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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along your project(s) and join in the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Just use the links below to find inspiration, tips and tutorials kindly shared by quilty bloggers from around the world.

Couple of quick announcements:

  • I’m going to give Saturday Quilting Bring & Share a break for the rest of August. I’m hoping to get a few updates done on the blog. I’ll still be reading blog posts and storing up links to share in a few weeks time 🙂
  • I have finally pushed past two years of procrastinating and can now offer you the option to receive New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting emails. My plan is to send emails once or twice a month with a gathering-up of the threads I’ve posted here, on Facebook and Instagram. There’ll be links to tutorials and quilting related news. Subscribers will be the first to know when I have a new pattern ready to release, products to list or workshops to book. There will be a proper ‘subscribe to email’ button soon but in the meantime you can click here to sign up. Thank you!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (267)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have time to take a break to do some stitching over the weekend. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and information posted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you are inspired by any of the links you click through to, do leave a message in the comments box to be part of the sharing 🙂

I’m sorry to be a bit of cracked record but again I’ve been bag-making. A third go at the Pelican Tote by Bagstock Designs. I added a recessed zipper closure to this one.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (266)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and join in the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Take part by clicking on the links below, leave an encouraging message in the comments box of the sites you visit and keep the patchwork quilting inspiration flowing 🙂

Well! Have you had opportunity to do a bit of stitching this week? I’m still making bags – this week a second Reversible Hobo Bag from a pattern by Mrs h Sewing Patterns.

Blue rose fabric is an extra wide backing by Riley Blake called ‘Flea Market’.
Reverse bag – I stitched & flipped strips of ‘Spirit’ by Lila Tueller from a Moda Scrap Bag onto a foundation of Hobbs 80/20 wadding.

I’ll share a quick Stitch and Flip tutorial in a separate post.

I’m keeping up with the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail QAL. Melva published a pattern for a Shoo Fly block along with the latest instalment of Marian Russell’s girlhood memories of living along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1850s.

Maybe this weekend I’ll switch back to hand stitching and finally make some progress on the May block of the English Country Garden QAL – the August block arrived in my in-box today!

Here are a few leads into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty of interest 🙂

Scrappy Half Square Triangle blocks, what’s not to like? Well! OK! Maybe trimming them all can be a bit of a chore! However Patty has a new trimming ruler to play with as well as a stack of charm squares just asking to be made into a quilt. The photos of her scrappy HSTs reminded of the cover of a book I have on the shelf called, ‘Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle’ by Jeni Baker.

And talking of HSTs, Cynthia’s completed a quilt using her ‘All That Jazz’ pattern. I like the way the staggered arrangement of her large HSTs gives the quilt a really dynamic look.

Linda has been making good use of her Quick Curve ruler. The quilt she has created is in her signature sunshine palette. In her blog post Linda has included several short videos demonstrating how she achieved the different quilting designs across the quilt.

Carole has a new talk to add to her list of in-person/Zoom presentations. From reading her blog for several years I know she has a wealth of experience and expertise to share in her ‘Well Loved Quilt Repair Programme‘.

Beth has used block patterns from a QAL to make a table runner and ends her post with a rhetorical question, ‘Isn’t patchwork fun??’

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia has been inspired by family circumstances and the actions of other patchwork quilters to make and donate quilts.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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