A warm welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Join in this virtual sewing day: Bring along the project you are working on and share the quilty conversations that have caught your interest over the past week. Add your bring and shares in the comments section at the end of this post.
My ‘bring’ is some foundation paper piecing. I’ve designed a table runner and now I’m testing out my idea in fabric and writing the pattern. The runner has a some straightforward foundation pieced blocks and some crazy patchwork panels. I’m hoping making the table runner and practicing these two techniques can be developed into a workshop.
I have to say that translating my foundation piecing patterns into EQ7 took me on yet another steep learning curve and took many more hours than it should have done. I had tested the most complicated of the three patterns by drawing the pattern using pencil and paper before diving into my scrap boxes and making the block so I was confident it would work. Joining up those pesky lines on the software and getting the numbering worked out took a lot of patience and a few ‘just walk away from the computer’ moments! (You might notice that the tree trunk of the EQ7 drawn paper pattern is slightly to one side rather than perfectly symmetrical – I decided to go with it rather than fiddle anymore…) Now I’m looking forward to getting away from the computer and back to my sewing machine to test these patterns and create some blocks.
There’s been a bit of transformation in my sewing room. Out with the make-do, old kitchen cabinet shelving and in with three IKEA bookcase units. My husband kindly drove down to the Southampton store on Wednesday evening and we wandered around trying to make sense of the IKEA ‘shopping experience’. 😀 I’m very glad I spent some time on line looking through the options and made my choices before visiting the vast shop. We came away with three heavy packs and managed to fit them in our car – I had to move my seat forward so my knees were an inch away from the glove box!
The following day our youngest son suggested he and I should have a go at constructing the bookcases. We made a good team and managed to build all three. There was even time for me to play around fitting my colour-sorted stash and scrap boxes and other bits and bobs on to the shelves.
The room still looks a bit muddled but that’s partly because we have prepared the little bedroom for a weekend guest – I’ve been using the bed in there as my quilt store – so for now all my quilts are draped over the sofa bed in the sewing room.
But it’s a good thing to have those quilts within easy reach as I really need to think through how I’m going to display them all for Hampshire Open Studios which begins on 18th August – just two weeks away!!
And so to some quilty conversations:
Katy posted photos of her beautiful ‘Puss In The Corner’ quilt. The quilt has such a timeless look to it – it is well worth clicking the link even if you are more of a modern than a traditional patchwork quilter. The quilt is very large and Katy managed to free motion quilt an orange peel design through all the little blocks. In her post she hi-lights the imperfect nature of the curves – all the comments left by her readers agree that the quilt is beautiful and they don’t see the quilting as imperfect. Perfectionism is something I struggle with – especially when quilting – but I am learning to embrace less-than-perfect. Actually I think Katy’s quilt gains part of it’s timeless, heirloom appearance because it is NOT covered in precision quilting. We are in danger of being pulled down a route of only accepting perfect repeats in quilting designs and missing out on the pleasure of seeing and handling handmade rather than ‘manufactured’ quilts. It’s great to improve our skills and produce quality quilts but lets not fall into the trap of seeking to compare our handmade quilts with mechanically produced ‘perfect’ quilts. (Thank you to Katy for permission to reference her blog post 🙂 )
Interestingly, having written the above, I then read the latest post in Jessica’s series ‘Quilting Modern Quilts Blog Series’. She’s written about the process of designing, piecing and quilting her quilt ‘Building Blocks’. She had some machine tension issues and had to rip out some FMQ stitching (not a task for the faint-hearted). However her concluding remarks illustrate really well the balance to be made between creativity and perfectionism. And guess what? Nearly every comment made about the post thanked Jessica for sharing her struggles with this quilt – keeping it real NOT perfect!
Ever been asked to make a keepsake quilt? Kristie describes in detail how she sorted and cut up a years worth of a baby’s clothes before putting them all together to make a unique quilt. It is quite a process!
A teacup quilt-a-long sounds like fun. Carole is organising a monthly QAL themed around teacups and teapots. The blocks will range in size from 12″ to 6″ and use several different techniques. Could be a bit of a scrap buster and a way to challenge ourselves to develop some new skills… Gather your fabrics, the first block pattern is released on Friday 3rd August! Here is Carole’s foundation piecing tutorial.
Have a great weekend. Happy stitching!