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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

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 πŸ™‚ It’s all about Community πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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 πŸ™‚ A project to focus on, an outlet for creativity and a dose of perspective as I set an achievable goal πŸ™‚

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

Beginners Quilt No6 Finished and ready for a new home :-)

A few weeks ago the final class of the final Beginners Course of 2018 took place at Purple Stitches. As the class tutor I always make a fresh version of the class quilt along with the participants. We ended the course with a session all about binding. Well… I machine stitched the binding to the front of my quilt and then it hung around as a hand stitching project for quite some time…

Finally I can declare this little quilt a finish πŸ™‚ It joins six other versions of the Beginners Quilt that I have made over the past two years.

This finish also marks the end of an era as Viv of Purple Stitches has designed a new pattern for up-coming beginners courses. I’ve made a sample quilt top and will let you know when the big reveal of the new quilt design takes place πŸ™‚

Read moreBeginners Quilt No6 Finished and ready for a new home πŸ™‚

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