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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Road Home Row Along: Edinburgh, UK

We were asked to create a pattern that depicts places on the way to our home, but it didn’t have to be our current home.
I picked Edinburgh, UK... it's not my home now, it's not were I grew up in... but I spent 3 months there and despite never visiting it before I immediately felt home, so I put together a row depicting my favorite spots in that amazing city!
And since this is a stiched row, I wanted to challenge myself and everyone else to try out different techniques! So each block within the row represents a postcard and it's done with a different technique.

You can find the pattern for the row at the following link. 
Download the pattern HERE!

Few fun facts about the location depicted in the row (source Wiki):
  1. The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels. In total (excluding Scott and his dog) there are 68 figurative statues on the monument of which 64 are visible from the ground. Sixteen heads of Scottish poets and writers appear on the lower faces, at the top of the lower pilasters. In total, 93 persons are depicted, plus two dogs and a pig.
  2. The Edinburgh Castle. There has been a royal castle on the  Castle Rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. The castle, in the care of Historic Scotland, is Scotland's most-visited paid tourist attraction, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013. A series of performances known as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (since 2010 the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo) takes place on the Esplanade each year during August. The basis of each performance is a parade of the massed pipes and drums of the Scottish regiments, and since its inception in 1950 the tattoo has developed a complex format which includes a variety of performers invited from around the world, although still with a largely military focus. The climax of the evening is the lone piper on the castle battlements, playing a pibroch in memory of dead comrades-in-arms, followed by massed bands joining in a medley of traditional Scottish tunes. The tattoo attracts an annual audience of around 217,000 people, and is broadcast in some 30 countries to a television audience estimated at 100 million.
  3. The thisle is the floral emblem of Scotland. In the language of flowers, the thistle (like the burr) is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment. It is also used to symbolise connection with Scotland overseas. For example, in Canada, it is one of the four floral emblems on the flag of Montreal; in the US, Carnegie Mellon University features the thistle in its crest in honour of the Scottish heritage of its founder, Andrew Carnegie.
  4. The Heart of Midlothian is a heart-shaped mosaic, formed in coloured granite setts, built into the pavement near the St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
    It is a heart in front of a church... such a romantic place for marriages proposals... many tourists do that... DON'T DO IT :)
    It records the position of the 15th-century prison, and one of several sites of public execution. Visitors to Edinburgh will often notice people spitting on the Heart. Although it now said to be done for good luck, it was originally done as a sign of disdain for the former prison.
    Sooo... now you know why it is not so great if you or your significant other get down on one knee in the center of the Heart ;)
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September 13
Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting --> creates Edinburgh, UK --> YOU ARE HERE :)
Deonn @ Quiltscapes --> creates Heber City/ SLC
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew -->  creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
Sharon @ Pine Valley --> creates New Zealand

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92 comments:

  1. The Edinburgh row is awesome - the four symbols are the heart of Edinburgh - great work.
    Pauline Perry
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  2. You amaze me with the beautiful work you do. Great block.

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  3. This is so interesting, traveling the world via the blog world and finding such great row patterns, ideas, and the give a ways! Wow, thank you for all the work behind this!! Following on Bloglovin'!

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  4. Wonderful! We have visited Edinburgh three times and have loved each visit.

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  5. Fun challenge - what a nice creative row!

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  6. What a super idea to do postcards for your row! They really give us an idea of the area. Thank for sharing your row with us, Awesome job!

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  7. Alida, this is such a nice row and I love that you varied the techniques. It really makes it funner to do and especially if beginners try the row as they get to try a technique they may not have done before. I'm truly happy that you joined us for the Road Home Row Along this year, your such a delight and your patterns have always made me smile.

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  8. What a creative original design. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Such a fun idea for your row with all the different techniques! My Scottish friend, Frannie has been to the tattoo in Edinburgh. I should make this row for her. Thanks for your lovely pattern!

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  10. I like the different methods that you used to create your row. I will have to learn something new on this one. Thank you.

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  11. I love how you post carded each block. I am going to have to win the lottery so I can visit all these beautiful places.

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  12. Your row is fantastic! I love how you combined different techniques and really told the story of Edinburgh through the places and motifs. Thanks for all the historic information too.

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  13. Lovely row. The postcard idea is a really good one!

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  14. I love Edinburgh too! I only spent less than two days there on the beginning and ending of a Highlands tour, but I fell in love with it. Thanks for your row. It's perfect!

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  15. Beautiful! Beth @ Words & Stitches, bethastrand@gmail.com

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  16. I really like the post cards. I am going to have to try something new on this row.

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  17. I was in Edinburgh many, many moons ago! I remember a lovely conversation with a gentleman in a kilt and I only understood one word in 10 that he said - but it was great! Good memories, thanks! This will be a fun block to quilt - for my daughter because she wants to go there next year.

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  18. I like how you have the postcards hanging. Great idea.

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  19. A lovely row. And the story behind it has been nice to read (and learn). I want to follow for the blog hop next month, so I signed up for email.

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  20. Wonderful row! I very much enjoyed my visit here today and learning these interesting facts about Edinburgh. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design ... :) Pat

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  21. Awesome. I really like the post cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Such a fun row. The postcard idea is very unique.

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  23. What a great row, so beautiful. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  24. How lovely to feel at home on a first visit, that's what 'home' is really all about. :)

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  25. Nice row.....And great fun faxes to read...... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  26. I like that you included 4 different techniques for your row. Thanks!

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  27. Love the post card and angle display effect!

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  28. Wow! your row is going to a bit challenging, but I really want to use it for a small quilt for my brother. He and his wife visit Scotland whenever they can--they love it there! Thanks so much.

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  29. wow your row is so wonderful. such a great and creative idea using post cards. thanks for sharing all this wonderful information about where you live. so cool learning where others live

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  30. I love the historical context of your blocks, great job

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  31. What a great way to show off your area and include all those techniques!

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  32. Love the postcard idea! Thanks for the row.

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  33. I just love this row. It would be so much fun to customize it and change out the elements. My head is spinning with the thought of a wall row with a "clothes line" that I could make mini's for holidays, vacation.... yep, I've got to make up this row! Thanks!

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  34. Wow - gorgeous work!!! churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  35. Great idea, thanks for the background also and all the different techniques.

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  36. This is a gorgeous row...love it!

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  37. Great idea for a row block! Give me some good ideas for other projects. Thanks for the row!

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  38. I love the hanging postcards you used for your row! So original.

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  39. Love the row. thanks so much for sharing.

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  40. I like they way you think and design! Awesome row.

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  41. Love the postcard idea, Alida! Nice job!

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  42. Love this row and being able to visit around the world!

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  43. What a wonderful row, very thoughtful and well done. Thanks for sharing!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  44. What a lovely way to portray a place you felt at home with. Thanks for the History as well. raydeer@memlane.com

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  45. You brought tears to my eyes with this row. I have now lived in Israel a lot more years than I lived in Scotland but Scotland will always be home to me. I took my grown up kids on a roots trip last August, we also timed it so we could see the Tattoo. They insisted we go back again soon. Thank you so much for this row.
    Warm hugs,
    Ruthie
    ruthie.peterburg@gmail.com

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  46. Isn't it interesting how you can feel so at home in a place after such a short amount of time or, conversely, some people fail to settle in to the same place no matter how long they live there? One hopes everyone finds the place that is right for them, the good fit.

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  47. Great row! I have never been to Edinburgh, and your creativity and history make it very interesting!

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  48. Wonderful block! Thanks for the Giveaway opportunity!

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  49. Thanks for the fun row and the info about your area.

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  50. Love the way you created this row with "the flags" to show the places of interest.

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  51. Love your post card idea-I spent two weeks in Great Britain in 1999, spent 6 hours on the train to Edinburgh, and met so many wonderful people on the trip. We spent the day wandering the castle, many happy memories! Thank you, Susan

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  52. Scotland is a place I have always wanted to visit. I would dearly love to see the Tattoo along with all the many historical places. Thanks for your row and a bit of history.

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  53. You were so lucky to lie in Edinburgh for 3 months! It left a great impression on you. I hope to visit there someday myself. I always enjoy historical places and you depicted a few of these well in your row.

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  54. Just wonderful! I visited Edinburgh this summer and this brings back memories.

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  55. Thanks for the row pattern. It makes me feel like I'm a tourist in Edinburgh collecting postcards to send home after a fabulous visit to the 'highlights' in Edinburgh.

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  56. How very interesting this all is! I've never been there, but read about it, and it's been the setting in fiction. I love seeing all these. Thank you!

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  57. I enjoyed reading your blog! Your row is very nice and interesting just like the the City you shared !! thank you!

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  58. I definitely want to visit Edinburgh some day. Thanks for sharing a glimpse!

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  59. Great Row!! Lots of details! & Thank you for the info about the different places! Would love to go visit! :)

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  60. I've never been there but reading your entries makes me want ot go see it myself. Your row is wonderful. One of the best things about hops is that you find new blogs and I'm now a follower. Rina

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  61. Postcards! What a fabulous idea for a row. And I love that you used different techniques. Thank you.

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  62. Hi Alida, those are wonderful. I love the idea and it makes the row flow.

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  63. I love your row of Scottish symbols blocks! So fun to see the different techniques!
    Susie

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  64. Betsy S. Looking forward to following along on the hop.

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  65. What a nice row! Brings back a few memories of my visit to the UK! Thanks for sharing.

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  66. I would love to visit Edinburgh! Your row is lovely!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  67. Just found this Blog this morning can't wait to see what else you have! May be coming to Edinburg next year!

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  68. Thanks for sharing your block with us.

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  69. Wonderful row! I had no idea you were from Scotland!! I see you're still 'teaching' various way to make quilts and blocks! thanks

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  70. Wonderful row and I see you're still teaching us different methods. I had no idea you were from Scotland!! this may be a duplicate posting but I didn't see my comment, so... thanks for always sharing your talent (you certainly keep me very busy!)

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  71. I love it when designers include history and reasons behind their designs. Thank you!
    Where can I find your Disney and Peanuts designs?
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  72. Beautiful row and unique! Thanks! cotten.gloria@gmail.con

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  73. Like your row. Thanks for sharing!

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  74. Thanks for a great row! Your post was very interesting to read.

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  75. A great row for a fabulous city!!

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  76. Thanks for the cute row by row block.

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  77. How creative to have each postcard made with a different technique. Some of them I have not tackled yet so this will be a learning experience for me.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  78. Your row is very creative. Love that you used different techniques.

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  79. I love the 3 d effect of the cloths line!

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