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.
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.
First the whoops! I only discovered this morning that yesterday I accidentally published a draft of the next Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post. What can I say? Me and technology! Sorry if you received an email notification of the post and then wondered what on earth was going on.
Ho! Hum! Back to the sewing machine. A few weeks ago I designed a quilt and decided to delve into my stash of fabrics, first to make a test block and then to make a little quilt of sixteen 9″ blocks. On Monday I really got down to it – stitching all the blocks together and considering what to do about borders. I tried a few combos from the stash but none was quite right so I walked over to HobbyCraft and found a blue that would ‘do’.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Hope you have plenty of good things to look forward to over this weekend. Do join in this virtual sewing day: bring along your projects(s), take a seat, have a drink of your choice close to hand and share in some of the conversations running round the Worldwide Quilting Community. You are very welcome to share links and join in the conversations by using the comments box at the end of this post.
Sewing has been the ‘side’ rather than the ‘main course’ for me this week as the weather has been favourable for working at the allotment. All is now fairly well prepared for planting out the bean and sweetcorn plants I have been nurturing in the little greenhouse stood against the sun-trap back wall of my house. I also kept myself busy by putting my powers of procrastination to good use, doing some jobs around the house that have been bugging me for some time. Funny how not wanting to do one thing can be the motivation to actually doing another! The sink and floor in my kitchen are now sparkling (but I haven’t finished writing a pattern which is what I should have been doing…).
Here is the progress I’ve made with the new blocks and pattern I’m developing. Over the course of a few short sessions at the sewing machine I completed all the units required to make up the remaining twelve blocks. Today I will continue putting the blocks together and plan to have the centre of the quilt top stitched together before Sunday evening.
Earlier this morning I went through my usual routine of filling the bird feeders in the garden. We had much needed rain last night and my attention was caught by the raindrops clinging to our first rose bloom of the year and to all the leaves in the garden.
WARNING: Digression ahead!! This may mystify anyone under the age of 50 who wasn’t brought up in the UK!
After that visit to the garden I got the phrase ‘rain drops on roses’ in my head which led to recollecting the song ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ from the Sound of Music. Now, I have NEVER seen The Sound of Music and this is a fact I wear as a badge of honour (apologies to those of you who may be sinking into a state of deep shock, I know the film and stage productions of this musical are sacred to many). BUT some of the songs are buried deep in my consciousness. How? Well! I think it must be due to the many Saturday mornings of my childhood spent listening to the radio show, ‘Junior Choice’: A request show hosted by Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart. He played a great mix of contemporary pop tunes, songs from musicals, signature tunes like ‘Champion the Wonder Horse’ and ‘Casey Jones’ alongside funny story songs – ‘Right Said Fred’, ‘The Runaway Train’ and one of my Mum’s favourites, a cautionary tale by Shel Silverstein, about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out (‘garbage’ was a lovely new word to get my tongue around as in the UK we use the word ‘rubbish’ rather than ‘garbage’). If you are of a nervous disposition you might want to take cover before listening to the following recording…. This is definitely NOT Julie Andrews 😀
END of Digression. On to some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:
Remember the Carolina Hurricane Quilts appeal? Carole has an update on this amazing cause that has brought comfort to the victims of the hurricane through the generosity of patchwork quilters. Carole’s post contains a lovely gallery of many of the quilts that have been through her home recently and shows them being delivered to a collection point too. 🙂
Amy Ellis has her new website ‘Sew Modern Quilts‘ up and running. She plans it to be a resource for new patchwork quilters in particular. With details of how she chose the fabrics, colours and quilting designs for many of her quilts it certainly should be worth paying regular visits to the site.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Do take some time to join in this virtual sewing day, bring along your projects and share in the conversations using the links below. Please do contribute to the conversations and add links to your projects by making use of the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
Just two weeks ago I wrote about my mission to finish a quilt and how being so focused I had actually stopped thinking about other projects… Well! I now find myself in a complete whirl with project ideas and designs whizzing around in my mind – sometimes they land long enough to have a play on EQ7 and one design has even come to life with a lone test block completed.
With all this design activity I’m having to grapple with several of my personal bug-bears. One is making Snowball corners. This design demands several and as always I’m struggling with (i) keeping my blocks square (ii) letting go of all the little triangles of fabric I’ve snipped off the corners!
Another bug-bear issue is technology – uggh! I’m ashamed to admit I do have a strong ‘can’t do’ attitude towards new-to-me technology. This week I have procrastinated over a pdf reader/writer thingy that I need to use in order to produce a downloadable pattern with foundation paper piecing templates. I just can’t see me getting to grips with this. The pattern may be available in printed form only…
On a much more positive note: I’m taking great delight in seeing flowers opening on Hawthorn bushes in our garden. The bushes are growing vigorously after being transplanted as self-seeded saplings from our allotment several years ago. I thought they would fill a corner in our garden, acting as a hedge between our neighbours’ gardens. This is the first season the Hawthorns have flowered and they do look beautiful.
And this week I have a bumper crop of inspiration and information to share with you from the Worldwide Quilting Community:
Michelle is reflecting on ‘community’, with particular reference to patchwork quilting, and asking questions of herself and readers about the nature of community. Click here to read the first in a series of posts on the subject, Michelle would like us to share our views and experiences of community. This is a subject that always catches my attention, after all the whole point of Saturday Quilt & Share is to foster interaction between quilters around the world.
Christa Watson has published a new pattern called ‘Color Weave’. She has made it in the rainbow colours of her own fabric line combined with two shades of grey. I find it very intriguing.
Do you have a bit of a soft spot for hens? If so I think you will be clucking over the ‘Chickens’ quilt pattern by Allison Harris. The Chicken quilt she uses in the photos is even quilted with a chicken wire pattern!
Did you know ‘temperature quilts’ are a thing? New to me but not so new it would seem. Create a quilt by using coloured fabric to record the day-by-day changes of temperature in your location. Click over to the Elm Street Quilts site to find out more and see some example quilts.
I can’t help being drawn to scrap quilts! Kristie shares the method she is employing to use up her scrap fabric strips.
As I explained above I’m not a fan of snowball corners but I will persevere… The centre unit of the block I’ve made is a square-in-a-square rather than a snowball. Imagine my delight when I found Quilter’s Paradise have an on-line calculator that figures out the fabric cutting sizes for square-in-a-square blocks! Excellent! The calculator worked just right and saved me quite a bit of time. 🙂
Amy Ellis has the ‘One Thing Challenge’ running over on Instagram. The Challenge aims to encourage us to name the one thing we are going to get done to move a project forward and there’s the opportunity for a bit of accountability with a weekly check-in. And there are prizes! This is the link to her blog post about the Challenge and here are the IG hashtags: ‘To name your ONE THING comment on the current IG photo or post an image with #onethingwithamy To share your finish, post with #onethingwithamyfinish⠀’.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ever wanted to make a Lone Star quilt but been put off by the thought of all those ‘Y’ seams? Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts has resolved the ‘Y’ seam issue using her Super Sidekick Ruler. Her Lone Star pattern is available now and her sample quilt is a bit special – there are some Tula Pink fabrics and quilting by Angela Walters – do click on the link to take a look (there’s a sweet baby too!).
Lots of inspiration this week… I’ll close with a link to Yvonne’s thought-provoking post titled ‘Finding Design Inspiration‘. She belongs to a couple of design groups that encourage members to stretch their imaginations and skills by creating a quilt/block/mini-quilt inspired by a shared image.
Welcome to a Bank Holiday edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Published a day late this week due in part to a rush to finish a quilt and a trip to the seaside. More of these two in a mo… But first, a reminder that this is an opportunity to enjoy a virtual sewing day so bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilty Community. Please do leave your links and reactions in the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!
My newly finished quilt travelled with us to Eastbourne and joined us on an early morning walk along the promenade.
Rewind a few days to view a chronological progress of the quilt in the making:
I decided to quilt straight lines 5″ apart and at an angle of 30º to create a diamond grid across the quilt. I’m pleased with the effect and the soft drape of the finished quilt. The quilt is called ‘Diamond Chips’ – thinking of the little pieces of fabric being facets catching light just as diamonds do (fanciful I know but I can’t help myself!).
We are in Eastbourne enjoying not only the sea air and pre-breakfast walks along the prom but also the gifted Bible teaching given by speakers at the 11th annual Bible By The Beach conference. Don Carson is the ‘headline act’ and we trying hard to absorb his teaching as well as the teaching we’ve received at other seminars hosted by churches across the town. We came last year so it’s been easier to get orientated and settled second time around – we’ve been very Anglican in our habits and are even staying in the same guest house (not the same room/pew though!) 😉
My blog reading has been a bit curtailed due to time spent finishing the ‘Diamond Chips’ quilt and having a weekend away from home but here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community that I hope you will find of interest:
Keeping with the scrappy theme: here is a link to a free tutorial by Allison Harris. Her Strips and Squares Quilt looks to be a great way to use up scraps and leftover fabrics 🙂
Cindy has made a sweet baby quilt. It’s the way she has quilted meandering feathers around the patchwork design that really caught my attention… Lovely!
I do so enjoy being part of the on-line quilting community. Reading blog posts and sharing my quilting ups and downs gives me a lot of pleasure. I had an unexpected bonus waiting for me in my email inbox today – I won a pattern by Myra Barnes of Busy Hands Quilts 🙂 The pattern is called ‘Boundless Beauty’and is the one I requested if I should happen to win the give-away. Myra will shortly be hosting a Quilt Along of one of her other patterns called Jelly Roll Waves. I can see I will be making both….
Chela uses little pieces of fabric, fmq and threads to make journal pages and portraits. She’s looking for books and tutorials that give guidance on how to make fabric faces. Perhaps you could help with some suggestions for her?