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

The Last Baby Quilt.

The final baby quilt I made has been gifted to the expectant Mom, Donna, and she loved it.  The theme for the nursery is elephants and stars so this is the material I got.

A closer view of the fabric.  Unfortunately although we took the pictures outside they don’t do justice to the colours.  The inner border and back is actually a bright blue spot and goes well with the blue water in the elephant print.I loved the fabric and as you know elephants are one of my favourite animals.

A picture of the back.  I decided not to do a heavy free motion quilt on this but just the diamond pattern as I thought it would obsecure the pictures of the elephants otherwise.  Youngest was helping me by being the quilt holder.

I have now moved on to doing my second super secret quilt and have Youngest’s all ready to start quilting and then I will be on to Evalyns.  I will show you the fabric I have chosen for hers tomorrow.   DH is off tomorrow and we have some jobs to do and grocery shopping and then on Saturday evening we are out for dinner.  The weather is not suposed to be very good over the Easter weekend but at least it is dry but very cool.  I cannot believe the difference between one weekend and another!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday!  Treacle was too lazy yesterday to do her Wednesday Wag, because of the cooler weather she has gone back into hiberation mode!!!

One upside down asleep Airedale!

Hugs, Susie x

British Quilt & Stitch Village 2017

This quilt is called Fossil by Shiela Harris

Warning heavy picture post!

I went off to the Quilt show on Friday and I have not been to this show for about four years and usually quilt shows get bigger over the years but I can honestly say this one hasn’t!  There were certainly less trade stands and less quilts.  Although the quilts which were entered were lovely.  Enjoy!

This is Ornithological Oddessy by Anne L Beaumont which won her category of Special Theme Quilt and won Overall in show.  Anne drew all the birds except the woodpecker and it is hand appliqued by the needle turn method and hand quilted. 

Giant Hexies Galore by Brenda Wroe

This group is from the Modern Quilt Category and although not a favourite of mine the ladies did wonderful work.

Spearmint and MInet Accented Table Cover by Brenda Shingler

Meadow Flowers by Brenda Shingler

Jelly Cats by Tracy James

In the Footsteps of Dragons by Sheilah Daughtree

Diptych:  Inspired by Klimt by Eleanor Marsden which won first in this category.

Churned to a T by Abigail Sheridan de Graaff

Kirsty’s Victorian Fantasy by Irene Conley

A close up of the victorian pictures on the quilt.

One Lump or Two by Mrs P Underwood

Reflections by Deborah Griffiths  Machine appliqued and free motion stitched.

“ILL met by Moonlight Proud Titania” by Stephanie Preece 

Sunny Sampler by Karen Kirk

Too Cold for Snow by Helen Walland The Silver Darlings by Reosemarie Taylor

Hexagones from a Jelly Roll by Angela Whiston. From Ireland to Indigo by Ruth Duffy.  Dyed indigo pieces and inspiration from Ruth’s Irish roots. Cupcake Heaven by Brenda Wroe  As you can see you can’t see the cupckes very well from a distance and the light was shining on the side so I got a close up, below, of the cakes. Love the Colours, but ….  by Lyn Smolenska  A stack a wash quilt learnt at a workshop but Lyn still does not like it! Fizzi-Pops by Marilla Taylor  A quilt practising curved piecing, hand stitched and quilted.  Grandpa’s First by Mr N G Mery.  This quilt was made up as he went along with materials to hand for his first Grandchild. The Elephants in the Room by Ruth Hooper, using mostly leftovers and is for her new Great-Niece. Floral Impressions by Anne Gosling

Pickled Clematis by Anne Jeater Machine applique and hand quilted. Dresden Burst by Kathleen Merry Should I Stay or Should I Go? by Abigail Sheridan de Graaff who is born in the UK married to a Kiwi and has lived in both countries several times and her heart lies in both!  It won first in the Walll Hanging Quilt Category.

I apologise to some of the ladies whose quilts are not named but where the quilts were displayed it was very difficult to get in and photograph them and then trying to match the quilt with the descriptions afterwards has been quite difficult.  They were all great.  I also apologise if I have mis-labled any!!!!! 

My only complaint on the day was how rude some of the attendees were!  I had one woman shut the door on my face, several times I was pushed out of the way whilst trying to look at fabric at the stallholders and I was queuing at one stall to get to the front and this woman just barged her way past three of us to the front!  after two hours I had had enough and left.  As I say not a big show!  I have purchased my ticket for the Festival of Quilts in August in Birmingham where there is so much more room and also a lot of stallholders.

I did get some fabric for my next planned quilt which is for Evalyn’s proper bed, now she has made room in the nursery for Owen!  I will show you pictures of that tomorrow. 

We had a great weekend, weather wise, and managed to get lots of jobs done.  Next week is Easter so we have a few things planned and more jobs of course and I am hoping to get some more quilting done. 

I hope you had a Happy Weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Twins!

Treacle and Molly – Twins!

House jobs, which are going very slowly and grocery shopping and washing and ironing and generally sorting things out Day!!!!!  Hoping to get things sorted before I can sneak off tomorrow to the quilt show.  I have friends relying on me to give them some quilty goodness whilst they are busy.  I am hoping that the quilts live up to it!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Hugs, Susie x

Tuesday Thoughts!

The second baby quilt is now all done, washed and smoothed and packed away ready for the Mom-to-be for next week.  She only has another couple of weeks before she is on maternaty leave.  I will show you the pictures as soon as she has received the quilt.

I have been busy with my second super secret quilt and have got half of it done so am hoping to finish it this week.  I will then be on to quilting Youngest’s quilt which is all pinned and just waiting for me to start.    I hope you are impressed with my steady stream of quilting!!!!!

It is the Quilt & Stitch Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week and I am hoping to go on Friday, barring no issues arising.

The weather is cool but sunny today, it was really warm at the weekend, so Treacle has been able to have the door open for some of the day so she can run in and out as she wants.  She was not happy when I closed the door as it was getting too cool!!!!!  I managed to catch her in one of her still moments!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x

Sue & Molly’s Quilt

I am now able to show you one of the three quilts I have finished recently as Sue has now received it.  I met Sue through my Blog and her Blog, not only quilting but the fact that she has a nutty Airedale, Molly, just like Treacle!

Sue won some fabric from me in a giveaway for one of the Blog Hops I took part in and the material was all Autumnal colours which she said is her favourite season.  With the material she made me a wonderful mat with an Airedale on it, which is by my desk and I treasure it.

Anyway because of one thing and another I thought it would be lovely to return the favour and so I made them this.

It is very similar to the picnic quilt I made for myself but the back, below, is covered with Autumn leaves.  I did a very loose free motion quilting all over it.

Thanks to DH for holding up the quilt so I could photograph it outside!  Sue loves it and I am so happy she does.

Tomorrow I will be able to show the first baby quilt as we are going to see the new baby today and give them their gift.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Friday Quilty Things!

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We made it to Friday relatively unscathed!!! I have managed this week to get all my work done and some extra jobs too, done the washing, cleaned the house, done the grocery shopping and had a tea with Jayne!!!  Which means that I can do some quilting on National Quilting Day tomorrow, March 18th!!!!!  Yeah!

I have managed to finish the two baby quilts and one of my super secret quilts and just now need to spend time sewing the binding to the back which I will be doing over this weekend.  One baby is due next week and the other still has a few more weeks to go so they will both be in time.  My next plan after this is to get Youngest’s quilt quilted.  It is again a large quilt so I will be taking it slow and doing a little bit each day.

I am really Happy that I am doing some quilting each week and getting things finished. 

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To All Those who Celebrate – Happy St Patrick’s Day!

I hope you have a lovely Spring weekend and you get time to get some quilting done too.

Hugs, Susie x

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Spanner In The Works!

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I was going along quite fine last week and then one spanner and another got thrown in and the whole works went out of wack!!!!!!!!  Well that’s what it felt like!!!  It took me from Wednesday to today to catch up!!! 

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Anyway enough of that our weather has been great over the last few days, very spring like and it has even got me round to planning my Spring Cleaning.  I even managed to get a bit done over the weekend! 

Youngest dragooned his brother to help with his documentary he has to do for one of his college assignments which is about cars (!)  So on Saturday they were out and about filming and then on Sunday DH and Youngest were down at Mercedes World again filming.  This meant that I was able to get the second baby quilt finished on Sunday and just now need to sew the binding on and sew it to the back.  Yeah!

Monday I got caught up on my work and a basket of ironing in the evening to get up to date which is a relief!!!! Youngest and DH are out again this Sunday filming so I am hoping to get another full day in of quilting although I will miss National Quilting Day as I have jobs to do 😦  Never mind I will do mine on Sunday.

I hope your last few days have been okay and the weather kind.  Treacle is feeling spring like and is far more active and I will need to book her into her spa if the warmer weather stays as she is getting very curly again!

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie x

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