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! 😀
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 🙂 It’s my aim to introduce you to the worldwide quilty community that has given me so much.
So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? 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). 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.
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Time has been whizzing by! I’ve been carried along on waves of inspiration which has been rather lovely after a long period of just ‘doing’ patchwork without feeling creative.
Following the craft fair with no sales I decided to think through what it is I enjoy about patchwork quilting and in what direction I should be heading. Sharing knowledge and skills came out as the way to go. This fits with my 2022 word of the year NURTURE and with previous words of the year LEARN, COMMUNITY, SHARE and GROW. With this fresh clarity, I pressed past procrastination and a bit of a crisis of confidence to book a local community hall for two Saturdays in July… Time to plan a couple of workshops….
Workshop No.1 – Bargello Table Runner has been inspired by the popularity of a couple of blog tutorials I posted back in June 2020. Seems people would like a straightforward introduction to the rather daunting patchwork version of the classic Bargello design. So I’ve fiddled about with pencil, paper (eraser) and fabric to come up with two designs, one symmetrical, the other asymmetrical, which provide an opportunity to practice the process of patchwork Bargello without a massive commitment of time or fabric. In fact all that’s required are seven WOF strips (left over jelly roll strips would be ideal) to make a Bargello table runner.
Workshop No.2 – I’m leaning towards teaching quick strip piecing using my I-Spy Shadow pattern. I haven’t quite made up my mind, so, for the time being I’ll put a ‘to be confirmed’ message next to this workshop!
And then there’s the squirrel project that just leapt out of an old book and onto my design wall! Ahem! There may have been an excursion to Amazon Prime to purchase a Layer Cake along the way 😏 The design is called ‘Hexagon Hip Hop’ and can be found in the original ‘Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts’ book by Pam & Nicky Lintott. Looking along my shelf of books about patchwork I have a feeling this may have been the first one I purchased. It was published in 2009. I’ve thumbed through the book so many times but never made any of the designs! Maybe the (brief) thought of de-cluttering my patchwork supplies spurred me into making a quilt using a pattern from the book? I’m not sure but there it is on the design wall!
At some wakeful point during the night I was thinking about the patches on the design wall, wondering about changing up the border from the design in the book, when I came up with the idea to use whole hexagons rather than have partial hexagons around the edges. So first thing this morning I was busy making a few changes to the arrangement on the design wall.
I like the the look of the complete hexagons nudging into the borders. It will mean a bit more cutting to make border fabric half hexagons and a bit of fiddling to make border fabric pieces to fill-in the ‘v’ shapes along the top and bottom rows of the hexagons but I think it will be worth the trouble 🙂
Oh! I nearly forgot to mention another sewing project that got some attention this week! On Thursday I went to the monthly sewing day held at a local Scout Hut and made the May blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. For the first time in months I am up-to-date with the RSC 🎉
Finally, I did manage to post a short video tutorial in my Facebook group, Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub. I demonstrated how to use a regular rectangular ruler (I like those rolling ‘r’s!) to cut the 60º slices to form the edges of the half hexagon patches.
All the sewing activity was made possible by the silver-lined cloud of a very sore back caused by an excess of digging and weeding at the allotment last weekend. We’d actually had some rain and rushed to get some beds dug over before the ground re-set to it’s usual concrete state. Boy! Did I know about it on Monday morning? Usually I find walking and moving about is the best relief for my back pain. Not this time, walking was really uncomfortable, bending and lifting were very painful, sitting and sewing were just fine 🙂
Thankfully, my back is feeling a lot better now. We had a gentle walk to the newsagents this morning with no ill-effects. There will be far less time for sewing in the coming week. I’m working two full days in Purple Stitches; the 2nd-5th June is a special holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so there are lots of activities around that; and I’m preparing to run a craft stall at an Art Fair on Saturday!
I hope you are finding inspiration and the time to sew. It is good for the soul!
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I’ve left it a bit late to invite you to bring along your sewing project(s) but hopefully you’ll have a few minutes to spare to share in the news, tips and project inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Do leave an encouraging comment if you visit a blog – positive comments help to sustain and grow community don’t you think?
Talking of community I’ve initiated a little branch of the worldwide one over on my Facebook page. The ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub‘ is now up and running. Current members all have some experience of patchwork quilting but of course absolute beginners are welcome to join – please fill in the membership questions so I can ‘approve’ you into the membership! Thankfully members are being very patient as I grapple with the behind the scenes management of a Facebook Group! It will become less ‘clunky’ as I get the hang of it all I promise!
Outside of Facebook and blogs I’ve been enjoying developing a bit more community by taking part in an in-person craft market for the first time in at least five years! I hired a stall at the South Central Makers event in the heart of the lovely rural town of Alresford (pronounced Alls-ford). Here are some photos of the wonderfully broad main road, West Street, that runs through the town. I love the mix of Georgian and Victorian buildings all rubbing shoulders with each other and the beautiful Wisteria is a bit of a show stopper!
I met some great crafters with skills in spinning, silver-smith-ing, textile print design and more. Sadly, it was a quiet day and while some sales were made, I was not the only one to pack up at the end of the day with no items sold 🙁 Selling handmade craft items IS HARD! And at the moment it’s VERY HARD. I have a stall booked for 4th June at a venue in the, equally picturesque, rural town of Whitchurch. Here’s hoping for a few sales 🙂
With all the prep for the craft market, I didn’t get a lot of sewing done. I attached clasps to the coin purses (I finished two whilst sitting at my stall at the craft market so I actually came home with more completed items than I took! :-D) and I stitched a few strips to the pink Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I’m making. This coming week there should be more opportunities to sew, I’ll aim to finish the pink RSC blocks and make a start on the designated colours for May – moss and forest green… Although there’s no doubt the call of the allotment is going to be a distraction; for instance my bean seedlings are now 12″ tall and beginning to wind themselves around each other and the frame of the pop-up greenhouse so it’s time I constructed the bean support and got the fast growing triffids into the ground!
Wendy will be sharing her skills at four separate workshops in October. If you are in New Zealand it sounds like you are in for a treat at Quilt Symposium 2022 being held at Lower Hutt, Wellington. So many classes to choose from, an exhibition and social events too!
In typical British fashion we are slowly catching on to the fact that it would be fun to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (it really is 70 years since she came to the throne). Thankfully a group of talented quilt designer/teachers have collaborated on a row by row design appropriately called the ‘British Sew-a-row Quilt Project‘ which draws together iconic images such as Tower Bridge, red telephone boxes, teapots, the floral symbols of England, Scotland, Wales & N Ireland and (yep!) umbrellas along with a crown and the EIIR symbol. There’s a sew-along just about to get under way and as it’s a row-by-row pattern there’s plenty of opportunity for makers to mix and match all the elements of the design.
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It’s been a bit of an odd week here as me and my husband settle into a new ‘looking for work’ routine. We are very blessed that this break in employment coincides with a burst of Spring weather bringing with it plenty of opportunities for walks and allotment, ‘lottie’, activity. This afternoon we were busy weeding, mowing, watering and nurturing.
In my sewing room this week I’ve made a mug rug and pushed on with making clasp purses. The mug rug is the example made for a free pattern I’ve written and the clasp purses are my latest bid to make some items that I can sell (or, more to the point, that other people might buy!).
The Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub is a private group so there are a couple of questions to answer before membership is approved – just to make sure it stays a safe place with no spammy intruders! The mug rug pattern is available to download as soon as membership is approved. I’ve written it with patchwork newbies in mind but obviously it can be used by more experienced patchwork-quilters too.
My other sewing related venture this week has been preparation for a craft fair next Saturday 14th May. Four or five years ago I gave up on trying to sell items at craft fairs and turned my attention to selling on line. This hasn’t met with much more success so my stock of quilts, bags and other bits and bobs has been growing and growing! I’ve decided to have a switch back to physical, in-person, selling. It’s a risk that could cost a lot more than I gain as I’ve paid out £30 for table space and £80 to renew my public liability insurance 😢 With my ever enlarging stock you might well be asking why on earth I’m adding to it by making the clasp purses? 🤔 Especially as having completed just one of the ten I’ve cut out and stitched I now know what a fiddle it is to attach the clasps 🙃
My thinking is they’ll be at a lower price point than bags or quilts so may attract buyers… But whether I’ll make back my investment in the clasps I don’t know! Anyhow, other preparations for the craft fair have included sorting out which items to take, making price labels and creating a mock-up of the stall to test out my props. I tested the stall using the folding table from my sewing room. It’s less than 5ft long so all the things on it look a bit squished for space but I’m assuming the table I’ll be given next Saturday will be 6ft long so it’ll be easier to see individual items rather than being faced with a big jumble!
Having moved the folding table out from behind my sewing machine table and into the hallway I decided this was the time to clean and tidy my sewing room… It was a BIG job but I’m glad I did it as the dust and muddle had been unsettling me for a while.
My diary is pretty full this coming week so getting prepared for the craft fair well in advance was a priority this weekend. In little spaces of time through the week I may, or may not, finish a few more of the clasp purses…
Here are links to a few of the inspiring and useful posts I’ve read over the past days:
If you tend to get so absorbed in a sewing task that you carry on even though it’s causing your body stress then you should definitely take time out to read ‘5 Tips for Good Sewing Ergonomics’. There are way more than five tips to take away from this blog post by Jenni Grover.
Wow! JanineMarie is using a multitude of scraps to work on her Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects and several others besides. I now consign scraps smaller than 2″ square to the bin (waste/trash NOT scrap bin) but Janine Marie’s ticker-tape patchwork strips must be using up the most teeny-tiny pieces of fabric!
Jen Frost has produced a comprehensive video tutorial detailing how to attach hanging tabs to a small quilted wall hanging. She includes her method for calculating the finished size of the tabs which is obviously worth considering BEFORE making and attaching them! There are also tabs (ha! ha! see what I did there?) in the video so you can skip the parts you already feel confident to do eg. adding binding.
Linda outlines the process of making her Seaglass Quilt #2. It is another great way of using up scraps (Linda says 3″ squares of fabrics rather than ‘crumbs’) and I like the faced edging she’s made to her quilt too (there’s a link to the tutorial in Linda’s post).
Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She made a 1,500 mile round trip with two stop-overs to get a new motor fitted in her longarm machine. Honestly here in the UK if we drive 150 miles in a day we feel like we’ve been on a major adventure!
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I’ve had an enjoyably eventful week. A sewing day on Thursday: I took hand binding to do so no sewing machine required. I made the most of the opportunity to walk to and from our meeting place, the local Scout Hut. There was lots of chat and sharing of projects going on but I did mange to stitch down about three quarters of the binding on my Trip Around the Stars quilt. One recurring subject of conversation was the upcoming Sandown Quilt Show. Several members of the group, including myself, were planning to travel up the M3 to London the following day. Others would be making the hour long journey on Saturday.
I completed the Trip Around the Stars quilt at home a couple of days later whilst listening to a course all about live-streaming* (I know get me moving into the modern world! 😁).
My Trip Around the Stars pattern is available for £7.00 as a PDF instant download from my new Payhip store – PayPal and card friendly 🙂
On Friday I went to the Quilt Show at Sandown: Was a good day as usual. Before Covid struck the annual event had begun to wane in popularity with fewer vendors, fewer exhibition quilts and smaller numbers of visitors. Although it’s sad to see this show, along with others, decreasing in size, post-Covid it’s quite a blessing to be able to move freely and not be concerned about over-crowding. The venue (the airy ground floor of the main stand of Sandown Racecourse) is spacious but not too big. On a warmer day it would have been possible to take our refreshments up on the Stands and enjoy the view across the green racecourse with it’s panoramic view of central London but it was a bit too breezy to be outside!
I came home with a little collection of low-volume fabrics to top up my stash (I’m running out of these for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Court House Step Blocks) and some landscape prints. Impulse purchasing of the prints followed an inspiring Gail Lawther workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed her fused applique class and now I’m full of ideas for making little pictorial wall hangings.
Saturday, A walk through the Bluebells: The rising sun woke us around 6am so we went with it, had an early breakfast and then drove the short distance to Micheldever Woods. It really was a magical sight with the morning sun filtered through the partially open, bright green leaves of the stately Beech trees giving dappled light and shade the acres of deep blue flowers.
*Live Streaming? What’s this old girl up to? 👵 Well! I’m getting over my tech phobia in order to pursue two of my patchwork quilting passions: One, building community around our wonderful craft; two, teaching the basics to beginners and then helping them and others to enhance our skills together. To these ends I’m going to launch a new private membership group on my Facebook Page called ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub’. Thankfully excitement about this venture is outweighing my tech-nerves and I’m keen to get the group up and running this coming week 🥳 If you’d like to keep up to date with the launch schedule I invite you to follow my Facebook Page, NewEveryMorningPQ, and/or sign up to my newsletter:
Here is a short list of links to some of the patchwork quilting posts that have caught my interest over the past week:
I recommend using Myra’s Busy Hands quilt patterns. She has designed so many quilts, nearly all are pre-cut friendly and use quick piecing techniques. This post about her Flying Geese ‘Formation’ pattern is a good example of her work and the lovely fabrics she chooses to showcase her designs.
Nancy’s post ‘The Most Fun I Ever Had Making a Quilt‘ is a heart-warming read for anyone who has experienced the challenges of making a multi-block quilt, grappling with unfamiliar techniques, having to rip out fabrics that turned out not to be in keeping…. After all the ups and downs spread over several years Nancy has completed the quilt and can honestly say it’s the quilt that’s given her the most fun!
I found this tutorial about trimming Half Square Triangles really useful! Suzy demonstrates trimming HST blocks BEFORE opening them out to press the seam. She shares two methods, one using a special ruler (Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer) and the second using a standard square ruler. Very interesting – I will be giving this technique a go next time I’m faced with a pile of HSTs 🙂
Yvonne has been applying her scientific experience to curved piecing. Specifically whether cutting pieces across the grain to save fabric affects the piecing and final outcome of Drunkards Path blocks. She’s created a video as well as a comprehensive blog post to explain her method and the results of her investigation.