Sunday, 18 February 2018

Kindness of (not really strangers but people you haven’t met in real life)

Social media gets a pretty bad press god alone knows ive almost deactivated my facebook account several times. But there are times when i have been on the recieving end of incredible kindness and generosity from social media.
You all know how much i loved my dog Bud, he was my best pal, my sidekick, ma wee boy. Well the lovely Bettis @bettis_stitches on instagram, knows how much i love him too, look
This arrived last sunday, just look at him
Look at those insanely cute dungarees with the little handstitching.
Well if that wasnt enough, the sooper luffly Helen sent this ....
A beautiful scarf for Budthepuppy and the teeniest cutest monogrammed jumpie for Mini Bud!
I dont think i can express how much these mean to me, honestly and just at the prefect time too, exactly when i needed it as well.
Needless to say Budthepuppy is delighted to have a little brother, he has already started showing him the liberty!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Eat my thread dust

Its the end of january so it must be Gartmore time!! Woo hoo! The quilty chums reunite. Its just like coming home.
It has now become traditional for Ruth and i to do a twin pattern. After last years seahorse we decided to go for tartankiwis peacock. I went with my usual ‘in yer face’ colour and pattern palette 😂😂 Ruth went for lovely graphic solids.
Lovely mash up!
Now lets see the proper peacocks
Mine is called Priscilla, i did find out that peacocks (clue is in the name ...) are male but i think Priscilla is in tune with all sides of her sexuality thank you very much!
Saturday night quiz and competition. Well this years theme was minimalism with a set colour palette. Honestly this is as minimal as i can get.
I love the back too.
I didnt win but Janice did, bottom left, so pretty. Well done Janice.
After the competition there was a quiz, two teams, three team rounds three solo. My team was trailing by 8 points at the final round, it was a seam ripping challenge and guess who represented our team 😊😊 yep, yoors truly! I do claim to be the fastest seam ripper in the west but thats becusse i rip a lot of seams! I just had to recreate my triumph for posterity ...
See those young youtubers?? Aint got nothing on a 53 year old arthriticky librarian 😂😂😂
My husband couldnt speak for laughing after seeing this. 
Anyhoo wot else happened?? Well in a vain attempt to exercise off some of the cake we ate i went for a bijoux jogette in the mornings.
All the way down to the entrance.
You can hear the birds all around you.
The bedrooms in Gartmore are amazing, somehow this ended upside down ... but you get the picture
I also finished off the mahoosive liberty quilt! Seemed fitting since i started it there all those months ago.
Wow, still cant quite believe ive finished it!!
There is always music playing and this song i always associate with Gartmore.
So Gartmore with your lovely nooks and crannies
We will be back, so thank you frim the quilty friends

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Fabric tokens

Ive been feeling since january that i am emerging from self imposed solitude. The end of last year was brutal in many ways i gradually stopped doing things while i adjusted to the medication. I stopped the quilt guild the rural even going to the pictures. Then the end of the year was just tragic. But this can only go on for so long, i need to reconnect, its hard though, you go back and people are talking about stuff you know nothing about, you feel out of place. I totally stuffed up the rural raffle! But people are kind and make allowances and life as they say goes on. So i need to make plans! I can and should make plans so lets make nice ones! Lets see how much money i can save for a huge big blow out at the festival of quilts 😊. I loved book tokens when i was a kid. I would agonise over what to buy with them, it was my perfect present. 
These may not look like fabric tokens but they are 😊 i commute every day by train, its not too bad but when it goes wrong it goes spectacularly wrong. I never used to bother getting compensation, i have an annual season ticket and it didnt seem worth it .... how stupid am i!! They recently made it easier to claim delay repay and you can exchange them for cash!! Ive only been collecting them for ten weeks and i nearly have £50😳😳😳 just goes to show, two pounds here a fiver there and a massive stuff up last week ... (almost twenty five pounds worth) and i have a large wad of cash for the festival of quilts this year 😊 lets see how much i can get. They need a home to keep them safe and sound so where better than my lovely Festival of Quilts panda wallet made by the lovely Ruth.
It was as if it were made for them 😊

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Classic meets modern BOM

I need another project like i need a hole in the head! But i loved the layout of this quilt so in i jump. The first two blocks came together nicely.
Im using mostly my collection of dashwood studios fabric with some low volume thrown in for good measure.
I think the bright and cheery fabrics are my attempt to ignore the grey and snow outside!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

First finish of 2018!

Blimey the link up is not even finished for Q1 and i have my first finish!! This was number 8 on my list and a late addition as i hate odd numbers and wanted another project to make it an even numbered list! I did worry this was going to be really complicated, the instructions took quite a few readings before they set in. The pattern is the triple pouch from the book, “stitched sewing organisers” by Aneela Hoey. I would thouroughly recommend it, great selection of things to make in there. I was aiming to use s mini charm pack of Janet Clare fabric but also needed a charm pack to add into the mix, my fault not the patterns i hasten to add!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Proposed finishes for Q1

Eyes down for No. 1 on the list 😊 I have wanted to make something from Tartan kiwis book ever since I got it, so the peacock in Japanese sparkly fabrics it is!
No.2 I am so excited about. I thought I would have to give up hand stitching due to rheumatoid arthritis but the meds I'm on mean I can still do bits. So I can take up my Pretty Little Italy X stitch by satsuma street again. So chuffed about  this.
No. 3 the mahoosive Liberty quilt, I am in the process of making 144 flying geese but once that's done its only three more simple borders for this one.
No. 4 poor wee farmers wife, I'm over half way with the blocks so let's crack on and get it done!
No. 5 these fabrics are destined for a baby quilt, its due in may so i had better get a wiggle on! Im thinking 8 inch economy blocks,  bit of fussy cutting with these cuties.
 No. 6 I bought a FQ bundle of Neptune and the maiden but could never think what to do with these insane big repeats until I saw this Amy Butler pattern, let's see how this works out.
No. 7 Funnily enough this pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy was done with Neptune and the maiden but I have these lovely koi carp fabrics and big florals I would like to use these on.
No.8 I was going to make another sew together bag with this Janet Clare mini charm pack but then I thought I would like to try the triple pouch by Aneela Hooey from her book, Stitched Organisers. It's for a chum who would like Janet Clare I think.  

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bring it on 2018, bring * it * on

 So 2018 wotcha got in store for us then? I could look back at 2017 and see only the bad stuff and boy was there some monumental bad stuff. But through this blog I can remember the good stuff and that's always best I think.
So 2018 started off with a very very gentle jogette around the back roads of our house. I have been walking jogging and cycling these roads for 12 years. Bud and I had many adventures up here. Getting lost yompjng across tracks in the fields and heather. Startling deer and loose cows 😊. So it's fitting that if I can't be down Broch beach then I will be here.

So let's all have some fun 😊.