Sewing room storage unit and using up scraps

Oh! Whew! The past ten days have been delightfully busy. I’ve wanted to share here on my blog as things have been happening but just had to admit that being busy is tiring and sitting in front of a computer screen when my brain is crying out for sleep just isn’t an option! I’ve decided not to attempt writing a chronological post – it would be VERY long and could lack the spark that comes from writing about what’s stirring my creative juices right now πŸ™‚

So I’ll jump straight in and share what I’ve been doing today: I have been inspired to design and make a cover for a mobile storage unit I bought from Hobbycraft at the weekend. It is a metal unit with plastic drawers and rolls along on casters.

Hobbycraft Storage Trolley by Allison Reid

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (36)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it is Sunday πŸ˜‰ – 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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

 

 

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (35)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s lovely to have you join this virtual sewing day πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in the quilty conversations buzzing around the world-wide-web. You can always share links in the comments box at the bottom of the page – links to your project or to something quilty that has inspired you this week.

Beginners Quilt 6 by Allison Reid

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (31)

It’s a bit cheeky to call this post Saturday Quilting Bring & Share but I will push my luck and hope you have had a chance to sew with friends or can enjoy this virtual sew-in as a gentle way to end one week and start another. Bring along your project and share in some of the conversations doing the rounds in the quilty world πŸ™‚

My projects over the weekend including a FINISH! I did a happy dance πŸ™‚

Pink Supreme by Allison Reid

I went ahead with my plan to quilt a swirl design on the ‘Pink Supreme’ quilt sandwich. I started by stitching around a paper circle that I positioned off-centre on the quilt. Using the built in walking foot of my sewing machine, I shortened the stitch length to try and keep this initial circle as smooth as possible.

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‘Into the Woods’ – a table runner in the making

Close up 'Into the Woods' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Yesterday I posted some fabric options for the sashing and borders of my latest design, a table runner called ‘Into the Woods’. I increased my options by visitingΒ Purple Stitches (how great is it to have a local quilt store?) and bought a half metre of an Alison Glass medium value, yellow/green fabric.

 

Today I woke early and made the most of the time before heading to Church to piece together the table runner top. I’m pleased with how the colour of the sashing draws attention to the little golden yellow flowers printed on the light background fabric. The crazy patchwork panels along the top of the runner are supposed to represent distant trees, mountains and sky while the panels along the bottom represent the woodland floor (that’s the nearest I’ll ever get to be an artist!).

Close up 'Into the Woods' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

After stitching together ‘Into the Woods’ first thing this morning it seemed very fitting that our Church service opened with the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ by Stuart K Hine which includes the verse:

‘When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,

And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend with opportunities to stop in ‘awesome wonder’, taking in the wonderful creation around us. Hine’s hymn reminds Christians to thank God for His Creation – rather than idolizing the creation itself – most especially for the gift of His Son, Our Saviour, Jesus.

Allison