Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (23)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along the project you are working on and share the quilty conversations that have caught your interest through the week. You can add links to your own blog post or the posts you want to share in the comments section or use the link button at the bottom of the page.
Parched garden July 2018 by Allison ReidThere seems no end in sight for the hot dry weather we are enjoying/enduring in the UK. The grass in our garden has turned brown and crunches when walked on. At present we do not have a hosepipe ban. I have been using a mix of hosepipe and watering cans to keep plants watered and amazingly many are growing, showing no signs of being frazzled by the heat!
Not the best conditions for hand sewing binding to a large, heavy quilt… but I am soldiering on.

Binding Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Most of the red binding is stitched down but there’s still another 80 inches or so to do…

My husband picked and then boiled and strained our crop of redcurrants to extract the juice. There was a modest 1ยฝ pints of ruby red juice to be turned into redcurrant jelly – that was my job. Very hot work stirring the boiling mix of juice and sugar on the gas stove but worth the effort ๐Ÿ™‚
Redcurrant Jelly by Allison Reid
While I’ve been hand stitching or stirring jam I’ve been thinking and planning. I have joined with more than 250 other crafters and artists to participate in Hampshire Open Studios. This is an annual, county-wide event. Those taking part open up their studios, workshops or galleries for free and invite the public to come meet the artist and view their work. A kind of art & craft trail.
HOS 2018 publicity materials by Allison Reid
Last weekend I collected two boxes of brochures, posters, a banner, bunting and road signs ready for the event from 18th – 27th August. Now I need to move out of my comfort zone and start promoting Hampshire Open Studios and my part in it all. ‘Marketing’ is not my thing…. But here goes…
map1Hampshire is a large county. It includes chalk downlands to the north (where I am, in Basingstoke), in the South-West the ancient New Forest – once the hunting ground of royalty and the source of much of the oak that went into the British warships that sailed out of the Naval port of Portsmouth. In the Hampshire Open Studios brochure the county has been divided into eight regions and these are broken down into smaller areas.
HOS Basingstoke by Allison ReidThe Basingstoke area includes 16 artists/crafters within easy travelling distance of one another: Artists using many different materials, skills and styles including paints and paper, pottery, fused glass, upcycled wood, silver and textiles. Have I sold Hampshire Open Studios to you? ๐Ÿ˜€ If you are local and would like a brochure or could pin a poster to a board just let me know, thank you. Take a look at the HOS website for more maps, details and other places of interest to visit as you plan your trip around the studios.
And now onto some of the quilty conversations that have caught my attention through the week:
Medallion Quilt design – Melanie has a great eye and much experience when it comes to designing and making medallion quilts. The latest called ‘The Old School House‘ is well worth a look, especially as Melanie takes the time to explain her design, fabric and colour choices. I’ve learned so much from reading the stories of her quilts.
Keeping to the Medallion quilt theme, Jen has given notice of the ‘Border Quilt Quilt Along’ beginning 15th August. It looks fascinating and can be made in several different sizes. Jen has tried out a new range of flannel fabrics on her first mock up (photos and details in the post) but will be using cotton fabrics for the QAL.
Being ‘A Small Town Girl’ suits Kristie Cook. She’s chosen to stay in a small town in South Georgia all her life (apart from the first 11 months!) but knows her students are all keen to move away from small town life. Kristie argues that people need to stay in small towns and work at creating community.
Cindy of Stitchin at Home has just released a brilliant pattern. ‘Outside Stars‘ has foundation pieced stars combined with a rectangular block to create secondary stars – so clever. Toย  my mind it is a stunning design – I am sucker for patchwork stars!
Another great post from Jessica detailing her quilt design process, colour choices and quilting motifs. I’m really enjoying following this series of posts ๐Ÿ™‚
Sandy is offering a free download of her beautiful sunflower block design. She has a tutorial for the block here.
Happy stitching everyone! I’m so looking forward to visiting Viv and Eve at the newly re-located shop, Purple Stitches. This Saturday afternoon is the Grand Opening with refreshments and a 10% discount across the shop ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s not to like?
Allison


Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (18)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 atย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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, โ€œOur sellersย want to spend their time making and serving customers. They donโ€™t want to spend their time being business people.โ€ย 
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


Chocolatier BOM and a Seaside Break

Eastbourne from the Pier by Allison Reid
An evening view of Eastbourne taken from the Pier

I’m back in the sewing room after a sensationally sunny break by the sea ๐Ÿ™‚ We drove to Eastbourne on Friday to attend the 10th Bible By The Beach conference. It was our first time staying in the seaside town. Look at these photos of the tiled path leading up to our B&B hotel. No patchwork quilter could fail to feel anything but welcomed by such a sight!
 

I tell no lie the sun shone for four days and we did not see a cloud during our whole stay! You can imagine the seafront was busy with many holiday makers and day trippers making the most of this rare event – warm sunshine over an entire Bank Holiday weekend! Our B&B was less than a minutes walk from the seafront. Each morning we woke early and took a walk along the promenade – between 7 and 8am – we saw people running, roller blading and or/walking their dogs and a magnificent clean-up team emptying bins and preparing the seafront for the days visitors. The sun sparkled on the sea and gave a comfortable warmth – such good memories of those pre-breakfast walks ๐Ÿ™‚
 

Bible By The Beach was attended by around 800 people. Meetings were held in a local theatre. The speakers were all excellent, giving such encouraging and challenging messages from the Bible. There were children’s groups running alongside the meetings for adults. The children’s groups venues included the Eastbourne Tennis Centre (that’s where the pre-Wimbledon ladies tennis tournament takes place each year – the grass looked in excellent condition!). Music for worship was provided by the very talented EMU Music.
Now we are back home and thankfully the sun continues to shine so I’ve been giving our washing machine a workout after it’s weekend rest…
But back to the sewing room…
The Chocolatier BOM organised by Viv at Purple Stitches is drawing to a close. After 11 months all the 6″ blocks are complete and it’s time to cut the background materials and put the whole quilt together. This is Viv’s rainbow colourway Chocolatier quilt:

I’ve been holding monthly workshops to give some tips and advice as partakers tackle new techniques. As a result I have a full set of blocks (well! I do need to make four more of the border strip blocks…) but I’ve decided not to make the full size quilt. So today I’ve been playing with possible layouts: switching between arranging virtual blocks on EQ7 and rearranging the actual blocks up on my design wall.
 

My EQ7 design is pretty rough but it’s helping me try out different ideas. If I stick with this on-point layout I will need to make one more block to fill the gap in the lower right hand corner. I have some left-over fabrics so I should be able to do that. I’m thinking I will break up the blocks with some narrow sashing as shown in the EQ7 design. I’m enjoying designing the layout using the computer alongside the physical design wall. I’m switching between the two – sometimes making a change on the computer and then implementing it on the design wall, other times moving the blocks on the design wall before recording the alteration on the computer image. Much quicker than using paper, pencil and eraser!
Linking with Connie for Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River.
Allison