Saturday, 15 June 2019

Lets all run away to the Fairy Tale Castle

Irene and I always wanted to run away to the circus, when the going gets tough and work and the menopause are kicking your butt then it always seemed like a good idea!
But now we want to run away to the Fairy Tale Castle, Jacky is going to join us and you are all welcome too!
So this was number 8 on my Q2 FAL list I won the pattern in the FAL from Blossom Heart quilts, a lovely fairy tale castle and the size of it seemed ideal for the Alice Caroline SOS quilts, she wants 54x90 max, a very rectangular quilt so this tall thin pattern is ideal.
 The backing is lawn from stand fast and barracks, the lovely Pam got this for me, it's sweetie wrappers 😊

Saturday, 1 June 2019

May Furtling

Bother! a day late .... sorry! so what happened in May???
well i ran 5k and raised over 2k for race for life :-) i know that is not crafty or quilty but in a sense it is because the majority of that fundraising was done via instagram and my lovely crafty chums.
Killearn! we had a fabulous sewing day, this is the back of a quilt top made by Katy Cameron (the littlest thistle) i love the way a quilt top can look like stained glass.
Oh yes it was my turn to be queen for the siblings together sewing bee! i chose a nice simple but i think very effective block, a six inch HST made with a low volume square paired with a nine patch made of blue green yellow palette with some red etc dotted about. Love them, they are coming in thick and fast, watch next months furtle for some progress!
Wot else????? oh yes, took delivery of this little beauty! a singer featherweight. I was chatting to the ladies at Killearn saying my lightweight travel sewing machine was showing its age and what should i do about a new one. Well for a new one i got a 70 year old machine instead! how gorgeous is she. Fiona Betti she has been christened. I am loving getting to know her.
 Ahhh yes still ploughing on with this one .... It will be fab when its finished but honestly 64 NYB blocks, what was i thinking ....
 Ah of course! i met up with the lovely Elaine (greenandscratchy) at the Gillian Cooper open day in Balfron. she gave me some brilliant books and fabric for my charity quilts. Quilters are just fab.

 Mini mini bud realised that some of his new followers on IG didnt know all the family so he started a series of posts introducing them, here is anxious panda.
 !!!!!!! oh budsmam you total drama queen! and yes gin had been consumed! my last picture aged 54, not bad if i say so myself :-)
 First picture aged 55!!!! wearing my "queen for a day" birthday card from the utterly fabulous Jacky MacBeth.
 Right more introductions, Mr Lloyd the Llama hes a bit of a dude.
 OK OK i know its not crafty but it was my birthday and i do love my scoobs.
 Now this is crafty, here is scoobs picking his fabric for his fairy tale castle :-) look at that concentration!!!!
 Tres dramatique scoobs!
 And here are five of them put together. Top left was chosen by our very own Archie!

 The last one was chosen by Betti, by this time i was well in my swing of making it. Fabulous pattern by Blossom Heart quilts. I won it in the finish along so its fitting it is included in my current finish along list! Watch this space for some husbands holding quilts action soon!

Did i mention I pattern tested??? well i did! for Needle plus thread, love this pattern, so easy to put together, i will make more of these but only when it goes on an official list!
 Last but not least is my latest block for the Carolyn Forster BOM for todays quilter. I may have messed up a bit with the templates but is till love it!
See you next month! happy furtling!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Emmaline retreat bags

And its another finish!!! im racking them up this quarter! This was no 15 from my Q2 list
Now its no secret that i love an Emmaline retreat bag and i was fed up of boring storage for my WIPs (and there are sooooo many of those)
So I decided to knock up a few more Emmaline retreat bags to store them in.
I used my favourite ever Japanese fabric for the first.

I had enough Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric for one half of a bag, so i used the bow fabric for the other half.

For the final one i used up the last of my botanics fabric i bought at festival of quilts either last year or the year before.
They are all now happily stuffed with WIPs :-)

Race for Life 2019

Well that was fun!!!! (did you see me ring the bell!)

I knew i wanted to do the race for life this year. The Rheumatoid arthritis is under control but its not going to get better! I wanted to run one last race before things progress. If i get to run some more - great! if i cant then at least i #madeitabelter !!!
I downloaded the NHS couch to 5k app, its fabulous, hearing Sanjeev Kholi cheering me on while training was ace.
I put up the just giving page about 3 weeks before the race. i was a bit hesitant to put a target of £500 as i thought that was a bit ambitious ..... ahhhh foolish Budsmam you forget the fabulous people you know!
I put my whole story on the just giving page. Its taken me a while to be able to articulate it even in outline and in a lighthearted way. I did approach chemo with the whole "feck if this is the last six months of my life im going out with a bang" attitude but the aftermath, when everyone thinks you are happy and better, well those were the darkest days when reality hits and you know that you are blooming grateful to still be here but you have to pick up the pieces of your broken body and try and see what you can do with it.
Anyhoo, im still doing pretty well! ach yes the old Rheumatoid Arthritis, lets not forget that eh???!!! I think it was Bette Davis who said "old age aint for sissys" (please pardon politically incorrect language but it is so apt) well its not for the faint hearted, but its here i need to deal with it so deal with it i blooming well will do.
right back to Race for life. I thought the hashtag #letsmakeitabelter was apt. I started posting daft pictures of my training and me in my chemo hats:

and i watched ...

What the whattity!



I was of course ably assisted in my fundraising my my felty/knitted chums :-)

Its now currently standing at £1780 plus £377.50 gift aid ...... to say i am blown away is an understatement! Every donation had a story, someone they loved who had gone or was undergoing treatment. I cried a lot. Some people apologised for "only" donating a fiver or a tenner,  i cried at that too. All those fivers and tenner add up to well over 2k and a fiver is a huge amount,  i loved every single donation. I have to mention though a childhood sweetheart (he adored me when i was 5 years old!!!!) he donated a hundred to get me up to 1.5k, Gary Masson you are still a sweetheart! His mother survived breast cancer.
The day itself was everything i wanted it to be. The weather was glorious, there were springy lambs in the fields
The venue is hopetoun house just outside Edinburgh, its a gorgeous stately home.

We  have our routine for the race for life. Ower Scoobs helps me on with my number and back sign.

I managed to run most of the race which was my hope from the start, my time was 40 minutes which was respectable i think. Anyhoo the main thing is that i did it!

Last ritual is a burger and a cup of tea at the burger van with the wonderful Scoobs. He is at every finish line for me.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Budsmam and Scoobs staycation

Me and my lovely scoobs, will only have one full holiday together this year. Scoobs is going on an epic walk later this year which is taking up all of his holidays. So we wanted to keep this cheap and low key as possible. We decided to use up the last few months of our National Trust membership and go round some stately homes :-)
First up Culzean Castle. Lovely grounds, the inside was nice but a bit samey if you know what i mean?

 How fabulous is this wallpaper!

 It was also my Scoobs birthday! happy borthday my scoobs!

Next up was my favourite of the week the Tenement house in Glasgow. Its a flat in a Tenement where Miss Toward live for almost 70 years until the 70s. It has been lovingly restored and its like stepping back in time.

Pollock house was next and it was nice but there were some rather "over enthusiastic" volunteer guides who did spoil it a bit, really nice wall paper though.

Last but not least is Gladstones land an old house on the Royal mile in Edinburgh which has fab ceilings.

 On the Thursday i also got to reunite with my floofy pal Rocco! there was a leaving party for an old friend at QMU so I took the opportunity to reunite with my floofy chum.
 Well what better way to round off a super staycation than by seeing the fabulous Sue, her lovely husband David and the gorgeous Boo. Mini mini Bud agrees :-)