A bit of paper craft with some links to patchwork and quilting news and tutorials

I have tucked away my sewing machine and cleared my sewing room ready to receive our guests over the Christmas and New Year holidays. I often feel a bit lost when the sewing equipment is packed away. I think the ‘lost/detached’ feeling I get when the sewing room is converted to a guest room is more about letting go of the possibility of sewing rather than any real loss of sewing time. After all there’s more than enough to do what with extra meetings with friends and family (not to mention more shopping trips into town in one fortnight than for the whole of the rest of the year!) so the chances of disappearing into my sewing room for any length of time are pretty limited.

But taking a break from sewing opens other opportunities to be creative and crafty. At the craft group I help run we were shown how to make a star shaped table centre/wall hanging. This was fun and do-able in the two hour session thanks to the demonstrator having done so much preparation before the meeting. We each covered two star shaped pieces of cardboard with wrapping paper, stuck a disc of dry oasis between the two and then went to town with twigs, ribbons and a range of Christmassy bits and bobs 🙂

Christmas Star decoration by Allison Reid

My star decoration knocked around the house for a few days with no obvious place for it to rest until I was tidying the sewing room and thought the ruler rack could do with a bit of disguising – the rulers are a rather unusual ‘ornament’ to have in a guest room! So there we are – the rulers are suitably bedecked 😀

Christmas Star decoration with rulers by Allison Reid

Ornare Christmas card by Allison ReidAnd I’ve actually made a few Christmas cards! Earlier in the year my paper crafting supplies and equipment underwent a fairly ruthless cull. I decided to keep my collection of Ornare stencils. I enjoy the technique of pricking out the designs onto paper or card and then using them to frame a 3D decoupage picture. It’s the sort of paper craft that fits comfortably onto a lap tray so it’s ideal for companionable times in front of the TV.

Ornare Christmas card and tools by Allison Reid

I didn’t intend this post to be a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post but as I’ve been reading quilty blog posts I couldn’t help myself… So here’s to sharing just a little of the goodness sparkling through our Worldwide Quilting Community :-D:

Carole of From My Carolina Home has produced a great post sharing links to Christmas themed makes she has shared over her years of blogging. My favourite is the hexagonal table topper 🙂

Sandra shares a tip-filled tutorial showing how to make Half Square Rectangles without paper piecing or using special rulers. Handy!

Pantone Color Institute's Color of the Year 2020 LogoDo you pay attention to fashion and style trends? I’m certain I’ll never be a trend setter or influencer! It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve been aware of the ‘Pantone Colour of the Year’ phenomenum. The Pantone Colour Institute have influenced colour choice for the past twenty years. The Pantone colour for 2019 has been ‘Living Coral’. Knowing this I think I have been more aware of clothing, furnishings and of course fabric collections incorporating or featuring Living Coral. Now the big news from Pantone is that the colour for 2020 is Classic Blue.

According to Leatrice Eveman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Classic Blue is the colour for 2020 because:

Pantone Color of the Year 2020, Leatrice Eiseman Quote.

All very deep I’m sure! 😉 Does Classic Blue fit into your preferred colour schemes? Click here to see some of the colour palettes featuring Classic Blue that Pantone have produced.

If, like me, you are using time away from sewing to review the ups and downs of 2019 and channel what’s been learned into ideas and goals for 2020 then you will find much of interest in the contributions being made to Yvonne Fuchs’ annual planning party at #2020PlanningParty

Our first live-in holiday ‘guest’ has just arrived: Youngest son home from Uni and settling in for a quiet time with us old folks! 🙂



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