Saturday, 2 June 2012

Crazy Days.....

I swear if my life gets any crazier I'm going to hand myself in at the asylum before they send a truck to pick me up! 

Before I say anything else here's a photo of the very last block of Boys Story....


just got to attach it to it's pals and the quilt top is done... fini... complete.    Phew!!    Now I've just got to do battle with this beast and get it quilted.   Apologies for Chris's wellington boots making it into the photo and the free advertising for Morrisons supermarket. 

Tilly visited for almost a week.   I was counting on some more free labour in the garden but the weather got in the way.   We had a heatwave.  It actually got hot in Scotland... can you believe that!  So hot that we just couldn't go outside.   Not during the hours of daylight anyway and as for going out in the dark - it gets really spooky here what with the Owls and the Bats etc!

For some strange reason Tilly did more sewing than me.   She finished off both of these....



I particularly like the little rabbit pincushion.  It's the same design I stitched but Tilly did hers with one strand of cotton over one thread of fabric.  That is one midget rabbit..... and I  thought I was OCD!

Tilly, Chris, Sally and I went on an away day too.   We travelled down to the the North East of England to visit a couple of quilt stores.... what else.   First off we hit the The Fat Quarters.......


That's Chris and Sally on the outside looking in.  I hadn't a clue they were out there till I saw the photo.  Maybe they'd gone outside to get some fresh air.  Fabric fumes are dangerous after all... a girl can so easily loose control of her senses not to mention her credit card. 

With such temptation.....




It's a wonder we didn't blow our credit limits!   I was very good.  I limited myself to 10 fat quarters to top up my Dear Jane stash.... a packet of 1/2" hexie papers and  this stitchery pattern by Kathy Schmitz.  It reminded me of home.

We discovered a new Yarn Store had opened right next door.  Of course we had to have a look in there too.....

it's called Woolaballoo  great name eh!   Wool fumes must behave just like fabric ones because both Chris and I left with enough cotton yarn to knit a dozen baby beanie hats.   Heck.... I don't even know any babies!  The hats are really cute though and the yarn colours are gorgeous.

Next stop was Just Quilting and another lovely selection of fabrics.  Sadly the photo's I took inside didn't come out too well so you'll just have to take my word that it's a lovely friendly store with a gorgeous selection of fabrics.   Does this remind you of anything?......


It should do..... it's the quilt pattern that I bought at the Edinburgh Quilt Show last September


the version at Just Quilting was made in Etchings by Three Sisters for Moda.   Hummm... now I can't decide which one I like best.... no surprise there.

Well... that's it for the quilty stuff.    Lots of other things happened like my old faith full 4x4 chose this week to play up.  Have to say it's the first time ever she's been temperamental.   She's been stopping and refusing to start again on and off all week until yesterday when she just took the huff and refused to start at all.  It didn't help that I was 40 miles from home at the time.  It could have been worse.... I suppose.

I'm busy trying to decorate the conservatory now that the external repairs have been done and we are watertight again.  Problem is I just bought the small white table and two chairs that you can see in the first photo and now I'm far more interested in making a quilted cloth for the table than repairing plasterwork and painting.

I bought  this PDF pattern today....


my very first Schnibbles pattern.  I think it'll be perfect cover for my new table.... what do you think?

Ok.... I'd better go now.  It's getting late and I desperately need to get some beauty sleep.   I must work in the conservatory tomorrow so all hope of playing with my Schnibbles pattern is going to have to go on hold till Monday.

Hope you are having a great weekend where you are.   It's the Queens Diamond Jubilee this weekend...  didn't she do well.   God Save The Queen.... bless her cotton socks!


See ya soon....  be good
Hugs
Josie

9 comments:

shez said...

love your post Josie,you should be a writer,love all your quilt shop pics it looks a lovely shop.xx

marina said...

well done making it to the last block!! Wooohoo. Love Tilly's pincushions too, that bunny one is on my to do list.
Hope you recovered from the fabric and wool fumes.
Happy Schnibbling!

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Congratulations on the last block of Boy Story. Looking forward to seeing them all together. Love the pincushion to. Perfect Schnibbles. hugs

Charlie and Wendy said...

Well done with the BS quilt, getting closer to a finish. Love the shop pictures and Tily's cross stitch. And your new pattern look perfect for the new table.

Anonymous said...

Sally and Chris were outside the shop trying to avoid (not very successfully it would appear ) the manic photographer who was inside.That aside a great day out was had by us and the stash was added to !!!

Ellen said...

Well done getting your block finished up. Looks like a fun day spent together - I just bet you gals had a blast!

LuAnn said...

Looks like a fun trip...nothing better than fabric, yarn and good friends!

Tatkis said...

Your quilt block is beautiful, and all those shops are just fantastic inside :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Nicky said...

I loved reading this post, so much news from you Josie.
Well done on that last BS block (not that kind of BS of course!)
Good luck on choosing the colour way for your quilt pattern, they are both beautiful....