Welcome to New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting!

1930s Plus Sign Quilt

Welcome all!

Hi! I’m Allison. Soon after discovering the craft of patchwork quilting I was fortunate enough to join a local quilt group and took advantage of their beginners course. There was no stopping me after that! Nine years on and I’m still learning new techniques, being inspired by the creativity of patchwork quilters from all around the world and finding great satisfaction in cutting up fabric into little pieces and sewing them all back together to make something new! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now I not only make but also design quilts, write patterns and pass on the skills I’ve learned by teaching workshops.

This blog is a window into my patchwork quilting and the place where I love to share what I’m learning and what’s been inspiring me week by week. You’ll find links to other quilting blog posts, tutorials and a few other things besides in my blog posts. I do a happy dance every time I see that someone has clicked on a link ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s my aim to introduce you to the worldwide quilty community that has given me so much.

So, why โ€˜New Every Morning Patchwork and Quiltingโ€™? Well! I am a morning person so this verse from the Bible resonates with me – ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ (Lamentations 3:23).ย I can be up, cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in Iโ€™ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix.

Do take a look through some of my blog posts while you are here, you might also like to link up with me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (68)

Whew! It’s the weekend! Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share: an opportunity to bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations, tips and advice doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please leave links to your projects and/or the conversations that have caught your quilty interest along with your thoughts in the comments box at the bottom of this page. ๐Ÿ™‚

First a big thank you to the ladies who came along to my Patchwork Workshop yesterday. It was a good day and everyone left happy with their completed foundation paper pieced and crazy patchwork blocks. I have posted photos of these lovely blocks on Instagram, @allisonreid.neweverymorning, and Facebook, www.facebook.com/NewEveryMorningPQ . Unfortunately I can’t post any photos here as I took them on my phone and have no idea how to transfer them to my laptop! (The one thing I did forget to take to the workshop was the memory card for my camera!).

Last week it was my intention to get the Square-in-a-square quilt tops sandwiched ready for quilting. That didn’t happen as prep for the Workshop and fiddling about with half square rectangles filled my sewing time. (And this little corner of England is bone dry – no rain for weeks – so watering the garden and allotment are becoming time consuming priorities).

Thankfully an email from Myra reminded me that I needed to complete the next stage of the Jelly Roll Waves QAL. This week is all about cutting up our fabrics. I’ve chosen to make the small lap top quilt using the strip piecing method. I’ve divided my main fabrics into lights and darks in the hope that my blocks will create an ombre effect across the quilt….

Jelly Roll Waves QAL cutting by Allison Reid

On Tuesday evening I attended the AGM of Roundabout Quilters. (It’s been a good year for the group with guest speakers, workshops and sewing days. Looking ahead, our biennial exhibition takes place through the weekend of 21-22nd September. Over the August break there will be lots of work being done to promote the event and ensure it runsย  smoothly). At the AGM I spied a lovely work bag on the arm of one of the members. She gave me the pattern name and I am now the owner of a copy of the ‘Crafter’s Carry-All’ pattern by Quilters Trading Post.

Crafters Carry-All pattern cover by Allison Reid

The pattern arrived super quick through the post. Goodness knows when I’m going to make the bag…. But I especially like it as it doesn’t have any zips ๐Ÿ˜€ I guess inserting zips is something else to add to my long list of skills to learn? ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for sewing this weekend….? Well! I’ve become one of those bloggers with ‘secret sewing’! Get me! I’ll even give you a ‘sneak shot’ ๐Ÿ˜€ of the gorgeous Oakshott Fabrics I’ll be using:

Oakshott Fabrics by Allison Reid

That’s all the bringing I’m doing this Saturday, now onto the sharing: I hope you find plenty to interest and inspire you through the following links:

Making a memory quilt from well worn fabrics holds challenges especially when those fabrics come from clothes worn by a much missed loved one. Bernie takes us through the making of a memory quilt with useful tips about choosing a design and stabilising and utilising the fabrics given for the project.

I know I’ve mentioned labeling quilts once or twice before… But Izzy has such a quick way to add a label to a quilt that there really is no excuse for missing out this step in the finishing a quilt ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out her tutorial here.

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts has some handy quilting tips when using minky as the backing fabric for a quilt.

It’s a while since I’ve done any hand quilting. Wendy is making a beautiful job of stitching out the designs on a Sashiko panel. In her blog post she also shares photos of a quilt she made featuring Sashiko stitching in alternate squares – it really is very striking.

If you are thinking of using the services of a long-arm quilter to do the quilting stage of one of your projects Stephanie has some handy tips re. how to prepare your quilt top and backing as well as the options you will need to discuss with the long-armer (is that even a word?).

Seems to be a bit of theme running through this weeks links: Jen has some useful tips for piecing quilt backings and shows how she bastes a quilt sandwich.

Watching You Tube is definitely one of those occupations where ‘one thing leads to another’… I clicked on to the Creative Grids tutorial to find some tips for using my Perfect Rectangle Ruler… when the tutorial finished it ran onto an Angela Walters video… so I learned how to quilt Paisley Feathers too… ๐Ÿ˜€

Linking with Myra for the Jelly Roll Waves QAL.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Midweek in my Sewing Room – Seagulls and Half Square Rectangles

Image result for free seagull images clip artWhew! It’s Thursday morning and I’m struggling to get going today. I slept well until the local mob of Gulls decided to kick up a bit of ruckus well before 6am. These pesky birds have set up residence here, some 50 miles from the coast, making up for being low in numbers with their high volume calling. They are constantly patrolling the skies, chasing off Red Kites and Buzzards and skirmishing with the local crows.

My main goal this week has been preparation for the Patchwork Workshop tomorrow. On Tuesday I made the final adjustments to the pattern for the ‘Into the Woods’ table runner. Yesterday I printed out the foundation paper piecing patterns and made some part-finished examples for the demonstrations I’ll give in class.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (67)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder what project you will be working on this weekend? Bring it along to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations, tip-filled tutorials and all round quilty goodness doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

I am running a bit behind (again) this week as I’ve been away from my sewing room a fair bit and I’m also getting a little bit freaked about the workshop I’ll be running this Friday! Freaked at the thought of trying to get all the equipment together, work through preparing samples and put the finishing touches to the Into the Woods pattern BUT excited to be finally meeting the class after all the months of preparation ๐Ÿ™‚

First things first: I have a finish to share! Yep! The blue version of Into the Woods is quilted and bound. I’m

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Touring Quilter – Beverley, AND a New Quilt Along

First of all the Quilt Along: I’m signed up to do the Jelly Roll Waves QAL with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. This week we have the opportunity to share our fabric choices in the link up. I’m hoping to achieve an ombreยด effect across my version of the quilt. I bought these Moda solid fat quarters at the Sandown quilt show hoping the range of colour value is broad enough to create the effect I have in mind. I’m having doubts about the coral contrast fabric though…

Jelly Roll Waves fabrics by Allison Reid

Now, stepping back a few weeks: During our holiday in Yorkshire we visited the Minster town of Beverley. Inside Beverley Minister itself and the parish Church, St Mary’s, there was plenty to grab the attention of a patchwork quilter both in the patterns of the floor tiles and in the needlework on display. The skies were very grey that day so I struggled to take many photos worthy of posting but I hope you will bear with the rather grainy images and maybe find some patchwork inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

Beverley Minster nave by Allison Reid
The vaulted nave of Beverley Minster.

(Followers of the TV series ‘Victoria’ might recognise this view as filming of the coronation scene took place here rather than in Westminster Abbey).

Beverley Minster Victoria by Allison Reid

Beverley Minster floor tiles (2) by Allison Reid

An interesting patchwork pattern ๐Ÿ˜‰

The founder of the original church on the site of the present day Minster was Bishop John. He died in the year 721 (that really is the year seven hundred and twenty one AD) and his remains are buried beneath the Minster. Miracles were attributed to him and gained him the status of a Saint. Recently embroiderers at a local College set about recording episodes from St John’s life in a 90ft long series of hand stitched pictures.

Beverley Minster embroidery notice by Allison Reid

Beverley Minster St John embroidery by Allison Reid

Beverley Minster St John embroidery close up by Allison ReidAfter an enjoyable walk around Beverley Minister we moved on through the town to the large and ancient parish church of St Mary’s Beverley… Floor tiles much in evidence here too…

Beverley St Mary's floor tiles by Allison Reid

Nearby was a modern felt applique wall hanging that had obviously used the floor tiles as inspiration.

Beverley St Mary's wall hanging by Allison Reid

The Church has many Medieval stone and wooden carvings. I was particularly struck by this carving of an elephant in the choir stalls. To most people of those times an elephant must have been a fantastical, mythical beast.

Beverley St Mary's carved elephant by Allison Reid

And finally a Medieval stone carving of a rabbit.

Beverley St Mary's White Rabbit by Allison Reid

Lewis Carroll (author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) visited St Mary’s, saw the carving and Bob’s-Your-Uncle the White Rabbit began running around in his imagination!

I wonder what has inspired your creativity recently?

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Week 1 of the Jelly Roll Waves QAL. It will be very interesting to see the fabric choices made by the other patchwork quilters taking part (and it’s not too late to join in with the QAL).

Allison