Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (290)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I’ve left it a bit late to invite you to bring along your sewing project(s) but hopefully you’ll have a few minutes to spare to share in the news, tips and project inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ Do leave an encouraging comment if you visit a blog – positive comments help to sustain and grow community don’t you think?

Talking of community I’ve initiated a little branch of the worldwide one over on my Facebook page. The ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub‘ is now up and running. Current members all have some experience of patchwork quilting but of course absolute beginners are welcome to join – please fill in the membership questions so I can ‘approve’ you into the membership! Thankfully members are being very patient as I grapple with the behind the scenes management of a Facebook Group! It will become less ‘clunky’ as I get the hang of it all I promise!

Outside of Facebook and blogs I’ve been enjoying developing a bit more community by taking part in an in-person craft market for the first time in at least five years! I hired a stall at the South Central Makers event in the heart of the lovely rural town of Alresford (pronounced Alls-ford). Here are some photos of the wonderfully broad main road, West Street, that runs through the town. I love the mix of Georgian and Victorian buildings all rubbing shoulders with each other and the beautiful Wisteria is a bit of a show stopper!

I met some great crafters with skills in spinning, silver-smith-ing, textile print design and more. Sadly, it was a quiet day and while some sales were made, I was not the only one to pack up at the end of the day with no items sold πŸ™ Selling handmade craft items IS HARD! And at the moment it’s VERY HARD. I have a stall booked for 4th June at a venue in the, equally picturesque, rural town of Whitchurch. Here’s hoping for a few sales πŸ™‚

With all the prep for the craft market, I didn’t get a lot of sewing done. I attached clasps to the coin purses (I finished two whilst sitting at my stall at the craft market so I actually came home with more completed items than I took! :-D) and I stitched a few strips to the pink Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I’m making. This coming week there should be more opportunities to sew, I’ll aim to finish the pink RSC blocks and make a start on the designated colours for May – moss and forest green… Although there’s no doubt the call of the allotment is going to be a distraction; for instance my bean seedlings are now 12″ tall and beginning to wind themselves around each other and the frame of the pop-up greenhouse so it’s time I constructed the bean support and got the fast growing triffids into the ground!

Just a few links this week:

Rona gives a behind the scenes view of large quilt shows in her post ‘How to Vend at a Quilt Show‘.

Wendy will be sharing her skills at four separate workshops in October. If you are in New Zealand it sounds like you are in for a treat at Quilt Symposium 2022 being held at Lower Hutt, Wellington. So many classes to choose from, an exhibition and social events too!

In typical British fashion we are slowly catching on to the fact that it would be fun to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (it really is 70 years since she came to the throne). Thankfully a group of talented quilt designer/teachers have collaborated on a row by row design appropriately called the ‘British Sew-a-row Quilt Project‘ which draws together iconic images such as Tower Bridge, red telephone boxes, teapots, the floral symbols of England, Scotland, Wales & N Ireland and (yep!) umbrellas along with a crown and the EIIR symbol. There’s a sew-along just about to get under way and as it’s a row-by-row pattern there’s plenty of opportunity for makers to mix and match all the elements of the design.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (289)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend and have a bit of time to relax, bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration, tips and news circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. Leave an encouraging message in the comments box of any of the blog sites you visit to keep the goodness flowing πŸ™‚

It’s been a bit of an odd week here as me and my husband settle into a new ‘looking for work’ routine. We are very blessed that this break in employment coincides with a burst of Spring weather bringing with it plenty of opportunities for walks and allotment, ‘lottie’, activity. This afternoon we were busy weeding, mowing, watering and nurturing.

While we are waiting for the veg seedlings to be big enough to plant out I let the Forget-me-nots take over the vacant beds.
The Strawberry plants are already covered in flowers. Not many bees about though…

In my sewing room this week I’ve made a mug rug and pushed on with making clasp purses. The mug rug is the example made for a free pattern I’ve written and the clasp purses are my latest bid to make some items that I can sell (or, more to the point, that other people might buy!).

First of all, the background to the mug rug. I decided to launch a new group on my Facebook page. The group is named, ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub‘. My idea is to create a friendly group where new-comers can come and learn the craft of patchwork-quilting. Here’s a link to my first ever live-stream video where I attempt to explain what the Learning Hub is all about and who it is for.

The Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub is a private group so there are a couple of questions to answer before membership is approved – just to make sure it stays a safe place with no spammy intruders! The mug rug pattern is available to download as soon as membership is approved. I’ve written it with patchwork newbies in mind but obviously it can be used by more experienced patchwork-quilters too.

My other sewing related venture this week has been preparation for a craft fair next Saturday 14th May. Four or five years ago I gave up on trying to sell items at craft fairs and turned my attention to selling on line. This hasn’t met with much more success so my stock of quilts, bags and other bits and bobs has been growing and growing! I’ve decided to have a switch back to physical, in-person, selling. It’s a risk that could cost a lot more than I gain as I’ve paid out Β£30 for table space and Β£80 to renew my public liability insurance 😒 With my ever enlarging stock you might well be asking why on earth I’m adding to it by making the clasp purses? πŸ€” Especially as having completed just one of the ten I’ve cut out and stitched I now know what a fiddle it is to attach the clasps πŸ™ƒ

My thinking is they’ll be at a lower price point than bags or quilts so may attract buyers… But whether I’ll make back my investment in the clasps I don’t know! Anyhow, other preparations for the craft fair have included sorting out which items to take, making price labels and creating a mock-up of the stall to test out my props. I tested the stall using the folding table from my sewing room. It’s less than 5ft long so all the things on it look a bit squished for space but I’m assuming the table I’ll be given next Saturday will be 6ft long so it’ll be easier to see individual items rather than being faced with a big jumble!

Having moved the folding table out from behind my sewing machine table and into the hallway I decided this was the time to clean and tidy my sewing room… It was a BIG job but I’m glad I did it as the dust and muddle had been unsettling me for a while.

My diary is pretty full this coming week so getting prepared for the craft fair well in advance was a priority this weekend. In little spaces of time through the week I may, or may not, finish a few more of the clasp purses…

Here are links to a few of the inspiring and useful posts I’ve read over the past days:Β 

How many years ago did you start your oldest UFO? Cynthia is celebrating finishing a quilt she began way back in 2014. The blocks are foundation paper pieced and depict 1950’s style kitchen utensils. Cynthia gives a link to the pattern that’s still available to purchase from Kristy at Quiet Play.

If you tend to get so absorbed in a sewing task that you carry on even though it’s causing your body stress then you should definitely take time out to read ‘5 Tips for Good Sewing Ergonomics’. There are way more than five tips to take away from this blog post by Jenni Grover.

Wow! JanineMarie is using a multitude of scraps to work on her Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects and several others besides. I now consign scraps smaller than 2″ square to the bin (waste/trash NOT scrap bin) but Janine Marie’s ticker-tape patchwork strips must be using up the most teeny-tiny pieces of fabric!

Jen Frost has produced a comprehensive video tutorial detailing how to attach hanging tabs to a small quilted wall hanging. She includes her method for calculating the finished size of the tabs which is obviously worth considering BEFORE making and attaching them! There are also tabs (ha! ha! see what I didΒ  there?) in the video so you can skip the parts you already feel confident to do eg. adding binding.

As promised Allison is sharing new quilt designs to showcase her latest fabric collection, Forget-me-not. The Primrose pattern has rows of blooms in vases and definitely makes the most of the fabrics.

Linda outlines the process of making her Seaglass Quilt #2. It is another great way of using up scraps (Linda says 3″ squares of fabrics rather than ‘crumbs’) and I like the faced edging she’s made to her quilt too (there’s a link to the tutorial in Linda’s post).

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She made a 1,500 mile round trip with two stop-overs to get a new motor fitted in her longarm machine. Honestly here in the UK if we drive 150 miles in a day we feel like we’ve been on a major adventure!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

End of January Etsy Shop Sale

 

Just a little heads up to let you know the novelty fabric packs in my Etsy shop

are available to purchase at a 20% discount until the end of January πŸ™‚

There are packs of 20 or 42 novelty prints available. All prints are 100% cotton and have been rotary cut to 5″ square – ideal for making I-Spy quilts or personalised gifts. Not only did I source 42 different novelty prints, I also washed and pressed them all before carefully cutting out the charm squares πŸ™‚

Until 31st January the packs of 20 prints are available for Β£9.50 and the packs of 42 prints for Β£17.50. Prices include UK postage. On 1st February prices will revert to the usual Β£11.50 and Β£22.00 per pack.

Subscribers to my email newsletter have an extra discount to use in my Etsy Shop. Why not subscribe now to make the most of this End of January Sale? πŸ™‚

 

Unfortunately the prohibitive costs prevent me shipping physical goods outside of the UK but my PDF patterns are ready to purchase and download wherever you are in the World.

Allison

Bashful Flash Sale – Patterns, Fabrics…

You might like to put your fingers in your ears as I blow my own trumpet but please don’t close your eyes! I am the World’s worst sales woman…. But here goes…

Starting today, 16th October ’til 19th October 2020 I’m holding a Flash Sale over in my Etsy Shop – 20% off everything!

Wahoo! Go to www.etsy.com/shops/AllisonsPatchworks to have a browse πŸ™‚

‘Everything’ includes:

PDF Pattern downloads – available for international as well as UK purchase.

A recent purchaser of the I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern left this review:

This was my first EVER quilt, and I understood everything clearly. I don’t even know how to read a pattern and just sew β€œcreatively.” I did learn that I need to be more careful when cutting my fabric because being off 1/8” can go wrong!
Thanks for this wonderful pattern!

Quilting fabrics available for UK purchasers – 20% off PLUS free postage!

Fabrics on sale include this pack featuring a ‘Magical Dragons’ panel by Cheri L Strole.

Finished items available for UK purchasers – 20% off PLUS free postage! Items include Book Pillows, Table Runners and Quilts :-O

All available this weekend with a 20% discount from my Etsy Shop, AllisonsPatchworks πŸ™‚

Phew! I’ll pack away my trumpet and resume normal blog writing service asap!

Thanks for taking a look!

Allison