Foundation Pattern Progress and a Cot Quilt Finish

My ‘bring’ project for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share was a collection of foundation paper piecing patterns I needed to test for my new table runner pattern. I’m happy to say the patterns worked well and I also managed to complete the conventional rotary cut blocks that feature in the table runner.

Blocks for 'Into The Woods' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Recording the cuts of fabric needed for each part of the foundation blocks was a time-consuming and exacting task. We shouldn’t ever underestimate the amount of work that goes into writing a patchwork pattern; or balk at paying a fair price for a pattern; or be tempted to make ‘free’ copies of a pattern to pass on to friends and local quilt group members. After all most of us wouldn’t dream of pirating a DVD or photocopying a book so why break copyright and steal a patchwork pattern? Better climb down off my soapbox, it’s far too warm to be getting hot under the collar 🙂

I spent most of today writing the pattern and creating diagrams using Microsoft Word. I know there are far better software packages for producing diagrams but having tried them – and failed – I shall have to be content to work within the confines of Word – the limits of which seem to match my IT capabilities pretty well!

This year I have shared a variety of projects and recorded some progress but precious few finishes, so it gives me considerable pleasure to be able to share a completed patchwork project 🙂

Roo Cot Quilt by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

A friend asked if I would make a cot quilt for her grandson, Reuben, who was approaching his first birthday. He is nicknamed ‘Roo’ so the character from Winnie the Pooh was the ideal subject for the centre of his cot quilt. The proud Grandmother had located a fabric panel with pictures of Roo the baby kangaroo. The panel came as a pair, one image depicting Roo in the company of Tigger the other showing Roo with Pooh Bear. I found the fabrics to surround the panel whilst touring the stands at the Sandown quilt show in June. I drew up a pattern in EQ7 and more or less stuck to it… making just a few changes ‘on the hoof’.

EQ7 Roo Baby Quilt June 2018 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Cromford Mill by Allison ReidOn holiday in July I persuaded my family to return to Cromford, Derbyshire to visit Arkwright’s historic cotton mill which just happens to be the home of an excellent fabric shop called Quiltessential 😉 I found the perfect backing material for the cot quilt.

Cot quilt backing fabric by Allison Reid

Back from holiday I finished piecing the cot quilt and made the Roo & Pooh panel into a cushion cover before quilting both the quilt and the cushion front.

Roo & Tigger by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingRoo & Winnie the Pooh by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingRoo & Pooh (2) by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Thankfully I finished the pair just in time for my friends family to celebrate their own little Roo’s first birthday. Their photos show he did try to eat the cushion but I guess that counts as a sign of approval from a one year old? 😀

The weather forecast assures us we have just one more day of stifling temperatures to get through and then we slip back into our standard low 20s°C temperatures – phew! Should be a great opportunity to find some ‘get up and go’, tackling jobs that have just seemed un-do-able in the heat.

Here are two photos from Saturday to remind us of the Summer heatwave, a beautiful sunflower and a dramatic sunset.

Linking with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. Beth is crushing on the results of using her embroidery machine to create beautiful raw edge applique.

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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2 Responses to Foundation Pattern Progress and a Cot Quilt Finish

  1. Rebecca Grace says:

    Allison, I love the design you came up with for the Tigger and Roo panel. It can be difficult to figure out how to use those and the danger is always that you end up with a quilt that looks like it came out of a package from a store. Your EQ design with the different borders and especially those orange square-in-square blocks adds just enough interest to make it definitely a custom quilt, without overpowering the panel print. One of the best I’ve seen. 🙂

    • Thank you very much Rebecca! I’m terrible at making design decisions – more often than not over thinking things – but this time finding the right colours for the borders really helped me feel confident to go ahead. 🙂

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