UFO Quilt finish: ‘Black Coffee in Bed’

Black Coffee in Bed was declared ‘finished’ a few weeks ago but didn’t get recorded here on the blog as the weather was all wrong for taking photos and then we went on holiday…

So, belated drum rolls…. The finished quilt unveiled:

Me and ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ have a story stretching over at least six years! There was a long period when the completed quilt top, pieced back and wadding all resided in the UFO Cupboard of Shame. A fear my quilting would spoil all the hard work that had gone into piecing the patchwork held me back. Anyhow, growing confidence thanks to a sewing machine upgrade and the determined subduing of a perfectionist mindset enabled me to drag the UFO out of the cupboard, back into daylight.

I made a label (see first photo above) before getting down to basting and quilting the caffeine monster. After a using a walking foot to stitch in the ditch around the blocks I switched to a free motion set up, quilting a meander pattern in the setting triangles before stitching a series of vertical waving lines with swirls (to represent the steam rising from a cup of freshly poured coffee) through the blocks; then back to the walking foot to stitch a broad twisted ribbon design through the piano key borders.

 

 

 

 

The coffee themed ‘Java’ fabrics were designed by Deb Strain for Moda. I think this may have been my first Jelly Roll quilt. The quilt measures 81″ x 64″ and is now available to buy from my Etsy Shop, AllisonsPatchworks.

Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Michelle is doing a bit of that ‘Christmas in July’ thing and Alycia is making masks in readiness for College (or not!). Both link-ups provide lots of inspiration from quilters around the world 🙂

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (117)

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I’ve had opportunities for short bursts of activity in my sewing room this week. This hasn’t helped me to focus-in on any one project in particular… I realised there are four Works In Progress spread across my design wall! This is not really helping me keep motivated. I look back on several evenings when I could have made some progress with (and enjoyed) the hand applique Basket of Blooms block but instead chose to watch TV or fill the time doing Sudoko puzzles. Hey! Ho! It was good to watch the film ‘My Left Foot’ starring Daniel Day Lewis, telling the true story of Irish artist and writer Christy Brown.

Blue squares for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge; Bear Paws for the Quilter’s Color Quest; Drunkards Path blocks for the Rainbow Bargello quilt; and the Basket of Blooms applique.

This weekend I am resolved to make more of the Drunkard’s Path blocks – I have a plan for the Rainbow Bargello quilt 😉 – and make a couple more face masks as requested by my family. Maybe I’ll do a bit of needle turn applique too 🙂

Here is a bumper collection of quilty goodness provided by the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patchwork quilters are, of course, a creative bunch. Many designers and teachers have mastered technology and are now offering workshops and guild lectures on line. One such is Amy Friend, her lecture subjects include improv paper piecing and an introduction to modern quilting. I wonder if any quilt groups in the UK are taking the online option as a way to continue to meet and learn together?

Over on the Flourishing Palms blog page there’s a free pattern and detailed tutorial for the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee quilt. It’s an ideal pattern if you have scraps to use up (‘if’ ha!ha!) and/or you fancy dipping your toe into the mysterious world of foundation paper piecing. Each of the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee blocks is made up of just three pieces of fabric and the tutorial is so comprehensive I’m sure a FPP newbie would grasp the technique and be flying through the blocks in no time 🙂

Rebecca has changed a fabric colour choice from her original digital design after seeing the physical fabrics up close to each other. I found her discussion around the decision to make the change very informative.

Michelle has taken the time to explain how she has been inspired by the works of artist Stanley Whitney.  She has made a number of thoughtful, colourful quilts and will be sharing more about her process of making quilts in a series of blog posts.

Nancy has also been working from inspiration – for her it was walking through a garden market, gazing at a host of roses, the red petals set off against the dark green leaves. Nancy has been making red and green blocks but now has to decide how to set them into a quilt top. She’s laid out several options to ponder and there are even more suggestions in the comments at the end of her post!

There’s a new linky party been launched by Melva at Melva Loves Scraps. The ‘Throwback Thursday’ link up can be used to link to social media posts as well as blog posts. The theme for the first Throwback Thursday link up is ‘Christmas in July’.

The Book Club Hand Pieced QAL has come to an end and Patty has compiled a gallery of the finished quilt tops. It’s always fascinating to see a quilt design interpreted into many different colourways. You may well find some inspiration as you scroll through the photos in Patty’s post 🙂

Linda has used up all her saved selvage strips to make a rag rug. She borrowed a peg loom to weave the rug and found it to be the perfect tool for creating the rug she had in mind.

More on-line classes … Christina Cameli is running free motion quilting and improv piecing classes. Maximum number of students in each class is just eight.

Linking with Alycia for Finished Or Not Friday and Cynthia for Oh! Scrap! Alycia has pulled out a UFO workshop quilt top and quilted it – well worth the effort – now she says we have to wait and see if she adds the binding by this coming October or the next! Cynthia is making blocks from selvages.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Footnotes – Face masks and applique circles

A short blog post – a round up of the projects left hanging in my previous post 🙂

I did get a bit of a face mask production line going on over the weekend. I settled on the reversible ‘New Design – DIY Breathable Mask with a Pocket‘ pattern. After making a couple I could remember the method without having to return to the YouTube video (which is just as well as the WiFi connection in my sewing room is rubbish!).

I’ve played around with the template a little, making it 1cm longer. And to finish each mask I top stitch the lower and upper edges to firm down the two layers of fabrics.

I asked readers of the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog post if they could recommend any mask patterns they had tried. Thank you to those who replied. Here are links to the recommended face mask patterns:

Once the masks were made I was glad to pick up my needle turn applique project – Basket of Blooms by Jo Avery. Time to try stitching down a small circle – finished size 1½” diameter. The detailed instructions and clear photos in my new book, ‘the Best-Ever Applique Sampler’ by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins were so helpful.

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy finished shape certainly isn’t a smooth-edged, perfect circle but I’m satisfied with it and I’m absolutely sure it would have looked a lot rougher if I’d not followed the technique described in the book. I’m feeling in touch with GROW – my word of 2020 – as this project progresses 🙂

Linking with Dione at Clever Chameleon for Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and with Susan at www.quiltfabrication.com for Midweek Makers.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (116)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and news circulated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your thoughts and/or links in the comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

We are home after a planned but nevertheless unexpected holiday. The changes to the social distancing restrictions here in England came at just the right time for us to take up our booked holiday-let AND share it with other members of our family 🙂 We so enjoyed being together in the varied and always beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park.

View back to the top of Win Hill – our final and steepest walk of the holiday.

Asides from the walks and family time (watching hi-lights of recent Olympic Games was a favourite shared occupation!) I did settle to a hand turn applique project. It’s no where near finished but that’s OK: I’m happy to have

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