Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (47)

Welcome! To the forty seventh Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. Bring along your project and share in some of the news, views and inspiration circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community :-). You are welcome to share links to your projects and add your insights to the quilty conversations via the comments box at the end of this blog post 🙂

Beginners Quilt 2019 fabrics by Allison Reid
Six fabrics ready for my second ‘Dashing Stars’ beginners quilt.

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A finished book pillow and an old project revived

I’ve been enjoying an ‘at home’ week. My diary this year swings from a week based largely at home followed by a week where my fortnightly and monthly commitments all fall together. Still, the contrast is stimulating and it’s making me more disciplined re. planning ahead and being realistic about just what I can achieve in any one week! Being indoors for much of this week has been no bad thing: Last Friday we had a 6″ snowfall followed by the usual days of treacherous, icy pavements, then a day or two respite before the current westerly storm arrived hurling rain at us – it is pretty wild outdoors today!

I have been out of the house of course, a couple of walks and a Pilates class. Pilates is new to me. I joined a local class that several of my friends go to. I’ve been to five, maybe six sessions and I can already feel the benefits. My main motivation for going was to relieve lower back pain (muscular, not joints or discs) and work on the unexpected effects of the menopause. Hot flushes? Yes! Kind of expected those when my surgeon announced that the effects of surgery eight years ago would cause me to ‘crash into the menopause’. But other effects have crept up on me over those years – my balance is out (I quite often walk into door frames, I even misjudged walking round our bedroom, falling over the end of the bed, giving myself a black eye (!) and I wobble about when I’m getting dressed!) and any suppleness I had seems to be disappearing rapidly. I’m not sure Pilates will help restore my memory, which is dreadful at the moment, but I’m convinced the strengthening and balancing exercises will help to counteract the physical changes brought on by the menopause.

Anyway, into the sewing room 🙂 With 7th March, World Book Day, rapidly approaching I’ve been continuing to make book pillows. Here is the latest:

Playtime Book Pillow set (2) by Allison Reid

I matched it up with a quilt I made using Moda 30’s Playtime retro prints. The pocket on the front is made with 2½” squares I cut from fabrics left over from the half-square triangle quilt project. The cute fabric that forms the main body of the cushion cover is a wonderfully soft cotton flannel. There are now several quilt and book pillow sets listed in my Etsy shop 🙂 www.etsy.com/shop/AllisonsPatchworks

I-Spy Test Block by Allison ReidThe ‘old project revived’ is an I-Spy quilt I started to plan back in June last year. I intended to write a pattern using quick piecing techniques but got distracted and then came over all indecisive about fabric choices (What moi? Indecisive? Surely not? Ha!Ha!). I finally got down to it yesterday, opened up my draft pattern in Word and cut up the fabrics (the light blue was a purchase made during our recent visit to Heidelberg). Here is the first test block – glad to know that with the help of EQ7 my math is correct. I intend to chain piece the remaining forty-one blocks in double quick time!

I’ve also been making more Trip Around the World Blocks. More about those in my Saturday Quilt & Share post tomorrow, along with a bumper pack of recommended posts from quilty bloggers around the world. 🙂

Linking with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for Beauties Pageant – she has curated a collection of beautiful quilts in her blog post – and with Myra for Finished or Not Friday.

Allison

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Welcome to the second Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2019. It feels like the year has properly begun – the first full working week is behind us, schools are open and the morning and evening traffic levels are back to normal! But now it’s the weekend! Yeah! Time to enjoy a virtual sewing day, bring out the projects we are working on and share in some of the patchwork quilting conversations circulating around the worldwide quilty community. Join in by clicking some or all of the links below and leaving your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Autumn Leaves quilting finished by Allison ReidI’m switching projects today. I’ve finished quilting the Autumn Leaves wall hanging – hoping the lines of wavy stitching and swirls give the impression of the wind blowing and the leaves tumbling through the air?

During the week I tied myself in knots designing a kind of book pillow, quilt carry bag thing… I came up with so many permutations re. fastenings (even went out and bought a zipper!), handles, size of pillow, size of pocket, to line or not to line? etc. etc. In the end I bit the bullet, dove to the bottom of my stash bins and made a mock-up using some of the ideas swirling around in my head. It is a relief to have a finished item but I’m not yet sure what lessons I’ve learned from this protoytype …

 

Book Pillow Bag prototype by Allison Reid

I’d like to clear my head and get on with a project where I actually know what I’m doing and why! So, I’ve retrieved the fabrics I put together some time last year to make another I-Spy Shadow quilt. I designed this quilt a couple of years ago and made two. Late last Summer when I was sorting through my stash and scraps I discovered more novelty fabric pieces than I expected and decided to sort them – fussy cutting 5″ or 4″ squares wherever possible. Now for some fun quick piecing and a break from over-thinking things! 🙂

Fabrics for I-Spy Shadow Quilt by Allison Reid

Community is my word for 2019 and I’m using this word with particular reference to our worldwide quilting community. So what better example could I share than the ‘Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project‘? This project is ambitious and so full of generosity and kindness. Please take a look at Carole’s blog post and see how the quilting community can bring love and hope into such a desperate, on-going, tragedy.

Jayne has made a beautifully simple nine-patch quilt in double quick time – what a satisfying start to 2019!

I will definitely be bookmarking this blog post all about fabric choice by Rachel at Stitched in Color. Rachel has collected lots of photos of quilts made to the Gypsy Wife pattern and explains the different effects contrast, colour and scale of pattern can have on a quilt and how to choose fabrics to achieve the effect you want. Very helpful indeed! 🙂

I’m listening to Shannon Brinkley’s ‘Quilt Style Workshop’ while I’m sewing. You can sign up for free here. In the first video Shannon talks about the stages of developing our patchwork quilting skills and style. AND she suggests WIPs and fabrics we no longer love can go in the ‘experiment bin’ to be used as when we want to test fresh techniques. The second video is about colour 🙂

Melanie has shared some simple but effective ways to keep a sewing room organised , keeping tools in the right place. Less time hunting for scissors is more time to stitch 🙂

Happy stitching!

Allison

PS. Don’t forget you’ll find more tips and inspiration on my Pins of the Week Pinterest board, you can find me on Instagram @allisonreid.neweverymorning and join my Patchwork Tips and Tales group on Facebook 🙂 It’s all about Community 😉

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it is Sunday 😉 – it’s me who’s late not you!). Bring along your weekend sewing project and share in some of the quilty conversations that have caught our attention through the week. Add links to your project posts or add to the conversations by using the comments box at the bottom of this page.

My projects this week have been all about teaching and learning. I’ve had fun experimenting with foundation piecing Pineapple blocks before teaching the technique at Purple Stitches’ Quilt Club. Here are my versions of the 12″ Pineapple and Old Maid’s Puzzle blocks:

Pineapple and Old Maid's Puzzle Blocks by Allison Reid

The Orange Peel blocks are still on my design wall. I need to spend a bit of time with pencil and squared paper figuring out how to enlarge the blocks to give the effect of leaves drifting across a blue blue sky…

Orange Peel blocks by Allison Reid

But I’m in deep danger of being completely distracted by this little pile of fabric happiness…

Serendipity by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs from Purple Stitches
Serendipity by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs from Purple Stitches

Viv has come up with a fresh design for the Purple Stitches Beginners Course quilt. I’m the lucky one who gets to pattern test the design and fondle these new fabrics (available from the shop website).

Here are just a few of the blog posts that have caught my attention this week:

I like that by writing my blog and using social media I am part of the Worldwide Quilting Community (could WQM become a recognisable abbreviation? :-D). Quilters from places across the globe share their love of patchwork and quilting and also give glimpses into events in their lives. Kristie shares her experience of living through Hurricane Michael and how this massive storm has affected the rural community around her home.

I think Avis must have the patience of a saint! She is making the Loyal Union Sampler Quilt designed by Jennifer Chiaverini (she of the Elm Creek Quilt novels) . Avis’ latest blocks look so neat and they showcase several different piecing techniques.

Have you ever wondered why quilt patterns cost what they do? Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts has written a very candid blog post about the costs she incurs in producing and selling her patterns. The short version is that as buyers we can provide designers the best remuneration by buying patterns direct from them. She explains clearly why paper and PDF versions of a pattern have the same cost and reminds us not to break copyright either by copying patterns we have bought or by accepting copied patterns from well-meaning friends.

Do you have fat quarters of large scale prints that you are feeling reluctant to cut into small pieces? Leah Day has a video tutorial using the stack ‘n whack method to create large ‘fractured quarter’ blocks that allow you to showcase your fabrics 🙂

Is it too early to be writing our Christmas gift lists? Maybe not! Alyce has been testing the advantages of using a wool ironing mat as opposed to a conventional ironing board. She found the wool mats are winners!

If you’d like to find more links into the quilty world try my ‘Pins of the Week‘ board 🙂 I refresh the board every Tuesday (sometimes Wednesday ;-)).

Happy stitching.

Allison

PS. Bearing in mind we live in a town and have a small garden, it was a big surprise to find a rather handsome pheasant paying us a visit from the countryside this week!

Pheasant in my garden by Allison Reid