Monday, February 21, 2011

The Weekend

I had one of those weekends where we were really busy so not a lot of quilting got done, or much of anything else!

Friday night saw Youngest Son camping out with his friend in our den in the garden for a Scout badge. They have to camp out one night a month for a year. As the weather was so bad they were allowed to sleep in the wooden den, which saved us putting any tents up and good job they did as it rained all night. They appeared at 7.30am a little damp looking and hungry for breakfast.

Eldest Son was swimming with the County Swimming Squad on Saturday morning at 6.00am, so my darling husband got up and took him while I looked after the younger ones.

Saturday evening saw us drive about an hour away from home to a Golf Club to celebrate a friends 70th Birthday with a sit down meal and entertainment. The evening was a great success and we had a lovely time but did not get home until 2.00am.
Sunday was a wash out weather wise and jobs wise as we were so tired after Saturday. I did get a little work done on my WIP but not much. I did sort my fabrics out and wanted to show you what my Husband and Boys bought me for Christmas. Can't wait to make something with them.

Susie x

Friday, February 18, 2011

Christmas Swap

At Quilt Club we had a Christmas Swap but I was ill on the evening of the meeting so didn't get to swap my gift. It was suggested a cover for a rotary cutter. I made mine out of the fabric left from my Snail Trail quilt.

I didn't get to swap but I still have a rotary cutter cover. Here are a couple of pictures of it.

Susie x

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursdays - They Come Round So Quick

Thursdays is my day for cleaning and doing all the house jobs, before the weekend, and they come round so fast. I have got it all done now and it is an hour before the Boys start getting back from school. As soon as they walk in the house it will be upside down again - oh well.

I have quite a bit of work to do still as well and then dinner and swimming and by the time we get back it will be bed time! Where does the day go? Treacle has decided that on Thursdays it is best to stay out of the way, especially as her beds get washed as well. Tomorrow is my two hour walk with her and then she will crash for the rest of the day. Washing is being done as well but the weather is so bad that I have to dry it in the dryer and it seems to build up more quickly this way.I now know how Cinders felt!

Our first cat was called Cinders. She was wonderful. She came from the Rescue Centre, somebody had hit her on the head with a brick and dumped her! She was never with it really for a cat. She would sit on the windowsill looking at the birds and as they flew over her she would fall off the windowsill! She was an house cat because we were so afraid that something would happen to her if she went out.

Our second cat was called Penny and she was completely opposite to Cinders. We had her as a kitten and she was from a farm, so one tough cookie. She didn't want to go out! We think because she was born outside she realised how good it was with us and didn't want to go out, in case she could not get back in! Here is a picture of her. She lived until she was 15 and we still miss her.

Susie x

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quilting Blogs

I have been looking around the Internet and found some lovely quilting blogs. Reading them is like looking through windows in the winter, when people have their lights on but not shut the curtains. You get to read about their lives and families and pets half a world away and you feel as if you know them.
Some the quilts I see on these blogs are amazing and which I certainly aspire to. At the moment I have to sew on my desk which I use for work, which is not ideal as I have to pack away everything and can't wait to have a sewing room. However I will have to wait until our eldest moves out whenever that may be so I can bag his room!! I have, on occasion, threatened to put the Boys in together (especially when they are having one of those days!) so I can have my sewing room now! It doesn't go down very well but does stop them arguing!!!!
On one blog, in Hawaii, can't remember the address but her sister has a whole building in her garden for her sewing room, it was amazing. Will have to try and find it again. It looked like a house! Oh if only!!!!
Susie x

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Here are two pictures of my current piece of quilting. It is a Fat Quarter Challenge (the coloured zig zag material) from my Quilt Group. We are to make a wall hanging or a cushion cover or a bag maximum size of 24 inches square. 90% of the fabric must be used but it cannot be used for backing or lining or handles (if a bag). Other fabrics may be added.

I decided to make a bag out of mine and got a pattern from my Quilt Shop. However the instructions are terrible and despite how many times I read it, they don't seem to make sense! Anyway at the weekend I have some time (Boys are not swimming except the normal training) so I am going to sit down and get it finished and also rope Husband in. He is an Engineer so he may be able to understand the pattern better than me!!!!
Happy Quilting
Susie x

Monday, February 14, 2011

Library Duty

This morning I was at Pilates early and after a quick lunch, helped out at youngest son's school with their new Library project. We have so far catalogued over 1000 books and still have several hundred to go. I now have more respect for the county librarians and the job they do!

We are trying to get the project finished before the Easter holidays so we can train the older children how to be librarians and how to run the library. It is a huge project but very rewarding and so peaceful, until the children come out for recess!

Susie x

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Dinner with Friends

Saturday saw us dashing around with the Boys as usual, swimming in the morning, DIY store and Farm Shop before heading home as we had friends coming for dinner in the evening.

It was a great night and we really enjoyed it and they must have too as they didn't leave until 1.00am!

A picture of our dining room ready for our guests.

Susie x

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Spring is on its way!

I just had to take a picture of these in our garden. It makes it seem like Spring is on its way even if the days are still cold!

Susie x

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grey Rainy Day

Treacle in her bed, she doesn't want to go out either!
Today is one of those days when it has been raining all night and still raining now. The sky has not really got light so far at 10.00am and I just want to curl up on the sofa and read a book. But I can't!!!

I have to clean the house, do the washing and take the Boys to their swimming club tonight as well as feed us all, which is quite tricky as they are swimming. We only have another week after this then it will be half term break and I can't wait. Although we have plenty of things to do in the break as well.

I also have to get my cookery books out tonight as we have friends coming for dinner on Saturday which we are looking forward to.

Oh well I had better get started but I really don't want to!!

Susie x

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Christmas 2010

We had a great Christmas, very social and great time with the Boys. As usual the run up to Christmas was really busy and the snow and Boys being poorly did not help but by Christmas Eve it was all ready for the big day.

Santa paid a visit which made the Boys happy and dinner was all ready. On Boxing Day our good friends from Jersey came to see us and we spent the day, playing all the board games the Boys had been given and trying to keep up with the computer games too.

We also had visitors on the Monday and Tuesday. On the Wednesday we went to the Pantomime in Sheffield which some other friends are involved with and it was excellent. Especially the Dame and three other cast members dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" changed to "Cleaning Ladies". Brilliant.

A day was spent in Nottingham for them to spend their Christmas money and a trip to the cinema to see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Great and can't wait to see the final installment in July this year.

Before we knew it, it was Tuesday and back to School and Work and taking the decorations down and packing them up for this year.

Here are a few pictures of the house.

Susie x


Yesterday was one of those days, busy all day and then in the evening parent consultations at the Senior School for our eldest. In the summer he will be taking his GCSEs' and according to all his teachers he is doing okay. He just now has to do it for real in the summer. It is going to be a stressful year.

Our youngest is also taking exams before he goes to the same Senior School in the autumn so I think the Dog and I will be moving out!!!!!

Susie x

Monday, February 07, 2011

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night (November 5th) was a Friday last year so our good friends, Jayne, Steve, Emily & James came round to watch the fireworks and for dinner.

Of course it was pouring with rain so Tom and Xander got wet while the rest of us sheltered under umbrellas. The fireworks went off though with a bang!

We all enjoyed getting warm and dry afterwards and dinner.
Susie x

Carnival 2010

It was our 85th Carnival in the village last July and the committee wanted some new events. I suggested a Dog Show and Scarecrow Competition. I was told by the committee what great ideas, you can organise them!

I did and it was great fun. We also had lots of past Carnival Queens attend on the Saturday, the big day and we hosted a special lunch for them too. We got to the park around 7.00am and left about 9.00pm after a lot of hard work, but it was all worth it as it was a great week.

Here are a few pictures from the days.

Susie x

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Quilt Show

In August last year I went to the Quilt Show at the NEC in Birmingham. It was a great show with lots of quilts on display and lots and lots of vendors with fabric and things for the quilter. I also attended two lectures which was great. I spent the whole day while the Boys went off to a motor museum for the day. They enjoyed themselves too.

I have posted a few pictures of the quilts which were on display, something which I want to aspire to one day. Enjoy!

Susie x

Quilt Club

Having brought back a lot of material from America to make two quilts for our Boys, I thought I had better get learning how to quilt.

My Grandmother taught me how to sew and cook and clean and all other things housewifely and I loved every minute of the holidays I spent with her doing these things. So I can sew but never done quilting.
If anyone is interested in learning the How to Quilt for Dummies is great and lots of other books too. I also attended a class to learn the basics and off I went.

I haven't, as yet, started the Boys quilts as I wanted a little practice first but have so far done one quilt which is living on the back of the sofa, a table mat and now made a quilt for a friend who is expecting in June this year.

I have really enjoyed it and now started on some other projects. I just love the putting together of all the elements. At the moment I can do the blocks, they might not all line up but I think they look good.

Susie x

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Stuck Again

Having got stuck in the US during April with the ash cloud, we thought it wouldn't happen again! We were wrong! We went to see our good friends in their new home on the island of Jersey over the holiday weekend in May. Great time was had by all and we were due to fly out on the Tuesday home. An hours flight that's all!!!

The airport was fogged in and our flight was cancelled. The only problem being we had to be home the next day and they could not get us a flight out until the end of the week! So we had to go to the port, book on the overnight ferry, hire a car on the mainland to drive back to the airport to collect our car to go home! Not again!!!

Another friend asked if we were flying anywhere else in 2010 as they would not be flying at the same time as we always got stuck.

We are going to see them in the May holidays this year but have booked on the ferry both ways - we are not getting stuck this time! However the ferry could be cancelled as the weather is too bad to sail - keep your fingers crossed!
The picture is the ferry coming into port at 6.00am.

Susie x

Friday, February 04, 2011

Snow, Snow, Snow

I know the US are suffering at the moment with so much snow and we have got off lightly this time of the year. Before Christmas was a different matter, we had two weeks of really heavy snow and three snow days from school, which the Boys were delighted about. It was sooooo cold though. I have not seen so much snow in such a long while.

We spent the days with the boys out sledging while I was making soup and bread for when they came in and my wonderful husband Tom, clearing the steps and drive and helping our neighbours as well.

It was great fun and it was a shame in didn't last fully until Christmas. We did have some snow but not as deep. Here are a few pictures.
Susie x

New Year, New Intentions!

I cannot believe it is almost a year since I have written! Last year passed in a blur of work and boys activities!

I re-read my last post and it was just before we went to the US for our holiday in Orlando. We had a fantastic time and loved every minute of it, especially the extra ten days we had over there because of the ash cloud from the Iceland volcano that no one knows how to say or spell!

We did not get much sympathy when we got home for being stuck, but we did feel very sorry for those people who could not get away on holiday.
The holiday was the best ever and we got to do so much. We saw the Shuttle Discovery take off and then land as well, because we were still there! We went to Disney lots of times and did everything. We shopped (great!!!!) we went to a drive-in and saw "How to Train Your Dragon" and went to see the Tampa Bay Rays play the New York Yankees and it was great, great, great. The weather was amazing and we felt so much better when we got back.

Here are a few pictures of our fantastic time. I also shopped at a local Quilt Shop for fabrics as I have started quilting and love it but more about that later.

Susie x