I’ve been very neglectful in keeping you up-to-date here on our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along! Apologies! I think perhaps Christmas put paid to my QAL rhythm and blog routine!!
Since I last updated you on the QAL we have made….
1 Light of Life Lantern (18″ Drunkard’s Path) block:
2 Flying Geese borders:
2 Spools blocks (9″ each):
And this week the ladies are making …
1 Circle of Hearts (9″ Applique) block:
2 Orange Peel (9″ Applique) blocks:
This week marks the end of all our block making! Wow! 17 weeks has gone by in a flash! The photos the ladies put up in the private Facebook Group are wonderful and it’s so exciting seeing the quilts growing week on week.
That just leaves 2 more weeks where we will be covering quilt top assembly and quilting and binding techniques bringing our QAL to an end on 31st January.
I’m very much looking forward to showing you some of the finished quilt tops in a few weeks time!
This week in the Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along we are making three 9″ Crossed Paths blocks.
This block column will add a dramatic geometric contrast to the softer curves and sharp points of its surrounding blocks.
The technique focus in making these blocks is how to successfully sew long strips together.
For these blocks we are sewing 3 Width of Fabric strips together (42″-44″) and then chopping them into smaller units to create the striped sections.
If you have ever worked with a Jelly Roll (precut 2.5″ strips) or narrow border strips you may have experienced some curving or bowing when sewing the long strips together.
Here are some helpful tips to avoid curving when sewing long strips together:
1 Pin/clip the strips right sides together, first at the top and bottom edges, then the middle and the quarter points. This will prevent the top strip from ‘travelling’ further than the underneath strip.
2 (If sewing more than 2 strips together, place a pin marker at the top of the first 2 strips so you remember which end you started sewing at.)
3 Use a new 80/12 standard needle and attach a walking foot to your machine (or engage IDT). Sew 1/4″ seam down the length of the strips.
4 Remove the pins/clips and set the seams (press the seam as you have sewn it). Now press the seam either open or to the darkest fabric. This is best done on a large ironing board where you can easily keep the length of the strip straight as you press.
5 Pin and attach the next strip in the same way as before, this time sewing from the bottom end (remember your pin marker donotes the top end). Changing direction of the sewing will resist curving.
Now you should have straight sewn strips with no ruffles or curving along the seams!!
I’m super excited to let you know about my latest teaching project:
This is the Kindred Spirits Sampler Quilt and I will be teaching this as a weekly quilt-along, starting 14th September through to end January ’21.
Each week there will be a new block to make and a new technique focus (some blocks have 2 weeks allocated).
This was a project I already had in mind for my actual classes at Conway Mill. But as I’m not back to running my classes yet (thanks to Coronavirus!) I thought I would go ahead and teach it online! And that means anyone can join in!
This quilt-along is all about building skills, building confidence and building community. Here are a few more thoughts on what this quilt-along represents:
So what do you get?
All the teaching will come in the form of
pre-recorded videos emailed each week into your inbox. These videos will include accurately cuttin fabric and using templates. The videos mean you have complete control -press pause, replay and sew at your own pace
PDF documents (colouring sheets & cutting instructions)
Professionally art-worked templates (as needed)
and you will be supported every step of the way through our interactive social media groups where you can ask questions, share tips and ideas, access bonus features, make new friends and create community!
And here are a few other colourways you could consider:
The full list of materials and equipment needed is available here, as well as the schedule of our block making throughout the 4 months.
And finally, by taking part in this Quilt-Along, you will also be supporting a charity close to my heart.
£5 from every registration will be donated to Shared Threads, who make reuseable sanitary pads and hygiene packs for women and girls who are struggling with period poverty at home and abroad.
Here’s Kirsty to tell you more:
If you’d like more information about the work of Shared Threads or how you can get involved, check out their website here.
And so the countdown begins!
I do hope you will consider joining us for an Autumn term of fun, learning and connecting!
(Booking will be available from 14th September here)