Secret Quillow Revealed!

Ooo! It’s been a secret project for many months: a commission from Sue to design and make a quillow for her sister and soon to be born niece. Our colour schemes and patterns underwent a couple of dramatic changes before Sue, undaunted by the huge number of patterns and colour combinations thrown up by a google search, managed to find fabrics along with patchwork blocks and quilting patterns. I think Sue did well not to be completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of options thrown up by a Google search! She picked her favourites from a range of Moda fabrics called Hi-De-Ho.

I ordered the fabrics from Kalquilts. When the parcel arrived I dived into the world of Facebook video to record the unpacking of the fabrics. (This definitely counts as one of my VENTURES* for 2017!).


(Oh! Boy! That is a bit cringe-worthy but I’m VENTURING and that means experiencing and sharing the unpolished and disastrous along with the successes!)

The secret stitching began 🙂 Sue liked the Rail Fence patchwork block so I designed a quilt top using this simple block along with five other traditional blocks.

Sue's Quillow - Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting

My final design for the quillow top

The individual rail fence blocks were 6″ square and the large blocks 12″ square. The finished quilt top measured 48″ by 60″.







Sue's Quillow by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

The completed quillow

Sue liked bold quilting patterns. I quilted in the ditch around and across the 12″ blocks and then concentrated on Sue’s suggestion of circles for the rest of the quilt. I used a dinner plate as a template and centred it over four rail fence blocks at a time. I did think about using the walking foot to stitch the circles but decided that the quilt was just too big to be turned under the walking foot. I took a deep breath and put the free motion foot on instead. I was pleased with the results 🙂

Sue's Quillow pocket by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Sue asked for the pinwheel block to be repeated on the front of the quillow pocket. I was running a bit low on one or two of the fabrics by then (I discovered five 12″ blocks use up nearly a whole metre of fabric!) so had to incorporate a couple of the patterned fabrics into the pocket but kept to the colour scheme.

Phew! I was pleased to have the quillow finished in time for it to be gifted at the baby shower and Sue sent some photos of her sister receiving the quilt. I hope she can make good use of the cushion and quilt once baby arrives. With such open quilting patterns the quilt certainly felt comfortably squishy so might be a cosy addition to night time feeds.

*VENTURE – is my chosen word for 2017. I haven’t mentioned it too often but I have been stepping out, experimenting with new techniques and developing skills and just trying new things like recording a Facebook video! ‘Tis the season for annual reviews so I am collecting my thoughts on a year of VENTURING ready to write them down, anticipating the word(s) for 2018 will emerge during the process.

Linking with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday (two weeks in a row!). Amanda Jean has a lovely quilt finish of her own to share 🙂



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Snap Shut Phone Case

Well! This must be a first for me: I started a project at 8.30am this morning and here I am just four hours later proudly declaring a FINISH! I’ve made a snap shut case for my first ever smart phone.

Snap shut phone case - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I used a tutorial from my ‘archive’ to remind myself how to make these versatile pouch/pocket/case/purse thingys. This tutorial is my most read blog post having been accessed several times every week since the original was posted in June 2015 🙂

I have a collection of these cases: the first (featured in the tutorial) made for my tablet, the second (with handy wrist strap) for my camera and this third one for my phone.

Three snap shut cases: New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting

The key component is a length of metal ruler from retractable measure to create the snap shut closure. So simple and so effective 🙂

Three snap shut cases and tape: New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting

Having rigged up a variegated quilting thread in my machine to decorate the phone case I took the opportunity to add the quilting to a pot holder I made a few weeks ago. This piece was used to demonstrate the turn-inside out, no-binding method of making a quilt sandwich. It has been sitting around my sewing room ever since saying ‘quilt me!’


So really that’s TWO finishes to share with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday – whatever next? Maybe I’ll finish a UFO or two… Ho!Ho!Ho!

As a footnote to having my first ever smart phone I do now have an Instagram account – find me at allisonreid.neweverymorning. Looking forward to linking with you on IG 🙂



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Pre-cut stash project

I’ve used Moda 1930’s repro prints to complete two projects. The first I completed over a year ago using two charm packs to create lots of half square triangles and the second I completed last week (it was my demo quilt for the latest Beginners Class at Purple Stitches).

Last Wednesday I delved into my ‘projects’ bin looking for something to take to the following days sewing social. I found the little bag of left over 30’s Playtime fabrics by Chloes Closet for Moda along with a quarter metre of Kona Snow… Hum! I like the bright but not ‘in your face’ colours of the fabrics and the way they lend themselves to traditional patchwork layouts.

Time to check out my patchwork block bible, Judy Hopkins’ ‘501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks’ and EQ7’s block library. I settled on a block called Carrie Nation. I’d never heard of the American temperance campaigner Carrie Nation and her famous hatchets – Barbara Brackman provides a fascinating history here and there’s a block tutorial by Delaware Quilts here

Carrie Nation EQ7 Allison Reid

My EQ7 Carrie Nation block

After a bit of fiddling about on EQ7 I modified the block, substituting half square triangles for some of the larger squares in the block.

Carrie Nation modified block Allison Reid

My EQ7 Modified Carrie Nation block

My collection of 30’s Playtime fabrics included quite a few 10″ layer cake squares, an assortment of 5″ charm squares and a complete set of 2½” squares (won in a local quilt group raffle 🙂 ) as well as a couple of larger pieces of fabric. To create the least amount of waste from the pre-cuts I chose to make the finished size of the HST and the four patch units 4″ square. This makes the finished size of the blocks a whopping 16″ so just sixteen blocks required to make a 64″ square quilt top. Add a border or two and the finished quilt is likely to finish up at about 70″ square.

I took all the 30’s fabrics to the sewing social and enjoyed sorting them into colour groups and making a few HST and four patch units to create one block.

30's Playtime stash - Allison Reid

Larger fabric pieces to the left, 2.5″ squares, some squares stitched together ready to become four patches and the 5″ charm squares colour sorted ready to be made into HST.

Completed modified Carrie Nation block

First completed, modified, Carrie Nation block.

Of course, I discovered that I will need to purchase more of the printed fabrics to complete the quilt top along with a metre or more of the background fabric! Funny how I end up buying more fabric in order to use up my stash 😀 I’m hoping to make a pieced backing, using all the leftovers.

30's Playtime black backgroundsThere are a few squares of pre-cut fabrics from the 30’s Playtime range that I’m puzzling over. I’ve never felt able to introduce the fabrics with black backgrounds into my projects so I have a small assortment of these squares and no idea what to do with them. Do you have any suggestions?


Linking with Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon for the 10th DrEAmi (Drop Everything And Make It) virtual get together. I’m beginning to think the majority of my projects fit into the DrEAmi category! Why do I write out a list of planned projects when I so often scurry off and make things that never make it on to a list? (Blush – maybe some do end up on the list of UFOs…).


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Finishing Runners

It’s been my privilege to run workshops on two Saturday afternoons guiding four participants through the making of a Star runner. In demonstrating to a class I nearly always make a fresh version of the class pattern.

Autumn II Star Runner by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Autumn Star II against beech leaves 🙂

I pulled the fabrics for this version of my Star Runner pattern from my little stash. I’ve called it Autumn II as it the second I’ve made in the colours of the season (see all my other versions here). I used a walking foot to quilt in and around the central star before switching to free motion quilting to create a meander across the rest of the runner. (I used my favourite dark gold thread: Aurifil 2975, 40wt). I finished the runner with a scrappy binding. I am really happy with the colours and fabrics used in this version 🙂

Here are the runners made by the workshop members. Isn’t it fascinating to see the effect different fabric choices have on the look of just one pattern?

Star Runner, Purple Stitches WorkshopStar Runner, Purple Stitches WorkshopStar Runner, Purple Stitches WorkshopStar Runner, Purple Stitches Workshop

Star Runner featuring Chieveley fabricsThe runner above was made using fabrics from the Lewis & Irene ‘Chieveley’ Collection, aren’t they gorgeous?

My Star Runner pattern and the Chieveley fabrics can be obtained from Purple Stitches.



So pleased to have a finish to share with Myra and everyone over at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or not Friday (Myra has featured a great new pattern release).



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Patchwork Star Runner – Autumn II

I am making the sixth version of my ‘Patchwork Star Runner’! I’m using this one as my demonstration piece for a two part workshop at Purple Stitches.

Inspired by the beautiful Autumnal colours all around us, I had fun rifling through my boxes of gold, green and orange scraps.


(The statue is of Jane Austen, it is in Market Place outside the Willis Museum, Basingstoke – find out more about the statue and Jane’s close association with my home town here).

Fabrics picked for Star Runner - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I didn’t use all of the fabrics I picked out. Some of the orange and gold shades kinda crossed from one colour pile to the next in the process of cutting out and piecing 🙂 I’ve recently invested in a colour wheel, using it more as a point of interest than for actually picking fabrics but I think I will use it more diligently in the future to help me sort fabrics into colour groups.

Patchwork Star Runner by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Anyhow, I’m pleased with the result. I finished piecing the top after Part One of the workshop, held last Saturday. It’s a great little pattern for getting to grips with different methods of making half square triangles and then trimming and piecing them (even if I do say so myself!). The four participants looked a bit aghast when I gave them their homework: to complete the tops of their runners in readiness for Part Two when we can sandwich, quilt and bind/use no bind method to complete our runners! (I’m a ruthless taskmaster!)

Here are the other five versions of the pattern I have made, all the colourways were inspired by the seasons:

A photo of my latest version has pride of place as my first ever post on Instagram. I am going by the unimaginative but accurate identity of allisonreid.neweverymorning and I’m looking forward to meeting up with lots of you over on Instagram 🙂

Linking with Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Party Tuesday and Lorna for Let’s Bee Social.


Patchwork Star Runner - New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

My pattern can be purchased direct from                  Purple Stitches.




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