Wonky Windows I-Spy Patchwork Quilt

My belated ‘ta-da’. I’ve finally managed to put together a group of photographs of the quilt I finished last week. It’s definitely a tricky time of year to get accurate colours in photos, what with the reduced hours of daylight, grey clouds and low level sun.

This morning there was a slither of an opening in the clouds, just above the horizon, so I wrapped up warm and took my quilt out into the garden for it’s 8.15am, rising sun, photo shoot!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (233)

Using a walking foot and guide to quilt a spiral.

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you can fit some creativity into your weekend. Bring along your projects(s) and share in the conversations and quilty goodness of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to discover new techniques, find inspiration and enjoy what has been shared this past week.

I’ve been switching my creative time between the steep curve of learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and the rather smoother curves I’ve been quilting on my Wonky Windows scrap quilt. No surprises that the quilt is finished and the AI learning still has a long way to go!

A few weeks ago you may remember I made a spiral template? As the spiral is one of my favourite walking foot quilt designs I decided to take the fiddle out of re-drawing the centre of a spiral each time I come to quilt it by making a reusable template. Doh! Could I find my spiral template when I needed it? No! I could not! I still haven’t found it… but

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (232)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and take inspiration from our Worldwide Quilting Community as members share their projects, thoughts and tips. Please do join in by clicking on the links below and leaving a comment or two 🙂

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidI’ve got over the discombobulated feeling brought about by the imminent lock down and I’m now settling into the four weeks (or more?) of restrictions. I managed to follow a mini course shared by Elise & Emelie as a taster for their new course, Illustrator for Quilters (registration has now closed). I was certainly stretched by the Adobe software but having to concentrate so hard did my general mindset a lot of good. I still have much to learn before I’ll be producing a patchwork pattern using AI but I can now draw and colour quilt blocks (well! I could yesterday!). Here’s my first effort 🙂 Definitely counts as a tick next to my word of 2020, ‘GROW’.

In the sewing room I’ve been working on the Scrap Vortex blocks. I decided to add wonky sashing and borders. I’ve used a Royal Blue extra wide backing fabric to frame the scrap blocks.

The sun glowing through the fabrics of the quilt top puts me in mind of stained glass windows, in particular the huge West Window of Winchester Cathedral.

In December 1642, during the Civil War, a band of disgruntled Roundhead soldiers over ran Winchester, rode their horses into the Cathedral and set about shooting the Medieval glass out of the windows!

Local people managed to salvage fragments of glass and kept them safe until, several decades later, restoration work began. There was little chance of being able to piece together the glass into the original pictures , instead a stained glass collage was created and remains in place to this day filtering sunlight into a myriad of patterns.

The outside view of the West Window

Not so many links this week. What with feeling unsettled and spending hours practising Adobe Illustrator I’ve fallen a bit behind with reading blogs. Anyhow, I do hope you find plenty of interest through exploring these links 🙂 :

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts has written a comprehensive tutorial to guide us through matching a fabric print for a quilt backing. I love her examples of matching the same prints in different colourways. Her method produces ‘seamless’ results – Well! the seams are there of course but only visible on very close inspection 😉

Fancy tackling a UFO with the support of the quilting community behind you? Then UFOvember could be just the blog hop to follow! A whole host of patchwork quilters are disclosing their UFOs and sharing tips and ideas for moving these projects forwards. There’s a hashtag to follow too: #ufovember

Rebecca explains the reasons why she always washes a quilt before gifting it. Her post is full of interesting information re. a recently finished quilt and it’s appearance and qualities pre and post washing.

Leanne has made a very effective mini quilt depicting a pine tree/Christmas tree. In her blog post she includes a link to the free pattern and describes her method of ticker-tape patchwork and how she quilted the mini.

The Royal British Legion logoLinking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia has made a quilt using Greek Key blocks – it’s the right colours to be a Quilt of Valor…. Which reminds me it is Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. We will stand on our doorstep at 11am to share in a socially distanced Two Minute Silence.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Flitting From Project to Project Before Lock Down

Yep! Here in England we are just a few hours away from the second lock down of the year. This was announced on Sunday so there’s been a fair bit of last minute purchasing going on before all but essential shops close for four weeks. Of course, online shopping and click & collect services will continue so really there’s no need to rush around in a panic…

I’m trying to keep common sense thinking to the fore but often failing. I’m very grateful that this morning happened to be the fortnightly women’s Bible study held by our Church (on Zoom, of course). It’s good to have the grounding of Biblical truths to dwell on and learn from in these times when it’s too easy to get caught up in the minutiae of the moment forgetting this is all happening in just a tiny fragment of eternity.

I have to admit my thought processes have been particularly scatty over the past few days. I’ve not been able to settle to sewing, yet in the wee small hours last night I found myself planning another patchwork project! At least figuring quilt math in the dark and quiet got me back to sleep in double quick time! This morning I went into my sewing room all set to work on this new project (like I need another project!) but got distracted straight away by the piles of fabric scraps left on the cutting table…

Well! That got me back to sewing anyways.

Before the Zoom meeting I got those stray scraps stitched together and added them to the partially finished Scrap Vortex blocks. My cutting table now looks more orderly and my design wall more colourful. For this week that counts as a result!

The project I lay awake planning revolves around a pack of eight fat quarters I bought online in the last lock down. I had an idea for them then which is no longer floating my boat.

Melange ‘Misty Morning’ fat quarters on a grey background (I’ve tried to tone down the blue cast but the grey is still looking too blue/grey in this photo)

In fact I wonder why I so often fall for the temptation of pre-cut fabric packs? I always dither about how to use such packs to best effect, so they tend to stifle my creativity rather than inspire BUT a curated collection of fabrics always looks so attractive on a shelf 😀 Is it just me or do you notice in photos of other crafters sewing rooms stacks of beautifully arranged fabric bundles glowing brightly among perfectly colour-matched notions and curios? To quote Queen, ‘Is this real life? Or just a fantasy?’ 

Oh! My goodness! My thoughts are flying around like I’m experiencing a prolonged caffeine rush! I will bring this stream of consciousness nonsense to a close very soon I promise! I feel so sad for young people who have had to postpone wedding dates, cancel much needed holidays or are struggling to find employment. For me lock down doesn’t bring many disappointments: the main one is not being able to have direct contact with my parents and other family members (no indoor mixing of households permitted 🙁 ); the final class of the Beginners Course has had to be postponed, I feel for the students who are so close to completing their first quilts and will now have to wait; I was enjoying the social aspects and sense of purpose working a few hours each week in Purple Stitches provided, hopefully that will recommence in December or the New Year.

On a final thought-flit: I would love to be producing more patchwork patterns. I have almost as many pattern UFOs as quilt UFOs. To write patterns more efficiently (I could hardly be less efficient!) I really need to grapple with Adobe Illustrator rather than getting frustrated with the limitations of Microsoft Word. Hum! Maybe it will do my flutter-by mind good to apply it’s limited capabilities to learning new software? Or maybe I’ll just end up eating a lot of chocolate and throwing my laptop out of the window 😀

Anyone else going a bit loopy this week?

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers.

Allison