Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (34)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder which projects you will be bringing along to this virtual sewing day and which quilty conversations have got you buzzing this week? If you’d like to share a link to your latest project or add to the conversations in this post please do use the comments box at the bottom of the page. Thank you!

Behind the Palm House, Kew by Allison Reid
Behind the Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

I’m making slow progress with my projects at the moment, partly because I’ve had some lovely days out (see my photos of Kew Gardens drenched in warm October sunshine here) and partly because I’ve been working on a long-term goal. This big goal of mine is to translate my patchwork designs into patterns . It’s taken me a lot of time and effort to get over my tech-phobia but I have now established a rather laborious, but not ineffective, way of using EQ7 and Microsoft Word to produce patterns. Writing patterns takes time, and that time has taken me away from my sewing machine…

So it is with some pride and much relief that I share with you my latest pattern, published under my label, ‘Sunrise Patchwork Patterns’. The Patchwork Star table runner requires just five fat quarters to complete the top plus additional fabrics for the backing, wadding and optional binding. The instructions include three ways to make the Half Square Triangles used in the pattern plus two methods to complete the runner – one with binding the other without binding.

Ptchwork Star Table runner pattern by Allison Reid

The pattern is available in two PDF download versions from my Etsy Shop, AllisonsPatchworks. One download has been configured to print on A4 paper, the other on US Letter paper.

I’ve made five versions of the Patchwork Star table runner using colourways that follow the seasons:

Patchwork Star in Winter colours by Allison Reid
Patchwork Star in Winter colours


Patchwork Star Christmas by Allison Reid
Patchwork Star Christmas
Patchwork Star Autumn Spring and Summer by Allison Reid
Patchwork Star Autumn, Spring and Summer

Hidden Stars piecing by Allison ReidMy favourites are the Autumn and Winter runners. Can’t help myself when it comes to Autumn colours! Which explains why I am enjoying piecing my ‘hidden stars’ project using Civil War reproduction fabrics by Moda. I just have two more blocks to complete, so that will be one of my projects this weekend.

The other weekend project is a real treat 🙂 A free motion quilting masterclass with Trudi Wood 🙂 I’ve put together some orphan blocks to create practice quilt sandwiches in readiness for the workshop at Purple Stitches on Sunday. I learned so much from Trudi’s quilting feathers class back in May, this next class promises to be a game-changer for me and fmq!

Practice Quilt Sandwich by Allison Reid

And so onto some of the quilty conversations and inspiration I’ve found through this past week:

Christa has published this great little quilting tutorial – her design of two rows of intersecting cursive L’s looks really effective and do-able 🙂

Bella was inspired by the unusual patchwork block she found in an antique quilt. It’s a sort of variation on an Economy Block and Bella’s variation on a variation has resulted in a beautiful quilt that she has designed pieced and hand quilted. 🙂

If you need a bit of a break from your sewing how about picking up a good book? Carole has taken the time to review some of her favourite reads including a novel that has a story based on the history and provenance of a quilt.

I discovered Saija’s blog, Pomada, via her Instagram page. She is writing, quilting and posting stunning photographs from her native Finland. Really the photos of her beautiful projects need few words but each blog post includes a translation into English for those of us who don’t know the lingo!

Yvonne has refreshed her design wall and surprised herself with just how quickly she got the job done! I bet we all have jobs in our sewing spaces screaming at us to ‘just get on and do it’! Mine is to make a new cover for my table top ironing board – the current cover is beyond disgusting!

Linking with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict to join all the Whoop! Whooping! I am definitely doing a happy dance after publishing the Patchwork Star pattern 😀 

Happy stitching!




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