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!

Into the Woods runner and blue stash by Allison Reid
The original runner with my boxes of blue scraps and stash. I’ve pulled a variety of light, medium and dark blues to ensure there will be contrast within each block and across the runner.

I choose a few of the selected fabrics to use in the first block of the runner. (A digital download of the Cabin in the Woods pattern is available from my ETSY shop). I’m pleased with this first blue block 🙂

Into the Woods blue cabin and pattern cover by Allison Reid

There are several more blocks to be rotary cut and machine pieced before moving onto the foundation paper pieced and the crazy patchwork blocks – I’ll be posting photos of these on my Instagram page, @allisonreid.neweverymorning , through the coming week 🙂

I mentioned my Etsy shop and as a small independent maker I’ll take this opportunity to draw your attention to the Just A Card campaign. Here’s the story taken from the Just A Card website:

The campaign came about when Artist & Designer Sarah Hamilton saw the quote “If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card‘ we’d still be open” by store keepers who’d recently closed their gallery. This prompted a call to action! Designer/Makers and independent shops and galleries need a voice….

The campaign has growing support and aims to make us all aware of how we can help keep independent shops and galleries trading on our high streets, in our towns, villages and cities. Today the Just A Card campaign stepped up a level with wonderful advertising posters designed to catch the attention of commuters in London – read this blog post by Sarah Hamilton. The posters feature black and white portraits of a number of well known people reading books purchased from independent retailers. Do click over to the website to see the posters (my favourite is the portrait of actress Natalie Dormer reading on a beautiful tiled floor that really could be a quilt!).

You can follow @justacard on Twitter and Instagram.

Linking with Beth at Love Laugh Quilt for the Monday Making linky and with Judy for Design Wall Monday.


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