Saturday, 31 August 2019

August furtling!

Well i was a total wipe out for July, sorry Mini Archie! so im delighted to be able to join in for August, did i just say august???? where is 2019 going to!
right lets see whats on the camera roll shall we? Ahhhh I was up at my mams, working on my Tresna scarf and realised i had forgotten my cable needle, quick furtle in mams stationery drawer and i found this teeny pencil which was the fair dab! this shawl is going to be a long standing one on my FAL list but thats ok, im easing back into knitting.

 totes not craft related but i got a new job and a new dress for the interview and i think i look GORGEGOUS! (listen if we dont say these things to ourselves then we cant say them to others either, thats my motto! Anyhoo, new Head of Learner and Academic Services for Heriot Watt University and very proud of it too. For someone who was thrown out of library school in 1984 ive dont not too shabbily thank you very much :-)
this bunch went to a birthday pawty!!!! the lovely Sue and Mr David invited us all to sweet Boos birthday pawty,  we had a blast thank you!

 There were a fair few finished too, I pattern tested for Jenny - Papper Saxten and this is my version of her Pia Panda quilt. how sweet! all done in Japanese fabrics, I have just donated this to Project Linus in fife, sadly a childrens hospice had a fire (no one hurt) but they wanted quilts so this is one i donated to that.

 Oh my Scoobs! you are a twerp! but i love you, we took a lot of finish pictures before he left for his epic hike across sweden, this was made from 3 Janet Claire charm packs. simple to make but verey effective. I will blog about it separately for the FAL. This too went to the quilt drive mentioned above.
 Now thats better behaved my Scoobs! This is made from 2 charm packs of Bee Creative by Deb Strain. Its a pattern from Sarah Elwood - Sew Me so straightforward and easy to make, again just got sent off to the quilt drive mentiond above.
 Well it wouldnt be August without the FOQ!! here was Mini Mini Bud on the train.
 Me and my Farmers wife quilt!
 A detail of lovely Kims quilt, the green liberty was a donation from me, so nice to see this quilt, i saw it being made at our Killearn sewing days,
 I went personal shopping for Elaine - Greenandscratchy, great fun shopping for someone else!
 Look to the right of the person in the aqua top, thats a Lucy Engels quilt! stunning
 *blushes* part of my haul, i did go a bit batshit crazy ....
 Amanda - Metro quilter made this quilt top, you read it by going round not left to right, how clever!
 OK i have blogged all about how Mini Bud was the main attraction and him meeting up with all his loving Aunties ..... but this was a very special meet up, I have know Jane - two wednesdays since the days of twitter, I think she might have even known real life Bud on twitter! it was Helen and Jane who persuaded me to give Mini Bud his own instagram account, i know he may neglect it a bit ..... but he still loves seeing his chums on there. Meeting Aunty Jane was very special for him (and me too !)
 Awwww - Anuty Sharon too!
 The only thing which would have been better than meeting Aunty Cath would have been if the great BC had been there too :-)
fun and games at the gin bar!
 Jen Kingwell folks, yer actual Jen Kingwell !
 My panda pouch goes away but only till November because this year i am going to Harrogate for the first time!

Couple of late additions. The Balloon quilt is almost done!!! 
 I may have also bought from  Hazels destash ... cant resist a charm pack!

See you next month!

Monday, 26 August 2019

New York Beauty - at last!

Number 1!!! yup numero uno on my FAL2019 Q3 list New York Beauty , pattern by JoAvery, MyBearpaw. I have wanted to do this for ages, I bught a few FQ bundles of Tilda with a leaving present voucher from my old job. I just love tilda so much. As you can see from my (old ham of a) husband its quite a big quilt,  just the perfect size to go to siblings together!
 And talking of jobs! I've got a new one, and i just wanted to show off my interview frock :-) Head of Learner and Academic Services at Heriot Watt University. For someone who got thrown out of library school in 1984 thats not bad going!

Boos birthday pawty

Whats all this then???? Wendy mouse in her va va va voom dress? and whose that next to Mini mini Bud?? is the Kippa and Fiery????? not sure what is going on here, and they look to  be in a *pub*???

OMG and Mini bud is there too??
Why its Mr David!!! but no Mr Rabbit, apparently he was held up doing health and safety checks ... thats an awful lot of beer Mr David, (sounding like my mother there ...!) but wait its brewdog beer?
Ahhhhhhhhh that explains it! its Boos birthday pawty!!!! Me and Scoobs were lucky enough to be invited along to chaperone the minis ....
Hey its lovely Sue too!!!!

awwwwww FAAAAACCCEEE!!!!! the gorgeous birthday girl herself, happy birthday gorgeous Boo
Her own bottle of sub woofer beer and a pup cake ..... totes adorbs

I am glad to report we didnt hold back!! Thank you so much lovely Sue and lovely Mr David for letting us join Boos special day.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

FOQ 2019

Wots this wots this??Mini Mini bud on a mound of teacayks??? can only mean one thing, a hugely disrupted train journey to FOQ 2019!! the fingers in the background belong to the lovely Ruth who navigated us through at least 4 train changes after our original one got cancelled and who soothed me while i was having a nervous breakdown when i got contacted about something at work going pear shaped :-)
Ruth made Mini mini Bud his very own teacayk mat!

Hellooooooooo NEC
My quilt!!!!
So so amazing to see it all hung up in great lighting

A highlight was when i saw on a facebook group that my lovely friend Kim had won a judges choice award. At first she didnt believe me and accused me of photoshopping the facebook group picture!!!
I spotted some of my liberty teeny scraps in it!
the gorgeous lady herself!
Trash and I did make a bit of a fuss about it :-)

Prince by the lovely Cat Haggart
Mini Mini Bud loves his Aunty Cat so wanted to see it up close!

I spy Lucy Engels quilt :-)
Personal shopping for Greenandscratchy
Ahhhh Jenny Doan, what a lady what a show, she is awesome and made me cry

Oh now some favourites from the show,  i am so rubbish at remembering to take makers names .... sorry !

YEA!!!! at last we got to meet Aunty Cath, cumbrianlongarmer, Mini Mini Bud doesnt have favourites but if he did ...
two lovely new chums at the gin bar! A fox made this and Akatotron

Woo hoo! another Aunty! Aunty Mary.
who is this? why its Jack!

More favourite quilts

Oh Amanda - Metroquilter made this one
ahhhhhhhh Smokey Barrels! the most awesome thali ever!

Traditional show and tell in the travel lodge bedroom
Mini Bud wiht his badge from his Aunty Lou - flipflopfabric shop
MRS MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGG! OMG how lovely to meet her in person after so long, just as gorgeous in real life!
and the lovely Jodie!
Awwwwww two more favourites, Mary Goffin and Aunty Sarah aka duckeggthreads :-)

Aunty Jane!!!! twowendesdays!!! known this woman for ages, sincec twitter heady days. Just as lovely in real life!
who is this wee chap!!!!why its only Mini Edward no less!
Wow! and Margaret!

they brought the sooper luffly Sharon with them, Mini mini bud loved his Aunty sharon!

The gin bar, what can i say?? just an amazing game changer for this years FOQ! and despite rumours no it wasnt sponsored by me!!

Whats all going on here then? We had arranged to meet at the gin bar at 4.30, and bagged some empty chairs at a table where two other ladies were sitting (i did ask!)  i got there early, gradually folks started arriving and the two ladies moved out a bit, out a bit more, out a bit more. I said we should get a group photo and one of the ladies said she would take it and made a joke about us shoving them out of the table. At that point Mary Goffin screamed "ITS DEBBIE SHORE!!!!" we all looked properly at the lady and blow me it was!!! how super was she! such a sport and good laugh and genuinely lovely lady.

And here she is!

Mini mini Bud, guardian of the gin!

Jen Kingwell folks, Jen blooming Kingwell!!!! lovely lady.

Awwwww Aunty Cath got Bud a panda charm!
Farewell lovely gin and fizz bar, you were amazing!
some final favourite quilts

i think below was Ruths favourite
This lady was in the queue in front of me at the airport, love the bag!
So Panda wallet, pack you safely away till next time
Final haul!

I found these lurking in my rucksack on my way to work!
Awwwww its a farewell to this wee book, i have kept notes of classes and FOQ in here for 3 years now. this was its last FOQ.