Autumn Colours Quilted Wall Hanging

Well! Start ringing the bells! I have finished another quilt! I know I said I’d be slowing down to normal pace but the seasonal colouring of this DrEAMi* project gave me the focus and determination to have it completed and on display THIS Autumn rather than NEXT Autumn! 😀

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Building a Log Cabin Workshop

The Log Cabin block is one of my favourites to piece. I find the huge range of layouts that can be made just by re-orientating a few of these blocks quite fascinating. So when a quilt group friend expressed an interest in learning how to make a Log Cabin quilt my little brain cogs starting whirring!

Whirligig Log Cabin by Allison Reid
Log Cabin blocks arranged in a ‘Whirligig’ pattern – I made this quilt way back in 2015
Another of my Log Cabin quilts. The blocks are arranged in a ‘Fields and Furrows’ layout

First of all I gave some thought to the skills and techniques I could teach using the Log Cabin block. I decided to teach a basic square-in-the-middle block using speedy strip piecing techniques for part of the workshop and then switch to the slower, but more precise, individual rotary cut piece technique to make curved Log Cabin blocks.

Log Cabin Class Quilt (1) by Allison ReidNext step was to draw up the blocks and play around with layouts on EQ7…

The blocks are 10″ finished and the quilt top with borders measures 68″ square. Once I started getting down to the nitty-gritty math of the quilt I was pleased to find this pattern will be ‘Jelly Roll friendly’. I was even more pleased when I found a Moda French General Jelly Roll listed on Lucy’s ‘Secret Garden Quilting’ website that looked to have the limited colour palette I had in mind for my sample quilt 🙂

And whoopie-do when the Jelly Roll arrived – and I did that brave thing and unrolled it – I found just the right number of blue strips and red strips required for the quilt top 🙂 There are a few beige strips too and these  can be used as background. The beige strips helped me to colour-match low-volume fabrics from my stash to make up the 2m of background fabric I’ve calculated is needed to complete the design . We shall see! Obviously making up a sample quilt is a good and necessary part of testing a pattern but it’s fun too; seeing an idea move from paper or a screen to being realised in fabrics.

Stars and Moons jelly roll by Allison Reid
Moda ‘Vive La France’ Jelly Roll
Stars and Moons jelly roll strips by Allison Reid
Vive La France Jelly Roll strips decorating my design wall 🙂

This morning I spent a couple of hours making a start writing the pattern on my lap top. It takes me quite a while to do this. As I’m writing I think through the logical steps in choosing fabrics, cutting the fabrics, making the blocks and putting the quilt top together. I enjoy teaching workshops using my own patterns as I get to see them being used and I learn more about the different ways patchwork quilters read and interpret patterns.

I’m planning to schedule the ‘Build a Log Cabin Workshop’ for early in the New Year. Keep an eye on the Workshop of this blog for a date and venue 🙂

While the Log Cabin workshop pattern has some way to go before publication you can find my other patterns by clicking on to my Etsy Shop, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AllisonsPatchworks . Most are available as instant download PDFs, a few are hard copy paper patterns for sale in the UK only.

Linking with Judy for Design Wall Monday. Judy has a teeny-tiny Apple Core quilt in the making. Also linking with Beth for Monday Making, she shares the beautiful square-in-a-square applique quilt she has been busy working on the past week.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (80)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder which project(s) you are working on this weekend? Bring them along to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community by clicking on the links below. Do share your project progress along with your contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

The weather forecaster promised an overcast day and so far the prediction is coming true. It’s 11am and the sky this morning has shifted from Kona Iron to a uniform shade of Shadow. Not so great for photography but I will try and share the colours of my version of Kathy Brown’s design ‘Drop Box’ with you and the progress I am making with the quilting.

Autumn wallhanging quilting (2) by Allison Reid

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (79)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share 🙂 I hope you have time to bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the conversations doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your comments and links in the box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I have to confess to being totally distracted by what Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon calls a DrEAMi (drop everything and make it) project. I needed a little project to take to a quilting day with friends. Scanning my bookcase I caught sight of ‘Take 5 Fat Quarters’ by Kathy Brown. I thought, ‘I’m sure I’ve got 5 (million) FQs in my stash….’ Sure enough I found three I’d bought only a month ago at the West Country Quilt & Stitching Show and matched them

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