Tuesday, 16 July 2019

WAAAAAAHHHHHHHH have i missed Q3???

WAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! have I missed it? Work has been horrific and I have been away and it crept up on me .... I know excuses excuses. So eyes down for the 3 list of the year , lordy where has it gone to.

No.1 - New York Beauty in Tilda
The rows on this one are sewn together!!! this might just be a finish for this Q!

No.2 - Panda!
This is a pattern test so i dont want to do full reveal so here is a taster of him :-) yes he is in japanese fabrics! just need to add border and quilt

No.3 Paper Clip - Lucy Engels
I want to make Lucy's latest pattern in Japanese fabrics! i may have quite a bit of Japanese fabric ...

No.4 One more Cup of Coffee - Lucy Engels
aww man i have been collecting Lucys fabric since she started printing. I adore her fabric and she is from the same area as me to boot and a sooper luffly person as well :-) I have her pattern, i have the templates from Jenny Haynes. i just need to make it so.

No.5 Liberty Lone star
I commited to making 3 ... Alice Caroline SOS quilts this year. Its not like i dont have much liberty ...

 No.6 Liberty balloon
Im using Sarah Ashfords up and away pattern, I may have actually made some of these blocks,  only 26 more to go ...

No.7 Jo Avery Tea for 2
I love a Jo Avery pattern! I collected all of these patterns from Today's Quilter. I wanted to do it in bold fabrics, inspiration hit when i thought about using Japanese metallic and a bold green as the back ground and the backing, the vase fabric! got it at FOQ last year.
No.8 - Bee creative charm pack
Im not allowed to buy any more charm packs :-) well I did have a bit of an obsession at one time .... anyhoo Im using them up, I had 2 charm packs of Deb Strains Bee Creative so Im making it into a quilt for siblings

No. 9 Janet Clare charm packs, ditto my Janet Clare charms!

No.10 Michael Powell cross stitch
When a chum found out how much i love Michael Powell designs she unearthed a x stitch of his she had never got round to finishing. its lovely pattern, venetian windows.
No.11 Michael Powell bookmark
I always buy a bookmark from Michael Powell at the FOQ, this might be the last one i buy because im all Kindle now but i use them for my patchwork books.
No. 12 Tresna scarf
Woot woot! i have started knitting! I have the wool I have the pattern, just now need to fit in another 24 hours in the day. 
No. 13  - Kam Martin Diamond primrose pattern
I pattern tested this and loved it so much i bought the templates ...! I think it will become a 'big scrap' quilt

No.14 Book nerd quilt
ARRRRRK, i was going to stop above but i cant have 13 on the list .... anyhow i was intending to do this pattern this year. I think i will make it my 'big scraps' pattern. There will be a few big scraps coming from some of the quilts above which will be perfect for this.

No.15 Bee HSTs
This is from siblings together bee. I asked for a LV and mini charm HST, the charms are in blues yellows greens mostly. I think i know how i am going to put them together just need to DO it!

No 16. 
Hand Pieced Sampler quilt
The last block should be out before the end of Q3 and i have been mostly keeping up with this BOM  from todays quilter so I am hopeful! ever hopeful!

Monday, 8 July 2019

I missed one!!!

How could I miss a finish! I am going to try and get this one blogged before the link up ends.  This was finish no. 9 on my FAL Q2 list.
I think I probably forgot to blog about this one because I have to say it was not the best experience I have had with donating a quilt to charity  .... and that saddens me.
I was a linus co-ordinator for a few years and loved doing that. I still donate to Linus and love doing that. Siblings together and Alice Caroline get most of my other quilts with Siblings being hands down my favourite experience.
I found a new group and they were on facebook ... now I did think about this because I have to say I am not a huge fan of facebook, instagram is my hood :-) but hey the charity sounded well worth it.
So! I duly went on registered, answered all questions and got admitted. Their rules regarding sizing were quite convoluted (well to me anyway) and there were dire warnings all over about adhering to the sizing .... yup i know I should have backed out there and then, no disrespect but if you need to make it soooooo complex then maybe its not for me.
I had a layer cake which was pretty, I wanted to use the disappearing nine patch so put the two together and this is what i came up with!!!

Purty huh?? yup I mean the quilt not the husband :-) but he is rather handsome too.
To me it did  fall within the guidelines BUT its square not rectangular ... I posted it on the facebook site and within half an hour the admin was messaging me saying "pretty quilt, what are the exact dimensions" so I told her.
What I got back was:
"hmmmmmmmm its not the correct size but Im sure since it is pretty we can find a home for it"
Now colour me sensitive but I thought "hey you know what, dont let me foist my incorrectly sized (but pretty  and quilted and bound which you have been screaming out for) quilt on you.
Well I didnt think that straight away It was only after she kept commenting on my facebook post, not too rudely but when ever anyone posted a comment about it she would be RIGHT in there commenting "yes but please check the sizing guidelines in the group files". Thats when I thought, "sod it, ill give it to Siblings" I came off group, blocked the admin and gave to siblings, all I got from them was a lovely lovely thank you from Nicky and a whole lot of loving from everyone else.
Lesson learned. Im sticking to IG from now on, facebook can do one.
Hmm Im aware that while writing this I must be sounding really mean. Maybees aye, maybees naw!!!
I do hope the original charity get all the quilts they want, I really do though, it was a great cause.
Ill finish that off there.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

June's furtle

Well there would have been more photos .... but guess which numpty left her mobile in the car when she dropped it off for the MOT and only realised AFTER she had put the key through the letter box!!! Scoobs is away and wont be home till late and i dont want to be later again with my furtle *looks anxiously at the committee ...* 
A few main things this month. The up up and away SAL with Sarah Ashford on IG. I love this pattern and as its long and thin its ideal for the long thin quilts for the Alice Caroline SOS in liberty. I got off to a cracking start with 8 in the first week then i stalled.
I had to make a pouch for my bosses leaving do, I used literary fabric to make an Aneela Hoey booklet pouch. I would love to show you the pictures but they are on my blessed phone! if you are on IG you will have seen them.
Another major distraction this month has been this! the hand pieced sampler by Carolyn Forster for Todays Quilter. I have loved making this one but i dont hand piece which has been difficult at times because the blocks are really made for hand piecing but i have managed. It uses the quilt as you go method which i love for putting quilts together, it all comes together whoooooof at the end! Im practising spiral quilting on each block which is fun.

I refound the verve, bitter sweet symphony, love that song, there may have been dancing in the sewing room (and why not!)
My Tresna shawl ..... ok this is my first attempt at knitting in 30 years .... so i pick something nice and easy!!!!! no chance *sigh* my main concerrn is the VERY loopy edge but i am reliably informed it will block out, whatever the heck blocking out is??? well we shall see wont we!
Oh i had a nice evening with Stuart Hilliard! what a nice man, It was the Stirling residential weekend for the Quilters guild and they had spare tickets for his talk at night. great fun!

Righty ho, I will link up and mop up any spare pictures with some separate blog post! ta ta!

Friday, 21 June 2019


Good grief, when did this happen ..... the farmers 30s quilt is finally finished .... this was no 2 on my Q2 FAL list and lets face it, this one has been on every FAL list for FOREVER!!!! It got sent off to the lovely Cath for Longarming and she did her usual amazing job on it.
 My wonderful Scoobs doing sterling husband's holding quilts action as ever 😊

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Lets all run away to the Fairy Tale Castle

Irene and I always wanted to run away to the circus, when the going gets tough and work and the menopause are kicking your butt then it always seemed like a good idea!
But now we want to run away to the Fairy Tale Castle, Jacky is going to join us and you are all welcome too!
So this was number 8 on my Q2 FAL list I won the pattern in the FAL from Blossom Heart quilts, a lovely fairy tale castle and the size of it seemed ideal for the Alice Caroline SOS quilts, she wants 54x90 max, a very rectangular quilt so this tall thin pattern is ideal.
 The backing is lawn from stand fast and barracks, the lovely Pam got this for me, it's sweetie wrappers 😊

Saturday, 1 June 2019

May Furtling

Bother! a day late .... sorry! so what happened in May???
well i ran 5k and raised over 2k for race for life :-) i know that is not crafty or quilty but in a sense it is because the majority of that fundraising was done via instagram and my lovely crafty chums.
Killearn! we had a fabulous sewing day, this is the back of a quilt top made by Katy Cameron (the littlest thistle) i love the way a quilt top can look like stained glass.
Oh yes it was my turn to be queen for the siblings together sewing bee! i chose a nice simple but i think very effective block, a six inch HST made with a low volume square paired with a nine patch made of blue green yellow palette with some red etc dotted about. Love them, they are coming in thick and fast, watch next months furtle for some progress!
Wot else????? oh yes, took delivery of this little beauty! a singer featherweight. I was chatting to the ladies at Killearn saying my lightweight travel sewing machine was showing its age and what should i do about a new one. Well for a new one i got a 70 year old machine instead! how gorgeous is she. Fiona Betti she has been christened. I am loving getting to know her.
 Ahhh yes still ploughing on with this one .... It will be fab when its finished but honestly 64 NYB blocks, what was i thinking ....
 Ah of course! i met up with the lovely Elaine (greenandscratchy) at the Gillian Cooper open day in Balfron. she gave me some brilliant books and fabric for my charity quilts. Quilters are just fab.

 Mini mini bud realised that some of his new followers on IG didnt know all the family so he started a series of posts introducing them, here is anxious panda.
 !!!!!!! oh budsmam you total drama queen! and yes gin had been consumed! my last picture aged 54, not bad if i say so myself :-)
 First picture aged 55!!!! wearing my "queen for a day" birthday card from the utterly fabulous Jacky MacBeth.
 Right more introductions, Mr Lloyd the Llama hes a bit of a dude.
 OK OK i know its not crafty but it was my birthday and i do love my scoobs.
 Now this is crafty, here is scoobs picking his fabric for his fairy tale castle :-) look at that concentration!!!!
 Tres dramatique scoobs!
 And here are five of them put together. Top left was chosen by our very own Archie!

 The last one was chosen by Betti, by this time i was well in my swing of making it. Fabulous pattern by Blossom Heart quilts. I won it in the finish along so its fitting it is included in my current finish along list! Watch this space for some husbands holding quilts action soon!

Did i mention I pattern tested??? well i did! for Needle plus thread, love this pattern, so easy to put together, i will make more of these but only when it goes on an official list!
 Last but not least is my latest block for the Carolyn Forster BOM for todays quilter. I may have messed up a bit with the templates but is till love it!
See you next month! happy furtling!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Emmaline retreat bags

And its another finish!!! im racking them up this quarter! This was no 15 from my Q2 list
Now its no secret that i love an Emmaline retreat bag and i was fed up of boring storage for my WIPs (and there are sooooo many of those)
So I decided to knock up a few more Emmaline retreat bags to store them in.
I used my favourite ever Japanese fabric for the first.

I had enough Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric for one half of a bag, so i used the bow fabric for the other half.

For the final one i used up the last of my botanics fabric i bought at festival of quilts either last year or the year before.
They are all now happily stuffed with WIPs :-)