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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Jelly Roll Waves QAL – It’s A Finish!

Wahoo! I finished a quilt! In fact I had a bit of a Groundhog Day – a finished quilt, faithful quilt holder-uppers and a sunny National Trust garden 🙂

Jelly Roll Waves finished with holder-uppers by Allison Reid
‘Coral Sea’ my version of the Jelly Roll Waves quilt…and my quilt holder-uppers! 😀

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (77)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects to a virtual sewing day and enjoy sharing in the conversations initiated by other members of the World Wide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts, comments and links to the reply box at the bottom of this page. Thank you! 🙂

Square in a Square finished on fence by Allison Reid

Kingston Lacy, Duncan and Daniel by Allison Reid
My quilt holder-uppers at Kingston Lacy

I am going to begin with a ‘show and tell’ as I actually have a finished quilt to bring along with all my WIPs! I completed hand stitching the binding to the first of the Square-in-a-Square quilts last weekend whilst staying in the wonderfully comfortable Harbour Lights B&B in Weymouth. On the way home we stopped off at a National Trust property called Kingston Lacy and I persuaded my faithful quilt holder-uppers to do the honours in the beautiful parkland.

 

 

 

Square in a Square front at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square back at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square quilt label by Allison Reid
The quilt label forms part of the pieced backing to the quilt.
Square in a Square binding, border and backing by Allison Reid
Salmon pink border, green binding and creamy yellow backing.

Snoopy Snowball Flower block by Allison ReidThe second Square-in-a-Square quilt needs to be quilted but before that I have a baby quilt commission to work on. Through the past week I’ve been battling with Snowball blocks to make these ‘Snowball flowers’. The finished blocks are 6″ square and will form the border around a central panel. All will be revealed once the quilt has been gifted 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be giving too much away if I share with you my choice of fabric for the background and backing of this quilt. My go-to fabric of the past few months is the Friendship text by Windham Fabrics. It’s one of the extra wide fabrics stocked at Purple Stitches.

 

 

Friendship text fabric (4) by Allison Reid

So my bring along project for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share is to create a pieced back for the baby quilt, cut fabric strips to make the binding and maybe cut a piece of wadding too…

Now to a few links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Rachel’s thinking deep, splashing paint about and preparing some beautiful pieces for an exhibition 🙂 Reading her blog posts makes me feel comfortable to call myself a crafter and not an artist – unlike Rachel who uses nature and sometimes rusty old buildings as inspiration to create and develop the most amazing series of textured, mixed media art works. Fascinating!

Meanwhile another Rachel has teamed up with Viv of Purple Stitches. Read a review of the Shop in Rachel’s Stitched in Color blog post 🙂

Myra at Busy Hands Quilts has published a striking quilt pattern called ‘Liberty Lake’. She’s teamed her bold design with a range of pretty fabrics called ‘English Tea’ by Connecting Threads.

The My Favourite Quilt Block blog hop is underway and Cindy shares her love of Star Blocks along with some piecing tips 🙂 and historical information.

Melony made the most of a brief span of time to revamp her sewing room. The flooring needed attention so all her equipment, stash and furniture had to be moved out! Imagine! But so worth the effort 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Finished Friday. Alycia is sharing her favourite block and some lovely quilt pics.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

PS. Here is a photo of the beautiful house at Kingston Lacy. Built in the mid-1600’s – after the Monarchy had been restored – by a Royalist family who had experienced their former home (Corfe Castle) being destroyed by Cromwell’s troops.

Kingston Lacy house by Allison Reid

 

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (74)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in England, the sun is shining and the mercury is rising. There’s time to enjoy the outdoors and play in the sewing room too: bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations initiated by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Add your thoughts to the conversations by using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I was aiming for a finish this week but it hasn’t quite come about. My main focus has been on the quilting of one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts. Using the walking foot I stitched edge-to-edge wavy lines followed by in-the-ditch stitching around the charm squares at the centre of each block. The quilting shows up best on the back of the quilt:

Square in a Square quilting back by Allison Reid

I liked the squishy look this open quilting design produced – I was reminded of the eiderdowns we had on beds before duvets became the go-to bedding. But on reflection I decided a quilted design within the centre sqares would create interest whilst adding to the stability of the layers. My first choice was to mark and stitch (using a free motion set up) a design into each square using a stencil.

Square in a Square stencil by Allison Reid

This didn’t work so well…

Square in a Square stencil quilting by Allison Reid

I could put up with the wobbly stitching lines and the variation in stitch size but when the beginning and end of the continuous line design didn’t meet up… Well! I got the stitch ripper out and had a re-think. I plumped for free motion feather swirls. The results are not particularly even but I am content with the overall result – imperfect feather designs are very forgiving.

Square in a Square FMQ feather swirl by Allison Reid

I’ve completed three of the feather swirls so my aim is to complete the remaining seventeen before attaching the binding to the quilt.

Tomatoes ripening in my garden by Allison ReidI will be spending quite a bit of time outdoors too – this weekend feels like a bit of a bonus at the end of the summer season. The tomatoes are finally ripening and I am moving into phase two of the ‘battle of the bird table’ with my adversary: the ever growing population of large, greedy Woodpigeons. I wouldn’t mind them stopping by to feed once in while but these birds peck away in relentless fashion with no thought of sharing the food with smaller birds. I added some plastic mesh to the bird table to prevent them perching and reaching the food but to no avail. Still! I am ready for a fresh battle 😀 I will not be defeated by a Woodpigeon!

 

Woodpigeon on bird table by Allison Reid

And so to just a few of the quilty conversations that have caught my attention this week:

Ever been on a quilt shop hop? Karen over at Tu-Na quilt set off to tour the whole of Michigan in 8 days taking in 59 shops and covering 2815 miles in the process – not to mention a Grandson’s baptism! Click here for the opening installment of her Shop Hop tales!

Yvonne Fuchs has released another of her striking quilt patterns. The solid fabrics she used for the featured ‘Wonder’ baby quilt has helped me decide on the colour scheme for a Snoopy quilt commissioned by a friend.

Cynthia challenged herself to use green fabrics. She has created a stunning improv garden quilt.

Allison’s Diagonal Seam Tape is a brilliant idea – helping accuracy and saving time by doing away with all the diagonal lines that usually have to be drawn for half square triangles or snowball corners. In fact the tape is such a great idea that Allison’s initial supplies sold out super fast!

Linking with Alycia for the first Finished or Not Finished Friday 🙂 as she takes on the baton from Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

Happy Stitching!

Allison