Scrap Vortex Quilt Finished

I have a finished quilt to share after a deal of concentrated effort and a lot of fun in my sewing room over the past five days.

I’ve called this quilt ‘All The Pieces’. (If you’d like to know how I make and attach quilt labels then do take a look at my blog post ‘Homemade Quilt Labels – A Tutorial‘).

It’s been great to use up some scraps a la the Scrap Vortex tutorials by Amanda Jean Nyberg. It’s not just the quilt top that’s made from left-over fabrics. The pieced backing is all from my stash and the super scrappy binding is made from short lengths of binding saved from previous projects.

Even the wadding is part of the use it up/recycle vibe, as I made use of a pack of Quilters Dream Green batting I’d opened for another project. Did you know Dream Green is made from recycled plastic bottles? I really do enjoy using this particular poly batting: It feels soft and smooth (not rough and prickly like other poly battings), is easy to to stitch through and produces light-weight, cuddly quilts.

I quilted a spiral from the centre of the quilt using my walking foot and some handy tips from Yvonne Fuchs, Quilting Jetgirl.

 

Adding the text print borders (all strips left over from extra wide backing fabrics bought at Purple Stitches) helped to stabilize all those scraps and their short seams. The quilt finished at 45½” x 49½”.

Linking with Wendy for the Peacock Party and Michelle for the Beauties Pageant. Wendy shares the progress she is making with the Pandemic Sampler while Michelle been ‘diamond-painting’ a Van Gogh masterpiece!

Allison

Patchwork Project Hopping!

I know! I know! I should be concentrating on the UFO ‘one quilt into four’ project BUT somehow my mind has wandered and I’m wanting to throw the blocks of one of my scrappy ‘back-burner’ quilts onto the design wall…

A few of the blocks on the design wall, plenty more in the storage boxes!

This is my, never-ending, use-up-the-scraps ‘leader-ender’ project a la Amanda Jean Nyberg’s ‘Scrap Vortex Quilt‘. I’ve made several quilts by slightly adapting Amanda Jean’s method and see no reason to stop making them! It’s a way of keeping my little scraps of fabric under control whilst producing a fun quilt. What’s not to like? 😀

Well! When I say the scraps are ‘under control’…..

I keep this bin next to my sewing machine, pairing up scraps as leaders & enders whilst piecing blocks for other projects.

…. A few hours later….

The blocks are bigger but the scrap containers aren’t empty yet!

I’ve had a productive afternoon sewing little scraps into bigger and bigger blocks. Still a way to go. By the end of the week I should have a finished quilt top to share in a blog post. In the meantime I’ll be posting progress on Instagram @allisonreid.neweverymorning and Facebook, NewEveryMorningPQ.

Linking with Beth for Monday Making. Beth has used home furnishing fabric samples to make a pair of patchwork cushion covers.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (53)

Selsey (2) by Allison Reid

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have some time to bring along your project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the news and inspiration travelling around the Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 If you’d like to add a link to take us to your project on your blog or Instagram feed then please do use the comment box below. Likewise if you have anything to add to the conversation links below do join in by using the comment box. 🙂

I had a trip to the seaside this week -such a beautiful day at Selsey and in the company of good friends.

Adding the binding to our quilts will conclude the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches on Saturday. I plan to use the strips cut from the excess backing fabric as the binding for my quilt.

Dashing Stars binding fabric by Allison Reid

I’m still umm-ing and er-ing over the quilting design for the Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I’ve been practicing drawing feathered swirls…

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (31)

It’s a bit cheeky to call this post Saturday Quilting Bring & Share but I will push my luck and hope you have had a chance to sew with friends or can enjoy this virtual sew-in as a gentle way to end one week and start another. Bring along your project and share in some of the conversations doing the rounds in the quilty world 🙂

My projects over the weekend including a FINISH! I did a happy dance 🙂

Pink Supreme by Allison Reid

I went ahead with my plan to quilt a swirl design on the ‘Pink Supreme’ quilt sandwich. I started by stitching around a paper circle that I positioned off-centre on the quilt. Using the built in walking foot of my sewing machine, I shortened the stitch length to try and keep this initial circle as smooth as possible.

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