Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Good things come to those who wait!

A long time ago, so long ago we were still living in Latvia, I joined my first ever online Quilt Bee, the wonderfully named Star of Africa Bee, set up by the lovely May. The Bee was made up of quilters all around the world, who were a wonderfully creative bunch.

Instead of having a particular block to make each month we had a theme, and when it was my turn to be Queen Bee I was very much taken with Schoolhouse block quilts, so asked my Bee mates to send a block that represented houses from their neck of the woods.

As with most things life got in the way, deadlines slipped and Bee mates fell silent in Flickr, but recently to my surprise two blocks arrived in the post from the aforementioned May, who has most definitely had lots of other things on her mind recently.

Aren't they just the cheeriest blocks? Thanks May, I really appreciate you thinking of me in the midst of your upheavals.

With the arrival of these two blocks I now have enough to put together for a quilt top.

Who knows I might manage to finish 2 Bee quilts this month, keep your eyes peeled for that blue moon :)

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Double first!

In the last year I joined my first ever Charity Quilting Bee,the Siblings Together Quilting Bee, who make quilts to be handed over to children in care who have been separated from their siblings.

March was my month as Queen Bee and I asked my fellow Bees to make Merry-Go-Round blocks for my STQB quilt. Needless to say my fellow Bees were all prompt in making and sending their blocks, the delay in putting them all together was entirely down to the fact that I took ages to make my own Merry-Go-Round blocks to complete the top!

Well, I am delighted to say that I have not only finished the last block but have even managed to join all the blocks together, so I now have a completed quilt top to share :)

STQB quilt top complete

Not only is this the first Charity Quilt top I have completed, but it is also the first completed top from any of the several Bees that I have been part of, so a double first!

Tomorrow there is a fabric sale in a local village hall, so I am heading off early in the hope of bagging some wadding bargains and fabric for the backing, wish me luck :)

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

A different daily commute

For those of you who regularly travel by Metro or Underground, I thought you might like a glimpse of some of the amazing Metro stations that we visited recently in Moscow. We were very proud of ourselves for managing to negotiate the network on our own, as all the Cyrillic language station signs took a bit of deciphering. However, it wasn't until we took a guided tour of the Metro stations in the evening that we realised just how stunning some of the stations are.

The Ploschad Revolyutsii station is the stop nearest Red Square, so it is probably not surprising that it is one of the most beautiful.

The platforms were decorated with 76 bronze statues like the one above, and even included 4 bronze hunting dogs whose noses supposedly needed to be rubbed for luck!

 Clearly lots of Moscow commuters think they need some luck :)

My favourite station was the Kiyevskaya Station, which is the underground station for the railway line from Moscow to Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.

The Metro stations on the first line built in 1935 were intended to be seen as "people's palaces" and the Kiyevskaya Station certainly lives up to the billing.

The Ukraine was Russia's bread basket so the station is decorated with wonderful plaster mouldings of wheat sheaves as you can see above, and frescoes depicting life in the Ukraine.

I thought at first these ladies were sewing but alas not :)

The lighting in some of the stations was another highlight,

 Check out the platform lighting at Novoslobodskaya Station

and the chandeliers at Komsomolskaya Station. I felt that I should be in a cocktail dress and evening gloves :)

Wouldn't this make a wonderful quilting pattern?

This one just made me think of Discworld!

Apparently the Moscow Metro system is the busiest metro system outside of Asia and the world's busiest by daily users, but every station that we visited was absolutely spotless so you would never have guessed. If you ever get the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful stations on the Moscow Metro, then I highly recommend that you take it. We will definitely be going back!

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