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

Tuesday Thoughts!

Well the final episode of Bones has aired in the UK and after twelve years of dedicated watching I feel it went out with a whimper instead of a bang!   I think it was because they only allowed the final series to be twelve episodes instead of the usual twenty two and the producers felt they had to do a big storyline which seemed to be badly planned and rushed.  It would also have been nice to have a crossover with Bones and the X-Files instead of the bad crossover with Sleepy Hollow but we viewers are never consulted on these important issues!!!!!!!!

Talking of changes here is the new £1 coin which has twelve sides and has just gone into circulation.  Of course for those of us of a certain age they remind us of the old Threepenny bit, below.

The new £1 coin is supposed to be less able to be forged but I am sure some enterprising criminal will find a way to do it!

Talking of old coins here is the old six pence which up until 1946 actually had 50% of silver in them.  Brian May of Queen actually uses a sixpence as a guitar pick instead of a plastic one as he finds them too flexible.  He will use the serated edge of the coin to get a different sound.  Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top uses a Mexican Peso. 

The worst coin we ever had was the half penny!  They were a complete pain in your wallet and most people ended up just putting them into a jar and saving them up. 

Since the weekend when we had temperatures of up to 70°F and it was lovely and sunny. it is now down to 50°F and freezing again!!  I have booked Treacle in for a spa day next week so of course it will be cold until then and afterwards too!  Our Weathermen are forecasting a fantastic summer with wall to wall sunshine but as they forecast this every year we are not holding our breath!!!!!!  Tomorrow I am out for Lunch with Jayne!!!

Happy Tuesday

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

The Wednesday Wag!

Instead of Throwback Thursday we have Wing It Wednesday and I have found a picture of Eldest with his Airedale Kelly and me as a baby and also a picture of Youngest, I’m his Airedale, and me as a baby!

I have to put these pictures up on a Wednesday as Mom gets all misty eyed when she sees pictures of us all when we were younger. 

The weather has been sunny and cool again today so Mom let me stay outside for a while.  I am loving these spring afternoons. 

Woof, Treacle.

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

Welcome To The World!

Owen Ezra Wilkes

Welcome to the World Owen Ezra Wilkes, DH’s Grandson, who was born on Friday March 24th weighing in at 7lbs and 12oz.  Here he is at one week old.

Behaving himself with Granddad!

DH snook a picture of me with him!

Big Sister Evalyn.

Oh good grief are these my Grandparents?!!!!!!!!

Baby Gym already being used!

Here is Owen’s quilt, DH is holding the quilt for me again outside and as you can see Treacle is bored of the whole thing!

A closer view and it has cats on it (they have a cat) I also did a very close free motion quilting on it.

The back.

We went to see him on Saturday for a couple of hours and he is very cute.  Unfortunately his two Uncles were otherwise engaged so they will be going to see him over the Easter holidays when they are both off. 

Hugs, Susie x