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 (94)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration and conversations to be found through the online Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave your thoughts in the comments box at the very bottom of this page. Don’t forget to fill in the ‘subscribe’ box too – you’llย  receive an email notification each time I publish a blog post, but no spam, I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

 


I’ve spent the past week pushing along two projects. The more traditional looking Log Cabin project has been

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Improv Free Motion Quilting and a Missing UFO

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison Reid

I am so happy with the progress I made at Jo Westfoot’s ‘Mix It Up Improv Free Motion Quilting Class‘. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve dabbled in the past but you know I have a love-hate relationship with free motion quilting. In a recent blog post I went as far as to call it a battle! Anyway, in the spirit of GROW (my word for 2020) I booked myself onto the class. I’m so glad I did.

Jo took as through quilting a series of motifs and filler designs with plenty of time to sit at our machines and give them a go. I particularly enjoyed stitching out the whimsical flowers.

My fat quarter practice sandwich – an afternoons work!

Since the class I’ve tried designing and stitching my own flower motifs. Doing that is a clear indication that my attitude to FMQ has shifted, I now have a ‘can do’ attitude rather than getting bogged down in the fear of spoiling a patchwork with my imperfect quilting. No doubt there will be occasions in the future when theย  ‘mind monkey’ chatter will stop me in my tracks BUT at least I do now have my practice sandwich to wave at them!

When I booked the class I had in mind a long abandoned UFO which has some large setting triangles, ideal for decorating with improv FMQ. Last week I went looking for that UFO. Could I find it? Uh!Uh! I looked through boxes of fabric, partially finished projects, class samples…. I dragged more boxes out from under beds… No sign of the quilt top *sigh* I repeated the hunt. I was getting a bit anxious: What if this UFO was stashed away with a whole lot of other UFOs that I had completely forgotten about?! Still no sign of the quilt top! A few days later I tried again. This time I armed myself with a torch and lay myself flat on the floor next to each of the beds in the house. Success! Pushed way to the back of a space I found the quilt top, in a plastic box and *phew* it was on it’s own.

I am ashamed to admit that the eight 12″ blocks date back to Amy Gibson‘s 2016 ‘Sugar Block’ BOM series on her blog stitcherydickorydock! The large block is older – a sample for sofa cushions that were never made. The fabrics are fabulous, such gorgeous deep, rich colours. Actually, looking at the blocks I’m quite impressed with them. Thanks to Amy’s clear instructions I managed to negotiate some fairly complex cutting and piecing including my first attempts at Foundation Paper Piecing.

I’ve had to search through the Gallery section on my phone to discover that it was September 2018 when I cut sashing strips and stitched the top together. And then I guess I was gripped by fear of FMQ and relegated the project to a box and the dust under our bed. Please don’t judge me – I’m sure I have dusted under our bed at least once since Sept 2018… And since then just forgotten about the UFO lurking there.

There are a few projects in the queue that I need to work on before I I can turn to quilting this re-discovered UFO but thanks to the skills learned and practised at the workshop I now feel excited by improv FMQ rather than fearful.

Have you worked through a fear/can’t do attitude to gain a patchwork quilting skill?

Allison

 

 

 

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share logo 2Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and tips circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do click on the links – who knows where a little inspiration might lead you? ๐Ÿ™‚ Leave your thoughts and discoveries in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I spent Saturday at Purple Stitches teaching two classes the basics of quilting as part of the Beginners Course. I’m blown away by the beautiful quilts being constructed. A bit of serendipity when I got home and checked through my emails: Christ Watson has published a great post about quilting and binding as part of her ‘Terrace Tiles’ QAL,packed full of expert tips and a video showing

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Free Motion Quilting – Growing Skills

Ho! Hum! My word for 2020 is GROW. This week I have been experiencing GROWing pains! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Log Cabin quilt ‘beached’ on my sewing table while I worried about free motion quilting feathers…

It’s my on-going battle with developing Free Motion Quilting skills vs. Perfectionism! Of course it is impossible to become a skillful crafter without tons of practice and the production of less-than perfect quilts along the way. Even

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