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A Quilting Post!

Now don’t faint, a post about quilting, I know amazing!!!  Also it is not another Christmas post well there my be a little Christmas at the end!

I can now show you the second of my super secret quilts I made as it has been finished and sent off and they have received it.  In April I sent Sue and Molly a quilt, well someone else I met, through our blogs is Susan (yes there are no Susans around these days but there are three of us in Quilting Blogland!!!) and because of one thing and another I wanted to send her a quilt.

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This is the front of the quilt.  I always end up taking pictures at night and in our kitchen!!  Anyway DH is helping with the fingers at the top of the quilt! 

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I did a free motion quilting all over and it went lovely and crinkly after the wash.

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This is the back which I love.  The white material has little bees all over and I love it and I’m going to try and find some more of it.  I also used it for the edge.

 

I also sent a bandana for Susan’s dog, Tara, which is the same as Treacle’s and Molly’s so they are now triplets!

Anyway Susan loved the quilt and a few other things I put in.  I meant to send it at the same time as I sent Sue & Molly’s but life got in the way (!) but at least Susan got it before Christmas and you could say it is an early Christmas gift (see I got Christmas in there!!!!)

I have house jobs to do today and errands to run tomorrow.  It was snowing again last night but it didn’t last as it turned to rain but I am glad as I have been worrying a little bit about Youngest.  He passed his driving test at the beginning of this year, which is great, but this is the first time he has been driving in the snow and ice so everytime he sets off my heart is in my mouth!!!!  Hey ho.

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Talking Scraps.

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Now don’t faint but I actually got a little bit of quilting done over the weekend!!!  I know talking about quilting on a quilt blog, amazing!!!!

However I was cutting out some more pieces for the things I am making for Christmas and I had some scraps left over.  Now my scrap pile is in a very large clip box and it is very full and it got me thinking what size of scraps should you be keeping?  There are lots and lots of books out there about scap quilts and lots of ladies who only make scrap quilts and they are amazing but the thing is do you keep every little piece of fabric or is it only a certain size?

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My scrap pile looks like this basket with all sorts of sizes in and I must admit that I quite fancy making a scrap quilt, after I have finished all the things I have on at the moment but I don’t know whether I want it to be an actual pattern, like a nine patch, or just lots of scraps sewn together however I can.  That’s how I always imagine a scrap quilt to be, just sewing the scraps together, but some are definitely more structured than that. 

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One quilt I cannot imagine making, especially from scraps, is a postgage stamp quilt.  I think they look stunning but I don’t think I would have the patience to cut them all out let alone sew them all together.  The above picture was a postage stamp quilt at The Festival of Quilts in 2014 and I love it but it reminds me too much of English paper piecing and I don’t like that either!  DH’s cousin, Jackie, makes wonderful quilts by this method and they look amzing when they are done but I just find it too fiddly. 

So do you keep every scrap of fabric even if it is as samll as a postage stamp or do you only keep scraps of 3″ and above? 

I am adding to my list of quilty things to do for Christmas and am going to attempt to make some Christmas ornaments!  I will let you know how that goes.  Perhaps I have some scrap Christmas fabric I can use? Tee hee!

I hope you all had a wonderful Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

PS: the pictures of the scraps came from Craftsy where there are some great tips about scrap quilts.  Here is the link https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/09/quilting-with-scraps/

We Escaped!

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Well we escaped relatively unscathed after the high winds, the leaves were the worst!!!  We spent the evening listening to the house creak with the gusts and Treacle had a pretty bad night and we all went to bed with battery hurricane lamps as the power had been flicking on and off.  Fortunately it didn’t go altogether but we had powered down all the computers and switched off as many of the electrics as possible.

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This is Treacle this morning, very tired from her disturbed night!

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I was reading an article in the paper yesterday regarding de-cluttering called “Swedish Death Cleaning”!  No it is not as gruesome as it sounds but it is based upon looking at your items and thinking whether your loved ones would actually like the article and if not and you don’t want or need it then get rid of it, especially stuff that has accumulated over many years. 

I have had experience of this when my mother was alive and she said that she dreaded clearing my Grandmother’s house out because of all her stuff (my Grandmother had looked after my Great Grandmother in her latter years and there was all her stuff in the house as well).  Well my mother passed away before my Grandmother and my mother had a lot of stuff too which I had to deal with!  Eventually my Grandmother passed and DH and I had to deal with it and it was a very, very big job. 

We also had to have the house valued for probate and the lady who came to do it was a great help and gave us a great piece of advice; don’t keep anything just because of sentimental feelings, only keep it if you love it and it fits in your home at present.  My Grandparents had some wonderful pieces of furniture but they were huge and fit their house perfectly (it was a big old Victorian house) but they would not fit into our little modern house. 

Having had these experiences I think we have been very conscious of clearing things out every so often, especially when we have moved house.  In fact when we moved into this home we fitted our furniture in and then things that didn’t go we sold. 

So I am still going through draws, cupboards, wardrobes and all the other places that things lurk and sorting things and I do find it very therapeutic!  There are two big areas which need doing, one is the attic and one is the room off of our garage, but they both need a good weather day to do them so I think they will now have to be done in the Spring.  I can get on with other things though!!!

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On quilting news, I am trying to finish Evalyn’s quilt, didn’t quite make it for her Birthday, and also the other things I am making for Christmas and also another thing I am trying to finish.  The days seem to fly by and nothing gets done!!!  Really do need more time or one of those Time Turners from Harry Potter!!!!

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x

Time Warp!

I think there is a Time Warp somewhere in my house because time seems to be speading up, certainly faster than normal!!!!  I cannot believe it is September 19th and there is only one more week left to this month!!!! 

I was looking through my diary and trying to get my mind around things which are happening for the swimming club, things which are happening for the Boys, fun things which are happening as well as important other things.  Oh and work as well!!!!

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The first week of October there will be the famous Goose Fair in Nottingham, our Home Town!  This is where DH and I had our first date and so this year we are having Date Night there without the Boys!!!  The first time in twenty years!!!!  Youngest is going with some friends from college and Eldest and Girlfriend will probably be going with some of their friends.  Hopefully this year it won’t be raining as in the previous few years.

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We will also be running the Club Championships in October on two Saturday evenings which are always fun nights, if not tiring!!!!

 

Youngest will have a week off of college at the end of October and it is also DH’s Birthday!

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Then it is Halloween!  I do love this time of year.  Of course I am also thinking about Christmas and getting organised with Gifts especially if they need to be ordered.  I have seen a lot of Christmas Planners on Pinterest but sometimes they are so huge that you would need the whole year to complete them!!!  I do have my own plan I use and at the end of October will show you it and hopefully something on it will give you inspiration to do something similar wherever you are.  I hasten to add though that although it is a plan I don’t always get through it or do everything off of it, it is there just as a help.

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Treacle’s body clock, of course, works round meals!  Breakfast at 6.00am, lunchtime biscuit at 12.00pm, dinner at 6.00pm and any other food that she can possibly cajole out of anyone, including ice cream that DH is eating (she was not lucky this time!) 

Quilting is going okay (I thought I would mention this as it is supposed to be a quilting blog!!!!) I have got more of Evalyn’s quilt done, more material arrived for my Christmas gifts and I have a couple of other things to finish that I completed the tops of whilst away on holiday. I am still trying to finish some UFO’s and am determined to get them done before the end of the year. 

Well Tuesday is almost over here in the UK and tomorrow is the middle of the week and then Friday Youngest’s furniture is arriving so the weekend will be spent finishing his room, yeah!!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x

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We Got A Lot Done!

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We managed to get a lot done over the weekend even if everyone was in and out!!!  Saturday was a good day for weather so DH and I got a lot done in the garden, including putting all the outdoor furniture away as it was lovely and dry.  I gave it a good clean and then Youngest and his friend arrived just in time to help DH carry it up to the den where we store it!!!  You must know that if you come to our home you may get a job!!!!

We also managed to get some tidying done to the plants as well and got the lawn mowed so really happy.  I managed to get the house clean if not tidy but next weekend it will be as Youngest’s furniture is arriving, yeah!!!!!  I will then be able to show you the before and after pictures.

Yesterday I managed to get Eldest’s room sorted and did some more work on Evalyn’s quilt and got it as tidy as I could but there is still a lot of Youngest’s things in there too!!!!

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I had a lovely surprise that I had won one of the sponsers items from The Pets On Quilts Show 2017!!!!  This arrived in the post and many thanks to Jeanne Harwood for sponsoring.  This is Heat Press which you can use to join odd pieces of batting to make bigger pieces, without the hassle of trying to zigzag them together.  I have just done this with two small pieces of batting and it worked but not without some problems!!  However it will now be so much easier with Heat Press.  I will let you know when I have used it.  Thanks to LilyPad Quilting for running a great show.

The weather is cool again here but Wednesday it may be warm again, silly weather!!!  I hope you had a lovely Autumn weekend, the nights are drawing in fast with it getting dark by 8.00pm at night now.

Hugs, Susie xx

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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.

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I just loved this because it was quirky!!

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

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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.

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This was stunning.

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This is entitled “York Minster”.

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Love this quilt

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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?!

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

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These are the elephants from the top of the quilt.

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

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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. 

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

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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

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

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

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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.

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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!

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We 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. 

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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!!!!

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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!!!

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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