Monthly Archives: May 2013

Our Eldest is All Grown Up!!!!

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Ready for the Ball!

Last night the Sixth Formers were all out in their finest for the Sixth Form Ball/Prom.  Yesterday was their last day of school ever after fourteen years!  They then just go back in the next four weeks for their exams.

The organising committee had arranged for a dinner/disco at the banqueting suite at the local football club but first they all went to school for a group photograph of the whole year.  The girls all looked lovely and the boys very handsome in their tuxes!

Eldest looked very smart and very grown up!  Here are some more pictures.

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Youngest, Eldest, DH and Treacle of course at home

We all then went round to Girlfriends house for Eldest to collect her.  The dress and shoes were gorgeous,

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School was a madhouse when we got there and so much noise, but they finally got them organised.

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The whole of the Upper Sixth for 2013

They had a great time and the rain held off until late in the evening so at least all the girls got there with their dresses safe and dry.

We are so proud of him.

Susie x

I Forgot to tell you about the local news!!!!!

https://irs1.4sqi.net/img/general/width960/434821_3Pm_kCGFs1BfmUsA6TEFUpiRSRGtxNrZo3TCiN3XA_Q.jpgI forgot to tell you the big news in our Village.  This opened whilst we were away on vacation!  It used to be a Little Chef and had been not too bad but they had been closing them and finally ours did close and it was never very busy.  

There had been a lot of speculation about what it was going to be if anything and some had heard Costa Coffee had bought it but whilst we were away it was all re-done, re-painted and opened.

Of course the older teenagers have adopted it as their own and if you go past during a lunch time the car park is full mainly with kids from the Boys school!!!  I popped in on my way to pick Youngest up from school one afternoon and got a coffee and it really is nice inside and it was very quiet at the time.

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So I think it will be a big hit. 

Susie x

Which Way To Turn?

This is actually what it is like this week!!!!!!!

Not only are we busy with work, everything else seems to have got busy as well at the same time and despite trying to keep everything straight this week, I am not doing a good job!

Youngest has had his third brace fitted today so he now looks like Jaws from the James Bond film!!! He said, I didn’t!!!!!!

Tomorrow is Eldest’s last day of school after fourteen years and they are getting a little hyper to say the least (you wouldn’t believe that they are all 17/18 year olds!)  Tomorrow night is their Sixth Form Ball/Prom and I have got the dinner suit dry cleaned, shirt ironed and ready but I am sure there will be something that I will need to fetch/collect/buy before tomorrow night!

The Swimming Club is going through some issues which will hopefully be sorted by June but we have now been informed that our quality standard is changing and we will have just over a month to produce the new paperwork or we may lose the accreditation!  I am the one who does all the paperwork for it and have made strenuous objections to the fact that we will have only a month to get the paperwork done but other clubs have until the end of November!!!!  Again I have spent over an hour sorting this out and the people who are being paid to do the job sit back and issue these dates with no thought as to the logistics of getting it sorted!!!!!!!  Grrrrrr!

Of course the things I want to get done (quilting?!!!!!) get put to the back because of sorting these things out.  Today is house jobs day and that hasn’t been done yet because of this so my little stress meter is in the red zone at the moment!!!!!

Treacle is quite happy though, she is with Youngest on his bed snoozing whilst he is catching up on some work!  It’s a dogs life!!!!!

I hope you are all having a less stressful Thursday.

Hugs, Susie x

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