Finding my sew-jo during lockdown

My planned 8 x 10 block layout for RSC21

Well! We’re not in our first or even our second lockdown here in the UK. Nope! We are settling into our third. I don’t know why this one has hit me hard. Perhaps the announcement last Monday, 4th January, came just a bit too soon after all the emotional re-adjusting we went through in the run up to Christmas? Plans to see family and friends petered away to a quiet, stay in your household, affair.

Whatever the reason my sew-jo disappeared. It took me ’til the weekend to uncover Julie the Juki ready to power through some patchwork piecing. During the week I did visit my sewing room a few times and fiddled about sorting pink strips, pressing them and cutting foundation papers to size (or what in my fuddled state I thought was ‘to size’).

Halfway through the first string block the bobbin thread ran out…. Then nearing completion of the block it suddenly dawned on me that the foundation paper was 8″ square. My plan was to have 8″ finished blocks! *Groan*! The papers should have been cut with a seam allowance, making them 8½” square. Rookie mistake! After a quick look at the scruffy, untrimmed edges of the block I felt the fabric strips were long enough and the seams stitched far enough beyond the paper that I would be able to square the block to 8½ inches. Thankfully that worked. For the remaining seven blocks I made sure to extend the strips and the seams well beyond the edge of the foundation papers and trimmed them all to the correct size 🙂 So glad I only cut the eight paper squares needed for this months Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and didn’t get carried away cutting loads of papers, the wrong size, for future use.

These eight blocks will form one row of my RSC21 quilt. Thought I’d leave my pink slippers peaking in the photo!

The lockdown no-sew-jo has been broken, all be it a rather shaky break-through. Just as well I chose a forgiving block – no accurate cutting or seam matching required – whew!

Now I’m attempting to re-engage my brain cells by writing and testing a new pattern. It involves hearts… Will it be ready for this years Valentines Day or 14th Feb 2022? 😀

If your sew-jo has been missing I hope you re-discover it very soon 🙂

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap (she’s making pink blocks for several rainbow scrap quilts) and Judy for Design Wall Monday (she is making Drunkard’s Path blocks).

Allison

 

A few plans and a word for 2021

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy word for 2020 was GROW. It was an extension of LEARN, the word I chose a few years earlier and of 2019’s word COMMUNITY. During 2020 I did GROW patchwork skills: curved piecing through making the Dear Dottie quilt; improving my understanding of colour by following the Quilter’s Color Quest (both the pattern and the Quest were creations of Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color); practising quilting; and learning hand turn applique. I also got my GROW on in other ways: more teaching; working at Purple Stitches (even being left for a few hours alone in the shop! That was scary but I did it!); grappling with technology – I’d have to say GROWth was rather patchy in this area – but I did manage to draw a quilt in Adobe Illustrator… and *most of the time* work the electronic till in the shop!

My word for 2021 is SHARE. I had a brain-storming session around everything New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting: this blog, the Facebook and Instagram pages, planning and teaching workshops, writing Sunrise Patchwork Patterns, selling on ETSY. It didn’t take too long for me to drill down to my WHY? Answer: The motivation that drives all these activities is the pleasure patchwork quilting brings me and the great satisfaction I gain from being with other patchwork quilters – online or in person – sharing skills and seeing creativity flourish.

I’ll be sticking with Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog posts as they are an obvious place for sharing to happen – a weekly collection of clickable links to the inspiration provided by so many amazing quilty bloggers.

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