Those were the days!

Another Tuesday comes and goes.  What a marvellous day!  The sun was blazing down and temperatures were up in the 20s.  Time for a catch up and planning session.

Debbie whisked us both off to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Modern Art Gallery

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now.  If you read our blog regularly you would be forgiven for thinking that we are all about the ‘tea and cakes’.  However, on this occasion we actually opted for a cheeky little scone and I was truly adventurous and had a coffee.  “Steady on now girls”, you might be thinking, but they do say “a change is as good as a rest”.  Ok . . back to business!

So, there we were, both completely fed and watered and sitting out on the garden terrace in the beautiful garden area at the rear of the Gallery.  The tables and chairs were full to bursting with people relaxing in the sunshine and sampling the delicious fayre on offer. It all felt very decadent.

But wait now, there was a little bit of business to take care of … we turned our minds to ideas for the new sessions starting in August.  Debbie has lots of fantastic ideas and projects which she wants to present to the sewing groups upon our return.  Each session we enter the workroom wondering what delights are in store for us and each session Debbie brings wonderful patterns and projects to challenge us.

I won’t say too much here because at this point they are just ideas and our ladies can choose what they would like to do.  I dare say we even have an idea or two ourselves. Keep reading the blog to see what wonderful projects we get involved in and find out what our ladies are inspired to achieve.

My own contribution to the future is to once again take up the reins of the fundraising for the group.  So, beware ladies, as we are about to race through August you know I only have one thing at the front of me mind!!!! [**WARNING FOR DEBBIE** Spoiler alert on the next three words … Close your eyes and don’t look]

(Me whispers . . . Christmas Craft Sale)


A Little Note:  If you have not visited the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art then try to find time.  You do not have to be a great art lover to appreciate the beautiful surroundings and enjoy all this fabulous building has to offer.  Honestly, you may start out unsure if you are someone who likes art but I am certain you will come away absolutely sure that you LOVE IT.  I personally found myself totally submerged in what felt like a bygone era, the kind you would see on programmes like ‘Downton Abbey’ or my personal favourite ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  Back in a time when life wasn’t racing along at a mile-a-minute, when things were slower, quieter and more gentle.  A time when afternoon tea, out on the lawn, was part of everyday life.

I challenge YOU.  Take time to go and sample one of the many historic sites we have an abundance of in and around Edinburgh.  Many of them are set in idyllic surroundings and offer a fantastic experience and a lot of them are FREE.  What’s not to love, free is my favourite price.

If you are stuck for inspiration a starting point might be the National Galleries Scotland site, your local tourist information office or you will find an lots of free places to try on the ‘Visit Scotland‘ site.

During our visit, the only irritation came from my mobile phone.  I realise now I should have just turned it off rather than screening calls.  Next time (and there will definitely be a next time) I will be brave enough, to turn it off.  I am fairly sure that Lady Grantham and Miss Elizabeth Bennet weren’t screening calls and tweeting whilst eating their cucumber sandwiches.  Apart from anything else, there were no pockets in their dresses to keep a mobile phone.

[Light Bulb Moment] I just worked out what a ‘bustle’ was for. He He.


A Grand Day Out!

Our group met up today and had a simply lovely afternoon.  First, we gathered together for lunch out in the conservatory at Dobbies, our local garden centre.  Then, we were released into the wild.

Dobbies Garden Centre


Working our way through the store we found lots to inspire us.  Bags, purses, aprons and lots of small gift ideas that we could try making.  There was lots of talk about what we would like to try making and what sort of community projects we could seek out when we return to our sessions.

I don’t know who invented ‘window shopping’ but seriously I really don’t see the point. With purses at the ready it was time to get down to business.

The Economy Needs Me

We came away with some plants and some licorice.  I know, I know, it was a garden centre, but honestly if the licorice is in your size and its on sale then you were meant to have it. There was talk of some lovely gluten free, dairy free, speciality bread bought at the produce shop on site.  We also purchased several packs of seeds for various vegetables, scones,  strimmer cord and an outdoor wind chime.

The only thing left to do now, is to find something to do next Tuesday – Watch this space for further adventures.


Tuesday, the Day that Time Forgot

Oh dear,  It’s happening, the earth is starting to spin off its axis.  I am seriously confused about what day it is.

The day started well enough, after all, the Great British Sewing Bee Final was last night and who wouldn’t wake up happy that Charlotte won  (apart from possibly Joyce)?  So, yes the morning began quite well.  But, by 10.30 things were feeling decidedly odd.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was up, but I had a strange feeling I was in the wrong place.

Of course, it is Tuesday!!!!!  The day so famous Americans will only elect Presidents on this day.  So famous we eat pancakes on this day.  So famous they give us two pizzas for the price of one on this day.


Tuesday is our sewing day.  Our let’s get together with friends day.  Our cake eating day.

I wonder if anyone would actually notice if we just turn up next week.  Never mind holidays.  Never mind putting the kiddies first.  I think we should take a stand for ‘adults rights’.  (I wonder if it is too late to get the EU involved?).


So, who is with me?  Hands up if you think we should just storm Whale and do what Pinocchio did.  Stay there until they sneeze us out.

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I’d say that’s unanimous . . . he he.

WAIT, there’s an alternative.  Let’s all meet up next Tuesday (12th July) at Dobbies Garden Centre 1pm.  I wonder what mischief we can get up to there?  Someone should warn people that there are around 15 Stitch ‘n’ Timers loose in Edinburgh.  I do not fancy anyone’s chances if they get between us and the cream cake counter.

[Watch this space to find out if Girls really do Just Wanna Have Fun]




Most people look forward to holidays. But, sadly, Stitch ‘n’ Time holidays are dreaded. What on earth do we do for seven weeks without our ‘rock’ to cling to.

Week 1 of the holidays:  We couldn’t resist,.  Tuesday came and there we were the ‘classroom’.  Of course, there was a good excuse . . . it was ‘TIDY UP TIME’.  A small group of our ladies gathered to do our annual sorting out of the cupboard.  We also took a bit of time to clean and maintain the sewing machines.   How many ladies does it take to clean a cupboard and maintain sewing machines I hear you ask. The answer is six.

Luckily three hours of tidying , grumbling about the state of things and then laughing our way to: 2 sacks of rubbish and the tidiest cupboard EVER, left us feeling satisfied.  We had all had our weekly fix and it left us feeling good.  

Some would say “there’s a James Brown record in there somewhere”.  But, it really HAS to be  Nina Simone: Feeling Good

Tuesday’s are so important to us that we are all looking for alternative places to meet.  I will try to keep a holiday diary to let you know what we are all getting up to.

Next week we hope to have a get together to watch the final of the Great British Sewing Bee.  If you have been following the show you will know that last week saw, Tracy leaving (our favourite to win).  Of the three finalists, I think it would be lovely to see Jade (the youngest-ever contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee) passing the post first and hopefully she will inspire a new generation of sewers.

Watch this space for Summer Updates.  Whatever will we get up to next?




Creativity is Contagious . . . Pass it on!

Sewing Makes Me HappyI always feel really happy when I am sitting at my sewing machine making something and when I have finished there is a huge sense of satisfaction.

Tuesday afternoons at Stitch ‘n’ Time are so good because everyone there experiences those same feelings.  But of course, Tuesday’s mean much more than just our chance to experience sewing.  It is sewing ‘in a group‘ that makes it so much more important.  It’s really a beautiful thing to share crafts or art in a friendly, open, loving environment with other people that feel the same way.

The key to success for any group like this is having a person leading the session who is supportive, welcoming and creates a stress-free environment.

Thank goodness for:  ‘FEELING TERRIFIC TUESDAY’S’

Inspired by the ‘Calendar Girls’

I’m sure most of you will have heard of the ‘Calendar Girls’.  Yes, that wonderfully funny film made back in 2003 starring Helen Mirren.  The most wonderful thing about it is, it’s a true story.  

It’s about a lovely lady who sadly loses her husband to leukaemia at an early age.  One of her close friends is keen to purchase a comfortable sofa for the visitors’ lounge in the hospital where he was treated.  And so she hits upon the idea of printing a calendar to raise funds.  The calendar is to feature some of the members of the Knapely branch of the Women’s Institute discreetly posing nude, while engaged in traditional WI activities, such as baking and knitting.

Calendar Girls

Well, what’s all this got to do with Stitch ‘n’ Time, you might well ask?  (grins evilly!)

It occurred to me that we could do some fundraising to try to keep our lovely group going. We have spent the last 5 months with a ‘funding axe’ hanging over our heads, and believe me it’s not pleasant.  Whale have tried very hard to help us, but maybe the time is here for us to try thinking of other fundraising ideas.  Time to ‘go the extra mile’ . . . time to ‘think outside the box’.

Ok, so that brings me back to Calendar Girls.  Those wonderful women may well have posed nude behind allotment vegetables and stacks of home-bakes, but I am not suggesting that we do that.  Trust me, they do not make bobbins big enough for me to get nude behind.

No, I thought, given we are based in an ‘Art’s Centre’ maybe a little booklet of stories, traditional recipes, poems, art etc. would be fun to put together.  Of course we can do our traditional sales of goods to raise money, but we are not just a sewing group.  Our ladies have so many talents and are so wonderful.  

I would love to hear what you all think.  Is this a good idea?  Do you have even better ideas for fund raising?  Please let me know your thoughts.

With all this enthusiasm I thought I would get the ball rolling with a little poem.


Sewing’s not a hobby,

it takes up too much time.

It’s more a way of life for me,

something I do that’s mine.


I make things for the house and friends,

I always try my best.

And when I need some new ideas,

I scour Pinterest.


Oh, Pinterest is wonderful,

it really does inspire.

A fabric covered footstool,

made from an old car tyre!


If you can cover it with fabric,

I’ll have had a go of that.

One day it took me half an hour,

to find I’d covered up the cat!


But that is not the worst of it,

there’s the time I couldn’t find my mum.

I’d covered her in Harris Tweed,

all except one part, her . . . . THUMB!


So, sewing really is my life,

there’s no time for other things,

I wake up each day excited to find,

the joy that sewing brings.

~ JD