Apple Core EPP and an old project rediscovered

Think Big block and pieces by Allison Reid

As the title of this post suggests I’ve been enjoying a very mixed bag of projects this week! My activities have been affected by a head cold. I’ve spent more time at home than planned. There were times when my brain seemed to be completely surrounded by a fuggy blanket so not all those hours indoors were particularly productive! Never mind, whenever the fuggy blanket slipped I was able to move into the sewing room and enjoy some of my patchwork projectsย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (90)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ An opportunity to bring along your project(s) and share in some of the news, tips and inspiration filling the conversations in our Worldwide Quilting Community. You are very welcome to use the comments box at the very bottom of this page to share with us any links and contributions to add to the quilty goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

Log Cabin blue curved blocks by Allison ReidI’m still working away on preparations for the Two Ways to Build A Log Cabin workshop. In amongst other commitments I’ve been sharing time between my laptop and my sewing machine – fine tuning the pattern instructions and making a set of blocks. I’m pleased with this moreย  modern looking colourway and with the adjustments I made to the block pattern to achieve a distinctly curved outline with the ‘logs’.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (89)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy a bit of sewing with our Worldwide Quilting Community as we share news and handy tips. Hope you will find plenty to interest and inspire you as you click on the links in this week’s post. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve made a bit of progress with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge – a little basket of paired green scraps ready to be stitched together into blocks.

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Preparing for Patchwork Workshops and Falling Down Rabbit Holes!

Snip of Log Cabin class notes
One of my ‘graphics’

On Monday I started revising the pattern and class notes for a workshop called ‘Two Ways to Build a Log Cabin’. The class is booked for 6th March. Before Christmas I made a flimsy to test out my idea and to check the accuracy of the fabric quantities I’d calculated. I began writing the pattern as one to sell but over time came to the conclusion that there are more than enough Log Cabin patterns and tutorials available in books and for free on-line so I’ve been revising my pattern into a class handout. I’ve also been twiddling around with the block design on EQ7. This all takes time – quite a lot of time actually! Especially as I haven’t been able to master graphics software so I do all the pattern illustrations using Microsoft Word. And I probably use that in an inefficient way… but repetition is a good teacher and I’m learning!

All the above is by way of an explanation as to how it is I’ve done quite a lot of thinking and computer work around sewing but so far this week haven’t actually got to switch on my sewing machine! That is about to change though ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve finally broken into a roll of strips, dividing them into two sets to make the normal and curved Log Cabin blocks for a second test quilt. (There are quite a few strips left over from the roll – these have led me down a rabbit hole*). The background fabric is a low volume text print that has been hanging around in my stash for too long. I’m hoping these fabrics will give the quilt a modern look in contrast to the much more traditional looking quilt flimsy I made before Christmas.

Log Cabin (2) fabric strips by Allison Reid

In my Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post I shared that I’ve decided to hop on the 2020 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The colour for January is green. I sorted through my box of green scraps and came up with two colour groupings. I cut my scraps into 2ยฝ” squares and strips ready to stitch together as my leaders and enders.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 green strips by Allison Reid

I’ll need to be a bit careful doing this as the Scrap Challenge leaders and enders fabrics are quite similar to the fabrics I’m using for the Log Cabin blocks!ย 

Scrappy Trip Along finished front (2) by Allison Reid
My 2019 Trip Around the World quilt

*Oh! But Dear Reader! I have now been drawn into another sew along! Scrolling through Instagram I discovered that Allison Jensen @woodberry_way is hosting a Scrappy Trip Quilt Along. I know I shouldn’t (this is definitely a squirrel tumbling down a rabbit hole!) but I did so enjoy the 2019 Trip Along organised by Gnome Angel ... And now I’ve got a growing collection of 2ยฝ” strips….(see above*) And Allison’s how-to videos on Instagram and in her blog posts are so interesting and so appealing…. ๐Ÿ˜€

Well! Last week I shared my word of the year – GROW. It certainly seems the number of projects I have on the go is GROWing ๐Ÿ˜€ But hey! One week into 2020 and I’ve signed up for a needle turned applique class – definitely got the GROWing skills buzz going! Have you chosen a word for 2020? Has it been inspiring your thoughts or actions?

Lastly, it’s a new term so there must be a Beginners Class starting at Purple Stitches! In fact Viv has filled two classes, one running Saturday mornings, the other in the afternoons. I’m looking forward to meeting the class members and seeing the fabrics they’ve chosen for their first patchwork quilts. Before Saturday I had better print class notes and prepare my demonstration materials…

Linking with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.

Hope you are finding joy in creativity.

Allison