Festival of Quilts and a Blog Announcement

Thursday 9th August is the opening day of Festival of Quilts. The largest annual quilt exhibition in the UK is held at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, slap-bang in the centre of England. Many of my friends are going and I’m excited for Viv who has taken Purple Stitches to FOQ – she’s on Stand H11.

(Read through to the end of this post to find out about a new website for my New Every Morning blog)

I’ve never been to the Festival but this year I’ve sent a quilt for the first time. ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ is entered in the ‘Traditional Quilt’ category and is number FO68 in the Competition Catalogue. A friend has kindly offered to take a photo so I’ll be able to view my quilt hanging in the gallery 🙂 Here it is in my garden 🙂

Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

‘Carrie Nation Variation’ has taken up a large part of my sewing time through this year. The design grew from playing around with the traditional ‘Carrie Nation’ block on paper and then on EQ7 software. I chose to use my stash of Moda Playtime 1930s reproduction prints with a white-on-white print for the background. Of course as the design evolved I found I needed to purchase more fabric from the Moda range… So I still have a little 1930s repro stash – enough to make a cot quilt or a lap quilt maybe 😉

A bit of serendipity in the timing of a Trudi Wood feather quilting workshop gave me the opportunity to practice free motion quilting feathers all over Carrie Nation Variation.

Back of Carrie ANtion Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Back of Carrie Nation Variation showing feather and orange peel quilting designs.

Detail of Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

There was some unpicking (it’s no fun unpicking fmq stitches!) and a bit of grimacing as the weight of the quilt and the growing Summer heat wore me down but I had that submission deadline to meet so I kept going. The parcel went in the post with four days to spare 😀

And my BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT:  My New Every Morning blog will be moving to a new site very soon. Annie and Kathy at AKP IT have been developing this for me and I’m really happy with the new look. You are invited to have a look round the new blog site – patchwork-quilting.co.uk It’s not too late to make changes so do let me know if you find anything that doesn’t look quite right or if you think something is missing. There may be some glitches to iron out, again please let us know so problems can be remedied. Try out the follow button too! Thank you!

Linking with Kelly for Needle & Thread Thursday. Kelly has made a stunning quilt top using a new collection of Kona Solids and there’s a gallery of some of the quilts from last weeks link up.

Don’t forget to click over to the new website too 😉

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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6 Responses to Festival of Quilts and a Blog Announcement

  1. cozyquiltslb says:

    Good luck with your entry. Maybe next year I can travel to England for the Festival of Quilts.

  2. Jayne says:

    Congrats on the entry! How exciting having it hanging in the Festival of Quilts show! You did a beautiful job and I love the 1930’s reproduction fabrics!

  3. Thank you! It is exciting to be taking part.

  4. katyquilts says:

    Your quilt is lovely! Congrats! Looking forward to checking out your new site.

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