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I’m enjoying a change of pace. At the start of the week my cutting mat was littered with the pieces of fabric needed to make fourteen Bear Paw blocks. I’d picked the fabrics from a pile of 5″ squares and the contents of my colour-coded scrap bins. The inspiration was of course the Quilter’s Color Quest challenge but these were blocks I just fancied making rather than the results of working through a Color Challenge.
Welcome to Saturday/Sunday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects and share in the inspiration and conversations buzzing around the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links in the Comments box at the end of this page.
This weekend I’ve been helping out at the Ladies Craft Evening at Church. Six different Christmas-themed crafts were on offer along with a light supper and a short talk by a Christian about what Christmas means to her. There was quite a lot of preparation for the evening but it was well worth the effort as over 60 women were able to enjoy all that was on offer.
My stitching craft time has been spent growing my Moravian Star decoration. The first half is almost complete.
And I have a new jelly roll to pet. I’ll be using this when I test my draft Log Cabin Workshop pattern. (Well! Someone has to break into a jelly roll every now and again or we’d have them stacked higher than the Tower of Babel! :-D)
Of course, it being Christmas season, I do have a few ‘secret sewing’ projects underway or in the planning that I can’t share on social media.. 😉 I expect you have one or two of those too? However, I am excited that later this week I will be in a position to reveal the secret sewing I had underway back in July 🙂 A big hint – on Thursday I’ll be making a bee-line for the nearest news stand!
Here are some of the quilty blog posts that have inspired and informed me this past week:
Christina Cameli has put together a great photo tutorial showing us how to make Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin blocks in a very free and easy improv style (you don’t even need accurate quarter inch seams to create these blocks – I know that will cause a few fists to be pumped 🙂 )
Colour value = dark, medium, light. Do you ever use the black and white photo option on your phone to help you evaluate the colour value of the fabrics you are choosing for a project? Yvonne is an expert at doing this – using either a ‘mobile device’ or a camera and Photoshop. She has produced an excellent video tutorial showing how to take photos of our fabrics then colour adjust and grayscale them to help in our choices.
Bernie stitched up a fun little project for her two year old Granddaughter. Who wouldn’t want to hang a handmade decoration on their Christmas tree? Well! I can think of a few…. But I guess many of us delight in the memory-filled decorations that come out year after year?
Have you ever taken part in the annual Row by Row challenge? Janet Lutz, a quilt shop owner, designed the hop to encourage us to visit bricks and mortar quilt shops. Ready for 2020 she has instigated some big changes to the nine year old challenge. Read more about the new look in this article by the Craft industry Alliance.
At Church today we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. We were reminded that Advent isn’t really a season for counting down to Christmas Day but is the time to be looking forward to Jesus’ return. The official Church prayer or ‘Collect’ for the First Sunday of Advent:
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
I would pray earnestly for Jesus to return very soon and end the suffering caused by so much injustice in this imperfect world but I do not want the final day of judgement to arrive before all my family, friends, neighbours and readers of this blog have taken time to reflect on the purpose of Jesus’ first time coming to this world. To make an informed response to the claims made by Jesus and his contemporaries I recommend you watch the series of short videos and/or read ‘God’s Big Picture’ by Vaughan Roberts.
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 🙂
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?
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.