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A Quilty Weekend!


I actually managed to do some quilting on Worldwide Quilting Day, now don’t faint!!  I actually started a little later than planned due to trying to sort something out for the swimming club (!) but in the end decided I could do nothing about it and sent a couple of emails in annoyance and then abandoned my desk for my sewing machine!

I have a few quick projects which I need to do so choose one of those instead of trying to sort out something big, including the applique when I realised I needed to get some supplies for it.  So here is what I have made


Usually we are away over the Easter Holidays in Scotland with The Boys and Girlfriend but as they are all busy with college and university work as they are all in their final years, DH and I decided not to go. Normally I would do an Easter Egg Hunt (usually indoors as the weather is a bit unpredictable) and despite their ages now they still love it.  So as we will be at home and not everyone around first thing on Easter Sunday I have made them these Quilted Easter Bags which I will fill with their eggs!  When The Boys were little they had some chocolate but their main gift was always a book which they loved and we have continued to do this. 


A closeup of one of the bags.




I decided to add ribbons sewn to the back and then tied to keep the eggs in.


I am not sure The Boys will use them for anything else afterwards but I think Girlfriend will as they are always handy for storing things in.


As you can see we had more of this at the weekend!  I closed the curtains on Saturday evening where it was just a few flakes and it wasn’t really settling to everywhere being covered by the time we went to bed!  Treacle was quite happy!  I love snow but even I am getting fed up with it now and long for some warmer weather and Spring!  The Groundhog did a real number on us this year by predicting six more weeks of winter as it must have been eight by now!!!!


Needless to say this was Treacle’s favourite spot over the weekend whilst I was sewing.  I know the pictures all look the same but she is always with me when I am sewing!!  She loves Eldest’s bed and because the room is slightly smaller than the others it is always warm!!!

It is another busy week with work things and swimming things and Boys things but what else is new?  I have a list of things which need doing so my next project will be our Friends wedding anniverary gift as I have four weeks to get that done and then there is this applique block to do (!) and then my super secret quilt to sort and get started.  I still have to sort the back of our summer quilt as that needs amending and then get that quilted.  I also still need to get my machine serviced and was hoping to get that done after the summer quilt but obviously other things have taken over, but I will arrange to get it done soon.

I hope if you are a Quilter you managed to get something done this weekend and everyone else had a wonderful Weekend.  I am busy also sorting my Spring Cleaning Planner out for you, so stay tuned.

Hugs, Susie xx


I Don’t Want To!


I am starting all the posts this week with a Spring picture, because it certainly isn’t outside and they are forecasting snow again for the weekend here!!!!  Oh Good Grief Charlie Brown!!!!

Anyway I bet you wonder what the title of this post means?  Well do you remember as children you were never allowed to say you didn’t want to do something? Certainly at school you had to do things whether you wanted to or not and a favourite saying of my Grandmother’s was “there is no such word as Can’t” (yes I know there is but she always used to say cannot!!!).  Why I am talking about this is because the new block for the “It’s a Wild Life” Block of the Month has been released and oh boy it is something I always run away from; it’s applique!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marchs Its a Wild Life BOM

Here is the block from Amy’s blog, Sew Incredibly Crazy, and it was designed by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks!!  As you can see it is pieced and appliqued.   Now every time I have tried applique it never looks quite right but I have decided that I am not going to run away from this and have a go at doing it!!!  However I think I am going to cut out two lots of all of it just in case the first one does not go together well!!!  I love the block though, it is really cute hopefully I will do it justice.

Easter Bag

I am planning to make a few things for Easter which is coming up fast, especially as it is so early this year, so I will get to show you those soon. I found the above recipe on Moda Bake Shop and will be just right for some of the things I am thinking of as gifts!


I am still slowly working my way through the bindings I am sewing down on my UFO’s but am not in a rush to get those finished and my final project at the moment is to sort out the backing for my summer quilt so that I can get that sandwiched and quilted. 


I have also received the material for our friends table runner for their 40th Wedding Anniversary celebrations so need to get on and sort out the blocks for that.  I can see I will be writing a list so that I can keep all this straight!!!

I have a basket of ironing to get done tonight so no quilting today but hopefully tomorrow if I can get through my work quickly I will be able to get some things done then.

I hope you are all having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Treacle has been helping all day in the Den, by sleeping!!!

Friday is Here!


Well Friday is here and at the moment we still have snow.  The rest of the World of course are laughing at us as; a little bit of snow and the whole country loses its mind!!! 


This picture was in the Daily Mail today (copyright: Storyful) where the snow ploughs are unearthing the road at Trollstigen Pass, Norway.  Now this is snow!!!  I think the reason our country has such a reaction to snow is because we don’t get it often enough, so when we do everything becomes impossible!!!  DH and Eldest are both at work again today but college for Youngest was shut again today and so are the schools, well it is Friday!

Two Weeks Down, Four To Go!!!!!


Normally I would not bother how things are going with my recovery except there is an issue at the beginning of April, after Easter.  The work we do with our German Company their representative is coming over for two days, to visit the customers and, as it is Easter Holidays, he is bringing his wife and daughter.  So DH will be out with him on visits and I am entertaining his wife and daughter.  I have planned a few things, one of which will be a visit to Chatsworth House, which will be open again by then after their Winter closure.  Also his wife is a quilter, which is so lucky, so I have also planned visits to quilt shops in Derbyshire and beyond.  I think he will regret bringing his wife with him!!!  At least they are driving over so won’t have an issue of getting all the fabric back on the plane!!!!!  I do hope they like what I have planned and this is why I am counting down as I am not able to drive until six weeks after the Op which will be Easter Saturday and four days before they arrive.  I am going to go out with Tom that weekend in my Jeep to make sure I am happy, the saving grace being it is an automatic so I don’t have to keep changing gear.  Of course it will mean that I have to get some fabric too, tee hee.


I have had a few new Followers come along for the ride this week, so Welcome and I hope you enjoy my posts.  I love connecting with new Friends.


Quilt Retreat At Home this weekend for me, so DH and Youngest can get on and do any jobs and they are both out all day Sunday at a swimming competition which is still on at the moment.    I still have a few projects I need to get done and some which are still in the process of getting finished but I am getting there!!!  Still waiting for the fabric I have ordered for our friends’ anniversary present but I can start to do a few things for it from my stash which is what I will start tomorrow.  I also have another new super secret quilt to make and I can plan that which will also be all from my stash too. 

Anyway that’s the plans for the weekend at the moment but of course it could all change again.  I hope you all have a terrific weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx


Snow Day!

We are doing The Wednesday Wag on Thursday this week as Mom has saved these pictures!!!! It started to snow yesterday morning quite early but not a lot,  however it continued to gently snow for most of the day and night and this morning it has been snowing a gale and is still snowing now!!!  Thanks to Parr Films for the pictures!  Enjoy!

Treacle’s Snow Day!



I am ready for the Off!


Get Set!  GO!!!!!!!


Snow Ball Catch!


Airedale Snow Race!


Down the Hill To Start Again!








Up to the Top of the Hill to start again! 

The only problem?  Getting her to come in again!!!!!

It’s still snowing but it is due to warm up a little bit so I suspect it will go pretty soon.  Some parts of the UK, especially Scotland, have had a lot of the white stuff.  Our primary school in the village is closed today and I suspect will be closed tomorrow as is the senior school and Youngest’s college in Nottingham.  So Snow Days all round!    DH and Eldest managed to both get to work but I think they would have both liked to stay home.   Of course I can’t go out in it 😦 but it is very pretty to look at. 

So what is a girl to do but make a hot chocolate with plenty of marshmellows!!!


My days swing from being okay and thinking that everything is going well with recovery to feeling dreadful!  I also think I am getting a little stir crazy being at home all the time!!  I don’t know that I will manage six weeks without going out, oh wait I have a dental checkup next week, yeah!!!! Party!!!!  I have been doing my work along with binge watching films, some of which I have seen before and some I haven’t.  It also makes me realise how many films are made each year and how few are actually good!  The DVD’s will be coming out next!


The birds are busy at the feeders today.


I think tomorrow I will definitely spend the day in my sewing room.  It is also warmer in there than the rest of the house.  Although the central heating is on, we control each room by thermostatic radiators which are all turned to their highest setting, it is still cool.  It doesn’t help at the moment that I am not able to wear my staple outfit of everyday when at home of Jeans and Boots!!  The jeans press on the wound too much, which is now undressed, and so I am in jogging bottoms all the time and they are just not as warm and I am wearing my trainers.  I will be so pleased when I can get back into jeans and my boots. 


Of course today is March 1st and start of the Spring months but as you can tell we are still definitely in the grip of Winter.  I think Spring has been postponed.  


This is coming up fast, so mark your Calendars for March 17th (the third Saturday in March) and hopefully we will all get the chance to play with fabric all day and make things. 

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx


Where Has All The Magic Gone?


Am I the only one who thinks that the World, through the eyes of the media, is just generally an awful place?  This sort of follows on from yesterday’s post of our media making it sound like Britain was going to disappear from the World because of a slight temperature drop and some snow!!!  I do not watch the news as I feel that they present their spin on it, I do read the headlines but very rarely get further to reading a whole article and the best way to get the news is the five minutes on the hour on the radio which gives you the headlines and a quick synopsis which tends to be a statement of facts!

However I do feel that the joy is going out of the World, people don’t seem to be happy unless they are complaining or arguing and I find it very tiring.  We all need to read the books or watch the Harry Potter films again or The Wizard of Oz or any number of movies or books which take us away from all this negative and back to our happy places. 


Now some may say I am contradicting myself by discussing this but since I have been watching a bit more TV than normal I wanted to share this documentary with you.  I don’t know if you have seen it but it is currently showing its third season here in the UK and the first two were fascinating.  Based upon the release of government documents in the UK and US after seventy years under the Freedom of Information Acts and the fact that both our Governments felt that Hitler did not actually die in the Fuhrer Bunker at the end of the war and did, in fact, manage to escape to South America. 

The investigations have been done in a very thorough and methodical way and what they have found has been fascinating.  When I was in school we were just taught that he died by his own hand at the end of the war and that was that and I had not heard of this theory before but apparently a lot of people believe he did survive.  It is worth watching and I loved it as I am quite a history nerd especially as my father was in the RAF during the war.


I have had some visitors today, Jayne, Mom of Eldest’s best friend who bought some lovely flowers and chocolates and then Pat & Alan friends from the Village, who came this afternoon with more flowers.  It was great to seem them and now the house looks Spring like with my flowers. 


Well for all the hysteria yesterday it DID NOT look like this, this morning.  In fact the snow we have had during the day has not even covered the garden!!!!  A huge disappointment to Treacle as you can imagine. 


This was what we expected!!!  This was taken in 2010 the last time we really had snow and you can telll how deep it is.  These are the steps which go up to the garden and those are my pots on the steps.  Now this was snow!!!!  There is supposed to be some more later in the week but who knows!

I have ordered some fabric for my table runner I am planning for our friends wedding anniversary so will show you that when it arrives but have not done anything else in the sewing room.  I think I will spend tomorrow in there, especially as it is very warm in Eldest’s room as it is smaller than the others and next to our boiler!!!!!

I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday and if it is cold with you, you are staying warm and toasty.

Hugs, Susie xx


Our Media Are Hysterical!


I honestly don’t know what some of the modern day Reporters in this country would have done if they had been alive during WWII!  There are hysterical headlines on our newspapers today of this DREADFUL STORM HEADING OUR WAY!!!!  IT’S COMING FROM RUSSIA, TEMPERATURES WILL FALL DRAMTICALLY, GET HOME BEFORE 6.00PM!  SAVE YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………

For the real news; temperatures may drop to -5 and we may get some snow which may cause a little difficulty during travel.  I mean really!  If they actually lived in Russia or any of the Nordic countries which experience temperatures of today at -14 in Russia and -17 in Tuktoyatuck, Canada then I can imagine all this hysteria and by Friday it will be back to normal temperatures of 1°C.  I think they all need to get a grip!!!


Here is a little Spring picture to cheer everyone up!

Obviously because of my limitations at the moment I have not been out and about or doing a lot so I don’t have a very interesting post today!!!  My Quilting Planning was for some very good friends of ours, Anne & Chris, who are celebrating their Ruby wedding at the beginning of April and although they have requested no gifts I would like to make them something small.  When they were first married they spent a few years in Canada for business so thought it would be an idea to add a maple leaf block to a table runner.  They love their garden so can add a block with flowers on and then I thought I could add quite a bit of red in as it is Ruby. Chris also keeps bees so that would be a thing to incorporate and they are both involved with the Canal Trust so am looking how I can add that.   I am having fun looking at blocks to get this done and also the material I have in my stash. 


Treacle is very much enjoying that I am in bed a bit longer than normal in the morning and snuggling!!!  She is getting used to my crutches which she was a bit scared of at first but she does not like the house being upside down as it is not “normal” and she does not like things when they are not normal!!!  Eldest and Girlfriend came yesterday so she loved seeing them and of course DH and Youngest got back so that was all okay with her World.   She is definitely hoping it will snow a lot so she is able to be out in it playing!!!!  She could really do with an AireCut but I am holding off until the weather gets better otherwise she will be freezing.

I hope everyone is having a Good Monday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Thursday Things.


It has been like this for the last few days at home!!!  Grocery shopping is done, washing/ironing done, house cleaned and done, cooking done; you name it, its been done and all my work!!!  Yep I am tired but I am pleased and everything has been ticked off my list!!!! 

I had some vouchers left from Christmas so ordered a few books on Amazon.


One of my aims after finishing the UFO’s is to make a scrap quilt and I saw this and thought this would be ideal for me.  It is a hardback and has lots and lots of ideas for using up all those scraps.  FarmQuilter gave me the tip of cutting them into various sizes and sorting by colour which I think I will do.  At the moment they are just in one of my huge clip boxes any old how!!!!


I saw this and thought this would be a great idea not just for me but for making gifts too.  I have a few of the Love to Sew books and think they are great and the projects are very easy to follow and it was not a lot of money!


Of course Amazon being Amazon they then show you other quilting things you might like (!) and this came up and I thought it would be a good idea.  It is a book to record the details of quilts you have made with room for photographs (it is a soft back) and I thought great way of keeping the details.


I just had to have this.  It is the last ever season of Grimm which only had 13 episodes in instead of the usual 24.  As you know it is one of my most favourite TV shows.  I usually have a DVD playing whilst I am sewing and am at the moment working my way through the other series of Grimm. 

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday.  It’s Friday tomorrow!!!

Hugs, Susie xx