Sunday, 24 February 2013

Great Escape!

It was touch and go for a while this week but Lady Luck was on my side and I made it to Edinburgh for the quilt show.

I picked up Lucy and Sally and headed for the Capital where we met up with Kitty and this pair.....


Recognise Tilly on the right there?  Doesn't she clean up well!    That's the lovely Pat Archibald on the left. Super talented quilter/teacher and all round nice person.    Tilly was helping man the booth for Pat while she taught her mini workshops.

Seemed to me that there were less quilts on display this time and many of the best ones had a 'No Photography' request posted against them.   Such a shame because there were some beauties I'd have loved to have shown you.

This one really took my fancy......


I'd love a real jug like this one......


and I'd love to be able to hand quilt so beautifully too.

It was made by Clare Kingslake.   You can't buy the pattern for this particular hanging but she has a similar jug pattern for sale on her site .... if it takes your fancy.

Loved these baskets too....


the fabrics are woven just like a real basket.   Would you believe I have the pattern for this quilt.......one day I'll have a go at it.   It's another of Clare's patterns which if I remember rightly was featured in a past Quilt Mania magazine.

Here's another one......


Guess I really was a basket case on Friday! I've had the pattern for this one for a couple of years too.   Think when I make it I'll leave out the hanging hearts and birds and just go for the basket on the shelf.... square it up a bit.    I know just where I'd like to hang it too.....

OK..... I blew the fabric diet... again!


In my defence.... traditional looking fabrics are hard to get around here.   How could I not buy them?

I really needn't have bought these......


but when did need have anything to do with it.    You can tell I was having a Folk Art Friday!   Reckon the Bag Bug got me again.

How about this......


A little peek at our new car!   It's not much of a peek but I'll get a better photo when I'm out somewhere scenic.  It finally arrived last Monday... been waiting since November for it to get here. Haven't had a new car for  10 years so there are lots of new things to test my intelligence in this one.... like 6 gears!!    Still.... it tells me when it wants to change gear and which one it wants to change to so there is hope for us as a team.

Really enjoyed the drive to Edinburgh in it....  not sure the girls did though!  Well... it's a learning curve!

See that strange bird lurking in the branches next to the car?    It's not a native bird...... it's plastic!    Mac has a penchant for plastic birds.   Here's another one.....


see that beady eye..... I'm certain there's a spy camera in there.    I swear I've seen it's head swivel.  Just look at it..... don't you think it's watching you?

Mac's plastic menagerie includes a range of birds, bugs and beasties.   Balanced.... nailed and glued everywhere it's possible to balance, nail or glue one.    There's even a plastic stags head that hangs outside the kitchen door!    It's not a problem..... as long as I can avoid talking to them!!!

Bagpuss ventured out of hibernation this week......


He's swapped the duvet for his favourite vantage point on the back of the sofa.    Looks like he's wondering if he should go back to bed.... till April!

No sewing to show you this week.... what little I managed to do.... is secret!

The BUG is still hanging on.   The only thing I find funny about it is this.......


Cracks me up every time ;o)

OK.... you know the drill.   I have to get my hour of TV before bed and I'm running late.   Will it be Gibbs.... or Bones... or Criminal Minds.....  decisions... decisions!

Have fun and don't do anything I wouldn't do...... gives you plenty of scope!

See ya soon
Hugs
Josie

13 comments:

Connie said...

Hi Josie. I also like traditional fabrics so I would agree that you needed to make your purchases. :)

I enjoyed your post and your photos. Connie

Lynda said...

Such a shame you couldn't photograph more quilts - those that you showed are magnificent. Lots of lovely shopping too - can't let an opportunity like shopping at a quilt show go by. Those plastic birds gave me a giggle.

Raewyn said...

Great eye-candy and buying time was had by all I think. You do realise that diets are made to be broken, don't you......a bit like resolutions! I remember you saying that the car was coming - sounds like you will have fun in it - he he.
Fun post - take care - get better soon!

Leanne said...

When you see something you like you just have to go for it Josie, So glad you had a good day with yuor friends, Your new car looks very nice. I did giggle at the birds in the trees,

Shirley said...

hey Josie, guess what! I have the bag kit for the first bag on the left. Love their stand. I can see that when they come to Exeter I shall be parting with some cash straight away. Some great eye candy. What make is your new car? I am not good at recognising models, only colours!! You obviously are not hitting that bug hard enough.

Charlie and Wendy said...

All the quilts are gorgeous, I agree with you, the basket on the shelf would be enough. Lots of lovely fabrics and patterns. Funny story about the birds in the trees!

Diane-crewe said...

of course you HAD to buy the fabrics and patterns ... you may never have the chance again! Enjoy your new car x I had a new one last year... thought I was an astronought for a while!! Soon got used to it though xx lol x

Susan said...

A quilt show in Edinburgh sounds impossibly perfect to this colonial. Lovely fabrics, I wouldn't have resisted them either.

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous quilts, and it is a shame you were not able to take photos of others. You definitely needed to do some buying - otherwise when you got home you would just have needed those very fabrics for a project. That ad is so funny.

Lynda said...

I do love quilt shows! Love the woven basket. I bet a lot of people think those birds are real when they first see them. Fun idea.

Grethe said...

Nice to see and read! Bird and Cat and Blocks! The bag patterns from Angela are good, must make one soon! Great sparkeling colours and blocks on your last post as well:-)

Kindred Quilts said...

Wow... quite the show of quilts... especially love the woven baskets! I recognize some of those same fat quarters... you have great taste! Have fun motoring around in your new wheels!

shez said...

your posts make my day Josie love your buys especially the car,have fun.xx