Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (48)

Hey! Ho! It’s Sunday…. Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share! 😀 Well! It has been a busy week…. I hope you have found time over this weekend to do a bit of sewing? Bring your project along to this virtual sewing group and share some of the conversations and news doing the rounds in the Worldwide Quilting Community. You can use the comments box at the end of this post to join in the bringing and sharing 🙂

For me the past week has included some seriously focused stitching, some sewing-related challenges and a day out with favourite daughter (I have just the one daughter in case that last comment worried you!).

First, the seriously focused stitching. I was absolutely determined to finish the ‘I-Spy Shadow’ quilt, photograph it and list it on ETSY before Thursday. Sometimes deadlines make me freeze but thankfully this self-imposed one did the trick and the quilt is finished and teamed up with a book pillow.

I-Spy Quilt and Book Pillow Set by Allison Reid

This is the third I-Spy Shadow quilt I have made. I am still writing the pattern…

Secondly, the sewing-related challenges. Humm! Machine applique! Troublesome, steep learning curve etc, etc! But some how or other I managed to get to grips with three methods and share them with some patient learners at Purple Stitches Quilt Club on Saturday afternoon.

PS Quilt Club Orange Peel test block by Allison Reid
Orange Peel Block. The test square, the actual background piece – grid drawn no orange peels in sight! – the book by Dawn Cameron-Dick that guided me through two methods of turned ‘invisible’ applique.

We also made a Bear’s Paw block – much more in my comfort zone.

PS Qult Club Bear's Paw Blocks by Allison Reid
Completed test block and nearing completion sampler block.

And finally, the day out with lovely daughter. We both journeyed by train to Salisbury in Wiltshire. The day dawned very foggy and the clouds did not lift until the afternoon but we carried through our plan to walk from the Railway Station to the ancient hill fort of Old Sarum. The walk took us along a river valley and it wasn’t until we reached the pretty thatched cottages of Stratford sub Castle that we were actually able to see the steep sides of the hill of Old Sarum through the fog.

Old Sarum from Stratford sub Castle by Allison Reid
Old Sarum emerging from the fog!

We followed the track up the hill and walked along the ridge of the lower side of the earthworks until we could gain access to the open grassy area at the top of the hill. Very impressive on so many levels. The earthwork ditch (‘ditch’ doesn’t in any way convey the size of the excavations!) that surrounds the upper levels of the hill was originally dug by Iron Age fort builders around 500BC making the ‘ditch’ 2500 years old!

The earthworks of Old Sarum by Allison Reid

None of my photos do justice to the depth and ‘steepness’ of the man-made defensive ditch that surrounds Old Sarum. I took the photo below of one of the notice boards so you can see the scale of the site.

Aerial view of Old Sarum by Allison Reid

The Romans and the Saxons refashioned the Fort in their turn before William the Conqueror in around 1090 topped out the centre of the hill with one of his customary castles. The ruins of the castle and the footings of the original Cathedral are on view and accessible to visitors but really its walking around the inner and outer rims of those ancient earthworks that gives an understanding of the scale of Old Sarum.

Back to the sewing room… My projects for this weekend involve: finishing the blocks from this months Quilt Club. In March we will make the final two blocks and then it will be time to add sashing and enjoy our sampler-style quilt tops; getting back to constructing blocks ready for next Saturdays Beginners Class; and making some more of the scrappy Trip Around the World blocks. The latter project had to go on the back burner this past week – I contented myself with playing with sets of strips on my design wall 🙂

Scrappy Trip Along strips on my design wall by Allison Reid

It’s been encouraging to see so many Trip Around the World blocks being posted on Instagram – look up #scrappytripalong2019 to find them.

I’m afraid in all the busyness I have not been able to keep up with reading blog posts (my email in-box is bursting!) so very few links to share today 🙁 I will ‘get back on it’ this week 🙂 If you’ve read any posts that would be of interest do post the links in the comments box. Thank you!

Carole shares her painstaking efforts to restore a badly damaged heirloom quilt. Amazing work!

Jen Schaffer’s Monthly Colour Challenge is a great way to move out of a colour comfort zone and try working with colours inspired by a different flowers each month. The list of colours is available now but the block instructions are published monthly.

Linking with Whims and Fancies for the monthly Wandering Camera link up 🙂

Happy Stitching.

Allison

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