Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (37)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. There has been rather a long break between no.36 and this no.37 post – not by design but just a touch of realism as busy weekends and numerous deadlines crowded in on me in November. Of course, in December things will be much quieter – who am I kidding 😀 Anyway it’s lovely to be catching up on these posts. Just a reminder that on this, our virtual sewing day, you are invited to bring along your latest project to share with us and take the opportunity to share any quilty news you’ve picked up through the week. Please do use the comments box at the bottom of this page to add any links you would like to share.

I’m bringing along the Jenny Doan inspired Christmas Tree Chevron Quilt that I began earlier in the week. It has been such fun putting this quilt top together. I used scrap blue-green fabrics for the tree and a white-on-white star fabric for the background.

Chevron HSTs by Allison Reid

Five rows of Chevrons by Allison ReidAs I explained in my previous post I have reduced the finished size of the chevron blocks to 6″ and made just five rows rather than the seven rows shown in the MSQC tutorial.

FP Star for Chevron Tree by Allison Reid

Do you like the foundation paper pieced star? More fabric scraps! I was really pleased with this block – I used a Carol Doak pattern.

I popped into Purple Stitches this afternoon, intending to buy fabric for the quilt border but didn’t take much persuading to leave off having a border – I had been wondering about omitting the border but doubted myself – ‘if in doubt follow the pattern!’ Instead, Viv produced the perfect blue-green fabric for the binding … and a backing fabric … and some wadding too…

Pieced Chevron Tree by Allison ReidMinus the borders, but with some extra background fabric top and bottom, my Chevron Christmas Tree will measure approximately 36″ wide by 42″ high. I washed the backing fabric as soon as I got home so hopefully I’ll be making the quilt sandwich tomorrow. In the meantime I can be getting on with making more string blocks for the storage trolley covers 🙂 (You might like to follow my progress on instagram, find me @allisonreid.neweverymorning ).

Four string blocks by Allison Reid

I must apologise for the rather grey looking photographs – I’m afraid to say bright daylight has been in short supply this last week in November. We did have one glorious day and fortunately it was a rest day from work so my husband and I enjoyed a trip to the seaside 🙂 Chilly, but truly bright and beautiful!

Pieced Chevron Tree by Allison Reid
The view from Hengistbury Head (south coast mainland) out to The Isle of Wight, Needles Rocks and Lighthouse.

Here are just a few of the the quilty blog posts I’d like to share with you:

Lucie recently completed a project: a beautiful quilt using clever design, careful fabric choices, super-neat hand applique skills and steady hand-eye coordination for the custom longarm quilting. Well worth a click to see the finished quilt and a look through her previous blog posts to see how the quilt project progressed.

Do you use Instagram? I opened an account earlier this year and I do enjoy scrolling through seeing lots of lovely quilts and projects in progress. I haven’t taken the time to really understand how to get full use out of Instagram though – my love-hate relationship with technology continues…. Suzy has some interesting thoughts on social media and Instagram in particular.

Jessica helped her local community to put together a quilt. Such a great idea. A good test of ‘letting go’ and being ‘random’ as everyone who got involved picked fabrics for their very own four patch!

Jayne has found satisfaction in putting together a quilt really quickly. I enjoyed reading her post and the momentum she described as her plans evolved whilst putting together Christmas panel prints and making quick decisions about borders and sashing. Jayne reckons she had the piecing all done in 5 hours!

I like Shannon’s no-nonsense advice for picking fabrics for an Autumn colour palette – go out, pick up some leaves…. Of course there’s a bit more to it than that! 😀

Here is a great tutorial by Cheryl: how to match a fabric pattern for a pieced backing.

Need to make a gift in a hurry? Yvonne has been making hexie coasters and shares the link to Sharla’s neat tutorial 🙂

Being thankful is good for heart, mind and soul. Bernie has organised for quilts to be donated to a hospital that has a special role in providing end of life care for patients and giving much needed support to their families. Read more here, including Bernie’s own experience of being well cared for when her first husband suffered a sudden, terminal illness. Her moving and uplifting blog post got me thinking again about the generosity of patchwork quilters and has decided me on my word for 2019 – COMMUNITY. 🙂

Happy stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (30)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Please do bring along your current project to this virtual sewing day and share in conversations from around the quilty world. You can put your link to a blog post about your project or links to what’s caught your interest over the past week in the comments section at the bottom of this page. Just below the comments box is a subscribe button, do sign up to this, my new website, to ensure you receive email notifications whenever a post is published. Thank you!

Super sized scrap block by Allison Reid
A super sized scrap block!

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Do I have enough scraps?

Bin of pink scraps by Allison ReidDo I have a enough scraps? 😀 Well! As it happens, yes I do! Earlier this year I made a scrap quilt (see photo at bottom of this post) combining Amanda Jean Nyberg’s excellent Scrap Vortex method with a leader-ender technique. Low and behold it turns out that making one scrap quilt doesn’t get anywhere near resolving the issue of overflowing scrap boxes… So, I embarked on another scrap quilt, this time using a pink colour scheme rather than blue.

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Isn’t strange when a visitor from a foreign country describes a visit to places in your own country that you’ve never seen? Carole from North Carolina shares photos, memories and some historical background to a river trip along the Thames through part of London, UK. Maybe it’s about time I did the same? I’d have to travel a fraction of the distance covered by Carole to get riverside! 😀
Creative Spaces Week 1It’s always interesting to take a look at other quilters’ sewing spaces. Now there’s a blog hop series to follow through July and August called ‘Creative Spaces Blog Hop’. Christa’s before photo of her creative space gave me hope!
Have you tried ruler foot quilting? I’ve seen a few demos on You Tube and seen the rulers for sale at quilt shows but have been feeling resistant to trying something new. Leah Day gives a brief and helpful description of ruler foot quilting and how it fits alongside walking foot and free motion quilting. Hum! I think I might give it a go – more equipment to buy….

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Adding Black & White to a Rainbow

Way back – I mean four decades ago – I must have sat in a Physics lesson and learned about light. I can vaguely remember sending a beam of light through a prism and trying to identify the rainbow colours that were refracted (I think that is the right term). My Dad has been a keen photographer for many years and has read lots of weighty books on the subject and in so doing learned much about colour: including the odd fact that black and white are NOT colours! Huh?

In physics, a color is visible light with a specific wavelength. Black and white are not colors because they do not have specific wavelengths. Instead, white light contains all wavelengths of visible light. Black, on the other hand, is the absence of visible light.

Quoted from Seattlepi.

I’m wary of using black in the quilts I make – especially using a solid black as binding. This stems from a History lesson when we were told that war-time telegrams telling of the death of a loved-one were printed with black borders so recipients were warned of tragic news before opening the envelope. Isn’t it peculiar the things that stick in one’s mind and the associations they create over so many years?
Chocolatier Block of the month by Gen X Quilter, available at Purple Stitches, UKAnyway, it’s about time my mind stopped wandering around my school days and arrived at patchwork quilting: For the past 12  months I’ve been leading workshops based on the Chocolatier Block Of the Month organised by Viv at Purple Stitches. She recreated the Chocolatier quilt using a rainbow of Kona solids. The finished quilt is pretty large – 72″ square.
A perk of leading the workshops is receiving the block fabrics month by month – I’ve been using the fabrics to test the patterns, write my class notes, with hints and tips, plus checking that the correct quantities of fabric are sent out to everyone who is taking part.
Additional Chocolatier block by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingWith all 24 blocks and the eight border panels completed I designed a different layout, making a smaller quilt (58″ square). I liked the idea of setting the blocks on-point, this required making a 25th block. I collected the green scraps from previous blocks and came up with this design. Not sure what to call this block…
Then I wondered about the sashing and whether to include cornerstones or not? Whew! I’m so happy that I decided to have cornerstones. To my eye, these little black and white beauties lift this quilt top without merging or interfering with the rainbow colours of the blocks. 🙂
Alternative Chocolatier by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
So, this is what got me thinking about the nature of colour and the peculiar non-colour identities of black and white. (Thank you for hanging on – I got to the point in the end). Black and white seem a natural, well matched choice when adding extra features to a rainbow-style quilt, don’t you think? Maybe I will be less fearful of black borders in future? I intend to use the Flurry white-on-black fabric for the binding – having used it for the cornerstones and the narrow borders.

Alternative Chocolatier binding choice by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I’ve placed some pieces of the Flurry B&W behind a corner to show how the binding will complete the ‘frame’ around the borders and corner blocks.

Does a certain colour hold associations for you that maybe make you more or less likely to use it in your patchwork quilt making?
Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social. She’s sharing a couple of quilts made using and adapting her animal patterns as well as a catch up with life going on around her patchwork quilting.
Allison