Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (19)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. An invitation to bring along your project(s) to a virtual sewing day and share in conversations sparked by quilty blog posts that have caught our attention over the past week. Do join in by using the comments section or using the linky button found at the bottom of this page.
Last week I said my projects were all about quilting: the Beginners Class got to pin baste their quilt sandwiches, think about quilting designs and set up their machines for their first lines of quilt stitching; and I knuckled down to quilting feather designs onto a 76″ square quilt. As expected the experience of quilting designs on such a large quilt was quite different from stitching out the designs on practice squares!
First feathers on Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
There was the initial euphoria of stitching feathers into a space on the quilt, stepping back and thinking, ‘Wow! They really do look like feathers!’ As the week has gone on and I’ve continued stitching my way around the quilt I’ve become less jubilant. My expectation was that with each swirl of feathers my technique would improve – I’d judge better how to fill the space, more of the feathers would be lovely teardrops rather than bulbous fingers and I wouldn’t be doing so much unpicking – agghhh! Well! Let me tell you, this week has been a lesson in managing expectations ๐Ÿ˜€

Stitching by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I was concentrating so hard on shaping the feathers that stitch length became a little inconsistent and some of the over-stitching missed the mark…

Forming feathers by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Some feathers look ‘squished’ and others don’t have the teardrop shape

Feather spiral by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Uneven feather spiral.

Nevermind! I think I’m quoting Angela Walters correctly when I write ‘better finished than perfect’! I did find watching this You Tube video of Angela’s helpful – quite mesmerising watching a needle travelling across a quilt creating feathers using the ‘bump method’.
Silly to be discontented with this I know but there we are – always our own harshest critics with ridiculous expectations! Anyway, although still a work in progress this quilt, called ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ has been entered into The Festival of Quilts. So I had better carry on and finish! Ha!Ha!
I love the way the first three of this weeks blog conversations are connected:ย 
Yvonne shares a colourful quilt she’s made as part of the ‘Stash Statement’ blog tour. I love the way Yvonne includes so many bright photographs in her posts and provides details about the fabrics, threads and quilt stitching. My Pinterest boards are littered with links to Yvonne’s ‘Quilting Jet Girl’ blog. She is a great advocate and practitioner of giving back to the quilty community.
Carole is a whizz at repairing quilts. Do take a look at this blog post. She shows a technique for repairing and strengthening tears in fabrics. So clever :-O
Leanne has been repairing a quilt too. She has just finished a version of the ‘Stash Statement’ quilt that Yvonne posted about (see link above). Leanne found a small fault in the background fabric as she was quilting and came up with a really neat way of covering it and adding a little secret to the finished quilt.
Thinking of dipping into improv piecing? Alyce has been giving it a go in response to a quilt guild challenge. The improv borders she’s been adding to her mini medallion quilt are full of inspiration.
Thanks to Myra for providing this link to a quilt-as-you-go log cabin cushion tutorial. Myra’s cushion looks great and I definitely want to have a go at this technique.
Happy stitching.
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


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