Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (8)

Hello! Welcome to the eighth Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Join an online sewing day, bring the project you’ll be working on and join in the conversations by sharing what has caught your interest in the quilty world this week.

I’ve had a couple of days away from my sewing machine. On Thursday I took a two hour train ride to Bristol. The sky was blue, there was plenty of colour in the countryside and I had a good book to read. I’m reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – so glad I saw the BBC drama series of Wolf Hall a while back – I can hear the voice of Mark Rylance (the actor who played Thomas Cromwell) as I read the words. Of course, I took time to raise my eyes from the book and look out the train carriage window. I was so happy to see tiny knock-kneed lambs in a field of green grass, a heron statuesque in the very centre of a pond, a family of mute swans busy feeding in a field of winter greens and a buzzard giving a lazy flap of it’s broad wings to travel the distance between two fence posts.

Kids by Allison ReidOnce in Bristol, a large city to the south west of central England, I met up with our daughter and #2 son for whom the City is home. We stayed down by the waterfront, enjoying the cafe life, and a walk to view the many types of boats and see the mix of Georgian and modern housing on the steep hills either side of the river. I was particularly keen to get a view of Isambard Kingdom Brunel‘s Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge by Allison Reid

and chuckled to see the much more modern Bristol icon, Aardman Studio’s dog Gromit standing as a proud figurehead on one of the little river ferries.

Gromit on a ferry by Allison Reid

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It was a good day 🙂 On Friday I was also out and about visiting friends and family. Now it’s time to get back to sewing…

Three Twenties Strips by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingAt the risk of repeating myself (several times over) I will be working on the Three Twenties stripy quilt. I’ve pressed all the strips and have been arranging and rearranging them on my design wall. Now the strips are grouped into four groups of five, numbered to make sure I don’t get them in a muddle 😉 and ready to be stitched together.

That’s the project I’m bringing to the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Here are some of the blog posts and links that have caught my eye through the week:

The Moda Bake Shop is a great place to find block and quilt tutorials. Christine Weld has a tutorial making three mini quilts using a charm pack and some background fabrics.

Avis admits to finding it difficult to give up precious sewing time to read a novel but she highly recommends ‘The Sewing Machine’ by Natalie Fergie. Read more about the book and Avis’ recommendation here.

Amanda Jean aka ‘Crazy Mom Quilts’ obsession with scraps is infectious. She has posted a tutorial for an eye-catching scrappy Churn Dash block.

Rachel has some wise words about the comparison trap we can fall into when we walk around a quilt show or gaze at quilty loveliness on Instagram.

And Melanie has some wise words for when ‘life gets in the way‘. She also shares a rocket launch, an encounter with alligators and her latest medallion quilt (certainly not a run-of-the-mill week!).

Kate @Smiles From Kate has had the disappointment of missing an embroidery weekend away and going down with a virus. But her week wasn’t all bad 🙂 She shares the shamrock blocks she’s made for a quilting bee; the schedule for a blog hop inspired by the book ‘Modern Plus Sign Quilts’; and a memory cushion she’s made from a Grandfather’s shirt.

If you’d like to share your current project and any links you think would be of interest please do use the link up button below or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Hope you enjoy some stitching time this weekend.

Allison

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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4 Responses to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (8)

  1. I enjoyed the post at Stitched in Color. It’s good to feel comfortable in ones own work, even while trying to improve it over time. And thanks for the shout-out on my post. Yes, it certainly wasn’t the ordinary week, neither last week nor this week. And next week will have its share of unusual, too. That’s life, and I’m lucky to have it. 🙂

    • Thanks for taking the time to click on to the links Melanie. I’m glad you are finding little windows to do a bit of quilt planning and stitching in between the ‘life’ stuff that enriches all that we create 🙂

  2. Helen says:

    Oh this looks fun alison . I’d love to take part

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