Stitching things together: my sewing machine, my laptop and me!

This past week I’ve done a lot of thinking and linking around patchwork & quilting but not a lot of stitching with actual needle and thread.

As you can see from my design wall there’s been more than one project on the go this week. I managed to put together the quilt centre of the scrappy pink quilt. There’s one big block left over – that might well become part of a pieced backing for this quilt. And for something completely different, I quickly pieced a 12″ version of the cabin block from my ‘Into the Woods’ runner (the block in the runner finishes 8″ square).

I made the 12″ Cabin block to test the cutting instructions for the stand alone block pattern I’ve been putting together. This burst of pattern writing activity came about after much procrastination was brought to an abrupt halt by a no-nonsense pep talk from Viv at Purple Stitches! (thanks Viv it was just what I needed!)

So, drum roll….. I am proud to announce the launch of my pattern brand ‘Sunrise Patchwork Patterns’ and the first pattern to be published is ‘Cabin in the Woods’. The pattern can be found to purchase and download in my Etsy Shop, AllisonsPatchworks 🙂



Cabin in the Woods pattern by Allison Reid

The September daily challenge link on Instagram #GreatBritishQuilter continues. Day 14 and we’ve been posting photos and stories around ‘Longest WIP’. (Find me on Instagram at allisonreid.neweverymorning).

Friendship Braid quilt top by Allison Reid

I’ve had this Friendship Braid quilt top on my mind for a while now. I had to reach into a cupboard above my bed, scrabble through a lot of stuff (including some long lost UFOs) to find the quilt top but find it, I did! I had forgotten just how gorgeous the Moda ‘Luna Notte’ fabrics look. They have a beautiful sheen and feel like satin. I couldn’t capture the colours very accurately in these photos but there is a dominant creamy gold cast in the fabrics that reminds me very much of the aged furnishings found in stately homes. The quilt top is, I suppose, more of an UFO than a WIP. It became such because I didn’t dare quilt it! I think four or five years on I need to overcome that fear – maybe another opportunity to practice quilting feathers and maybe a few paisley shapes to match the design in the border fabric?

Luna Nottee Friendship Braid by Allison Reid Luna Notte Friendship Braid by Allison Reid Luna Notte Friendship Braid

Last bit of news from this week: On Tuesday my local quilt group, Roundabout Quilters, got the new term off to an entertaining and very interesting start with a talk by Neil Stace aka the ‘Sewing Soldier’, famed for his appearance on the tv show, The Great British Sewing Bee. He shared how he has developed his childhood sewing skills through his military career and unwittingly helped himself to overcome the stresses of active service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afganistan by sewing – making a wedding dress for a colleague whilst in Bosnia, repairing soft toys in N Ireland and making the dresses for the bridesmaids at his own wedding! Now, still a serving soldier, Neil is very involved in charities working with ex-servicemen and probation services – often using sewing projects to help people regain their self-worth and bring some relief from the mental scars they carry. Click on this link to watch a short video of Neil talking about his sewing and the effects crafts and sewing can have on well-being.

Today I’m linking my post with Myra for Finished or Not Friday. Myra has finished her lovely Jelly Roll quilt from last year just in time for this years National Sew a Jelly Roll Day (15th September!).



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