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Festival of Quilts 2017

I managed, by the skin of my teeth (!), to get to go to the The Fesitval of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham this year.  It is the largest quilt show in Europe and lots of people fly in to Birmingham Airport to visit the show, I heard lots of different languages today as well as the many visitors from the UK. However I didn’t see anyone I knew, which is quite unusal.  The last time I went with Jayne, I saw DH’s cousin!!!!!

Anyway enough chatter get ready for a heavy picture post as I took a lot of photographs but only of quilts I love.  I don’t know how many quilts were entered but there were a lot.

IMG_0635You know I am a huge fan of elephants so this was the first quilt I saw, I just love it and cannot believe it is quilted.


I just loved this because it was quirky!!


This was not in the competitions but an exhibit and I just had to take a picture because of swimming and the Boys!


Can you actually believe this is a quilt?  I also took this because of the Boys.

IMG_0645The picture does not do this justice but I just loved the horse shoes on it.


This was stunning.


This is entitled “York Minster”.


Love this quilt


My favourite block, log cabins.

So after seeing all these wondeful quilts and snapping away, I suddenly realised if I also took a picture of the quilt number I could tell you about them!!! Amazing!  But I had already moved through several sections, so I didn’t go back, sorry.


Tiny hexagons, really tiny!!!! This was in the two person quilts and by Kerrie McCormick and The Bramble Patch.  Kerrie loves paper piecing and she designed the quilt and it took her six months to complete.



This is by Sarah Joy Ford and is called “She Whom the Moon Ruled”.  Now when I first saw this it reminded me of Brienne from Game of Thrones but I am not sure now.


Here is a picture of Brienne from the show, what do you think?  Anyway I digress!


This quilt is by Kathleen Matthew-Saunders and is called “Memories of Scotland” which is quite appropriate as we are going away there tomorrow!!!  A lot of the pictures are very familiar to us and who does not like Highland cows?!


This is by Mara Brands and Anne Lillholm from The Netherlands and is called “Africa a la Mara”.  I love it.


These are the elephants from the top of the quilt.


This is a miniture quilt called Light at the End of the Tunnel by Jill Cooper


I just loved the colours in this quilt, especially the main colour of Blue.  It is by Simone Steuxner from Sweden and is called “My Heart is Swedish”.  The quilt tells of her life from being born in Austria but moving to Sweden in 2013. 


I loved the sewing machine (sorry it is blurred).


This is “Nellie” by Pam Morris in the Quilt Creations (!) category and she is raising funds to stop the elephants in India being used for Circus and tourism purposes.  I love her


And finally to the quilts which won (sorry but I don’t agree with all of them!!!)


This quilt is by Janneke de Vries-Bodzina from The Netherlands and is called African Village.  It won the Pictorial Quilts section.

IMG_0693This is by Anita O’Brien and is called “Peter and Amina’s Quilt” and won for the My First Quilt Category (!)


This is by Judith Lynch and is called “Sticks and Stones 1” and won for the Modern Quilts Category.

IMG_0697This is by Annelize Littlefair and is called “The Trouble with Magenta, Hot or Not” and won the Traditional Quilts Category.


This won the Miniture Quilt Category and is by Phillippa Naylor and is called “Measure for Measure”.  Not only that but it also won Best In Show.  Although it is lovely and the work and time that must have gone into it is amazing especially for a miniture quilt but personally I think the African Quilt should have won Best in Show!!! 

I did take a few more pictures which I will show you in a few days time and if the wifi is not working well, when we get back from vacation!!!! 

It was a good day although the one thing I did notice was that there were less trade stands this year than before and I wonder if this is because the show organisers have increased the costs of having a stand at the show!  DH and I do technical shows at the NEC and know how much they charge us for the stands so it may be because of that.  There were quite a few big traders who were not there.  However it did not stop me from buying some fabric!!!!  I will also take some pictures of that and post them, hopefully in a few days.

I have managed to keep on top of all my jobs, work wise and house wise and we just now need to pack and load up and then we are off tomorrow for two whole weeks and I cannot wait.  Of course the sewing machine and a few projects are coming with me!!!!! 

I hope you enjoyed this quick visit to the show and you all have a lovely Summer Weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Manic Monday!

DAD1We had a lovely weekend.  I had coffee with Jayne on Friday and we caught up on all our family news before they are off on vacation this weekend.  I then went to see our friend who is not very well and she was feeling a little better, having been diagnosed with vertigo. 

Saturday we went to our friends for dinner with two other couples and our hosts.  This dinner was a re-creation of a dinner held in 1992 when our hosts first moved to the area for business.  The Guys were all in Round Table and the Girls were all in Ladies Circle and our hosts, Anne & Christopher, had just moved to the area and joined Table and Circle.  They were renting this huge house in the village which had a formal dining room and the biggest dining table you have ever seen.  We had all brought lots of wine and we spent the whole evening talking and laughing and it only ended at 4.30 in the morning with the birds singing. 


On Saturday we were working out how long we had all known each other, twenty five years for Anne & Chris, for the other two couples, Christine & Pete and Val and Dave we have known them for twenty eight years!!!!  Of course that just made us all feel old, so we moved on to other topics!!!!

Overheated Car small

We also had to sort out Eldest as his car decided to not work whilst he was on his way back from college!!!  The car came back on a low loader to our house and it will be going into the garage tomorrow!!!  We had fun pushing it up the drive (not) and into the garage but managed to get it in there!!!

EMBARGOED_UNTIL_23RD_AUGUST_VICTORIA_EP2_-18Youngest has been filming again all day today for “Victoria” in Rotherham and left at 6.00am!  He is really enjoying the days.  DH has been busy with work and out all day and I got to go grocery shopping!!!! 

I am trying to get the next quilt finished this week and sorted and have got to get some things for Evalyn’s quilt including some plastic to make a template so I can cut out the blocks!!!!  This will be interesting. 

This week we have appointments, DH and I had our eyes tested last week and Youngest has an appointment next week, I have to visit the Physio again to see how things are going with my hip and then on Friday I have arranged for a spa day for me, Treacle is going next week.  Youngest is away all next weekend at a car show and he is camping so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain.  DH and I will be hopefully getting the last jobs done in the house and garden before we go away the following weekend. 

I hope everyone had a lovely summer weekend and a Happy Monday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Thursday Again?!

Thursday sure does come round quick!!!  No sooner is it Monday than its the end of the week!  Why do the weeks fly by when you are having fun but go slow when it is all work, work, work?

I have managed to get all my work done this week, as well as uploading all the Elements for the swimming club submission for its Quality Mark.  This year the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) has decided to re-brand itself as SwimEngland and they have re-branded everything else.  So what was Swim21 is now SwimMark but of course that means changing everything – headed paper etc.  Which was slightly annoying as I had already done everything with the old name!!!  Never mind it is all done now and in the hands of the officials and am so glad it is done before we go away.


We have a busy weekend coming up, starting tomorrow for me as I am having coffee with Jayne before we both disappear on holiday.  Then I am visiting another good friend who is not very well.  Saturday DH and I are out to dinner and Sunday will be house jobs and hopefully getting the garden tidy again before we go away.  Sometimes I do wonder why we do all this work before we go away on holiday!!!!!!


This is the next quilt project, which I showed you earlier in the year.  This is for Evalyn for her new room and the aim is to get it finished by October for her Birthday.  I am also continuing to finish my UFO’s, which is my goal for this year.  Planning forward I would love to start a quilt for our bedroom so that will be on the list as well.  I am still finishing my super secret quilt, getting the binding sewn to the back and this is something else I want to get finished before we go on vacation.


img_0413Tidied the sewing room before I put Eldest’s quilt on the bed.  I always like things tidy and cannot stand a mess, in fact I am a bit like Monica from Friends with her clean/tidy freak!!!!


I am going to our big quilt show in Birmingham on Friday August 11th and can’t wait, although I am going to be good and not buy a lot but am on the look out for some fabric.  I have actually treated my self to a VIP ticket which means that I should, at least, have somewhere to sit for lunch which is the only thing I think they have wrong with the show, not enough seating especially at lunch!   I will make sure my camera battery is charged to get lots of pictures.

DSC00078#TBT – Brothers and cars – always!!!  This was taken at Epcot in 2010 at the Test Track ride.  Cool Dudes!!!

I hope you are having a Thrillling Happy Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Yes after all that anticipation I have finally finished Youngest’s Quilt!!!!  Phew.


Youngest is actually helping with the photograph by standing on a chair and holding up the completed quilt.  As you may have guessed he loves camper vans!!! 

IMG_0626A closer view of the quilting.


The back which is actually navy, like the binding, but as we are outside and the sun is actually shining at the moment you cannot see it very well.

IMG_0628A closer view of the back.

He loves it and it is at the bottom of his bed at the moment as it is still nice and warm so really no need for a quilt at the moment.

Eldest’s quilt is on his bed now too.  I managed to get all his bedding washed, dried and ironed and the spare set put on so have put his quilt on top of that;  Of course it is now covered by the boxes which contain my stash of material but you can see it.  There is of course room for Treacle to sleep when I am sewing!!!

We had a lovely few hours at our friends on Sunday for Brunch and got to sit with some other good friends.  We are so lucky as we are out again on Saturday evening at some other friends for dinner and we have not seen them for quite a few months.  I love summer for spending time with friends and getting to be outdoors.


Here is a picture of Treacle from Saturday morning on the way back from her Doctors without a bandage or the dreaded cone of shame!!!  She has been a little monkey this week licking her scar but we have put a temporary bandage on over night and left the cone out but so far she has left it alone!!!!  In two weeks time she will be able to go and have an Airecut!!!!


Took this this afternoon, you can see how blue the sky is and it is lovely and warm  These Peacock butterflies are on the Buddleja.

Although the swimming club is on its two week holiday we are watching the World Championships on TV from Budapest.  Adam Peaty beat the World Record this morning in the heats for 50m Breast at 26.10 and this afternoon has beaten it again in the semi-finals with a 25.95.  Our swimmer, Molly Renshaw, is also out there and will be competing later in the week.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunny Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x

Piggy Bank Challenge!


Through Sharon’s Blog ( I heard about the Piggy Bank Challenge run by Val at Val’s Quilting Studio (  Each year Val starts the fund and then on July 6th the following year opens and counts the pennies and it is put towards something Quilty!  I love these sorts of challenges so have signed up for this year.

I actually have a Piggy Bank too.  This was my Grandma’s, who taught me to sew, sew it seems quite approiate to be using it for this challenge.  He has a very unusal name too, Piggy!!!!!!!!!!!


So as you can use coins or bills I thought I would start off my fund with a good amount so have added £10.  The rest of the year it will be coins!!!!  That’s of course until the Boys need change for something!!!!! 

I haven’t really decided what I want to buy with the money saved but of course there is always plenty of fabric I would like!! 

If you would like to join in hop over to Val’s to see the rules and the button is on my sidebar.  Thanks to Val for coming up with this great idea which is now in its fifth year. 

Let’s get saving.

Hugs, Susie x

Busy Weekend!


The weekend actually began on Friday for us as we were invited to Philip’s Retirement party, after almost forty years in business.  The staff and business had bought him and his wife, Tricia, a bench for their garden (here is Philip trying it out) and some other goodies as well.  It did rain a little but generally it was dry.  Of course Philip will still no doubt be popping in every once in a while to see us all.

Carnival was all day Saturday and DH and Youngest left the house at 6.00am with their lunches in hand to get to the park.  The weather was again good but a little cloudy in the afternoon.  I decided not to go down and spent the day quilting!  I am determined to get Youngest’s quilt finished before our vacation and my other super secret quilt as well.  I managed to get one side done and then turned it around to do the other side.  I am doing lines on it and some of them are, shall we say, not too straight but it is a car quilt and roads are never competely straight!!! Well that’s my excuse!!! 

Sunday was job catch up day and it was lovely and sunny!  We got most of the jobs done and the next two weekends are going to be busy with DH out doing his announcing job on Friday and Saturday next week and the following week a leaving party.  After that we have a few weekends with nothing on so can really get the garden sorted before we go away as well as the house.


Youngest has requested that his bedroom be changed round as part of his 18th Birthday present but was not prepared for me saying “well if we are changing the room it will need painting”!!!! So in three weeks time when he finishes for the summer he will be having a huge de-cluttering session before we can start painting and then sorting out new furniture!!!  It will be painted white, as it currently is, and then add colour with bedding etc and of course his quilt!!!! 


Wimbledon started today (much to the annoyance of both Boys) and I am going to spend the next fortnight watching as many matches as possible.  I love Wimbledon and Treacle of course is a huge fan, especially the tennis balls!!!  The Boys do love tennis and both play but moan that the TV is mine for the fortnight!!! 

Youngest has heard that he has passed with flying colours his first year of his course and has been moved on to the second year, which he was very pleased about and we are very proud of him.

Today has been a work day with catching up on some jobs from Friday and getting things organised for the end of the Month for June.  I cannot believe how fast the weeks are flying by. 

I hope you had a lovely summer weekend.

Hugs, Susie x




Why, I bet you are wondering, is there a picture of a Christmas Tree? Well it is #TBT but no I saw an advert on TV for the Movie24 channel who are doing Christmas in July!!!!!!!!!!!!  Come on, really?   It will not be long before there are Christmas things appearing in the shops, usually the beginning of September and now Movie24 are showing Christmas movies for the whole of July???????!!!!!! Madness!!!


Well as it is #TBT and we have started this Christmas theme I couldn’t resist, te he!!!  Here are the Boys ten years ago on Christmas morning after Santa has visited.


A visit to see Santa before Christmas at Great Central Steam Railway.  We loved taking them there.


The Christmas Tree from ten year’s ago.

I know, I know back to reality of June 29th!!!!  and it is just under six months before Christmas really.  However the weather is quite cool today and raining so it could be winter!  Tonight is the Wild, Wet & Wacky evening for the kids where they play very silly games on the park in teams.  I never go as I hate the sight of children running around and slipping and have visions of broken limbs, it freaks me out. 

I am doing a little bit of quilting each day on Youngest’s quilt and am now planning the next one I need to get done.  I have a few jobs which need to get done after this week and I am trying to stay on top of things work and home wise so that I can get my quilting finished.  

I hope you are having a Happy Thursday and the weather is good with you. 

Hugs, Susie x