Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (9)

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.

Carpenter's Star binding by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

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!


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Making a 16″ Carpenters Star

I’ve had another Dreami (drop everything and make it) experience this week. It’s my Dear Mum’s birthday this Sunday and she hasn’t come up with any gift ideas. A bit late in the day I decided to make her something… So I took a look through my Pinterest boards and then had a rummage in my stash before drawing up a quick guide using EQ7.

Carpenters Star by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I decided to make a 16″ Carpenters Star block that could serve as a table topper. The colours of the three fabrics fit fairly well with the curtains in my parents dining room and wouldn’t look out of place in  their conservatory either so here’s hoping it is a successful gift.

As well as the EQ7 picture I did a bit of drawing and calculating on graph paper – figuring  out just how many half square triangles it takes to make this block (quite a lot as it happens!). Most of my fabric pieces were in strips but I did have a couple large enough to use the eight-half-square-triangles-at-a-time method. I love doing this, not so much because it saves time, but more that it is just a little bit magical 🙂 Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts has a great tutorial and cutting chart – Eight at a time half square triangles

Making HSTs by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Making HSTs – eight at a time and two at a time.

If you’d like to make a 16″ Carpenter’s Star here is the method I used:

Fabric requirements: background (cream) and two others – I’ll call them ‘A’ (green) and ‘Z’ (pink). I had a little more than the equivalent of a fat eighth in each fabric.

CUTTING (this assumes making HSTs using the two-at-a-time method BUT if you use the eight-at-a-time method then cut 6″ squares)

  • Background – Twelve 2½” squares; sixteen 3″ squares
  • Fabric A – Four 2½” squares; sixteen 3″ squares
  • Fabric Z – sixteen 3″ squares


  • Pair up eight background 3″ squares with eight 3″ A squares. Make sixteen HSTs. Trim to 2½” square.
  • Pair up eight background 3″ squares with eight 3″ Z squares. Make sixteen HSTs. Trim to 2½” square.
  • Pair up eight A 3″ squares with eight 3″ Z squares. Make sixteen HSTs. Trim to 2½” square.
Squares and HSTs by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Squares and HSTs ready to make the Carpenter’s Star

I decided to create my Carpenter’s Star by piecing a quarter of the block at a time. I laid out the pieces next to my machine like this:

Piecing a Carpenter's Star by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Piece the units together row by row being careful to match the points. Once all four quarters are completed the pattern emerges:

Carpenter's Star quarters by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Time to sew them all together before stepping back to admire this very appealing block.

Carpenter's Star pieced by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I’ve pinned together a quilt sandwich using a piece of unbleached calico as the backing and Hobbs cotton wadding. I think I’ll quilt in the ditch and maybe do a bit of meandering in the background.

I tried to find out the history of the Carpenter’s Star but couldn’t find much information: It may have been inspired by the trades and skills needed by early settlers and could reference ‘the master carpenter’, Jesus. There are a range of layouts and methods for making this block – see Janet Wickell’s tutorial for a striking alternative.

I’m looking forward to celebrating International Quilting Day on Saturday. I wonder how you might be marking the day?

Linking with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle & Thread Thursday and with Myra for Finished or Not Friday.


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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (8)

Hello! Welcome to the eighth Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Join an online sewing day, bring the project you’ll be working on and join in the conversations by sharing what has caught your interest in the quilty world this week.

I’ve had a couple of days away from my sewing machine. On Thursday I took a two hour train ride to Bristol. The sky was blue, there was plenty of colour in the countryside and I had a good book to read. I’m reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – so glad I saw the BBC drama series of Wolf Hall a while back – I can hear the voice of Mark Rylance (the actor who played Thomas Cromwell) as I read the words. Of course, I took time to raise my eyes from the book and look out the train carriage window. I was so happy to see tiny knock-kneed lambs in a field of green grass, a heron statuesque in the very centre of a pond, a family of mute swans busy feeding in a field of winter greens and a buzzard giving a lazy flap of it’s broad wings to travel the distance between two fence posts.

Kids by Allison ReidOnce in Bristol, a large city to the south west of central England, I met up with our daughter and #2 son for whom the City is home. We stayed down by the waterfront, enjoying the cafe life, and a walk to view the many types of boats and see the mix of Georgian and modern housing on the steep hills either side of the river. I was particularly keen to get a view of Isambard Kingdom Brunel‘s Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge by Allison Reid

and chuckled to see the much more modern Bristol icon, Aardman Studio’s dog Gromit standing as a proud figurehead on one of the little river ferries.

Gromit on a ferry by Allison Reid

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It was a good day 🙂 On Friday I was also out and about visiting friends and family. Now it’s time to get back to sewing…

Three Twenties Strips by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingAt the risk of repeating myself (several times over) I will be working on the Three Twenties stripy quilt. I’ve pressed all the strips and have been arranging and rearranging them on my design wall. Now the strips are grouped into four groups of five, numbered to make sure I don’t get them in a muddle 😉 and ready to be stitched together.

That’s the project I’m bringing to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Here are some of the blog posts and links that have caught my eye through the week:

The Moda Bake Shop is a great place to find block and quilt tutorials. Christine Weld has a tutorial making three mini quilts using a charm pack and some background fabrics.

Avis admits to finding it difficult to give up precious sewing time to read a novel but she highly recommends ‘The Sewing Machine’ by Natalie Fergie. Read more about the book and Avis’ recommendation here.

Amanda Jean aka ‘Crazy Mom Quilts’ obsession with scraps is infectious. She has posted a tutorial for an eye-catching scrappy Churn Dash block.

Rachel has some wise words about the comparison trap we can fall into when we walk around a quilt show or gaze at quilty loveliness on Instagram.

And Melanie has some wise words for when ‘life gets in the way‘. She also shares a rocket launch, an encounter with alligators and her latest medallion quilt (certainly not a run-of-the-mill week!).

Kate @Smiles From Kate has had the disappointment of missing an embroidery weekend away and going down with a virus. But her week wasn’t all bad 🙂 She shares the shamrock blocks she’s made for a quilting bee; the schedule for a blog hop inspired by the book ‘Modern Plus Sign Quilts’; and a memory cushion she’s made from a Grandfather’s shirt.

If you’d like to share your current project and any links you think would be of interest please do use the link up button below or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Hope you enjoy some stitching time this weekend.


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A Finish; A New Ruler; A One Monthly Goal; and a Fresh Start

Ha!Ha! How come it’s only Tuesday and there’s already so much going on in my New Every Morning quilty week? Honestly I am feeling the need to focus down; a whirling, undisciplined approach to all aspects of my quilty world can be rather disorientating and exhausting.

So, for the Finish of this post’s title: I’ve been making a Plus Sign quilt alongside teaching a beginners patchwork and quilting course at Purple Stitches (Viv designed the quilt and gave me a selection of Makower’s Kitty fabrics to play with). The final lesson of the beginners course is this coming Saturday when we’ll be making and attaching binding but I’ve run ahead – couldn’t wait to see the quilt bound in the coordinating stripy fabric.

Plus Sign Quilt by New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting

Quilting on Plus Sign quilt by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I quilted horizontal and vertical ‘tramlines’ over the quilt to emphasise the plus sign patchwork design.

Detail Plus Sign Quilt by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I used variegated thread for the quilting. I experimented with the binding – first machine stitching it to the back of the quilt and then machine stitching it down on the front. I like the neat finish this has produced.

Wing Clipper ruler at New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingA New Ruler: I like making Flying Geese blocks using the four at a time, no-waste method but find using a regular ruler to trim the units down to size quite fiddly. Last week I saw this demo on You Tube and decided to go ahead and purchase the ‘Wing Clipper’ ruler – I found it on-line at the appropriately named ‘The Running Chicken‘ quilt store. The parcel arrived today (at this point I have to proudly say I didn’t open the parcel until I’d finished the in-progress housework 🙂 ).

This afternoon I tried out the ruler making two sets of blocks: finished sizes 1″ x 2″ and 3½” x 7″. The leaflet that comes with the ruler has a cutting chart and very clear instructions (for right and left handed users). Cutting the pieces as per the chart gave a small amount of excess fabric around the units.

Wing Clipper large units by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingWing Clipper small unit by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Using the ruler to trim the units was very easy. The ruler needs to be positioned on each unit twice and it takes just a matter of seconds to line up everything before cutting. Once trimmed the units are very precise and easily pieced 🙂



I am in the process of developing a block pattern that has Flying Geese units so I’m very glad to have the ‘Wing Clipper’ in my ruler collection (incidentally, if you type ‘wing clipper’ into your search engine you will be given links to articles about caring for chickens! 😀 ).

Three-Twenties fabric strips New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingMy One Monthly Goal... As I said in my opening paragraph I am feeling a need to focus. My goal is to make the Three Twenties quilt – piece, quilt, bind, finish AND write a tutorial. I’m starting with all twenty horizontal strips pieced but in need of pressing and arranging, so a way to go!


And the Fresh Start? Well! Here I go a bit sheepish and try to tell you about my on-line shop. Last year I didn’t promote my Etsy shop very well and, not surprisingly, didn’t sell many quilts, runners or tote bags. The shop ran down to empty as listings expired and I then made the decision to re-open a shop on the UK crafters site, Folksy, instead. Last month I went on a bit of an adventure and employed a local photographer, Maree Lock of Reflections Photography, to create images of ten quilts and eight runners. We spent a very chilly but enjoyable afternoon first hanging the quilts in quick succession on a photographers backdrop frame and then took plenty of other shots too.

Reflections Photography and New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Maree Lock of Reflections Photography

You can click the shop button on the bar at the top of this post to get to my shop page and from there to individual listings or click over to my Folksy shop here. My goal for this year is to produce patterns of my designs to sell as hard and soft copies. This is my main LEARNING challenge of the year – but me and software… not a marriage made in heaven!

Whew! that’s my Tuesday round up. So happy to have a quilt finished 🙂 and be making progress in other aspects of this quilty life.

Linking with over a hundred other quilty bloggers at Elm Street Quilts for the March One Monthly Goal and with Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday.











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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (7)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Join in with this virtual sewing day by bringing along the project you are working on and sharing anything quilt related (or more!) that has caught your interest this week. There is a link button at the end of this post if you have a ‘Bring & Share’ post you’d like to add.

Beginners Course Plus Sign Quilt top New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI’m back working on the Plus Sign quilt that Viv of Purple Stitches has adapted from her original Beginners Course quilt. I’ve been making it alongside teaching the latest class for beginners. Yesterday I completed the quilting, today I will be trimming the quilt and adding the binding. I also intend to make and attach a simple label.

Plus Sign Quilt binding New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Who doesn’t love a stripy binding?

If you’ve been reading any blogs over the past week you won’t have failed to note Quiltcon 2018 has just been and gone. Cheryl has produced a lovely gallery of quilts from the show – see her post to catch some truly inspirational modern quilts.

Maybe you are looking for a good cause that could use your patchwork and quilting skills? Got a heap of stripy scraps? Kate has joined in with making quilts for the charity Dolls Like Me and has shared two lovely finishes including one dolls quilt made of narrow strips of fabrics 🙂

Two techniques using specialist rulers caught my eye this week:

Stephanie at Quilt’n Party has concluded her experiment to discover the pros and cons of pre-washing fabrics . Her final comparisons are very helpful and well worth considering as the great pre-wash or not debate continues.

A quick question… I have a Yahoo email account. Twice this week I have been  unable to access my inbox because of something termed ‘error two’. The message from Yahoo says it should be resolved within a few hours. It took nearly 48 hours the first time this happened and nearly 24 hours the second time. Very frustrating as I use my email to get notifications from most of the blogs I follow. I wonder if you know how I might get the error resolved more quickly if it should happen again?

And finally, here in the south of England we get significant snowfall about once every five years. It causes complete shutdown! On the first day of Spring we woke to a covering of snow that caused schools to be closed and extensive transport problems. The storm, nicknamed ‘The Beast from the East’ as it is blowing across Europe all the way from Siberia, has brought high winds along with the snow. It is very different from our usual  wet snow as this cold wind is very dry and is causing the snow to drift. Here’s a little slide show of how things have been looking around here for the past couple of days.

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Happy Stitching 🙂


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