Refreshed after a holiday

In the run up to our holiday I just couldn’t keep up with the project to do list and maintain a written record here. We arrived home last Saturday and have been getting stuck into a new routine since Monday as our youngest son, on a 4 month Uni vacation, started a temporary, full time job. All seems to be going well so far 🙂

So, the holiday: we spent a week in the Derbyshire Peak District, about 180 miles north of home. It was beautiful. Here is the holiday home we stayed in and views from the front window 🙂

We stayed just outside the very picturesque town of Bakewell – home of the Bakewell tart *yum* – and spent quite a bit of time walking up and down the peaks and dales. It’s ideal walking country as the views are wonderful and it’s possible to feel ‘in the middle of nowhere’ and then walk on a mile or two further and find some tummy filling, thirst quenching respite in a comfortable tea room or pub!

Ilam tea room

Enjoying the view of Dovedale from the National Trust tea garden at Ilam

Of course, it would be rude to visit another part of the country and not drop into a local quilt shop or two… In Darley Dale we found Patchwork Direct which needs two premises to house all the fabrics, quilting and embroidery notions, not to mention the knitting yarns and patterns (the shops are called ‘Heirs and Graces’ and White Peak Embroidery’). I was fairly restrained buying a roll of twenty 2½” strips, 3m of wadding, some much needed new pins and more machine bobbins. After a few days of stroking the fabric strips I came up with an idea for a quilt top, smiled sweetly at my husband, and returned to the shops for a couple of metres of background fabric 🙂

Fabrics and notions from Patchwork Direct

My holiday purchases

Although the wifi reception in our holiday cottage was intermittent (a good thing really!) I did manage to fulfill one goal: namely sorting my Pinterest boards. I amalgamated a few, separated out others, renamed some to better describe their contents and purpose and tracked down a few rogue links that I’d manage to pin inappropriately (I smile every time I use this word: a few years ago we were amused by a restaurant menu that listed ‘appropriate potatoes’ which of course begs the question ‘what is an inappropriate potato?’). I hope you’ll take a look at my boards – most are related to patchwork and quilting, some more to figuring out how to run an online craft business and a few others are more general. I endeavour to update the Pins of the Week board every Tuesday, this board contains links to helpful/interesting quilty blog posts I’ve read during the week and searches I’ve made online.

Pink bunting July 2017Whew! I feel better for having got to the keyboard and written this post :-). Before the holiday I arranged on-going projects next to my sewing machine in order of urgency and since being home I have sorted out the hems on a pair of trousers and completed two lengths of pretty pink bunting (my bunting tutorial). Now to get my version of the beginners quilt ready for the second class on Saturday…

2nd Beginners Quilt

Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social who is sharing her cute giraffe quilt pattern in several colourways.

It’s lovely to be back with you.



About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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6 Responses to Refreshed after a holiday

  1. Kristie Cook says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

  2. Laura says:

    What a beautiful place to visit! In fact, I think I could live there! 🙂

  3. We stayed in Bakewell and loved it! The Dales are so beautiful.

  4. Nancy says:

    Your holiday sounds delightful and the setting is gorgeous. What sweet treasures you brought home — and already planning a quilt with them! Good for you, Allison.

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