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

 

 

Piecing Orange Peel Blocks – a photo tutorial

Last Friday I took the short walk to our local Hobbycraft. There were several reasons – I needed some fresh air; I needed to stretch my legs; my Craft Group needed supplies; I was on the look out for a quilt magazine; and, hep-hem, I didn’t half fancy a bar of chocolate for lunch πŸ˜€ It was a beautiful day, I felt a lot better for the walk, I made some purchases for Craft Group and treated myself to a copy of Today’s Quilter and a bar of Cadbury’s finest πŸ™‚

The free gift on the front of the magazine caught my eye: a set of templates designed for making Orange Peel blocks.

Today's Quilter Orange Peel templates

Of course, I had to have a go … And I was pleased with this first attempt at piecing an Orange Peel block – no wrinkles in the seams and smooth looking curves πŸ™‚ There is a page in the magazine giving a few instructions, hints and tips as to how to use the templates. Yesterday I took the templates, my background fabric and some fabrics from my stash to the monthly sewing day at Brown Candover. Several happy hours were spent creating Orange Peel blocks in the gentle company of friends.

If you are curious about curved piecing here is a little photo tutorial of how I made the Orange Peel blocks along with some of the handy tips I picked up along the way.

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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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A warm welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Do bring along a project to this virtual sewing day and share in the conversations picked up through the week. Add your links in the comments section or use the linky button at the bottom of the page.
Well! I’m still going through the Groundhog Day experience with my quilting projects. This week my diary has been fairly empty so I have put in quite a lot of quilting hours. The beginners quilt is stitched out and my project for today is to add the binding. I think I will stitch it to the front of the quilt and hand stitch it down on the back – I don’t want to machine stitch the binding down both sides and have a line of stitching cut through my precious feathers!
Beginners 5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Carrie Nation Variation design by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI’ve completed all the feathers on the larger quilt top and now need to free motion an orange peel pattern through the small, coloured squares before reverting to my walking foot for a straight line design in the borders…
I have to confess I am feeling a bit frazzeled as the quilting process on these two projects goes on and on and on… I am having to battle against my perfectionist expectations the whole time. I’m really feeling the need to retreat back into my comfort zone for a project or two before my confidence hits rock bottom. I’ve added extra expectations on myself by entering the large ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ quilt into The Festival of Quilts. Not only do I have the postal deadline of 27th July looming in my mind but I’m also painfully aware that people will be looking at my quilt and finding all the imperfections. I know: we are our own harshest critics. I’m going to the National Quilt Championships at Sandown next week and I’m really looking forward to looking around the exhibits. I won’t be getting up close to quilts trying to spot inconsistencies in stitch size or missed points etc. I’ll be standing back lost in admiration, figuring out how the colours and design work to give the overall effect, noticing how a narrow border in a surprising but well chosen colour brings a whole quilt together… I know I should allow that the majority of quilters who stop to look at my quilt at the Festival of Quilts will be doing the same πŸ™‚
How do you get through a desire for perfection, settling for the reality of where your abilities and skills lie? I found this post by Chris, who describes her/himself to be a ‘recovering perfectionist’. There is a list of questions for perfectionist quilters to ponder. According to an on-line Perfectionism Test I have a ‘healthy level’ of perfectionism but some of it is a bitΒ  misdirected or inconsistent. Oh! My Gosh! Now even my score in a perfectionism test isn’t perfect! Agghhh! Reaches for soothing chocolate and then regrets imperfect willpower and physical shortcomings…..!!!!!!
Lets get away from this introspection and enjoy some of the quilty conversations going on this week πŸ™‚
Melva has an occasional series on her blog called ‘Quilters Through the Generations’. This link takes us to an interview with Stephanie Collins. It’s well worth a read and a look at just a few of the lovely quilts she and her quilting Grandmother have made.
Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is preparing to run a quilt-along with an original design called ‘Modern Plus Sampler‘ . She shows the quilt in a blue colourway and I think the design would really suit a young man – maybe a quilt to take to university or a graduation gift?
On Tuesday evening I went to a very enjoyable meeting of my local quilt group, Roundabout Quilters, Basingstoke. Yvonne McAtamney the owner of Village Fabrics, Wallingford was our guest speaker. Of course she is very knowledgeable about patchwork and quilting and gave us some good tips about choosing colours but she really lit up when she shared her passion for all things Japanese – designs and fabrics. We were all captivated by her unique Japanese themed quilts and the beautiful Sashiko stitching that embellishes them. Yvonne is about to launch her latest Japanese BOM – check out the Village Fabrics newsletter for details.
A newsletter from another local quilt group, North Hampshire Quilters, has information about plans for the first ever quilt show to be held in India. I’ve read articles in quilt magazines about antique and modern textiles and sewing in India but hadn’t considered there never having been a quilt exhibition in such a large, highly populated country. Find out more here.
Happy stitching πŸ™‚
Allison


Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (18)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along the project you are working on and share the blog post conversations, tutorials or quilty news that has caught your interest through the week. You can use the comment section or the linky button atΒ  the bottom of this page to join in this virtual sewing day.
This weekend my projects are all about quilting. I’ll be guiding the three members of the Beginners Course through basting a quilt sandwich and first steps in machine quilting. My version of the beginners quilt will come in handy as a quilting demonstration model. Back in my sewing room I’m feeling hopeful as I prepare to quilt feather designs on this rather large quilt. I keep drawing feather designs in different shaped spaces – squares, triangles waiting for ‘muscle-memory’ to work it’s magic.
Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
More conversations this week to make up for the rather quiet post last week:
Bella has given an informative tutorial adding tiny pleats across the width of curtains. The linen curtains look so amazing with light streaming through the windows of Bella’s newly refurbished kitchen πŸ™‚
Soma explains how she uses colours from nature to inspire her fabric selection. Her photos and the lovely foundation paper pieced block are inspiration in themselves.
Abby Glassenbury always has her finger on the pulse re. craft business and she’s been keeping a close eye on the changes going on at Etsy in the year since the new CEO has been running the company. She gives a robust response to Josh Silverman’s assertion that, β€œOur sellersΒ want to spend their time making and serving customers. They don’t want to spend their time being business people.” 
I will be recommending Sarah Goer’s machine binding tutorial to my Beginners Course students when we move on to binding our quilts in June.
Settle down with a mug of coffee and watch this super-informative video by Leah Day called ‘How Do I Quilt It? How to plan your quilting design with Leah Day‘. She uses computer prints of a medallion style quilt, drawing pencil lines to show how it could be custom quilted, given an all-over quilting design or be given a great look by varying the directions of straight line quilting.
Leanne, the Devoted Quilter, is a Christian and a quilter. Her devotional blog posts always hold to Biblical truths and present a challenge to grow in faith. This devotional post entitled ‘Stronger‘ is no exception.
Anita is hosting a quilt along using Elizabeth Hartman’s Greenhouse pattern. The quilt along begins on Wednesday 30th May. This is the link to Anita’s getting prepared post. Quilt-a-longs (QALs) can be a great way to keep motivation and there are usually some handy hints and an opportunity to see the progress of other participants as the project moves forward.
Jayne has written a lovely blog post sharing her experience of speaking at a quilt guild. She is so right to point out that quilters are a friendly welcoming bunch, interested in each other’s projects and creations.
Finally, baby birds in abundance at the moment. When the Starlings come into my garden it’s all noise and bustle! Earlier in the week we visited a bird reserve on the south coast. My husband took photos of a large, sleepy Tawny Owl chick and an Avocet with three tiny chicks.

Happy stitching.
Allison