Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (17)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share ๐Ÿ™‚ You might like to join in this virtual sewing day by linking a post or you may be content to dip in to see the projects others bring along and ‘listen in’ to the quilty conversations being shared. Either way it’s lovely to have you along.

Quilty Saturday is dawning in pretty shades of pink (I’m glancing out the window at the sunrise as I write). It’s going to be another beautiful day here in the South ofย  England – a perfect day for a wedding wouldn’t you say? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or maybe a football match? ๐Ÿ˜€

Pink sunrise by Allison Reid

This weekend the projects I’m bringing to the virtual sewing day revolve around quilting rather than piecing. I’ve made a start on pin basting my 5th version of the beginners quilt.

Pin basting Beginners quilt No5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I’m also going to put together 3 or 4 practice quilt sandwiches. Partly because it’s always good to have a practice sandwich on hand – to test tension and get free motion quilting juices flowing before jumping onto an actual quilt – but mainly because I’m going to a free motion quilting workshop on Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ Trudi Wood (check out her beautiful quilting on instagram) will be teaching us how to stitch feather designs. I’m so excited about this workshop. Maybe after the workshop I’ll have the no-how and confidence to tackle a few more of the quilt tops waiting in my UFO queue? *Happy Dance*

Just a few conversation starters this week:

A quick quilt for a fund raiser. Melva nearly gave up on her Thomas the Tank Engine quilt but then plain borders came to the rescue. And she found the perfect location for the quilt photo shoot!

Further to my blog post about adding black and white to rainbow coloured quilts I read this post by Diane Knott which includes a photo of a colourful house quilt that has black & white sashing, and a link to a quilter called Freddy Moran ‘who uses black and white to control her wild colours’. I must go investigate… Ooo! Freddy Moran’s website is full of colour and black and white and a lot of useful information ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolatier layout EQ7 by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingSticking with my rainbow with black & white quilt top: This week I added to my patchwork and quilting experience by creating a patchwork layout with blocks on point with sashing between. The first time I’ve stitched such a layout. I was glad to find a very helpful tutorial describing the order in which to put together such a layout. I was even more glad to find the tutorial had a link to a table giving the cutting instructions for setting triangles and corner triangles of all sizes ๐Ÿ™‚ I made one mistake through not reading the measuring instructions correctly but it was easily put right. I learned a lot without going into deep anxieties over those complicated formulas needed to calculate the size of setting triangles ๐Ÿ™‚ (My word of the year LEARN has had another workout!).

Doh! That glitch in my WordPress admin re-emerged this week. For some reason in ‘notifications’ the box indicating that I don’t wish to receive e-mails letting me know when blogs I follow have new posts was ticked AGAIN. It’s been a busy week and I’m afraid it took me a few days to realise that I was receiving fewer emails than usual. Yesterday I sat down at my laptop and figured out what had happened ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This is all by way of an apology for me not having many links to share today. I will enjoy sitting down and catching up on the posts I’ve missed – it will take several l-o-n-g coffee breaks to work through my now overflowing in-box – and hope to have a bumper post of conversational links to share next Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great weekend. Happy Stitching.

Allison

Oh! Couldn’t miss out on sharing a pic of the first peony bloom of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ Summer is nearly here!

Peony bloom by Allison Reid

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Adding Black & White to a Rainbow

Way back – I mean four decades ago – I must have sat in a Physics lesson and learned about light. I can vaguely remember sending a beam of light through a prism and trying to identify the rainbow colours that were refracted (I think that is the right term). My Dad has been a keen photographer for many years and has read lots of weighty books on the subject and in so doing learned much about colour: including the odd fact that black and white are NOT colours! Huh?

In physics, aย colorย is visible light with a specific wavelength.ย Black and whiteย areย not colorsย because they doย notย have specific wavelengths. Instead,ย whiteย light contains all wavelengths of visible light.ย Black, on the other hand, is the absence of visible light.

Quoted from Seattlepi.

I’m wary of using black in the quilts I make – especially using a solid black as binding. This stems from a History lesson when we were told that war-time telegrams telling of the death of a loved-one were printed with black borders so recipients were warned of tragic news before opening the envelope. Isn’t it peculiar the things that stick in one’s mind and the associations they create over so many years?

Chocolatier Block of the month by Gen X Quilter, available at Purple Stitches, UKAnyway, it’s about time my mind stopped wandering around my school days and arrived at patchwork quilting: For the past 12ย  months I’ve been leading workshops based on the Chocolatier Block Of the Month organised by Viv at Purple Stitches. She recreated the Chocolatier quilt using a rainbow of Kona solids. The finished quilt is pretty large – 72″ square.

A perk of leading the workshops is receiving the block fabrics month by month – I’ve been using the fabrics to test the patterns, write my class notes, with hints and tips, plus checking that the correct quantities of fabric are sent out to everyone who is taking part.

Additional Chocolatier block by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingWith all 24 blocks and the eight border panels completed I designed a different layout, making a smaller quilt (58″ square). I liked the idea of setting the blocks on-point, this required making a 25th block. I collected the green scraps from previous blocks and came up with this design. Not sure what to call this block…

Then I wondered about the sashing and whether to include cornerstones or not? Whew! I’m so happy that I decided to have cornerstones. To my eye, these little black and white beauties lift this quilt top without merging or interfering with the rainbow colours of the blocks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alternative Chocolatier by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

So, this is what got me thinking about the nature of colour and the peculiar non-colour identities of black and white. (Thank you for hanging on – I got to the point in the end). Black and white seem a natural, well matched choice when adding extra features to a rainbow-style quilt, don’t you think? Maybe I will be less fearful of black borders in future? I intend to use the Flurry white-on-black fabric for the binding – having used it for the cornerstones and the narrow borders.

Alternative Chocolatier binding choice by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I’ve placed some pieces of the Flurry B&W behind a corner to show how the binding will complete the ‘frame’ around the borders and corner blocks.

Does a certain colour hold associations for you that maybe make you more or less likely to use it in your patchwork quilt making?

Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social. She’s sharing a couple of quilts made using and adapting her animal patterns as well as a catch up with life going on around her patchwork quilting.

Allison

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (16)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I took a break from stitching last weekend – you can read more about our seaside holiday here.

I wonder what project you will be bringing along to this virtual sewing day? Let us know and do share any of the interesting quilty topics you’ve come across on the internet or via your patchwork and quilting activities this week – share in the comments section or use the linky button at the bottom of the post.

I’m continuing to work on the Chocolatier BOM quilt. I need to piece the last two border sections – I’ve finished six of the rectangular strips so far.

Chocolatier border sections by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I also need to make an extra block to complete the on-point layout I’ve designed. The green scraps are quite small but hopefully I’ll come up with a suitable block ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolatier green scraps by Allison Reid

I-Spy flimsy by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingSo, on to the sharing, conversational part of Saturday Quilting Bring and Share:

He! He! I have an excuse to show the I-Spy quilt again. Myra was kind enough to feature it in her Finished or Not Friday blog linky ๐Ÿ™‚

Ever joined in a quilt along? Sandra is just getting a new one underway. Here is the link to the Plus Playtime QAL Fabric Requirements and Tips post ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you understand the information printed on the little bits of paper found on the bottom of a spool of thread? I was reading Alyce’s email newsletter (Blossom Heart Quilts) and followed her link to this very helpful post about how threads are weighted on the Aurifil website.

When I reach the stage of switching from piecing to quilting my projects are often in danger of becoming UFOs. Just what sort quilting pattern should I stitch? Cheryl has given her thoughts on this dilemma: helping us to consider four factors as we contemplate the quilting stage of our projects.

Fed up of creases forming in folded quilts? Nancy at Joy for Grace first alerted me to this solution: fold quilts on the bias. I found a neat demonstration in aย 2 minute video showing how to fold quilts on the bias.

Suzy puts both sides of the pre-wash fabrics/don’t pre-wash fabrics debate. This one is going to run and run….

Leanne has a beautiful series of photos showing how she quilted a third version ofย  her cushion design, Flower Box.

I hope these links are of interest and help you expand your knowledge of patchwork and quilting. There is always something new to learn and so many generous quilters willing to pass on their tips and thoughts. Dive into the conversations and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Stitching

Allison

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Chocolatier BOM and a Seaside Break

Eastbourne from the Pier by Allison Reid

An evening view of Eastbourne taken from the Pier

I’m back in the sewing room after a sensationally sunny break by the sea ๐Ÿ™‚ We drove to Eastbourne on Friday to attend the 10th Bible By The Beach conference. It was our first time staying in the seaside town. Look at these photos of the tiled path leading up to our B&B hotel. No patchwork quilter could fail to feel anything but welcomed by such a sight!

 

I tell no lie the sun shone for four days and we did not see a cloud during our whole stay! You can imagine the seafront was busy with many holiday makers and day trippers making the most of this rare event – warm sunshine over an entire Bank Holiday weekend! Our B&B was less than a minutes walk from the seafront. Each morning we woke early and took a walk along the promenade – between 7 and 8am – we saw people running, roller blading and or/walking their dogs and a magnificent clean-up team emptying bins and preparing the seafront for the days visitors. The sun sparkled on the sea and gave a comfortable warmth – such good memories of those pre-breakfast walks ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Bible By The Beach was attended by around 800 people. Meetings were held in a local theatre. The speakers were all excellent, giving such encouraging and challenging messages from the Bible. There were children’s groups running alongside the meetings for adults. The children’s groups venues included the Eastbourne Tennis Centre (that’s where the pre-Wimbledon ladies tennis tournament takes place each year – the grass looked in excellent condition!). Music for worship was provided by the very talented EMU Music.

Now we are back home and thankfully the sun continues to shine so I’ve been giving our washing machine a workout after it’s weekend rest…

But back to the sewing room…

The Chocolatier BOM organised by Viv at Purple Stitches is drawing to a close. After 11 months all the 6″ blocks are complete and it’s time to cut the background materials and put the whole quilt together. This is Viv’s rainbow colourway Chocolatier quilt:

I’ve been holding monthly workshops to give some tips and advice as partakers tackle new techniques. As a result I have a full set of blocks (well! I do need to make four more of the border strip blocks…) but I’ve decided not to make the full size quilt. So today I’ve been playing with possible layouts: switching between arranging virtual blocks on EQ7 and rearranging the actual blocks up on my design wall.

 

My EQ7 design is pretty rough but it’s helping me try out different ideas. If I stick with this on-point layout I will need to make one more block to fill the gap in the lower right hand corner. I have some left-over fabrics so I should be able to do that. I’m thinking I will break up the blocks with some narrow sashing as shown in the EQ7 design. I’m enjoying designing the layout using the computer alongside the physical design wall. I’m switching between the two – sometimes making a change on the computer and then implementing it on the design wall, other times moving the blocks on the design wall before recording the alteration on the computer image. Much quicker than using paper, pencil and eraser!

Linking with Connie for Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River.

Allison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A finish, a missed deadline and a piecing tip

I am having one of those weeks when I can be very glad my diary looks fairly blank. The unexpected has been happening and although my to-do list doesn’t have many ticks I have been busy! An elderly friend has had a fall at home and requires a course of treatment in hospital. I’m glad to have had the time to help her and to meet up with more of her friends from her other social circles. Her situation – no close relatives – hi-lights the importance of nurturing friendships. Most of us don’t have a ‘developing friendships’ tick box on our to-do lists but time ‘doing’ friendship should never be counted as wasted time ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a finish to share ๐Ÿ™‚ Finally I have put the last stitch in the binding ofย  ‘Morning Mist’. Sadly that last stitch was secured eleven hours too late to share this quilt in the April One Monthly Goal linky but, none-the-less, I am counting Misty Morning as my April goal achieved.

Misty Morning by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Misty Morning back by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Morning Mist label by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI stitched the label to the backing last year – just before making the quilt sandwich, just before the sandwich then became a UFO. The label therefore states the quilt’s date of making as February 2017! Ah! Well!

I will be adding a photo of the quilt to my 2018 Gallery (click the button at the top of the page to see my – small – collection of finishes). And I will be adding the quilt to the collection in my Folksy shop.

So that’s the story of the finish and the missed deadline mentioned in the title of this post. Now for the ‘piecing tip’:

Last Saturday the fifth Beginners Course got underway at Purple Stitches quilt store. In the first of the four sessions I teach rotary cutting, stitching accurateย ยผ” seams and we begin piecing patchwork blocks. Along with the class notes, I provide a page of little number labels – one label to pin to each of the sixty-four fabric squares required for the quilt. Once the students are happy with the arrangement of their fabric squares and have decided on the orientation of any directional fabrics I encourage them to label each square.Block labels by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I find this numbering and labeling of patchwork blocks actually saves a lot of time. I number each label like this: the first digit corresponds to the row; the second digit to the position along the row. The numbers work from the top left block of the layout (label 1.1) to the bottom right (for this quilt, label 8.8). In the past I have just used little scraps of paper and scribbled the numbers on with a pencil. For my students I thought it might be kinder (and more professional) to produce a printed sheet.

Block labels - printed and scribbled by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

‘Posh’ printed labels and scribbled pencil labels do the same job ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you would like a copy of the labels try clicking this link and hopefully you will be able to download the PDF file ๐Ÿ™‚ย Row and block markers – 8 x 8

I find numbering each block in this way does save time during the piecing process:

  • It’s possible to stack all the blocks next to my sewing machine and go in for some great chain-piecing action.

Chain piecing by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

  • If I drop the blocks or muddle the blocks at the ironing board pressing station (Ha!Ha!) it’s possible get them back in order without having to lay them all out again and check the arrangement.
  • The numbered labels help me keep the blocks up the right way. Otherwise, in the short movement of lifting blocks from the table at the side of my sewing machine to bringing them under the needle, blocks have a strange habit of spinning in my hands and having the wrong edges stitched together!

A few minutes adding labels can avoid having to spend a lot of time unpicking seams ๐Ÿ™‚

Ooops! by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingCaveat – This system is not foolproof. I, Dear Reader, must count myself a fool. Look what I managed to do last night – I placed the higher numbered block under the lower numbered block and stitched them together! Resulting in blocks being the wrong way round – TWICE!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m adding this and other tips to my newly launched Facebook group called ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales’ – you can access the group via my New Every Morning page. I hope you will consider joining this branch of the worldwide quilty community. My intention is that the group will allow us to share tips, learn from one another and help find solutions to patchwork or quilting project problems members may encounter. I’m very happy for you to share links to your blog posts and helpful tutorials with the other members of this closed, members only, group. I look forward to receiving your membership request and welcoming you into the Patchwork Tips and Tales group ๐Ÿ™‚

As I stated at the top of the post I will have to give quite a bit of time over to dealing with the unexpected, and here in the UK we have a Bank Holiday weekend coming up too, so I’ve decided not to create a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post this week. The posts will be back through the rest of May and on into the Summer – that’s as long as I’m not in for a run of ‘unexpecteds’!

Linking with Connie at Free Motion by The River for another Linky Tuesday – click the link and find lots of patchwork & quilting inspiration, storage ideas and maybe a recipe or two as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Also linking with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday – she’s been finishing a UFO too!

Allison

 

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