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Here in the UK it’s the weekend of the annual National Quilt Championships held at Sandown Racecourse situated on the Western outskirts of London. I’m excited to be going. As a member of the Basingstoke based Roundabout Quilters group I’m especially excited to be going to Sandown as we have entered a quilt into the ‘Group Quilt’ category of the exhibition. I will be sure to take some photos of the quilt in situ 🙂 but if you can’t wait there is a
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 A virtual sewing day – bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the conversations and news doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. You can join in by clicking the links and/or leaving your own contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this page.
I’ve spent a lot more time out of the sewing room than in it this week. My monthly craft group met on Monday and we got to it with our knitting needles, yellow wool and eyelet lace: making little chicks designed to hold Easter eggs.
I finished my chick a few days later. Knitting with the eyelet lace did take me back to the 1970s, memories of tennis stars wearing frilly knickers and those dolly loo roll covers! 😀
Here’s a link to a little video on You Tube showing how to knit with eyelet lace – the demonstrator has a lovely Scottish accent.
Roundabout Quilters met on Tuesday evening. We heard an interesting talk by Pennie Bicknall who showed us her group quilts and explained various ways to organise group quilt making. After the talk we were treated to a viewing of our own group quilt. Last year we were each invited to take home a pack of fabric and make a block quilt-as-you-go fashion for a quilt that will be raffled at the Roundabout Quilters exhibition this coming September. The finished quilt has been entered in the group category of the National Quilt Championships, Sandown, 21st-23rd June. I brought it home to sew on the hanging sleeve. It’s obviously not my place to give the quilt a public showing but as soon as it goes public I will post a photo here.
Having attached the hanging sleeve to the group quilt and cleared away some distracting unfinished projects I am now ready to quilt the Scrappy Trip Along quilt.
As usual I am hesitating to start. I wonder when I will stop dreading quilting and truly come to enjoy it? Of course ‘just do it’ is the chant I must sing as each stitch made will add experience and, in time, confidence. You can see my practice piece in the photo.
If you follow me on Instagram, @allisonreid.neweverymorning, you may know I had a catastrophic breakdown in self control in my local Hobbycraft store! The intention was to treat myself to a quilting magazine…. Ahem! I did buy a copy of Quilt Now…and… (say it quickly) ten fat quarters along with 2m of background fabric! 😀 To be fair the FQs are just the colours I had in mind for making a wall hanging using the Modern Fans pattern by Suzy Quilts. So really I had no choice, right?
Keeping with curved piecing (Modern Fans is a pattern made of quarter circles), have you seen Jenny Doan’s latest video using her new Drunkard’s Path templates and 10″ squares to make the ‘Courtyard Path’ quilt? Jenny is great at taking the fear out of techniques that are sometimes given an aura of difficulty that can become a deterrent for patchwork quilters of a nervous disposition.
Bobbi is busy making blocks for the ‘Sew Let’s Quilt Along’. She has some great piecing tips in this post that can be applied to any block – including adding applique shapes to a pieced block.
Improv quilting is something I haven’t tried yet. Amy Ellis has been getting out of her comfort zone and working on improv pieces. She shares her monochrome Experimentations Quilt here.
Bernie over at Needle & Foot has reviewed Bonnie Hunter’s new book, String Frenzy, and dived into her own over-flowing scrap bins to test out one of the twelve patterns in the book. Bernie has made a sweet little table runner rather than an entire quilt, it looks great and as she says, ‘All in all, this is a great book. Lots of fun ways to use scraps and if you don’t want to make the entire quilt, go for a mini, a table topper or a runner. I love making smaller projects because there is a satisfying finish and practicing my FMQ is so much easier on small quilts.’
Well! Not so many links today, I am way behind in my blog reading (there are 98 unopened notifications in my in-box!). But I hope you have found enough of interest and will enjoy clicking away to some of the treasures to be found courtesy of the Worldwide Quilting Community.
A few weeks ago the final class of the final Beginners Course of 2018 took place at Purple Stitches. As the class tutor I always make a fresh version of the class quilt along with the participants. We ended the course with a session all about binding. Well… I machine stitched the binding to the front of my quilt and then it hung around as a hand stitching project for quite some time…
Finally I can declare this little quilt a finish 🙂 It joins six other versions of the Beginners Quilt that I have made over the past two years.
This finish also marks the end of an era as Viv of Purple Stitches has designed a new pattern for up-coming beginners courses. I’ve made a sample quilt top and will let you know when the big reveal of the new quilt design takes place 🙂
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I’ve managed a better balance between sewing machine and lap top this week. The lap top has mainly been used to add fresh items to my ETSY shop. Writing product information takes a surprisingly long time – and editing the product photos takes even longer! For the first time I’ve added some fabrics to my shop items. I’m in de-clutter mode at the moment – I think it is the changing season that has brought this about as Summer clothing and outdoor furniture is put away and Winter garments and occupations begin to take over. So even the sewing room has had a little declutter. It’s been good to finally give up some fabrics that I’d bought for projects I no longer have the time or motivation to pursue.
It’s been satisfying to do some sewing. I’m in the early stages of preparing a new workshop, ‘Using Up Scraps’. One of the techniques I’m planning to teach is crazy patchwork. Up till now I’ve only ever created crazy patchwork by using a stitch and flip method on a foundation fabric. Earlier in the Summer I was inspired by a friend to purchase a roll of stiffening material called In-R-Form by Bosal (although most sewists in the UK seem to be calling it by the manufacturers name rather than by the mouthful ‘In-R-Form’!). My friend bought her Bosal from Empress Mills and told me about the website’s link to a bag making You Tube video. I had to smile when I got home, found the website and clicked on the link only to find Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company with Vanessa aka ‘Crafty Gemini’ making a tote bag using a Jelly Roll and Bosal. What a fun pairing those ladies are! Anyway that got me thinking to try making a basket using Bosal decorated with crazy patchwork.
I cut a piece of Bosal, 9″ x 12″, and covered one side with crazy patchwork. It was very easy to stitch through the Bosal and it has created a firm but flexible basket. Unfortunately I made a bit of a boo-boo in choosing to make the basket fairly small. Once I’d made the lining I realised the side seams were less than four inches long. Of course I need to leave an opening in one of the seams to be able to turn the bag the right way out once the lining is stitched to the outer. But I think that opening needs to be at least three inches long in order to squish the flexible but bulky Bosal through the gap. Hum! I will have another go at making a basket but this time increase the size by a few inches…
We have been blessed with a few days of Summer in Autumn, clear blue skies and warm sunshine. On Thursday I was able to join friends at our monthly sewing day out in the beautiful Candover Valley, Hampshire. We meet in a village hall/come cricket pavilion next to the Victorian Church of St Peter. What a wonderful setting – so peaceful (well! apart from our chatter and the whir of sewing machines!). We took our lunches out onto the patio overlooking the cricket ground, basking in the sunshine, listening to the birds and just enjoying the treat of a warm day so late in September.
Before lunch I worked on my contribution to Roundabout Quilters’ raffle quilt. We will each make a house or tree block (final size 12″ square) which in the New Year will all be joined quilt-as-you-go style ready for the publicity shots for our group exhibition next September. I have pinned my block into it’s quilt sandwich and intend to add the quilting stitches this weekend.
After that lovely sunny lunch I went back into the hall and worked on another project. I made more half square triangles using some of my stash of Civil War reproduction fabrics. The rich, earthy colours of these fabrics are well suited to the rapid shift from bright Summer to golden Autumn that is taking place all around us. I’d like to arrange these HSTs into blocks and stitch them together over the weekend.
As usual there have been a whole host of interesting and inspiring blog posts to read over the past week or so. Here are just a few of the ones I have enjoyed and hope you will too:
Christa Watson has taken her quilt design process back a stage and has been designing fabrics. In this post she has lots of photos to show how a fabric design sketched on a piece of paper evolves into a real bolt of fabric. Fascinating!
I’m always on the look out for sewing room makeovers and Irene has posted the latest changes she has made to her sewing space – re-purposing IKEA units and other furniture from around her home. Ingenious and practical!