Blue Monday and the latest Just A Card campaign

The countdown to my ‘Into the Woods’ foundation paper piecing and crazy patchwork workshop is well underway. The 12th July really isn’t too far distant now so I have a build-up of nervous energy to tap into as I prepare for the big day! I’ve made a start on a monochromatic version of the Into the Woods runner. Raiding my colour sorted STASH (stash = pieces of fabric larger than a fat quarter) and my colour sorted SCRAPS (you won’t be surprised to read: scraps = pieces of fabric smaller than a fat quarter) made me realise that I have a LOT of blue fabric pieces so the colour choice was already shouting at me!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (64)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. My holiday is over and I’m settling back into my natural habitat – my sewing room 🙂 These regular SQB&S posts are intended as a way into the Worldwide Quilting Community so do join in: bring along your project and share in the conversations by clicking on the links to articles and posts written by quilters from around the globe. Use the comments box at the end of this page if you’d like to introduce a link to another topic or respond to what’s in this post 🙂

At the end of our holiday we visited York and Beverley. Both very attractive towns, jam packed full of history.

York Minster by Allison Reid
York Minster
Beverley Minster floor tiles (1) by Allison Reid
Floor tiles in Beverley Minster were sure to catch the eye of this patchwork addict!

More of these visits in a later post…

We drove the 250+ miles from Yorkshire back to Hampshire on Thursday. Lots of lorries, lots of rain and oceans of spray… but thankfully no delays.

Since getting back in the sewing room I’ve added the borders and made the binding for the second Square in a Square quilt.

Square in a Square two with borders by Allison Reid
Both quilt tops: borders and bindings in the opposite colourways.

These quilt tops are now folded away in a box awaiting a delivery of wadding and time to search for suitable backing fabrics.

Later today I will collect my Pfaff sewing machine from the service department of Franklins in Salisbury. I’m so looking forward to having a sewing machine that purrs rather than growls! Bless it, the machine was functioning well despite obviously being in desperate need of some professional TLC. We shall be reunited after our refreshing holidays, all set to tackle the next round of projects together 😀

This weekend I’m revisiting a project. My Into The Woods pattern is nearing completion and I’d like to make a start on a monochromatic version of the runner in preparation for a workshop I’m holding in July (details on the Workshop page of this site).

Into The Woods pattern cover and runner by Allison Reid

Below are just a few links to launch you into what’s been occurring in the Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like some more links and inspiration, you are very welcome to check out my Pins of the Week board on Pinterest 🙂

Bernie has written a post with her usual clarity to celebrate five years of blogging at Needle and Foot. That is no mean achievement and I agree with her that blogs might not be as ‘fashionable’ as they were five years ago but they still are an extremely effective way of building a ‘community’, allowing everyone who reads and/or writes blogs to contribute.

Patty has posted a tutorial for quick and easy to make coasters. Another great use of fabric scraps 🙂

Shannon discusses how to use colour combinations from nature as inspiration for choosing fabrics.

If you are keen on applique but find some solid colour fabrics a little difficult to hand stitch then you will be interested in Nancy’s recommendation... (I know, I am a bit of a tease, but just click the link!).

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Touring Quilter – Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire

Wow! The sheer faces of the chalk cliffs at Bempton RSPB Reserve provide choice nesting spots for tens of thousands of seabirds. It was an amazing experience to walk along the cliff tops, and stand on the viewing platforms provided by the RSPB to take in the sight of so many birds clinging to the cliffs, bobbing around on the sea far below or wheeling around in the air between.

Bempton Cliffs (1) by Allison Reid
A short section of the cliff top walk and one of the spectacular cliff views.

We saw Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Guillemots, Fulmars, Gannets, Herring Gulls and Puffins from the cliff tops. Walking across the beautiful chalkland meadow between the Reserve Centre building and the cliff edges we spotted Tree Sparrows, a Barn Owl – hunting in broad daylight – and Jackdaws in abundance.

Bempton Cliffs (4) by Allison Reid
View from the Reserve Centre across the meadows to the cliffs.

We learned that most of the seabirds only come to land for the breeding season, the rest of the year (including the Winter) they stay out on the open waters of the North Sea and Atlantic. I find it incredible to think of them surviving the storms and the cold.

Bempton Cliffs (2) by Allison Reid
Click on the photo to zoom in and see the birds on the cliffs.
Bempton Cliffs Gannets by Allison Reid
Gannets, the largest birds on the cliffs.
Bempton Cliffs Gannet on nest by Allison Reid
Gannet on nest with Kittiwakes behind.
Bempton Cliffs Kittiwakes by Allison Reid
Kittiwakes clinging to the cliffs.
Bempton Cliffs Razor Bill by Duncan Reid
Razorbill (photo by D Reid)

The Puffin population at Bempton Cliffs has declined sharply over the past few years. The pairs that are breeding there this year were hard to spot. They nest in tunnels (about the length of a mans arm) so aren’t that visible. As the day went on we got our ‘eye in’ and spotted several on the water far below the viewing platforms – far too far for our pocket cameras to produce a recognisable image. My husband did manage one photo of a Puffin resting on the cliff face – it’s a bit blurry but it really is a Puffin 🙂

Bempton Cliffs Puffin by Duncan Reid
Puffin (photo by D Reid)

And finally, a close up of a cheeky Jackdaw that fancied a share of our lunch 😀

Bempton Cliffs Jackdaw by Allison Reid

Normal patchwork and quilting posts will resume shortly. 😉

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (63)

Welcome to a relaxed holiday mode Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 We have traveled 250+ miles to the beautiful county of Yorkshire – I’m sure I’ll be sharing some photos very soon 😉 So I have switched my sewing needles for the knitting variety. However I have been reading blog posts and invite you to bring along your project(s) and share in conversations from the Worldwide Quilting Community using the links provided. Do add your responses and links in the comments box at the end of this post.

Of course even while I was busy packing for holiday I managed to sneak a few moments in my sewing room! I added a green border to one of the Square in a Square quilt tops, made the binding and cut out the border and binding strips for the second quilt top.

Square in a Square green border added by Allison Reid

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