Monthly Archives: March 2012


Despite the weekend being warm and very spring like, today is grey and very cold again! 
However these have made it spring like in the house.  I love daffodils, their colour and smell and these have turned out to be the double headed type.  I think they look great in the middle of our dining table.
The vase is the shape of a small goldfish bowl which I bought last year with some money I had from my Birthday.  I had broken a vase in July and when we took the Boys to London this style of vase was on a table at one of the restaurants we ate at.
Quilting is going slowly at the moment 😦
Susie x

New Project

Here are two blocks of my new project.  It is going together quite well.
The blocks look a little wonky but it is way the pictures are taken!!

I need to make two more and then make them up into a table topper.
I am trying to get some quilting done this week in the evenings as at the weekend I have to do the Spring Cleaning with help from The Boys!  We only have next weekend and the weekend after to get it done, so it will be all hands to the decks.
The only thing now is that they are talking about a water ban in our area as we have not had a lot of rain over the winter and last year, so the water tables are down.  Not only is it a ban on hosepipes but also washing your cars, windows, filling the pond or anything else which takes water which is deemed unnecessary.  This may hinder getting some of my jobs done but will try hard and get it done with the minimum amount of water.
Happy Quilting Wednesday.
Susie x


The colours are not right because the sun was so bright!

This shows the colours better but not the quilt!

DH holding it up so it can be seen a little better.
I have finally finished my Linus quilt.  I can’t believe it has taken me so long, but I am really pleased how it has turned out.  

Our Quilt Club meets on March 19th where I will take it for show and tell and then I will get it sent off the next day.
Our Youngest likes it so I think I am going to have make him one now!
The photographs have not turned out too well as I took them outside.  It has been like summer here today with the sun being really warm.  You can’t quite see but the quilt is resting on my new bench which sits outside our kitchen door.  Our old one which we bought on sale about seven years ago, finally collapsed and I was given some money for my Birthday last year so have bought the bench with it.  It is great.  One warm days like this I like to take my morning mug of tea outside and sit on the bench listening to the birds.  It really was a great day today.
I have now started on my next quilt project a table topper and I will get some pictures on that when it is a little further forward.  It is a Kathleen Tracy pattern.
Hope you had a good quilting Sunday.
Susie x


Molly did so well last night but just missed her Olympic time, she came second to Stacy Tadd with a time of 2:26.81.  It was a great swim and in the last 10 metres we thought she might get it, but was just beaten at the end.
Molly still has one more chance at the Championships in June at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, so we will all be cheering her on then.
Susie x


Eldest’s Silver Medal for 100m Backstroke
We are so proud of our Boys; Eldest came second in 100m Backstroke with a PB (personal best) and a silver medal and in 50m Back he came fourth with a new PB.
Sunday Morning saw Youngest swimming in the 50m Free and although he came 33rd he knocked two seconds off his time from November so he got a PB too. 
Eldest on Sunday swam in the 100m Free and came 5th with a new PB and finally in the 50m Free where not only did he get a new PB when he came in 5th but he also got a Midland time.  So he was really pleased with the result.
Next weekend sees Eldest competing in the 50m Fly and 200m IM, where he is hoping to get Pb’s if nothing else. 
Susie x

Swim Meets

Eldest doing Fly
This weekend and next weekend and the weekend after are the ones I dread each year as both Boys swim in the Derbyshire County Championships.  It means that Saturday and Sunday of all the weekends they are swimming on both days morning, afternoon and evening sessions.  Of course they don’t swim every race so it means that there is a lot of waiting around and the most difficult thing is knowing when to feed them!  Not too soon before a race and making sure they are not hungry too!!!
They both have a great time its just DH and I who seem to be run ragged!  
I have got some more of my quilt finished – I am just now hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt.  
The weather here is heavy rain today.  It started this morning at 4.30am and has not stopped since, I know we need the rain but last week was so great to have some sunshine and milder temperatures, oh well.
Have loads of jobs to do in the house too today as Friday got hijacked.  I had to take Treacle to the vet as she had hurt her leg running in the garden, so she has some tablets.  Then we had a visitor who arrived just after a call to my cell phone for lunch which was a lovely surprise but my planned day went out the window.  Never mind.  By the end of today I should have got back on track.
Don’t get me started on the spring cleaning I need to do but that will have to wait until the end of the month, but hopefully the weather will be a better then.
Happy rainy Sunday
Susie x

What I Did On My "Extra" Day

The edge of the quilt with its binding in place

Two of the bones quilted on the inside of the quilt
The extra day being February 29th this year.  I worked my little socks off on Monday and Tuesday to ensure that I could do what I wanted on Wednesday.  I got the Boys off to school and cleared up the breakfast pots and went off for a long bubble bath while I finished the book I was reading.
Then I watched a movie I had missed at the cinema, which was good, and after lunch I sat down to try and finish my Linus quilt.  I got the rest of the bones quilted.  I thought it was a great idea to quilt bones on it, because of the dog fabric, until I actually started doing them!  They were not easy and in places have not quite got a bone shape but I don’t think it matters.  I then made the binding and attached it to the quilt.  I am now in the process of sewing it to the back by hand, which is taking quite a while.  It just needs a wash then and I will be able to send it off.
I finished at 10.00pm last night really tired but I had the best day ever.  Pity there aren’t more “extra” days in the year!
Happy Quilting
Susie x
PS If, like me, you have a watch with a date on it don’t forget to move it forward to March 1st.  I have happily been putting 30th down all day today on things!!!!!!! Doh