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Craft Book Month

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we're excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE. If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects :o)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise
Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet
Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person. 
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you'll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors! More info coming soon . . .

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds
Work In Progress Wednesday

So, another Saturday, another mad road trip.  This time it was with the lovely Lynne from Tinking Along, and her husband who are over on holiday in the UK.  I took them on the extended Cameron Highland tour, taking in Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Oban, Lochgilphead, Inverary and back to Glasgow again.  We had lunch at the Clachaig, at the end of Glencoe, which does fabulous, hearty local food, and then we stopped for dinner at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar just outside Inverary.  It was a long, but fun day, and needless to say rather diminished my sewing ability for the week, but shh, just enjoy the photos of the day out instead ;o)

It was a little 'brisk' at Appin, overlooking Castle Stalker:

Jack was a little worried that this might be all there was for dinner:

Then the most enormous local mussels appeared as a started, and he got fell in:

Feeling that he hadn't had enough seafood, he dove into the hand dived scallops (also local) for the main course:

Ever a sucker for dessert, he decided to try and con Lynne into sharing her Eton mess:

Before rounding it all off with my lemon posset and raspberry coulis:

I hope you also got to spend a great week with friends :o)
Finish Along Sponsor Highlight Post - Imagine Gnats

It's Tuesday again, and this week I'm happy to be highlighting my friend Rachael from Imagine Gnats, one of our fabulous Finish Along Sponsors:

This year Rachael's been working on building up her fabric stock, and her shop now has a great selection of options which are great for quilting, clothes and bag making.  I did a little shopping list making perusing, and I think I need some of these in my life.  I have no idea what for, but any suggestions gratefully received...

Dotty sheep.  In lawn.  The only think I know how to make in lawn is infinity scarves, but, you know, dotty sheep!

Now my biggest guilty secret is my stash of Melody Miller fabrics, that I'm far too scared to cut into.  I think I need to add this canvas to my collection, don't you?

I love the Indelible line, and at Market was amazed at all the things that had been made from the collection.  I think this knit would be lovely as a dress, supposing I had the time and pattern to make one:

I might actually mix it up a bit with that fictional dress, using the Indelible for the skirt, and this for the top (otherwise I fear some of those circles could end up with, err, unfortunate placement...)

If no-one comes up with that dress pattern for me, I think I might have to stash these canvas tigers for a rainy day bag, what do you think?

I'm also swooning a bit for these Echino birds with the gold bees, also a home dec weight option (how much of the bulky stuff fits in one of those priority envelopes?!)

And finally, just in case you were doubting the quilty options, how about this Cotton + Steel blender?  I love the base colour of this one, never mind the bling!

So Rachael, about the size of that envelope...
Star Crossed Tablecloth

So have you seen the new issue of Fat Quarterly magazine?

This Zakka packed issue has a whole host of wee projects, in best Zakka style, include a little something by yours truly:

I made this star crossed tablecloth using the Makower Retro Bake line, along with about all the text prints I've ever collected between swaps and a little buying over the years.  The pink is an old Sweetwater print that I got in a sale some time and worked perfectly with the pink print in the Retro Bake line.

The purpose of the tablecloth was to add to my little photo prop collection in my mini retro studio:

And here's a close up of the stars and crosses (sorry, the stars are hard to photograph as that pink is so pale!)

Now go and pick up your copy so you can check out all the other fabulous makes in this 103 page, project packed issue!
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Earlier this week one of the greatest comic actors of my time lost his long running battle with depression, so in his honour for this week's Random Thursday I've rounded up a collection of quotes from my very favourite Robin Williams films:

1. "Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It's 0600 hours. What does the "O" stand for? O my God, it's early!" - Good Morning Vietnam

2. "Never fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose!" - Mrs Doubtfire.

3. "You do an eclectic celebration of the dance! You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna!... but you keep it all inside." - The Birdcage

4. "Sorry, guys; I gotta see about a girl." - Good Will Hunting

5. "Carpe diem - seize the day!" - Dead Poet's Society

RIP Robin Williams.
Work In Progress Wednesday

When Saturday started for me at 4am and I didn't get home until 9:30 pm due to a charity event for work, you'll understand that my weekend sewing wasn't high in volume, but I have got 4 lots of bee blocks/bits done this week, so I'm all up to date with my bee commitments at least.  This coming weekend Jack and I will be taking Little Miss Tinking Along up to the Highlands, so not much time will be had for sewing then, but the weekend after that?  That's the bank holiday weekend and I have my eyes set on 3 uninterrupted days of doing exactly as I please (shh, don't anybody curse that now!)  Which might mean sewing or photography or... well who knows, but 3.whole.days...

Finishes This Week:

Stitch Tease blocks for Ange which will be part of a Marcel Medallion border:

Modern Stitching Bee Union Jack blocks for Rhonda:

And secret Brit Bee Medallion sewing x2, of which this is all I can show you (as it's suitably cryptic ;o) )

In Progress This Week:

This lot is now 2 strips worth into being a quilt top, with 3 strips to go, but I'm afraid as the strips are so huge, I can't get a photo, so you'll have to make do with this again:

To Be Worked On This Week:

Those panels from last week need to become a bag + a pattern
Slowing down my countryside driving (my passengers for the charity event were a little green...)

Hope you've all had a great week!  Linking up with Lee and the gang:

Finish Along Sponsor Highlight - Sew Bittersweet Designs

It's Tuesday, so time to turn the spotlight on another of our fabulous Finish Along sponsors.  This quarter, for the first time, we welcome my friend Melissa from Sew Bittersweet Designs:


Melissa is offering up a complete set of her patterns, but I thought I'd take you on a wee wander through my favourites because, you know, it's my blog and I can ;o)

Firstly, this Quilted Crossroads one is a little bit of a mind bender, but I like its almost Escher-like quality, which would certainly make it a contender in the 'spot the block' challenge at the start of the Decipher Your Quilts series Leanne and Jess have been running!

The Dizzying Diamonds also, as its name suggests, makes some great patterns, but you could totally play about with this to your heart's content depending on the fabrics you chose:

All Framed Up totally appeals to my inner anti-quilt block rebel, seeing as it's effectively just one big block!

And speaking of one big block, how about this Flowering Lone Star one:

Or how about the baby Bursting Lone Stars to finish:

You can even be super smart like Melissa and do the last two back to back!

So pop on over and check out Melissa's store to see what I missed out!