy’s scrap busting blog tutorial. Tammy has been experimenting with weaving skinny strips of fabrics on a a simple frame loom – she shares loads of handy tips.

Carole has been given a Quilt of Valor to quilt on her longarm machine. The repeated block design on the quilt top is a chunky Churn Dash with a Sawtooth Star in the centre. It really is a very effective combo. Took me a while to recognise the Churn Dash design – wonder if you see it straight away or have to squint at the photo for a while?

Ever considered Creating an Ombre Quilt? Brittany has made several and has a whole host of tips re. design and fabric choices.

Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant. Linking with Sandra for the DrEAMi link up as my Ana bag certainly wasn’t a planned project and did cause me to drop everything and make it! Also linking with Cheryl for the Favourite Finish Monthly Link Up – there’s a lovely gallery of quilts and more to look through and admire 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Allison