Three days of patchwork – keeping it real

Just three days into the week and I’m feeling like I’ll never be able to bring this blog up to speed with all the ups and downs of the patchwork and quilting whirl I’ve been experiencing!

First things first: a morning with the ladies of the monthly craft group I help to run with a friend. Twenty of us got together on Monday, our scheduled activity: ‘Show and Tell’. This was an opportunity for us all to bring in the craft activities we love but that don’t fit well into a 2½ hour meeting (we generally like to try out techniques that produce a near-finished object within one meeting). It was a revelation to see the varied crafts on display including beautiful dolls house rooms with handmade furniture and little dolls dressed in replica Georgian and Victorian costume (complete with miniature handmade lace); a variety of wonderful knitting and crochet techniques; a quick demonstration of hand stitched Cathedral Windows blocks; and much more besides. I gave a 10 minute talk about how I discovered patchwork and quilting, showing a few of my quilts including the recently finished scrap quilt.

Sewing Room 12 Feb 2018 New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingMonday became a long day with various errands to be run following Craft Group. In the evening I slipped into my sewing room but instead of finding peace amongst the projects, books and fabrics I found myself feeling overwhelmed. Too many projects on view, I was tired and couldn’t prioritise or think straight to sort through the muddle.

Next day I took another look in the sewing room and decided to tackle the largest of the projects I had underway. The quilt top already measured 64½” square but needed three borders to be added. I kid you not, it took me the best part of the day to attach those borders. It was a slog – all that measuring (with the quilt top spread out on the sitting room floor), pinning and then manhandling the top through the house to my sewing machine. And the pressing of long seams too…

Pinning border strips - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Kneeling on the floor to pin a border strip to the quilt top

Sewing borders - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Stitching the borders – it is hard work keeping all that fabric moving in the right direction!

I was having to grit my teeth, reminding myself how fortunate I am to have whole days dedicated to creativity! I even started to wonder if I’d had enough of patchwork and quilting, false stop! Thankfully I recalled my show and tell experience of the previous day – I’m a fairly reserved, quiet person but once I’d launched into talking about my obsession I found great difficulty in stopping! No! I wasn’t losing my love of patchwork & quilting, I just needed to push through attaching those twelve border strips… Once that was accomplished I could tidy my room and, more importantly, regain a sense of order in my mind.

Borders attached - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Phew! Finally all three borders stitched in place. Time to put this quilt top to one side 🙂

Civil War fabrics - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Of course I couldn’t avoid purchasing a few Civil War fabrics at the end of the evening!

That evening the scrap quilt came out again – show and tell at the meeting of Roundabout Quilters. We had a fun evening with a talk about Civil War quilts by Yvonne who visited us from her shop, Village Fabrics. She brought along a selection of their beautiful quilts, many of which had been block of the month projects hosted by the shop. Yvonne has a team of talented people around her, between them they now produce their own patterns and BOM projects. If you get the chance to visit the shop in Wallingford you are in for a treat, there is a huge range of fabrics and notions plus the little town itself is very picturesque with an abundance of tea shops 🙂

Today (Day three) I’ve been back in the sewing room tackling the latest pair of blocks from the Chocolatier BOM run by Purple Stitches. I’ve never pieced a Drunkards Path block and as I’m supposed to be leading the BOM workshop next Tuesday I thought I’d better apply myself! I read some helpful tutorials online including this one by Lee Heinrich, ate lots of yummy chocolates, grabbed some stray fabrics and set to work.

Drunkards Path - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I took my time and by the fourth unit I understood the process and could start thinking about the information I should include in the workshop demonstration. So now I need to write up the class notes – I’m thinking I will take along some scrap fabrics so everyone can make a test block and get a feel for curved piecing before getting stuck into the BOM fabrics 🙂

Three days; highs, lows and such a great mix of people and projects. No wonder the obsession continues 🙂

Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social.





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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11 Responses to Three days of patchwork – keeping it real

  1. Lucie says:

    I love the quilt you finished adding the borders to. The borders always take longer to sew than we expect it will. So close to completion and yet so far. Thanks for sharing yoyr obsession x

  2. Borders take me forever to do. I’m impressed you got all three added in one day! And they look so nice and square. 🙂 We all have days that we feel like giving up on this craft, I’m glad you’re feeling better and have decided to keep on sewing!

  3. The quilt top is beautiful.

  4. Lovely quilt top. I think I might like to try the curved piecing.

  5. Laura says:

    I really like that sweet quilt top! It’ll be fun to see it quilted whenever you decide that you are ready for quilting it. 🙂

  6. I agree with the others — borders take a long time. Looks like you did a really good job with them, and the quilt will be very sweet.

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