Another Excuse for Quilting All Day!

NQD2017_circleonly

As if Quilters needed another excuse to quilt all day here is one for you! National Quilting Day on March 19th 2016.  Here is a little about how National Quilting Day started :

In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt making in Kentucky. In 1991, National Quilting Association officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.

The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quiltmakers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, “Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating.  In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate. They were welcomed with open arms. As our feelings of a community network has evolved to include a world community, it is only appropriate that quilters and quilt lovers everywhere united to give recognition to the special art form.”

Usually I miss it, so am glad I am in time this year!  The lambs are starting to appear at the farms around our village and at our local farm shop.  They are just so cute.

It is just Treacle and I at home today so she is waiting for the Boys to come home.  She has looked at my new medicine ball but has so far stayed away from it, I think as it is so big she does not want to tackle it, in case it fights back!!!!!!

How is your Tuesday going?

Hugs, Susie x

Image result for snoopy spring

Save

Monday Musings!

Image result for spring pictures

It was a busy weekend for all but Youngest did well in the Club competition on Saturday night being in the winning relay team and the Club came first.  Sunday he was entered in two events and got a medal for third and a PB and fourth in his second event, so he was pleased.  Saturday Fliss, Lee and Evalyn came for the day and it was great to see them.

Image result for balance ball

I have now got to work on one of these for a while!!!  From the age of 4 to the age of 16 I did ballet and several times I dislocated both knees and at the time they went back no problem and I carried on.  However now I am older (!) I have to be careful what I do as they can hurt which is why I have been doing Pilates.  Any hoo the last three months of last year I ended up hurting my knees and since then I have had quite a bit of hip pain in my right side, so I have been seeing a Physio.  Today she recommended that I get a balance ball and has given me a few exercises to do to try and ease the pain!!!  My biggest problem?  Will be keeping Treacle away from it!!!!!!

The weather has been quite nice here today and quite Spring like so hopefully this will continue.

erewash-20130328-00021Treacle spent the weekend either in the sewing with me or on our bed snoozing, she loves lazy Sundays!!!!

Still getting through the quilts and have now finished the top for the second baby quilt and I have got the backing cut out, I just need to sandwich and pin it and then get on with the quilting.  This baby is due at the end of March so hopefully it will be all done and wrapped before then.  I have my other super secret quilt to cut out and piece but again this is not big so should go together quickly.  Once that it is done and quilted I will then quilt Youngest’s which is already sandwiched and pinned!  Getting through things which is good.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Image result for Snoopy spring

Thursday Thoughts.

Image result for daffodils

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne

Yesterday was March 1st and the first month of Spring and the weather was very kind to us in Derbyshire with the sun shining, although it was cold, it was great to see the sun.  The above quote to me really typifies the start of Spring, written by the famous author A.A. Milne who is better known for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, a huge favourite of mine and our Boys.

Image result for winnie the pooh coloured shepard drawings

The stories are very simple but are a wonderful part of childhood and we really enjoyed reading them to the Boys when they were little. 

boys-on-bikes-2So as it is Thursday here is a throwback of our Boys with their bikes.  They used to take them with us on holiday during the Easter break to Scotland for them to learn to ride without their stabilisers as Auntie Corinne and Uncle Gordon had loads of room at their home in The Highlands. 

Been busy today catching up on work and Treacle has been keeping me company in her basket (!) and tomorrow it is house jobs day, ironing and grocery shopping, oh joy!  Saturday Fliss, Lee and Evalyn are coming for a visit and Sunday I am going to catch up on those house jobs I have been putting off.  Saturday night Youngest and DH are out at a swimming competition so I will be taking the opportunity to finish some of the quilt bindings which need doing. 

A friend said yesterday “how come it is March already?” and I cannot believe that we have started the third month of the year, but when I look back on what we have been doing in the last two months It has been crazy, busy!  Before we know it, it will be Carnival time in the village and we will be six months through the year and some clown will be telling us how long it is until Christmas (apparently 298!!!!!!!!!).  Which reminds me if I need to do any quilting jobs for Christmas I really should start them now!!!

How is your Thursday going?

Hugs, Susie x

Image result for snoopy march

The Wednesday Wag!

Image result for tennis balls

These are my most favourite toys, tennis balls.  I love them.  I love my squeaky toys and my soft toys but tennis balls are the best.  Anyway Mom tried to get me some and they had sold out 😦  However our good friends Molly & Mackie’s Mom let my Mom know where she gets Molly’s tennis balls from, it’s Ebay! 

Mom never thought to look on Ebay, although she should have as we all the know the World is on You Tube and you can buy anything on Ebay!!!!!!

img_0457Look what arrived in the mail.  They are re-conditioned tennis balls, which means they have been washed, re-pressurised and re-packed like this.  Mom ordered 15 for me.

img_0460Come on Mom don’t tease me, gimme, gimme, gimme!

img_0462Yeah new tennis ball!

img_0463Nope I am not going to give it to you to throw for me!

Thank you to Molly, Mackie & Sue for giving us the low down.

Woof, Treacle.

Oh Boy He Passed!

Image result for passed driving test

Run for cover, Youngest has passed his driving test!!!!!!  All joking aside he has done really well and passed first time which he is so pleased about as his Dad, brother and I did!  Unlike his sister who took seven goes at it.

Just another person I have to worry about out on the roads with all the other lunatics!!!!! img_0468I love daffodils they are such a happy flower and the colour is just perfect for this time of year when it is still grey and raining outside.   Yesterday it rained all day and was very heavy with local flooding so these, which are in our sitting room, make me smile.  I would love to grow them in our garden but as our soil is so wet the bulbs rot.  

img_0469Today the weather is very cold but the sun is shining so Treacle is more awake!  This look says when is it dinner time?!!!!!

I finished the binding on the baby quilt and one of my super secret quilts I just now need to sew it to the back and I can then show you.  I also managed to get the other baby quilt cut out and the first of the blocks sewn so I am really pleased.  I am hoping to get a bit more done tonight.

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Happy Hugs, Susie x

Save

The Calm After The Storm!

Image result for spring afternoon

You cannot believe the difference between yesterday and today!  It has been very spring like today with even the sun making an appearance!  Treacle even spent sometime outside today!!!!

I have managed to get all my jobs done and just now have the basket of ironing leaving me free to finish the first baby quilt tomorrow and hopefully get the second on cut out.  I must say I love having these weekends when I can quilt all day!  Next weekend I will have to do some jobs but am aiming to get at least one day of quilting done.

Related image

It’s Friday, lets do the Snoopy Dance!!!!!

I am also on chauffeur duty tonight for Youngest as he is teaching at the swimming club and then again in the morning and then he and his brother are getting together to start filming his documentary for college which is about cars (surprise, surprise!).  

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and hope that Spring is appearing in your part of the World.

Hugs, Susie x

DSC04386My snowdrops have made an appearance.

Hiding from the Gales!

Image result for cartoon hiding from the storms

Treacle and I have been hiding in the Den all day today as it has literally been blowing a gale and lashing rain!  In fact when I opened the door for Treacle to go out in the garden at lunchtime she took one look and retreated to her basket!  It is also very cold!

However the upside of hiding in the den all day is all my work is done 🙂  Treacle has managed to get plenty of sleep as well!

Tomorrow I have home jobs to do and grocery shopping and a basket of ironing but then that leaves the weekend for quilting. 

How is your Thursday?

Hugs, Susie x

Image result for snoopy in a storm