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).

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (29)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Take this opportunity to bring your latest project along to our virtual sewing day and share in the quilty conversations that have caught our interest. To join in just leave your comments in the box at the end of this post.

Hampshire Open Studios ended on Monday so I spent the start of this week clearing away the quilt display in my sewing room, through the corridor and into the kitchen. At the end of the week I transformed the sewing room into a guest room. Before my sewing machine and table were packed away I managed to finish the table runner I’ve called ‘Into the Woods’. I added fancy stitching to the crazy patchwork panels and machine stitched the binding in place.

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (28)

It’s Saturday, the perfect day for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (15)

Apologies for arriving a few hours late to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! This past week my sewing hours (and a good few other hours besides) have been dominated by the making of 56 Economy Blocks. Yesterday evening I stitched the rows together and first thing this morning managed to get a photo between rain showers.
I-Spy flimsy by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Isn’t it stunning? The quilt is designed by Erica Jackman (www.kitchentablequilting.com) for Robert Kaufman using an I-Spy Panel by Ann Kelle. It was a bit of an uncharacteristic ‘peddle to the metal’ mission for me to finish a quilt top in five days but I have enjoyed myself! Now the quilt top is in the safe hands of Viv at Purple Stitches. She will have it quilted and use it as her shop sample. I think the I-Spy quilt kits will be very popular.
So Whew! And a late start to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share… Bring along your project and share the quilty news and tips you’ve picked up through the week.
Fabrics for Beginners Quilt #5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingMy Saturday project is based on a rather hastily put together group of fabrics. This week, apart from beavering away at the I-Spy quilt, I’ve been preparing for the start of another Beginners Course. I like to make a quilt alongside the students in the group – I can use it as my demonstration model while we work our way through the processes involved in creating a quilt from rotary cutting to binding.
Binding Misty Morning by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I’ll also be chugging away at hand stitching the binding onto the ‘Misty Morning’ quilt. I really am determined to finish it – this is the third Saturday it’s been a project in the Bring & Share!
On to the Saturday chat :-):
Maureen Cracknell is celebrating the release of her new fabric range, Flower Child, with a free pattern by Sharon McConnell.
Flower Crowns FREE Quilt Pattern for Flower Child
If you are thinking of cutting and stitching an English Paper Piecing project then do take a look at Rachel’s tutorial using Freezer Paperย shapes to aid fussy cutting and basting.
I’m always intrigued by variations on block patterns based on stars. Jayne reported on progress she’s making on a quilt called ‘Best of All’ by Country Threads. The blocks look so appealing – another addition to my Patchwork Blocks Pinterest board!
I have a New Every Morning page on Facebook. One of my aims with this blog and with New Every Morning in general is to provide connections and links into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community, hence the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. In keeping with that aim I’ve created a closed group that you can access via the ‘visit group’ button on theย New Every Morning Facebook page. I’ve named the group ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales’ and intend it to be a resource we can use to share our patchwork and quilting tips; the stories around our projects (feel free to include links to blog posts); and a place where questions regarding patchwork and quilting can be posted with the real possibility that several people in the group will be able to provide solutions. I hope you will consider joining the Group ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m linking this post to Myra’s Finished or Not Friday link party. She is sharing a great pattern to use with a fat quarter fabric pack.
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Happy stitching.
Allison