Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (50)

Welcome to the fiftieth edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! I feel like there should be some sort of celebration… Anyway! It’s very good to have your company on this virtual sewing day πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the news and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do share links and news in the comments box at the end of this blog post. Thank you!

My projects for this weekend are: 1. To baste Dashing Stars ready for quilting

Dashing Stars ready for basting by Allison Reid
Dashing Stars quilt top, backing, cotton wadding and pins…

And 2. Piece the Scrappy Trip Along quilt top. I finished the final blocks last night and just had time to put all of them up on the design wall.

Scrappy Trip Along blocks on design wall by Allison Reid

When I began the trip along my intention was to piece the blocks in this repeating diamond design but I’ve seen so many lovely variations at #scrappytripalong2019 that I’m all of a dither now! Here are some possibilities I put together on EQ7. There must be many more variations….

Scrappy Trip Along chevrons by Allison Reid
Chevrons 4 x 6 setting
Scrappy Trip Along traditional by Allison Reid
Traditional setting for Trip Around the world quilt
Scrappy Trip Along zig-zags by Allison Reid
Zig-zags

My actual design wall setting and these ideas drawn on EQ7 are based on block layouts of 4 horizontal and 6 vertical (although my design wall photo shows the quilt on it’s side – sorry to be confusing!). This does make for slightly odd proportions – the quilt would measure approximately 48″ x 72″ – a bit too long and narrow maybe? To correct this I tried a 4 blocks by 5 blocks layout on EQ7 (which would measure 48″ by 60″).

Scrappy Trip Along original 4 x 5 by Allison Reid

To my mind this would be better proportioned BUT I don’t like the way the patchwork pattern loses it’s symmetry with that top row of blocks not being reflected in the bottom row.

So, an alternative would be add wide borders to the long sides of the 4 x 6 setting to give a slightly better proportioned quilt (say 60″ x 76″):

Scrappy Trip Along original with borders by Allison Reid

Or I could play around with alternative layouts which I can be handle being asymmetrical :-D:

Scrappy Trip Along two squares 4 x 6 by Allison Reid
A 4 x 6 setting…
Scrappy Trip Along two squares 4 x 5 by Allison Reid
…Or a 4 x 5 setting

So much to think about! I wonder if such an indecisive person as myself should be working on projects that allow for so many variations?? I shall leave the blocks up on the design wall, within eyesight, while I baste the Dashing Stars quilt and, who knows, I might make up my mind about the layout?

Here are a few of the blog posts and articles that have provided welcome distractions from the whirl of options in my mind this week:

How do you stitch down the binding around your quilts? Do you cut your binding on the grain or the bias? Yvonne gave her thoughts on the subject of the durability of binding. The contributions in the comments section are very interesting. My thinking has changed… I was advising students that machine stitched binding is more durable than hand stitched binding, but now…

Melony was surprised to find that internet searches from an insurance company were finding their way to her pattern shop. It is a strange/funny/mind-boggling story! She also regularly posts about quilts popping into shot on TV – this month an episode of the Waltons got her thinking…

Here is a great picture tutorial: make a little sensory play blanket for a baby. The tutorial by Julie Herman aka ‘Jaybird Quilts’ is great but oh! my goodness! the photos of baby Nate, the blanket tester, are just so cute!

Leah Day has produced a detailed tutorial describing how to piece a Square-in-a-Square block. This simple looking patchwork unit is the basis of the Economy Block and takes a bit of care in the making to keep all the sides consistent.

I wonder if you ever get to sew with your Mum or another member of your family? Rebecca shares how her Mom has come to the rescue on more than one occasion πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Allison

PS. I’m very happy to say I will running the Scrap Buster Workshop at Purple Stitches in May. See my Workshop page for details πŸ™‚

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (46)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ I hope you have time to bring along a project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations doing the rounds in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do share your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

As usual I’ve been working on more than one project through this week! Over the weekend I intend to make one or two more of the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks. I now have five made πŸ™‚ I timed myself making a block – it takes me 35 minutes from laying the strips out on my cutting mat to pressing the completed block and placing it on the design wall.

Five Trip Around the World blocks by Allison Reid
Five completed blocks and the next set of strips ready to be stitched.

The blocks have proved the perfect project for the ‘set me up for the day’ creative time slot. It has been so encouraging to start most days with a half hour or so of sewing.

Read moreSaturday Quilting Bring and Share (46)

A finished book pillow and an old project revived

I’ve been enjoying an ‘at home’ week. My diary this year swings from a week based largely at home followed by a week where my fortnightly and monthly commitments all fall together. Still, the contrast is stimulating and it’s making me more disciplined re. planning ahead and being realistic about just what I can achieve in any one week! Being indoors for much of this week has been no bad thing: Last Friday we had a 6″ snowfall followed by the usual days of treacherous, icy pavements, then a day or two respite before the current westerly storm arrived hurling rain at us – it is pretty wild outdoors today!

I have been out of the house of course, a couple of walks and a Pilates class. Pilates is new to me. I joined a local class that several of my friends go to. I’ve been to five, maybe six sessions and I can already feel the benefits. My main motivation for going was to relieve lower back pain (muscular, not joints or discs) and work on the unexpected effects of the menopause. Hot flushes? Yes! Kind of expected those when my surgeon announced that the effects of surgery eight years ago would cause me to ‘crash into the menopause’. But other effects have crept up on me over those years – my balance is out (I quite often walk into door frames, I even misjudged walking round our bedroom, falling over the end of the bed, giving myself a black eye (!) and I wobble about when I’m getting dressed!) and any suppleness I had seems to be disappearing rapidly. I’m not sure Pilates will help restore my memory, which is dreadful at the moment, but I’m convinced the strengthening and balancing exercises will help to counteract the physical changes brought on by the menopause.

Anyway, into the sewing room πŸ™‚ With 7th March, World Book Day, rapidly approaching I’ve been continuing to make book pillows. Here is the latest:

Playtime Book Pillow set (2) by Allison Reid

I matched it up with a quilt I made using Moda 30’s Playtime retro prints. The pocket on the front is made with 2Β½” squares I cut from fabrics left over from the half-square triangle quilt project. The cute fabric that forms the main body of the cushion cover is a wonderfully soft cotton flannel. There are now several quilt and book pillow sets listed in my Etsy shop πŸ™‚ www.etsy.com/shop/AllisonsPatchworks

I-Spy Test Block by Allison ReidThe ‘old project revived’ is an I-Spy quilt I started to plan back in June last year. I intended to write a pattern using quick piecing techniques but got distracted and then came over all indecisive about fabric choices (What moi? Indecisive? Surely not? Ha!Ha!). I finally got down to it yesterday, opened up my draft pattern in Word and cut up the fabrics (the light blue was a purchase made during our recent visit to Heidelberg). Here is the first test block – glad to know that with the help of EQ7 my math is correct. I intend to chain piece the remaining forty-one blocks in double quick time!

I’ve also been making more Trip Around the World Blocks. More about those in my Saturday Quilt & Share post tomorrow, along with a bumper pack of recommended posts from quilty bloggers around the world. πŸ™‚

Linking with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for Beauties Pageant – she has curated a collection of beautiful quilts in her blog post – and with Myra for Finished or Not Friday.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (38)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your current project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the latest news, tips and trends doing the rounds in the quilty community. You can share links to your projects and community news in the comments section at the end of this post πŸ™‚

My project news: I’ve been making progress on the two projects designed to be part of the ‘from sewing room to guest room’ transformation due to take place in just two weeks time. With the countdown to Christmas well underway there is a bit urgency about these projects now! But I’m not panickingΒ  – they are providing a steadying influence to the Christmas preparation roller coaster!

Trolley covers on my design wall by Allison Reid

First: the scrap-busting covers for the storage trolleys are coming along nicely. All the piecing is done and I’ve bought a width of calico for the backing. Next step is to create the quilt sandwiches.

Pieced cover on trolley by Allison Reid

Chevron Christmas Tree ready to quilt by Allison ReidTalking of sandwiches, the Chevron Christmas Tree is now pinned and ready for quilting. I trimmed 3″ strips of fabric from the sides of the square quilt top and stitched one of the strips along the top and one along the bottom so the star and tree trunk are no longer right on the edges of the quilt. So, scary bit now – get my sewing space set up for quilting and go for it! I’m planning to echo quilt around the tree and star – partly to stablise the layers but mainly to stabilise my nerves before switching to free motion quilting :-O I’ll share my quilting ups and downs @allisonreid.neweverymorning onΒ Instagram.

Below are just a few of the blog posts, quilts and tips that have caught my attention this past week. You can find more on my Pinterest board ‘Pins of the Week‘.

Isabella’s new blog page ‘Then and Again Quilts’ is proving a really interesting place to visit. In this post she share’s what she has learned about the history of the colour-fast ‘Turkey Red’ dye.

The winners and runners up of the Fall Tips and Tutorials Festival have been announced. Click over and discover a bunch of really useful posts – you might find the solution to a quilty issue that’s been vexing you for ages!

Allison Harris creates beautiful quilts with modern fabrics, plenty of negative space but always a nod to patchwork tradition. Her latest, called ‘Pixel Chain’, is no exception πŸ™‚ and it’s jelly roll friendly.

Yvonne has issued an invitation to join in her annual Planning Party. It starts on 15th December and runs through to the last day of the year. A great opportunity to join other quilters looking back at 2018 and planning for 2019 – there are prizes too! Yvonne is a pattern designer and has a gorgeous quilt using shades of one colour on a white background, in the latest edition of Love Patchwork & Quilting

Fancy trying out a wonky-style technique on a traditional block? Carole Lyles Shaw shares her Improv Log Cabin tutorial using Island Batik fabrics.

One of the first blogs I ever started to follow was Amanda Jean Nyberg’s ‘Crazy Mom Quilts’. She has a passion for using up scrap fabrics, has written patterns and books and produced many, many beautiful quilts – her blog posts always contain stunning photographs as well as measured, thoughtful reflections on quilting and running an on-line quilting business. Plus her regular post ‘Finish It Up Friday’ has been one of the most popular linkys in the worldwide quilty community. But families grow and times change, Amanda has decided to close her business and cease writing her blog posts at the end of this year, taking back patchwork quilting to be her hobby rather than her business. Her blog will be greatly missed but good to know she’ll still part of the quilty community over on Instagram πŸ™‚

If you are taking a break from your sewing machine you might like to try settling down with a new series of novels with a patchwork theme. The ‘Quilting Cozy’ books by Carol Dean Jones are reviewed by Bernie of Needle of Foot.

Time for me to carefully skip past the table of unwritten Christmas cards and head for the sewing room πŸ˜‰

Happy stitching.

Allison