‘Into the Woods’

Close up Into The Woods by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting‘Into the Woods’ is the name I’ve given my latest design-in-the-making. Please do click over to the new New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting blog site to read my latest post and see photos of the table runner ๐Ÿ™‚

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Allison

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (27)

It’s Saturday afternoon, not too late to welcome you to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your project(s) to this virtual sewing day and we’ll have time to share some of the conversations going on around the quilty community. Join in and share your thoughts using the comments section below.

I can see the finish of my ‘Into The Woods’ table runner drawing closer. I’ve completed all the foundation pieced blocks, crazy patchwork panels and rotary cut blocks. Finding the right fabric for the sashing strips and borders has slowed me down. The brown looked a bit too dark:

Into The woods brown borders by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

The beige with green stripes looked a bit too pale:

Into The Woods beige/green borders by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

There was only one thing to do: go fabric shopping! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was thinking a rusty red but that could combine with the greens in the blocks to make the whole just a bit too ‘Christmasy’, if you know what I mean? I plumped for a medium value yellow/green.

Into The Woods yellow/green borders by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

It’s hanging on the line drying in the breeze after a quick handwash in warm water (the other fabrics I’ve used were all pre-washed so I thought I’d better be ‘good’ and wash the new fabric). I’ll iron it dry if necessary so I can get on with making the runner!

A quick BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT: My New Every Morning blog page is changing! Please take a look at the new siteย and let me now what you think. Of course I’m hoping the move to the fresh site will be seamless…. but… if there are a few glitches please bear with me as I learn the ropes! The nature of the content won’t be changing, you’ll just notice the layout of the page has changed making it easier for regular readers and visitors to find content, links to past posts and/or my other social media pages.

Here is a selection of the blog posts that have caught my attention and got me thinking over the past week:

Sticking with the social media theme: Leah Day has archived her Facebook accounts and won’t be using the platform any more. She cites the prevalence of negativity on the platform along with the time consuming, attention demanding nature of Facebook scrolling as her reasons for closing down her pages. I wonder if you use Facebook or maybe have moved away from it to other social media platforms? Iย  opened an Instagram account earlier this year and find it easier to manage than Facebook but already I’ve noticed some changes I don’t like: adverts are popping up in my ‘feed’ far more often; posts to and from my account are getting that ‘hit and miss’ feel of Facebook feeds where I can never be sure which of my friends have received a post or if I’ve missed posts from them. Thankfully, I’ve not had a problem with angry rants or ‘negativity’ and it’s easy enough to block unwanted ‘followers’ from Instagram accounts.

Liz is celebrating finishing her first curved pieced quilt. It looks great and she’s added some beautiful quilting despite struggling to see her stitching on black and white fabrics.

I’ve been doing some foundation paper piecing recently so my attention was caught by a link on Alyce’s blog to her foundation piecing tutorial. It’s clearly written and photographed, definitely one to save to my foundation piecing Pinterest board.

Well! In the time it’s taken me to compile this post the weather has closed in. The new fabric has been rescued from the washing line and just needs a quick press to remove dampness. Time to move to the sewing room ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy stitching.

Allison

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Festival of Quilts and a Blog Announcement

Thursday 9th August is the opening day of Festival of Quilts. The largest annual quilt exhibition in the UK is held at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, slap-bang in the centre of England. Many of my friends are going and I’m excited for Viv who has taken Purple Stitches to FOQ – she’s on Stand H11.

(Read through to the end of this post to findย out about a new websiteย for my New Every Morning blog)

I’ve never been to the Festival but this year I’ve sent a quilt for the first time. ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ is entered in the ‘Traditional Quilt’ category and is number FO68 in the Competition Catalogue. A friend has kindly offered to take a photo so I’ll be able to view my quilt hanging in the gallery ๐Ÿ™‚ Here it is in my garden ๐Ÿ™‚

Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

‘Carrie Nation Variation’ has taken up a large part of my sewing time through this year. The design grew from playing around with the traditional ‘Carrie Nation’ block on paper and then on EQ7 software. I chose to use my stash of Moda Playtime 1930s reproduction prints with a white-on-white print for the background. Of course as the design evolved I found I needed to purchase more fabric from the Moda range… So I still have a little 1930s repro stash – enough to make a cot quilt or a lap quilt maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰

A bit of serendipity in the timing of a Trudi Wood feather quilting workshop gave me the opportunity to practice free motion quilting feathers all over Carrie Nation Variation.

Back of Carrie ANtion Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Back of Carrie Nation Variation showing feather and orange peel quilting designs.

Detail of Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

There was some unpicking (it’s no fun unpicking fmq stitches!) and a bit of grimacing as the weight of the quilt and the growing Summer heat wore me down but I had that submission deadline to meet so I kept going. The parcel went in the post with four days to spare ๐Ÿ˜€

And my BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT:ย  My New Every Morning blog will be moving to a new site very soon. Annie and Kathy atย AKP IT have been developing this for me and I’m really happy with the new look. You are invited to have a look round the new blog site – patchwork-quilting.co.uk It’s not too late to make changes so do let me know if you find anything that doesn’t look quite right or if you think something is missing. There may be some glitches to iron out, again please let us know so problems can be remedied. Try out the follow button too! Thank you!

Linking with Kelly for Needle & Thread Thursday. Kelly has made a stunning quilt top using a new collection of Kona Solids and there’s a gallery of some of the quilts from last weeks link up.

Don’t forget to click over to the new website too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Allison

 

 

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Foundation Pattern Progress and a Cot Quilt Finish

My ‘bring’ project for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share was a collection of foundation paper piecing patterns I needed to test for my new table runner pattern. I’m happy to say the patterns worked well and I also managed to complete the conventional rotary cut blocks that feature in the table runner.

Blocks for 'Into The Woods' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Recording the cuts of fabric needed for each part of the foundation blocks was a time-consuming and exacting task. We shouldn’t ever underestimate the amount of work that goes into writing a patchwork pattern; or balk at paying a fair price for a pattern; or be tempted to make ‘free’ copies of a pattern to pass on to friends and local quilt group members. After all most of us wouldn’t dream of pirating a DVD or photocopying a book so why break copyright and steal a patchwork pattern? Better climb down off my soapbox, it’s far too warm to be getting hot under the collar ๐Ÿ™‚

I spent most of today writing the pattern and creating diagrams using Microsoft Word. I know there are far better software packages for producing diagrams but having tried them – and failed – I shall have to be content to work within the confines of Word – the limits of which seem to match my IT capabilities pretty well!

This year I have shared a variety of projects and recorded some progress but precious few finishes, so it gives me considerable pleasure to be able to share a completed patchwork project ๐Ÿ™‚

Roo Cot Quilt by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

A friend asked if I would make a cot quilt for her grandson, Reuben, who was approaching his first birthday. He is nicknamed ‘Roo’ so the character from Winnie the Pooh was the ideal subject for the centre of his cot quilt. The proud Grandmother had located a fabric panel with pictures of Roo the baby kangaroo. The panel came as a pair, one image depicting Roo in the company of Tigger the other showing Roo with Pooh Bear. I found the fabrics to surround the panel whilst touring the stands at the Sandown quilt show in June. I drew up a pattern in EQ7 and more or less stuck to it… making just a few changes ‘on the hoof’.

EQ7 Roo Baby Quilt June 2018 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Cromford Mill by Allison ReidOn holiday in July I persuaded my family to return to Cromford, Derbyshire to visit Arkwright’s historic cotton mill which just happens to be the home of an excellent fabric shop called Quiltessential ๐Ÿ˜‰ I found the perfect backing material for the cot quilt.

Cot quilt backing fabric by Allison Reid

Back from holiday I finished piecing the cot quilt and made the Roo & Pooh panel into a cushion cover before quilting both the quilt and the cushion front.

Roo & Tigger by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingRoo & Winnie the Pooh by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingRoo & Pooh (2) by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Thankfully I finished the pair just in time for my friends family to celebrate their own little Roo’s first birthday. Their photos show he did try to eat the cushion but I guess that counts as a sign of approval from a one year old? ๐Ÿ˜€

The weather forecast assures us we have just one more day of stifling temperatures to get through and then we slip back into our standard low 20sยฐC temperatures – phew! Should be a great opportunity to find some ‘get up and go’, tackling jobs that have just seemed un-do-able in the heat.

Here are two photos from Saturday to remind us of the Summer heatwave, a beautiful sunflower and a dramatic sunset.

Linking with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. Beth is crushing on the results of using her embroidery machine to create beautiful raw edge applique.

Happy stitching.

Allison

 

 

 

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (26)

A warm welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

EQ7 foundation patterns

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’. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m very glad I spent some time on line looking through the options and made my choices beforeย 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.

The third bookcase by Allison Reid

The third bookcase almost hidden by the pile of quilts.

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 postย ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Interestingly, having written the above, I then read the latest post in Jessica’s seriesย ‘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!

Allison

 

 

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