Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (15)

Apologies for arriving a few hours late to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! This past week my sewing hours (and a good few other hours besides) have been dominated by the making of 56 Economy Blocks. Yesterday evening I stitched the rows together and first thing this morning managed to get a photo between rain showers.

I-Spy flimsy by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Isn’t it stunning? The quilt is designed by Erica Jackman (www.kitchentablequilting.com) for Robert Kaufman using an I-Spy Panel by Ann Kelle. It was a bit of an uncharacteristic ‘peddle to the metal’ mission for me to finish a quilt top in five days but I have enjoyed myself! Now the quilt top is in the safe hands of Viv at Purple Stitches. She will have it quilted and use it as her shop sample. I think the I-Spy quilt kits will be very popular.

So Whew! And a late start to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share… Bring along your project and share the quilty news and tips you’ve picked up through the week.

Fabrics for Beginners Quilt #5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingMy Saturday project is based on a rather hastily put together group of fabrics. This week, apart from beavering away at the I-Spy quilt, I’ve been preparing for the start of another Beginners Course. I like to make a quilt alongside the students in the group – I can use it as my demonstration model while we work our way through the processes involved in creating a quilt from rotary cutting to binding.

Binding Misty Morning by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I’ll also be chugging away at hand stitching the binding onto the ‘Misty Morning’ quilt. I really am determined to finish it – this is the third Saturday it’s been a project in the Bring & Share!

On to the Saturday chat :-):

Maureen Cracknell is celebrating the release of her new fabric range, Flower Child, with a free pattern by Sharon McConnell.

Flower Crowns FREE Quilt Pattern for Flower Child

If you are thinking of cutting and stitching an English Paper Piecing project then do take a look at Rachel’s tutorial using Freezer PaperΒ shapes to aid fussy cutting and basting.

I’m always intrigued by variations on block patterns based on stars. Jayne reported on progress she’s making on a quilt called ‘Best of All’ by Country Threads. The blocks look so appealing – another addition to my Patchwork Blocks Pinterest board!

I have a New Every Morning page on Facebook. One of my aims with this blog and with New Every Morning in general is to provide connections and links into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community, hence the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. In keeping with that aim I’ve created a closed group that you can access via the ‘visit group’ button on theΒ New Every Morning Facebook page. I’ve named the group ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales’ and intend it to be a resource we can use to share our patchwork and quilting tips; the stories around our projects (feel free to include links to blog posts); and a place where questions regarding patchwork and quilting can be posted with the real possibility that several people in the group will be able to provide solutions. I hope you will consider joining the Group πŸ™‚

I’m linking this post to Myra’s Finished or Not Friday link party. She is sharing a great pattern to use with a fat quarter fabric pack.

If you’d like to link a sharing post with Saturday Quilting Brings and Share please use the link button below. Thank you.

Happy stitching.

Allison

Posted in Quilt Blocks, Quilting Community, Works In Progress | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (14)

Welcome to the fourteenth Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder which project you will be bringing along to this virtual sewing day with friends from the online quilty community? There have been plenty of great blog posts this week – so no shortage of conversation starters to share πŸ™‚ Do link up using the button at the bottom of this page or leave a comment telling us about your project and sharing any quilty conversations that have inspired you this week.

Last Saturday I brought along the ‘Misty Morning’ quilt. I needed to hide many thread ends left after completing free motion quilting designs in the middle of each block and stitch down the binding by hand. I dealt with all the thread ends but only managed to secure the binding on one side of the quilt… So my project is to complete stitching the binding. My incentive is that finishing this quilt is my April One Monthly Goal and we are already three quarters of the way through the month!

Binding Misty Morning by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Hand stitching binding – slow and relaxing

However, my sewing room is full of distracting alternative projects. I counted up today, I have five projects out on the cutting table or spread out on the sofa bed and the design wall! Boy! Do I need a finish before overwhelm sets in? Yes! I do!

Five projects on the go by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingHere they are gathered together. Starting top left and going anti-clockwise: The binding project; a test Economy Block for a new project ;-); Chocolatier BOM Month 11 blocks; Chocolatier BOM Month 10 blocks; a ‘leader and ender’ scrap quilt project.

Even with all these quilts underway I can’t help being intrigued and inspired by skills, techniques and patterns new to me:

Now this is something I’d like to try: adding a ‘flange’ on the inside edge of a binding… Check out Jen’s tutorial to find out how πŸ™‚

A double sided quilt made from scraps and stash. Amanda Jean produces another winner! This king size, scrappy log cabin quilt is beautiful. Amanda Jean tells it’s story here.

Talking of scraps and stash there is a new book out called ‘Stash Statement – Make the Most of Your Fabrics with Easy Improv Quilts’ by Kelly Young who writes at My Quilt Infatuation. I found out about the book and associated blog hop via Sew Preeti Quilts. Having recently enjoyed making a scrappy quilt with no block pattern I wonder if I am ready to move into improv patchwork?

The 2018 New Quilt Bloggers hop is underway. There are four hosts each ‘looking after’ a ‘hive’ of quilters who are fresh to the world of quilt blogs. I was one of those new bloggers a few years ago and found it so helpful both in developing my blog writing, receiving helpful reviews from my peers and discovering more lovely quilt bloggers to follow – it really does foster the on-line quilty community. Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon is one of the co-hosts this year. Take a read of her postΒ , find links to participants and to her fellow co-hosts and join in the give-away. Why not take a trip to a few of the new blogs? A visit or even better a comment would be so encouraging for these newbie bloggers πŸ™‚

Here in the UK we have quite suddenly been plunged into Summer – a few days ago Spring was having trouble shaking off Winter and now we are reaching for the sun block, experiencing temperatures in the high 20sΒ Β°C, and rediscovering our gardens and parks. I’ve been busy working at my allotment plot – I cannot describe how much my body aches after this burst of digging and weeding – very satisfying and very tiring… I will need some caffeine with my sewing!

Happy stitching!

Allison

Posted in Inspiration, Learn, Works In Progress | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Learning and Teaching

Back in January I chose my word for 2018: LEARN. Patchwork and quilting embraces a great array of techniques and there is always more to discover, skills to be practiced along the way and a constant supply of new books and online tutorials to delve into.

As well as continuing to learn and practice different aspects of P&Q I am also learning to share my skills and knowledge through teaching classes and workshops. It was way back in 2010 when I got the P&Q bug. I joined North Hampshire Quilters and signed up for the Beginners Course being run by two members of the group, Flip and Chris. With three other beginners I discovered how to make a patchwork quilt right from the accurate quarter inch seam, how to rotary cut… through to labeling and binding a quilt.

Beginners Sampler Quilt by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

My first quilt has settled happily on the sofa-bed in my sewing room/guest room.

Move forward eight years and it’s my turn to be leading a workshop – guiding participants through the steps to create the blocks of the Chocolatier BOM. Last month we were making hourglass blocks. I made hourglass blocks as part of my beginners sampler quilt and as I drew up guidance notes it struck me just what a privilege it is to be passing on a technique that I first learned in a beginners class (and yes! Flip and Chris I still have your class notes in the folder :-)). Here are my first Hour Glass blocks used to make the Ohio Star in my Beginners Sampler Quilt – there are quite a few points missing πŸ˜‰

 

Here are my samples ready for the Chocolatier workshop:

Chocolatier BOM 10 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

The Chocolatier BOM workshops are drawing to a close as we are now putting together the final component blocks before creating the quilt top BUT it’s not too late to sign up for the BOM, Viv is still cutting up fabric and sending out packages to new recruits!

Chocolatier Block of the month by Gen X Quilter, available at Purple Stitches, UK

Purple Stitches rainbow version of the Chocolatier BOM Quilt

There is another Beginners Course is scheduled to begin at Purple Stitches and I’m so looking forward to sharing the ins and outs of making a patchwork quilt with a new group of budding quilters. And it won’t just be them learning, I’m sure to learn too: improving my teaching; discovering different ways to solve problems; looking in awe at more fascinating print and colour combinations brought to the cutting table by the students. Below is a gallery of quilts created by students during the past four courses. Amazing the variations possible from such a simple patchwork πŸ™‚

Beginners Course 2017 (1 & 2) by Allison Reid

The three quilts above were finished in December 2017 – you can see the original Beginners Quilt hanging in the background of one of the photos. And finally, the recently graduated first Beginners Class of 2018:

I’m so pleased that everyone finished their quilts and left with plans (and fabric) for their next quilts. Happy days πŸ™‚

Linking with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday – Kelly is sharing a beautiful lattice pattern quilt she has just finished along with some amazing quilts shared by some of the quilters who linked up last week.

Also linking with Myra of Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday. Myra always has a lovely quilt and/or her own pattern to share as well as the favourite quilt from the previous Friday.

Allison

Posted in Learn, Local Quilt Groups | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (13)

Crikey! That’s another week gone by! Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. I hope you’ll bring along the project you are working on and share in the conversations started by the links below or share the topics that have sparked your interest over the past week.

Magnolia by Allison ReidI will reveal my project in a moment but first I have to apologise for the less than perfect photos. We have been plagued with a solid blanket of grey cloud all week which makes the natural light very dull and flat – not great for photography. One plus point to the dull lighting is the effect it has on white flowers. Just look at this Magnolia Stellata – the white flowers glow in the gloom πŸ™‚

Last week I was steeling myself to free motion stitch a design across a quilt top that had been a UFO for more than a year. Well! I’m happy to say I bit the bullet and stitched away like mad – my deadline was Wednesday as I needed to pack away my sewing machine, converting my sewing room into a guest room… By Thursday morning I had finished the quilting and machine stitched the binding to the front of the quilt πŸ™‚

Binding 'Morning Mist' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

This weekend I’ll be hand-stitching. There are a gazillion thread ends to bury in the quilt and the binding to stitch down.

Quilting on 'Misty Morning' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I’m glad I found the nerve to quilt in the quarter triangle squares – the un-quilted one on the top left looks quite baggy compared to the other three.

I wasn’t at all sure how this would turn out but I’m pleased with the texture the curly swirls create. With the encouragement of Jo Westfoot aka @thecraftynomadfleet (Instagram) I managed to stitch fairly consistent ‘flowers’ in the centre squares (these measure 3Β½”). The shapes show up more on the back of the quilt.

Misty Morning - back detail by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

It was a big deal for me to FMQ this project. I’m so glad I did. As well as practicing my skills I’ve learned a few things:

  1. Skill and confidence in FMQ grows when you do it!
  2. There’s no need to stitch at high speed. Find the stitching speed that feels most comfortable – where foot pedal pressure and hand movements coincide to produce consistent(ish) stitch length.
  3. Switching to a smaller scale pattern definitely helped me produce better curves and more consistent shapes as I was able to complete more of the pattern before having to stop and re-position my hands.
  4. When I began to feel the muscles of my upper arm tensing I knew it was time to move the bulk of the quilt as I was having to use my arm muscles to keep the quilt in place under the needle. It was at this stage that it became difficult to prevent the quilt section under the needle pulling in the wrong direction.

I’ve found plenty of tips, information and insights in the quilty blogs I’ve read and the searches I’ve made this week:

Shannon Brinkley has published another helpful post on the subject of colour – this time using warm and cool colours to create different effects in a quilt top. I will be referring back to this and her series of posts on colour as I work on a couple of quilt designs I have on the go.

Carole shares the traditions behind the contents of a housewarming gift basket.

I didn’t know this was a thing but Alyce is doing a happy dance having bought herself some pre-made quilt binding!

Learning and practicing a craft can lead to opportunities to share skills and experiences. Margie Kempster is running a series of ‘instructor interviews’ blog posts. The first question she asked was: What teachers enjoy most about teaching?Β I’m looking forward to picking up some tips and inspiration over the next few weeks from the instructors Margie has interviewed.

I’m always adding fresh content to my Pinterest boards. Please do check out my Pins of the Week board (updated every Tuesday) and it’s follow on, Last Weeks Pins of the Week.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. You are welcome to link up a post – bring us a photo of your project and share some links πŸ™‚

Allison

Posted in Free Motion Quilting, Learn | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (12)

Hello! Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you are keen to make some progress on your chosen project; bring it along to this virtual sewing day and join in the quilty conversations going on across the internet by sharing and following some links today πŸ™‚

Earlier this week I had the excitement of a finish. That’s a good feeling! My project today is to revive a UFO. At the beginning of 2017 I was experimenting with the tube method of making blocks (click here to see Jenny Doan’s tutorial). I made a quilt top, enjoying the precision of the method and the secondary pattern achieved when the the blocks were put together. But then … this quilt got put to one side as I (yet again) chickened out at the quilting stage. When I retrieved it this week it was pin basted, and I’d made a start on stabilising the layers by quilting in the ditch around the inner border and had also ‘stay-stitched’ around the outer edge of the quilt top.

Tube quilt by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Yesterday I stitched in the ditch following the diagonal lines created by the blocks. So it is all well and truely stabilised. There is nothing for it now but to drop the feed dogs and put on the free motion foot :-/

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have been trying to FMQ patterns on a fairly large scale (more like the all-over pantograph designs used by some longarm quilters). But when I watch demonstrations of FMQ on domestic machines by quilters such as Leah Day, Angela Walters and Christa Watson they are quilting on a much smaller scale. Working on this smaller scale makes it easier to complete smooth curves and keep track of a pattern without having to stop halfway through a shape to re-position hands and/or shift the whole quilt.

img_3079

So time to practice a new strategy. I’ll be quilting small sections at a time to see if I can achieve better, more controlled results. My main concerns with quilting on a smaller scale are that the quilt could become quite stiff (unquilted it feels beautifully soft – almost fluid) and it may take me ’til Christmas to finish!

I’m hoping that I will finish quilting this project before Christmas πŸ˜‰ in fact I’m aiming to complete the quilt by the end of April so this is my One Monthly Goal and I’m linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for this very popular, project progressing, initiative.

I have had so few finishes this year it is really lovely to catch the up beat buzz from the finishes of others. Beth has some great photos showing the patchwork pattern and quilting texture of a blue and white quilt she has made for her Mother-in-Law.

Here’s a great scrap fabric quilt top. Sharon has a link to the free pattern tutorial called ‘Squares and Strips‘ by Allison Harris aka ‘cluck cluck sew’.

Fancy having a go at spray basting a quilt? Christa Watson has posted a tutorial with lots of tips and photos.

If you like teeny-tiny patchwork then Amanda Jean’s pint size Churn Dash block tutorial is for you – her block finishes at just 4ΒΌ” πŸ™‚

Teadoodle’s blog site is full of posts about creative and home DIY projects. Kristie asks the question: ‘Should you DIY it or buy it?’

If you have a project and some links you’d like to bring and share then do use the link button below or leave your thoughts in the comments section πŸ™‚

Happy stitching!

Allison

Posted in Free Motion Quilting, Learn, Works In Progress | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments