A Quilty Weekend!


I actually managed to do some quilting on Worldwide Quilting Day, now don’t faint!!  I actually started a little later than planned due to trying to sort something out for the swimming club (!) but in the end decided I could do nothing about it and sent a couple of emails in annoyance and then abandoned my desk for my sewing machine!

I have a few quick projects which I need to do so choose one of those instead of trying to sort out something big, including the applique when I realised I needed to get some supplies for it.  So here is what I have made


Usually we are away over the Easter Holidays in Scotland with The Boys and Girlfriend but as they are all busy with college and university work as they are all in their final years, DH and I decided not to go. Normally I would do an Easter Egg Hunt (usually indoors as the weather is a bit unpredictable) and despite their ages now they still love it.  So as we will be at home and not everyone around first thing on Easter Sunday I have made them these Quilted Easter Bags which I will fill with their eggs!  When The Boys were little they had some chocolate but their main gift was always a book which they loved and we have continued to do this. 


A closeup of one of the bags.




I decided to add ribbons sewn to the back and then tied to keep the eggs in.


I am not sure The Boys will use them for anything else afterwards but I think Girlfriend will as they are always handy for storing things in.


As you can see we had more of this at the weekend!  I closed the curtains on Saturday evening where it was just a few flakes and it wasn’t really settling to everywhere being covered by the time we went to bed!  Treacle was quite happy!  I love snow but even I am getting fed up with it now and long for some warmer weather and Spring!  The Groundhog did a real number on us this year by predicting six more weeks of winter as it must have been eight by now!!!!


Needless to say this was Treacle’s favourite spot over the weekend whilst I was sewing.  I know the pictures all look the same but she is always with me when I am sewing!!  She loves Eldest’s bed and because the room is slightly smaller than the others it is always warm!!!

It is another busy week with work things and swimming things and Boys things but what else is new?  I have a list of things which need doing so my next project will be our Friends wedding anniverary gift as I have four weeks to get that done and then there is this applique block to do (!) and then my super secret quilt to sort and get started.  I still have to sort the back of our summer quilt as that needs amending and then get that quilted.  I also still need to get my machine serviced and was hoping to get that done after the summer quilt but obviously other things have taken over, but I will arrange to get it done soon.

I hope if you are a Quilter you managed to get something done this weekend and everyone else had a wonderful Weekend.  I am busy also sorting my Spring Cleaning Planner out for you, so stay tuned.

Hugs, Susie xx


Monthly Friday Book Club.


Hi All and welcome to Monthly Friday Book Club, just a week late due to my not being very well!


This book has been out for a while and can be found on Amazon in hardback/paperback/Kindle versions.  The reason I chose this book was because one of the Mitford Girls was Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, whose home is Chatsworth House here in Derbyshire.


Deborah Freeman-Mitford was the youngest of six sisters and one brother and was born in 1920 to David, 2nd Baron Redesdale of Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire and his wife Sydney.  Her sisters were Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity & Jessica and brother Thomas.  She married the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, in 1941 and they have three children living.  She sadly passed away in 2014.  DH and I had the pleasure of meeting her during a private tour of Chatsworth House and she was delightful.

Because of my interest in the Duchess I picked this book up and it is a fascinating look at a family at the height of the Golden Age of country house living in a privileged background where women were not educated but expected to marry wealthy young men.  As the girls grew and the political climate changed with the onset of World War II the sisters divided in their beliefs; Nancy was a moderate socialist, Tom was a fascist and refused to fight Germany but signed up to fight Japan and was killed in action.  Diana married Sir Oswald Mosley leader of the British Union of Fascists and was imprisoned during the War.  Unity was a big supporter of Adolf Hitler and was so distraught about the War tried to commit suicide but failed and died early of her injuries.  Jessica was a communist and because of this she and Diana never spoke again although the other sisters did correspond throughout their lives, despite their political differences.  

There were many marriages and divorces between the sisters over the years and controversy followed a lot of them.  Nancy became an Author and a lot of her books are based upon her early life and the people she knew. 

Deborah was seen as the most normal of the sisters marrying into the Cavendish family and at the time of her marriage would not become Duchess of Devonshire as her husband, Andrew, was the second son of the 10th Duke.   His brother, William would have inherited the title on his father’s death. William married Kathleen Kennedy, Sister to John F Kennedy,  in 1944 whilst he was serving in the Army during the War but was sadly killed four months later.  Kathleen, too, died the following year in a plane crash without them having any children, which is why Andrew Cavendish became the 11th Duke.

The book is very much a look at an age which is long past but if you enjoy Biographies and recent history then this is a must.  I hope that if you do read it you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy Friday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx


The 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish and his Wife Deborah Cavendish in the Library of Chatsworth House (picture from Chatsworth House website)


Somwhere Between Martha Stewart & Bad Moms!


Okay I bet you are wondering what I am up to now!!! As the weeks advance through March I seem to be getting an Email an hour regarding Spring Cleaning!  I mean I get over forty emails a day with work and Boys things and swimming and my Blog but it has really ramped up for Spring Cleaning over the last few days. 

I am getting emails from the department store I shop at trying to sell me new cleaning appliances, I am getting emails from my supermarket trying to get me to buy every cleaner known to man and of course an email a day from Martha Stewart telling me how I should clean everything we own!! 


Now I always, with the help of DH, do our Spring Cleaning and depending upon how strong I feel during the weeks that I do it depends upon how I go about it and this is where the “somewhere between Martha Stewart and Bad Moms” comes in!  Now if you have not seen the film “Bad Moms” I can recommend it, even DH liked it.  It is essentially a tale of three Moms who are trying their hardest to be perfect in every way and then decided that that it is too much and throttle back.  As you can imagine there is chaos but it all comes right in the end. 


(Martha Stewart from marthastewart.com website)

Now back to Martha Stewart.  I am sure when she was young and setting out she did do all the things she tells everyone they should be doing, especially with cleaning but as we all know she has a huge staff now who actually do all this work which she directs to be done.  Now we could all get everything done if we had the same help but I bet, like me, you don’t have staff and have to do the work yourself.

So, like my Christmas Planner, I am going to show you my Spring Cleaning Planner over the next few days/weeks and hopefully this will help you to get yours done.  It will show you some of the tips and hints that I have picked up over the years from various places and from my Grandmother, who I always helped with the Spring Cleaning and hopefully by the end of it we will have a lovely clean home without too much stress and effort and somewhere between Martha Stewart and Bad Moms!!!!


It’s being doing this again all day today and really does not make me feel like Spring Cleaning!  In fact it just makes me want to hibernate even more!  I have been working all day today and have another basket of ironing to do and it is House Jobs tomorrow and grocery shopping on Saturday!  DH and Youngest are out at swimming events tomorrow and Saturday evening and during Saturday I am hoping to spend the day quilting because it’s …..


This Saturday National Quilting Day!  So I hope you are all able to get into your sewing space to do some quilting!!!  I am hoping to get quite a bit done which I will hopefully get to show you on Sunday or Monday.

I hope you are all having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag!


Mom says we need to have Spring pictures on the Blog as the weather is not good at home with all the rain!  Here I am in our Garden last year with the daffies coming out and the little violas.


Whilst Mom has been under the weather she has not been reading her favourite Blogs so we missed Miss Molly’s Birthday on March 3rd when she turned six!  We are so sorry we missed it and here is a Birthday cake to make up for it.  We saw you had a lovely day with your Mom. 


The benefit of Mom getting over her Op is that she is usually in bed early and I get to snuggle, which is my most important job at the moment.  Because the weather is not so good either I don’t feel as if I am having to split my time.


Also today we have heard the news that Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76.  Mom said that every Generation has a genius which then propels our knowledge forward and Stephen Hawking was our generations Genius!


This was his most famous book, of which you had to be a genius to understand it!  He will be missed.

I hope you are having a Woofy Wednesday wherever you are and the weather is being kind to you.  They have forecast snow for here at the weekend again!!!!! Yeah!


I Don’t Want To!


I am starting all the posts this week with a Spring picture, because it certainly isn’t outside and they are forecasting snow again for the weekend here!!!!  Oh Good Grief Charlie Brown!!!!

Anyway I bet you wonder what the title of this post means?  Well do you remember as children you were never allowed to say you didn’t want to do something? Certainly at school you had to do things whether you wanted to or not and a favourite saying of my Grandmother’s was “there is no such word as Can’t” (yes I know there is but she always used to say cannot!!!).  Why I am talking about this is because the new block for the “It’s a Wild Life” Block of the Month has been released and oh boy it is something I always run away from; it’s applique!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marchs Its a Wild Life BOM

Here is the block from Amy’s blog, Sew Incredibly Crazy, and it was designed by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks!!  As you can see it is pieced and appliqued.   Now every time I have tried applique it never looks quite right but I have decided that I am not going to run away from this and have a go at doing it!!!  However I think I am going to cut out two lots of all of it just in case the first one does not go together well!!!  I love the block though, it is really cute hopefully I will do it justice.

Easter Bag

I am planning to make a few things for Easter which is coming up fast, especially as it is so early this year, so I will get to show you those soon. I found the above recipe on Moda Bake Shop and will be just right for some of the things I am thinking of as gifts!


I am still slowly working my way through the bindings I am sewing down on my UFO’s but am not in a rush to get those finished and my final project at the moment is to sort out the backing for my summer quilt so that I can get that sandwiched and quilted. 


I have also received the material for our friends table runner for their 40th Wedding Anniversary celebrations so need to get on and sort out the blocks for that.  I can see I will be writing a list so that I can keep all this straight!!!

I have a basket of ironing to get done tonight so no quilting today but hopefully tomorrow if I can get through my work quickly I will be able to get some things done then.

I hope you are all having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Treacle has been helping all day in the Den, by sleeping!!!

Finally I Am Back!


Well I have finally recovered from the stomach bug last week which took all of last week!!!  It was not pretty!  I have today been catching up with my emails and work which I missed last week and have managed to catch up especially as it is the second week of March already and only two weeks before Easter as it is early this year!!! 


I tried to do a bit of sewing yesterday but did not get a lot done as I have been very tired, which is recovering from the Op, and I know that if I start anything when I am tired, I usually make mistakes, so all I got done was a bit of tidying!!!  I think if I want to do anything meaningful I need to go in there first thing in the morning!!


I have also been managing to get my cleaning, washing and ironing done which is great as I hate when it is not done and everything is disorganised!!! 


Yesterday was Mother’s Day here in the UK and both Boys were home which was lovely.  This is also a #TBT picture, which I missed last week, to when we were all in Orlando in 2008.  Eldest was twelve and Youngest was eight and I love them to bits!!! 

Now last Friday should have been Book Club Friday but I missed it so will be doing that this Friday, just a week late!!!  I have a good book for you too!

I hope everyone is having a Marvelous Monday!

Hugs, Susie xx


Nurse Treacle has been helping all last week, keeping me company and cuddling!