Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (255)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and conversations running through our friendly and generous Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you will find all sorts of routes through what’s being shared by clicking a few of the links in the second half of this post 🙂

Here in the UK we are enjoying a Bank Holiday weekend. Unfortunately the weather seems to be ignoring the holiday and staying rather cool. In fact last month was the frostiest April in 60 years. It must also have been one of the driest for us in the South. Oh! How our local Woodpigeons enjoyed the rain when it finally arrived on Wednesday 😀

Woodpigeons sat on our fence in the pouring rain!

The birds have been providing plenty of entertainment over the past week. Last Sunday ‘our’ male Blackbird arrived in the garden with two chicks that must have been having their first trip away from their nest. They stood around looking slightly bemused, opening their

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (100)

Welcome to the 100th edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 😀 Come and join in this virtual sewing day (is there any other kind at the moment?), bring along your projects(s) and share in the inspirational conversations, tips and stories from the Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the comments box at the bottom of the page to add your thoughts and ideas.

At the beginning of the week I felt like I was wading in treacle (everything seemed to be taking twice as long as usual and my concentration levels were low) but somehow I did finish the secret sewing quilt top. It measures 70″ square and as it is destined for a magazine photo shoot I’ve decided to send it away to be long arm quilted. A quilt that size is right on the limit of my quilting capabilities and I’d hate to get all worked up trying to quilt it on my domestic machine. So, postal services willing, the quilt top will be winging it’s way to Trudi Wood for some edge to edge stitching magic 🙂

As the week has gone on I’ve nipped into the sewing room and done a little bit of stitching here and there. I often wish I didn’t have so many projects on the go but actually this week it has been a blessing to be able to work within my levels of concentration on a variety of familiar blocks.

I pieced the teal blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Made a couple more Dear Dottie blocks.

Worked on the second challenge of the Quilter’s Color Quest (more of that next week).

Today’s Quilter March 2020 photo by Allison Reid

And did a bit of day dreaming over the latest edition of Today’s Quilter. The magazine was a treat purchase after standing in a supermarket car park for 40 minutes queuing for my turn to shop (it was actually quite pleasant waiting in a very British, orderly line absorbing the Spring sunshine). The clincher for the purchase was the inclusion of not one but two rulers – you know I can’t resist a ruler 😉 The magazine held a lovely surprise for me: A Folk Art style applique table runner caught my attention straight away and then I spotted the designer is none other than Yasmeen who led the inspiring needle turned applique workshop I so enjoyed.

My project(s) for this weekend include making some more Dear Dottie blocks and working on the needle turned applique block – two more leaves to stitch in place and then it will be time to create a cushion cover. 🙂

Time to turn to the Worldwide Quilting Community for some patchwork quilting inspiration:

Angela Walters has announced a new Quilt-A-Long showcasing her Kaleidoscope Panel. You don’t need to have the Panel to join and learn from a master of the art of free motion quilting.

I so enjoy being part of our creative patchwork & quilting community. I’ve met lovely people both in person and on-line through our craft. I just want to give a shout out to two independent P&Q businesses local to me: there’s Viv and Eve at Purple Stitches (purchase fabric and notions on-line, just email or phone if you need help matching colours etc) and Jo Westfoot aka the The Crafty Nomad. Jo like Viv loves rainbow colours, she designs, makes, quilts, teaches and also produces patterns all with her distinctive, accessible style. Take a look at Jo’s website where you can purchase her patterns and for just £18 you can join-in her current skill-building BOM and access her supportive Facebook group.

Advice on home schooling is a bit off tack for this site but this is from a patchwork quilter who has done home schooling. You may find Rachel’s tips helpful or be able to pass them on to someone who has suddenly been landed with the role of home educator.

I have never attempted a Y-Seam. But I have saved to Pinterest Rebecca’s beautifully photographed Y-seam tutorial. Very helpful and her seam and point matching is so precise :-O Amazing!

Cindy over at Stitchin At Home has designed and made the most striking baby quilt using giant Dresden Plate segments. Well worth a look and guaranteed to make you smile 🙂

Leanne shares a little tutorial to show us how to use wax crayons to write messages on quilt tops. I didn’t know this was possible. Leanne finished her mini quilt with a border of mini pebble quilting – very effective!

Phew! That will do for links this week. One thing is for sure patchwork quilters are still producing blog posts – I have over 70 more email notifications waiting to be clicked and read! :-O You’ll find plenty more from the Worldwide Quilting Community on my Pinterest board, Pins of the Week.

Linking with Alycia for Finished (or not) Friday. Alycia does have a finished quilt to share – although the wind made for a challenging photo shoot!

Happy Stitching!


Autumn Leaves – a January OMG Finish

‘Autumn Leaves’, my patchwork wall hanging is completed – a Happy Dance has been performed! At the start of January this project was a quilt sandwich that I’d put to one side when back in November the pressure to move onto projects with Christmas deadlines became too strong to ignore.

Autumn Leaves Complete by Allison Reid

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Piecing Orange Peel Blocks – a photo tutorial

Last Friday I took the short walk to our local Hobbycraft. There were several reasons – I needed some fresh air; I needed to stretch my legs; my Craft Group needed supplies; I was on the look out for a quilt magazine; and, hep-hem, I didn’t half fancy a bar of chocolate for lunch 😀 It was a beautiful day, I felt a lot better for the walk, I made some purchases for Craft Group and treated myself to a copy of Today’s Quilter and a bar of Cadbury’s finest 🙂

The free gift on the front of the magazine caught my eye: a set of templates designed for making Orange Peel blocks.

Today's Quilter Orange Peel templates

Of course, I had to have a go … And I was pleased with this first attempt at piecing an Orange Peel block – no wrinkles in the seams and smooth looking curves 🙂 There is a page in the magazine giving a few instructions, hints and tips as to how to use the templates. Yesterday I took the templates, my background fabric and some fabrics from my stash to the monthly sewing day at Brown Candover. Several happy hours were spent creating Orange Peel blocks in the gentle company of friends.

If you are curious about curved piecing here is a little photo tutorial of how I made the Orange Peel blocks along with some of the handy tips I picked up along the way.

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