Sewing room storage unit and using up scraps

Oh! Whew! The past ten days have been delightfully busy. I’ve wanted to share here on my blog as things have been happening but just had to admit that being busy is tiring and sitting in front of a computer screen when my brain is crying out for sleep just isn’t an option! I’ve decided not to attempt writing a chronological post – it would be VERY long and could lack the spark that comes from writing about what’s stirring my creative juices right now πŸ™‚

So I’ll jump straight in and share what I’ve been doing today: I have been inspired to design and make a cover for a mobile storage unit I bought from Hobbycraft at the weekend. It is a metal unit with plastic drawers and rolls along on casters.

Hobbycraft Storage Trolley by Allison Reid

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Surprising, shocking pink!

Last week I spent a lot of my sewing time not sewing but on my laptop writing up the ‘Cabin in the Woods‘ block pattern. At the weekend I made an executive decision (after all I am my own CEO!) to take a break from screens and do some sewing! I also spent a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon watching our youngest son playing in a light-hearted charity tennis tournament.Ready to Receive a serve by Allison Reid

All this is by way of an explanation for my failure to publish a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog post! It will be back!

Shocking pink borders by Allison Reid

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Do I have enough scraps?

Bin of pink scraps by Allison ReidDo I have a enough scraps? πŸ˜€ Well! As it happens, yes I do! Earlier this year I made a scrap quilt (see photo at bottom of this post) combining Amanda Jean Nyberg’s excellentΒ Scrap Vortex method with a leader-ender technique. Low and behold it turns out that making one scrap quilt doesn’t get anywhere near resolving the issue of overflowing scrap boxes… So, I embarked on another scrap quilt, this time using a pink colour scheme rather than blue.

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Cool colours in the UK heat!

What can I say? I ‘ve still not finished Quilting Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quiltingthe BIG quilt and as we are experiencing a bit of a heatwave here in the UK I am spending quite a lot of the early morning and evening hours wielding hoses and watering cans around the garden and allotment. These are my excuses reasons for not compiling an edition of Saturday Quilting Bring and Share for last weekend. I also have over 90 blog post email notifications stacked up in my inbox :-O I’m loath to discard them as I know just how long it will have taken to compile each of those blog post! My intention is to enjoy reading my way through the back-log and share what grabs my attention on my Pins of the Week Pinterest board and/or in the next edition of Saturday Morning Bring and Share πŸ™‚
Away from the sewing room I have been getting on with some hand sewing. We (hubby and me) sat down one evening and watched a favourite film. I’ve seen ‘The Dish’*Β (see orange text below for more information about the film) several times so I could keep track of the story whilst stitching down the binding to a quilt. As a result I have a finish to share.
Four Patch No5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingThis is my version of the Beginners Quilt, made alongside the class and used as my demonstration model. The fabrics are a mix from my stash and Viv’s stock at Purple Stitches. The colours look fresh and cool – even in a photo taken outside in the bright sunshine. I altered Viv’s basic design (well! it was my fifth time making this quilt!), adding a bunch of half-size squares in the centre of the quilt top. It was an ideal practice piece for my feather quilting.

There’s a free motion feather wreath in the centre with an orange peel design across the rest of the small patchwork squares. I switched to my walking foot to stitch a cross-hatch design through the larger squares before reverting to the free motion set up for feathers in the borders and feather swirls in the corner patches. I’m pleased with my efforts and I like the final addition of the scrappy binding. IT’S A FINISH!!!
*The Dish is based on the true story of how NASA relied on a huge satellite dish situated in the middle of a sheep farm in Australia to relay the footage of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The blurb on the back of the DVD reads ‘The Dish is a warm-hearted and hilarious comedy based on a true story of what the world didn’t see’. I don’t know about ‘hilarious’, it is funny and warm-hearted whilst conveying the wonder of that Apollo 11 space mission and the heroism of the people involved. Well worth a watch πŸ™‚
Linking with Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social. Connie is recovering from a bout of illness and shares a link to a beautiful Autumnal quilt while Lorna is sharing some photos of quilts made using her animal patterns.
Allison
Post Script: I’ve completed the quilting on the BIG Carrie Nation Variation Quilt and machine stitched the binding to the front. Wahoo!
Binding Carrie Nation Variation by Allison Reid
Now for several hours of peaceful hand stitching…. I wonder which film(s) I should stick in the DVD player?
 
 

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚
 

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