Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (21)

A warm welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Do bring along a project to this virtual sewing day and share in the conversations picked up through the week. Add your links in the comments section or use the linky button at the bottom of the page.

Well! I’m still going through the Groundhog Day experience with my quilting projects. This week my diary has been fairly empty so I have put in quite a lot of quilting hours. The beginners quilt is stitched out and my project for today is to add the binding. I think I will stitch it to the front of the quilt and hand stitch it down on the back – I don’t want to machine stitch the binding down both sides and have a line of stitching cut through my precious feathers!

Beginners 5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Carrie Nation Variation design by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI’ve completed all the feathers on the larger quilt top and now need to free motion an orange peel pattern through the small, coloured squares before reverting to my walking foot for a straight line design in the borders…

I have to confess I am feeling a bit frazzeled as the quilting process on these two projects goes on and on and on… I am having to battle against my perfectionist expectations the whole time. I’m really feeling the need to retreat back into my comfort zone for a project or two before my confidence hits rock bottom. I’ve added extra expectations on myself by entering the large ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ quilt into The Festival of Quilts. Not only do I have the postal deadline of 27th July looming in my mind but I’m also painfully aware that people will be looking at my quilt and finding all the imperfections. I know: we are our own harshest critics. I’m going to the National Quilt Championships at Sandown next week and I’m really looking forward to looking around the exhibits. I won’t be getting up close to quilts trying to spot inconsistencies in stitch size or missed points etc. I’ll be standing back lost in admiration, figuring out how the colours and design work to give the overall effect, noticing how a narrow border in a surprising but well chosen colour brings a whole quilt together… I know I should allow that the majority of quilters who stop to look at my quilt at the Festival of Quilts will be doing the same πŸ™‚

How do you get through a desire for perfection, settling for the reality of where your abilities and skills lie? I found this post by Chris, who describes her/himself to be a ‘recovering perfectionist’. There is a list of questions for perfectionist quilters to ponder. According to an on-line Perfectionism Test I have a ‘healthy level’ of perfectionism but some of it is a bitΒ  misdirected or inconsistent. Oh! My Gosh! Now even my score in a perfectionism test isn’t perfect! Agghhh! Reaches for soothing chocolate and then regrets imperfect willpower and physical shortcomings…..!!!!!!

Lets get away from this introspection and enjoy some of the quilty conversations going on this week πŸ™‚

Melva has an occasional series on her blog called ‘Quilters Through the Generations’. This link takes us to an interview with Stephanie Collins. It’s well worth a read and a look at just a few of the lovely quilts she and her quilting Grandmother have made.

Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is preparing to run a quilt-along with an original design called ‘Modern Plus Sampler‘ . She shows the quilt in a blue colourway and I think the design would really suit a young man – maybe a quilt to take to university or a graduation gift?

On Tuesday evening I went to a very enjoyable meeting of my local quilt group, Roundabout Quilters, Basingstoke. Yvonne McAtamney the owner of Village Fabrics, Wallingford was our guest speaker. Of course she is very knowledgeable about patchwork and quilting and gave us some good tips about choosing colours but she really lit up when she shared her passion for all things Japanese – designs and fabrics. We were all captivated by her unique Japanese themed quilts and the beautiful Sashiko stitching that embellishes them. Yvonne is about to launch her latest Japanese BOM – check out the Village Fabrics newsletter for details.

A newsletter from another local quilt group, North Hampshire Quilters, has information about plans for the first ever quilt show to be held in India. I’ve read articles in quilt magazines about antique and modern textiles and sewing in India but hadn’t considered there never having been a quilt exhibition in such a large, highly populated country. Find out more here.

Happy stitching πŸ™‚

Allison

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (20)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share; a virtual sewing day, an opportunity to bring along the project(s) you are working on and share in quilty conversations via links to the latest social media posts that have caught our attention over the past week. If you have anything to bring or share do make use of the comments section at the end of this page.

Borders attached - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I am beginning to feel like a stuck record (do you remember those days when the record player stylus would stick in a scratch on a record?) as my project for this weekend is yet again quilting ‘Carrie Nation Variation’! I’m not one for bad language but this quilt could be called a few other things… Nevermind, I’m on a fantastic learning curve as I stitch out all these feathers πŸ™‚ and move onto orange peel designs in the four patch squares.

As this particular project is stretching out over many weeks I’ve been thinking about the popular notions of ‘living in the moment’ and ‘being mindful’. I’m trying to concentrate on this ‘now’ project and not let myself be distracted by other projects. However, I don’t think it’s in our nature to NOT be looking ahead and planning. I find looking ahead is a means of maintaining hope. In quilting terms my hope lies in this bundle of fabrics: – I’m looking forward to embarking on a new project πŸ™‚ – and this is seeing me through the ‘now’ project which could otherwise become overwhelming.

I’m looking forward to embarking on a new project πŸ™‚ – and this is seeing me through the ‘now’ project which could otherwise become overwhelming. These fat quarters are a selection from Purple Stitches and are to be the basis of the block of the month sampler quilt I’ll be making in the Quilt Club Viv is hosting at the shop. I’m keeping this collection of fabric goodness on my desk in full view of my sewing table as a ray of hope, the promise of a future beyond the now project!

A few thoughts on HOPE:

Of course, my quilty hopes could be dashed – there’s no guarantee my ability to sew won’t be cut short by some illness or accident or my house and its contents destroyed in a gas explosion or fall into a huge sink hole… I’m thankful as a Christian I have a sure hope: I’m not dependent on wishful thinking, living in the strength of my own plans and abilities or living in constant fear of the future. Christians can live in the now with all of it’s uncertainties, unfulfilled human plans and failures, knowing we have a sure and certain hope in an eternal future. There’s no promise of a trouble-free life now but there is a guarantee of life in the new heaven and new earth according to God’s perfect plan and lasting promises. It saddens me when people put their hope in God’s creation – the universe, angels etc or in flawed humanity (when has any person of influence ever acted for the good of all people and not been corrupted in some way by the power they wield?) – and not in the Creator Himself. Putting hope in the redemptive power of Jesus gives complete security, a certain hope. Believing or trusting in the natural goodness of humans, the cosmic power of the Universe, ‘Mother Earth’, or our own abilities and self-sufficiency etc can only lead to disappoints and failures at best, eternal darkness at worst. I’d strongly recommend reading a Gospel – or all four – to discover what Jesus said and demonstrated about himself, the future and where we should and shouldn’t place our hope.

There we are, that’s my thought for the week! Funny how a quilty conversation can switch into a soul-search…

Here are the quilty news items and conversations that have caught my attention this week:

Soma at Whims and Fancies is reintroducing her Wandering Camera link up. It’s a lovely opportunity to stretch photography skills and share your favourites on the last Thursday of every month.

Leanne has been making ‘fidget blankets’ for special needs children. I’ve seen similar being made for people with dementia. Such a simple but effective calming tool to help people (young and old) keep fidgety fingers and minds occupied.

I don’t know how Rachel finds the time or inspiration to make a quilt ‘on a whim’ but she frequently does. I really like this giant star made from linen fabrics (Rachel used half inch seams to increase durability with this loose-weave fabric).

Yvonne and Cheryl are hosting the ‘Tips and Tutorials Festival’. If you like reading tutorials via blog posts or, indeed, if you like sharing your ‘how to’s’ on line then this promises to be great fun. The Festival runs from 11th to 15th June, there are four categories to explore/enter and we can vote for our favourite tutorials in each category.

Incidentally, I recently created the ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales‘ group on my Facebook page. You are welcome to join and we’d love to have you share any tips or advice you have to help us with our patchwork quilting.

There are so many talented patchwork pattern writers out there. A newly released pattern called ‘Making Waves’ by Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts caught my eye this week. If you have a fat eighth fabric bundle in your stash this pattern could be the perfect reason to untie the ribbon and get making!

I’d recommend following Jessica Skultety at Quilty Habit anytime; if you are not already then now is a great time to click on over and press the follow button πŸ™‚ Jessica had a publishing company pull out of a book deal 😦 Undaunted she is sharing the quilts in a ‘Quilting Modern Quilts’ series on her blog over the Summer. I am so looking forward to reading her stories behind the quilts and her explanations of the quilting designs she chose to use on each one. Oh! And while you are clicking to follow her blog don’t forget to click to follow her bi-weekly ‘Wonky Press’ newsletter too!

Happy stitching!

Allison

 

 

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (19)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. An invitation to bring along your project(s) to a virtual sewing day and share in conversations sparked by quilty blog posts that have caught our attention over the past week. Do join in by using the comments section or using the linky button found at the bottom of this page.

Last week I said my projects were all about quilting: the Beginners Class got to pin baste their quilt sandwiches, think about quilting designs and set up their machines for their first lines of quilt stitching; and I knuckled down to quilting feather designs onto a 76″ square quilt. As expected the experience of quilting designs on such a large quilt was quite different from stitching out the designs on practice squares!

First feathers on Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

There was the initial euphoria of stitching feathers into a space on the quilt, stepping back and thinking, ‘Wow! They really do look like feathers!’ As the week has gone on and I’ve continued stitching my way around the quilt I’ve become less jubilant. My expectation was that with each swirl of feathers my technique would improve – I’d judge better how to fill the space, more of the feathers would be lovely teardrops rather than bulbous fingers and I wouldn’t be doing so much unpicking – agghhh! Well! Let me tell you, this week has been a lesson in managing expectations πŸ˜€

Stitching by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I was concentrating so hard on shaping the feathers that stitch length became a little inconsistent and some of the over-stitching missed the mark…

Forming feathers by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Some feathers look ‘squished’ and others don’t have the teardrop shape

Feather spiral by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Uneven feather spiral.

Nevermind! I think I’m quoting Angela Walters correctly when I write ‘better finished than perfect’! I did find watching this You Tube video of Angela’s helpful – quite mesmerising watching a needle travelling across a quilt creating feathers using the ‘bump method’.

Silly to be discontented with this I know but there we are – always our own harshest critics with ridiculous expectations! Anyway, although still a work in progress this quilt, called ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ has been entered into The Festival of Quilts. So I had better carry on and finish! Ha!Ha!

I love the way the first three of this weeks blog conversations are connected:Β 

Yvonne shares a colourful quilt she’s made as part of the ‘Stash Statement’ blog tour. I love the way Yvonne includes so many bright photographs in her posts and provides details about the fabrics, threads and quilt stitching. My Pinterest boards are littered with links to Yvonne’s ‘Quilting Jet Girl’ blog. She is a great advocate and practitioner of giving back to the quilty community.

Carole is a whizz at repairing quilts. Do take a look at this blog post. She shows a technique for repairing and strengthening tears in fabrics. So clever :-O

Leanne has been repairing a quilt too. She has just finished a version of the ‘Stash Statement’ quilt that Yvonne posted about (see link above). Leanne found a small fault in the background fabric as she was quilting and came up with a really neat way of covering it and adding a little secret to the finished quilt.

Thinking of dipping into improv piecing? Alyce has been giving it a go in response to a quilt guild challenge. The improv borders she’s been adding to her mini medallion quilt are full of inspiration.

Thanks to Myra for providing this link to a quilt-as-you-go log cabin cushion tutorial. Myra’s cushion looks great and I definitely want to have a go at this technique.

Happy stitching.

Allison

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Custom made ruler rack

Just a quick post to declare my ‘Main Crush’ this Monday. It could be this beautiful ruler rack fashioned from a raw block of wood…

Ruler Rack by Allison Reid

But really there’s no contest:Β  My choice is my wonderful Dad who made this rack for me πŸ™‚ He’s just great, my Dad. Eighty years old, so in love with my Mum – they’ll be celebrating 58 years of marriage later this year – and so in love with his family, willing to help us all any way he can.

If this rack has given you a storage idea or maybe even roused a bit of sewing room envy πŸ˜‰ then you can purchase commercially made racks like this one from Creative Grids or this one made by Prym.

Linking with Beth at ‘Cooking Up Quilts’ for Main Crush Monday. Beth is crushing on her new Chaco chalk marker.

Happy stitching.

Allison

 

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (18)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along the project you are working on and share the blog post conversations, tutorials or quilty news that has caught your interest through the week. You can use the comment section or the linky button atΒ  the bottom of this page to join in this virtual sewing day.

This weekend my projects are all about quilting. I’ll be guiding the three members of the Beginners Course through basting a quilt sandwich and first steps in machine quilting. My version of the beginners quilt will come in handy as a quilting demonstration model. Back in my sewing room I’m feeling hopeful as I prepare to quilt feather designs on this rather large quilt. I keep drawing feather designs in different shaped spaces – squares, triangles waiting for ‘muscle-memory’ to work it’s magic.

Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

More conversations this week to make up for the rather quiet post last week:

Bella has given an informative tutorial adding tiny pleats across the width of curtains. The linen curtains look so amazing with light streaming through the windows of Bella’s newly refurbished kitchen πŸ™‚

Soma explains how she uses colours from nature to inspire her fabric selection. Her photos and the lovely foundation paper pieced block are inspiration in themselves.

Abby Glassenbury always has her finger on the pulse re. craft business and she’s been keeping a close eye on the changes going on at Etsy in the year since the new CEO has been running the company. She gives a robust response to Josh Silverman’s assertion that, β€œOur sellersΒ want to spend their time making and serving customers. They don’t want to spend their time being business people.” 

I will be recommending Sarah Goer’s machine binding tutorial to my Beginners Course students when we move on to binding our quilts in June.

Settle down with a mug of coffee and watch this super-informative video by Leah Day called ‘How Do I Quilt It? How to plan your quilting design with Leah Day‘. She uses computer prints of a medallion style quilt, drawing pencil lines to show how it could be custom quilted, given an all-over quilting design or be given a great look by varying the directions of straight line quilting.

Leanne, the Devoted Quilter, is a Christian and a quilter. Her devotional blog posts always hold to Biblical truths and present a challenge to grow in faith. This devotional post entitled ‘Stronger‘ is no exception.

Anita is hosting a quilt along using Elizabeth Hartman’s Greenhouse pattern. The quilt along begins on Wednesday 30th May. This is the link to Anita’s getting prepared post. Quilt-a-longs (QALs) can be a great way to keep motivation and there are usually some handy hints and an opportunity to see the progress of other participants as the project moves forward.

Jayne has written a lovely blog post sharing her experience of speaking at a quilt guild. She is so right to point out that quilters are a friendly welcoming bunch, interested in each other’s projects and creations.

Finally, baby birds in abundance at the moment. When the Starlings come into my garden it’s all noise and bustle! Earlier in the week we visited a bird reserve on the south coast. My husband took photos of a large, sleepy Tawny Owl chick and an Avocet with three tiny chicks.

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Happy stitching.

Allison

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