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Work In Progress Wednesday

Whew, this last week has flown by!  I had my first class of the new session last Thursday, and I have 1 returnee and 7 lovely new faces that have come along to make the Fat Quarter Shop Charm Box Quilt.  We spent the first night just playing with fabric, and doing a little light cutting - some of the ladies were just overawed with rotary cutters, having only used scissors so far in their sewing careers, I may have unleashed a monster ;o)

On Friday, my last day off, I popped up to rural Perthshire to get some photos of the autumn leaves... only to find that they haven't actually turned yet!  The ranger at Killiecrankie said she'd never seen the leaves green so late, so it'll be a couple of weeks at least.  It was a nice day out anyway.

Saturday and Sunday saw me procrastinate like nothing on earth making the first of our Sew Brit Bag Camp bags, but it's 3/4 done now.  It won't be complete until I can get back to Remnant Kings on Saturday for a wee bit more fabric though, after a slight miscalculation ;o)

Finishes This Week:

Alas, none

In Progress This Week:

This is the fabrics I'm making the bag from.  The middle two are from a lovely new collection of home dec fabrics at Remnant Kings:

After some sulking about the miscalculation on the bag fabrics, I decided to start cutting into this little lot so that I could get going on my Schnitzel & Boo Mini Swap.  Thankfully I worked them out right ;o)

To Be Worked On This Week:

Finish the bag
Get the top for the mini pieced
Get another secret project worked on (after some advice from my class tomorrow night)
Watch the rugby (without rotary cutter in hand, it might be dangerous!)  COYBIG

Hope you've all had a fab week!
Camera Challenge 9 - Using Artificial Light Indoors

It's that time of year in the northern hemisphere, the nights are drawing in, and if you happen to have one of those day job things, the chances of you seeing much daylight to take photos in are limited.  So now it's time to embrace artificial lighting to see you through the winter months.  If you're in the southern hemisphere, happy summer, you'll have to do this at night ;o)

Your challenge for this month is to investigate different artificial light sources you may have available to you, and the affect they have on your photos.  This includes overhead lights, desk lamps and also, if it has one, your camera flash.  Find an object and photograph it on a plain white background under different lighting conditions to see how the different light sources behave (a sheet of paper should work for this)

As a second challenge, see if you have anything that can affect one or more of your direct light sources to alter its behaviour, either by reflecting it or filtering it.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Buy British

I just discovered that today was Buy British day, so it seemed like the perfect time to remind you that tickets are now available for the Sew Brit Bag Camp:

And just in case you were wavering a bit about the idea of attending, my partner in crime, Mrs H, has listed 10 good reasons why you really ought to come and join us, check them out over here :o)
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So as predicted, not a stitch was sewn since last week, but I did have a fab time in London, and took my gran out to lunch down to a lovely wee place down the Clyde estuary yesterday to enjoy the sunshine before we came home and I pulled up some perfectly good flowers for her (it was something to do with drying them out for winter?  I don't know, I can't keep a pot plant alive!)

I have seen some potential quilt patterns as I've been out and about recently though, if that appeases you all ;o)

Flying geese at the Tate Britain:

Anyone up for a spiral of geese?  Stairs up The Lighthouse tower in Glasgow:

Bit of improv perhaps?  Painting at the Argyll Arcade, Glasgow:

Something a little more traditional in the ceiling at the City Chambers, Glasgow:

And finally, from a friend's feed of a series of artworks in Paris, a bit of  supersized clamshell fun:

Finishes This Week:


In Progress This Week:


To Be Worked On This Week:

Sew Brit Bag Camp bags
First night of my new class - yay!
Quilt Now Issue 15

This month in Quilt Now I ventured into quilting territory for a change, with a portable design board.  Many of us attend classes and retreats and don't finish what we're working on, and I thought it would be really handy if we could just lay all the pieces out on a design board while in class, and then roll up and take home what's left at the end.

So here you have it, using fabric from Sweetwater, available from Remnant Kings, one rolled up portable design board:

They tie bows much better than me BTW ;o)
Remnant Kings Press Night

I was lucky enough to be invited along to Remnant Kings' press night on Wednesday in Glasgow (so funny, I was worried they were inviting me because I appear in Quilt Now, but apparently it's because of this here blog!)  Anywho, they were launching a whole new range of fabrics for autumn/winter, so we got a chance to wander around, look at the new offerings, down a cupcake, and attend one or two of the demos.

The event was held in the Argyle Street branch, which tends towards fashion fabrics, but they had some great wool and faux wool offerings (for those of us wot are allergic to the real itchy stuff) which got my little bag making heart go all pitter patter, and although they weren't promoting the quilting fabric, I happened to spy the new Heather Ross kitties and ballerinas frollicking around on the shelves.  Talking to some of the staff members (Hi Hazel!), they mentioned that they have even more of their brand new own brand faux wool over the river in Clyde Place, so I'm looking forward to going over there and checking it out soon.

Highlights of the evening were, the goodie bags - spotty red scissors being the most fun part:

Giving everyone a good laugh as I quite inadvertently found myself standing beside the bolt of this gorgeous Fryett Balmoral fabric clutching my Rainy Days & Mondays bag, while listening to the opening speeches:

And finally we got to have a wee play with the leatherette and make a pouch in their newly opened Sewing Hub.  I may, or may not have been a smart arse and boxed my corners too ;o)

It's been lovely to see Remnant Kings coming into its own in the last couple of years, and I really enjoy coming up with new projects for them when I can.
Work In Progress Wednesday

I had a little fun this weekend.  My back still isn't 100%, but I decided I'd just head out and explore Glasgow's Doors Open Day on either side of getting my hair cut.  Doors Open Day is a fantastic invention, whereby you get to go in and poke about in buildings that you would never normally get to set foot inside, or at least to see whole different aspects from the normal way the building is used.  I saw the City Chambers (so much marble and tile and hideous excess.  My Auntie Girlie would have been thrilled - she had no taste whatsoever ;o) ), then had a brief jaunt into the newly opened Anchor Line restaurant (seriously crowded, and heaven help the poor people actually trying to eat there as the world and his wife peered over their tables to examine the art and memorabilia on the walls!) and my last stop before the hairdressers was to the Argyll Arcade, and an art exhibition on the very top floor where you could get out onto the roof and see the city centre laid out below.  After a bit of a cut and colour, it was round to the Briggait to see all their art studios (so many fabulous jewellers and painters, oh, and a circus school) and finally up to the Lighthouse to get up an even higher tower to peer around the city (and encounter little old ladies with no sense of direction).  I was planning to head out on the Sunday as well, but my neighbour downstairs has taken to playing execrable music horrendously loudly til gone 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays, so I was a bit too knackered and stayed in to sew...

Finishes This Week:

Quilt Now Issue 17 project completed.  It all came from some of this Christmas Dreams fabric by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studios.  Guess when it will be out ;o):

I also got my start block done for the next round of Brit Bee.  I'm planning to use all solids for this quilt:

We launched a new bag camp, does that count as a finish?  Or only when it's over?  We've certainly been working on it a while!

In Progress This Week:

This landed on my doorstep from Poppies And Polka Dots and after a bit of fondling, I've started to chop it up in order to turn it into a wee tutorial for their blog (apparently it's a Dashwood Studios kind of a week!):

To Be Worked On This Week:

I probably won't get much done this week as I'm off to the Rugby World Cup, and a wee jaunt round London Town for a long weekend, but you never know, next Tuesday might be really prolific ;o)

Hope you all have a great week!  Linking up with Lee and the gang: