Welcome to a virtual sewcial, the ninth Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Today is International Quilting Day and I’m really fortunate to have the opportunity to be sharing it not only here but also at a local sew-in. I wonder what project you will be working on and if you have any quilt related tips or news to share?
I will be one of around thirty quilters meeting in a village hall deep in the beautiful countryside of Hampshire. The day is so well organised: we’ll spend the morning stitching drawstring bags for a children’s charity and underarm support cushions to be given to women recovery from breast surgery. We have lunch laid on and there’ll be a local quilt shop owner providing retail therapy 🙂 During the afternoon we’ll have a quilt ‘show and tell’ and can continue making charity items or work on our own projects. I’ll be stitching the binding to my Mum’s Carpenter’s Star table topper.
I’m sure there will be plenty of lively chat at International Quilters Day meetings around the world. One topic that has been ‘hot’ this past week has been the blog hop organised to share innovative designs from the book ‘Modern Plus Sign Quilts’ by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander. The Modern Plus sign blog hop got under way this week. It’s a great opportunity to see the variations that can be derived from each of the patterns in the book. Click to Soma’s blog post for her version of the Signature Plus quilt and the story behind her choices and adaptations. And take a look at Yvonne’s version of the Kaleidoscope Plus quilt, it is stunning …. and as for the quilting … WOW! Sandra also made the Kaleidoscope Plus quilt – she shares foundation paper piecing techniques that save on paper and fabric 🙂
I’m not aware of a strong history of quilt making down here in the south of England. Old quilts don’t turn up in charity shops and I’ve never visited a home that has a cherished old quilt on display. But in the USA modern quilt makers do come across old quilts and sometimes purchase them to save them/repair them. Amanda Jean has rescued an old quilt and is carrying out some repairs. She has to decide which fabric to use for the replacement binding.
There are lots of signs of Spring around – daffodils, thickening buds on my Magnolia bush and Mrs Blackbird busy collecting nesting material. BUT we are going to experience a dip in temperature over the weekend so it’s still not time to put away Winter woollies 😦
I hope, if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you are seeing a few signs of Spring and enjoying the lengthening hours of daylight. If you’d like to join in the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share I’d love to see your projects and click on any of the links you’d care to share.
Happy International Quilting Day!