Monday, 30 October 2017

Gartmore mon amour

Check me out channeling my inner Greta Garbo 😂😂😂 third time to Gartmore this year and another fab weekend with quilty chums. Gartmore you never fail, good food, good company and gin, life really doesn't get any better.
Ok .... As well as gin there was wine 😊 Just to lubricate the vocal cords you know ....
Having recently been to the rheumatology physio who told me I could still jog a little bit I took the opportunity to get up early go for a little run/jog - fabulous!
I took along the mahoosive Liberty quilt to work on .... Memo to self don't blether/chat/drink alcohol when working on such a big and complex project ..... I had to unpick all the borders back to the flying geese and do a bit of nifty sewing to remake it .... My own fault, having too much fun and not paying attention 😊
How cute is this! Gertie the Gartmore sheep! I had to buy her, so many happy memories at Gartmore and gertie reminds me of them every day.
Sheena did us proud as ever organising a mini competition and quiz, here was my mini.
What a funky pair of dudes we are, me and Sheena with our fab shoes 😍
Gertie suddenly sported s rather gorgeous Liberty scarf! Now who would be sweet enough to do that for me?? Only the sooper luffly Ruth that's who 😊 Thank you Ruth an even nicer reminder of a lovely weekend.
Don't worry Gartmore I'll be back 😊

Friday, 20 October 2017

Jenny Haynes a weekend with Pappersaxsten

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd breathe, 😊 budsmam towers has been busy with a humungous Senior Fellowship application for the higher education academy. All very worthwhile etc etc but its taken up my sewing time 😱😱😱😱😱 also taken up my time to reflect on all the fun stuff which has been happening *tuts* So lets catch up and remember the fun stuff.
The fun stuff kicked off on the friday night with steak chips and wine with lovely Ruth, i call her lovely Ruth because she simply is lovely. We try to have a meal before any evening talks and i cant think of a nicer way to kick things off. 
How fab is this lady?? The sooper fab Jenny Haynes @pappersaxsten. 
Jenny came up for a weekend in Edinburgh, giving a talk on the friday night a class at Mybearpawcraft on the saturday and a class for the Edinburgh Modern Quilt guild on the sunday. What a fab talk and as with all our speakers its the chance to see some amazing quilts up close and personal. Love this one, especially as the amazing honeycomb quilting was done by the fabulous Tatyana Duffie.
Can you see the sooper fab Ruth @fallingshoes peeping out?? She was on door duty. Cuddliest fluffiest bouncer ever 😊
This was it, this was the quilt i wanted to make. The one which stopped me in my tracks when i first saw it online.
So, onto sunday where i pulled out some cute fabric and deployed Jennys wonderful templates. What a fab technique!
I managed to get heaps done in the class and then finished off the quilt at a Gartmor weekend, but thats another story 😊
   
 
 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Stitch gathering 2017

It all started so innocently ... with a Prosecco party  😊 lovely new addition to the Stitch gathering festivities! 
 
Look at Robins face, says it all! The now traditional pre gathering meal at Jamies Italian. Sitting across from me were these two lovelies, Lucy and Sandra, much laughter.
My name tag from lovely Jenny @patchworkmummy, it even had a cute wee needle minder in it, liberty capel as well! Cant beat liberty capel.
 
 
My lovely postcard from Catherine @knottedcotton poor Catherine was unwell and didnt manage on the day, hope youre feeling better now, i love my postcard.
 
 All of the postcards were amazing.
 
 
 My morning class, sewing mat with Julie Rutter @blackisleyarns
 
Lunchtime my minis from @bettistitches had a meet up with the lovely George Clooney pig who loves with @cat_haggart
Afternoon class with the ever fabulous Trudi Wood
 
And the best bit?? Meeting up with this gorgeous lady @lovenatalieuk as gorgeous in person as she is on instagram 😊 
Lastly but not least a HUGE shout out to the sponsors who always make this the goody bag capital of sewing retreats.
Thank you SO much - Aurifil, Nairns oatcakes, Dear Stella, Todays Quilt and Love patchwork, DMC, Duck egg threads, Michael Miller, Cloud 9 fabric, Blend fabric, Free spirit fabric, Lewis and Irene fabric, sewing quarter, and Dashwood studio. But most of all thank you Jo Avery - Mybearpaw, the stitch gathering is always the highlight of my quilty calendar.
 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Stitchgathering 2017 - lanyard

I never know if it is better or worse to know someone you are making a swap for! For the lanyard for the Stitchgathering 2017 i was given the lovely Heather @sewtoescape. What to do! Plus my hand embroidery is not that great any more for name stitching ..... Fortunately inspiration struck in the form of my newly acquired selvedge addition.
This is the front, can you see the selvedge in the middle? Heather Ross :-) i bought some alphabet beads and voila! We have a name badge!
Some scissors ribbon for lanyard, few more selvedges for the back. And we are done!!!

Stitch gathering 2017 - fabric postcard

Its that time of year again! Ive been going to the stitchgathering since it started. Love it and what it has become. Love the fun and the friendships that have grown from it. This year the ticket was a fabric postcard, i got the fabulous Sheila Donnachie (@bluepatchquilter) as my partner. EEEKKKKKK no pressure there then.  My first thought was to make some aurifil spools, Sheila sells aurifil, i did make some but didnt think they were "enough" if you know what i mean, so i thought i would use them on the back. Then @quietplay had a sale on and i bought the pattern for the mini geo sewing machine, perfect!! It had to be in blue!
I wasnt sure how to put the stamp and the message on the back so i sewed them into the binding and left them loose so you can see the aurifil spools.
       
This is the message i stamped in it, i love it since we are both called Sheila!
 

Friday, 6 October 2017

Proposed finishes for Q4 FAL 2017

And we are out of the starters blocks and raring to got for Q4!! Q4eh? Blimey 2017 you are fair ramping on. This time I will remember to number my list! Make it easier ...  Number 1 Farmers wife, I am way further ahead than I thought, almost halfway! No excuse now, keep chipping away at it
 
Number 2
I had just the most fabulous time at a workshop by Jenny Haynes - @pappersaxsten learning curves, the blocks are made just need to be put together for a linus quilt
Number 3
I made a mini one of these for the stichgathering postcard swap, loved it so much i want to make a mini one for myself in Liberty.
 
 
 
Number 4
These are left over from the Petra Prins quilt I made last quarter I think they would look fab in this charm square pattern and I think I have enough fabric for it too!
Number 5
I was charmed into buying a fabric marbling kit at the knitting and stitching show this year. This is the sample the man let me keep. I so want to make a flying geese lap quilt like the one he had on display, I have done most of the prep to marble the fabric, just need to find the time to get down to it!
Number 6
 Sligthly more ambitous is finishing off this mahoosive liberty medallion quilt .... i have a few retreats coming up so you never know!!!!
 
Number 7
I seem to have aquired a rather unhealthy amount of charm packs .... Some of these are over three years old! I will not buy any new ones till I clear out some old ones, this will make a nice little lap quilt.
 
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Number 8
My local church is always looking for sale items so these next charm packs will become table runners for them
Number 9
Table runners for the church sale
Number 10
Table runners for the church sale.
Number 11
Right now this is also ambitious but hey in for a penny ... i have done all the blocks from the todays quilter BOM with Jo Avery, now to put them together possibly for siblings together? 
Number 12
Just coz i dont like odd numbers i will add in another this is destined to make at the Katy Cameron Littlest thistle retreat in November, layer cake from Zen chic whats not to love!