Monthly Archives: May 2012

Tuesday Chaos

The wisteria has finally bloomed.
A close up of the flowers.
Today started off okay.  I had to run a few errands this morning which I got done super speedy and just got back home and I forgot to go to the Post Office!  Out I went again.  I then sat down to get my work done when all the power went off!  It has been off for two hours!
Where we used to live was more rural than where we are now and we never had as many power cuts as we have at this house.  Everyone was off which was a relief as it meant it was not just our house.  So I am now behind with my work, so guess what I will be doing tonight instead of sewing!
The weather has made a dramatic change today and its 80°F here so out come the summer clothes for the first time this year.  By the end of the week we will be back in jumpers and jeans!
I took a couple of pictures of my wisteria today in the sun as it has finally bloomed.  It is a little late this year and I think it is because of all the rain we had in April.  However it looks lovely.  I chose this wisteria as I like the colour of the flowers with them being pale with little yellow centres instead of the more popular mauve.  
I hope your Tuesday is a little calmer than mine!


PS  I hope you like the new signature, Karen at Sew Many Ways had done a little tutorial of how to do it on her blog and I love it.


The front of the quilt.  I am really pleased how it turned out.
A sideways view and Treacle got in on the action.
A closer look at the blocks and the spinning stars.
The Back
A closeup of the quilting.
I didn’t get any other quilting done over the weekend except for sewing the binding on my quilt.  I did get to watch some films whilst doing it so it was a great weekend for that too.  The weather was not good with it being cold and dull grey so I was not inclined to get out in the garden.  The weather this week is due to improve but who knows, certainly not the weathermen!  This meant the pictures I took of my quilt had to be done inside so they are okay but would have been better outside.
The Boys were swimming on Saturday and yesterday was a catch up day before the week starts again.  We are still in exam phase so still stress levels are high but they end on Friday.
It is Quilt Club this evening when I am handing my quilt in for the show at the beginning of June.
Happy Monday

Thank You

To all the lovely people who have read and commented on my posts over the last week and from Karen’s Sew Many Ways Find a Friend Friday and other links Thank You.
I love hearing from everyone and try and respond to those comments but if I don’t, please know that they mean a lot to me.  I love making these connections.
Have a great Quilting Weekend.
Susie x

What I Am Working On

The binding on the left I almost matched the stars up!
The binding folded over ready for pressing and to be sewn.
I don’t want to show you the whole quilt yet until it is finished but this is my American Quilt, the kit I got in Orlando in 2010.  I finished it last year and thought I would do the quilting myself, until I quilted my Linus quilt on my Janome sewing machine!  This quilt was small and I had a lot of trouble doing it, so there was no way I was going to be able to do my full size American quilt!

One of the ladies in our quilt group is a longarm quilter and she kindly said she could do it for me and she did an excellent job.  Last night I made the binding and have sewn it on to the front of the quilt and just now need to hand sew it to the back.  I also have to put a temporary hanging sleeve on as it is going in our Group’s Quilt Show over the Jubilee Weekend.  I will get lots of pictures to show everyone all the quilts.  So this weekend will be lots of hand sewing.
I also have five other projects on the go all at different stages!  Treacle’s quilt is coming along with some sewing and cutting, I am making something which will be part of my giveaway for the Blog Hop in July, I am starting the blocks for Eldest’s quilt and also going to make a bucket bag as well.  Also a very simple but pretty table runner to do in Christmas fabrics.  So lots to keep me busy. 
Have a lovely Friday, Weekend and Happy Quilting. 
Susie x

One of Those Days

Do you ever have one of those days?  When you are really busy trying to get a million things done and you hear a little voice “there’s no toilet paper downstairs”, answer “yes there is, in the basket have a look”, “No, none here”.  Two minutes later when said room is vacated I go to the basket and get a new roll out and place it on the holder!
Lunchtime, “where’s the tomato ketchup?” answer “in the fridge bottom shelf”, “no its not”, “yes it is, just open your eyes and look”, “can’t see it”.  I come down from upstairs to the fridge, open the door, reach into the bottom shelf and get the bottle out!
DH – “I can’t see my blue shirt I want to wear” answer “its in the dressing room hanging up with the other blue shirts at the back”, “No not the one I want”, “which one to do you want?”, “the Gant one”.  I go back upstairs into the dressing room and straight to the shirt, at the back with the other blue ones!!!!
I know having Boys is challenging, but sometimes I find my patient wearing a little thin!
Happy Thursday 
Susie x

The Wednesday Wag

The first pieces of my quilt sewn and cut.

The Prize for the Best in Show Winner at our Dog Show.

You just get over being poorly and Mom washes my bed!
 I have now recovered from my adventures last week, my Tablets did me good!!!!
My Mom has started my quilt and I cannot wait so I can lay on it, roll around on it and generally make it hairy and mine.  Although Mom says it will take a little while.
It has been busy round here with Eldest coming and going as he is doing exams and Youngest busy with his activities.  As I have been on bed rest I have not been out all week, so looking forward to getting out and seeing some of my pals.  
The Dog Show for the Carnival is well under way and Mom has been to buy the prize for the Winner today.  Now if I can just get at it, I can have a little treat!
Mom says have a great Wednesday whether you are quilting or not.
 Free Clipart Picture of an Animal Paw Print

Joy – Happy Smile

My parcel and a note.

The front of the parcel

My Lovely Hexagon Mat from Traci – Don’t you love it?

A lovely chocolate bar from Oregon, Beautiful fat quarter of fabirc and a rose pin badge

My Note from Traci
You will not believe the happy smile I have on my face.  I got a package in the post this morning!  You might be thinking why is she so happy?
Well it was from my swap partner in the Quilters Day Swap I took part in over on Handmade by Heidi.  Traci of Portland Oregon sent me a beautiful table mat made of hexagons in my favourite colours and a fat quarter of summery fabric.  Also included in my gift was a chocolate bar, Moonstruck from Oregon and a rose pin badge, which I will put on my sewing machine cover.  I already have a pin badge on there which is blue and in the shape of the US States and it says “United We Stitch”, which I got when we were in the US in 2010.
I will be firing off an email to Traci to thank her for the lovely gifts which has brightened a very wet and grey Tuesday here in Derbyshire.  Funnily enough Traci’s note starts with “Hello from rainy Portland Oregon” so I think the weather came with the parcel!
I love getting these sorts of parcels through the mail, so much nicer than bills.
Thank yo so much Traci for taking the time to make  and send these lovely things to me.
Have a great Tuesday and happy quilting.
Susie x