Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Wednesday Wag !

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Lunch required please!

I have had an extremely busy morning.  Up at 5.30am for an early breakfast meeting, then a quick visit to Eldest and Youngest before they headed off to school and I got ready for my appointment at the beauty parlour.  

My treatments began at 9.00am and my chauffeur dropped me off just before.  It was quite busy at the parlour today!  

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Is this my best side?

My chauffeur arrived to collect me at 12.30pm and the ladies have done an excellent job on my coat and nails! 

We arrived home at 2.00pm where I had a late lunch and I have now retired to my basket for a little afternoon sojourn!

Mom says I look and smell so much better!

Have a wonderful waggy Wednesday

Woof, Treacle

Animal Paw Print

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Thank You Mom for taking me to the Hairdressers!

Odds and Ends!

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This is our ornamental cherry tree in the garden.  This year the flowers are stunning and I think it is because of all the rain we had last year!  Treacle, of course, had to get in on the act.

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These are just a couple of the lambs born at the Farm Shop at the beginning of the month, aren’t they cute?  Of course, like children, they don’t stay small for long!!!!!!!

Today Youngest is swimming all day at an Open Gala to the north of us and DH is timekeeping.  Eldest is working hard revising for his exams which begin next week and Treacle and I have house jobs to do!  Well I have jobs to do and she is supervising from her basket!!!!!

If I can get through the jobs quickly I have got some more quilting to do.

Have a sunny Sunday

Susie x

Quilt Show Take Two

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Although there were not as many retailers here, as at the big show in August, there was still plenty to buy!  I made the classic mistake of having a quick look at the stalls and then heading off to see the quilts before it got busy.  I saw a couple of bundles of fat quarter fabrics that I was interested in but of course by the time I got back they had gone!!!!  Won’t do that again!

Anyway I did get some material for a couple of quilts I want to make from one of the stalls.  You know what its like when you have the specific fabric in mind and then don’t see exactly what you want.  Well fortunately I did at the show.

I have a baby quilt to make and here are the fabrics I have chosen for it

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I love this panel. 

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These are the materials I bought to go with it.

I also saw this panel at the same stall and as you know we love doggies.  In fact some of them remind me of Treacle!

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For Christmas DH and The Boys bought me this picture and I love it.  It’s in our kitchen and looks great.  Having looked at in place for a few months it came to me that the colours would be great as a quilt.

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I love this picture.

Anyway I have started to collect material so I can plan something out.  Here is the start

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As always I have more ideas and material than time!!!!!! Now if only you could buy more time at a stall!!!!

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Treacle is waiting for the new dog quilt as she thinks it is for her! Here is her latest trick, walking around with an empty bottle in her mouth!  She now retrieves them out of the recycling basket!!!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Quilt Show.

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Although I am not getting much quilting done (still working on Eldest’s quilt), I did get to go to the British Quilt & Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire on April 26th.

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The Racecourse where the show was held.

It only began a couple of years ago but has gotten bigger each year.  It is great to have a show near us and I have noticed that more and more are springing up.  The major show is in August at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham but I can’t always make that one, so these local shows are a real treat.

I took pictures of the quilts I liked best.

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This quilt by Hilary Beattle of Lincoln which is bonded applique, machine and hand stitched and an original design.

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Quilt by Helen Conway of Merseyside.  African Batik, shwe shwe, kola dyed fabrics pieced and appliqued.  A fun tribute to author Alexander McCall Smith and Magie Relph.

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This reminded me of the Blog Hop Bowls with Borders from Madame Samm

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This was a beautiful quilt made from embroidery pieces picked up in charity shops.  Generally old table cloths, tea cloths and tray cloths which were stained in places but the embroidery had been rescued and made into this quilt.

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Blocks & Beads by Jane Waumsley, Derbyshire. 

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This quilt is titled “England’s Green and Pleasant Land” by Sue Fawcett of Bednall

I love the colours.

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This Quilt is called “Golden Geese” By Anja Townrow who does some wonderful pieces.

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“Heart of the Peak” by Greta Fitchett of Derby.  I don’t usually like art quilts but this is great.  Designed in the style of a 1920’s railway poster, depicting a Derbyshire Village.  Bounded applique and machine embroidery.

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I love this.  It is called “New Hats – Old Friends” by Jenny Rundle of Andover and quilted by Mandy Parks.

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I just love this quilt!

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This is called Madrona Corners and I think the effect is great.

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This reminds me of Scotland

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This quilt is called Transition : In, Out, Up Down.

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This is called “Where I Live” by Thomas Procter of Nottingham which is my home town too!

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I Love the Autumn feel of this quilt.

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And this one too.

There was also a special exhibition of work by Dianne Huck who sadly passed away this year.  She was a founding member of the British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine and also a founder of the Quilts UK exhibition in Malvern.  She was one of the most influential quilt makers and facilitators of her generation.  Here are a selection of quilts made by Dianne and also ones given to her on her travels.

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I just love this table runner.

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This looks more like a picture than a quilt and I could have easily taken this home with me.

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I could also see this one at home too!!!!

As this has been a long post I will show you tomorrow the things I bought! 

I hope you have a fantastic Friday and happy Quilting.  We have friends coming round for dinner tonight and looking forward to seeing their holiday pictures of their three week holiday in the US.

Susie x

Driving Miss Daisy?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photographs with the Fiat Abarth.

The first weekend back from our vacation Youngest had his First Drive in a Fiat Abarth at Rockingham Race Track.  Eldest did this and it meant that when he started his proper driving lessons he actually drove on the first lesson.

There are a course of four to do and they teach them the basics of driving as well as reversing and maneuvering around a set area.  In Drives two and three they get to go around the oval racetrack!

Youngest had a great time and loved every minute of it.  Eldest and Girlfriend then had a drive each on the skid pan, really useful with all the snow we had this year.  It was a great day out.

Susie x

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Grown up driving – very different to the computer!!!!

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Eldest and Girlfriend on the skid pan.

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Look what we did!

Where Does Time Go?

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Well April has gone by and I honestly don’t know where it went! 

We were away for two weeks of it on vacation and had a great time.  The above picture is a view from our bedroom window (in fact a view from all the main windows of the cottage where we stayed)  The weather was cold and most evenings we had some snow, which had gone by lunchtime.  However it was also very bright so we managed to get out and about on walks.  The Boys also went cycling and we all went swimming (indoors of course!).  The two weeks flew by and we were soon back to work!

Work has been hectic since we got back and catching up for me on what wasn’t done before we went away.  By the second week of being back I was up to date, which was a relief.  DH has been busy and has now managed to catch a heavy cold with a very annoying cough so most nights he is keeping me awake and then he is getting up early for work, so by about 5.00pm it feels like10.00pm to me!!!!!!!  He is slowly getting over it and I am really hoping I won’t catch it as well!

The Boys are back at school with Eldest now gearing up for his final exams before he finishes School for good!!  I cannot believe that it will be fourteen years since he first started (now that has flown by)  However when I think of all the things we have done in those fourteen years it has been an amazing and fun journey!  Youngest is also doing his end of year exams too so they are both a little stressed.

Youngest has also had four teeth out now and his big braces go on next week and the week after so he is feeling a little sorry for himself at the moment, but it has not stopped him swimming.  They have a competition on Saturday where he will be one of the eldest competing at that level so he is really looking forward to that.

Treacle came home from the kennels full of the joys of spring and is next week off to the Hairdressers for a much needed hair cut.

The weather has definitely improved and I managed over the long weekend just gone to get my Spring cleaning finished (DH helped a lot).  It is so good to get it done and the house looks wonderful.  I usually get it done before we go away but the weather was so bad I just didn’t feel like it.  We just now need to tackle the garden the next time the weather is good.

Below are a few more pictures of our holiday and I will be back tomorrow with more of what we have been up to.

Hugs, Susie x

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