Monday, March 13, 2017

We'll take some honey and plenty of money...

Because of the news (Scotland's going to have another referendum for independence AND I JUST CAN'T STAND IT) I shall concentrate on quilts for the moment. My aim was to make one for Grandson with the leftover bits from Mr Life's railway quilt, including the four-patches that I somehow made too small.

And here's the finished top, pre-quilting. I did buy some extra material - the fabric for the red sashing and the blue borders - and I'd previously bought the turquoise fabric with traffic lights, telephone boxes and lampposts with the vague idea of doing something for Grandson. But otherwise I used up scraps.  So thrifty. Ish.

Grandson's favourite colour is red - which is just as well as it turns out. It's actually not such a scarlet shade as it looks in the quilt top photo. Possibly the photo above gives a clearer impression.

I'm very much a beginner and I learn something with every (simple) quilt that I make. In this case, I've discovered that if you take a fairly, but not startlingly, bright fabric and make it into sashing, this intensifies the effect of the colour. I suppose I thought that it would diminish it - being cut into bits. Perhaps it's happened because the sashing is quite wide.

Anyway, Grandson isn't going to be particularly critical of the aesthetics so it doesn't really matter.

Meanwhile I'm considering decamping to a small island somewhere in the middle of the sea till elections, referenda, arguments and counter-arguments are all finished. This may take some time; meanwhile I shall sit and fiddle with bits of fabric and listen to the waves crashing on to the sand. Sounds like a good plan?

(Mr Life - thank you to those who have asked - is considerably better, though this may be because he's stopped coughing and is on painkillers. But his normal life has resumed for the moment.)


  1. I'm sure your grandson will love the quilt. I have made the decision to ignore all politics and most of the news for at least the next 4 years.

  2. Love the quilt and I'm sure it will be much appreciated. I've got two half finished efforts so I'm in awe of your progress. Think I need to join you on that island or at least follow Mac n' Janet in her news ban. I'm currently experiencing the urge to grab all politicians by the scruff of their collective necks and shake them till their teeth rattle if I hear 'the will of the people' or 'the people have spoken' trotted out one more time.

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  4. Can I join you on your island too? I'll bring my kitting and we can be crafty together. Love the quilt!

  5. Every comment I make on blogger is appearing twice. Sorry, I hope it's been fixed now.

  6. I'd ask you to come and visit me, Pam, you'd be so welcome, but we have our own problems........sigh 😩

  7. I've had to remove myself from our news, too. I was becoming too depressed and upset. I'm not happy about doing this, but it seems necessary for now. Lovely quilt! Being crafty and creative is a great idea now. And so glad to hear better news about Mr. Life.

  8. I hate politics these days, and can barely stand to see the words "President Trump." Ugh.

    1. ME TOO! Cringe. and click off the TV news!!!

  9. So, are they just going to keep having referendums until they get the answer they really want? Confusing, politics. Unfortunately my countrymen elected an Oompa-Loompa for president, so I don't have a leg to stand on.

    Anyway - there's a lot of "urgh" going on in this post! Made me laugh.

  10. Anonymous10:15 am

    Well, if Scotland can have another referendum about leaving the United Kingdom, I think we should all have another to make really sure that we all want to leave the EU. What do you think?

  11. Grandson is a going to LOVE his new quilt -- it's looking wonderful! Are you already planning the next one LOL???