Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (28)

It’s Saturday, the perfect day for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 😀 Bring along your project to our virtual sewing day and share in the conversations going on in the quilty community around the world. Add to the conversation by using the comment box at the bottom of this post. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

I’ve actually managed to finish a project this week – ring the bells and send the ticker tape flying! Being at home all week, waiting on visitors to my little part of Hampshire Open Studios, has given me the perfect opportunity to sew.

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Creatively ‘winging it’!

I am taking part in Hampshire Open Studios – here’s the link to my page on the website. We are half way through the 10 day art and craft trail. Throughout the County over 250 artists and crafters are opening up studio spaces, workshops and galleries for free and inviting people to follow the trail, dropping in on locations listed in their area.

Quilts in the lobby by Allison Reid
Quilts in the lobby

Quilts on the banisters by Allison Reid
Quilts on the banisters

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The heart – getting perspective

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share – missed the date AGAIN! The draft is here in my laptop and I will add to it through the week as I endeavour to catch up on emails. I have to take a digression from patchwork and quilting in this post as I need to share the following before returning to my more regular subject.

So last week was filled with preparing my sewing room for Hampshire Open Studios.

Sewing Room ready for HOS by Allison Reid

All that activity was put into perspective by the failing health of a 90 year old friend. 

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‘Into the Woods’ – a table runner in the making

Close up 'Into the Woods' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Yesterday I posted some fabric options for the sashing and borders of my latest design, a table runner called ‘Into the Woods’. I increased my options by visiting Purple Stitches (how great is it to have a local quilt store?) and bought a half metre of an Alison Glass medium value, yellow/green fabric.

 

Today I woke early and made the most of the time before heading to Church to piece together the table runner top. I’m pleased with how the colour of the sashing draws attention to the little golden yellow flowers printed on the light background fabric. The crazy patchwork panels along the top of the runner are supposed to represent distant trees, mountains and sky while the panels along the bottom represent the woodland floor (that’s the nearest I’ll ever get to be an artist!).

Close up 'Into the Woods' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

After stitching together ‘Into the Woods’ first thing this morning it seemed very fitting that our Church service opened with the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ by Stuart K Hine which includes the verse:

‘When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,

And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend with opportunities to stop in ‘awesome wonder’, taking in the wonderful creation around us. Hine’s hymn reminds Christians to thank God for His Creation – rather than idolizing the creation itself – most especially for the gift of His Son, Our Saviour, Jesus.

Allison

Festival of Quilts 2018

Thursday 9th August is the opening day of Festival of Quilts. The largest annual quilt exhibition in the UK is held at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, slap-bang in the centre of England. Many of my friends are going and I’m excited for Viv who has taken Purple Stitches to FOQ – she’s on Stand H11.

I’ve never been to the Festival but this year I’ve sent a quilt for the first time. ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ is entered in the ‘Traditional Quilt’ category and is number FO68 in the Competition Catalogue. A friend has kindly offered to take a photo so I’ll be able to view my quilt hanging in the gallery 🙂

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