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!

Allison

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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