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!)
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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 ResolutionsAims. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!!!
Boy Mondays do come around quick!! We had a great weekend knocking some home jobs out of the park!!! I also got some quilting done too and organised my sewing space a little better.
My machine with the project I am working
My ironing table and iron.
The rest of my desk with my sewing things on. It looks better now I have put a few things away and made rooom for my sewing things.
My Quilting Helper – Treacle. The weather over the weekend was extremely cold and grey and it did not get above freezing so this is where she spent most of the weekend. Clean bed too!
Anyway I managed to quilt and bind the little boy quilt and here it is :
The above picture the top finished.
The binding above and the back below.
Just now need to wash it and it is all done.
This is the next one up for sandwiching, quilting, binding and washing!!!
Youngest’s new furniture arrived and was all made and installed and looks great. He has now got a bit more room for a couple of pieces which will give him more cupboard/draw space which was missing with the old furniture.
We got a new blind for our den where I work. When we first moved in we found a Japanese paper blind and it was great as it let lots of light in but great for keeping the glare off, especially as the window gets a lot of sun in the Spring/Summer. This had been up all the time we had been in our home and had gotten a little grey over the years but I finally found the same blind but with some leaves printed on, same size and everything. Anyway that also arrived on Saturday and it looks so much better now. I also had some gift vouchers for my favourite department store and ordered some new curtains for our dining room. The curtains in there used to be in the dining room at our old home so are quite old and still look okay but are just starting to fade on the edges where the sun gets them. So we ordered new ones. I will get some pictures when they are up.
Am up to date with all my work and home jobs so am going to get my next quilt sandwiched and pinned this evening!
I hope you all had a great weekend whatever you were up to and were allowed to be up to Covid wise and have a great week to come.
If you follow my Blog you know that I don’t make Resolutions, as by January 4th they have probably all been broken/forgotten/unworkable!!!! So for the last few years I have made some Aims (I know it’s the same thing but hey it works for me!!!). Of course we started 2020 with a lot of aims which if anything this year has taught us, it is to be flexible!!!
Anyway the wonderful Carla at “Creatin’ in the Sticks” who is the Master of Organisation came up with the wonderful idea of what we would all like to be doing quilting wise in the New Year. So we are to let you know what:
My Stitiching Resolution Aim for 2021 is ………………..
To Get Back to My Quilting!
Again some of you will know that our Eldest came home at the end of November 2019 for good, which I am loving. However I was “camping” in his room as my quilting den and so when he came home I lost my space. Now before he left I used to sew at my desk in our den which I work on every day of the week but it required a lot of moving of things and of course when I had finished quilting for the day it all had to be packed away and it was not a problem until I was using Eldest’s room. I could just leave a project on the machine and material all over the place and basically a mess and leave it, but not on my desk as I use it for our business work.
Since I had to move everything back downstairs (my stash is actually in clip boxes under our bed!) it has really not inspired me to quilt at all! So 2021 is going to be the year that I will sort things out so I can get back to quilting again. My aim over the last few years has been to do some quilting each week and I am definitely putting that down again. I also have several projects which need completing.
Do you, when you go to quilt shows, see some material and it is labled enough to make a quilt? Then when you start you think hmm big enough for a doll quilt?!!!! Well this was the material I had above! I loved the pinks but there was not a lot left so I added some white and the grey and made this little pinwheel quilt. I am going to back it with more of the grey.
The above were blocks from Kathleen Tracy Quilt Along (A Sentimental Quilter) so I set them on point and added the white and I am going to back it with the material below.
Again this was a kit I bought at The Quilt Show in Birmingham for a little boy and it said all the material was there and it was just! I need to back it and obviously quilt it.
There is a story behind this quilt which I won’t go into now, but it is for a King size bed so it is huge. I have bought the backing for it and just need to get the wadding and then quilt it. It will take a while on my machine but I will get there. It is various shades of grey. It was a pattern from Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company on You Tube.
These are the quilts I want to make next but have not got around to cutting them out. The above ones are for DH and I as I want to make a winter inspired quilt for our bed but I used some of the top material for something else so now need to get some more of that!!!!
You all know that I love Snoopy and have collected over the years various material, panels etc to make a Snoopy quilt and again I have not got around to it!!!!! Definitely on my list to do this year.
Again a Christmas panel I bought some time ago and I just love the pictures. I think they were supposed to be for cushions but I am going to make them into mats.
You may have seen these mats on my blog from previous years but I still have four which are not finished (!) so they are going to be quilted, bound and finished!
This is the material that DH bought me for Christmas. I just love the greens.
Now I know that some Quilters are very organised and whenever they finish a project collect all the spare material and cut them into different sizes and store them. I would like to say that I did that, but I didn’t and now have a huge clip box full, bursting at the seams, with scraps which need to be dealt with. As you can see above I did start to do this with a project I did finish and cut them into various squares. My other aim is to make a scrap quilt and so I am hoping, again this year, that this will be something I can get on with.
Finally I have two quilts to make for DH’s cousin, her daughter. Memory quilts for her two children and I need to buy some provisions before I start this so again another job to do.
There you have it, there is a lot of things to do but I am hoping that 2021 will give me the nudge to get on with them and who knows we may have another lockdown and I can get on with things then!!!!
There are thirty other very talented ladies who are taking part today to show you what their Quilting Resolutions are, so please Hop Along and have a look at what they will be up to in 2021:
No one seems to know what on earth we are all supposed to be doing and if we are going back to work and shops are opening and how it is going to work!!! I had a call from our Dentist today, as I should have had my six month checkup on Friday, and they are being told that as they have six dentists in the practice they can only have two dentists in at one time, one upstairs and one downstairs so trying to fit all the patients in is getting to be a nightmare, so they have moved mine and the Boys appointments to September. DH is supposed to go in July and they are leaving that at the moment.
They are still saying that certain places will not be opening, one of them being hairdressers and that is getting to be a problem!!! I trimmed DH’s hair at the back at the weekend, Eldest is just wearing a baseball cap all the time now and Youngest’s Girlfriend is going to trim his hair with Simon’s (the Horse) his clippers later today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mine is starting to look like the above picture!!! And don’t get me started on the colour!!!! Even if we are able to go out to the stores you can guarantee you will meet the one person you don’t want to meet when you hair is looking like this!!!! I think I will be borrowing one of the Boys baseball caps, so with that, my face mask and my glasses perhaps on one will know who I am!!!!! We will all be like the film stars now when we go out!!!!!
The Boys companies have got a plan of how to get back to work, but are not sure if it is going to work so it will definitely be trial and error!!! DH and I are still working as far as we can and keeping things ticking over!!!!
Anyway as part of my list making and organising this week, I can show you some quilty things!!! I know, I know don’t faint! A Quilting Blog with some quilting on it!!!!!!
This is a King size bed quilt which I need to sew the last row onto, put the borders on and then it can be sandwiched and quilted. It is going to be a challenge to quilt it on my machine so I may hang fire on that at the moment. It is not needed just now.
You will have seen these already on my blog and I made this one but never got it binded.
I made four more and they just need quilting and binding.
The above was Kathleen Tracy’s (A Sentimental Quilter) sew along last year (!) I did finish all the blocks and got the top sewn together last August and then it did not get sandwiched and finished, so that is what needs doing. I chose the woodland Autumn fabric for the back as there is a lot of white on the front.
Above was a kit I bought at the Festival of Quilts a few years ago and I had not gotten around to making it up. Again I did this last August and just not sandwiched and quilted it so that is the next job.
I bought the above material as another kit at The Festival of Quilts, as I loved the mutued pinks. I just need to find the right pattern.
Which I did from the Moda Bake Shop. I love Pinwheels so thought this would be good to make up with the pinks.
DH’s Cousin has sent me some of her son’s clothes as she would like a Memory Quilt made from them. I cannot start this at the moment as I need some backing and I really want to get the above projects done before I start on that. She is not in a hurry for them and she has just had her second, a little girl, so she will be sending me her clothes as she grows out of them to make a memory quilt for her too. I asked my very good friend, FarmQuilter, for advice as I have never made one of these before and she came through for me with lots of advice on how to make one, so thank you so much.
I will show you how I get on as we go!!!!
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I hope you are all having a Thrilling Tuesday and stay safe.
Today is National Quilting Day! I have been so wrapped up in all the furore of the last week, I have completely zoned out of quilting!!! However it is a great way to occupy your time as you are social distancing!!!
Anyway, Quilting! I have started to sort out my quilting things to sew back at my desk which I use for work in the week. As I have not done this for a while I have to remember where I put everything before and how I used to do it!!!! I haven’t had much time up to now to do this so it will be a great job to do in the next few weeks.
I have a couple of projects still on the go, this being the main one made from the material above!!! I just need to sew a final row onto the quilt and then I need to add the borders and the top will be done!!! Hopefully over the next few weeks I can get this done.
It is a good job we Quilters have a good stash of material to keep us going at the moment. Of course I am sure if you need anything lots of quilt shops will still mail things out to you.
Have a good day whatever you are up to, quilting or gardening or reading.