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.
Once 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
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.
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…
At 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.