Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (16)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I took a break from stitching last weekend – you can read more about our seaside holiday here.

I wonder what project you will be bringing along to this virtual sewing day? Let us know and do share any of the interesting quilty topics you’ve come across on the internet or via your patchwork and quilting activities this week – share in the comments section or use the linky button at the bottom of the post.
I’m continuing to work on the Chocolatier BOM quilt. I need to piece the last two border sections – I’ve finished six of the rectangular strips so far.
Chocolatier border sections by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I also need to make an extra block to complete the on-point layout I’ve designed. The green scraps are quite small but hopefully I’ll come up with a suitable block ๐Ÿ™‚
Chocolatier green scraps by Allison Reid
I-Spy flimsy by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingSo, on to the sharing, conversational part of Saturday Quilting Bring and Share:
He! He! I have an excuse to show the I-Spy quilt again. Myra was kind enough to feature it in her Finished or Not Friday blog linky ๐Ÿ™‚
Ever joined in a quilt along? Sandra is just getting a new one underway. Here is the link to the Plus Playtime QAL Fabric Requirements and Tips post ๐Ÿ™‚
Do you understand the information printed on the little bits of paper found on the bottom of a spool of thread? I was reading Alyce’s email newsletter (Blossom Heart Quilts) and followed her link to this very helpful post about how threads are weighted on the Aurifil website.
When I reach the stage of switching from piecing to quilting my projects are often in danger of becoming UFOs. Just what sort quilting pattern should I stitch? Cheryl has given her thoughts on this dilemma: helping us to consider four factors as we contemplate the quilting stage of our projects.
Fed up of creases forming in folded quilts? Nancy at Joy for Grace first alerted me to this solution: fold quilts on the bias. I found a neat demonstration in aย 2 minute video showing how to fold quilts on the bias.
Suzy puts both sides of the pre-wash fabrics/don’t pre-wash fabrics debate. This one is going to run and run….
Leanne has a beautiful series of photos showing how she quilted a third version ofย  her cushion design, Flower Box.
I hope these links are of interest and help you expand your knowledge of patchwork and quilting. There is always something new to learn and so many generous quilters willing to pass on their tips and thoughts. Dive into the conversations and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy Stitching
Allison


A finish, a missed deadline and a piecing tip

I am having one of those weeks when I can be very glad my diary looks fairly blank. The unexpected has been happening and although my to-do list doesn’t have many ticks I have been busy! An elderly friend has had a fall at home and requires a course of treatment in hospital. I’m glad to have had the time to help her and to meet up with more of her friends from her other social circles. Her situation – no close relatives – hi-lights the importance of nurturing friendships. Most of us don’t have a ‘developing friendships’ tick box on our to-do lists but time ‘doing’ friendship should never be counted as wasted time ๐Ÿ™‚
I have a finish to share ๐Ÿ™‚ Finally I have put the last stitch in the binding ofย  ‘Morning Mist’. Sadly that last stitch was secured eleven hours too late to share this quilt in the April One Monthly Goal linky but, none-the-less, I am counting Misty Morning as my April goal achieved.
Misty Morning by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Misty Morning back by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Morning Mist label by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI stitched the label to the backing last year – just before making the quilt sandwich, just before the sandwich then became a UFO. The label therefore states the quilt’s date of making as February 2017! Ah! Well!
I will be adding a photo of the quilt to my 2018 Gallery (click the button at the top of the page to see my – small – collection of finishes). And I will be adding the quilt to the collection in my Folksy shop.
So that’s the story of the finish and the missed deadline mentioned in the title of this post. Now for the ‘piecing tip’:
Last Saturday the fifth Beginners Course got underway at Purple Stitches quilt store. In the first of the four sessions I teach rotary cutting, stitching accurateย ยผ” seams and we begin piecing patchwork blocks. Along with the class notes, I provide a page of little number labels – one label to pin to each of the sixty-four fabric squares required for the quilt. Once the students are happy with the arrangement of their fabric squares and have decided on the orientation of any directional fabrics I encourage them to label each square.Block labels by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I find this numbering and labeling of patchwork blocks actually saves a lot of time. I number each label like this: the first digit corresponds to the row; the second digit to the position along the row. The numbers work from the top left block of the layout (label 1.1) to the bottom right (for this quilt, label 8.8). In the past I have just used little scraps of paper and scribbled the numbers on with a pencil. For my students I thought it might be kinder (and more professional) to produce a printed sheet.

Block labels - printed and scribbled by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
‘Posh’ printed labels and scribbled pencil labels do the same job ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you would like a copy of the labels try clicking this link and hopefully you will be able to download the PDF file ๐Ÿ™‚ย Row and block markers – 8 x 8
I find numbering each block in this way does save time during the piecing process:

  • It’s possible to stack all the blocks next to my sewing machine and go in for some great chain-piecing action.

Chain piecing by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

  • If I drop the blocks or muddle the blocks at the ironing board pressing station (Ha!Ha!) it’s possible get them back in order without having to lay them all out again and check the arrangement.
  • The numbered labels help me keep the blocks up the right way. Otherwise, in the short movement of lifting blocks from the table at the side of my sewing machine to bringing them under the needle, blocks have a strange habit of spinning in my hands and having the wrong edges stitched together!

A few minutes adding labels can avoid having to spend a lot of time unpicking seams ๐Ÿ™‚
Ooops! by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingCaveat – This system is not foolproof. I, Dear Reader, must count myself a fool. Look what I managed to do last night – I placed the higher numbered block under the lower numbered block and stitched them together! Resulting in blocks being the wrong way round – TWICE!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
I’m adding this and other tips to my newly launched Facebook group called ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales’ – you can access the group via my New Every Morning page. I hope you will consider joining this branch of the worldwide quilty community. My intention is that the group will allow us to share tips, learn from one another and help find solutions to patchwork or quilting project problems members may encounter. I’m very happy for you to share links to your blog posts and helpful tutorials with the other members of this closed, members only, group. I look forward to receiving your membership request and welcoming you into the Patchwork Tips and Tales group ๐Ÿ™‚
As I stated at the top of the post I will have to give quite a bit of time over to dealing with the unexpected, and here in the UK we have a Bank Holiday weekend coming up too, so I’ve decided not to create a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post this week. The posts will be back through the rest of May and on into the Summer – that’s as long as I’m not in for a run of ‘unexpecteds’!
Linking with Connie at Free Motion by The River for another Linky Tuesday – click the link and find lots of patchwork & quilting inspiration, storage ideas and maybe a recipe or two as well ๐Ÿ™‚
Also linking with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday – she’s been finishing a UFO too!
Allison
 

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (15)

Apologies for arriving a few hours late to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! This past week my sewing hours (and a good few other hours besides) have been dominated by the making of 56 Economy Blocks. Yesterday evening I stitched the rows together and first thing this morning managed to get a photo between rain showers.
I-Spy flimsy by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Isn’t it stunning? The quilt is designed by Erica Jackman (www.kitchentablequilting.com) for Robert Kaufman using an I-Spy Panel by Ann Kelle. It was a bit of an uncharacteristic ‘peddle to the metal’ mission for me to finish a quilt top in five days but I have enjoyed myself! Now the quilt top is in the safe hands of Viv at Purple Stitches. She will have it quilted and use it as her shop sample. I think the I-Spy quilt kits will be very popular.
So Whew! And a late start to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share… Bring along your project and share the quilty news and tips you’ve picked up through the week.
Fabrics for Beginners Quilt #5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingMy Saturday project is based on a rather hastily put together group of fabrics. This week, apart from beavering away at the I-Spy quilt, I’ve been preparing for the start of another Beginners Course. I like to make a quilt alongside the students in the group – I can use it as my demonstration model while we work our way through the processes involved in creating a quilt from rotary cutting to binding.
Binding Misty Morning by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I’ll also be chugging away at hand stitching the binding onto the ‘Misty Morning’ quilt. I really am determined to finish it – this is the third Saturday it’s been a project in the Bring & Share!
On to the Saturday chat :-):
Maureen Cracknell is celebrating the release of her new fabric range, Flower Child, with a free pattern by Sharon McConnell.
Flower Crowns FREE Quilt Pattern for Flower Child
If you are thinking of cutting and stitching an English Paper Piecing project then do take a look at Rachel’s tutorial using Freezer Paperย shapes to aid fussy cutting and basting.
I’m always intrigued by variations on block patterns based on stars. Jayne reported on progress she’s making on a quilt called ‘Best of All’ by Country Threads. The blocks look so appealing – another addition to my Patchwork Blocks Pinterest board!
I have a New Every Morning page on Facebook. One of my aims with this blog and with New Every Morning in general is to provide connections and links into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community, hence the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. In keeping with that aim I’ve created a closed group that you can access via the ‘visit group’ button on theย New Every Morning Facebook page. I’ve named the group ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales’ and intend it to be a resource we can use to share our patchwork and quilting tips; the stories around our projects (feel free to include links to blog posts); and a place where questions regarding patchwork and quilting can be posted with the real possibility that several people in the group will be able to provide solutions. I hope you will consider joining the Group ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m linking this post to Myra’s Finished or Not Friday link party. She is sharing a great pattern to use with a fat quarter fabric pack.
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Happy stitching.
Allison