My first Trip Around the World Block

Over the snowy ‘Winter Wonderland’ weekend I persevered with the task of hunting through my stash (defined as any piece of fabric larger than a fat quarter) and my colour-sorted scraps (any pieces smaller than a fat quarter!) in search of fabrics to use for Gnome Angel’s #scrappytripalong2019.

Strips for Trip Around the World Quilt by Allison Reid

I now have a collection of 144 strips, 16″ x 2½” ready to piece into 24 scrappy Trip Around the World blocks. Well! That’s not quite true… I have already made one block, so only 138 strips left! 😀 Having cut out all those strips I was keen to test the strip piecing method in the Bonnie Hunter tutorial Angie advised we use.

Here are some photos to show how I made my first block. I enjoyed the tube method of strip piecing, making these blocks will be good practice for the Bargello quilt I hope to make one day! 😉

 

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (45)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Whatever the weather I hope you can join us for a virtual sewing day 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration being shared around the online Worldwide Quilty Community. You can add a link to your project or contribute to the conversation using the comments box at the end of this post.

Snow Day February 2019 by Allison Reid

Here in the ‘soft south’ of the UK we’ve had our first snow day of the Winter. It’s not set to last long as temperatures are predicted to rise over the weekend. Erm! I need to revise that! The night’s snow did begin to melt but then the clouds rolled in and dumped a double dose of the flakey white stuff on us!

Snow on Branches by Allison Reid

My patchwork projects over the past week can be summed up as: one finish; two start-to-finishes; and one start! That’s an unusually productive week for me! I finished the Autumn Leaves quilt in time to link it with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.

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Autumn Leaves – a January OMG Finish

‘Autumn Leaves’, my patchwork wall hanging is completed – a Happy Dance has been performed! At the start of January this project was a quilt sandwich that I’d put to one side when back in November the pressure to move onto projects with Christmas deadlines became too strong to ignore.

Autumn Leaves Complete by Allison Reid

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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.

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