Read, Watch, Make – 2021

Almost exactly a year ago (in the 2020 Christmas blog posts) I shared three things which had inspired me – something to read, something to watch and something to make. I’m sharing the same again this year, so whether you’ve got 10 minutes, an hour, or a whole evening free, hopefully there’s something here to keep you busy.

Something to read

I love both traditional and modern quilt making so these articles seemed perfect – there’s one about the past and one about the future.

In their online article Quilting: An Irish tradition fit for pandemic times, BBC travel reports on historical and social quilting culture in Ireland. I don’t think too much has changed over the years – it may be easier to buy fabric now but quilting has always been a way to link with family and friends around the world. And this article reports on an interesting(?!?!) tradition involving a cat….

While Carter likes to sit on a quilt, I don’t think he would be very happy being thrown onto one….so perhaps don’t try this at home!!

Then looking to the future – Gathered predicts 10 quilt trends to watch out for in 2022. Do you think you’ll be trying any of these?

Something to watch

Christmas is a great time for crafting television. Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas is an old favourite. The first show was on 3 December and there is a new daytime series which started yesterday. All episodes will be on Channel4.com for busy crafters to catch up on.

I’m particularly excited about the Great British Sewing Bee specials. I love (love, love) the Sewing Bee anyway, and the specials are a perfect watch on a dark, cold, winter night. It shows the world how wonderful sewing can be!! There’s one episode on 22 December and then a new year episode on 30 December. They both look like a lot of fun.

Something to make

If you’ve already worked your way through the projects we posted last week, the Vlieseline website offers lots of great free patterns. One that caught my eye for this year is their Stunning 3D Star Decoration. A chance to use all those lovely Christmas fabrics you’ve been saving as well as Christmas ribbon and sparkly beads – you can’t have too much bling at Christmas! While you’re there, why not check out some more of their projects in the World of Vlieseline tab.

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