A Trip to Germany and a Book Pillow

Well! This post started life as a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share but I’ve missed that deadline pretty spectacularly! 😀 Instead I will share some of what I’ve been up to in the past ten days.

Heidelberg from the Castle by Allison Reid
View of Heidelberg from the Castle

First and foremost has been a four day holiday in Heidelberg, Germany. We flew out to visit our youngest son who is a few months into a year of studying at the University of Heidelberg. We chose this rather chilly time of year to visit (the temperature did not rise above freezing during the whole of our stay) to coincide with our ‘Baby’s’ 21st birthday. On his special day he got out of bed a lot earlier than his travel weary parents to witness a lunar eclipse, then joined us at our hotel in time for breakfast followed by the fun of opening cards and gifts.

During the day we walked through the very picturesque streets of the old town of Heidelberg and climbed the steep slope to the Castle.

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Chocolatier BOM and a Seaside Break

Eastbourne from the Pier by Allison Reid
An evening view of Eastbourne taken from the Pier

I’m back in the sewing room after a sensationally sunny break by the sea 🙂 We drove to Eastbourne on Friday to attend the 10th Bible By The Beach conference. It was our first time staying in the seaside town. Look at these photos of the tiled path leading up to our B&B hotel. No patchwork quilter could fail to feel anything but welcomed by such a sight!
 

I tell no lie the sun shone for four days and we did not see a cloud during our whole stay! You can imagine the seafront was busy with many holiday makers and day trippers making the most of this rare event – warm sunshine over an entire Bank Holiday weekend! Our B&B was less than a minutes walk from the seafront. Each morning we woke early and took a walk along the promenade – between 7 and 8am – we saw people running, roller blading and or/walking their dogs and a magnificent clean-up team emptying bins and preparing the seafront for the days visitors. The sun sparkled on the sea and gave a comfortable warmth – such good memories of those pre-breakfast walks 🙂
 

Bible By The Beach was attended by around 800 people. Meetings were held in a local theatre. The speakers were all excellent, giving such encouraging and challenging messages from the Bible. There were children’s groups running alongside the meetings for adults. The children’s groups venues included the Eastbourne Tennis Centre (that’s where the pre-Wimbledon ladies tennis tournament takes place each year – the grass looked in excellent condition!). Music for worship was provided by the very talented EMU Music.
Now we are back home and thankfully the sun continues to shine so I’ve been giving our washing machine a workout after it’s weekend rest…
But back to the sewing room…
The Chocolatier BOM organised by Viv at Purple Stitches is drawing to a close. After 11 months all the 6″ blocks are complete and it’s time to cut the background materials and put the whole quilt together. This is Viv’s rainbow colourway Chocolatier quilt:

I’ve been holding monthly workshops to give some tips and advice as partakers tackle new techniques. As a result I have a full set of blocks (well! I do need to make four more of the border strip blocks…) but I’ve decided not to make the full size quilt. So today I’ve been playing with possible layouts: switching between arranging virtual blocks on EQ7 and rearranging the actual blocks up on my design wall.
 

My EQ7 design is pretty rough but it’s helping me try out different ideas. If I stick with this on-point layout I will need to make one more block to fill the gap in the lower right hand corner. I have some left-over fabrics so I should be able to do that. I’m thinking I will break up the blocks with some narrow sashing as shown in the EQ7 design. I’m enjoying designing the layout using the computer alongside the physical design wall. I’m switching between the two – sometimes making a change on the computer and then implementing it on the design wall, other times moving the blocks on the design wall before recording the alteration on the computer image. Much quicker than using paper, pencil and eraser!
Linking with Connie for Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River.
Allison