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! πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ It’s my aim to introduce you to the worldwide quilty community that has given me so much.

So, why β€˜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).Β 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.

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Happy Easter! And welcome to a belated Saturday quilting Bring & Share. It’s not too late to bring along our projects and share in some of the news and great inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do click on the links and go find something inspiring. Add your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Scrappy Trip Along quilting in progress by Allison ReidMy sewing week was dominated – to the point of obsession – by a self-imposed deadline to finish the Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I wrote a bit about my ‘trial by quilting’ in my previous post. Despite my resolve to enjoy the process I have to confess that I did not find stitching out my chosen patterns very satisfying. I could only see the uneven stitching and the less than smooth curves, I also started fretting about the quilting being too dense, taking away the soft, cuddly feel of the quilt. All-in-all a rather tense week.

I finally finished the free motion quilting on Saturday and turned my attention to the borders. I decided to preserve my sanity and do some simple walking foot quilting. It felt so good just following the zigzag line I’d marked out using a Chaco marker and a triangle ruler πŸ™‚

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Free Motion Quilting – issues of scale and contentment

Well! I’ve made a start free motion quilting my Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I can’t say it’s been plain sailing! Never mind, I’m doing it!

Scrappy Trip Along top with borders by Allison Reid
Scrappy Trip Along quilt top.

I’ve found one of the issues I have with fmq is creating the ‘right’ scale. Ideally I want to achieve a fairly open quilting pattern so the finished quilt will feel soft and drape easily. However I end up with stitching lines closer together than I intend. I think there are two factors playing against my intentions (in addition to lack of skill!):

  1. I’m concentrating on the small section of quilt under the machine foot and bordered by the span of my fairly small hands.
  2. Any lines of stitching behind the needle are obscured by the machine foot and the body of the sewing machine so I sometimes mis-judge how close I am stitching to previous stitching.

The quilters view by Allison Reid

Here is the first feathered swirl I stitched. It measures a much smaller than intended, 6″ long by 5″ wide:

Scrappy Trip Along small feathered swirl by Allison Reid

My second feathered swirls measures a much more satisfactory 13″ long by 9″ wide:

Scrappy Trip Along large feathered swirl by Allison Reid

The second is larger because I drew the curved spine of the feathered swirl onto the quilt using a Chaco marker. I found this simple measure a great help in stitching out a larger, more open, relaxed motif. Not perfect by any means but much nearer to what I’d set out to achieve.

Serendipity and all that….Β  Teri of TerifiCreations shared a short, encouraging video clip by Angela Walters’ entitled ‘Three Things Quilters Shouldn’t Do‘. It spoke to me at just the right time πŸ™‚ encouraging me to stop doing these things and start enjoying the quilting I am doing!

Finally: A shout out for what a wonderful bunch of people there are inhabiting the Worldwide Quilting Community. This morning I was so fortunate to have Jo Westfoot aka ‘The Crafty Nomad’ come visit me at home to, in typically generous fashion, share her knowledge of the Electric Quilt software. Thanks to Jo I’m now much closer to publishing my first foundation paper pieced pattern πŸ™‚ Her kindness didn’t stop there though! With her encouragement and practical experience I have for the first time submitted a quilt pattern to a magazine! How exciting! As my boys would say, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained!’

Check out Jo’s website, gorgeous patterns, subscription groups and workshops here and let’s keep being thankful for the lovely community built around the craft of patchwork quilting.

I’m off to enjoy some more free motion quilting πŸ™‚

Joining in with Moving it Forward Monday over at Em’s Scrapbag and with Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.

Allison

 

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ A virtual sewing day – bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the conversations and news doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. You can join in by clicking the links and/or leaving your own contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this page.

I’ve spent a lot more time out of the sewing room than in it this week. My monthly craft group met on Monday and we got to it with our knitting needles, yellow wool and eyelet lace: making little chicks designed to hold Easter eggs.

Eyelet Lace Knitting (2) by Allison Reid
My knitted chick in progress with a hedgehog I made a year or two ago!

Image result for images of loo roll coversI finished my chick a few days later. Knitting with the eyelet lace did take me back to the 1970s, memories of tennis stars wearing frilly knickers and those dolly loo roll covers! πŸ˜€

Here’s a link to a little video on You Tube showing how to knit with eyelet lace – the demonstrator has a lovely Scottish accent.

My finished chick complete with Cadbury Creme Egg.

Roundabout Quilters met on Tuesday evening. We heard an interesting talk by Pennie Bicknall who showed us her group quilts and explained various ways to organise group quilt making. After the talk we were treated to a viewing of our own group quilt. Last year we were each invited to take home a pack of fabric and make a block quilt-as-you-go fashion for a quilt that will be raffled at the Roundabout Quilters exhibition this coming September. The finished quilt has been entered in the group category of the National Quilt Championships, Sandown, 21st-23rd June. I brought it home to sew on the hanging sleeve. It’s obviously not my place to give the quilt a public showing but as soon as it goes public I will post a photo here.

Having attached the hanging sleeve to the group quilt and cleared away some distracting unfinished projects I am now ready to quilt the Scrappy Trip Along quilt.

As usual I am hesitating to start. I wonder when I will stop dreading quilting and truly come to enjoy it? Of course ‘just do it’ is the chant I must sing as each stitch made will add experience and, in time, confidence. You can see my practice piece in the photo.

If you follow me on Instagram, @allisonreid.neweverymorning,Β  you may know I had a catastrophic breakdown in self control in my local Hobbycraft store! The intention was to treat myself to a quilting magazine…. Ahem! I did buy a copy of Quilt Now…and… (say it quickly) ten fat quarters along with 2m of background fabric! πŸ˜€ To be fair the FQs are just the colours I had in mind for making a wall hanging using the Modern Fans pattern by Suzy Quilts. So really I had no choice, right?

Keeping with curved piecing (Modern Fans is a pattern made of quarter circles), have you seen Jenny Doan’s latest video using her new Drunkard’s Path templates and 10″ squares to make the ‘Courtyard Path’ quilt? Jenny is great at taking the fear out of techniques that are sometimes given an aura of difficulty that can become a deterrent for patchwork quilters of a nervous disposition.

Bobbi is busy making blocks for the ‘Sew Let’s Quilt Along’. She has some great piecing tips in this post that can be applied to any block – including adding applique shapes to a pieced block.

Improv quilting is something I haven’t tried yet. Amy Ellis has been getting out of her comfort zone and working on improv pieces. She shares her monochrome Experimentations Quilt here.

Bernie over at Needle & Foot has reviewed Bonnie Hunter’s new book, String Frenzy, and dived into her own over-flowing scrap bins to test out one of the twelve patterns in the book. Bernie has made a sweet little table runner rather than an entire quilt, it looks great and as she says, ‘All in all, this is a great book. Lots of fun ways to use scraps and if you don’t want to make the entire quilt, go for a mini, a table topper or a runner. I love making smaller projects because there is a satisfying finish and practicing my FMQ is so much easier on small quilts.’

Well! Not so many links today, I am way behind in my blog reading (there are 98 unopened notifications in my in-box!). But I hope you have found enough of interest and will enjoy clicking away to some of the treasures to be found courtesy of the Worldwide Quilting Community.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to bring along a project or two to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations that are circulating round the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add links and your thoughts in the Comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Shadow Quilt Pattern with quilt by Allison ReidWell! My big news this week is the publication of my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern. I have had to be very disciplined, chaining myself to the computer and overcoming a series of irritating problems BUT it’s all smiles and happy dances now! The pattern is available as a pdf download from my Etsy Shop – www.etsy.com/shop/AllisonPatchworks/ . There are two versions of the pattern, one to print out on A4 sheets of paper the other to print onto US Letter paper.

I did break loose of the chains and get to my sewing table on a few occasions through the week πŸ˜‰ My plan was to make a 12″ patchwork block using three fabrics: dark, medium and light. Then make four 6″ blocks of the same pattern, using the same fabrics, to show how secondary patterns develop when quilt blocks are put together. I made Contrary Wife blocks.

Contrary Wife Blocks by Allison Reid
Contrary Wife Blocks. One 12″ and then four 6″ blocks.

No Contrast BandW by Allison ReidThese blocks didn’t make my heart sing… I realised too late there wasn’t enough contrast between the light and medium fabrics and maybe that was making the dark fabric contrast too starkly in these isolated blocks? Taking a photograph and editing it to Black & White confirmed the lack of contrast between the medium and light fabrics I’d used. Disappointing but I’m ‘living and learning’!

 

 

 

 

Contrast Fabrics BandW by Allison ReidI went back to my stash and picked another three fabrics. The B&W test on these shows more balanced contrast I think. Time to start again…

‘Contrast’: The language of colour is a bit of a mystery to me. Back in my school days I was more than happy to drop Physics and spend a few hours a week quietly ‘doing’ art (to a not very high standard). Now as I grope around trying to understand colour I realise I was actually taught more about colour in science lessons than in Art lessons – but I can remember little of it apart from the astonishing fact that white and black are not colours – huh? Forty years on and I am trying to understand more of and use correctly the language of colour.

Here is a brief summary of my language of colour learning so far:

  • Hue – where is a colour on the colour wheel i.e is it red or blue or yellow or something in between? Basically what colour am I looking at?
  • Value – light through to dark shades of a colour. So I misjudged the value of the colours I originally chose for my Contrary Wife blocks?
  • Saturation – the intensity of colour. I guess we’ve all read about the ‘saturated colours’ used by particular fabric designers? I’m thinking Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink…
  • Clarity – is the colour clear or ‘muddy’? Could that be the difference between say lime green and sage green?
  • Tone – hum! I haven’t quite got it straight how to identify and talk/write about tone. Every hue has ‘tones’ and identifying these helps us match up different colours – some look ‘comfortable’ together, others just look ‘off’.

As you can tell my colour learning is in it’s infancy! Could you recommend any helpful books or websites with a light tone that could add value and clarity without saturating me in the deep science of hues? πŸ˜€

Here are just a few of the blog posts that have caught my interest through the week:

Kirsty has posted a great pictorial tutorial showing us how to make a rectangular Diamond Quilt Block – it’s a stash buster!

Bernie has been true to her word and published a blog post on 1st April giving us all the opportunity to share and read about each others less than perfect quilt making moments! Contributors have been refreshingly honest and the stories might make your heart sink in sympathy but also skip a beat realising that what goes on in our sewing rooms isn’t always the perfection we see paraded on social media!

I had a bit of a light-bulb moment when I read through Katy’s Sewing Diamonds Tutorial. Very useful indeed! πŸ™‚ And her matching seams are to die for!

Fancy sewing an emoji cushion or quilt? Teri reviews the new ‘Sew Emoji’ pattern book by Gailen Runge.

Becca has made a beautiful quilt called ‘Saltwater Taffy’. The quilt is based on an antique design which has strong links to her location in New Jersey. Becca’s post is a really interesting read.

Christa Watson is an accomplished patchwork quilter – writer of patterns, books and designer of fabrics. She is sharing a real-time series of her ventures into dress-making, a whole other sewing world! Read Part 1 here and find out how she plans to adjust patterns.

Do let me know if you can point me to books and websites that could give further enlightenment on the language of colour. Thank you!

Happy Stitching.

Allison