Sunday, 26 November 2017

Smashing my personal best

I seem to have many draft blog posts about works in progress, its high time i got my act together and  finished them! Neve mind its been s good weekend, fairly chilled and relaxed. Im in the step count challenge which is a fun thing, in the last week you are supposed to try and beat your personal best. My personal best was 33,286. This weekend i set out to try and beat that. The paths were icy so i wasnt hopeful but then i forgot about my sheer and utter thrawness .... 😊 I walked to the kelpies, six miles, met Mark there for lunch then walked home again. Lovely day, listened to Murder on the Orient Express from radio 4. It reminded me what liberties the recent film adaptation had taken! Here are some highlights.
I added on about another 1,500 after that pic was taken. Tired but happy.

A month in the country BOM

Oh the force has been strong with this quilter in Q4! Finish of number 11 on my Q4 list this has been a year in the making. The month in the country BOM from Todays Quilter by the rather talented Jo Avery (shes a chum you know :-) i get hugs :-) ) I loved making this, i had a load of animal themed fat quarters, sadly the fair trade fabric shop closed down, i got loads in their sale. It did feature applique which im not terribly great at any more with my stiff wonky old fingers. I just machine appliqued what i could. I do love it, nice and bright. Here is some work in progress:
And here is the finished quilt! Please note that the block second row far left is four small snowflakes. They are waaaaaaaay smaller than they should be as i forgot the “enlarge by 200%”instruction! 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Thistle patch retreat 2017

Sooo, this happened! Blimey it has been the year of the retreat chez budsmam! I knew when i saw Katy publicising her very first Thistle patch retreat that it would be a good un and it was! I booked this up way back in february i think. I loved the fact we could pay by installments, very convenient.
And who the heck could resist a retreat in this stunning part of Scotland??      
You get the picture! Set in the stunning location between Onich and Corran the Inchree chalets were perfect. 
One of the things i loved about the retreat was the relaxed optional classes, enough supplies for them all but you could do your own thing as well.
Catering was provided by Katys fabulous assistants who did us proud. We provided our own alcoholic beverages 😊 
The windowsil of gin 😊
My chalet, i blame my roomie, Catrin ....
Oh yes i had another companion ....
Yup, mini Bud went on his first retreat!
He made chums with lovely Jack
My new sewing machine mat was put to good use
There were classes, pincushion with foldy flaps, I now love Kam snaps !
Pouches, I made a trio
New York beauty, this will become something special I think.
I worked on my snowball twist quilt made with Zen chic true blue layer cake
The lovely organiser, Katy

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Walk on by

Doesnt it just! Its been a funny old weekend, a good one but a funny one. I wasnt surprised to find some snark on facebook, i seem to expect it there, but instagram?? Hey ho, not everyone can understand why your knitted doggie has his own account ....

Anyhoo after much rumination i have decided to cope with this in true budsmam fashion, sticking two digits up at the world and walking on by 😊😊

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

First finish! FAL Q4

You know that thing when you are scrolling through your photos and you realise you did your first finish of Q4 and hadnt noticed!!! Yup - that.
No.3 on my list for Q4 was to make a mini sewing machine in liberty, i did this as my entry for the mini competition at the last Gartmore retreat.
Gertie the Gartmore sheep approves 😀 first tick for Q4

Little wuns

I feel as if I'm just drawing breath at the moment what a helter skelter year 2017 has been .... It seems the world has gone crazy, for a news junky like myself I never thought I would see the time when I would avoid all newspapers, to etc. It's just all too mad just now. Work has finally calmed down and I can look back and think bloody hell, I actually did a fab job in crazy circumstances .... Hey ho I'm just grateful I have a job I (mostly) ! love! 
Friends too, they ebb and flow, pop in and out of your life but that's ok, we can all give and take in different measures at different times and that's cool.
It's weird when you feel your body changing from within, something you thought was a constant sudden isn't. It's ok, bit freaky to begin with but you either go with the flow or the current drags you under and I'm a more go with the flow kind of person!
So let's catch up with some happy happy memories.
I love @bettisstitches she is just the most adorable person and makes the most amazing creatures! So when I was meeting up with the lovely Lynz and Ms Poppins I had to have my tiny creatures meet Lynz tiny creatures!
So Wooly Bob, Mhari the mowse and Lloyd the llama met up with their tiny chums in Alloa, how damn cute are this group!!
Fun and friendship are what's it's all about, those are constants we can rely on!