Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (47)

Welcome! To the forty seventh Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. Bring along your project and share in some of the news, views and inspiration circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community :-). You are welcome to share links to your projects and add your insights to the quilty conversations via the comments box at the end of this blog post 🙂

Beginners Quilt 2019 fabrics by Allison Reid
Six fabrics ready for my second ‘Dashing Stars’ beginners quilt.

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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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Battling through the January blues

I have been struck down with a mild case of the January Blues. Anyone else finding motivation levels running low? I guess I am asking this question of those of you, who like myself, live in the Northern Hemisphere – to all of you in the South I hope you are making the most of the long hours of daylight and warm temperatures 🙂

I know many could be a little envious of my stay-at-home lifestyle (and with good reason): spending my time at home, choosing to do things when and how I want! This stay-at-home lifestyle does have it’s own small challenges though. I do not have what would be called a ‘dynamic personality’ or, in Jane Austen speak, ‘a lively disposition’. A lot of my mental energy is therefore employed in keeping myself motivated – I’m very good at envisaging results, not so good at seeing the ideas into action and through to said results.

Last week I was filling planners, nailing down goals and taking action…. This week the desire to curl up on the sofa and watch a box set from beginning to end is very real. I confess I nipped into HMV and bought the first seven series of Cold Feet (over the past 36 hours I’ve watched the first three episodes! – that’s not much of binge really is it?).

Thank goodness for the responsibilities I have and the opportunities given me to contribute to events that have got me out the house (that is another of the challenges of being a stay-at-home person – so many possibilities, which to say ‘yes’ to, to which to say ‘no’?).

Anyway, I have done some creative stuff this week, here is the photographic evidence:

Craft Group flowers by Allison Reid

On Monday I helped run the monthly Craft Group at Church. A creative member of the Group kindly demonstrated making these pretty tissue paper flowers and shared a Debbie Shore method of making fabric flowers. These are my creations 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday I made a 12″ block, pattern testing for the monthly Quilt Club, skill-building course, running at Purple Stitches:

Quilt Club block 6a by Allison Reid

And today I have been pattern testing again – making the second skill building block for the Quilt Club workshop. I’m particularly pleased with this block and it was satisfying to make use of fabrics pulled out of my scrap boxes.

Quilt Club block 6b by Allison Reid

Having written this post, I realise I am tired (poor me!) there has been a fair bit of running around between creating these things and maybe I need to get better at acknowledging those ‘extras’ and feel less guilty about succumbing to sofa time 😀 Maybe…? Funny how I imagine every one else is managing their time so well, staying motivated, being so much more productive and ‘alive’ than myself!

Snowdrops by Allison Reid
Snowdrops flowering in my garden – a promise of longer days and Spring to come 🙂

Time to shake off the January Blues… Be thankful, and look for a quick project that makes my creative heart sing 🙂

 

Take care.

Allison

 

 

End of year – New Year Planning at New Every Morning

Pink Hyacinths by Allison ReidI know it’s still the Christmas season but I thought I’d start with a break from the traditional red, green and gold colour scheme to share my pot of beautiful pink hyacinths. The pot of bulbs was gifted to me in early December and the flowers obligingly opened just a day or two before Christmas Day.

I’ve been out in the garden today to prune straggly clumps of lavender and a couple of fuschia bushes. I was heartened to see among all the fallen leaves and bare twigs a few bright green shoots – the Bluebells are already proclaiming the advent of Spring despite us knowing we have yet to endure the harshest months of Winter.

Pink Hyacinth close up by Allison Reid

I do hope you are enjoying the Christmas-to-New Year break? I know it’s not all rest and play for everyone but on the whole these days between Christmas and New Year do have a kind of suspended animation feel. After the concentrated effort preparing for the festivities I do have a strange sensation, perhaps something like being be-calmed at sea? There’s not much to be done but wait for the winds of the New Year to blow me back into action!

Of course there ARE things to keep me occupied! My sewing room has re-emerged from it’s temporary transformation into the guest room. Now our only house ‘guest’ is our youngest son, already half way through his two week holiday from University in Germany. There’s quite a lot of bedding in one or other of the stages of being washed, dried and packed away and there are still a fair few chocolates and treats lying around the house…! Perhaps because of my permanent chocolate high I haven’t yet settled on a sewing project. My mind is skipping between the be-calmed inactive state to a confusion of potential activities!

I’m writing this post with the intention of spelling out my quilty plans for 2019, linking with the #2019PlanningParty hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl. So, I’d better get on and share my goals/dreams/plans thingys.

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