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.
Well! We’re not in our first or even our second lockdown here in the UK. Nope! We are settling into our third. I don’t know why this one has hit me hard. Perhaps the announcement last Monday, 4th January, came just a bit too soon after all the emotional re-adjusting we went through in the run up to Christmas? Plans to see family and friends petered away to a quiet, stay in your household, affair.
Whatever the reason my sew-jo disappeared. It took me ’til the weekend to uncover Julie the Juki ready to power through some patchwork piecing. During the week I did visit my sewing room a few times and fiddled about sorting pink strips, pressing them and cutting foundation papers to size (or what in my fuddled state I thought was ‘to size’).
Halfway through the first string block the bobbin thread ran out…. Then nearing completion of the block it suddenly dawned on me that the foundation paper was 8″ square. My plan was to have 8″ finished blocks! *Groan*! The papers should have been cut with a seam allowance, making them 8½” square. Rookie mistake! After a quick look at the scruffy, untrimmed edges of the block I felt the fabric strips were long enough and the seams stitched far enough beyond the paper that I would be able to square the block to 8½ inches. Thankfully that worked. For the remaining seven blocks I made sure to extend the strips and the seams well beyond the edge of the foundation papers and trimmed them all to the correct size 🙂 So glad I only cut the eight paper squares needed for this months Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and didn’t get carried away cutting loads of papers, the wrong size, for future use.
The lockdown no-sew-jo has been broken, all be it a rather shaky break-through. Just as well I chose a forgiving block – no accurate cutting or seam matching required – whew!
Now I’m attempting to re-engage my brain cells by writing and testing a new pattern. It involves hearts… Will it be ready for this years Valentines Day or 14th Feb 2022? 😀
If your sew-jo has been missing I hope you re-discover it very soon 🙂
Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap (she’s making pink blocks for several rainbow scrap quilts) and Judy for Design Wall Monday (she is making Drunkard’s Path blocks).
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and kindness generously provided by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. There are links to blog posts further down this page. Please do click on the links and leave comments on the pages you visit – those will be such an encouragement to the page owners 🙂
Well! This isn’t a very inspiring photo is it?
Sadly it sums up my sewing activities this past week. I did press all the pink strips I sorted from my string scraps (using a Christmas gift – a wool pressing mat) but I haven’t yet lifted the cover off my sewing machine or done any of the hand applique I’d intended to resume. Instead I have filled the time fiddling around designing a table runner and listing quilts in my Etsy shop. I’ve also been out walking quite a lot despite the grey skies and low temperatures. In truth I think all the depressing news this week has stolen my sew-jo. I know I just need to ‘push through’ and get started. Maybe later today I’ll fire up Julie the Juki and we’ll bash out a few string blocks together 🙂
How’s your sew-jo been this week?
A welcome occupation for me has been catching up on reading blog posts. I hope the links below prove inspiring and a welcome distraction from the relentless nature of this pandemic. Dive in 🙂
Irish Chain patterns are very versatile. Allison Harris has stamped this one with her own style and it made a beautiful finish just in time for Christmas.
Leanne* is running a series of ‘Let’s Get to Know…’ interviews on her blog site. First up is HollyAnne Knight of String & Story. I hadn’t come across Holly-Anne before reading the interview. I’ll definitely be watching out for the monthly ‘Let’s Get to Know’ posts as a great way of well… getting to know more quilters from our Worldwide Community 🙂 And Leanne has asked for suggestions for interviewees so why not put a few names her way?
Christa Watson has just started a nine part series over on her blog. ‘Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks‘ is bound to be a great source of advice and inspiration 🙂
I had to laugh in sympathy with Rebecca as she described the ins and outs of adjusting a quilt pattern and the complications that ensue when the project is put to one side for a while! Trying to remember all the changes and the recalculations re. fabric requirements etc. can be a bit like trying to solve an intricate plot line in a crime novel! But Rebecca’s done it and has her One Monthly Goal project up and running!
Several bloggers I follow make ‘temperature quilts’, recording the high and low temperatures for each day of the year by making simple colour-coded patchwork blocks that grow into a quilt. Patty has her 2020 Temperature quilt top finished and explains how she keeps the fabrics organised through the year.
Back to Leanne* who designs and makes terrific quilts. She’s a child-minder by day and this week she’s used her experiences of teaching little children to dress themselves as an illustration for her regular devotional post. There are no photos but her words have painted clear pictures in my mind 🙂
Whilst playing catch-up with blog reading I found this gem… A blog post from Rachel posted al the way back on 11th December! It’s all about choosing fabrics for English Paper Piecing. Well worth a read especially as there are lots of example photos which really help to show how fussy cutting, colour, contrast and placement can affect the look of a block.
Reading Bernie’s latest blog post over at Needle & Foot led me to a brand new link up called ‘Stitch Sew & Show 2021‘, hosted by Life in the Scrapatch. The link up runs from Wednesday to Tuesday and is described as follows, ‘This is a very informal party … no stress, no prizes, no finish needed. This is just a place to share what you are working on with others and enjoy their inspiration. Think of it as sitting at home while stitching with a group of friends. I have always enjoyed sharing with others and have received much kindness in return. This is a way for me to say thank you and to encourage others.’
My word for 2020 was GROW. It was an extension of LEARN, the word I chose a few years earlier and of 2019’s word COMMUNITY. During 2020 I did GROW patchwork skills: curved piecing through making the Dear Dottie quilt; improving my understanding of colour by following the Quilter’s Color Quest (both the pattern and the Quest were creations of Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color); practising quilting; and learning hand turn applique. I also got my GROW on in other ways: more teaching; working at Purple Stitches (even being left for a few hours alone in the shop! That was scary but I did it!); grappling with technology – I’d have to say GROWth was rather patchy in this area – but I did manage to draw a quilt in Adobe Illustrator… and *most of the time* work the electronic till in the shop!
My word for 2021 is SHARE. I had a brain-storming session around everything New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting: this blog, the Facebook and Instagram pages, planning and teaching workshops, writing Sunrise Patchwork Patterns, selling on ETSY. It didn’t take too long for me to drill down to my WHY? Answer: The motivation that drives all these activities is the pleasure patchwork quilting brings me and the great satisfaction I gain from being with other patchwork quilters – online or in person – sharing skills and seeing creativity flourish.
I’ll be sticking with Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog posts as they are an obvious place for sharing to happen – a weekly collection of clickable links to the inspiration provided by so many amazing quilty bloggers.
Welcome to the first Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2021. As always bring along your project(s) and share in the kindness and inspiration being made available to us by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do join in by leaving a message in the comments box at the bottom of this page and of any pages you click to visit 🙂
I hope you have found physical rest and peace of mind over the holiday period, ready to start the New Year with reserves of resilience built up for the next few difficult months. January 1st definitely had a ‘Groundhog Day’ feel to it as we woke to the continuation of social distancing restrictions. We put the Christmas tree and decorations away today. I should have kept hold of a couple of strings of fairy lights – they have been very comforting, bringing a sparkle to the long Winter evenings.
Leading up to end of 2020 I had quite a flurry of finishes with three projects completed in less than four weeks! Today I’m deliberately slowing my pace, reuniting myself with the little needle turn applique project I took on our holiday in July. The fabric is a bit crumpled but all the supplies are together and ready to use. The pattern, Basket of Blooms, by Jo Avery is available as a download from The Quilters’ Guild Pattern Box.
Have you been reviewing 2020 or setting goals for 2021? I spent New Years Day working through the opening sections of a Planner and tidying my paperwork. I was given a desk tidy for Christmas. It’s a handy size for picking up and carrying all the essentials with me as I move my desk-work around the house in order to keep in touch with the variable internet signal and my need for space.
I’m afraid I have been very remiss in keeping up with reading blog posts over the past two weeks…. I’m just about to dive into the 198 email notifications residing in my inbox … amongst all the New Year sales alerts I’m sure there are plenty of nuggets of gold well worth a click and a read… 😀
…. Sometime later… 79 emails remain unopened but as it’s nearly time for bed I will stop reading so I can publish this post on a Saturday (a bench mark moment for 2021!).
Here are the links I’ve selected from the abundance of holiday season posts published by far more diligent bloggers than myself:
A bit late for Christmas (my fault) but Sonia’s reusable gift bag could be made in fabrics to suit any occasion. The tutorial is available on her blog.
Having finished my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 quilt BEFORE the end of the year I am minded to join in the 2021 challenge. I mean even after making a quilt that measures 60″ x 72″ I still have a heaps of fabric scraps to use up… Find out more about this years Rainbow Scrap Challenge here. The colour for January is pink and I’m thinking of rummaging through my box of string scraps 🙂
The Best of 2020 link up hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs has produced a wonderful quilt exhibition and treasure trove of tutorials and patterns from all those who have taken part posting their own ‘top five’ of 2020. Well worth a visit. Click through the links and you could imagine yourself walking through a quilt exhibition (remember those?).