Saturday Quilting Bring & Share

A warm welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Join in this virtual sewing day: Bring along the project you are working on and share the quilty conversations that have caught your interest over the past week. Add your bring and shares in the comments section at the end of this post.

My ‘bring’ is some foundation paper piecing. I’ve designed a table runner and now I’m testing out my idea in fabric and writing the pattern. The runner has a some straightforward foundation pieced blocks and some crazy patchwork panels. I’m hoping making the table runner and practicing these two techniques can be developed into a workshop.

EQ7 foundation patterns

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Isn’t strange when a visitor from a foreign country describes a visit to places in your own country that you’ve never seen? Carole from North Carolina shares photos, memories and some historical background to a river trip along the Thames through part of London, UK. Maybe it’s about time I did the same? I’d have to travel a fraction of the distance covered by Carole to get riverside! 😀
Creative Spaces Week 1It’s always interesting to take a look at other quilters’ sewing spaces. Now there’s a blog hop series to follow through July and August called ‘Creative Spaces Blog Hop’. Christa’s before photo of her creative space gave me hope!
Have you tried ruler foot quilting? I’ve seen a few demos on You Tube and seen the rulers for sale at quilt shows but have been feeling resistant to trying something new. Leah Day gives a brief and helpful description of ruler foot quilting and how it fits alongside walking foot and free motion quilting. Hum! I think I might give it a go – more equipment to buy….

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New site for New Every Morning!

Candy Hearts by New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Candy Hearts Quillow

Welcome all! Please take a look round the new site and save the link!

A love of fabrics and colour and a desire to combine practicality with beauty have been my inspiration.

Patchwork and quilting have become a bit of an obsession.

I also love teaching the art of quilting.

Look out for news of my new quilting patterns, too!

So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, 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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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share 🙂 Bring along your current project and share in the conversations on this virtual sewing day. Use the comments section or the linky button at the end of this post to leave links to quilty blog posts or tutorials that have caught your attention through the week.
First things first … We’ve had some rain 🙂 It will take quite a bit more to turn the grass from brown to green but it has been lovely to hear the sound of rain and see drops of water clinging to leaves and adding sparkle to dusty flowers.
My other news is that I have finally finished the BIG quilt! Whew!! I have stitched a temporary hanging sleeve to the back so it is ready to be sent to The Festival of Quilts… or so I thought…. Blow! I need to attach a flap of fabric to hide the label on the back

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along the project you are working on and share the quilty conversations that have caught your interest through the week. You can add links to your own blog post or the posts you want to share in the comments section or use the link button at the bottom of the page.
Parched garden July 2018 by Allison ReidThere seems no end in sight for the hot dry weather we are enjoying/enduring in the UK. The grass in our garden has turned brown and crunches when walked on. At present we do not have a hosepipe ban. I have been using a mix of hosepipe and watering cans to keep plants watered and amazingly many are growing, showing no signs of being frazzled by the heat!
Not the best conditions for hand sewing binding to a large, heavy quilt… but I am soldiering on.

Binding Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Most of the red binding is stitched down but there’s still another 80 inches or so to do…

My husband picked and then boiled and strained our crop of redcurrants to extract the juice. There was a modest 1½ pints of ruby red juice to be turned into redcurrant jelly – that was my job. Very hot work stirring the boiling mix of juice and sugar on the gas stove but worth the effort 🙂
Redcurrant Jelly by Allison Reid
While I’ve been hand stitching or stirring jam I’ve been thinking and planning. I have joined with more than 250 other crafters and artists to participate in Hampshire Open Studios. This is an annual, county-wide event. Those taking part open up their studios, workshops or galleries for free and invite the public to come meet the artist and view their work. A kind of art & craft trail.
HOS 2018 publicity materials by Allison Reid
Last weekend I collected two boxes of brochures, posters, a banner, bunting and road signs ready for the event from 18th – 27th August. Now I need to move out of my comfort zone and start promoting Hampshire Open Studios and my part in it all. ‘Marketing’ is not my thing…. But here goes…
map1Hampshire is a large county. It includes chalk downlands to the north (where I am, in Basingstoke), in the South-West the ancient New Forest – once the hunting ground of royalty and the source of much of the oak that went into the British warships that sailed out of the Naval port of Portsmouth. In the Hampshire Open Studios brochure the county has been divided into eight regions and these are broken down into smaller areas.
HOS Basingstoke by Allison ReidThe Basingstoke area includes 16 artists/crafters within easy travelling distance of one another: Artists using many different materials, skills and styles including paints and paper, pottery, fused glass, upcycled wood, silver and textiles. Have I sold Hampshire Open Studios to you? 😀 If you are local and would like a brochure or could pin a poster to a board just let me know, thank you. Take a look at the HOS website for more maps, details and other places of interest to visit as you plan your trip around the studios.
And now onto some of the quilty conversations that have caught my attention through the week:
Medallion Quilt design – Melanie has a great eye and much experience when it comes to designing and making medallion quilts. The latest called ‘The Old School House‘ is well worth a look, especially as Melanie takes the time to explain her design, fabric and colour choices. I’ve learned so much from reading the stories of her quilts.
Keeping to the Medallion quilt theme, Jen has given notice of the ‘Border Quilt Quilt Along’ beginning 15th August. It looks fascinating and can be made in several different sizes. Jen has tried out a new range of flannel fabrics on her first mock up (photos and details in the post) but will be using cotton fabrics for the QAL.
Being ‘A Small Town Girl’ suits Kristie Cook. She’s chosen to stay in a small town in South Georgia all her life (apart from the first 11 months!) but knows her students are all keen to move away from small town life. Kristie argues that people need to stay in small towns and work at creating community.
Cindy of Stitchin at Home has just released a brilliant pattern. ‘Outside Stars‘ has foundation pieced stars combined with a rectangular block to create secondary stars – so clever. To  my mind it is a stunning design – I am sucker for patchwork stars!
Another great post from Jessica detailing her quilt design process, colour choices and quilting motifs. I’m really enjoying following this series of posts 🙂
Sandy is offering a free download of her beautiful sunflower block design. She has a tutorial for the block here.
Happy stitching everyone! I’m so looking forward to visiting Viv and Eve at the newly re-located shop, Purple Stitches. This Saturday afternoon is the Grand Opening with refreshments and a 10% discount across the shop 🙂 What’s not to like?
Allison