Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (2)

Welcome! This is the second Saturday Quilting Bring & Share linky party – a virtual sewing day if you will 🙂

Here is the idea: Through the week I find lots of inspiring posts, tips and projects shared via the blogs I follow and via internet searches. Do you? Could we share them, almost as though we were joining in conversations at a sewing day? Of course we’d all like to take a look at the sewing projects we each bring to the sewing day!  No need for lots of words, just a great opportunity to share what’s sparked our interest through the week, passing on nuggets and links through a weekly get together.

I hoped to launch this linky with a button and all the clever linky technology. Sadly my IT skills are not yet up to the job. Nevermind, just for now we will dispense with blogging etiquette and I encourage you to leave the link to your Bring & Share post in the comment section below 🙂

The project I’m bringing to this sewing day is the Plus Sign quilt I’m making as an example for the Beginners Class at Purple Stitches. Here it is on my design wall.

Plus sign quilt on design wall Jan 18 Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I haven’t completed all of the piecing as I want to stitch some of the seams as part of my demonstration at the Beginners Class I’ll be teaching this weekend.

Plus sign close up - Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

A closer view to show some of the detail of the new ‘Kitty’ fabric collection by Makower.

With perfect timing Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs has included a history of plus sign quilts in a blog post this week. Her book, ‘Modern Plus Sign Quilts’ is being released this weekend 🙂

If you’d like to delve some more into the history of quilt making Melanie of Cat Bird Quilt Studio has produced a list of recommended books, websites, museums and groups.

If you are pulled in both directions by the great debate – to pre-wash or not to pre-wash patchwork fabrics – you will want to follow Stephanie’s series as she conducts a careful step-by-step comparison by making two patchwork mini quilts – one with pre-washed fabrics the other with unwashed fabrics.

Those of us who do choose to pre-wash fabrics will find this tip Carole picked up whilst browsing the internet very useful – avoid creases and tangled threads.

Jessica writes very touchingly about the memories attached to scraps and her improv ‘brick by brick’ method of creating patchwork.

And finally, the new series of Call the Midwife began on BBC1 last Sunday evening. As excellent as ever, but be warned this first episode is a tear-jerker.

Looking forward to seeing your Saturday project and checking out the links to the on-line conversations that have sparked your interest through the week.

Happy Stitching.



About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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4 Responses to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (2)

  1. Thanks for the mention, Allison!!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! This morning I’m reading some old posts (2011) by Sherri Lynn Wood, who has a book and reputation for “improv” quilting. This is, again, years ago, when she was exploring what improv means and how that works for her and other quilters. These old posts are somewhat thought provoking, at least enough so that I am still reading them. Here is a link to the set of them. The oldest ones are at the bottom of the list.

    • Thanks for the link Melanie. When I’m doing a search I’m sometimes surprised by how long a go a tutorial or post was published. Improv feels like a very new development but knowing there were posts about it in 2011 puts a different perspective on it! Thinking about it I wonder if improv is a modern manifestation of Victorian crazy patchwork?

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