Monthly Archives: January 2016

Auntie “Grandma” Wright

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RIP

Margaret Wright 

1927 – 2016

Sorry for lack of posts but DH’s Aunt, who was honorary Grandmother to our Boys, as theirs had all passed, passed away last week.  She was 88 and had had some health issues but was still living at home and very much with the world, looked after by her three daughters, Katherine, Judy and Elaine.   Margaret’s husband, Uncle Walt, was brother to DH’s mother. The funeral is next Tuesday. 

The above picture is of Margaret and Walt holding Eldest when he was just born.

We all saw her just before Christmas, with Judy and Elaine, and fortunately Eldest had made it to see her too which we are now very thankful for.  We had a lovely evening catching up on everyone’s news and Eldest was showing her a picture on his phone.  Whilst she had it and finished looking at the picture she started swiping the phone to look at his other pictures!!!!!  This is someone who was not used to new technology,  Eldest was amazed and jumped up to retrieve his phone before she could see something she shouldn’t!!!!!!!!!!   

I have been doing some quilting, but not a lot just trying to keep busy.  Work, of course, is always there!

I hope you are having a good Monday.

Hugs, Susie x

The Wednesday Wag!

DSC05160I can’t believe it is Wednesday already and I really have not done much since last Wednesday, except eat and sleep and play!!!!!  The weather is not good either as it is very, very cold, so I have been making the most of my basket!

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Sorry Mom I am too tired to write anymore today!

Alright for some Treacle, the rest of us have to work for a living!!!!!!

Woof, Treacle

A Commission!

DSC03998I have my first commission!  To make a quilt for DH’s cousin’s first Grandchild, a little girl!  The baby is due at the end of May so I have plenty of time to get organised.  Granddad is from Sweden so their only request was to incorporate some fabric from the Moomin range, which their girls grew up with.

I managed to find some on Etsy and have ordered it and when it arrives I am going to take it to the quilt store to match some of the colours!  I think I may be doing the pattern above as it lends itself to having the Moomin fabric as the central piece and to make a feature of it.  Well that’s the plan at the moment!!!!! 

Needless to say I didn’t get anything done in Eldest’s/Quilt Room 😦 nor did I get the quilts basted as I was busy catching up on house jobs and two basket loads of ironing!   I am hoping to some things done in the evenings this week.

DSC05158 DSC05159We had a little flurry of this on Sunday but not enough for Treacle to play in, and it didn’t last and was gone by the evening!

DSC05156We took Youngest go-karting for his Birthday before Christmas but unfortunately it was cut short as the track was becoming slippy, so on Friday we took him and seven friends for a return match, especially as they had all finished their mock exams.  They had a great evening and Youngest came third in the race they had between them!  We ended up at McDonalds for tea, which they all enjoyed too!

I hope your Monday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x

Alan Rickman

RIP

Alan Rickman

1946 – 2016

Forever Professor Snape, despite hundreds of other roles on stage and screen.  Any film role he took, he stole the film.  He will be missed.

Susie x

Visitors!

DH’s cousins are coming tomorrow and I have been wading through my cook books to find something everyone likes and I can leave happily cooking away during the day and have decided to use Delia Smith’s Sirloin Beef in Red Wine, it has a lovely melt in the mouth flavour with a rich sauce.  I have had to make some adjustments as one of his cousins is wheat/gluten/dairy free but it has been quite easy, also with the dessert, an apple and blackberry crumble.

Youngest has been off all day today revising but we did have to go to the dentist and pick up his new retainer as the old top one split in half (!) so he had to have a new one made!  He is also off tomorrow all day again so he will be able to help get ready for our visitors. Eldest is also coming.

Youngest has swimming tonight but I am then hoping to get some more tidying done in Eldest’s room/my sewing room!!!!  and get some things laid out, well that’s the plan!!!! It is not quite as bad as this picture but………..!

I have also come up with a plan which I am hoping to get going during the summer, but that depends on how much gets done between now and Easter!  I will keep you informed.

I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday, it has been raining again (!) here today but it is supposed to be getting colder by the end of the week with the possibility of snow!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh joy, at least Treacle will be pleased!

Hugs, Susie x

The Weekend

DSC05137It was a busy weekend but Saturday I did get some time to do a bit of something quilty like!  Remember this?

DSC05141With the help of DH it became this!  And what might it be you ask?

DSC05143An ironing table!  When I am sewing at my desk in our den I have the iron set upon in the utility which is not far but by the time you have walked backwards and forwards thirty times ironing seams and pressing blocks, it is a little tiring so I thought this was a great idea.  I cannot claim to have had this idea, there are lots of them around in Blogland and on Pinterest but that’s why I love it, you get some great ideas from it and whoever did it originally, thanks it is a great idea!

DSC05142It is a TV table which people use while sitting on the sofa watching TV and eating their dinner at.  I managed to find it at a local shop reduced in the January sales for £8 and I already had the batting and I have also put some of the special batting you use for hot pads underneath as well and I just love the sewing tree fabric which I bought last year.  Treacle, of course, had to get in on the act!!!  DH did all the stapling for me underneath the top.

Saturday evening DH and Youngest were out at the new swimming competition and the Club did well coming third and Youngest came second in his two races.

Sunday we spent the whole day, from 6.15am until 7.30pm at the Club’s 43rd Open where we have clubs from around the country come and swim.  The meet was full with I think over 500 swimmers and over 1,000 swims but the day was very busy and very long.  The venue is great for the swimmers and spectators, but I am in event control where we do all the timings etc which is above the pool in its own room.  Because it is very hot in the main area and around the pool this room is air conditioned, but to such an extent that we all about freeze in there!  Everyone else was in shirt sleeves and we are all sitting there in jumpers!!!! 

We had some issues with the timing system at the start which had a knock on effect on the event and it took us about an hour to sort out, while the swimmers continued with the events but we managed to overcome it and get back on track.  All three of us were tired by the end of it and we had dinner when we got home (I had already made it the day before and just had to heat it up) and went straight to bed!

Youngest has another week of exams then he will be back to normal lessons next week (!).  Tom’s cousins are coming for dinner on Wednesday evening and it will be great to see them, we didn’t get to see them at Christmas.  Next weekend we are in and not doing anything so I am hoping to get the Boys quilts sandwiched.  I tried with the basting spray on some scrap pieces and it really worked well so that is my aim at the weekend to get both quilts sandwiched. 

I even persuaded Youngest that I can use Eldest’s room, while they all decide what they are doing, as a sewing room and we had just taken my machine and bits up to his room when he arrived to collect some things!!!!!!!!!  I told him that his bed will always be there for him no matter what, I just may have to move all my material and batting off it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Treacle did not looked too pleased though as she has also put her claim in to have the room as well!!!!  When I have tidied up she is welcome to share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope your Monday is going well

Hugs, Susie x

RIP David Bowie 1947 – 2016 

My favourite memory of him is playing King Jareth in Labyrinth and who didn’t want to be Sarah Williams in that beautiful dress

Loved his music

Quilty Things!

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I have been ordering a few things which are going to help me quilt the Boys big quilts.  These will be the biggest quilts I have done so far and know it is going to be a challenge.  The above, as I am sure you will know, are quilt clips to hold the big quilts rolled up whilst you are working on a piece.  When I have done the smaller ones I have them neatly rolled and then they just slowly undo, so I thought I would give these a go!

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Here is the spray baste which I am also going to give a go!  Reading around Blogland you find quilters who are all for spray basting and then those which will not touch it with a barge pole!  But I always believe in trying something once (within reason of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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Whilst looking round Blogland at spray basting quilts I found a brilliant idea and I managed to find the thing I needed on sale!!!!  So big score.  Can you guess what it is going to be?

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I also ordered the batting for the Boys quilts and here it is.

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This is the backing for Youngest’s quilt!  He can’t wait!!!!!

I managed to get a lot of jobs done today and my work, so I may be able to get some quilting done tomorrow, although I am going to have to enlist the help of DH with the quilts as they are so big!!!

I hope your Friday is going well and we made it to the Weekend!!!!! Yeah.

Hugs, Susie x

PS  I may take my machine and all the quilts up to Eldest’s room and use his desk, but shush don’t tell him!!!!!!!