Monday, 15 September 2014


There is a student I work with whose favourite phrase is "it was the BEST DAY EVER" I thought of Fergus after yesterday's Stitchgathering because yes it really was the *Best day ever!!*
How to start?? How can I sum up months of eager anticipation, especially via social media and then 10 hours of fabulous stitching fun?
Well first I can thank Jo Avery (Mybearpawcraft) and the stitchgathering team. This was without doubt one of the best organised events I have been to, so many wonderful details I apologise if I miss any out.
First off the ticket. Oh no not your ordinary paper chuck it in the bin once you are finished ticket, whoah no. We all got a printed tote bag to embellish for a swap partner. They were incredible. We all started off with the same bag but the inventiveness, creativeness on display made each one unique. Chickens?!! Fish!! They were two of my favourites, here is a small small sample of what was on display, then we all got to take one home!
We had a readers choice vote for our favourite bag, the winning one was by Hiraku a sweet Japanese lady whose winning bag is bottom left in the mosaic directly above.
Above is the bag I made for Janice, with colonial knots.
And the classes! Search the hashtag #stitchgathering on Instagram to see more of what went on in the classes! honestly I could have gone to any of them! my first one in the morning was apple core EPP with the lovely Fiona Calvert, brilliant class, I now feel so much more confident about handsewing curves. Above is my first two apple cores put together, using a charm pack of lovely Japanese fabric from Katie -Japancrafts.
My afternoon class was a sweet patchwork doggie class with the lovely Jo Avery herself, no pics as he is still in construction, once he is stuffed I will blog him.
Of course my brilliant organiser from the gorgeous Mz Poppins was essential for keeping me organised, Claire made this for me in the secret Santa from the Christmas stitchgathering.
Claire also made my name tag in the name tag swap, an awesome mini bottle of Hendricks gin .... Wot you trying to tell me Mz Poppins?? (She knows me too well ....)

And then there was the goody bag .... Oh no not your ordinary goody bag this is a STITCHGATHERING goody bag and yes it deserves capitals, we need to shout it out. What an awesome haul.

So a huge big Budsmam hug to all the sponsors:
Aurifil! Nairns (note empty packets, sewing is a hungry business ...) pilot-frixon pens, coats-needles and thread, Dashwood fabric (fabric mmmm), Love patchwork and quilting mag-the lovely editor Jenny attended, DMC, VeryBerry (SQUEE liberty ), Groves and banks scissors, Liberty tote bag and fabric (squee, more liberty !!!!!) Blend fabric (you getting the fabric theme here?) Robert Kaufman (yep fabric, I told you this was no ordinary goody bag) Mybearpaw DMC perle cotton and beads.
Awesome awesome day and I haven't even mentioned all the fab gorgeous people I met, Nessa, Di, Jenny, Claire, Hiraku, Catriona, Robin ....... So many wonderful ladies.
Stand up and take a huge bow Jo Avery, you did an amazing thing, thank you so much.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Around the world blog hop

Good morning! *blows cobwebs off blog* I have been tagged by the fabulous Claire in the around the world blog hop.

I have these questions to answer:

1. What am I working on?

Hollow laughter .... It would be quicker to tell you what i am NOT working on! I seem to go through patches of drowning in quilts and stuff. This is a quick run down of what I have on just now:

Inlaws quilt, I never ever say yes when people ask me to make them a quilt, am very happy to give away quilts to people who like them but I won't do custom made ones. But when your mother in law asks .... Well would be churlish not to. It is pretty but it's not my colour scheme and I have done all the blocks before and it is mahoosive, 9 ft by 9 ft ... She will love it though and I get a gazillion brownie points (not that I need them ... )

Stitchgathering, the wonderful Jo Avery is organising another of these so I am beavering away at the bag which constitutes our tickets (we have a swap partner to give them too) and a name badge.


Various bees and BOMs here are a few:

Amish BOM from totally patched

Stash bee, here is the block I chose for my month:
Some of my blocks for the wonderful Amanda's fussy cut swap
And last but certainly not least my poor sad neglected silk quilt, one day you will be done but not this year!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don't think I have a genre? My only genre is crime fiction! I like all sorts, modern, traditional what ever they may be, I just like making bright colourful quilts.

Like my farmers wife quilt, this just sums me up:

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I don't write, apart from this blog and that is more to document what I do, but I create these quilts as a form of therapy, hence the rather pompous blog title - mindful quilter. When sewing fabric picking and pattern reading I don't have time to fret and fuss about all the silly stuff which goes on in our lives.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I am a kind of *point squirrel* kind of person! my creative process is usually - ooohhhhhh luffly, ooohhh that's luffly too, and that and that, next thing I have 6 massive quilts on the go. And that's fine, because although I do overcommit I am pretty good at finishing things up.

Now I am supposed to tag others now to do their own blog posts next Monday, but all my quilty chums either, don't have blogs, have already done the blog hop or don't have the time, so if you are reading this and haven't done the hop and want to do it then *TAG* you're it!