It’s BOTMing Time! Also, eating out and mini-cows galore.

Somehow another month has rolled around which means I get to have some stitchy fun – like I need an excuse – with this month’s Block Of The Month. Come see what I have been snipping and stitching when you have a mo.

As with the past few BOTMs this post will start with a quilt block from the Scan N Cut machine.

In particular, this one.

Simple and straight forward, hopefully.

If you have been following this series of posts in the past few months you will know that I have been aiming to create home décor items however this time around I wanted to create something different so mapped out a panel fronted bag.

Cool huh? Hope I can pull it off.

Anyhoo, time to start choosing the fabric combo.

Luckily I randomly purchased a stack of ten inch fabric squares a while back. I mean, I do that quite often but it really did turn out to be a fortunate bit of serendipity for this one.

After unpacking the stack I sorted it into brights, pastels and neutrals.

I did this as I felt that it would help me assign the colours appropriate to the quilt block pattern.

After much deliberation, squinting, sups of tea and a whole bunch of shuffling of squares I finally settled on a bright ROY-G-BIV (rainbow) selection for the main colours and teamed these up with pastel alternates.

So bright and fun! Also, no patterns to mess up.

The fabric squares had spent some time in storage, the mail system and my fabric stash and so were a little shabby and were in need of a good press.

Looks much better!

‘Bout time for a break. Well, a brew at least.

While brewing the kettle I looked out of the window to check on the cows that have taken residence in the field – you may remember that last time a couple of the mummy coos had given birth. Turns out there were even more!

The good news is that all mothers/babies are doing well. There is no bad news. Phew!

Nawww, so darn cute!

You may have noticed something else amazing in that picture – yes, SUN!

Over the last few days it has been glorious weather up here in Scotland and I have even managed to have my first outdoor meal in a long time!

*happy sigh.

It obviously didn’t last long though, hence why I am back indoors making things, lol!

Right, back to the block.

After sorting the fabrics I then cut out all of the parts. To do this, I cut the templates with the Scan N Cut and then hand traced/cut the fabrics.

After taking my time over that – time that also involved watching a documentary about the Cecil Hotel which was creepy and also entertaining; have you seen it? – I then paired up the bright/pastel colours.

Having found more documentaries on the interweb that I wanted to watch I moved the sewing machine to the coffee table and stitched the pairs together whilst consuming those.

Then, half way through a murder investigation I put the sewing machine back and whipped out the iron to press the squares.

It’s going to look great isn’t it?!

Now, I am fairly sure that some of my crafting time was swallowed up by gawping slack jawed at the documentaries but somehow that time seemed to be more than what I was spending on crafting so that day ran out!

Time to pack things away for a bit while I get back to doing actual work.

Hope you can join me for the next instalment – later in the month – as I will be showing you how I finished off the block and create the bag.

On that point, I’d love to know if you would be interested in having a pattern for the bag so that you can insert your own blocks?

Oh, and, if this type of craft is your thing, don’t forget to check out the other fabric, fibre and yarn posts that I have created over the years. Hopefully there will be something that grabs your interest.

Ok, that’s about it for this one.

If you have any questions or thoughts about the content of this post, please feel free to pop them in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

Bye for now.


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13 thoughts on “It’s BOTMing Time! Also, eating out and mini-cows galore.

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed your blog, you are a very talented man, Patchwork and quilting are my relaxation time at the mo, however i’m very much a square or rectangle quilter as im a beginner my sibling recieved my 1st original cushion design rather than red work it was a blue work springer spanial centre and liberty fabric in shades of blue , cant remember name of design its the one with a hearth in the centre, edged with prairie points, luckily sibling loved it. it matched the siblings colour scheme. Your bag is beautiful.

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  2. As you see I’m behind again, I had last Saturday my vaccination and wasn’t feeling well, it’s better now but not totally yet.
    Love the colours bright and pastel together in one block John and being curious what the colour around your finished rainbow block will be.
    The young cows are so cute indeed, all young animals do.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful evening.

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  3. Hi John,
    Question for you, I have purchased your box template for my machine can you tell me if it’s possible to edit the size? I need to make a 6 x 8 x 3/4 box for a wedding book card.
    Loving the baby calves. We have blue tits in our garden nest box, soon will be parents. Lol.

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  4. Loving the bag so far, great colours. Adorable calves john, what a wonder view. Nice to hear you managed lunch outside, you definately have thicker skin than me lol. P.s lunch looked nice. I would say yes to the bag pattern but I have so much I want to do and not enough well days to achieve I doubt I would do it. xx

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  5. Oooh – yes please to the bag pattern John. Glad to hear no problems for the Mummy Coos or the babes …. they look so cute. This time of year I start my annual nest watch of a number of Ospreys in England and Wales. The trials and tribulations, the laughs and the heart-breaks make me wonder why I put myself through the wringer every year – but every spring I am back watching those webcams. Keep safe and well 💜

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