Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (19)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. An invitation to bring along your project(s) to a virtual sewing day and share in conversations sparked by quilty blog posts that have caught our attention over the past week. Do join in by using the comments section or using the linky button found at the bottom of this page.
Last week I said my projects were all about quilting: the Beginners Class got to pin baste their quilt sandwiches, think about quilting designs and set up their machines for their first lines of quilt stitching; and I knuckled down to quilting feather designs onto a 76″ square quilt. As expected the experience of quilting designs on such a large quilt was quite different from stitching out the designs on practice squares!
First feathers on Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
There was the initial euphoria of stitching feathers into a space on the quilt, stepping back and thinking, ‘Wow! They really do look like feathers!’ As the week has gone on and I’ve continued stitching my way around the quilt I’ve become less jubilant. My expectation was that with each swirl of feathers my technique would improve – I’d judge better how to fill the space, more of the feathers would be lovely teardrops rather than bulbous fingers and I wouldn’t be doing so much unpicking – agghhh! Well! Let me tell you, this week has been a lesson in managing expectations πŸ˜€

Stitching by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I was concentrating so hard on shaping the feathers that stitch length became a little inconsistent and some of the over-stitching missed the mark…

Forming feathers by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Some feathers look ‘squished’ and others don’t have the teardrop shape

Feather spiral by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Uneven feather spiral.

Nevermind! I think I’m quoting Angela Walters correctly when I write ‘better finished than perfect’! I did find watching this You Tube video of Angela’s helpful – quite mesmerising watching a needle travelling across a quilt creating feathers using the ‘bump method’.
Silly to be discontented with this I know but there we are – always our own harshest critics with ridiculous expectations! Anyway, although still a work in progress this quilt, called ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ has been entered into The Festival of Quilts. So I had better carry on and finish! Ha!Ha!
I love the way the first three of this weeks blog conversations are connected:Β 
Yvonne shares a colourful quilt she’s made as part of the ‘Stash Statement’ blog tour. I love the way Yvonne includes so many bright photographs in her posts and provides details about the fabrics, threads and quilt stitching. My Pinterest boards are littered with links to Yvonne’s ‘Quilting Jet Girl’ blog. She is a great advocate and practitioner of giving back to the quilty community.
Carole is a whizz at repairing quilts. Do take a look at this blog post. She shows a technique for repairing and strengthening tears in fabrics. So clever :-O
Leanne has been repairing a quilt too. She has just finished a version of the ‘Stash Statement’ quilt that Yvonne posted about (see link above). Leanne found a small fault in the background fabric as she was quilting and came up with a really neat way of covering it and adding a little secret to the finished quilt.
Thinking of dipping into improv piecing? Alyce has been giving it a go in response to a quilt guild challenge. The improv borders she’s been adding to her mini medallion quilt are full of inspiration.
Thanks to Myra for providing this link to a quilt-as-you-go log cabin cushion tutorial. Myra’s cushion looks great and I definitely want to have a go at this technique.
Happy stitching.
Allison


Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (18)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along the project you are working on and share the blog post conversations, tutorials or quilty news that has caught your interest through the week. You can use the comment section or the linky button atΒ  the bottom of this page to join in this virtual sewing day.
This weekend my projects are all about quilting. I’ll be guiding the three members of the Beginners Course through basting a quilt sandwich and first steps in machine quilting. My version of the beginners quilt will come in handy as a quilting demonstration model. Back in my sewing room I’m feeling hopeful as I prepare to quilt feather designs on this rather large quilt. I keep drawing feather designs in different shaped spaces – squares, triangles waiting for ‘muscle-memory’ to work it’s magic.
Carrie Nation Variation by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
More conversations this week to make up for the rather quiet post last week:
Bella has given an informative tutorial adding tiny pleats across the width of curtains. The linen curtains look so amazing with light streaming through the windows of Bella’s newly refurbished kitchen πŸ™‚
Soma explains how she uses colours from nature to inspire her fabric selection. Her photos and the lovely foundation paper pieced block are inspiration in themselves.
Abby Glassenbury always has her finger on the pulse re. craft business and she’s been keeping a close eye on the changes going on at Etsy in the year since the new CEO has been running the company. She gives a robust response to Josh Silverman’s assertion that, β€œOur sellersΒ want to spend their time making and serving customers. They don’t want to spend their time being business people.” 
I will be recommending Sarah Goer’s machine binding tutorial to my Beginners Course students when we move on to binding our quilts in June.
Settle down with a mug of coffee and watch this super-informative video by Leah Day called ‘How Do I Quilt It? How to plan your quilting design with Leah Day‘. She uses computer prints of a medallion style quilt, drawing pencil lines to show how it could be custom quilted, given an all-over quilting design or be given a great look by varying the directions of straight line quilting.
Leanne, the Devoted Quilter, is a Christian and a quilter. Her devotional blog posts always hold to Biblical truths and present a challenge to grow in faith. This devotional post entitled ‘Stronger‘ is no exception.
Anita is hosting a quilt along using Elizabeth Hartman’s Greenhouse pattern. The quilt along begins on Wednesday 30th May. This is the link to Anita’s getting prepared post. Quilt-a-longs (QALs) can be a great way to keep motivation and there are usually some handy hints and an opportunity to see the progress of other participants as the project moves forward.
Jayne has written a lovely blog post sharing her experience of speaking at a quilt guild. She is so right to point out that quilters are a friendly welcoming bunch, interested in each other’s projects and creations.
Finally, baby birds in abundance at the moment. When the Starlings come into my garden it’s all noise and bustle! Earlier in the week we visited a bird reserve on the south coast. My husband took photos of a large, sleepy Tawny Owl chick and an Avocet with three tiny chicks.

Happy stitching.
Allison


Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (17)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share πŸ™‚ You might like to join in this virtual sewing day by linking a post or you may be content to dip in to see the projects others bring along and ‘listen in’ to the quilty conversations being shared. Either way it’s lovely to have you along.
Quilty Saturday is dawning in pretty shades of pink (I’m glancing out the window at the sunrise as I write). It’s going to be another beautiful day here in the South ofΒ  England – a perfect day for a wedding wouldn’t you say? πŸ˜‰ Or maybe a football match? πŸ˜€
Pink sunrise by Allison Reid
This weekend the projects I’m bringing to the virtual sewing day revolve around quilting rather than piecing. I’ve made a start on pin basting my 5th version of the beginners quilt.
Pin basting Beginners quilt No5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I’m also going to put together 3 or 4 practice quilt sandwiches. Partly because it’s always good to have a practice sandwich on hand – to test tension and get free motion quilting juices flowing before jumping onto an actual quilt – but mainly because I’m going to a free motion quilting workshop on Sunday πŸ™‚ Trudi Wood (check out her beautiful quilting on instagram) will be teaching us how to stitch feather designs. I’m so excited about this workshop. Maybe after the workshop I’ll have the no-how and confidence to tackle a few more of the quilt tops waiting in my UFO queue? *Happy Dance*
Just a few conversation starters this week:
A quick quilt for a fund raiser. Melva nearly gave up on her Thomas the Tank Engine quilt but then plain borders came to the rescue. And she found the perfect location for the quilt photo shoot!
Further to my blog post about adding black and white to rainbow coloured quilts I read this post by Diane Knott which includes a photo of a colourful house quilt that has black & white sashing, and a link to a quilter called Freddy Moran ‘who uses black and white to control her wild colours’. I must go investigate… Ooo! Freddy Moran’s website is full of colour and black and white and a lot of useful information πŸ™‚
Chocolatier layout EQ7 by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingSticking with my rainbow with black & white quilt top: This week I added to my patchwork and quilting experience by creating a patchwork layout with blocks on point with sashing between. The first time I’ve stitched such a layout. I was glad to find a very helpful tutorial describing the order in which to put together such a layout. I was even more glad to find the tutorial had a link to a table giving the cutting instructions for setting triangles and corner triangles of all sizes πŸ™‚ I made one mistake through not reading the measuring instructions correctly but it was easily put right. I learned a lot without going into deep anxieties over those complicated formulas needed to calculate the size of setting triangles πŸ™‚ (My word of the year LEARN has had another workout!).
Doh! That glitch in my WordPress admin re-emerged this week. For some reason in ‘notifications’ the box indicating that I don’t wish to receive e-mails letting me know when blogs I follow have new posts was ticked AGAIN. It’s been a busy week and I’m afraid it took me a few days to realise that I was receiving fewer emails than usual. Yesterday I sat down at my laptop and figured out what had happened πŸ™ This is all by way of an apology for me not having many links to share today. I will enjoy sitting down and catching up on the posts I’ve missed – it will take several l-o-n-g coffee breaks to work through my now overflowing in-box – and hope to have a bumper post of conversational links to share next Saturday πŸ™‚
Have a great weekend. Happy Stitching.
Allison



Oh! Couldn’t miss out on sharing a pic of the first peony bloom of the year πŸ™‚ Summer is nearly here!
Peony bloom by Allison Reid

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (16)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I took a break from stitching last weekend – you can read more about our seaside holiday here.

I wonder what project you will be bringing along to this virtual sewing day? Let us know and do share any of the interesting quilty topics you’ve come across on the internet or via your patchwork and quilting activities this week – share in the comments section or use the linky button at the bottom of the post.
I’m continuing to work on the Chocolatier BOM quilt. I need to piece the last two border sections – I’ve finished six of the rectangular strips so far.
Chocolatier border sections by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
I also need to make an extra block to complete the on-point layout I’ve designed. The green scraps are quite small but hopefully I’ll come up with a suitable block πŸ™‚
Chocolatier green scraps by Allison Reid
I-Spy flimsy by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingSo, on to the sharing, conversational part of Saturday Quilting Bring and Share:
He! He! I have an excuse to show the I-Spy quilt again. Myra was kind enough to feature it in her Finished or Not Friday blog linky πŸ™‚
Ever joined in a quilt along? Sandra is just getting a new one underway. Here is the link to the Plus Playtime QAL Fabric Requirements and Tips post πŸ™‚
Do you understand the information printed on the little bits of paper found on the bottom of a spool of thread? I was reading Alyce’s email newsletter (Blossom Heart Quilts) and followed her link to this very helpful post about how threads are weighted on the Aurifil website.
When I reach the stage of switching from piecing to quilting my projects are often in danger of becoming UFOs. Just what sort quilting pattern should I stitch? Cheryl has given her thoughts on this dilemma: helping us to consider four factors as we contemplate the quilting stage of our projects.
Fed up of creases forming in folded quilts? Nancy at Joy for Grace first alerted me to this solution: fold quilts on the bias. I found a neat demonstration in aΒ 2 minute video showing how to fold quilts on the bias.
Suzy puts both sides of the pre-wash fabrics/don’t pre-wash fabrics debate. This one is going to run and run….
Leanne has a beautiful series of photos showing how she quilted a third version ofΒ  her cushion design, Flower Box.
I hope these links are of interest and help you expand your knowledge of patchwork and quilting. There is always something new to learn and so many generous quilters willing to pass on their tips and thoughts. Dive into the conversations and enjoy πŸ™‚
Happy Stitching
Allison