Sunday, 28 August 2016
I have mixed feelings about swaps. Some I have absolutely adored others are a bit .... Meh. I think it's a bit 50/50 s to how well the swap is organised and how your partner communicates. I am always terrified I don't put up enough inspiration, hit like enough, comment enough. Sometimes, for me anyway it can end up being a chore and I'm sure that's not how it's supposed to be. But I think that is more down to my own insecurities. Anyway I'm in one just now, my brief from my partner has been scanty to say the least! I suppose though that gives me more leeway which I think is the reason behind the scanty info. Anwway the brief is, traditional sampler style, fabric has not got to be too fussy. I started thinking of mini farmers wife.
I really really had to raid my stash to find fabrics that weren't fussy! You know me I love pattern!
Friday, 26 August 2016
So buy much at this years festivsl of quilts then?? Above was just day one 😊😊😊
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Monday, 22 August 2016
Flipping heck this was over a month ago!! In my defence chez budsmam has been immersed in planning for husbands (our Scoobs 😊) trip to Iceland. Right back to the proper quilty stuff! I blogged a lot about this weekend over at the Edinburgh modern quilt guild blog, so I feel a bit blogged out about it! Still, looking back I can still feel a thrill at seeing this one in the fabric flesh. Dotty Dresden and all time favourite of mine.
Whirlygig! Oh man I am soooo going to make this one!
Just a wee reminder to myself of where I stayed, Pollock halls, not too bad! Would recommend, fab breakfast too!
Sunday, 31 July 2016
Awwwww how could you resist these wee guys! Do you remember the clangers? I loved them. I also love the rural, the SWI, formerly known as the SWRI .... And in the name change there lies a big long tale which I won't go into now. It's always the rural to me 😊.
There are always lots of competitions throughout the year and I always try to pitch in with some sewing efforts if I can. They usually have a theme and this years one was "look to the future" we really scratched our heads about this but came up with a retro space agey theme. Evelyn made the fabulous Clangers set above! The knit your own Clangers book came from our local public library.
Space invaders!! This is the cross stitch entry from Valerie, love the use of the blue background fabric.
Here is my effort a space age retro sew together bag!
Final entry was this stunning space card, it even folds flat!
This is the group entry all together, we will find out between now and September if we have won anything, but of course it's the taking part that counts ..... Yeah right 😉
Sunday, 17 July 2016
AhhHhhh Amsterdam, sigh, it seems so long ago yet it was less than a week ago!
We seemed to spend a lot of time doing this .....
But oh my goodness Amsterdam really does know how to do beer!
My husband and I couldn't get a whole fortnight off together because he is using up most of his holidays trekking across Iceland, as you do ... So I took a fortnight off and we had a long weekend in the middle. We needed to keep costs down as he is spending a small fortune on the Iceland trip! So we decided on a long weekend in Amsterdam.
I wasn't to bothered about anything other than getting to this shop!
I spent a small fortune in there, but that's for another blog post 😊
Whoops there's another beer, where did that come from?
On a more serious note, it was very poignant to see the auschwitz memorial, especially with the rise of anti semitism in these uncertain times.
We went to the Dutch resistance museum which was an amazing and sobering visit. There was one tale of a woman who was jailed for not handing over money to the Germans, she was given the task of darning the soldiers socks, she darned the tops shut. That takes some amount of courage and sheer thrawness to do that.
Amsterdam was busy and beautiful, I wouldn't say it's my favourite European city but I felt very comfortable here.
Another favourite visit was the Van Loon museum, it was a restored merchants house, it had a beautiful garden and coach house.
Tatty bye for now Amsterdam I hope to come back and visit soon!