Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (28)

It’s Saturday, the perfect day for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 😀 Bring along your project to our virtual sewing day and share in the conversations going on in the quilty community around the world. Add to the conversation by using the comment box at the bottom of this post. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

I’ve actually managed to finish a project this week – ring the bells and send the ticker tape flying! Being at home all week, waiting on visitors to my little part of Hampshire Open Studios, has given me the perfect opportunity to sew.

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Creatively ‘winging it’!

I am taking part in Hampshire Open Studios – here’s the link to my page on the website. We are half way through the 10 day art and craft trail. Throughout the County over 250 artists and crafters are opening up studio spaces, workshops and galleries for free and inviting people to follow the trail, dropping in on locations listed in their area.

Quilts in the lobby by Allison Reid
Quilts in the lobby

Quilts on the banisters by Allison Reid
Quilts on the banisters

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Adding Black & White to a Rainbow

Way back – I mean four decades ago – I must have sat in a Physics lesson and learned about light. I can vaguely remember sending a beam of light through a prism and trying to identify the rainbow colours that were refracted (I think that is the right term). My Dad has been a keen photographer for many years and has read lots of weighty books on the subject and in so doing learned much about colour: including the odd fact that black and white are NOT colours! Huh?

In physics, a color is visible light with a specific wavelength. Black and white are not colors because they do not have specific wavelengths. Instead, white light contains all wavelengths of visible light. Black, on the other hand, is the absence of visible light.

Quoted from Seattlepi.

I’m wary of using black in the quilts I make – especially using a solid black as binding. This stems from a History lesson when we were told that war-time telegrams telling of the death of a loved-one were printed with black borders so recipients were warned of tragic news before opening the envelope. Isn’t it peculiar the things that stick in one’s mind and the associations they create over so many years?
Chocolatier Block of the month by Gen X Quilter, available at Purple Stitches, UKAnyway, it’s about time my mind stopped wandering around my school days and arrived at patchwork quilting: For the past 12  months I’ve been leading workshops based on the Chocolatier Block Of the Month organised by Viv at Purple Stitches. She recreated the Chocolatier quilt using a rainbow of Kona solids. The finished quilt is pretty large – 72″ square.
A perk of leading the workshops is receiving the block fabrics month by month – I’ve been using the fabrics to test the patterns, write my class notes, with hints and tips, plus checking that the correct quantities of fabric are sent out to everyone who is taking part.
Additional Chocolatier block by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingWith all 24 blocks and the eight border panels completed I designed a different layout, making a smaller quilt (58″ square). I liked the idea of setting the blocks on-point, this required making a 25th block. I collected the green scraps from previous blocks and came up with this design. Not sure what to call this block…
Then I wondered about the sashing and whether to include cornerstones or not? Whew! I’m so happy that I decided to have cornerstones. To my eye, these little black and white beauties lift this quilt top without merging or interfering with the rainbow colours of the blocks. 🙂
Alternative Chocolatier by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
So, this is what got me thinking about the nature of colour and the peculiar non-colour identities of black and white. (Thank you for hanging on – I got to the point in the end). Black and white seem a natural, well matched choice when adding extra features to a rainbow-style quilt, don’t you think? Maybe I will be less fearful of black borders in future? I intend to use the Flurry white-on-black fabric for the binding – having used it for the cornerstones and the narrow borders.

Alternative Chocolatier binding choice by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I’ve placed some pieces of the Flurry B&W behind a corner to show how the binding will complete the ‘frame’ around the borders and corner blocks.

Does a certain colour hold associations for you that maybe make you more or less likely to use it in your patchwork quilt making?
Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social. She’s sharing a couple of quilts made using and adapting her animal patterns as well as a catch up with life going on around her patchwork quilting.
Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (16)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I took a break from stitching last weekend – you can read more about our seaside holiday here.

I wonder what project you will be bringing along to this virtual sewing day? Let us know and do share any of the interesting quilty topics you’ve come across on the internet or via your patchwork and quilting activities this week – share in the comments section or use the linky button at the bottom of the post.
I’m continuing to work on the Chocolatier BOM quilt. I need to piece the last two border sections – I’ve finished six of the rectangular strips so far.
Chocolatier border sections by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I also need to make an extra block to complete the on-point layout I’ve designed. The green scraps are quite small but hopefully I’ll come up with a suitable block 🙂
Chocolatier green scraps by Allison Reid
I-Spy flimsy by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingSo, on to the sharing, conversational part of Saturday Quilting Bring and Share:
He! He! I have an excuse to show the I-Spy quilt again. Myra was kind enough to feature it in her Finished or Not Friday blog linky 🙂
Ever joined in a quilt along? Sandra is just getting a new one underway. Here is the link to the Plus Playtime QAL Fabric Requirements and Tips post 🙂
Do you understand the information printed on the little bits of paper found on the bottom of a spool of thread? I was reading Alyce’s email newsletter (Blossom Heart Quilts) and followed her link to this very helpful post about how threads are weighted on the Aurifil website.
When I reach the stage of switching from piecing to quilting my projects are often in danger of becoming UFOs. Just what sort quilting pattern should I stitch? Cheryl has given her thoughts on this dilemma: helping us to consider four factors as we contemplate the quilting stage of our projects.
Fed up of creases forming in folded quilts? Nancy at Joy for Grace first alerted me to this solution: fold quilts on the bias. I found a neat demonstration in a 2 minute video showing how to fold quilts on the bias.
Suzy puts both sides of the pre-wash fabrics/don’t pre-wash fabrics debate. This one is going to run and run….
Leanne has a beautiful series of photos showing how she quilted a third version of  her cushion design, Flower Box.
I hope these links are of interest and help you expand your knowledge of patchwork and quilting. There is always something new to learn and so many generous quilters willing to pass on their tips and thoughts. Dive into the conversations and enjoy 🙂
Happy Stitching
Allison


Chocolatier BOM and a Seaside Break

Eastbourne from the Pier by Allison Reid
An evening view of Eastbourne taken from the Pier

I’m back in the sewing room after a sensationally sunny break by the sea 🙂 We drove to Eastbourne on Friday to attend the 10th Bible By The Beach conference. It was our first time staying in the seaside town. Look at these photos of the tiled path leading up to our B&B hotel. No patchwork quilter could fail to feel anything but welcomed by such a sight!
 

I tell no lie the sun shone for four days and we did not see a cloud during our whole stay! You can imagine the seafront was busy with many holiday makers and day trippers making the most of this rare event – warm sunshine over an entire Bank Holiday weekend! Our B&B was less than a minutes walk from the seafront. Each morning we woke early and took a walk along the promenade – between 7 and 8am – we saw people running, roller blading and or/walking their dogs and a magnificent clean-up team emptying bins and preparing the seafront for the days visitors. The sun sparkled on the sea and gave a comfortable warmth – such good memories of those pre-breakfast walks 🙂
 

Bible By The Beach was attended by around 800 people. Meetings were held in a local theatre. The speakers were all excellent, giving such encouraging and challenging messages from the Bible. There were children’s groups running alongside the meetings for adults. The children’s groups venues included the Eastbourne Tennis Centre (that’s where the pre-Wimbledon ladies tennis tournament takes place each year – the grass looked in excellent condition!). Music for worship was provided by the very talented EMU Music.
Now we are back home and thankfully the sun continues to shine so I’ve been giving our washing machine a workout after it’s weekend rest…
But back to the sewing room…
The Chocolatier BOM organised by Viv at Purple Stitches is drawing to a close. After 11 months all the 6″ blocks are complete and it’s time to cut the background materials and put the whole quilt together. This is Viv’s rainbow colourway Chocolatier quilt:

I’ve been holding monthly workshops to give some tips and advice as partakers tackle new techniques. As a result I have a full set of blocks (well! I do need to make four more of the border strip blocks…) but I’ve decided not to make the full size quilt. So today I’ve been playing with possible layouts: switching between arranging virtual blocks on EQ7 and rearranging the actual blocks up on my design wall.
 

My EQ7 design is pretty rough but it’s helping me try out different ideas. If I stick with this on-point layout I will need to make one more block to fill the gap in the lower right hand corner. I have some left-over fabrics so I should be able to do that. I’m thinking I will break up the blocks with some narrow sashing as shown in the EQ7 design. I’m enjoying designing the layout using the computer alongside the physical design wall. I’m switching between the two – sometimes making a change on the computer and then implementing it on the design wall, other times moving the blocks on the design wall before recording the alteration on the computer image. Much quicker than using paper, pencil and eraser!
Linking with Connie for Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River.
Allison