Monday, 17 July 2017

Orkney - the Italian chapel

I'm on my holibobs .... And not before time too! Might be a lettel bit burned out! Any hoo, me and Scoobs are in Orkney! After a mammoth 7 hour drive and one hour ferry trip we arrived in our cute wee chalets. We can see the sea and the Italian Chapel from our window! The chapel was the first place we visited, oh my goodness, it's not often I'm lost for words but this took my breath away. Beautiful story, Italian prisoners of war built it from two Nissan huts. Look it up on Wikipedia but don't tell my library chums I told you so 😉  
 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Bye bye Rumpy dog

And another twitter chum has gone to visit Bud in his tent. Say hello from me Rumpy dog,  you were a fabulous friend to Jen and June buggy. Run free.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Fraserburgh

Just clearing out pictures on my phone and realised i hadnt used these. I love going home and love the beach and the harbour.  Ill post these up here so i can clear out some room on my phone 😀

These rather imposing doors below are the entrance to what used to be the children's railway tunnel. I loved going on that train as a child.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Breathtaking

Can fabric make you stop in your tracks and hold your breath? Well this can. Its from Japam crafts, it just fills my soul with happiness.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Lunchtime pootle

One of the benefits of an occasional work at home day is getting out to the canals for a lunchtime walk. The path was very pretty today.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Random acts of kindness

I came home to this today lovely chum whom i have only ever met on social media sent me this to help celebrate my good news. People are just so kind.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Proposed finishes for FAL Q3

And we are out of the starters blocks and raring to got for Q3!!! Q3 eh? Blimey 2017 you are fair ramping on. This time I will remember to number my list! Make it easier ...  Number 1 Farmers wife, I am way further ahead than I thought, almost halfway! No excuse now, keep chipping away at it
 
Number 2
Bother its sideways ... Anyhow, I have the pattern for the Aneela Hoey zip up tray, I even made a special trip to get the right zips! I have this left over William and Kate wedding fabric and a Royal loving chum who would love a zip up tray, lets make it so.
 
Number 3
I have been meaning to turn these into an improv mosaic mini, will Q3 be its lucky quarter?
 
 
Number 4
These are left over from the Petra Prins quilt I made last quarter I think they would look fab in this charm square pattern and I think I have enough fabric for it too!
Number 5
I was charmed into buying a fabric marbling kit at the knitting and stitching show this year. This is the sample the man let me keep. I so want to make a flying geese lap quilt like the one he had on display, I have done most of the prep to marble the fabric, just need to find the time to get down to it!
Number 6
Again more left overs! From a lovely Japanese fabric quilt I made, these are destined for a sewtogether bag.
Number 7
I seem to have aquired a rather unhealthy amount of charm packs .... Some of these are over three years old! I will not buy any new ones till I clear out some old ones, this will make a nice little lap quilt.
 
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Number 8
My local church is always looking for sale items so these next charm packs will become table runners for them
Number 9
Table runners for the church sale
Number 10
Table runners for the church sale.
   
 
   
   
   

Christine's kitchen

 
 
I have blogged about the finished quilt for the Finish along linky party but I wanted a slightly longer post just to remind myself how much I loved making this quilt, all foundation pieced using up some of my precious liberty hoard :-)







Thursday, 29 June 2017

Thats how wonderful looks

For sic years now I've been posting selfies saying "just had check up still in remission 😀" i had my last official check up on Tuesday.  So posted my last one, the consultant told me " i take great pleasure in kicking you out and saying we dont want to see you again " people were so kind and helped me celebrate. lovely Lesley said about my selfie. "thats how wonderful looks"
I went and had afternoon tea with Mark and drank prosecco.  We often went for afternoon tea when i was sick but i was never able to drink. I know there may still be challenges ahead but for now im smiling and still dancing 🎶 😀🍸🍸🍷🍷

Monday, 26 June 2017

2nd greek cross quilt

Phew! I didn't think I would get this one ticked off my FAL Q2 list but I did! I didn't stress about the quilting just straight squiggly across and down.
I had been given enough of these blocks from the lovely ladies of the siblings together quilt bee to make a second quilt top, I just needed a few more blocks to complete it. After raiding my stash of blues I got it finished ....ermmmm 10 minutes ago!
squeaking in for the linky party.

Petra prins Dutch quilt

Another quite massive tick off the FAL Q2 list!! When we had a trip to Amsterdam last year I had a trip to the Petra Prins shop. I have always loved her reproduction dutch fabric. The yellows and purples and dusky pinks just sing to me!
I wanted to make a quilt from one of her books, unfortunately I developed joint problems and was slightly daunted by the gazillion and one HSTs ..... plus all the rotary cutting.
Never fear, the fiskars rotary cutter guillotine thingy is perfect as is the clingy thing, clearly perfect angles. I only had to trim about 2 out of every dozen triangles I made and I think that was because I hadn't been too accurate in the initial cutting - sorted!
The original center of the quilt was hand appliqued, well that is out for me, my shonky old joints couldn't cope so I found this foundation paper pieced pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy, perfect!

I took it up to a quilting retreat up in Cullen and got cracking, the finished quilt is on its way to siblings together.