Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share … on Sunday! Better late than never… Bring along your current project and share in some of the latest conversations in the quilty on-line world. You are welcome to join in via the comments box at the end of this post 🙂
I still have some work to do on the covers for the two storage trolley-come-bedside tables. Both covers are ready to be quilted. I’ve prepared them using a no-binding method so once the quilting is done the covers will be finished. I’m planning to stitch an all-over meander as a more elaborate quilting pattern won’t show up on all those scrap fabrics. Also, as covers for bedside tables, it’ll be best if the quilting is fairly even so they lie flat – less chance of drinks and table lamps wobbling over!
Before sharing some links to posts that have caught my interest I have a FINISH to share! Wahoo! The Missouri Star Quilt Company inspired Christmas Tree Chevron Quilt is now hanging in our hallway adding to the festive decor 🙂
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your current project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the latest news, tips and trends doing the rounds in the quilty community. You can share links to your projects and community news in the comments section at the end of this post 🙂
My project news: I’ve been making progress on the two projects designed to be part of the ‘from sewing room to guest room’ transformation due to take place in just two weeks time. With the countdown to Christmas well underway there is a bit urgency about these projects now! But I’m not panicking – they are providing a steadying influence to the Christmas preparation roller coaster!
First: the scrap-busting covers for the storage trolleys are coming along nicely. All the piecing is done and I’ve bought a width of calico for the backing. Next step is to create the quilt sandwiches.
Talking of sandwiches, the Chevron Christmas Tree is now pinned and ready for quilting. I trimmed 3″ strips of fabric from the sides of the square quilt top and stitched one of the strips along the top and one along the bottom so the star and tree trunk are no longer right on the edges of the quilt. So, scary bit now – get my sewing space set up for quilting and go for it! I’m planning to echo quilt around the tree and star – partly to stablise the layers but mainly to stabilise my nerves before switching to free motion quilting :-O I’ll share my quilting ups and downs @allisonreid.neweverymorning on Instagram.
Below are just a few of the blog posts, quilts and tips that have caught my attention this past week. You can find more on my Pinterest board ‘Pins of the Week‘.
The winners and runners up of the Fall Tips and Tutorials Festival have been announced. Click over and discover a bunch of really useful posts – you might find the solution to a quilty issue that’s been vexing you for ages!
Allison Harris creates beautiful quilts with modern fabrics, plenty of negative space but always a nod to patchwork tradition. Her latest, called ‘Pixel Chain’, is no exception 🙂 and it’s jelly roll friendly.
Yvonne has issued an invitation to join in her annual Planning Party. It starts on 15th December and runs through to the last day of the year. A great opportunity to join other quilters looking back at 2018 and planning for 2019 – there are prizes too! Yvonne is a pattern designer and has a gorgeous quilt using shades of one colour on a white background, in the latest edition of Love Patchwork & Quilting
Fancy trying out a wonky-style technique on a traditional block? Carole Lyles Shaw shares her Improv Log Cabin tutorial using Island Batik fabrics.
One of the first blogs I ever started to follow was Amanda Jean Nyberg’s ‘Crazy Mom Quilts’. She has a passion for using up scrap fabrics, has written patterns and books and produced many, many beautiful quilts – her blog posts always contain stunning photographs as well as measured, thoughtful reflections on quilting and running an on-line quilting business. Plus her regular post ‘Finish It Up Friday’ has been one of the most popular linkys in the worldwide quilty community. But families grow and times change, Amanda has decided to close her business and cease writing her blog posts at the end of this year, taking back patchwork quilting to be her hobby rather than her business. Her blog will be greatly missed but good to know she’ll still part of the quilty community over on Instagram 🙂
If you are taking a break from your sewing machine you might like to try settling down with a new series of novels with a patchwork theme. The ‘Quilting Cozy’ books by Carol Dean Jones are reviewed by Bernie of Needle of Foot.
Time for me to carefully skip past the table of unwritten Christmas cards and head for the sewing room 😉
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it is Sunday 😉 – it’s me who’s late not you!). Bring along your weekend sewing project and share in some of the quilty conversations that have caught our attention through the week. Add links to your project posts or add to the conversations by using the comments box at the bottom of this page.
My projects this week have been all about teaching and learning. I’ve had fun experimenting with foundation piecing Pineapple blocks before teaching the technique at Purple Stitches’ Quilt Club. Here are my versions of the 12″ Pineapple and Old Maid’s Puzzle blocks:
The Orange Peel blocks are still on my design wall. I need to spend a bit of time with pencil and squared paper figuring out how to enlarge the blocks to give the effect of leaves drifting across a blue blue sky…
But I’m in deep danger of being completely distracted by this little pile of fabric happiness…
Viv has come up with a fresh design for the Purple Stitches Beginners Course quilt. I’m the lucky one who gets to pattern test the design and fondle these new fabrics (available from the shop website).
Here are just a few of the blog posts that have caught my attention this week:
I like that by writing my blog and using social media I am part of the Worldwide Quilting Community (could WQM become a recognisable abbreviation? :-D). Quilters from places across the globe share their love of patchwork and quilting and also give glimpses into events in their lives. Kristie shares her experience of living through Hurricane Michael and how this massive storm has affected the rural community around her home.
I think Avis must have the patience of a saint! She is making the Loyal Union Sampler Quilt designed by Jennifer Chiaverini (she of the Elm Creek Quilt novels) . Avis’ latest blocks look so neat and they showcase several different piecing techniques.
Have you ever wondered why quilt patterns cost what they do? Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts has written a very candid blog post about the costs she incurs in producing and selling her patterns. The short version is that as buyers we can provide designers the best remuneration by buying patterns direct from them. She explains clearly why paper and PDF versions of a pattern have the same cost and reminds us not to break copyright either by copying patterns we have bought or by accepting copied patterns from well-meaning friends.
Do you have fat quarters of large scale prints that you are feeling reluctant to cut into small pieces? Leah Day has a video tutorial using the stack ‘n whack method to create large ‘fractured quarter’ blocks that allow you to showcase your fabrics 🙂
Is it too early to be writing our Christmas gift lists? Maybe not! Alyce has been testing the advantages of using a wool ironing mat as opposed to a conventional ironing board. She found the wool mats are winners!
If you’d like to find more links into the quilty world try my ‘Pins of the Week‘ board 🙂 I refresh the board every Tuesday (sometimes Wednesday ;-)).
PS. Bearing in mind we live in a town and have a small garden, it was a big surprise to find a rather handsome pheasant paying us a visit from the countryside this week!
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s lovely to have you join this virtual sewing day 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in the quilty conversations buzzing around the world-wide-web. You can always share links in the comments box at the bottom of the page – links to your project or to something quilty that has inspired you this week.