Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (24)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share 🙂 Bring along your current project and share in the conversations on this virtual sewing day. Use the comments section or the linky button at the end of this post to leave links to quilty blog posts or tutorials that have caught your attention through the week.

First things first … We’ve had some rain 🙂 It will take quite a bit more to turn the grass from brown to green but it has been lovely to hear the sound of rain and see drops of water clinging to leaves and adding sparkle to dusty flowers.

My other news is that I have finally finished the BIG quilt! Whew!! I have stitched a temporary hanging sleeve to the back so it is ready to be sent to The Festival of Quilts… or so I thought…. Blow! I need to attach a flap of fabric to hide the label on the back (this is to keep the judging process fair). Will this quilt ever really be finished? I apologise for the poor quality of this photo, I had to copy it from my Facebook page as I don’t have access to the external hard drive where my photos are stored.

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If you have an Instagram account you can click over and see better quality photos of both the front and back of the quilt. The quilt, called ‘Carrie Nation Variation’, measures 76″ x 76″ so I was very glad to have both our boys at home when it came to holding up the quilt for the ‘face on’ photos.

Now, which project am I going to switch to since the BIG one is (just about) out of the way? Well! My ‘bring’ for this weekend is a bit of cheat as my sewing machine is packed away in readiness for the arrival of guests (sewing room becomes guest room). I’ll be using paper and pencils instead, designing a table runner and figuring out how to write foundation paper piecing patterns on EQ7. Hum! Keep your distance family this could all get rather tense!

It has been another busy week with the added distraction of Wimbledon tennis on TV so I’m still behind in my blog reading but here are the links to just a few of the quilty posts and tutorials that have caught my attention this week. You can find more links on my ‘Pins of the Week’ Pinterest board.

Teri shares her incident filled move from (and I am quoting) ‘ … confirmed, snobby hand quilter, to free-motion machine quilter and teacher’.

To use bed sheets in our quilts or not to use bed sheets in our quilts? Leah Day asked the question, gave her opinion and sparked some lively comments 🙂

Suzy has shared her solutions to common quilting FAQs. Part I here, Part II here 🙂 There are some helpful hints in each post and Suzy doesn’t mind sharing her mistakes to prevent us falling into the same patchwork and quilting holes!

Do you let your pets sit on your quilts? Soma shares the inspiration, the patchwork and the quilting hows and whys behind a beautiful little quilt. But I can’t get my head around putting such a beauty in a cat’s bed! Ha!Ha! You won’t be surprised to read that we don’t have pets! There is a cautionary tale (tail…) attached to this video re. pets and packing a quilt to post to an exhibition.

Back in my pet-free comfort zone… I’ll end with a link to Alyce’s post about choosing and fussy cutting fabrics for a double star block. I may have mentioned this before but … I just love patchwork stars 🙂

Happy stitching!

Allison

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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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