Autumn Leaves – a January OMG Finish

‘Autumn Leaves’, my patchwork wall hanging is completed – a Happy Dance has been performed! At the start of January this project was a quilt sandwich that I’d put to one side when back in November the pressure to move onto projects with Christmas deadlines became too strong to ignore.

Autumn Leaves Complete by Allison Reid

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (43)

Welcome to the second Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2019. It feels like the year has properly begun – the first full working week is behind us, schools are open and the morning and evening traffic levels are back to normal! But now it’s the weekend! Yeah! Time to enjoy a virtual sewing day, bring out the projects we are working on and share in some of the patchwork quilting conversations circulating around the worldwide quilty community. Join in by clicking some or all of the links below and leaving your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Autumn Leaves quilting finished by Allison ReidI’m switching projects today. I’ve finished quilting the Autumn Leaves wall hanging – hoping the lines of wavy stitching and swirls give the impression of the wind blowing and the leaves tumbling through the air?

During the week I tied myself in knots designing a kind of book pillow, quilt carry bag thing… I came up with so many permutations re. fastenings (even went out and bought a zipper!), handles, size of pillow, size of pocket, to line or not to line? etc. etc. In the end I bit the bullet, dove to the bottom of my stash bins and made a mock-up using some of the ideas swirling around in my head. It is a relief to have a finished item but I’m not yet sure what lessons I’ve learned from this protoytype …

 

Book Pillow Bag prototype by Allison Reid

I’d like to clear my head and get on with a project where I actually know what I’m doing and why! So, I’ve retrieved the fabrics I put together some time last year to make another I-Spy Shadow quilt. I designed this quilt a couple of years ago and made two. Late last Summer when I was sorting through my stash and scraps I discovered more novelty fabric pieces than I expected and decided to sort them – fussy cutting 5″ or 4″ squares wherever possible. Now for some fun quick piecing and a break from over-thinking things! 🙂

Fabrics for I-Spy Shadow Quilt by Allison Reid

Community is my word for 2019 and I’m using this word with particular reference to our worldwide quilting community. So what better example could I share than the ‘Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project‘? This project is ambitious and so full of generosity and kindness. Please take a look at Carole’s blog post and see how the quilting community can bring love and hope into such a desperate, on-going, tragedy.

Jayne has made a beautifully simple nine-patch quilt in double quick time – what a satisfying start to 2019!

I will definitely be bookmarking this blog post all about fabric choice by Rachel at Stitched in Color. Rachel has collected lots of photos of quilts made to the Gypsy Wife pattern and explains the different effects contrast, colour and scale of pattern can have on a quilt and how to choose fabrics to achieve the effect you want. Very helpful indeed! 🙂

I’m listening to Shannon Brinkley’s ‘Quilt Style Workshop’ while I’m sewing. You can sign up for free here. In the first video Shannon talks about the stages of developing our patchwork quilting skills and style. AND she suggests WIPs and fabrics we no longer love can go in the ‘experiment bin’ to be used as when we want to test fresh techniques. The second video is about colour 🙂

Melanie has shared some simple but effective ways to keep a sewing room organised , keeping tools in the right place. Less time hunting for scissors is more time to stitch 🙂

Happy stitching!

Allison

PS. Don’t forget you’ll find more tips and inspiration on my Pins of the Week Pinterest board, you can find me on Instagram @allisonreid.neweverymorning and join my Patchwork Tips and Tales group on Facebook 🙂 It’s all about Community 😉

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (42)

Welcome to the first Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2019. Happy New Year! Bring along your current project to our virtual sewing day and share in the quilting conversations doing the rounds of the worldwide quilty community. Leave links to your project posts or to quilt blog posts that have caught your interest in the comments box at the end of this post.

First of all I will share with you my unusual game of ‘thread chicken’. Instead of the usual game of dare – will the top thread/bobbin last for just one more line of stitching? – I’ve been holding my breath and keeping a close eye on a knot hoping that it won’t end up causing a tangle through my machine’s tension plates or get caught in the needle as I’m stitching! Thankfully I completed stitching details on the quilt before the knot came into play!

Aurifil thread knot by Allison Reid

I and my Pfaff machine get on very well with Aurifil cotton threads which I’m convinced are of very good quality. This is the first time I’ve encountered a knotted join in a reel of Aurifil 🙁

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January One Monthly Goal – I feel the need, the need for a finish!

I really do feel the need for a FINISH! I’ve updated and completed my 2018 Gallery page, there are sixteen finished patchwork quilting projects. Not too shabby…but… there are so many unfinished projects around me…. and projects in my head… and fabrics I bought thinking ‘I’ll make a lovely quilt with this…’

Hmm! This is reading like a severe case of ‘overwhelm’. I fear I’m in danger of falling into the traps of loosing the satisfaction of patchwork creativity or getting completely intimidated by all the perfect finishes streaming through my social media feeds! The past few days I have been occupied filling in planners and writing events onto wall charts. All this goal setting can get a bit ‘heavy’. Thankfully the sun is shining today – increased daylight levels can give us such a boost can’t they? I’ve done some more housework – traces of Christmas and, sadly, guests are pretty much gone now.

Autumn Leaves quilting started by Allison Reid

So, I’m going to set myself an achievable sewing goal and join in with the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal link up. My January goal is to complete the Autumn Leaves quilt. I’m about to start free motion quilting – first the veins on the leaves and then the background. I haven’t chosen fabric for the binding yet so that’s something to contemplate as I stitch. I will stitch a hanging sleeve to the back so the finished quilt can hang on the pole in my sewing room 🙂

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves detail (1) by Allison Reid
So far I have stitched a ‘stalk’ to each leaf using a very close zig-zag to produce a satin stitch. And then used my walking foot to echo stitch around the leaves adding a pointed tip to each one.

That feels better already 🙂 A project to focus on, an outlet for creativity and a dose of perspective as I set an achievable goal 🙂

Are you feeling full of enthusiasm as you consider your patchwork and quilting for 2019 or maybe feeling overwhelmed and not at all sure where to start?

Linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the January One Monthly Goal.

Allison