A Trip to Germany and a Book Pillow

Well! This post started life as a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share but I’ve missed that deadline pretty spectacularly! 😀 Instead I will share some of what I’ve been up to in the past ten days.

Heidelberg from the Castle by Allison Reid
View of Heidelberg from the Castle

First and foremost has been a four day holiday in Heidelberg, Germany. We flew out to visit our youngest son who is a few months into a year of studying at the University of Heidelberg. We chose this rather chilly time of year to visit (the temperature did not rise above freezing during the whole of our stay) to coincide with our ‘Baby’s’ 21st birthday. On his special day he got out of bed a lot earlier than his travel weary parents to witness a lunar eclipse, then joined us at our hotel in time for breakfast followed by the fun of opening cards and gifts.

During the day we walked through the very picturesque streets of the old town of Heidelberg and climbed the steep slope to the Castle.

Street in Heidelberg by Allison Reid

Path to Heidelberg Castle by Allison Reid

Heidelberg Castle by Allison Reid
A rather hazy view of Heidelberg Castle from the opposite side of the river valley.

Scrap Buster class January 2019 by Allison ReidWe arrived home late Wednesday evening, plunging back into normal routine and a busy weekend. On Saturday I had the fun of teaching two classes at Purple Stitches : A lively morning of Scrap Busting followed by a more sedate afternoon of precision piecing two blocks with the Quilt Club.

You may have noticed on the dashboard at the top of this post I now have a new page on the website listing the Workshops I teach 🙂


Quilt Club blocks 6a and 6b by Allison Reid
Quilt Club test blocks to the right, Saturday’s blocks to the left.

Blue Book Pillow by Allison ReidYesterday I made use of some of the scraps I’d stitched together on Saturday to make a book pillow. I’m pleased with how this has come together. Teamed up with a quilt made with similar fabrics I hope this is an attractive set for anyone who’d like to encourage a youngster to develop a life-long love of reading (see them together in my Etsy shop).

I adapted a book pillow pattern by Allison Harris from her book ‘Growing Up Modern‘.






Penguin Mansfield Park photo by Allison ReidTalking of reading… I’m really enjoying a re-read of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I think I first read this novel way back in my twenties (judging by the price on the back of my copy of the ‘Penguin English Library’ version!).Penguin Mansfield Park prices by Allison Reid I remember having little patience with the shy, mouse-like, Fanny Price, but on reading the novel now I have a lot more sympathy with Fanny and I’m reveling in the sharp witted observations Jane Austen makes through this retiring, thoughtful heroine.

In lieu of the Bring and Share post here are a couple of links I had saved in readiness:

Emily Dennis is proudly sharing all the modern quilt designs to be found in her recently published book ‘Modern Quilts Block by Block’. The photos are lovely and Emily has used wonderful fabrics which are the perfect antidote to wintery gloom. I can’t really chose a favourite from the twelve designs (I would happily make them all) but if ‘push came to shove’ I would plump for ‘Figure Eights’.

Oh! My! Goodness! Was it only 10 days ago I rashly declared an interest in Angie’s Scrappy Trip Around the World Sew Along? Gulp! I need to chose my colour scheme this week and dive into my scraps and fat quarter stash without delay!

Linking with Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday. There are some very intriguing posts linked to Connie’s page already… I’ll definitely be clicking some links 😀


1 thought on “A Trip to Germany and a Book Pillow

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip Allison even though it was cold! My granddaughter just got a new comforter and curtains for her bedroom, I should make her a book pillow! Thanks for sharing!


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