Monthly Archives: August 2015

Quilt Show NEC Birmingham!

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Warning Picture Heavy Post!!!!!

Jayne and I spent the day at the NEC yesterday for the start of the Festival of Quilts.  I have never been on a Thursday before and because it was opening day it was very, very busy!!!!  We started the day looking at all the quilts which had been entered for the competitions and I have lots of pictures below, but one thing we both noticed was how dark in colour and view many of the quilts were!  My own personal choice is traditional quilts which are colourful.  I think the art quilts and picture quilts are amazing and the time and effort put in by the quilt maker is amazing but again some of them were really dark.

As you know I only take pictures of the quilts I love so here are the ones which I loved this year.

DSC04850Love this one for all the hard work and the colours were stunning

DSC04877You know we love dogs and this was amazing

DSC04876Christmas comes early.

DSC04875Loved this quilt.

DSC04874This quilt is by Sheena Norquay who I met at Quilt Club and I loved it.  I would have loved to take this home.

DSC04873The full quilt

DSC04872Love this, the hours which the quilter must have spent!

DSC04871A very cute children’s quilt.

DSC04870This was in the Miniature Quilt display and I am so envious of how they did this and these colours really speak to me.

DSC04869The full miniature quilt.

DSC04868More birds.

DSC04867This was a massive quilt and very small sections.  I wouldn’t have the patience but it was great.

DSC04866This quilt was made from scraps of fabrics bought, begged and found from the quilters family.

DSC04864Love the nautical theme of this quilt.

DSC04863I seem to go for all the animal quilts. 

DSC04862More animals.

DSC04861Bear paws, stunning I wanted to take this home as well.

DSC04860This was incredible; six separate quilts when put together to make the whole quilt!

DSC04859My favourite block; Log Cabin quilt.

DSC04858This was another favourite.

DSC04857DSC04856The time it must have taken to do this as the flowers were all done individually with material and small pieces.

DSC04855Another winter stitchery and it really stood out being black and white.

DSC04854DSC04853Love the blues and creams of this quilt.

DSC04852Not so keen on the red but it made a stunning statement.

DSC04851I think this is my favourite of them all, well maybe, oh now I don’t know!!!!

Whilst we were walking round the vendors I bumped into DH’s cousin who also does patchwork but generally hexagons.  She makes some stunning items and has a lot of patience, something I don’t have.  I have tried making hexies but they drove me mad!!!!!!  It was lovely to see her and catch up.

We got there for 9.00am and left at 4.00pm and Jayne and I were both shattered, but really enjoyed the day.  Jayne got a cutting mat and when we both get back from vacation we will be going to the local quilt shop for her to get some other bits.  She also bought a pattern to make with the fabric I bought her for her Birthday, so I will show you her progress.

Must dash now as I have to pack for our vacation, can’t wait.  Hope you are all having a wonderful Friday.

Hugs, Susie x

The Wednesday Wag!

Mom’s busy today getting things ready for our vacation and everything of mine is being washed, including Teddy!  I am hiding at the moment in case Mom decides to wash me!!!!! (No Treacle I don’t have time to wash you, but you could do with it!!!)

Mom has also been watching the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia whilst she has been working and tomorrow morning in the heats is one of our Swimming Club Members, Molly Renshaw, and she will be swimming in the 200m Breaststroke.

I personally don’t like getting wet, unless it is on my Spa day, but then I have two ladies doing my spa treatments and a nice warm cabinet in which to dry, now that I don’t mind!!!!

DSC04809It’s been raining again today but it is still mild but no sunshine.  Mom let me have the door open for a while but then said it was getting cold!!!!  Can’t win, I love the sunshine best.

DSC03298This is also what Mom’s been up to, washing everything in sight that they will need on vacation!!!  I am helping of course by keeping track of the washing!!!!!

I hope you are having a happy Woofy Wednesday


Getting Ready!

I have been busy getting things ready before we go away, including the house and garden!  If only I could ban the Boys, DH and Treacle from the house having done the jobs!!!!!  I know its not possible but if only…….!

I was going through my camera card, deleting pictures I had transferred to my main storage and came across some old pictures

IMG_0232This was ten years ago (!) on holiday.  Youngest was five and Eldest was nine!!!!

Loch Mohr 3This was five years ago (!) on holiday.  Eldest was fifteen and Youngest was eleven!!!!!

When they were six and ten we changed their rooms round and Youngest went from the smallest to the biggest and vice versa.  At the moment they are arguing that they should go back and Youngest have the smallest again and Eldest have the larger one!!!!!!  I cannot believe they are arguing over the smallest bedroom!  Anyway here are pictures of what they looked like after we had swapped them.

IMG_0465 IMG_0466We told them they could request one thing and Youngest asked for a bed off the floor and as he was train mad at the time DH and I built him a carriage bed, like a Pullman train carriage.  He loved it.

View 3 View 2Eldest requested  a “grown up” bedroom and so we created for him a teenage “pad” and he loved it, still does as it looks the same today and this is the room they both want.

We have decided to leave things as they are for the next few months until Eldest has decided what he is going to do and then when that decision is made then we may swap the rooms round again.  Of course we will have to paint both of them before we do and now they are older they both can help!!!!!!!

Busy sorting out clothes tonight for packing and sorting my stash out with things I want to take away.  Thursday my good friend, Jayne, and I are going to the big quilt show at the NEC in Birmingham, can’t wait.

Hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x