Monday, 20 August 2012

Festival Fever!

We are back after a wonderful 2 weeks in Scotland - we had some of the best weather I have ever known in the UK. It was dry, hot and sunny nearly every day.  The first week was spent near Stirling and we had a great time in the area known as the Trossachs, including a day cruise on Loch Katrine.  I have been nagging my husband about going on cruise for a while and so he called my bluff - he says this will have to count as  my cruise!!

Also visited the Falls at Killin - I can see that the pics I took will make good material for paintings.

Then we moved to Edinburgh for the 2nd week where the Festival is in full swing - this is an amazing event with lots of street performers as well as all the Fringe comedy and music events and the Edinburgh Book Festival. We have been going for many years and always enjoy the bustle and excitment but this year the weather made it even better- it felt like we were on the continent with outdoor cafes and events. We saw a couple of shows but the best was definately Tim Vine who is  great comic performer.

So it was back home and catch up with the garden and the washing.  I was able to complete my Dresden Fan quilt before I went away but did not have time to post.
I am really pleased with it and the back looks very good so my free motion is definately improving.

 Also made three pin cushions for a quilt show stall at the end of the month. I could get addicted to making these biscornu pattern pin cushions. Also made a simple crochet doll which now needs some clothes

Whilst away I have got on well with my Crochet Fusion Blanket and have only one more strip to add before  starting on the crochet border.  Also made a candle mat using a paper piercing pattern I came across. So lots of hand stitching but itching to get back on the machine!

Before the holiday I was invited to join another quilt group - The Mowbray Quilters and attended my first meeting. They are a lovely group and it was lovely to be made to feel so welcome.  My other group has suddenly attracted quite a few new members so I volunteered to make us name badges to help us get to know one another so that has been my first task since getting back. 

 Now it is time to get down to making the large embroidered quilt which I have a commission for.   Lots of exciting projects on blogs but I'm trying to limit myself to joining in too many - I always enjoy Cheryll's at Gone Stitching - she has a new Black and White bag one this month -which I have joined and of course the Santa Sack swap is ongoing.  So a good holiday and its still WARM and SUNNY !!!