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Mainly what my Blog is about, well its supposed to be! My Quilts

A Quilty Post!

Yes I know don’t faint, a quilty post from me!!!  I did get quite a bit of quilting done whilst we were in Scotland but not quite finished things off, so I have been trying to get things done since we got home.  Anyway here is the first finish which should have been done for the end of November last year, so only six months late!!!  Groan!

I took these pictures yesterday outside as it was lovely and warm which was great, but it has blurred the quilt a bit!

This quilt is for our very good friend Alan, who after the Lockdowns bought a caravan for him and his wife, Pat, to go on holiday as although they love to travel abroad they are not confident at the moment so are travelling in this country.  Anyway he said right at the start he would like a quilt for his caravan more as a joke but I thought what a great idea for his Birthday at the end of November last, for this year when they started travelling again.  SO I managed to get some caravan material and I found the VW Camper Van holiday fabric and combined with this wonderful blue spot. 

My very good friend, Susan, in the US, sent me this wonderful green material and I saved it for just the right project and thought it would be perfect for the backing to this quilt. 

I took a couple of pictures inside too.

Of course I had material left over so made a couple of mats for the table.  I still have some fabrice left so when I have finished everything I need to do I will probably make them some other things for the caravan.

I am going to take it round tonight for him.  Onto my next job which I am hoping to get done for second week of July, along with another quilt.  Then I am hoping to get my Christmas gifts made for “Christmas in July”!!!!  Really trying to be organised!! 

I hope you lovely lot are having a great Wednesday, almost the weekend!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

National/Worldwide Quilting Day!

Happy National/Worldwide Quilting Day!

I hope you all get time to do some quilting today.  I am hoping to, having got all my other home jobs done early!!!

This is what I am trying to get finished.  The King Size quilt for Eldest!!!  Then I have the other quilt to pin and get that quilted!!!  I still have a few weekends where DH is busy and I can use to get things done!!!

Happy Quilting Day!

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Oh What A Week!

It began on Monday with Miss Floof having her Spa Day and looking so much better and smelling a lot better when she came home!!!

She has felt a lot better too and full of the joys of a Spring Airedale.  Although today, it was nice and sunny again she was out in the garden unsupervised and has come in after eating grass and digging, when she actually decided to come in that is!!!

We finally got all the paperwork sorted for DH’s old truck and managed to order the new one which will be arriving in September.  This is the new one and it will be in this colour, Valencia Orange!!!!  You will certainly see him coming!!!

On Wednesday I went to see a good friend who had her knee replaced last week.  She is doing really well and of course the pain has gone so although she is on crutches is getting around really well.  I took them dinner.

Thursday morning I was playing taxi with both Boys, Eldest to his work and then followed Youngest as his Land Rover was in for a service and then to take him to get his golf out of where it is stored. However he forgot to take the key so I had to drive him back to the Land Rover and then back to the garage!!!!!  I finally got home at lunch and then sat down for work.  Then Eldest came home at 5.00pm and said he had pains in his chest and had spoken to our GP who recommended he go to our local A&E Hospital!!!

So I took him and arrived at 6.00pm.  I had to stay in the car park because of Covid and he went in.  Several tests, bloods etc later they decided he had at sometime possibly damaged his breast bone and it was in spasm which was why it was so painful.    He finally came out at 5.00am this morning and I had slept on and off in the car!!!  It was extremely cold but I fortunately had my coat in the car and put that over me.  The Fox came to visit though!!!!

Needless to say I did not get any of my jobs done today except work!!  It should have been home jobs day but I will have to get that done tomorrow now and all the washing and ironing.  Also it will be any early night for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Over the weekend DH is commentating at another swimming event all weekend so I am hoping to get some Quilting done. 

Tomorrow is National/Worldwide Quilting Day so hopefully I will get some done and I hope you lovely lot do too!

Have a wonderful, peaceful Weekend. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Quilting!

Now don’t faint!  Actually a Quilting post on a Quilting Blog!  I know amazing for me!  I should have finished these two before Christmas but having a bad cold which turned into a chest infection put me three weeks behind with Christmas preparation, including finishing these two small quilts.  The larger one was for DH and the smaller one for Youngest.  Eldest has a King size bed quilt which I am still trying to finish to come and no that did not get done either!!! 

It was also a cheat as well really as they were panels and all I had to do was sandwich them, quilt them and then sew the binding on, so not a lot of actual putting together really! 

DH and The Boys love pickup trucks and DH has a black one which he uses for work so when I saw this panel I just had to get it. 

I just love the colours on it.  Screams Christmas to me. 

Youngest’s was again a panel which you are supposed to create an Advent calendar from but he did not want me to cut it up (!) so I again just sandwiched it, quilted it and here it is.  Again the colours are wonderful and reminds me of our trips to London.  The numbers on the bottom which as I say you are supposed to sew around the sides I have decided to put this on our breakfast bar and put something on the relevant numbers for each of the Boys this coming Christmas!!! 

Although the panels are a bit of a cheat it is great for something to go together really quickly and have the end result done quickly too!  As you all know when you are creating a quilt, especially the King Size bed quilt for Eldest it does take rather longer!!! 

I hope you are all having a great Wednesday.   Treacle has parked herself under the radiator in our dining room, which is on, and does not want to move although she will be in a little while when she has to go out!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

It’s Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! Made it to the end of the week, work wise it has been one of THOSE weeks!!!!

So as promised ages ago here are some of the projects I finished whilst we were away, I just need to sew the bindings down. 

This is a small quilt which was a block of the month with Kathleen Tracy from her website.  She did the blocks and I put them on point.

I had some of this Autumn fabric left enough to do the back of the quilt.

These are some of the Christmas mats which I have finished and again just need to sew the bindings down. 

The backs fo the mats.

The backs and fronts of two mats and I made these from the squares left over from another project which I still need to sandwich and quilt which I will show you when done.

I have two Christmas projects which I have almost finished and I have just bought some more Christmas fabrice for another project I want to get done for this year. 

Now you just know I had to buy this when I saw it!!!!!  This is a pack with all the fabric in and then I have bought some more of Snoopy on his Dog House and also Snoopy on his sleigh.  I cannot wait for it to arrive and start making with it!!  I cannot decide whether to make some small things or a winter quilt?  What do you think?  

I still have some other projects which need finishing/starting and am hoping to carve out some time to do things. 

The weekend will be getting the garden done and a few other jobs around our home and then it will be done again for a while!!!  We have got to have some of our window glass replaced and they came today to measure up so hopefully it won’t be too long before it will be done, that will be another thing ticked off my list!!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to and I will be back on Monday with some more things. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Do You Need Me Mom?  Okay if not I will stay here! (The Leaves are starting to fall!)

The Wednesday Wag.

I had a consultation with my Doctor today and a check up and then would you believe he stuck me with a needle, I mean really!!!!  Whatever he puts in that needle always makes me sleepy for the rest of the day!

Mom says I am sure to be awake though when it is dinner time!!!!  My Doctor says that I am the picture of health and doing really well. 

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We managed to get some work done in the garden over the weekend but not as much as we hoped.  So this coming weekend we are hoping to tackle it.  There are quite a few things which need trimming and some cutting right down so hopefully we can get it done before Autumn really sets in.

Of course today is September 1st and the start of the Autumn months.  Where did summer go?  Our weather has not been good over the last few weeks, grey cloud, not cold, just grey.  We always say it is because the children are on holiday from school and they are due back next week, so we may get a few nice days again in September!!!

We did actually pick some leaves up at the weekend as our cherry tree is starting to drop leaves.  It will soon be dark in the evenings early and it will be getting colder again!!!  I just hope that we will not have any more lockdowns this year!!!  I think that will just tip me, and a lot of other people, over the edge!!!

I know I promised some pictures of the quilting I did over our vacation and will get them out and get some pictures of them, even if the bindings are not sewn down!!!  Hopefully Friday!!

I hope you are having a good Wednesday.  Home jobs tomorrow and I have the dentist first thing on Friday morning, Yuck, only a checkup though, thank goodness.  I think I may just have to go out afterwards!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xxx

Festival of Quilts.

On Friday DH and I made our way to The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham.  Obviously the event was not on last year so it was great to be able to go this year.  They had ensured wider aisles for people to pass easily and there were less people on each day to also help.  There were a lot of quilts and the ones below are my favourites.  The only downside to the show was there were not as many vendors as normal, especially the big fabric sellers so I was not able to get the material I wanted!!!  Hopefully next year they will be back. 

Warning : Picture Heavy Post!!!!

The above quilt was made by Alexandra Crompton who was getting over surgery and used quilting as an outlet.  I love the colours.

Who hasn’t seen seagulls sitting on steps like this?  Greta Fitchett of Derbyshire made this and it is entitled “Chips on the Menu Again”!!!!

The above is by LeAnn Hileman of Glendale, USA and is called “Missouri Barn”

I think this is my favourite by Jane Wheeler of Hampshire called “Treescape II” and the depth was amazing in fabric.

Again the one below is by Greta Fitchett and called “Dance at Dawn”.  I love the colours in it.

The above one is by Helen Schutten of the Netherlands and is called “My View of Brexit” Again I love the colours.

You know I love Elephants so this is my other favourite. This is by Susan de Vanny of Australia and is called “Deceptive”.

The above one is by Mary Mayne of Bedfordshire and is called “Banhamayne Village.  Lots of lovely houses/cottages.

The above one is by Birgitta Jadenfelt of Sweden and is called “Kotten”  Again the colours I love.

This was amazing.  By Jane O’Sullivan of Surrey and is called “Homeless Quilt”.  Jane volunterred at the charity Crisis in 2019 helping to repair garments for homless people.  The team helped 700 people so this quilt has 700 luggage labels with fabric on and they are joined by their string tabs. My only thought is where do you put this after the show!!!

I love the colours in the above quilt.  It is two person quilt; Tracy Balsdon & Sandy Chandler. 

Who doesn’t love a sewing based quilt?  This is by Connie Coupland & Shauna Large

Another two person quilt above by Maureen Lazenby & Iminei.  It is called “Maritime Signal Flags”

Another two person quilt by Alice Armstrong & Nicole Rollo and is called “Such a Pretty Garden of Flowers”  I just love the colours. 

The above quilt is a Group Quilt by Dulwich Quilters who number 28.  It is entitled “Housebound” and made during Lockdown.  I just love all the houses.

Above another Group Quilt; Upcycled FOQ Group of 34 called “A Cup of Me”!

Another Group Quilt above, Gibside Sewing Group of 12 and called “For Ever For Everyone”

Finally on Topic; Black Widow Natasha Romanoff played by Scarlett Johansson.

As I say these are my favourites and not the entire show, some of the quilts whilst being brillant were just not my taste.  I will be going next year, hopefully, and as I say hopefully it will be back to its normal size etc.

The weekend was very chaotic at home for various reasons and this week is about the same (!) and although we are due to be away from Saturday on vacation for two weeks it looks like we will not now be able to go until next Tuesday (!).  Joy!  Hey ho.

I have quite a few jobs to do this week as well but it now seems that I have more time (!) Always a silver lining I suppose.

Hope you are all having a good week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

It’s Friday, It’s The Weekend!

Yes we have made it to Friday, it was touch and go there for a while!!!!!! Saying that the weather is supposed to be dreadful with rain most days and possible thunder storms tomorrow!  However tomorrow for me it will be :

Eldest is working and DH & Youngest are off out to a car museum so Treacle and I have our home to ourselves, so I am going to spread out over my desk, DH’s desk, the kitchen breakfast bar, the laundry and anywhere else with all my sewing things.  In fact I may even get it out tonight so I am all ready tomorrow!    I have so much to do; bindings to make and get sewn on to the quilts; quilts to cut out; quilts to plan and of course quilts to finish!!!  I will be making a list of course!!!!  I am sure Treacle will be busy helping especially as she will be unable to go out if the weather is bad.

I will have pictures on Monday!  Also want to do some reading, that has got missed this week due to all the chaos!! 

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned and the weather is kind to you.  DH and I are out tonight for dinner with some friends who we haven’t seen for over a year and it will be great to catch up on all their news. 

Stay safe. 

Hugs & Love,

Susie & Treacle xx

A Little Bit of Sewing/Quilting.

Even though my wrist has been healing I was able to do a little bit of sewing and quilting over the last couple of weeks.  I got some material to make some new curtains for our kitchen.  Lots of people say you should not have curtains in the kitchen but I like them!

This is the material I chose and it has stags on although the Boys said they look like reindeer!

As you can see they are behind our sink.

I think they look great.  They are a little darker than what we had before but I could not get the same material or anything similar and especially in cotton which can be washed!

These are part of my 2021 Stitching Resolutions Aims.  I also decided to try a different style of quilting rather than the meander that I usually do.   Three are completed and I have two more to finish and then put the bindings on. 

The final two Christmas parcel table mats to quilt and bind.

I also got this small lap quilt sandwiched and quilted and just now need to add the binding to this. 

I have another small quilt to do and bind and then that is quite a few of my UFO’s completed.  I have a King Size quilt which is for Eldest to finish, I need to add another border to it and then quilt and bind it although as it is so huge I am debating whether to send it out for quilting.  I still have a memory quilt to do and I have now been asked to make another quilt which is great, but I still have a few that I want to make for us but we shall see how it all goes. 

Today is Shrove Tuesday so it will be pancakes after dinner.  I have another basket of ironing to get done as well as trying to get mushed marshmellows which are well and truly stuck on, off a hoody and Youngest’s bedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you are having a Great Tuesday. 

Hugs & Love, Sussie xx

The Workers!

Yesterday and today we have had the workers here and they have been re-tarmacing our driveway.  We got it done originally when we first moved in and over time bits have come out and then we took the rest of the garden away so we can get all the cars on the drive.  Anyway they started yesterday preparing it and then finished it today with new tarmac.

New Black tarmac!  We can’t drive on it until Thursday!

The corner where the garden used to be.

The cones to stop everyone driving on it!

As you can see Treacle has been busy all day!!!!  She wasn’t very happy when the men were using the wacker plate and even I could feel it in the den which is the furthest room from the front!!!! However she got in her basket for a snooze when they were doing the tarmac!  Although the whole house now smells of it!!

My view today from my desk!  The birds are busy at the feeders and we did see the sun for all of an hour which was great!  It is going to be frosty again tonight!

As you know we are in another lockdown, this one being that we can all go to work unlike last March when we couldn’t.  If things don’t get better soon then they will be saying we can’t work and already we have things being cancelled or moved again!  The first being a business exhibition.  There is some muttering about Carnival being held in the village which is at the beginning of July, the problem being that it takes a year to organise usually and we could all do a lot of work and then have to cancel it.  I don’t think, until we definitely know how things are going, that we should be arranging anything otherwise everyone will do a lot of work and then it will have to be cancelled again!!!

I saw this, below, on Instagram on the MSQC page and they got it from Little Red Hen.  So doing as it says using the first letter of my name and the month I was born, I am Patchwork Pixie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What is your quilting name?  Great fun!

I have a basket of ironing to get through tonight and then hopefully more quilting tomorrow and baking later in the week, well it’s a plan!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Hugs & Love, Susie (Patchwork Pixie!) xx