Sunday, 26 October 2014

A wee lowie

My gran used to have a coal fire, she loved seeing a wee lowie, don't know quite how that translates. It's more than the heat, it's about the dancing flames, the colours. I would love a coal fire but that's a bit impractical so at the moment I will stick to a wee lowie from my halogen heater.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

I did a thing

Whoah yea baby, I only went and blooming abseiled off the Forth rail bridge! Uh huh, indeedy.

Why? Because I can, that's why. I realised when I was sick how quickly you can loose your health, so while I have it I am blooming well going to use it!

It also raised money for CHSS, chest heart and stroke Scotland, in memory of my step father Sandy who suffered heart problems most of his life.

Sooooo this Sunday my (long suffering) husband came with me to South Queensferry. To say it was blawin a hoolie (gale) would be a tad understated.

But that didn't deter me, people had paid hard earned cash for me to do this, as I went up the bridge I kept muttering, 500 quid, 500 quid, that's what the sponsorship was at, now it's at 570!!!

Anyhoo. You get kitted up then walk up to the bridge, you get clipped to a line and stand in a queue for an instructor. That's me far right.

Once an instructor is free you go to him, he puts all the lines through your gear and tells you how to feed the rope through. Then you have to step onto a girder by squeezing yourself through the railings. This is me stepping onto my girder. I'm in the blue jacket.


Then all you have to do is step off .... Yeah right that's all you have to do!! But it was fine, the instructors and all volunteers were amazing, I felt totally safe.


I need you to be honest with me though, does my bum look big in this??


Here is a nice shot for scale


Aaallllllmost there

I DID IT!!!!!!


Feel free to comment about the look on my face, everyone else has!

And the rain started just as I headed back to long suffering spouse who was eating cheesy chips.

Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored me, you are a fab bunch.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Testing testing, or in other words is it over between us flickr?

I loved flickr, please note the past tense ... I used to have a string of groups there, no more, had to go pro to upload more pics, no more.
It's not instagrams fault, if flickr still had the same functionality as before then fine I would switch between the two. But now I need two apps on the iPad to do what I used to do with one .... Enough.
So I'm trying something new, uploading to picasa, please don't laugh at me!! I can't upload to blogger from ipad as it screws up picture resolution and I'm crap enough at taking pictures on my own thank you very much!
So here we go, picasa do your thing and show off inner body of one of the three sew along bags I am currently in the throes of making:

Pretty in pink !

From BIBs to BOOBS

I feel as if I am in a quilting berserker rage at the moment, me and my chum are going to America next year and will visit the quilt show in paducah. To say the levels of sooper excitedness chez budsmam are stratospheric would be an understatement.

But .... I feel the need to clear out the old fabric to make way for all the shiny new stuff I *may* acquire when I am across there.

So the plan is to turn all my BIBs (blocks in boxes) to BOOBs (blocks out of boxes) i.e. made up quilt tops.

Looking out all my bibs I came across these cute wee things. Every festival of quilts I have tried to do a class by Catherine Nichols, her free motion quilting is amazing, her text FMQing is just stunning, I can't find much of her work online to show you but here is her website.

She is such a lovely lovely lady too, so nice, her classes are always a treat.

This was the first I did with her, she gave us a screen printed panel to FMQ over. My skillz need a bit of honing ....


This was the one I did this year:



Thank you Catherine for giving me such lovely memories and lovely classes.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Lets talk about stress baby

Whoof! Well it's been a fair old time chez budsmam, not health related but last week fairly smacked me in the face with a sizeable chunk of stress. All receding (ish) now but leaving a fairly discombobulated budsmam in its wake.

My saviour through all this? Well apart from fabbity husband my sewing has been my saviour. I seem to have assembled *ahem* 6 or 7 quilts tops ..... My next FAL finish is going to be EPIC :-)

So what do I take away from this rather nasty episode? Think less, sew more and bollocks to the rest of it. Yep that sums it up ;-)

So quilt wise what did I make? The hexie quilt top is made:


Ive been doing these cute wee hexies on my daily commute for months now, nice to get them all put together.

I had some left over plus I had some EPP blocks which were in a pile of stuff given to me by a work colleague when she cleared out her mothers house. I think her mother would be happy with what I did with them, both tops of course ae going to project linus.


Tuesday, 7 October 2014


Wow quarter 4?! When did that happen, I have to say this has been great for me keeping my mind focused on what I have to finish and stopping me from starting a gazillion new projects.

So my list for Q4, lets start with the roll overs

1. Marcis maze quilt, these are almost done, just need to layer up and quilt

2. Stash bee, again almost there with this one

3. Hexies I have made a start on getting these done, so fingers crossed

4. Apple core pep, this is a new one, from a class with the lovely Fiona At the Stitch gathering this year. I want to get these sewn and made into a cushion.


5. African fabric, I've had this for years and have several patterns in mind, now is your time to shine my pretties.
6. Purple and stripes charm squares, had these from a swap earlier this year, want to use them up, let's see what they become!

Linking up to the FAL q4 linky party.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

All change!!

Yep I decided it was time for a change here at the mindful quilter. Well let's face it, mindful quilter, it's a bit, how d'you say it .... 'Pompous??' Maybe that's not the right word?

Anyhoo been thinking about it for a while, on all social media I am @budsmam apart from facebook but let's not go there!

I wrote this blog post about my beautiful Bud and why I will always be budsmam. I often use the phrase 'chez budsmam' on Twitter instagram etc so thought it would be a suitable title for the old blog.

I used the fab tutorial from Lillys Quilts on Touchdraw to make a new header. So here we are, chez budsmam, a bit cosier than mindful quilter. Now don't get me wrong, I still love mindfulness and for me quilting and patchwork is the ultimate mindful activity, adding up quilt math means no room for not being in the moment! But chez budsmam sounds like a comfortable more cuddly fluffy bunny place to house all my finished quilts.

And I think my beautiful boy Bud would have approved.