Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Quilters shelter-at-home Scavenger Hunt

My quilt guild, the Choo Choo Quilters, is running a 30-day "virtual" Scavenger Hunt while we are sheltering-at-home. It started this week and we've had an excellent response so far. Wanna play along with us? Here is the information and Scavenger Hunt list of daily tasks.
Choo Choo Quilters Scavenger Hunt.

We're using the guild's Facebook group page [Choo Choo Quilters] in concert with our Choo Choo Quilters blog as a reporting system for searching and finding items on the Scavenger Hunt list. You don't have to be a guild member to participate, so the more participation we get, the more interesting and entertaining it will be.

Today's task is to post and tag the name of the last quilt shop you visited (in person) before we were all self-quarantined. We hope that this will support the small business quilt shops and possibly introduce quilters to a new-to-them shop.

Many quilt shops and independent fabric shops have on-line shopping—through websites, social media, Facebook Live, etc.—and are filling and shipping orders. If you need something while you're temporarily locked in, reach out virtually... and make a purchase!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Just captions

Improv compositon.

Azaleas at the lamp post.

Scrappy star block. Improv patchwork.

Yellow iris blooming.

Knit fabric over improv patchwork.

"White Perfection" iris.
We gave bulbs to the guests are our wedding reception in 2000.
These have bloomed and multiplied for 19 years.
Quilt top. 16 blocks from The Farmer's Wife sampler.

Leatherleaf Mahonia.

Improv study.

Thrift blooming in the neighbor's yard.

Improv study.

Improv patchwork. Using scraps.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Social distancing Make Nine finish: the Bristol Top

Are you weathering the COVID-19 storm? As quilters, sewers, knitters and makers, we know the power of stitching and its ability to soothe the soul and ease a worried mind. During this time of social distancing, I have been making charity quilts and checking off items on my Make Nine 2020 list. The Bristol Top is one of my Make Nine finishes.
Me in my new Bristol Top [The Sewing Workshop pattern] made with knits from Art Gallery Fabrics.
I'm standing in front of a work-in-progress, The Farmer's Wife sampler quilt.

The Bristol Top
In a garment sewing workshop I took a few years ago, I saw several people making and wearing the Bristol. It looked great on everyone! I initially passed up this pattern because I didn't see its potential. However, upon seeing how it fit on the body and what others did with color blocking, mini stripes and pattern hacks, I wanted to try it.

Bristol Dress and Top pattern from The Sewing Workshop.

This top makes up so much cuter than its line drawing schematic on the pattern package lead me to believe. This pattern paired with knits from Art Gallery Fabrics is very comfortable to wear.

Contrasting fabric for the yoke.

Pattern details
The fun details for the Bristol—the cuffs, the lower band, front and back yokes and a back panel—are part of its eight pattern pieces. All these have color blocking potential! The construction for the Bristol is straightforward. In fact, the printed instructions are only one side of a single sheet of newsprint.

Cutting out the pattern pieces.

I didn't have quite enough of this yellow knit [from Art Gallery Fabrics] for the entire top, so this situation pushed me to find a coordinating print—which I used for the yoke and neckband.

The sleeve cuffs were an easy, styling detail. They can be worn turned up or down. If you have a directional print, you'll want to pay attention to how the cuffs are attached to the sleeve (if that matters to you).

Cuffs for the Bristol Top.

The diagonal seam lines in the back would make for a slimming effect if the sides and back panels were made with contrasting fabrics. I'm looking forward to trying Bristol with other fabric combinations... and I might try a pattern hack and make it with short sleeves.

Back view of my Bristol Top.

Behind me in the photo above is my Farmer's Wife sampler quilt. It's another WIP [work in  progress] I am working on during this world-wide quarantine.

I hope you have taken up your needles, threads and fabrics to help get through this worrisome time as well. If you need patterns or supplies, contact YLQS [your local quilt shop]! Many shops have on-line shopping, respond to emails and social media requests, offer curb-side pick-up and they still need our support to get through this trying time.

(To my blog stalker: I hope you are well and accomplishing many of your quilting projects.)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Celebrate National Quilting Day

Celebrate Quilts and Quiltmaking today!

National Quilting Day
Celebrate quilts and quiltmaking, March 21, 2020.

  • Hang a quilt outside your home. Make someone smile!
  • Contact YLQS (your local quilt shop) and order something so you can...
  • Start a quilt, work on a quilt, finish a quilt.
  • Make a quilt for someone else.
  • Make a quilt for charity.
  • Dig out your UFOs and do something with them (finish, repurpose, or give away).
  • Make something with orphan blocks (they don't have to be your blocks).
  • Play in your fabric scraps.
  • Work on your Guild Challenge.
  • Organize your quilting space... so you can do one or more of the above!

We've got a quilt hanging on the railing today. What's your plan of action?

(Geesh, that ironwork needs a paint job...)
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