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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Hope you have plenty of good things to look forward to over this weekend. Do join in this virtual sewing day: bring along your projects(s), take a seat, have a drink of your choice close to hand and share in some of the conversations running round the Worldwide Quilting Community. You are very welcome to share links and join in the conversations by using the comments box at the end of this post.

The Allotment in May by Allison ReidSewing has been the ‘side’ rather than the ‘main course’ for me this week as the weather has been favourable for working at the allotment. All is now fairly well prepared for planting out the bean and sweetcorn plants I have been nurturing in the little greenhouse stood against the sun-trap back wall of my house. I also kept myself busy by putting my powers of procrastination to good use, doing some jobs around the house that have been bugging me for some time. Funny how not wanting to do one thing can be the motivation to actually doing another! The sink and floor in my kitchen are now sparkling (but I haven’t finished writing a pattern which is what I should have been doing…).

Dashes, dots and crosses units by Allison ReidHere is the progress I’ve made with the new blocks and pattern I’m developing. Over the course of a few short sessions at the sewing machine I completed all the units required to make up the remaining twelve blocks. Today I will continue putting the blocks together and plan to have the centre of the quilt top stitched together before Sunday evening.

 

 

Dashes, dots and crosses chain piecing blocks by Allison Reid

Earlier this morning I went through my usual routine of filling the bird feeders in the garden. We had much needed rain last night and my attention was caught by the raindrops clinging to our first rose bloom of the year and to all the leaves in the garden.

WARNING: Digression ahead!! This may mystify anyone under the age of 50 who wasn’t brought up in the UK!

After that visit to the garden I got the phrase ‘rain drops on roses’ in my head which led to recollecting the song ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ from the Sound of Music.Β  Now, I have NEVER seen The Sound of Music and this is a fact I wear as a badge of honour (apologies to those of you who may be sinking into a state of deep shock, I know the film and stage productions of this musical are sacred to many). BUT some of the songs are buried deep in my consciousness. How? Well! I think it must be due to the many Saturday mornings of my childhood spent listening to the radio show, ‘Junior Choice’: A request show hosted by Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart. He played a great mix of contemporary pop tunes, songs from musicals, signature tunes like ‘Champion the Wonder Horse’ and ‘Casey Jones’Β  alongside funny story songs – ‘Right Said Fred’, ‘The Runaway Train’ and one of my Mum’s favourites, a cautionary tale by Shel Silverstein, about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out (‘garbage’ was a lovely new word to get my tongue around as in the UK we use the word ‘rubbish’ rather than ‘garbage’). If you are of a nervous disposition you might want to take cover before listening to the following recording…. This is definitely NOT Julie Andrews πŸ˜€

END of Digression. On to some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Remember the Carolina Hurricane Quilts appeal? Carole has an update on this amazing cause that has brought comfort to the victims of the hurricane through the generosity of patchwork quilters. Carole’s post contains a lovely gallery of many of the quilts that have been through her home recently and shows them being delivered to a collectionΒ  point too. πŸ™‚

Amy Ellis has her new website ‘Sew Modern Quilts‘ up and running. She plans it to be a resource for new patchwork quilters in particular. With details of how she chose the fabrics, colours and quilting designs for many of her quilts it certainly should be worth paying regular visits to the site.

Cheryl has given a lovely modern twist to a patchwork favourite – stars. Her quilt design is really engaging particularly with the summery colours she has chosen to use.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (57)

Welcome to another edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ It’s a virtual sewing day with a chance to bring along your latest project(s) and share in the conversations across the Worldwide Quilting Community. You’ll find links to some blog posts below and you are welcome to add to the conversations by writing and sharing links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Scrappy Trip Along finished front (2) by Allison ReidAfter all the rushing around last week to finish the Scrappy Trip Along quilt, these last few days I’ve only spent a few hours sewing. I did enjoy another of the monthly sewing days at Brown Candover. I was still in a bit of a dither over which project to work on next…. In the end I decided to start a new project *blush*. At a quilt show two or three years ago I bought the fabrics pictured below – a jelly roll and charm pack of Moda’s Mirabella range along with 2m of background.

 

Moda Mirabelle fabrics by Allison Reid

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Free Motion Quilting – issues of scale and contentment

Well! I’ve made a start free motion quilting my Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I can’t say it’s been plain sailing! Never mind, I’m doing it!

Scrappy Trip Along top with borders by Allison Reid
Scrappy Trip Along quilt top.

I’ve found one of the issues I have with fmq is creating the ‘right’ scale. Ideally I want to achieve a fairly open quilting pattern so the finished quilt will feel soft and drape easily. However I end up with stitching lines closer together than I intend. I think there are two factors playing against my intentions (in addition to lack of skill!):

  1. I’m concentrating on the small section of quilt under the machine foot and bordered by the span of my fairly small hands.
  2. Any lines of stitching behind the needle are obscured by the machine foot and the body of the sewing machine so I sometimes mis-judge how close I am stitching to previous stitching.

The quilters view by Allison Reid

Here is the first feathered swirl I stitched. It measures a much smaller than intended, 6″ long by 5″ wide:

Scrappy Trip Along small feathered swirl by Allison Reid

My second feathered swirls measures a much more satisfactory 13″ long by 9″ wide:

Scrappy Trip Along large feathered swirl by Allison Reid

The second is larger because I drew the curved spine of the feathered swirl onto the quilt using a Chaco marker. I found this simple measure a great help in stitching out a larger, more open, relaxed motif. Not perfect by any means but much nearer to what I’d set out to achieve.

Serendipity and all that….Β  Teri of TerifiCreations shared a short, encouraging video clip by Angela Walters’ entitled ‘Three Things Quilters Shouldn’t Do‘. It spoke to me at just the right time πŸ™‚ encouraging me to stop doing these things and start enjoying the quilting I am doing!

Finally: A shout out for what a wonderful bunch of people there are inhabiting the Worldwide Quilting Community. This morning I was so fortunate to have Jo Westfoot aka ‘The Crafty Nomad’ come visit me at home to, in typically generous fashion, share her knowledge of the Electric Quilt software. Thanks to Jo I’m now much closer to publishing my first foundation paper pieced pattern πŸ™‚ Her kindness didn’t stop there though! With her encouragement and practical experience I have for the first time submitted a quilt pattern to a magazine! How exciting! As my boys would say, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained!’

Check out Jo’s website, gorgeous patterns, subscription groups and workshops here and let’s keep being thankful for the lovely community built around the craft of patchwork quilting.

I’m off to enjoy some more free motion quilting πŸ™‚

Joining in with Moving it Forward Monday over at Em’s Scrapbag and with Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.

Allison

 

 

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Selsey (2) by Allison Reid

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have some time to bring along your project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the news and inspiration travelling around the Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ If you’d like to add a link to take us to your project on your blog or Instagram feed then please do use the comment box below. Likewise if you have anything to add to the conversation links below do join in by using the comment box. πŸ™‚

I had a trip to the seaside this week -such a beautiful day at Selsey and in the company of good friends.

Adding the binding to our quilts will conclude the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches on Saturday. I plan to use the strips cut from the excess backing fabric as the binding for my quilt.

Dashing Stars binding fabric by Allison Reid

I’m still umm-ing and er-ing over the quilting design for the Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I’ve been practicing drawing feathered swirls…

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