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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How has your week been? On Wednesday I shared my homemade spiral stencil here and then set about quilting the Chocolatier quilt. I finished quilting on Thursday evening and stitched the binding to the front of the quilt on Friday. So this weekend I’ll be relaxing with a bit of slow stitching as I hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt. I chose to make the binding using the Flurry white on black fabric to mirror the narrow border. I wonder if it might be a bit much? I hope not!
This morning (Saturday) I returned to Purple Stitches for the penultimate class of the Beginners Course. I’m adjusting to teaching in these times of social distancing. The perspex shields around the work tables enable us to see each
Working on UFO’s is very satisfying! My current WIP (Work In Progress) became a UFO way back in July 2018. I suspect I couldn’t figure a way of quilting over or around such a variety of 6″ blocks so abandoned the quilt top along with a pieced backing including an integrated label (wahoo!) and a piece of cotton wadding cut to size.
Looking at the quilt after a two year break I decided to stitch a spiral to fill in the centre of the quilt and continue using the walking foot to echo some straight lines through the borders.
First task to tackle with a spiral design is drawing one! I used Yvonne Fuch’s method to draw the centre of a spiral. I drew mine onto a sheet of paper continuing the spiral lines until they were 2″ apart – the spacing I planned to use in the quilt stitching. To transfer this spiral onto the quilt I opted to make a template. Not having any template plastic to hand, I cut up an old, clear plastic, zip lock folder and traced my spiral using a permanent marker. I then cut along the spiral twice to create a narrow opening to use as a stencil.
(On reflection the template would be more stable if I hadn’t cut a continuous spiral but had instead left some little ‘bridges’ of plastic like those found on commercially produced stencils).
I tested out the template on a practice quilt sandwich using a Hera Marker. The groove left by the marker was a little hard to see (even with side lighting as suggested by Yvonne) but for a first attempt I thought my spiral had worked reasonably well.
Stitching the first few ‘spins’ of a spiral using a walking foot can be a bit tricky especially when starting from the centre of a quilt as the tightest turns are being made with half of the quilt stuffed through the throat of the sewing machine. Tips for achieving this initial tricky maneuver include reducing stitch length and being prepared to stop every few stitches (with needle down), lift the foot and shift the quilt to keep the walking foot on the curve. As the spiral increases in size the stitch length can be increased and stopping to realign the walking foot will become less and less necessary 🙂
I used the template and Hera Marker to start the spiral in the centre of my quilt. I chose to use a Hera rather than a marker pen or chalk as the fabric in the centre of the quilt just happened to be pure white 🙁 Being anxious about using coloured markers anyway I just couldn’t bring myself to use one on white fabric slap-bang in the middle of a quilt top!
😉 It took two attempts to stitch reasonable curves but I’m happy with this and will be keeping my spiral template for future projects.
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I had a productive start to the week in my sewing room. There’s less progress to share from the latter end of the week. Last night I did make the label and piece the backing for the Dashing Stars quilt so that’s all ready for the quilt basting demo I’ll be giving at the penultimate session of the Beginners course.
The reason less sewing got done was a shift of attention to pattern writing. Pattern writing stretches my tech skills to the absolute limit and beyond! Over the past few months I’ve had no desire to sit at the computer for hours struggling with creating piecing charts etc. I think my mental resilience has been lowered so much by all that’s going on in the world I just knew I wouldn’t be able to successfully apply myself to the challenges I face when writing patterns. Anyhow! This week I have found the motivation to stick to the task for quite a few hours without being overwhelmed by frustration – I may even have learned a few new tricks 😉
This weekend I’m NOT pattern writing, instead I’m answering the call of a UFO. Yep! Something else has fallen out of the UFO Cupboard of Shame 😀
In the finishing stakes this UFO can definitely be classed as ‘low-hanging fruit’: The quilt top is complete; there’s a pieced back complete with label; and the wadding is cut to size. I guess, as so often is the case, I must have hit a brick wall re. quilting. The label dated ‘July 2018’ is a dead give away as to when this project became a UFO! I now have a quilting plan, nothing too taxing… Using her walking foot, Julie the Juki and I are going to quilt a spiral in the centre of the quilt and finish with some simple straight line quilting through the borders.
So, a-basting I must go 🙂
Here are the links to some of the inspiration recently shared by the Worldwide Quilting Community:
Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts has launched her latest pattern, Mountainside. It is fat quarter friendly, the pattern includes cutting instructions for five sizes and it’s a design that makes choosing a colour scheme very straightforward. See Kirsty’s blog post and read the comments for a multitude of great ideas!
Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew is being kept busy with home schooling. She has just enough time to join in an ‘An Hourglass a Day’ QAL. Allison has updated her own Hourglass Block tutorial with it’s cutting guide for blocks in several sizes. Click here for her blog post which contains the link to the printable block tutorial.
Rona has found herself a new job – starting in May she’ll be the Guide on quilt tours exploring Georgia. Who’d have thought a love of patchwork quilting could lead to being a tour guide? Read more about the quilt trip Rona enjoyed in Ireland and find out more about the tours she’ll be leading next year.
Christa Watson has been using her blog to introduce pattern writers. I must confess that I have not come across Charisma Horton and her modern designs. I found the photos of her designs made with Christa’s fabrics really exciting and inspiring. Seeing all those quilts has livened up my design mojo !
Melony has designed a lovely panel of mini Christmas bunting. It’s available to purchase from her Etsy shop but if you visit her blog post first you can pick up a discount code 🙂
Alyce has been reflecting on the women of the Bible linked to Advent. She has designed a quilt called ‘Women of Advent’ and will be running a quilt along with Bible reflections through November. Find out more here.
Over on her website, Your Sewing Friend, Teresa Weaver has made available for free download her Quilt Completion Chart. It’s an attractive way of creating a UFO busting list – keep track of progress made with each quilt and encourage yourself to keep going to that proud finish!
Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia has taken a double wedding ring quilt to the mountains for a photo shoot – her beautiful quilting and the scenery are well worth a look!
This was my first EVER quilt, and I understood everything clearly. I don’t even know how to read a pattern and just sew “creatively.” I did learn that I need to be more careful when cutting my fabric because being off 1/8” can go wrong!
Thanks for this wonderful pattern!
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