Saturday, 30 January 2016

Chin up you're getting on my nerves ...

This post is a reminder to myself to look after myself .... I woke up on the 7th January with excruciating pain in my neck.
My neck muscles had tightened up so much my neck vertebrae weren't moving properly. This has probably been going on for a while but it came to a crisis on the 7th January. I can't describe the pain but I now know why they make woman giving birth pant. I spent a lot of time walking up and down panting to try and get rid of the pain. The vertebrae were pinching a nerve which runs down my arm .... OOOOOWWWYA
Anyhoo lots of expensive physio later i am on the mend, but it's slow and will take a few months. Sooooooo lessons learned?
Really really don't mind the bollocks, honestly some of this is down to bad mattress bad pillow, etc but a whole chunk of it is stress ......
So now it is really time to switch off, switch off work and any other stress which is doing this to me.
I was almost in tears, I had a weekend retreat book with the edinburgh modern quilt guild ladies but I didn't know if I would be fit to go.
I decided that I could be in pain and miserable at home or I could just go and see if it took my mind off it.
What a blast.
These are just random pictures from the weekend, but they are here to remind me to just go with the flow and LIVE.
So first up the fabbity mural round the room we were sewing in.
Who doesn't love some nice ironmongery.
Lovely fireplace tiles.
Scotland in the winter, no place better to be.
A warm fire.
Gorgeous doorway.
View from the sewing room
My bedroom
There may have been some wine :-)
Lunchtime walk.

The beautiful lounge.

Hive of activity.

Pincushion swap.

View from my bedroom
I'm a librarian couldn't help but look behind this door.
Sooper sweet and lovely wee room


Fun and lovely ladies

All our finishes.

Scotland in winter, cannae beat it

Happy budsmam, small finish but amazing weekend.

Oh yeah, show and tell our first quilt, mine was this table runner.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

2016 FAL

I need a list a big list ...

I loved doing the 2014 FAL but for some reason didn't take part last year. This year my sewing does feel a bit more under control. I have very little stash, but I plan to remedy that! I do have some very very specific things I want to do though.

This is not in any particular order but this has to be number 1:

Silk quilt, how long has this been going on for??? Years and years ...

I have about a quarter of this done, I think part of the problem is that it is such an impractical quilt. It really can only be used as decoration. I can't let that stand in the way any more though.


I now have quite a selection of Liberty fabrics I need a plan for these.

There are quite a few quilt tops done which need quilted and bound:

Flipping flowers


Tula pink butterfly





I bought two FQ bundles of Zandra Rhodes fabric, love the colours! Bugger don't have a pic of them and need to get this blog post done. Ok, I was thinking about making the Jen Kingwell BOM from Today's Quilter in these.

Right I have run out of steam here, hope this will do!


Thursday, 7 January 2016


My very first Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt!! I have thought about doing Bonnies mystery for many years but there was always something which got in the way.

When I saw it this year on Bonnie Hunters blog I knew had to do it. The clincher was seeing that the inspiration was Bonnies trip to Italy, in particular, Florence and Pisa.

We had just returned from a wedding anniversary trip to Florence and Pisa so that swung it for me.

I decided not to make s full size quilt, all my quilts go to Project Linus so I decided just to make half the clues up.

I had a fair amount of the requisite blacks and reds in my stash, I added some Karen Lewis blueberry park to the mix. My main grey was blueberry park. I think my golds were a bit too yellow but I like them and am happy with the he way they play with the others.
I mostly kept up with th clues, got a little bit behind at the end but I got there eventually. The Christmas break gave me plenty time to catch up for the final reveal.

I love it, absolutely love it.

I adore this top, it does indeed gladden me to see the fun bright and bold colours, thank you Bonnie for such a fun end to 2015 and fun start to 2016.



Friday, 1 January 2016

Never mind the bollocks


I was going to apologise the the (sort of) bad language, but then I thought 'nah'

I have been choosing a word instead of doing new year resolutions for years! Way before it became popular. Last year I chose fear-less, because I wanted to be strong and also to fear ... Less.

Did it work? I'm not sure? I had a dreadful end to the year and was feeling a bit bleak and thought goodness what was 2015 like??

Then I remembered what I had actually DONE, blimey, I only went to America!! To Paducah!! And had the best time ever!!

I went to Florence and Pisa with my amazing husband who I love more than anything. I ate great food with fabulous friends, drank fine wines with fabulous friends! I went on a quilt retreat to Cullen and made the Tula Pink butterfly quilt, did the stitch gathering, went to FOQ on my own which was fun but not as good as with my good chum Irene, but still an adventure.

So what did I learn? I learned by looking back that I had been fearless and had feared less too, but I had let the everyday *STUFF* cloud my vision of that.

So this is going to be the year of "Never mind the bollocks" if you are not sure what that means it can translate as 'don't sweat the small stuff' but I like this version better.

So I start 2016 working on the Bonnie Hunter 2015 mystery quilt, which is called Allietare, to gladden or rejoice.

So that is precisely what I am going to do, and never mind the bollocks.