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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and be part of the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ Join in by clicking on the links below and leaving messages in the comment boxes of the blogs you visit. Thank you!

How’s your quilty week been? I’ve enjoyed carving out a bit of sewing time and learning new things along the way. I finished a second Pelican Tote (pattern from Bagstock Designs) and this time around I added a recessed zipper closure. My first time doing this, so I was pleased to achieve a neat finish – the pattern was easy to follow.

I plan to list this bag in my Folksy shop but haven’t been able to put together a collection of product photos – grey clouds are keeping natural light levels far too low for photography.

Last night I took an hour to make the fourth block of the Santa Fe Trail QAL. This block is called Snowflake. It was interesting making the corner Log Cabins and then cutting them in half across the diagonal before stitching the block together. Another new technique for me to try!

I fitted my recently purchased Janome quarter inch foot to Julie the Juki (a 2200 QVP mini) and was not disappointed. The Janome foot gives a perfect scant ΒΌ” seam – very satisfying πŸ™‚ I’ve found the Juki quarter inch foot gives a true ΒΌ” which is just a bit too wide for patchwork piecing.

Here are the first four Santa Fe blocks up on my design wall – each measures 12Β½” unfinished.

The plan is to create a cohesive quilt using blue scraps from my overflowing blue bin. At the moment the blues I’ve used all seem to be fighting against each other for attention, hopefully my next fabric choices will bring them together. Melva has shared a photo of her finished Santa Fe Trail quilt so we can see how the twelve blocks will fit into a quilt layout. Seeing the finished quilt has made me more determined to stick with this QAL πŸ™‚

A Blog Hop Announcement: This blog, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting, will be seven years old in October. My blog is my social media home. The connections I’ve made with other bloggers and with readers mean a lot to me. Now, after all these years I’m actually contributing to a ‘blog hop’! I’ll be posting a tutorial on 7th July linked to ‘The Summer Scrap Elimination 2021’ blog hop organised by Swan Sheridan over at Swan Amity Studios. Swan has kicked off Week 1 of the blog hop by posting an original patchwork block with a detailed tutorial. She’s enlisted seven guest designers – including yours truly – to contribute a scrap-busting tutorial to be published on Thursdays from 17th June ’til 22nd July. I’ll endeavour to include the links to the weekly blog hop posts both here and on Instagram– I can see from the contributors list there will be an exciting variety of projects and techniques to get us in the mood to eliminate our scraps!

I’m still a bit behind in reading blog posts but have been making time to catch up, so slowly but surely my email in-box is emptying and I’m getting closer to being up-to-date (with reading blog posts anyway!). Here are this weeks links, I hope you will be inspired and find new bloggers to follow as you click your way through:

I just love the super bright quilt-as-you-go quilt Elana is sharing over on her blog ‘That Fabric Feeling’. So colourful and there’s a story behind the quilt too. Elana also shares the doll clothes she’s making from novelty fabric. They are bright and cheerful too – all her makes are destined for distribution by charities.

Linda has been making keepsakes for family members using scraps of vintage fabrics found as they were clearing her grandparents Ohio farmhouse. How lovely to have something practical and attractive as a tangible link with past and living family members. And here’s the follow-up post of the bitter sweet reunion of family members for a final visit to the farm and an opportunity to distribute the keepsakes.

‘In The Stars’ is the name of Kirsty’s latest quilt pattern. It is designed to be fat quarter friendly and although it’s full of stars there are no points to match! So a great stash buster and quick to piece – win, win!

Have you been to any sewing workshops via Zoom? Yvonne gives us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a successful on-line workshop.

Blue fabrics and square shapes have been calling me through the email notifications this week! First there’s a fascinating pattern called ‘Friendship Quilt’ that adds depth to the appearance of the patchwork – pattern available from Myra at Busy Hands Quilts; secondly this Gingham Quilt, a squirrel project, by Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon. Both have me so tempted to dive into a new project…

Katy has made a kaleidoscope quilt using a large African style print cut down into Hourglass blocks. See the finished quilt here and there’s a link to a previous blog post explaining how to cut and piece the blocks.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday as I can celebrate a finished bag and a house full of not finished projects!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ I hope you will find time over this weekend to relax, bring along a project or two and share in the inspiration filled conversations doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community.

So a little bit of a catch up. As you may (or may not) have noticed Saturday Quilting Bring & Share took an unscheduled break last week. After the quiet, sheltered, home-centric existence of the past 15 months our little world has unexpectedly gone through some significant changes. Happy things have happened as a result; our short break by the sea and spending lots of time with family (even seeing all three of our children and their partners together – nearly a year since that last happened). The past week has seen the culmination of the changes. We are a tad weary now as our minds continue to process all that’s happened and our emotions settle. We are so thankful we are all well; modern tech is keeping us in touch with family members who have moved away; and, most thankful of all, we know change happens through God’s will and within the hope His eternal plan brings us.

Alongside the personal changes has been the belated and most welcome onset of Summer after one of the coldest, wettest months of May on record. There has been plenty to do outdoors with rapidly maturing seedlings needing re-potting or planting out and many weeds to be composted.

Slowly emptying my greenhouse of plants now the temperatures are rising and the frosts are long gone.

Working outdoors is such good therapy isn’t it? I nearly always feel the reward of spending an hour or two at the allotment – both in seeing the effects of my ‘labours’ and being made aware of muscles benefitting from the workout!

I have been even more scatter-gun than usual in my approach to sewing but remarkably I do have two finishes to share! Neither were planned! First up: I finally added the binding to the Basket of Blooms wall hanging πŸ™‚

I had plenty of the golden yellow gingham in my stash so the binding matches the flange I added with the borders way back when… I hand stitched the binding to the back in time for the piece to be hung for our guests to see. The Basket of Blooms block/cushion cover pattern is a design by Jo Avery available as a pdf from the Quilters’ Guild.

My second finish is a bag.

Lots of new materials and techniques for me to try in this free ‘Pelican Tote’ pattern available from Bagstock Designs. I did mange to keep a record of my progress, along with links to the resources I found helpful, so I will share all the details in a separate blog post – too much to share here πŸ˜‰

Sorry I’m sharing so few links to inspiring posts this week. I will apply myself to my brim-full email in-box in the coming days and have more to share next week πŸ™‚

Lorna has captured the haughty expression of a camel perfectly in her latest animal patchwork design.

Wahoo! Another way to use up scraps of fabric! Linda shares the braided rug she is making – the spiral pattern is intriguing.

Rachel has shared a comprehensive Economy Block tutorial. She has included a tip to ensure directional prints run in the same direction around the central square. Useful, as I know I can spend ages trying to puzzle this out and still get it wrong!

Yvonne Fuchs is well known for her carefully designed transparency quilts. Here she delves into colour blending theory. It is quite deep but give it a try, Yvonne’s explanations are clear and created with patchwork quilters in mind.

Lot’s of wonderful inspiration in the gallery of the ‘Favourite Finish Monthly Linkup‘ run by Cheryl aka Meadow Mist Designs.

Linking my finishes with Michelle for Beauties Pageant and Wendy for the Peacock Party.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share… Or should I make that ‘Bank Holiday Weekend Quilt & Share’? Here in the UK we have a long weekend in which to bring along our project(s) and share in the inspiring news, tips and views posted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to click on a few of the links below, join in the sharing by leaving your thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes you’ll find at the end of most blog posts πŸ™‚

The busy Old Harbour area of Weymouth is lined with Georgian buildings.

I have to confess that I have not passed thread through a needle in the past seven days! We were fortunate enough to be able to take a mini-break to Weymouth – so good to have a change of scene πŸ™‚

I’d carefully prepared my English Country Garden QAL fabrics and templates as my holiday project but somehow never found the right moment. After long walks each day I was happy to be occupied either watching activity on Portland Harbour from our window or reading Mansfield Park (for the umpteenth time!). Actually reading a Jane Austen novel and spending time enjoying the Georgian architecture and heritage of Weymouth was all very ‘in keeping’. In chapter 13 I read one of Jane’s characters had begun a friendship whilst ‘at Weymouth’.

 

On a much more modern note: Cruise liners have been moored off Weymouth Bay throughout the pandemic. We saw the brand newΒ  ‘Virtuosa’ manoeuvring in and out of Portland Harbour several times during our stay.

MSC’s ‘Virtuosa’ leaving Portland Harbour

 

Cruise liners moored off Weymouth Bay.

Walking along the South West Coast Path was a great pleasure. As you can see the cliffs are very unstable with sections regularly breaking away so the route of the Coastal Path is often diverted from precarious edges.

South West Coast Path looking west towards Weymouth Bay.

 

The view looking inland.

While we were away both Julie the Juki and Phyllis the Pfaff (my sewing machines) enjoyed a spa day. They’ve returned home in tip-top condition ready to resume duties in my sewing room. For this week I have several small projects in mind including the third block of Melva’s Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail QAL and a wall hanging I designed and cut out over a month ago.

I hope you have had a more productive week than me and will enjoy reading some of the links I’ve hi-lighted:

Sometimes quilts evolve as fabrics are found and grouped together. It has taken Cynthia a while to curate the perfect collection of fabrics but once put together she instantly knew one of her popular patterns would make the most of each of the prints with the low volume background.

Jo has created a new pattern, the ‘Heart Spool’, to test a new brand of papers designed for foundation piecing. The pattern has a rainbow heart in a thread spool and comes in two sizes, mug rug and cushion! See Heart Spool and read Jo’s review of the foundation paper here. Jo’s also included a video clip explaining how she chose the free motion quilting designs for her Heart Spool block.

Katy has made great use of left-over solids to make a bright and BIG ‘Postage Stamp’ quilt. What a wonderful wedding gift – definitely one to treasure.

Woah! Yvonne used two spools of Aurifil thread to densely stitch out the quilting on her latest project, the Pulsar quilt. Her design involved a lot of thread stops and starts. There was a sizable quantity of thread cut away after Yvonne had buried all the ends in the quilt. She was curious enough to calculate the percentage of thread that went into the quilting as opposed to the percentage removed. (She used 24 full bobbins in the quilting!).

Charisma Horton made a trip to California to spend a few days working on a project with Rob Appell. Find out how she coped behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

If trying to keep up with the ‘should dos’ of modern life are getting you down take time to read Alyce’s contemplations on how to face down the pressures.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and settle down to enjoy sharing in the company of other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to be creative and also click through to some of the inspiring blog posts hi-lighted in this edition of SQB&S.

I’ve been hand sewing and researching bag-making whilst enjoying the company of our house guests. How lovely to be able to invite family members back into our home and have them staying over night too! We’ve had an easy paced week, time to relax and just ‘be’ together. You may have seen the post I shared a couple of days ago following a walk in a bluebell wood. In the chilled-out family times we’ve been sharing I’ve made some progress with the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL and continued my research into the craft of bag-making. I’m excited to be learning so many new things, ready to get practicing and already planning to share what I’m learning via in-person workshops. So many ideas whizzing around inside my head! πŸ˜€

The leaves are stitched in place onto the background of the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL. Next to stitch down the stems and make the EPP flowers.

I hope you are able to enjoy more time with family and friends and that the pandemic restrictions are not hampering your creativity. There may be just the inspiration you need in this weeks links into the Quilty World:

Julie aka Jaybird Quilts has a new take-it-at-your-own-pace Quilt-A-Long. Use her speciality rulers to create fascinating shapes and patterns. More information here.

Nancy is figuring out a quilt layout for a large collection of Hourglass blocks. Decisions, decisions!

Lissa and Cassandra have collaborated to create a week-by-week QAL, ‘Quilt Concert Series 2021‘. The quilt has a modern twist with blocks of different scales combining to make interesting patterns and providing an opportunity to learn and practice cutting and piecing skills.

Jane gives a quick tutorial in response to all the interest in her ‘Four Patch Scrappy Quilt‘. It really is very effective with lots of secondary patterns created by the arrangement of four patch units within Economy Block style surrounds.

Patty’s Scrappy Fabric Rug adventure wasn’t without it’s traumas but she persevered and shares lessons learned the hard way to ease others down the rug making adventure trail πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Allison