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It’s Monday Again.

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Monday came round quick this week!!!  Our weather held over the weekend so we were able to eat outside with our friends on Saturday evening!!!  It was a very hot day and was very warm into the evening. 

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Here is out outside dining table set for the evening.  I put my summer quilt on the bench in case it got cool in the evening. 

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The friends who came to dinner are the ones celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in September and this is the quilt I made for them.  They loved it. 

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Another picture of the front and one of the back courtesy of DH.

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We had a lovely evening and we had not seen them in a while so it was great to catch up. 

Sunday was another very warm day so DH and I took the opportunity to get the garden tidy again and also continue with the changes we made to the top of the garden.  At least now it is in great shape before we go away on vacation. 

The top picture below is where we have put decorative bark down to help protect the plants with moisture, especially in this heat.  We have also put down weed suppressant membrane down as well.

The six pictures above are just the tidying we have been doing and getting it ready before our vacation.

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The Buddleia has come into flower and the bees and butterflies are just loving it.  Above is a Peacock Butterfly.

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The garden from the patio and you can see just a few wispy clouds.

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The above, sorry it is blurred, is a Comma Butterfly.

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Treacle spent all day outside on Saturday and yesterday too and was so tired last night she was fast asleep by 7.00pm.

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This was a couple of hours ago where I caught her asleep sitting up (!)  I don’t think she has recovered from the weekend!!! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and ready for a great week ahead.

Hugs, Susie xx

Piggy Bank Savings Opening!

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You know how we all say “where has a year gone?” well it is a year since we started saving in our Piggy Banks for Quilting Challenge run by Val at Val’s Quilting Studio and today is the day we open them and see how we have done.  Now some are just saving their small change, which our family do in an old sweet jar, for a family outing so I had to save money separately for this and I just put in the odd £1 coin every week and if I had five of them I saved those too.  So I opened my Piggy Bank today.

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It is actually a piggy bank as well which belonged to my Grandmother who used to save 20 pence pieces in it.  Mr Piggy has done well.

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As you can see I have counted it out (I changed the coins into notes as it was getting too full with the coins) and it makes £150 which at today’s rate is $198.50.  I am really pleased with the amount and I intend to get some material from the Quilt Shop with it.  Eldest and Girlfriend have been together for seven years this year and I think will eventually get married so I have decided to spend this money on the material for their wedding quilt!  I have a very good friend who has said she will quilt it for me so almost all the ducks are in a row!!!!  I will show you the material when I have bought it.  It will be a double or king size quilt, not too sure yet.

Talking about our notes they have been changing them over the last year from paper to this plastic type of note which is supposed to last longer.  In the picture the £20 are still paper but the £10 and £5 are the new plastic and they feel dreadful.  They also don’t sit very well in your wallets/purses and they do fold over but then don’t straighten out again.  They are also smaller than the old notes.  They always used to say if the currency gets smaller it is being de-valued, I don’t know how true this is but they are definitely smaller.

If Val decides to carry on with the challenge for another year then I am in as I think it has been a great way to save some money for those all important trips to the Quilt Shop!!!!

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Every time I pick my camera up to take a picture Treacle appears and stands there waiting for her picture to be taken!!!  I think she now thinks that this is what she has to do every day as I have taken so many pictures of her for the blog!!!!!  She is a silly goose at times but I don’t mind.  So here is today’s picture!!!  I think you can tell how sunny it is again today with the sun behind her. Today the top temperature is 80°F and the weekend is the same. 

I hope whatever you are up to you have a wonderful weekend.  I am going to be in my sewing room quilting. 

Hugs, Susie xx

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Tuesday Quilt Story.

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There is a story about this quilt which I have named “My Summer Quilt”.  It started off as two Moda Charm packs as I needed something bright on my table for my stall which I had a couple of year’s ago at the Carnival. 

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So when it was on the stall it was not quilted or finished and I was just going to add a border and leave it at that but DH said I should add some more squares to it and make it into a full size quilt.

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Here it is.  I love the colours and normally I wouldn’t go for colours like this but I think it looks great for summer.  Here it is on our bench.

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Here is the back which is done in pale and a bit darker pink. 

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As the weather is wonderful again I was able to take the pictures outside for a change rather than indoors.

This is the quilt I am going to use with Treacle on it for the “Pets On Quilts” Show in August, but am not taking the picture until after she has been to her spa on Thursday.  At the moment as she is spending all day and all evening outside, her coat looks very untidy with bits of leaves and grass in it!!!!  I keep getting them out of her coat but by the time she comes in again she looks as bad!!!!  Roll on Thursday and she will be cool and de-fluffed!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Linky Party & The Wednesday Wag.

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I am pinching a little bit of Treacle’s Wednesday Wag to let you know about Val’s Tuesday Archives at Val’s Quilting Studio (http://myplvl.blogspot.com).  This is a Linky Party every Tuesday where we re-visit old Blog Posts based on a different theme each week.  This week Val is holding a Giveaway as it is her 200th Linky Party, so why not hop over and have a look at whats been going off and join the fun and have a chance to win.  Val has let you know what you need to do to join the fun and also several ladies, including me, have already linked up.  It is also good fun to look back at old posts and get inspiration from things you have made in the past and also see what other talented ladies have been up to.

Thank you Treacle x

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I mean really using my day to promote your quilting!  Mom!  “sorry Treacle, it won’t happen again”.

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Since Monday it has been lovely and warm and Mom keeps telling me I need to go visit my Spa but I am okay at the moment.  I have managed to find plenty of shade when I need it to cool down but then I cannot resist sunbathing for a while.   Mom said she is very glad I am not white and she would then have to put sun cream on me as well as Dad and the Boys!!!!

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I am loving it at the moment as Youngest has almost finished college and so is at home more and his new Girlfriend is also with him.  She loves dogs and that means I love her too.  I am so lucky as both my Boys have Girlfriends who love dogs, what more could a doggie ask for.  This picture was last week at Mom’s Birthday.

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It is even sunny where I sit waiting for my breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mom says walks have to be done early in the morning or late at night when the sun has not gotten up or when it has gone down so it is hopefully cooler.  Mom likes the heat but even she is staying out of it today after the last few days.

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Because I am spending lots of time out-of-doors I am very tired as I am not getting as much sleep as usual and as it is so warm I am getting up in the night trying to find cool spots to lie in and then keep waking Mom up.  Dad does not hear me and still manages to sleep all night without being disturbed!!!!

This weekend Dad is out for some of it so I think we will be gardening and then Mom will be quilting so I will be able to catch up from all my missed sleep this week when she is quilting!!! I hope you are having a lovely start to summer.

Woof, Treacle.

Calm.

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I have had a lovely Birthday week.  I had lunch with Jayne and we got to talking about life in general and I said that after the last ten very challenging years with the business as well as coping with huge changes in our family, I have been very stressed.  However this year I got to the point where I decided that really at the end of the day there is only so much I can control and the rest I just have to go along with. 

I also found that I was worrying about months ahead and even years so now I only think about tomorrow, possibly the following weekend and perhaps next week, but no further.  Fortunately things are getting better with our business, as are a lot of our friends who are in business as well.  It is not just us that have been going through these challenging times.  I do feel a lot better than I did, but one thing I have stopped doing is reading the news.  I feel that the news shows present the items with their spin on it and they just love dire news so I don’t watch or read the news now.  I listen to the radio and usually there is a five-minute news report at the top of the hour and that is plenty of news for me.

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My Quilting has also helped me to focus my attention as well and then watching a DVD of one of my favourite programmes whilst quilting I find it very soothing.  In fact if I don’t do some quilting now I get quite upset so I try to do some in the evening after making dinner and clearing up.  I also find I get quite frustrated at some programmes that I have watched before but now seem to lead you by the nose and are stressful so I have stopped watching them too.

Books, of course, are another way I relax and find it very calming to get lost in a story.  I am also lucky, if you can call it that, that I can re-read books again and again which says a lot about my memory but even if I remember the story I love reading it again as it is like an old friend.  In the past few months I have not been reading as much as I normally do, so this is something I want to rectify.  I also used to read in bed and I stopped doing that after my Op as I was not able to lie very easily on my right side but now that I am better I think I will try again.  I am hoping that this will help me sleep better.

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I have also been going through another period of waking several times in the night, which can be quite draining and I am still working on a solution to that.  I have tried the hot bath before bed, lavender oil on my pillow, wrists etc and many other things.  I never have a problem getting to sleep, I have a problem staying asleep!  I woke at 3.45am this morning to the birds singing and the sun rising.  It has been a wonderful day with constant sunshine and no clouds in the sky at all.  In fact I think we are warmer here than the Mediterranean and the temperatures are due to rise during the weekend and next week.  I love this weather but usually by 4.00pm am getting very tired.  As I say still working on a solution to this.

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Treacle loves this weather and lies in the sun for so long and then moves into the shade for a while and then comes back into the sunshine!  Silly dog.  She just loves being outside. 

As the weather is going to be lovely over the weekend we are taking the opportunity to empty the garage and room off and tidy it up, get rid of anything we don’t want and of course put back the things we want to keep! 

I hope the weather wherever you are is going to be lovely and you have a wonderful weekend and remember:

Live In The Moment

Forget The Past

And Don’t Worry About The Future

Hugs, Susie xx

Quilty Projects for the Week.

I love finding quick Quilty Projects on the web to make when I need a finish.  This I found is a book cover or anything else you want to protect, like an E-Reader.  Of course you can change the dimensions to make it larger or smaller as required.

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The inside below. It is a great way of using up larger remnants of fabric you have left from other projects.

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I also made three of these :

Again using up remnants of fabric and these drawstring bags are great for when you go away on holiday to keep things together in your bag/suitcase.

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Here is a sneak peek of our friend’s 50th Wedding Anniversary quilt.  I just need to get it sandwiched and then quilted.

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And here is a sneak peek at the Baby Quilt for our friend’s daughter who is due in October.  Again it needs to be sandwiched and then quilted.

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I have broken my walking foot which I am annoyed about, especially as most of it is metal except for the casing where the guide bar goes which is plastic and the two bits which hold the guide bar in place have broken.  Of course it is the most expensive of all the Janome feet!!!!!  I am hoping to get a new one soon.

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I don’t know if I showed you this but Youngest bought it for me for Christmas last and I just love it.  It was too nice to put away so it now sits on the door handle of Eldest’s room.

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Treacle has finally come in fromt he garden and the only reason she has is because it is dinner time!!

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Here she is queuing for her dinner!!!

I hope you are all having a terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Oh It’s A Shame!

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I have several blogs which I read regularly and the ladies who own them post regularly (you can find them on the page “My Favourite Blogs”) but a few have decided not to post anymore because of GDPR!  I know that some of the ladies may be using this as an excuse to end their blogs but a few are concerned about the new rules. 

As I said in my post here you really only have to be concerned about these new rules if you sell through your blog and as a lot of these ladies don’t then they don’t have to worry about it.  

It is such a shame that these rules are affecting such a creative thing and hope these talented ladies do continue to blog.

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Anyway onto happier things.  I have been surging ahead with my quilting.  So much so that I despatched DH to the quilt shop in Birmingham near to where he was going for work today to get some supplies!!!!!

I have been working on our friends 50th Anniversary quilt and it had lots of squares in it so I spent one evening chain piecing, which was very calming!!!!

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My good friend, Susan, in the US sent me a lovely gift last year and I have used it so much.  It’s this

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It has a little blade in and makes cutting between the squares a breeze.

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All my squares cut and ready for the next step.

This is the pattern I got from the MSQC tutorials on the web.  It is going together really well and I will show it to you when I have quilted it. 

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It’s all a bit much for Treacle!!!!!  She loves Eldest’s bed and of course I am in there too so she loves keeping me company when I am busy sewing, my wonderful QuiltyDale! The only thing is when she begins to snore!!!!!!

I have got my house jobs done today and Girlfriend came for a visit this afternoon which was lovely and tomorrow I have errands to run as on Saturday evening Girlfriends parents, Mel & Charles, are coming for dinner, so looking forward to that.

Sunday is going to be nice again so we can get the final jobs in the garden done and of course it is Father’s Day!  DH will just love gardening on his special day!!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx