Sunday, 16 October 2016

First finish for Q4!!!

Ok all I had to do was sew down the binding but it's still a finish! And my first tick from my Q4 list 😊😊 My mam asked me to make her a makers tote after she saw the one I use to carry my craft stuff around in. I saw this fun fabric at the FOQ and decided to make one for me too. Fabulous pattern from Noodlehead. Love it and mine is in use already 😊😊              

Sunday, 9 October 2016

FAL 2016 Q4

Blimey!! When did it get to Q4?? Ok first up is NOT the silk quilt!! Sorry still have to mention it because as my longest ever wip it's now no longer on the list!! Thank you FAL for sticking with me and making me get this one done! Right so what is really on the list!
This one has to be, almost finished, I've been in the scrappy trip around the world bee for years now! I think it has almost reached its end though. These are my latest blocks. This one will be a siblings together quilt. Just got to quilt and bind it.
Next up some fab house blocks from the stitchgathering. These will be another quilt for siblings together.
What next? Well I just have to finish the binding on these two makers totes. One for me and one for my mams Xmas.
These hexies have been kicking around for well over a year. They need to get made into something!  Probably a linus quilt don't think there are enough for another siblings together quilt.
What next? I think I had this on the Q1 list, I really want to make a quilt for each holiday we have been on. Morocco still needs to be ticked off, I want to make one from the Kaffe Fassett Morocco book, I have the fabric.
I'm just waiting for my chum to confirm sizes then I can make her a knitting needle case from this.
I also really need to make this. When I was in America almost two years ago I am not normally a fan of these colours or patterns but I gained a lot of respect for the traditional American quilts. So this need to get done.
I found a conversion for the sewtogether bag to make a mini sew together bag! My lovely chum Marshall bought me this fabric years ago so I want to make her a mini sewtogether from this lovely fabric.
Right this has to be last, again from the trip to America, I found a lovely pattern for a 30s mini quilt with little embroideries on it. I have made two out of the twelve embroideries so I need to get a wiggle on with this!
Right I think that is more than enough!!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Stitchgathering 2016

There are events which punctuate my quilting year. The festival of quilts has become an annual semi colon along with the Cullen quilt retreat. The Edinburgh Modern quilt guild jaunt to Gartmore house looks to become a staple too. And then there is the stitchgathering! Wow what an amazing event. Organised by the lovely Jo Avery of Mybearpaw this has become the sewing event of the year in Scotland! Every year I don't think Jo could make it any better but it just keeps on getting more and more sooper awesome! A meal out on the Saturday night is now a regular occurance. A pre event to break the ice and have a few laughs.  
Above is the gorgeous Pam who made have led me astray on the old alcohol front .... Not that I need much leading astray mind next to her is the gorgeous Lucy from Skinnymalinky fabrics. 
Below is the sooper Nicky Eglinton and the lovely Mrs Moog who had a stinking cold poor soul. That did not stop her having a huge laugh though! Great night.
There were swaps !! This is the stunning badge I got from @cuckooblue the lovely Poppy how ace is this!
                                          This is the potholed I made for @theoriginaltrash I loved making it.   
                                    There was a badge swap! I got a boob full of badges 😊😊 thanks to @gingerscribble for organising that one.  
This was my badge, me and my lovely boy Bud. 
Morning class was with Julie Rutter @forestpoppy we were making bucket totes. Great pattern really good instructions.
There was a show and tell at lunchtime where I got to show off the silk quilt which was finished the day before!
The afternoon was spent with the amazing Trudi Wood attempting to master Free motion quilting! I won't say it's mastered yet but I am feeling way more confident now after Trudis expert advice!!
The ticket this year was a house block, this is mine.
I took away 20 of the blocks to put together for a siblings together quilt. Watch this space for progress on that!
There was a tombola at lunchtime! Look what I got a Threadhouse pattern from Lynn Goldsworthy!
And of course there was the goody bag!! Every year I think Jo can't make it any better but she does. Huge thanks to the sponsors.
Huge huge thanks to the sponsors, goodness the goody bag just gets better and better every year!! So many thanks to:

Friday, 30 September 2016

OMG!!!!! It's off the FAL2016 list!!!! Silk is done ....

This is going to be a loooooong post but then again this has been my longest ever WIP it was on My FAL Q3 list and it had been on every FAL list for 6 count them 6 years!! So forgive me, indulge me or skip to the end or go and read another blog 😊
It started at the FOQ seven years ago. My chum Irene came running up to me saying there was this amazing lady demoing the most fantastic techniques. Intrigued I went to here stand and met the lovely Pauline Ineson, we both bought her book:

We both thought this was an amazing quilt to make and bought all the silk and calico and other stuff needed for it. I got stuck in and made a few of the test blocks, even made this box to hold the blocks in.  

So I got stuck in and made the center block  

I even made a blue version as a mini for a swap.  

I did two other blocks, the applique and the cut work ones  


  And theeeeeennnnnn I hit a wee glitch, well ok I got struck down with stage four cancer .... Cue six months

chemo. If you know anything about chemo you will know it does affect your cognitive processes, it saves your life - whoop whoop! But concentrating on something as involved as this was out of the question for at least 18 months. Ok I felt I could get back to this eventually but it did seem like a huge mountain to climb, might have been the addition of middle aged hormones .... So I did a few more blocks. The puffing one time four    

Then I hit another speed bump. So I took it to a quilt retreat and spent the entire weekend working on the corner trapunto bloc, times four ...    

 I had put this on the FAL list yet again this year and at this
point I knew there was precious little chance of me ever ticking it off, or was there?? With the help of a wonderful cheer leading team (yes you Archie!!) I determined to finish it this year, so I stopped everything else and just concentrated on this and this alone! Soooooooo


  Oh god the one above almost broke me, really it did ....  


Ohhhh am I done?? Just got to put it together .... Cue a mahoosive amount of quilt wrangling ...  


Righty Ho! Just a few wee borders to put on, no probs there eh???  


Wrangle wrangle wrangle  


Oh? Is it done?? Sniff, *gets misty eyed* I took it along to the stitchgathering where folks were nice and said it was pretty 😊 Here is me and Jo showing it off at the show and tell.    


Would you like a fuller picture of it??? Well hold on a minute I'll get my long suffering husband to hold it over the balcony (he's a keeper)    


  I do love it, it feels weird not having it kicking around the sewing room it's been a part of my sewing life for so long, while I was sick it was a beacon, something which would mark me *being well again* then it just seemed like a bit of an albatross. Now it's more like a  rite of passage. And oh my goodness didn't I learn soooooo much about my sewing machine!! 14 quid this book cost and I learned about £500 of sewing lessons from it. So thank you Pauline for your wonderful book which led to my lovely quilt, I do love it. I will finish off with this pic of the blue mine I made simply because this stupid blogging app won't let me delete it! But it is pretty 😊😊😊😊 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Next finish for FAL2016 Q3 sisters 10

Next up from my list for Q3 is this lovely! One of the quilt groups I go to the Muckhart quilters decided to make the Sisters 10 quilt from the Gen X blog.  I had a batik fat eigth pack from my trip to America last year I thought this would be be an ideal use for it. I love the setting, I found the perfect batik for the background at the FOQ last year.  Here it is all bound and quilted and ready to go to siblings together.   

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Lone star, ticked off FAL2016 Q3 list

 First tick from My Q3 list!!   I have wanted to make a lone star quilt for as long as I can remember. I have tried and failed miserably several times. When I saw the fab Jo Avery from Mybearpaw craft     was doing a class on her lone star quilt I knew this was my chance. I really needed a colour boost at that time too so settled on some of my precious Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the star. Off I toddled and we got started! Loving it!
                        All it needed was quilted and bound!  I wanted to give it to Siblings together and knew the lovely Nicky was picking up quilts from the Stitch gathering for them so I got a wiggle on and hey presto!