Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (44)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have time this weekend to bring along a project, join in with this virtual sewing group and share in the conversations we’ve picked up from the worldwide quilting community this week. Do use the comments box at the end of this post to share what you are doing and anything that has caught your interest.

On Thursday I shared my battle with the January Blues. I woke up on Friday feeling more positive (a lesson in ‘it is good to share’ and my thanks for the encouraging and helpful comments left for me here on the blog and my Facebook page). As an antidote to the rather gloomy blue I shall now share some pretty, vibrant pink.

Pink windowsill by Allison Reid

A lively collection of pink, green and white on my kitchen windowsill. So pleased to see the larger orchid flowering again and the smaller orchid also has a flower spike. The hyacinths were a pre-Christmas gift, they flowered over the festive weeks and then surprised me by providing a second set of flowers ๐Ÿ™‚ The bouquet was a gift from friends who joined us for Sunday lunch last week.






Pink Orchid by Allison Reid

So life is looking brighter but my sewing mojo is still lost in the gloom. Yesterday afternoon I retired to my sewing room determined to pull some fabrics and jump into some quick piecing to produce something bright and, dare I say, finish-able (if that is word?)! Well! After an hour or more of looking through left over fabrics and thinking about maybe getting on with the I-Spy quilt I gave up… ๐Ÿ™

Thankfully I have found something that should help me shift some fabric scraps and re-light my patchwork quilting fire: In her latest newsletter Angie aka Gnome Angel put out the idea of a Trip Around the World sew-along. Having so far resisted the many QALs being promoted at this time of year I made a quick decision to reply to Angie’s offer and add my name to the (many) others who have declared themselves up for this idea. Click over to the Gnome Angel website and subscribe to Angie’s newsletter to find out more ๐Ÿ™‚

Leah Day has created an on-line quilting group called ‘Leah’s Quilting Friends Club‘. She is convinced this low subscription site will be friendly and easier to follow than groups on Facebook. There will be opportunities to share progress with QALs and to show & tell as well as exclusive tutorials by Leah.

Do you need a bit of a prod to get your UFOs moving to finishes or at least moving out of your home? Kirsty’s post gives sound reasons for not letting projects slip from WIPs to UFOs along with useful suggestions for finding the motivation to sort them and finish them.

‘Getting Started in Improv Quilting…even if you don’t know where to begin’ is the intriguing title of Amy Ellis’ blog post. Amy, well known for her rotary cut piecing, has been exploring improv piecing. She’s written an e-book and invites us to take part in a free 7 day improv piecing learning challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

Well! My creativity maybe at a low-ebb but I have faith that it will return as we are all made by and in the image of a Creator God who does keep His promises so I shall end with this reminder from His word, the Bible:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion”, says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him”.

Enjoy the weekend and the time you have to stitch!


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