Little projects keep the big projects going!

Carrie ANtion Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Little Projects keep the big projects going! Well! That’s my conclusion anyway. The BIG ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ quilt continues to dominate my sewing table but this week I have pushed it out the way and scaled down to projects of a more manageable size.
Purple Stitches is one of many quilt shops participating in the 2018 Row-By-Row Experience. The theme this year is ‘sew musical’ and Viv has designed a block featuring a vintage style radio. I got the opportunity to be pattern tester. It was such a relief to turn from the BIG project and work on a single 18″ x 18″ block.
Vintage radio made by Allison Reid
Detail of Vintage Radio by Allison ReidVery pleasant to be quilting on an easy to manipulate quilt sandwich too! I enjoyed adding some details to the radio using a couple of my machines fancy stitches before stitching out a free motion loop-the-loop pattern in the background. I love the way the addition of the two large button ‘dials’ instantly turns the patchwork into a radio! It’s a FINISH! Wahoo! 😀 You can pick up a row by row pattern for free from any of the participating shops 😀
Another small scale project that mixed things up in my sewing room involved putting together the first two blocks of a sampler quilt we’ll be making at Quilt Club on Saturday. The plan is to use the sampler as a skill-builder. Anyone’s welcome to join in the monthly Quilt Club sessions at Purple Stitches – just dip in and out of the project with no obligation to sign up for every block (more details on the website).
Blocks 1a & 1b of Quilt Club by Allison ReidApart from the honeycomb print that came from my stash I’ve used ‘Farmers Market’ fabrics by Lewis & Irene in these blocks.
Farme'rs Market fabrics by Lewis & Irene
And wouldn’t you know it, having those additional projects to work on was the spur I needed to reach for the BIG one? Yesterday I sat stitching out all the orange peel designs in the four patch blocks and even made a start on quilting the borders. The end is in sight…
Of course I haven’t spent the entire week in my sewing room! On Tuesday evening I met up with some of the participants in the Chocolatier BOM for a catch-up session. That certainly tested my brain cells as we worked on unfinished blocks that hadn’t seen the light of day for many months! A mixture of coffee and chocolates got us through to successful finishes.
Last weekend I lead the fourth and final session of a beginners course. It is so wonderful to see the participants’ quilts coming together and to hear them planning their next patchwork projects (more patchwork quilters being added to the fold). Here is one of the near completed quilts – binding added, just the final hand stitching to enjoy 🙂
Beginners Quilt June 2018
Time sewing and blogging has been curtailed by the need to water the garden and allotment. We are well into a dry spell here in the South of England. The garden still looks pretty lush after a lovely Spring but the ground is drying out rapidly, the grass is beginning to look parched in places. My butt of rain water is empty so tap water and watering cans are the order of the day.

What with all the extra projects, watering and spending a day at The National Quilt Championships 🙂 I have to confess to not having Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (22) properly prepared. I hope to publish the post some time over the weekend…
Allison

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