Monthly Archives: October 2012

My Computer Is Poorly Too!

Snake Inside Computer 3
Mine isn’t this bad, however.  This is from 2002 in Australia when an engineer went to find out why the computer wasn’t working!  Boy did the Engineer get a fright and took the pictures to prove what had happened!!!

Hi Folks

Just stopped by, via Eldest’s computer (who is not happy with him being kicked off) to say that my computer is sick at the moment.  I think my hard drive has decided to give up the ghost and DH is away again for a couple of days and he is my IT guy!!!

So there won’t be any posts for a couple of days until I can get it fixed.  I have also broken a light bulb in the fitting in our dressing room and now the base won’t come out, so I have broken a pencil to make the three things!!!!!  I am superstitious!!!!!!

Hope every one on the East Coast of the USA is safe and I will hopefully see you in a few days.

Susie 😦


Wicked Blog Hop Winner

I have been in such a spin, which is appropriate as Halloween is coming up!  The last few days have disappeared and the Boys have finished on Friday for a week’s holiday and boy do I need it!!!!!!
I am so sorry to everyone who left comments on my Wicked Hop Post, I started off well and replied to them as they came in and then I got behind and I have not replied to about fifty of you and I am so sorry.  Please know that I have read everyone and loved hearing from you.  To all my new followers, hello, and sorry not to have contacted you.  I am going to try and catch up this week.
Friday was a manic day as I had gone out with the intention of getting my Christmas shopping finished and only managed to do about half of it! Then we were swimming Saturday and I had to get some urgent work finished, so that was the weekend gone.
 Any Hoo!!!!!  Mr Random Number Generator has picked a winner and it is Helen of New Jersey who said :
      Really love the houses and thank you for sharing the pattern. I am following!
Congratulations to Helen.  I have contacted her to arrange delivery.
Tomorrow is DH’s Birthday, another reason why the week was chaotic beforehand, and I am going to make him his favourite dinner.
I still have lots of quilting to do and hope to load some pictures of that this week too.
Thank you for coming along with me on this Hop.  I will now try and catch up on the days I have missed, with all the other ladies who have been hosting!!!
The Hop is still on and tomorrow these ladies are hosting :
Monday, October 29th











 So Hop Along and see what they have been up to.
Therica asked me where the pictures of the pumpkins at the end of the post came from.  It was off a CD of photographs, royalty free images,  which I use for my blog and for other graphic things I have to do.  I have had the CD for a number of years and it has some amazing pictures on them.
Anyway I have to go as I now have to get dinner for DH and my little, or in the case of Eldest; biggest, swimmers.
We hope that everyone on the East Coast of America can stay safe with the approaching storm and that the damage is not too bad, although I don’t think that is possible looking at the forecast.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
See you all soon.
Susie x

Wicked Tuesday


What an Amazingly Wicked Start to the Wicked Blog Hop!!!!!
Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by on my Day of the Hop and left lovely comments.  I am in the process of working my way through everyone’s comments and if I haven’t done so far, just wanted to say thank you.  I had great fun and all the other ladies who hosted yesterday, their blocks were great too!
Today there are another set of ladies hosting and you can find them here :
Tuesday, October 23rd











I have now started on my next quilting project, which is a table runner for the Boys Godmother for her birthday at the beginning of November.  I am slowing ticking things off my list!!!!
I did manage to get this done after finishing the Wicked Blog Hop Block, which is for our Quilt Club’s Christmas present swap.  This year they decided to make a pincushion.  Yep same design as the Halloween one!!!
Today I have to catch up on some work which didn’t get done yesterday.  I have to also go to the Doctors for some tests, yuck!!!!
DH is away again for three days on business but at least in this country this time, down on the South Coast!!!  So Swimming Club run tonight for both Boys and tomorrow we get to stay in!!!  Thursday we have Parents Evening for Eldest as he has to now start his University applications; so many forms to fill in!
Thursday DH will be back but not sure what time and its also swimming, again!!!!  We are also swimming on Saturday evening this week too!!!!
Sunday will have to be a sorting out day, too many jobs, not enough time as usual!!!!
Anyway, go visit all the ladies who are hopping today.  I really need to get on with my work now!!!
Have A Terrifying Tuesday.
Spooky Susie x

Welcome To The Wicked Blog Hop!

My Day is Today!!!!
 Welcome to my Day on the Wicked Blog Hop, hosted by the Wicked Wendy of and thought up by Madame Samm of  and many thanks to them both for sorting this out.  Wicked Wendy has been wonderful, answering emails and sorting out who and when; you did a Wicked job!!!!

As you know, if you read my blog, my first Blog Hop was the Red, White & Blue One hosted in July by Jane at Jane’s Fabrics and Quilts.  The second one I participated in was Think Christmas in August hosted by Lesley from The Cuddle Quilter.

For the Red, White & Blue one I did a log cabin block and for Think Christmas I did four houses. Which brings me to our Wicked Blog Hop today.

I decided to combine the house block with the log cabin block to make a spooky house come log cabin!!!!!  If you do read my blog you will know I have been having a little trouble with quilting, mainly this block!!!  I had to re-size the house block and then adjust the log cabin block, which was not easy.  The finished block has come out at 10 1/2″ instead of the 12 1/2″ I have done in the past, but I think it turned out really well.

I also said I would do a little tutorial for this, so here goes :


Here are the pieces to make the house block (don’t you just love the colours)  This is what I cut :

Green Strip :  1 x 3/4″ x 6 1/4″        (This is the black strip under the house in the diagram)

Orange Halloween Fabric : 2 x 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″              (This is the body of the house)
                                                  2 x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″
                                                  1 x 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
                                                  1 x 17/8″ x 1 7/8″

Red Tile Fabric : 1 x 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″          (This is the roof block)
                               1 x 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″

Plain Orange Fabric: 1 x 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″  (This makes the sky, door and windows)
                                   1  x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″
                                   1 x 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″
                                   2 x 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″
                                   1 x 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
                                   2 x 3/4″ x 1 1/4″

Purple Halloween Pattern : 2 x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″        (This makes the chimney blocks)

You will have to allow for some cutting down and straightening up as I have had to reduce the original measurements!


1.  Using the 1 7/8″ squares pair them as follows :

A Plain Orange square with an Orange Halloween square
An Orange Halloween square with a Red Tile square
A Plain Orange Square with a Red Tile Square

Use the easy sandwich method to make six triangle square units from the paired squares.  Set aside.
To make the house block sew Purple Halloween chimney block  (1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″) to a Plain Orange sky rectangle (3/4″ x 1 1/4″) along the 1 1/4″ side, press.  Do the same for the other chimney block.

Sew the sky (Plain Orange Fabric) between the chimney blocks  (1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″) and press.
Assemble the top row by sewing the two 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ Plain Orange squares to the ends of the chimney and sky strips.  Press.  This makes the sky and chimney block.
Now move on to the roof block :
Arrange your paired squares as in the diagram Plain Orange fabric with the Orange Halloween fabric, the Orange Halloween Fabric and Red Tile Fabric, then your Red Tile Fabric Square (1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″).  Finally a Red Tile Fabric and Plain Orange Fabric square.  As above.  Sew together and then press to make the roof block.
The House Body :
Sew an Orange Halloween Fabric Bar  (1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″) each side of a Plain Orange fabric bar (1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″) and press. This makes the walls either side of the door.
Sew an Orange Halloween Fabric bar  (1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″) each side of the Plain Orange fabric bar (1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″) and press.  This makes the walls either side of the window.
Sew an Orange Halloween Fabric bar (1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) to the bottom of the window block from the step above.
Sew the window and bar block to the walls and door block to make the body of the house block as above.
My Rows ready to sew together.
Sew the three rows of blocks together beginning with the sky/chimney block to the roof block and then the body of the house block, finally adding the green strip at the bottom under the house.
Mine measures 5″ x 4 1/2″.  As the measurements have been adjusted you may need to do a little trimming and straightening!
I then added my Log Cabin strips which instead of 2″ wide I made 1″ wide.  I measured each side of my House Block and made the strips that long.  If you read the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop tutorial you will remember that you add the log cabin strips either clockwise or anti-clockwise.  However which ever way you start, keeping going the same way!
Here is the first round of log cabin blocks added
 You can of course add as many strips as you wish, building it up as you go.


The Finished Block
 I decided to add a border of the Red Tile Fabric as a frame.  I love the way this has turned out and the colours are amazing.  I just love them so much.
My finished 10 1/2 ” Wicked Blog Hop Block which I am going to make into a small mat for my Halloween/Fall decorating.

I do hope you have understood the tutorial, but if there are any problems or queries please email me and I will try and sort it out, as I said it was not easy sizing down the block! I don’t know how quilt designers do it!!!!!

The Log Cabin Block came from Block of the Month and the House Block from, both of which you can download and use, thank you to them. 


I am having a Giveaway.  There are three lovely Halloween decorations and a Halloween Pin Cushion I have made from the fabrics left over from the block above.  



To Win all you have to do is follow my blog, if you don’t already, and just leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.  That’s it.  I will ship Internationally and please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger.  If you are not sure, leave me your email address in your comment.

I will announce the winner on Friday October 26th, so I can get it in the post to you for Halloween.

The pin cushion design is from Ayumi Takahashi at Pink Penguin and she allows some of her designs to be used for personal use, and they are great.  Thanks to her.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my Day on the Wicked Blog Hop.  I love hearing from you and have had great fun with this Hop, so thanks to Wendy and Madame Samm.
Please now go and visit all these other ladies Hosting today :
Monday, October 22nd









  Have a Wicked Hop and see you all soon.


Spooky Susie x

Something Wicked This Way Comes!

I hope you are all ready for our Wicked Blog Hop which begins tomorrow and my Day is Tomorrow!  There is a small tutorial to do with the Block I have made and a Giveaway.
My ever-lasting Pumpkin
So don’t delay and come back tomorrow to see what I have been up to.
The mice are running around!
I have also been decorating for Halloween and have some pictures of what I have done so far.
The gourds and spooky candle holder.
Have a Super Sunday and hurry back tomorrow for some Wicked Ways!
Spooky Susie x


You know Snoopy has to get in on the act!

The Wednesday Wag

I Got Wet This Morning
Today did not start well!  It was heavy rain and when I went out for my first early morning meander through the garden I was soaked!!!!

My towel was nice and warm though as Mom had put it on the radiator for me.  I hate days like this.  I know that my paws are going to be wet all day!!

As you can see my paws are looking fine at the moment.  I had a brush which took rather a long time as I need to have my hair cut.  We can go to the hairdressers now that Mom has got her car back.
Life around here is getting very busy, Mom is either working or at her desk sewing.   The Boys are busy with school work, but they are off soon for a weeks holiday which will be great and Dad is out constantly at work!
I don’t mind so long as I get my breakfast, my walk and lots of loving, which I get in abundance!!!!!!!
I am just waiting now for my Halloween costume to be finished which Mom is doing.
I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

Animal Paw Print

Quiet, Don’t Tell Anyone But ……!


Don’t shout it too loud but I got some quilting done over the weekend and here is a little preview for the Wicked Blog Hop starting next Monday October 22nd!!!!
Aren’t the colours lovely, I love these fabrics and can’t wait to show you the rest!!!
I will be having a giveaway too and a little tutorial.  When I can show you the whole block you will understand why I had so much trouble!!!!!!
Besides quilting it was a busy weekend as usual.  Youngest was camping on Saturday evening for a back to basics camp with Scouts and they had to build their own shelter.  He looked like the Blimp Man when he went on Saturday morning with thermals on, thick trousers, t-shirt, fleece jumper and body warmer, he could hardly move!!!!!
He took a spare set of clothes in case the others got soaked and ended up wearing them as well!  The weather was very cold and frosty and they had built like a TeePee shape shelter but the worst thing, he said, was all the wildlife moving around outside their camp.  I don’t think any of them got any sleep!!!!!
Eldest was swimming on Saturday evening for the Club in a new league and we came second!   Not bad for the first time out.  Eldest won his race in a photo finish but did not get a PB (personal best!) he was 9 seconds off what he had done 100m free before!!!
Girlfriend stayed on Friday night, which is why no quilting was done Friday evening!!!!
Saturday DH and I ran some errands in the morning, after dropping off Youngest, and also went to the garden centre to get some winter pansies for my planters and then called in on some friends we hadn’t seen for ages.  
It was a great weekend.
Anyway I have work to do today as well as a huge basket of ironing, again!! Also the window men are coming to replace three window units which have gone.  As well as the Scout run and taking Eldest to his tutor and dinner.  The usual, you know!!!!!! 
However there will be more quilting this evening for sure!!!!
Have a Great Monday
Susie x