A day of contrasts

Oh! My Goodness! There is only one word to describe the weather today: DREICH (an old Scots word pronounced ‘dreek’). The Urban Dictionary defines dreich as follows:
A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, coldmisty and miserable weather. At least 4 of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich
Dreich day in Basingstoke - Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

The Dreich view from my kitchen window

No need to consider which four of the adjectives apply today – all six are ticked! We can assume there has been a sunrise and a sunset but really the tone of grey seems to have barely changed all day.
It’s no surprise that weather can affect our moods and productivity. I’ve struggled to keep my to-do list moving and despite my efforts have very few items crossed off 😦
BOM 8, New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingNevermind! One item on my to-do list was preparation for the Chocolatier BOM class next Tuesday. Wow! The Kona colours Viv has chosen – white, carrot and flame – certainly stand out against the grey of today! It’s taken me ages to make up the Rosebud block and write the class notes but it’s been a pleasure using these colours. The second block, called ‘Arbor Window’ will have to be completed on another day but really doesn’t need notes.
Chocolatier BOM 8 New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
(It’s hard to imagine all those squares joined together will shrink down to make a block just 6½” square!)
Another bright spot on this dreich day was the arrival of a parcel from Creative Grids. I used some money gifted me at Christmas to purchase a 12½” x 6½” non-slip ruler (I think this will be a handy addition to my collection and much easier to transport to workshops than my 24½” long ruler) and a ‘SewSlip’ sheet for putting on the bed of my machine when I’m free motion quilting. Along with the seam roller (by Violetcraft) given me by my DH I think Christmas has furnished my sewing room with some great new tools 🙂
Christmas Gifts 2017, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
So, a day of contrasts: The dreich weather and the sluggish to-do list alongside the bright fabrics and the parcel of post-Christmas treats.
Hoping the sun will break through the clouds tomorrow… and there’ll be time for some more sewing too.
Linking with Connie for Linky Tuesday – there are some beautiful and inspiring projects linked already 🙂

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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5 Responses to A day of contrasts

  1. I know what you mean about the dreich weather. Here in Montana, it seems to be one dreich day after another. Thank goodness for bright colors that brighten up the days. Speaking of… I love those colors! Wow what a cheerful impact they have!!

  2. Connie Kresin Campbell says:

    Wonderful new items for your quilting, that is one of my favorite rulers.

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