Monday, 26 December 2016

Best five of 2016

I love a linky party and love the idea of picking my best five of 2016! No surprise at what is no1. It just has to be the silk quilt, six years in the making. Pattern from Pauline Ineson, How to make an heirloom quilt.  
No. 2 my Kaffe Fassett lone star quilt. The bright colours cheered me up after working on a dull quilt.

No.3 has to be the Sisters 10 from the books, Sisters samplers by Anne Marie Chany. Bold bright and beautiful, I love the symmetry of this.

No.4 has to be my mini quilt for my mini knitted doggie! 12x3 inch embroideries framed by happy 30s fabrics.

No.5 last but certainly not least will be my Christmas cathedral Windows cushion, complete with panda snowmen.

Linking too Best of 2016

Stitch gathering house quilt! Another FAL Q4 finish!

We are storming through the FALQ4 list!! This one went on the FALQ4 list LQ4 list because I really wanted to get it done and sent off to Siblings together. I was delighted when Jo asked me to take away some of the fabulous ticket 'house' blocks made for this years Stitchgathering.   
There was a lot of green in the house blocks so I bought some plain green fabric for sashing. A nice sunny yellow for corner stones and off we go!
Right that it's done and dusted ready to send off to siblings together and ticked off the FALQ4 list!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Hexies, another FAL Q4 finish

This was an after thought to the FAL list for Q4 when I was tidying out the patchwork room I came across all these hexies flowers I made ages ago. I do love paper piecing but tendon and shoulder issues mean I can't really do too much hand stuff so I don't think I will be making any more of these.  
  Soooo let's use them up! Simple machine applique onto plain white fabric and we are good to go. 
I made the back from a Corie Dantini panel I won in a raffle plus some orphan blocks and pieces of frozen fabric I had left over.
This isn't big enough for a siblings together quilt but will make a lovely Linus one I think. 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Mini quilt for mini Bud

Another tick off the Q4 FAL list from here 
I bought this mini pattern when I was in Paducah two years ago, the stand was gorgeous lots of fun little retro quilts. I bought another one for a Scottie dog quilt to use up my 30s repro dog fabrics.
It need twelve little three inch square hand embroideries, for over a year now I have had two embroideries done and needed to get a wiggle on with the rest. Perfect for a FAL project!
I took it up when visiting my mam and got cracking, aided by a lovely cheering squad on Instagram.
Here is the finished quilt, all ready to keep mini Bud nice and snug.
Mini Bud has quite a few quilts this is the Scottie dog one.
This one I made while I was sick, all hand sewn, couldn't do that now! This was when big Bud was still alive, wouldn't have been big enough for him!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Siblings together December block

Hello, it's my turn for Decembers siblings together block. I would like a very simple and quick Greek cross block please! In the above colours. Creams/neutrals for the surround and bright cheery blues for the center and corners. The corners can be scrappy they can be all the same or you can do them in two different colour ways as I have done above. 
This was inspired by a work trip to Athens earlier this year. I went up to the Acropolis on my last day and was so moved by the wonderful cream stone and the blue sky.
This gave me the idea for doing the Greek cross in these colours.
So cheery blues for center cross and outer corners. Cream, neutrals for surround. Oh yes the pattern! Here is a great pattern from 
It's pretty straightforward but let me know if there are any questions. I know it's a busy time in December so there is absolutely no hurry for these, very happy to wait. One block would be perfect but if you could do two that would be fab.
Really looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Dugald Stewart a life in books

In s previous life I was a rare books librarian .... Rock n roll! I loved it every minute. I did my masters thesis on the Library of Dugald Stewart an 18th century Scottish philosophe and mathematician. Fascinating man.  Anyhoo to my eternal shame he lived for a large part of this life not far from me. I have never been there till last weekend! And it is beautiful, Kinneil estate near Bo'ness.

The inventor James Watt also live there and he and Dugald knew each other.


It's taken me a while but I will be back.


I love my country, it's beautiful, that is all. It keeps me sane, gives me peace and serenity.   Anniversary in Pitlochry 6 years eh? Fabulous.
My Scoobs in front of the fire in our favourite hotel, he proposed here, we honeymooned here, I recovered from chemotherapy here. It was Buds favourite too.

Still rocking it 😊




Sunday, 27 November 2016

Cushioning along

I love an "along" I'm a sucker for them, so when the lovely Helen and Lynz amongst others started a Christmas cushion along I couldn't help myself, besides, there were some panda snowmen who needed to see the light of day. First up were these fussy cut blocks, so easy to whip up a couple of cushion covers.
These will go to my sister.
Next up, well I really really wanted to do something with my panda snowmen fabric but wasn't sure how to highlight them to their best.
Hmmmmm, thinking cap on!
Whoah yes, inspiration struck! Cathedral Windows, perfect!
I did forget how much ouchy ouchy finger burny ironing was involved .... Muchos sweary words later ...
I needed to find the perfect button to hide my shoddy joins, skiing snowmen! Fab.
I love it!! Thank you Helen and Lynz for a fab "along"

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Tick tick ticking off Q4 FAL

I'm glad I put this on the Q4 list I think I was in the scrappy trip around the world bee from the beginning, at least 3 years. It was a fun bee, I love the pattern by Bonnie Hunter. For the past few rounds I have been asking for bright sunny colours. They have really brightened up the sewing room. This went to linus on Wednesday, I was going to give it to siblings together but got a specific request from Linus. I'll make another for siblings. Plenty quilts to go round!

Friday, 28 October 2016

FAL 2016 Q4 this is not a knitting needle case!

This is NOT a knitting needle case 😊😊😊 as mentioned on my Q4 list  
This is a one hour basket and a Lola pouch!  
I found this fab travel themed fabric at the knitting and stitching show in Edinburgh this year. I happened to bump into a lovely chum when I was buying it and she said if she bought some would I make her something? Well of course!!
She initially wanted a knitting needle case, no problem! So that's what event on the FAL list but then she happened to buy some more knitting needles which came with their own case so she said she would like a one hour basket instead. I adore making one hour baskets! There was enough left from the offcuts from the side to make the fab Lola pouch, my first one and it won't be my last.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

People are strange


Got to love Jim Morrison, Heavens he was gorgeous. This takes me back to the eighties and The Lost Boys 😬 Totally over the top but a great film!

It's been a funny old week. Started off with a bit of a stooshie on Facebook, stooshie is a grand Scottish word, means "a small bit of bother" I was in a group swap, sent off my mini on time etc and waited. My partner commented she had recieved it and that was it.  Ok I thought, probably busy etc,  maybe got family around etc so I waited, she started commenting on other posts etc but nothing else so I contacted the swap mama and asked if there was anything wrong. Cutting a long story short, my partner left the swap (she had already sent hers off so her partner didn't suffer, but she left swap and also left main group?? My mama didn't say too much but I could put two and two together and was could see my partner wasn't happy with the mini ... Either that or the fact I hadn't included extras ... (They weren't mandatory and were only suggested half way through swap) I normally include extras but my partner did not interact at all, answered no questions and all I had to work on was original brief which was traditional sampler style with non neon non fussy fabrics. So I came up with this.

All the blocks are from the original Farmers wife sampler quilt book, it's all paper pieced. 

Which I didn't think was too shabby?? Certainly not enough to remove yourself from two Facebook groups for? Now partner said she is not on any other social media apart from Facebook so I know she will never see this post and I wouldn't like to hurt her but I'm perplexed. But then again people are strange!! Nowt as queer as folks. But is it so bad that I am concerned about my mini? I put a lot of love and care into that, I am actually distressed it might be somewhere unloved or worse in the bucket 😱😱 I know I know, but still ...
Onwards chaps onwards, my zen and chill was restored when the ever lovely Helen @archiethewonderdog asked me if I wanted to join a very informal Christmas cushion along on Instagram. Yea!! Of course I do!! 😀😀 I'm going to bust out the totes awesome pandas snowmen fabric and cathedral Windows cushion here I come!!
Not sure about the green background fabric but something in my gut is telling me to stick with it.
So people are strange but they are also lovely too 😊😊
So I'll finish this on an even lovelier note. The fabulous Helen sent me a present, a gorgeous shweshwe Lola pouch!! How fab, and she also included some tunnocks tea cakes for my knitted doggie @minibudthepuppy to be shared with my husband affectionately known as Scoobs, here they are tussling over the tunnocks, 😊😊 now that's a nice note to finish on.