Storing inspiration – in praise of Pinterest!

Half-term holiday week is drawing to a close here in the UK. Although the school holidays no longer make a huge impact on my weekly schedules there is still a different feel about these breaks and I tend to be motivated to do a few jobs and activities that wouldn’t normally be attempted during term time.  More of those at the end of this post…

First: storing inspiration, information and items of interest (quite proud of the alliteration in this sentence!).  I’m growing more and more in love with Pinterest as a means to store, and, most importantly, retrieve pictures and accompanying text/tutorials that catch my attention as I read blog posts and ‘browse the internet’. For instance:  Knowing this past week would be full of very enjoyable activities away from my sewing machine I purposed to start a small project that wouldn’t require much planning and could lend itself to short bursts of action.  I checked the ‘Patchwork tablerunners’ board I’d created on Pinterest along with the ‘Patchwork blocks’ and ‘Half square triangle quilt project’ boards and quickly decided on a pattern.  A couple of clicks on the screen and I was looking at the original source of the design, able to pick some fabrics and do some arranging and initial cutting.

I chose to use 5" squares from a charm pack, Richmond Reds by Barbara Brannock for Moda.

I chose to use 5″ squares from a charm pack, Richmond Reds by Barbara Brackman for Moda.

The star blocks were good to piece until I got distracted by the rugby world cup on the tv!  Spot the mistake in this block?

The star blocks were pleasant to piece until I got distracted by the rugby world cup on the TV! Spot the mistake in this block?

The three blocks sewn together to make the top of the tablerunner.

The three blocks sewn together to make the top of the tablerunner.

Sharing is my key motivation in writing these blog posts and I often catch myself discovering something inspiring on-line and thinking, ‘I must write about this and put the link in my next post’.  Time constraints for all of us mean that just doesn’t happen (I can’t write it all down and you couldn’t read it all anyway!) so I’ve come up with a possible solution:  I’ve created a ‘Pins of the Week’ board.  I’ve been adding images and information to the board through the past week and invite you to take a look. If one of the pins inspires or interests you then follow the easy link to the source. Once a week, on Monday evenings, I’ll transfer the pinned items onto my other boards and begin again with a blank ‘Pins of the Week’ board 🙂

And on to a little round up of what’s taken me away from the sewing machine this week.

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Chartwell, house and gardens.

I’ve had two days out – one, a sunny day out with friends to Chartwell, once the country home of Sir Winston Churchill, now a National Trust property and museum to the great man. A few days later we had a family day with my Mother-in-law.  The weather was not so kind but after a very tasty meal prepared for us by said lady, we visited Penshurst Place to admire the amazing great hall dating back to the 13th century and fine Tudor long gallery (these were popular additions to large homes of the time, serving the dual purposes of showing off fine paintings and artefacts whilst providing space for owners and guests to walk up and down taking some exercise when the weather wouldn’t allow outdoor activities!)

Emptying boxes and filling cupboards :-)

Emptying boxes and filling cupboards 🙂

Between these days out there has been time to unpack boxes and fill our new kitchen cupboards – hoorah!  The building project is scaling down at last, becoming more of a snagging/finishing touches work-in-progress.  Floors were laid on Monday and Tuesday and the door to the shower was fitted so we now have a fully functioning shower room 🙂

I’ve also spent a few hours in the All Our Own Crafts shop in town.  The unit is in a good location in the shopping centre and it was great to see a steady stream of people coming in to browse and make purchases.  My quilts and cushions are not selling so far but I shall be patient…

Linking with Nancy at Quilty Inspirations #6 and sharing a link to Melanie’s heartwarming post about giving away a quilt 🙂

Allison

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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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8 Responses to Storing inspiration – in praise of Pinterest!

  1. Your kitchen looks so bright and cheerful! I’m glad to hear it is wrapping up and going so well.

    Pinterest is a very handy tool, and reminders to use it every now and again are appreciated. 🙂

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  2. Nancy says:

    I love your idea of making a weekly pinterest board, then moving the items at the end of the week. Great idea, Allison! I save plenty of ideas to pinterest but don’t look at my boards very often.

    Your kitchen looks so bright and fresh. Very inviting. I’m sure you’re thrilled to have it back in good working order again.

    Thanks for linking to Quilty Inspiration again this week.

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    • You are welcome! We are really enjoying the kitchen, it’ll be even better when we get the table and chairs in place ☺Hopefully the weekly sort through of the pin board will be a useful exercise for me and anyone who chooses to take a look.

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  3. Colleen says:

    Your kitchen looks great – you must be so pleased !
    I am a bit addicted to pinterest – it must be a primitive hunting/gathering gene

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  4. Sandra says:

    I’m sure I don’t use all the possibilities of Pinterest, it’ll be interesting to see the Pins of the Week.

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