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Thursday!

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This week seems to have flown by in a flurry of getting things sorted after Christmas including our home and my work!  The weather has not been good all week with grey skies and dampness and everyone I know has a cold or getting a cold.  What we need is some very cold weather and sharp frosts to kill off all these bugs!!!  Or snow, I don’t mind snow!! 

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DH has a busy weekend with compering a swimming event on Saturday evening for the clubs just in Derbyshire and then he is out all day on Sunday at one of the Clubs their Open.  Which means that I am able to be in my sewing room, yeah!!  I have DH and The Boys mats to finish and then a few more projects to plan, one of them being Treacle’s new quilt. 

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This is her quilt I made her in 2012 and she loves it but it is now starting to show its age and some of the squares have ripped in the middle so I have bought some new material for her to make a new one!  I think I am also going to use a bit thicker wadding between the layers this time for her as the tiles can be quite hard and definitely cold in winter.  I will place this old one in the bottom of her basket as an extra layer.

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Talking films for a second, the final and much-anticipated instalment of Avengers: Infinity War will be out in April this year, which we now know is called “End Game” which was mentioned by the character “Dr Stephen Strange” in the previous film.   There has been a lot of speculation on the web of how they are going to resolve the matter of half the Universe vanishing at the end of Infinity War with Thanos’ finger snap and here is my theory.  The Hulk was conspicuously missing for a lot of the previous film and I think he will be the one to wield the spare Gauntlet that the Dwarves of Nidavellir had made and the remaining Avengers will, with the help of a few newer characters, collect the stones but The Hulk will be the one to wield it to bring about a return of the other half of the Universe!!!!  We shall see in April if I am correct! (I have written this in Green for The Big Guy!)

Talking about films DH and I went to the cinema over the holidays, one of those days when it did not get light all day and it was cold and miserable.  The Boys were both busy doing their own things so we decided to go to the Movies!!  When we were first together we used to on Winter’s Saturday afternoons go to the local cinema for the first showing of the day which was half price and then when the first movie had finished go and see another one straight after!  We told The Boys this and we used to do it when they were younger.  Anyway we did this, this time. 

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As you know we are big Harry Potter fans and definitely like the new series of prequels, “Fantastic Beasts” and so went to see the new film “The Crimes of Grindlewald”.  We were not disappointed; it does follow on from the last film and adds more characters in and builds on the Grindlewald character played by Johnny Depp.  There was a bit of controversy about his casting but he suits the part completely.

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The second film we went to see was “Mary Poppins Returns” with Emily Blunt as Mary who is very good.  DH and I both love the original film and they tried very hard to replicate it in this film but some of the scenes seemed superfluous to needs, one being the Meryl Streep scene with her singing!  Obviously being in Mama Mia has gone to her head and she now wants to sing at every turn!  It was okay but the script was too like the original but with different songs and younger cast!  Unless you really want to see it on the big screen wait until it comes out on DVD or any of the streaming platforms and save your money!

I hope you lovely lot have had a good first full week back after the holidays, I always think that once this week is under our belts it gets better!!!  Tomorrow is Book Club day on the blog!

Have a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

 

Moomin Again.

I can now show you the second Baby Quilt I was working on as the new parents and Grandparents have received and seen it.

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It’s another Moomin Quilt for DH’s Cousin’s daughter.  They new they were expecting a little boy so I was able to make the colours fit.  Their little girl, Emilie was born two and half years ago and it was my first commission quilt from Judy to make a Moomin quilt for them, below.

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A closer look at the panels and the quilting.  As the blue border was quite strong I went for a white border to offset it a little.

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The back has a little blue and white all over flower on it and I used this for the binding too.

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They love it!

Well if your big Sister has a Moomin quilt then you have to have your own!!!!

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Here is Joe at six days old.

Next quilting jobs – finish my quilted Christmas gifts!!!!! Only nine weeks to go!!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Friday last was the only evening we were in as the weekend was very busy!!!  We ran some errands early in the morning on Satuday and then in the evening we were helping at the League swimming event at Cheslyn Haye.

 

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The venue wasn’t too bad and we were in the little foyer so it was relatively cool but on poolside, where DH was, it was roasting. It hadn’t helped that the day was really mild with a warm wind blowing but everywhere we were the heating was on, so I was slowly melting into a little puddle!!!!  We got home around 10.00pm quite tired!!!

Sunday morning we got some jobs done in the house as it was pouring with rain and then in the afternoon DH went to the swimming pool where our Club swims for the County Mini Championships (for the younger swimmers) were being held.  The event went well and DH got home around 8.00pm when we had dinner.  I had spent the afternoon and evening trying to finish sewing the binding to the baby quilt, which I finally finished at 2.15am this morning!  I am tired now!!!  I will show you pictures later in the week.

Tonight DH has a Swimming Club Committee meeting, before the AGM next month,  so I will be in my sewing room moving on to getting my Christmas projects finished.  Christmas will soon be here!!!!!

I hope you are having a Marvelous Monday and have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

#TBT.

For #TBT today here are the Boys from fifteen years ago, 2003, in the garden in September.  When I look at the planting in the pictures and compare it to now, it has really grown!!!

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Eldest aged Eight.

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Youngest aged Four.

Oh to go back to then. 

Half of my Baby quilt is quilted, just need to get the other half done and then the binding sewn on.  I also sorted out my sewing room.  I don’t know if you remember but Youngest gave me this (below) a couple of Christmas’s ago and I have kept it like this as I loved it so much, but decided that I should now open it and put things in my sewing room.  The scissors are great.

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Today was house job day and I got my work done too, its amazing how much you can get done in a day by getting up at 4.00am!!!  DH was away again and I couldn’t sleep, so got my work done in the wee small hours and then started the cleaning after breakfast!!!  Treacle was just confused!!! 

Today has been another glorious, one last gasp at summer, day with warm temperatures.  Treacle has been making the most of it outside on the patio again.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

It’s Friday!

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Yes we have made it to Friday, despite me thinking it was Wednesday when it was in fact Tuesday!!!!  It’s been one of those weeks.

I have finished the first Baby Quilt for our very good friends Daughter, who used to be the Boys’ Babysitter.  She is due at the end of September so I have managed to get it finished in time.  It will be entrusted to the new Grandparents to give to her as they live in The Netherlands, so it will be a well-travelled quilt.

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I have no quilt holding persons around, so have taken the pictures outside on our table there.

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A closer look at the panels.  They don’t know what they are having so I went for something for a Boy or Girl.

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This is the back and a closer look.  I love the colours.

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Folded and waiting to be wrapped. 

I just have the other one to finish now and that is also for the end of September! 

Today started off warm and sunny but clouded over and it has been quite cool, definitely getting very Autumnal.  I was out running errands this morning and got back just after lunch and Treacle having been out and had her lunchtime biscuit retired to her basket for a sleep, as the weather gets worse she will be going into hibernation mode!!!! 

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If the temperature continues to go down I will have to think about getting out our winter clothes and putting away our summer things.  I am leaving it as long as possible to put the heating on and hoping that we will still get a few nice warm days and perhaps an Indian Summer, but October will be here very quickly as the weeks fly by and the cool weather will be definitely with us by then.

I do hope you lovely lot have a great weekend whatever you are up to. 

Hugs, Susie xx

The Festival of Quilts Take Two!

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Here are my second set of favourite quilts from the Show this year :

Pictorial Quilts.

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Scrap Books by Catherine Alexander of Wotton-under-Edge.  I love a book quilt and one is definitely on my “To Do” list.  I like the fact that Catherine put other things on the shelves not just books, which are like my bookshelves at home.

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Spirit of Canaoa by Lynne Pretty of Bury St Edmunds.  I always admire Pictorial Quilts and the quilters gifts of creating pictures with fabric.

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I See You by Elita Sharpe of Geneva.  I love this such a great concept.

 

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It’s Amore by Karen Milne of Correze.  What can I say I just love the colours and the detail is amazing.

Novice Quilts.

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Monty Dog by Dorothy Watmough of Warrington.  Dogs, quilts who can ask for more but the colours are amazing.

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Flight into Quilting Heaven by Beverly Hurst of Bingley. 

Contemporary Quilts.

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Charlie’s Seaside Quilt by Sheila Corrigan of Bagworth. 

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60 Years of Memories by Karen Swiech of Ashland.  This features 5000 one inch pictures to then form the main picture of her parents on their wedding day.  The time and detail in this quilt was amazing.

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Starburst by Elizabeth Wife of Gloucester.  So inventive I love it.

Traditional Quilts.

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My Country House by Anne Underhill of Cheltenham.  A BOM quilt done for the quilt show 2015.

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Dear Jane by Frances Meredith of Chepstow.  I have been following Kathleen Tracy on her quest to make her Dear Jane quilt and the hours which go in to making each block.  This will be on my “To Do” list but way down there!!!!!

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Carrie Nation Variation by Allison Reid of Basingstoke. 

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Butterflies by Bruce Duncan of Edinburgh.

Art Quilts.

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Adelie Penguins by Janie Harvey-Douglas of St Leonards on Sea. 

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The Blooming of Wisdom by Maria Makarevych of Kyiv.  This was DH’s favourite, computer/engineering based!!!!

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This was the Winner of the Miniature Quilts.  Circuit Training by Phillippa Naylor of Beverley.  It was amazing.  I did not take pictures of the other winners as I did not agree with the Judges, but that was my opinion!!!!

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This was in the Secondary School 12 – 16 Group and is The Stitch-o-Sarus by The Sewing Studio of Swadlincote.  I think he is really cute.

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This was one of the display galleries and explored the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape.  These were our favourites from it :

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I hope you like the quilts I choose but there were a lot entered.  My favourite of the ones I took pictures of ? It’s hard to pick but I think the book shelf quilt.  It was very interesting seeing the quilts with DH as he had a very different idea of what he liked and didn’t.  It was also great to take his as he carried my bags!!!!

We also saw DH’s cousin which was amazing as the show is over four days and the amount of people who go to see her was great. 

I also took my money-box savings with me to spend and here is what I bought.

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Treacle needs a new mat and I bought these fabrics.  Nice and bright for her.

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Just a few to add to my stash.  The prices are so good at the show.

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I am busy making Christmas gifts at the moment as well so I needed some more fabric.  Red and Green say Christmas to me.

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More plain white which you can never have too much of.

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The dark blue is to finish one of the baby quilts and I just loved the other two fabrics.

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This is what the most amount of my savings went on.  These are the fabrics which I am going to turn into a wedding quilt for Eldest and Girlfriend.  Their room at the moment is grey and white so I wanted to do the quilt in those colours but lighter grey so it was not too dark and depressing.  The pattern I have chosen is a Missouri Star Quilt Company one and I think it will look great when it is done.  I will show you progress when I start it but I have a few other things to finish before that.

I had a great time at the show and DH is wonderful for arranging it for me. 

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Wednesday should, of course, be The Wednesday Wag but as you can see from the above picture Treacle is having a lazy day!!!  In fact because we were at home the whole weekend and spent most of it out-of-doors she was very tired!!!  In fact she has not caught up on her sleep since the Kennels when they are busy all day!!!!  Whilst writing this she is actually in her basket by my desk asleep, snoring!!!!  She will be back next week with a full post.

Hugs, Susie xx

A Surprise Visit.

Warning: Picture Heavy Post!

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DH as a surprise for me got me tickets to go to the Quilt show above which was actually on whilst we were away!!!  The show is always on in August but the date moves each year so sometimes I am able to go before we go away and sometimes it is on while we are away but this year I got to go and DH came with me too.

As with previous years I only took pictures of the Quilts I loved the most.  There were a lot more quilts entered this year which was great to see bu here are my favourites :

Two Person Quilts.

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Cotton Reels & Thread by Natalie Taylor and Frances Meredith of Bristol.  I love these cotton reel quilts and it is definitely on my “To Do” list

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Walking The Great Glen Way by Catherine Tyndall & Rachel Tyndall of Nottingham.  I love this and had to include this a we are staying at Inverness, my most favourite part of the country.

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Heart of the Midlands by Greta Fitchett & Mike Fitchett of Derby.  Our home town but I love the quilt too.

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Higher Ground by Mary Mattimoe & Regina Carter of Newmarket.  I just love the colours in this quilt.

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Journey of a Quilter by Nicola Foreman & Janette Chilver of Woodbridge.  This was  BOM and I again I love the colours.

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Freedom Bound by Janet Edwards & Cath Brough of Freckleton.  I love the colours again in this quilt along with the pattern.

Modern Quilts.

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Christmas by Pauline Tiney of Bournemouth.  Christmas fabrics are always a favourite for me, love this.

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Travel Colours Your World by Susan Tabor of Saffron Walden.  Susan’s favourite cities which we worked out as Paris, Seattle, New York and London, do you agree?

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Falling Leaves by Olena Pugachova of Dublin.  Very appropriate for this time of year as we are going into Autumn, I just love the blue background.

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In the Time of the Butterflies by Freya Askham of Buckingham.  The butterflies which then make the big butterfly in the middle, so clever.

Miniature Quilts.

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View from my Window by Wendy Nganasurian of Dingwall.  Again not far from where we stay in The Highlands and I just love the kitty and all in miniature.

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Sunset or Fire? by Roberta Le Poidevin of St Pierre du Bois.  An amazing quilt and I choose to see it as sunset!

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Tranquility by Fehmeeda Majid of London.  I just love the colours in this quilt and all small-sized too.

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Memories of the Farne Islands by Judith Beevor of Romsey.  Puffins one of my favourite birds.

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Stourhead by Maureen Hanson of Melksham.  Creating a quilt picture is amazing but then recreating the picture as in water, even more amazing.

I have lots more quilts to show you, but have decided to split it in two so I will put the rest up tomorrow.  There were lots to see and do at the show and of course I also bought some fabric which I will also show you tomorrow.

Hugs, Susie xx