Friday, 21 April 2017


Done! I adore this! Such fun. I blogged last year about the fab weekend we spent with the lovely Juliet, @tartankiwi. My sooper lovely chum Ruth and I decided to both make the seahorse pattern at our quilt guild annual retreat to Gartmore.
I chose Lace Mountain by Zandra Rhodes for my fabrics, Ruth had some gorgeous batiks.
I loved the pattern. Such good instructions.
Here is a Frankenstein mash up of our two quilts in progress. Ruth's head and my body!
Some more progress shots of mine.
Ruth loved the pattern so much she bought the small version too!
My top says hello to Ruth's baby seahorse!
Fab fun, great pattern, happy memories

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Going up Doon hill

What a friendly face! It's all a bit Lord of the Rings ish 😊. I've blogged about going to Gartmore house hotel with the quilt guild, they also do really good deals for couples so me and Mr Budsmam headed up there last weekend. We wanted to go a walk before hand so we went up Doon hill 😊 Which is just outside Aberfoyle. There is a fairy shrine at the top, so pretty.
And we saw these cute chaps on the way down.
A lovely day, one to remember.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Liberty, sweet liberty

I had to go to London for a day workshop on referencing software (such is the rock n roll life of a librarian!!) i idly googled fabric shops to see if there were any near by.
Shaukhat.... OMG Shaukhat....  13 mins walk (i timed it...)  from the workshop venue.
Soooooo i went there at lunchtime, and because i had two hours before train going home i went back! I got some funny looks as i petted my haul coming home, worth it though!

FAL Q2 proposed finishes

Oh flippity flip! A week in Verona, a to day trip to London for work then major reconstructive surgery on quilt top mean that I am really pushing it for my Q2 proposed finished ...
Ok here we go, in no particular order!
I made extra blocks for the heart baby quilt so the lady who wanted it could choose what she wanted. The extra ones I made into a top for linus, needs quilted and bound.
I made a bit of progress on putting together the fussy cut blocks but still need quilted and bound.
I have had these Liberty hexies from duck egg threads for three years!! I want to make them into a mini quilt, it shall be so.
More Liberty!! This is a quilt along from honey and bunny, I have all the patterns and the fabric pull just need to DO it!
Aaarrrggghhh this has a deadline! I need to make a placemat - theme oranges and lemons, for the rural by the end of April, I'm fpp ing a pineapple thingy for it.
A roll over but I have made progress in this, this is what I had to do major reconstructive surgery on tonight ... Needs quilted and bound. A quilt for the granddaughter of a lovely lady in the rural.
Oh dear pretty little Italy has been well neglected, needs more attention, need to get a move on, roll over.
String quilt! I finally got on top of my strings and made enough for a siblings together top.
Greek crosses! I managed to get one quilt done for Q1 but I got so many blocks I have enough for another quilt top, make it so.
Ok this is getting stupid, this has been rolled over WAAAY too often, this is the quarter it gets done! These will be a sewtogether for Marshall. 
I have made 35 of the farmers wife 30s blocks, no excuse not to make the rest of them, make it sooooo!
I have a pattern for an improv mosaic, I want to make a Gaudi table runner in these batiks.
Last but certainly not least is my Dutch quilt, I hope to take this to the Cullen retreat, I have a load of Dutch prints and this fab pattern from Petra Prins, this can be done!
Oh bless this wee thing! A panel made at Muckhart needs some Suffolk puffs then made into cushion, no excuse get on with it!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Window displays Verona

I love a nice window display, my poor husband is now quite accustomed to the halting stopping and starting of our walks around new places as I stop to snap something which catches my eye. These are a selection from my recent trip to Verona, we had a day trip to Padua and also to Venice so some from there might have snuck in!