Oh It’s Tuesday, are you sure?

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Yes well he has gone and done it and infected me with his cold, DH of course!  I knew he would and Treacle has decided it is not a good idea to sleep in her basket in our room at all and is sleeping on Eldest’s bed.  At least I don’t think it is the flu which is doing the rounds at the moment, although the cold seems bad enough.

Anyway on to happier things, DH’s cousin sent me a picture of her table runner I made her for Christmas, with a jug of lovely daffodils resting on it. 

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She loves it and I think it looks great and certainly brightens up the horrible January weather. 

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I managed to get all this mess unpicked on Sunday and last night I quilted it (it came out much better) then I found some material which I had used for a quilt last year to make the binding and sewed that to the front and now just have to hand sew it to the back and that will be another UFO done and done.  I just now have to decide which one to pick next to finish. 

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Just to add insult to injury I have managed to crack a tooth so I now have a trip to the dentist tomorrow for him to fill it!!!!  Oh joy.  At the moment I think I will be glad when January has ended!

I am now off to see what I can rustle up for dinner, I think it will be quick and easy!

I hope you are having a better Tuesday!

Hugs, Susie xx

Quilting Talk.

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Evalyn’s quilt is done!  DH is helping with the photographs although he is poorly sick still.  I love the way it has turned out and I hope she will like it.  I finished sewing the binding on at 3.00am yesterday morning, mainly because DH kept coughing so I knew I wouldn’t get much sleep but I was watching the tennis as well.

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A close up of the bunting and quilting.

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This is the back

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A close up of the pink gingham.

I also finished Treacle’s bag, which she can take with her when she goes on holiday.

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Treacle with bag, I think she likes it!!!

Yesterday I also managed to get the rest of the unpicking done on my Autumn wall hanging so that will be my next UFO to be done and ready for next Autumn.

I had a great weekend quilting and of course looking after DH, who is not the most patient of patients!  Even Treacle is a bit confused as he is not up and about as normal and in fact she spent the night in Eldest’s room as DH kept coughing and keeping her awake!!!!  I, of course, had to put up with it.  Good job the tennis coverage begins at midnight so at least I had something to watch most of the night.  Of course now at 5.00pm I am starting to flag a bit!!!!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

Snowing Sunday.

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We never need an excuse to quilt but if we do wish to have an excuse then I think snowing is a good one!  This is what we woke up to this morning and it just got thicker as the morning went on.

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Our vehicles getting nicely covered and our hill.

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As you can see the sky is full of snow.

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Treacle out in it.

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And the look on her face when I made her come in.  Do you like the floating head picture?

I did quite a bit of quilting yesterday and I will show you the pictures tomorrow and I got the binding finished on Evalyn’s quilt.  It is currently being washed so I will show you the pictures again tomorrow. 

DH has come down with the heavy cold that seems to be going round but at least it is not the Australian flu which is worse.  He is back in bed and being dosed with painkillers and plenty of fluid.  We have to try and get him better by Tuesday as he is in London for the rest of the week at a business exhibition and he has to go.  Hopefully with a day of rest today and staying home tomorrow we will break the back of it.  Of course that only leaves me who has not been ill so far (I am crossing my fingers whilst typing this) and hopefully I won’t catch it.

It is due to rain later in the afternoon and overnight so the snow will be all gone again by tomorrow but Treacle has made the most of it whilst it was here.

Happy Sunday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

It’s Friday.

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Hi everyone it’s Friday, thank goodness, it’s been a funny old week business wise and home wise.  Youngest has sent his application in applying to universities, well three drama schools and two universities and as you can imagine it has been stressful.  In the UK you have to apply to five and wait and see if you get any offers and then, if you do, pick your first choice and a backup.  So we sent it last week and on Monday he got an offer and it is one he really wants to do so he, and we, are so relieved.  Yesterday he heard from another on his list and he has an audition to go to and an interview.

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Talking yesterday about great ways to feel better in these dark days of winter and I forgot to mention about certain sporting events happening at the moment which our family watch.  Dakar starts at the beginning of January and lasts for two weeks and it features bikes, quads, cars and trucks doing rally stages around Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.  Of course over there it is their summer and the scenery is amazing as well as the action.

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Another favourite is Tennis with us, especially Treacle, and the Australian Open is currently half way through it’s fortnight run and I have watched some great matches.  The only problem is that coverage starts at midnight here but fortunately they play in the evening so I get to see the night matches in the morning! 

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Finally in twenty two days time the Winter Olympics begin in South Korea.  I love some of the events especially the ski jumping and bobsled and ice skating.  So all three of these sports will brighten up the days.

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On to quilty things I have to decide when it is best to take my big quilting machine for a service.  It should have gone last year but I was too busy with it and if I am really honest I don’t want it to go now but it does need doing.  I am hoping he will not have it very long.  I have my small Janome which is just my sewing machine so I will be able to use that while my quilting one gets serviced, so I will still be able to sew.

Each evening this week I have been sitting and sewing the binding to the back of Evalyn’s quilt and I am half way round!  Hopefully it will be complete by the end of the weekend and I can give it a wash and then get it to her. 

Tomorrow DH is out most of the day doing his master of ceremonies job so I will be quilting all day.  The weather is going to be cold and raining again so just the excuse I need to stay in and quilt.  Hopefully I will be able to show you some pictures of  my progress.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever your plans are. 

Winter Hugs, Susie xx

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Thursday Thoughts.

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I don’t know about you but at this time of year I get fed up with all the articles and adverts on TV/in magazines/in newspapers about getting fit, especially after as they put it, gluttonous Christmas blow outs.  Firstly we don’t eat anything more than we would normally over the Christmas period and if we do have a few treats, it is only a few.  Secondly all these companies want to do is actually make more money by getting you to join their club/course/gym.  Everyone sets these New Year Resolutions of getting fit and healthy and by the end of January they have stopped.  However you can help yourself without spending lots of money.

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I think what does affect people at this time of year is the weather, which is often dark and dreary and the fact that all the excitement and celebration of Christmas is over and we are back to normal days with nothing to look forward to.  However you can make yourself feel better with a little effort and don’t forget everyone is probably feeling the same, it is not just you.  Being organised always makes me feel better and as you know I am a great list writer, so this may help you feel a ittle less at a loss.  Make lists of things you want to do during the year, in the home or the garden or places you would like to go and put them somewhere where you can check them off.

As you are probably indoors more because of the weather and dark nights take the opportunity to do any jobs in the home that you have put off.  Is there a room in your home which needs a good sort out, or have you been meaning to get your printed photographs organised.  Is there a book you have been meaning to read for a while and not got round to or have you always wanted to try a recipe  and not had the time.  Now is a great time to have a go at these things.

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If you love to garden but can’t because of the weather you can always plan what you want to do this year.  Especially spending time looking for inspiration on Pinterest or plan a visit to a garden you have always wanted to visit for later in the year.

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How about arranging a get together with friends for supper.  Rather than putting stress on yourselves with a big dinner make it easy by just doing a main course which can be cooked beforehand or a casserole that can be made and left in the oven and jacket potatoes in the oven and get everyone to serve themselves.  If you want to make a pudding make it easy or just buy some cookies.  How about a movie night?

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Don’t forget that the children probably feel the same as you do at this time of year.  If the weather is not too bad you can always get them out for a bike ride or walk with the dog.  If the weather is bad then an afternoon playing board games as a family is great fun.  This is something I did with my family when I was a little girl and I remember it so well and is one of my most happiest of memories. 

Eating better and getting out and about is always a good idea but don’t put yourself under pressure with hard goals.  Just change one or two things and see how that goes and if you can maintain it then change something else and do it gradually, that goes for exercising too. 

I must admit I always feel a little down at this time of year and try very hard to do things which lift my mood.  Obviously quilting is one of my outlets but if you don’t have a hobby you could always begin a new one.  With the Web you can research so much and find out about things before embarking on your journey and even if you don’t start something new, you have found out lots of information and that means you have been doing something else instead of stressing over the time of year! 

I hope these few hints of helped you get over this time of year and it won’t belong before the nights are getting lighter and hopefully the weather is getting better.  Have a very Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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The Wednesday Wag.

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So we are half way through January and we have had no more snow!  I am so envious of Molly as she has had some more snow.  In fact it has been just very wet and yucky here and everytime I go outside when I come in I have to have my paws washed and wiped!

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I did forget to show you my Christmas presents from Tara and her Mom, Susan, our friends in the US.  They are super yummy but Mom will only let me have a bit each day or else she says I will be like a little barrel if I eat too much.

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Here they are.  I have never had Jerky before but it is lovely.

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Mom I think I would like the Duck Jerky today please.

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Sorry Treacle you had some Duck yesterday, it’s chicken today. 

Well whatever I love them both so thank you Tara and Susan for my yummy Christmas snacks.

We were supposed to get snow last night and today but it turned into rain so bah humbug.  At least my basket and where I sleep is nice and warm so I am going to snuggle down for an extra long snooze.  I hope you are having a happy woofy Wednesday.

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Getting Sidetracked!

I don’t know about you but I start looking for something on the web, quilting wise, and then that leads me to look at other quiltings things and before I know it an hour has gone by and I have completely got sidetracked from what I was doing originally.

It usually starts with me reading my favourite Blogs and I find something on there that I want to check out and then that leads to another blog or to You Tube for a tutorial and that’s the hour gone!

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One of my favourite sites on the web and You Tube is Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I love Jenny’s Tutorials and can find quite a few projects on there that I  want to try and have made quite a few already.

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This was a Tutorial from Jenny for a bag which I made for Jayne for her Birthday.

One of my favourite Blogs, Thelma at Cupcakes ‘n Daisies (http://www.cupcakesndaisies.com) has a list of Life Time Quilts she has made and wants to make, which I think is a great idea (Thelma very kindly said I could copy her quilt that she made for her dog Cooper, for Treacle) so I am going to make a list of what I would like to do.

Another You Tube channel I like is Shabby Fabrics and some of the tutorials on there for various projects.  I am definitely a visual learner and like to see how things are made rather than reading a pattern.  I can follow a pattern, but it does take a while and I have to read the pattern several times to make sure I have understood what they want and definitely how to do it correctly.

So here is the start of my list of quilts and projects I want to make (in no particular order), which I will also put as a new page on my Blog and will add to it as I find things on my trips around the web!

(All pictures off of Pinterest from various blogs of talented ladies who made the quilts)

*  A Scrap Quilt

*  A Bookcase Quilt

*  A Log Cabin Quilt

*  A Market Tote

*  A Quilt which I will hand quilt instead of machine quilting it (thinking of one   of the small quilts from my new book, instead of starting with a full size quilt!)

*  An Airedale Quilt

*  A Red and White Quilt

I am sure I will keep adding to this list as I find things on the web or from my favourite blogs, where inspiration can be found in bucket loads.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Treacle today!  They have forecast snow, ice and high winds for us today and tomorrow so Treacle is hibernating!