Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (288)

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I’ve had an enjoyably eventful week. A sewing day on Thursday: I took hand binding to do so no sewing machine required. I made the most of the opportunity to walk to and from our meeting place, the local Scout Hut. There was lots of chat and sharing of projects going on but I did mange to stitch down about three quarters of the binding on my Trip Around the Stars quilt. One recurring subject of conversation was the upcoming Sandown Quilt Show. Several members of the group, including myself, were planning to travel up the M3 to London the following day. Others would be making the hour long journey on Saturday.

I completed the Trip Around the Stars quilt at home a couple of days later whilst listening to a course all about live-streaming* (I know get me moving into the modern world! ๐Ÿ˜).

My Trip Around the Stars pattern is available for ยฃ7.00 as a PDF instant download from my new Payhip store – PayPal and card friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

On Friday I went to the Quilt Show at Sandown: Was a good day as usual. Before Covid struck the annual event had begun to wane in popularity with fewer vendors, fewer exhibition quilts and smaller numbers of visitors. Although it’s sad to see this show, along with others, decreasing in size, post-Covid it’s quite a blessing to be able to move freely and not be concerned about over-crowding. The venue (the airy ground floor of the main stand of Sandown Racecourse) is spacious but not too big. On a warmer day it would have been possible to take our refreshments up on the Stands and enjoy the view across the green racecourse with it’s panoramic view of central London but it was a bit too breezy to be outside!

I came home with a little collection of low-volume fabrics to top up my stash (I’m running out of these for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Court House Step Blocks) and some landscape prints. Impulse purchasing of the prints followed an inspiring Gail Lawther workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed her fused applique class and now I’m full of ideas for making little pictorial wall hangings.

Saturday, A walk through the Bluebells: The rising sun woke us around 6am so we went with it, had an early breakfast and then drove the short distance to Micheldever Woods. It really was a magical sight with the morning sun filtered through the partially open, bright green leaves of the stately Beech trees giving dappled light and shade the acres of deep blue flowers.

*Live Streaming? What’s this old girl up to? ๐Ÿ‘ต Well! I’m getting over my tech phobia in order to pursue two of my patchwork quilting passions: One, building community around our wonderful craft; two, teaching the basics to beginners and then helping them and others to enhance our skills together. To these ends I’m going to launch a new private membership group on my Facebook Page called ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub’. Thankfully excitement about this venture is outweighing my tech-nerves and I’m keen to get the group up and running this coming week ๐Ÿฅณ If you’d like to keep up to date with the launch schedule I invite you to follow my Facebook Page, NewEveryMorningPQ, and/or sign up to my newsletter:

 

Here is a short list of links to some of the patchwork quilting posts that have caught my interest over the past week:

I recommend using Myra’s Busy Hands quilt patterns. She has designed so many quilts, nearly all are pre-cut friendly and use quick piecing techniques. This post about her Flying Geese ‘Formation’ pattern is a good example of her work and the lovely fabrics she chooses to showcase her designs.

Nancy’s post ‘The Most Fun I Ever Had Making a Quilt‘ is a heart-warming read for anyone who has experienced the challenges of making a multi-block quilt, grappling with unfamiliar techniques, having to rip out fabrics that turned out not to be in keeping…. After all the ups and downs spread over several years Nancy has completed the quilt and can honestly say it’s the quilt that’s given her the most fun!

I found this tutorial about trimming Half Square Triangles really useful! Suzy demonstrates trimming HST blocks BEFORE opening them out to press the seam. She shares two methods, one using a special ruler (Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer) and the second using a standard square ruler. Very interesting – I will be giving this technique a go next time I’m faced with a pile of HSTs ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne has been applying her scientific experience to curved piecing. Specifically whether cutting pieces across the grain to save fabric affects the piecing and final outcome of Drunkards Path blocks. She’s created a video as well as a comprehensive blog post to explain her method and the results of her investigation.

Linking my finished quilt with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Both have been enjoying making quick projects.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Happy Easter! Search for the truth behind the chocolate bunnies!

Happy Easter! It’s strange in these post-modern times that we still make a holiday of Easter! But I’m glad we do! I hope you are enjoying a break, maybe relaxing with family and friends. Before putting Easter behind us it really is worth examining the words and actions of Jesus himself. Not what school curriculums, the Church or Christians say about Him but actually what Jesus said and did. He made some extraordinary claims about himself, fulfilled prophecies made over a thousand years before he was born, frequently stunned his followers as well as his enemies into silence, never compromising the truth but always sharing it with compassion.

 

If you don’t have a Bible to hand then it’s easy to download a free app. Reading one of the four Gospel’s, such as John’s takes us straight back to eyewitness accounts of the words and actions of Jesus and those of the people who encountered Him – no one ignored Him, some followed Him, others plotted His death.

Happy Easter!

Allison

Ordinary People Chosen to Create History

The Bible is an amazing witness to God’s ultimate plan to reconcile wayward humans to Himself.

Through Advent I’ve been following daily notes* exploring the book of Ruth. Just a few pages long, the book is tucked away in the Old Testament. Ruth was not a Jew but she married a Jewish man, an economic migrant, who died after ten years of marriage. Childless, Ruth and her Mother-in-Law, Naomi, were in a precarious position both socially and economically. Ruth opted to leave her homeland, moving with Naomi to the land of Israel, declaring, ‘Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God’. The book of Ruth ends with the marriage of Ruth to a kinsman of Naomi and the birth of a son, Obed. Obed was Grandfather to King David. Ruth isn’t remembered just for being the Great-Grandmother of King David though, she is, through David and subsequent generations, a direct ancestor of Jesus (the family genealogy is recorded in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 1). The book of Ruth, the simple recounting of the lives of ordinary people living more than a thousand years before the birth of Jesus, is a wonderful illustration of God’s plan weaving history towards the perfectly timed birth of Emmanuel (God With Us).

John, writing as a first-hand witness of Jesus’ ministry recorded these words (John 3:17):

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn, but to save it.

God’s perfect plan of reconciliation and redemption revealed in the person of Jesus. Happy Christmas!

Allison

*Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies by Robin Ham

 

 

 

Thanking God for Autumn Colour

This was the view from my bedroom window this morning ๐Ÿ‚ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿงก ๐Ÿ’›

It put me in mind of one of my favourite hymns that we happened to sing in Church last Sunday morning.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Chorus:
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!ย 

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 see 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!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on a Cross, my burdens gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

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!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

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!

By Stuart K Hine

Here is a link if you’d like to find out a little of the story behind the writing of the hymn.

And here is a link to the hymn being sung.

Wherever you are in the World, whether it’s Autumn, Spring or Monsoon season I hope you will have a moment to gaze in awesome wonder at the natural world and thank the Creator of it all ๐Ÿ™‚

Allison