Friday, 26 August 2016


So buy much at this years festivsl of quilts then?? Above was just day one 😊😊😊
Above was the final haul, Whoah yes baby I went for it!
Below is mini Bud fondling the goods ...
Show and tell back at the hotel 😊😊😊
Best tee shirt?
Slight drama at airport when I lost my drivers licence .... They let me travel on my cineworld unlimited card ! I kid ye not!
Till next year 😊😊😊

Monday, 22 August 2016

A weekend with Sarah Fielke

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!
I may have needed to calm down a bit after this ...
Just a wee reminder to myself of where I stayed, Pollock halls, not too bad! Would recommend, fab breakfast too!
My wonky letters! 
Hawaiian applique... Now I don't do applique but when you get the chance to learn from Sarah Fielke well....
It was an amazing weekend, Ab Fab!

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.
 Sandra is a crochet genius! She crocheted this amazing space helmet! She actually made up the pattern herself! Those are some skillz 😊😊😊 
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!
 Loooooook! Evelyn even made a soup dragon! 
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.
I spotted this shoe shop display, I do love a good display.
Tatty bye for now Amsterdam I hope to come back and visit soon!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

FAL 2016 Q3

Well there were quite a few finishes in Q2 shall we see what we can do in Q 3?? This has to be top of the list, the good old silk quilt, this one is getting done this year no more rolling over!
What next? Right the line star only needs quilting and binding .... hollow laughter ... Only she says!
    After that the sisters 10 BOM I did with the muckhart ladies this year, again only needs quilt and bound .... See above ...  
    I promised to make a knitting needle carrier for a lovely chum from this fabric so that needs doing.
 I am not rolling over anything else because if I don't finish the silk quilt this year I think I may get more than a hard stare from Archie the wonder dog 😉  
Ooooppppppsssss can I edit and add this one?? I am due some more bee blocks this month and that will finish off this quilt top, will go to linus, a summery happy one!

Testing testing

Blogsy is dead .... *sniff* I loved blogsy, but it was too ahead of itself, I mean why would you want to import images from all our social media accounts? Daft i know ... So I'm trying out some new apps. Let's see what this one is like? I've managed to put in one image from a recent walk, let's try another ...
Ooooohhhh ok, looking not to bad, let's try one more then publish.
I like seeing cows on my walks 😊 Oh this app allows me to put in emojis! That's nice.  

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Smashing my personal best



I'll admit I'm struggling here, still in shock after the referendum and the subsequent fall out. What have we done ...

So I'll retreat here, Chez Budsmam and try and make some sense of it all.

I try and keep fit, exercise you know the best anti depressant. Where I work we enter the step count challenge and this time the last weekly challenge was to smash your personal best.

Problem was my previous PB was 30,766 steps ... We were in Paris on holiday and had spent the day sightseeing. We got to the airport Charles de Gaulle which is long anyway and we got on the plane we got off the plane and eventually it was cancelled and we had to walk to a hotel. Hence the 30k plus steps.

Soooo how do I beat that? Well it started off with this:


So I just put on my walking shoes and walked.

I made some lovely new chums along the way:


I love the cow far right , looks a bit of a rebel.

Hello Mr Snail!


Pretty paths, but soon the half way mark was reached.


Oops upside down, time for a cuppa and a scone.

I did take a picture but accidentally deleted it.

Ooohhh what's this?? People abseiling off the falkirk wheel?




Man I would love to give that a go!! Next challenge perhaps.

Mmmmmm steak.


Poppies, pretty.


I level this bit of Bonnybridge. There is a wee monument to a resident who kept this bit of the canal bank looking pretty.


Bit further along we come to a lock.


Pretty huh? I love where I live.

Sooo did I do it?