Thursday, May 31, 2012


I'm Having a Giveaway!

Hi folks, I thought I would host a giveaway for when we reach 5,000 views of my Blog.  I love reading the Stats. for my blog and seeing where people are in the World that read my blog and since joining I have had lots more views.  Also a few other quilters have put me on their blog roll which has generated more views and Find a Friend Friday from Karen at Sew Many Ways.

So when we hit 5000 views I will post what the giveaway will be.  It will be open for everyone around the World.  So look out for the info.

Have a great Thursday; I have house jobs to do and then some work and errands to run and the Boys are in different directions tonight and DH has to help put tents up for our Scout Troop and their camp this weekend, so I think I will be getting to bed about midnight and the weather has turned as well!  Oh well it is good for the garden.

Happy Quilting


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Wednesday Wag

My deck where I enjoy lying as it is in the sun and shade

It really is warm today.

My quilt is almost finished!  Can't wait I love cuddling up to these quilts but Mom does get cross sometimes when I do.

I have spent everyday outside this week and over the weekend as the weather has been very hot.  My coat is growing too so soon I will be off to the Parlour for a pamper session.  

I also need to get into trim for the Dog Show which Mom runs for the Carnival.  I spend most of Carnival at home as Mom, Dad and The Boys are busy for lots of days and if the weather is too hot I get very tired, so I am at home.  But they do come home let me out and feed me which is the best thing!  I do get an extra long walk when it is all over.

The squirrel has been playing havoc with the bird feeders and managed to damage the pole so Dad has to repair that at the weekend.  My leg is still not good so walks have been cut short, but I don't mind in this heat.

I hope you all have a lovely day and Mom says Happy Quilting.


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Treacle's Quilt

Treacle's Quilt on my new bench.

Closer view.
I managed to get quite a bit done of Treacle's Quilt yesterday evening.  Am pleased with the way it is turning out, however, I cannot say it is an original pattern.  I have shamelessly, but with her approval, copied Cooper's Quilt over at Thelma's Blog; Cupcakes 'n Daisies.

I still have a couple more rows to put on and then a border.  The back is going to be similar but in the centre I am going to do some applique.  I have never done any applique before so thought this would be a good project to have a go on!  I will keep you updated.

DH, The Boys and Girlfriend have been busy, with others in the village, putting up the bunting for the Jubilee weekend, which will stay up for our Carnival and then for the Olympics.

I also managed to get to the plant nursery yesterday and got some plants to put in, in a flower bed I am overhauling.  We inherited the garden when we bought the house and it was in a state and it has taken the last ten years we have been here to try and get it looking half decent.  Unfortunately the previous owners were not gardeners and had planted things to fill in spaces whether they were suitable or not!  Pictures next week.

Happy Tuesday and Quilting.


Monday, May 28, 2012

A Very Royal Day!

Youngest Facing the camera, third from right, just get the flag in position.

Standing to attention as the dignitaries leave.

The Duke & Duchess of Devonshire leaving.

Youngest with our local MP, Mrs Pauline Latham, who also lives in our Village

The weather yesterday was perfect.  In fact the whole weekend was very warm so DH and I tackled the garden.  We hadn't managed to get into the garden this year yet due to other activities, although we only had to do a little weeding but mainly tidying.  A few of the bushes over the winter have gone mad so there was a lot of pruning to do.  Next week on Jubilee Day, June 4th, our Village is hosting one of the Beacon Bonfires and our good friends are actually having it at their farm, which was great for all the stuff left after pruning to add to the bonfire!  When we have finished I will take you on a tour.

We also had an important date yesterday afternoon as Youngest had been asked to represent his Scout Troop and our District at the Diamond Jubilee Service at Derby Cathedral at 3.00pm.  We got there at 2.00pm and he was on duty with the flag as the dignitaries arrived, including The Duke & Duchess of Devonshire, The Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and of course The Bishop of Derby.   He then marched down the aisle and placed the flag by the Altar with the other flags in attendance.  At the end of the Service he retrieved the flag and made a Guard of Honour as the dignitaries left.

DH, I, Eldest and Girlfriend attended and Youngest did very well and we are so proud of him.  It was lovely to take part in something for the Jubilee and for Youngest to have such a part of it.  Of course this meant I did not get any quilting done at all, so tonight I will set to and get some done.

I hope your weekend was lovely.  Happy Quilting.


Friday, May 25, 2012

May - A Month When .....

It is another warm beautiful day here, like Summer although it is only Spring.  We are hoping it will last all Summer!

I was thinking about superstitions and remember by Grandmother (who taught me how to sew, cook, keep house) "Never wash a blanket in May or you will wash someone away"!  At the moment I have two blankets to wash and with all the warm weather it seems a shame not to do them, but you know I just cannot bring myself to do it!  My Grandmother was very superstitious and taught me very well, so the blankets won't be washed until June 1st!

I also found some other interesting facts about May :

May 29th 
This is the day that traditionally people wear oak apples or oak leaves pinned to them to remember that on May 29th King Charles ll returned triumphantly to London after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
oak laf
The reason for the wearing of oak apples or oak leaves was to celebrate the King's narrow escape from capture by Cromwell's soldiers by hiding in an oak tree.
Until well into the twentieth century, anyone caught not wearing an oak leaf or oak apple on 29 May could be pinched, kicked, or otherwise abused. Whipping with nettles was a favourite punishment, hence the name 'Nettle Day' in some areas.

Some Notable Dates in May :

21st May - 1946 Bread rationing introduced in the UK.
28th May - 1908 Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books, was born.
29th May - 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest.
29th May  - Oak Apple Day.
30th May - 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
30th May - Death of King Arthur in 542 

And how about this; too late for this year but maybe next!!!!!

All year round

May Day Superstition

First thing in the morning on May 1st, young girls used to rush out into the garden to wash their faces in the May dew.

There is an old tale that says that May dew has magic properties and that anyone who has washed their face in it will have a beautiful complexion all through the year. This dew was supposed to be able to remove freckles and also spots and pimples.

So on this fine May evening I will be having dinner and then getting on with Treacle's quilt.  Happy Quilting and hope you all have a lovely weekend wherever you are.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hot Weather

It is another glorious day here in Derbyshire and the temperature has risen to 80° and it is lovely.  Today has been a busy "house" day with the cleaning being done.  It takes me three hours to clean it from top to bottom and I decided to start at 8.00am this morning to try and get it done before it got too warm.  I am glad I did, as it is really warm now!

The washing is all done and hanging on the line.  I love ironing it after it has been drying outside, not always possible with our unpredictable weather.

Treacle has been outside all day, lying in the sun and panting!  Silly Dawg!!!!  Karen at Sew Many Ways was asking about favourite cartoons and I loved Deputy Dawg, but my favourite was The Jetsons.  I have always been mad on Space things, I think it stems from watching the moon landings at 6.00am on July 20th 1969.  Not only were they landing on the moon but the television was on, in the morning, completely unheard of in 1969 (of course now it is on 24/7!).  Our television was black and white and the images not very good, but it was so exciting.  

Since then I have loved almost every space programme from Star Trek (the original which I used to watch with my Dad) to Stargate and everything in between.  I also enjoy stargazing too, when I get the chance.  When we visited Orlando the NASA visit was essential and we did the lunch with an astronaut too and it was amazing.  I loved every minute of it. 

Anyway on that spacey note I will get working, I have to do the swimming run tonight and when I get back may do the ironing as it will have hopefully cooled off a bit.  

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Happy Thursday


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Wednesday Wag!

Hello World, I am still poorly!  Mom thought I was better but I have started limping again and my leg hurts when I have been sleeping, so she took me to my Doctors again this morning.  I have more tablets and yes my leg is still swollen, oh well!

I found a frog yesterday in the lawn but he didn't want to play very much  (I managed to rescue him before Treacle did any damage - Mom!!!!) 

The weather has been extremely hot here yesterday and today and I have spent all day outside and all the fresh air has made me very sleepy.  I hope you all having a good day and Mom says happy quilting.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Chaos

The wisteria has finally bloomed.
A close up of the flowers.

Today started off okay.  I had to run a few errands this morning which I got done super speedy and just got back home and I forgot to go to the Post Office!  Out I went again.  I then sat down to get my work done when all the power went off!  It has been off for two hours!

Where we used to live was more rural than where we are now and we never had as many power cuts as we have at this house.  Everyone was off which was a relief as it meant it was not just our house.  So I am now behind with my work, so guess what I will be doing tonight instead of sewing!

The weather has made a dramatic change today and its 80°F here so out come the summer clothes for the first time this year.  By the end of the week we will be back in jumpers and jeans!

I took a couple of pictures of my wisteria today in the sun as it has finally bloomed.  It is a little late this year and I think it is because of all the rain we had in April.  However it looks lovely.  I chose this wisteria as I like the colour of the flowers with them being pale with little yellow centres instead of the more popular mauve.  

I hope your Tuesday is a little calmer than mine!


PS  I hope you like the new signature, Karen at Sew Many Ways had done a little tutorial of how to do it on her blog and I love it.

Monday, May 21, 2012


The front of the quilt.  I am really pleased how it turned out.

A sideways view and Treacle got in on the action.

A closer look at the blocks and the spinning stars.

The Back

A closeup of the quilting.
I didn't get any other quilting done over the weekend except for sewing the binding on my quilt.  I did get to watch some films whilst doing it so it was a great weekend for that too.  The weather was not good with it being cold and dull grey so I was not inclined to get out in the garden.  The weather this week is due to improve but who knows, certainly not the weathermen!  This meant the pictures I took of my quilt had to be done inside so they are okay but would have been better outside.

The Boys were swimming on Saturday and yesterday was a catch up day before the week starts again.  We are still in exam phase so still stress levels are high but they end on Friday.  

It is Quilt Club this evening when I am handing my quilt in for the show at the beginning of June.

Happy Monday


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thank You

To all the lovely people who have read and commented on my posts over the last week and from Karen's Sew Many Ways Find a Friend Friday and other links Thank You.

I love hearing from everyone and try and respond to those comments but if I don't, please know that they mean a lot to me.  I love making these connections.

Have a great Quilting Weekend.

Susie x

Friday, May 18, 2012

What I Am Working On

The binding on the left I almost matched the stars up!
The binding folded over ready for pressing and to be sewn.
I don't want to show you the whole quilt yet until it is finished but this is my American Quilt, the kit I got in Orlando in 2010.  I finished it last year and thought I would do the quilting myself, until I quilted my Linus quilt on my Janome sewing machine!  This quilt was small and I had a lot of trouble doing it, so there was no way I was going to be able to do my full size American quilt!

One of the ladies in our quilt group is a longarm quilter and she kindly said she could do it for me and she did an excellent job.  Last night I made the binding and have sewn it on to the front of the quilt and just now need to hand sew it to the back.  I also have to put a temporary hanging sleeve on as it is going in our Group's Quilt Show over the Jubilee Weekend.  I will get lots of pictures to show everyone all the quilts.  So this weekend will be lots of hand sewing.

I also have five other projects on the go all at different stages!  Treacle's quilt is coming along with some sewing and cutting, I am making something which will be part of my giveaway for the Blog Hop in July, I am starting the blocks for Eldest's quilt and also going to make a bucket bag as well.  Also a very simple but pretty table runner to do in Christmas fabrics.  So lots to keep me busy. 

Have a lovely Friday, Weekend and Happy Quilting. 

Susie x

Thursday, May 17, 2012

One of Those Days


Do you ever have one of those days?  When you are really busy trying to get a million things done and you hear a little voice "there's no toilet paper downstairs", answer "yes there is, in the basket have a look", "No, none here".  Two minutes later when said room is vacated I go to the basket and get a new roll out and place it on the holder!

Lunchtime, "where's the tomato ketchup?" answer "in the fridge bottom shelf", "no its not", "yes it is, just open your eyes and look", "can't see it".  I come down from upstairs to the fridge, open the door, reach into the bottom shelf and get the bottle out!

DH - "I can't see my blue shirt I want to wear" answer "its in the dressing room hanging up with the other blue shirts at the back", "No not the one I want", "which one to do you want?", "the Gant one".  I go back upstairs into the dressing room and straight to the shirt, at the back with the other blue ones!!!!

I know having Boys is challenging, but sometimes I find my patient wearing a little thin!

Happy Thursday 

Susie x

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Wednesday Wag

The first pieces of my quilt sewn and cut.

The Prize for the Best in Show Winner at our Dog Show.

You just get over being poorly and Mom washes my bed!
 I have now recovered from my adventures last week, my Tablets did me good!!!!

My Mom has started my quilt and I cannot wait so I can lay on it, roll around on it and generally make it hairy and mine.  Although Mom says it will take a little while.

It has been busy round here with Eldest coming and going as he is doing exams and Youngest busy with his activities.  As I have been on bed rest I have not been out all week, so looking forward to getting out and seeing some of my pals.  

The Dog Show for the Carnival is well under way and Mom has been to buy the prize for the Winner today.  Now if I can just get at it, I can have a little treat!

Mom says have a great Wednesday whether you are quilting or not.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Joy - Happy Smile

My parcel and a note.

The front of the parcel

My Lovely Hexagon Mat from Traci - Don't you love it?

A lovely chocolate bar from Oregon, Beautiful fat quarter of fabirc and a rose pin badge

My Note from Traci

You will not believe the happy smile I have on my face.  I got a package in the post this morning!  You might be thinking why is she so happy?

Well it was from my swap partner in the Quilters Day Swap I took part in over on Handmade by Heidi.  Traci of Portland Oregon sent me a beautiful table mat made of hexagons in my favourite colours and a fat quarter of summery fabric.  Also included in my gift was a chocolate bar, Moonstruck from Oregon and a rose pin badge, which I will put on my sewing machine cover.  I already have a pin badge on there which is blue and in the shape of the US States and it says "United We Stitch", which I got when we were in the US in 2010.

I will be firing off an email to Traci to thank her for the lovely gifts which has brightened a very wet and grey Tuesday here in Derbyshire.  Funnily enough Traci's note starts with "Hello from rainy Portland Oregon" so I think the weather came with the parcel!

I love getting these sorts of parcels through the mail, so much nicer than bills.

Thank yo so much Traci for taking the time to make  and send these lovely things to me.

Have a great Tuesday and happy quilting.

Susie x

Friday, May 11, 2012

Weekend Wanderings


This weekend, like last weekend, is going to be busy with various things happening.  Eldest is working on Saturday pm for two hours and then Sunday for a couple of hours as well. Youngest is swimming in a Gala on Saturday evening and I have to pick up Eldest and take him to the Gala too.  Then Sunday Youngest is swimming in an Open event all day with one race in the morning and three in the afternoon.  DH is taking him and timekeeping all day and I have got to stay home and run Eldest around!

In between times I hope to get some quilting done, not sure how much but some.  I also have a huge pile of ironing to get through as well!

Eldest is starting his Lower Sixth exams next week and the week after so that is going to be a bit fraught as well.  Oh well!!!!

I hope you all have a great weekend wherever you are and Happy Quilting.

Susie x

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Busy Days and Nights!

The Carnival Queen & Attendants having tea - July 2011
The Winning Scarecrow 2011

Jeremy the Best in Show Dog 2011

Our Park in Full Swing on Carnival Day 2011

We are gearing up for Carnival in our Village  which runs this year from Sunday July 1st to Saturday July 7th.  It is always a busy time and I think most people who live in the Village just see Carnival happen, but obviously it doesn't and there are lots of dedicated busy people on the Committee and their helpers who get the whole thing to happen.

On July 1st is Crowning of the Carnival Queen and a Service on the park in the centre of the Village, in the evening is the Scarecrow Competition judging.  Monday evening sees the Dog Show and Junior Football competition, Tuesday evening walking Treasure Hunt in the Village and Senior Football competition, Wednesday evening Duck Race (little plastic yellow ducks launched from one point in the Brook which runs through the Village and then caught at the other), Thursday is Wild, Wet and Wacky which are very silly games for the teenagers in the Village.  Friday sees lots of people help set up the park for the Carnival Day on Saturday.

Saturday is a parade of floats through the Village for their competition and then lots of activities on the Park; craft fair in the village hall, rides for the kids, bands playing, book stall, cake stalls, coconut shy, cream teas, BBQ you name it we have it!

I am in charge of the Scarecrow competition and the Dog Show and have been busy sorting out the dates, posters etc. I also do the Queen, Attendants and Judges tea on the Saturday so the whole week is a whirl of activity and very busy.   DH is still Chairman of the whole Committee so he is out almost every week at a meeting.  We are also putting up our bunting around the Village early because of the real Queen's Jubilee!

DH is also Chairman of our Swimming Club and we always host an Open Swimming event every year and this year they decided to hold it on Sunday July 8th, the day after our Carnival, so I think I will be in a corner somewhere asleep!!!!  I usually help with the results so I think I will have to take several large cups of coffee with me!

So last night instead of quilting I spent the evening sorting out the final details for all my bits for Carnival.  Tonight I have to sort out things for the Swimming Club which hopefully means I can carry on sewing at the weekend.  Well that's the plan!

Happy Quilting Thursday

Susie x

PS Treacle is a lot better today, its her expensive tablets that do it!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!

My Mom & Dad and me after my Christening.
 Today would have been my Dad's 88th Birthday if he had lived.  He was a great father.  I am an only child and I came along at a time when my parents had given up hope of having children, they had been married for fifteen years when I appeared.

I therefore became the apple of his eye and in fact was born the day before Father's day in 1964 (now you all know how old I am!!!)  It was also the day before the longest day, although my Mom always said the longest day was the day I was born!

My Dad, being older when I was born, was in fact in the RAF during the Second World War and served in Burma and after the War he was an aircraft engineer and worked for many years on the Vulcan Bombers.  

I have got my love of reading from him and every Saturday afternoon we would head to the Library and stock up on books for the week.  When we went away on holiday the car was always filled with library books.  When I was little he would always watch cartoons with me, especially Tom & Jerry and he too loved Snoopy. 

He spent hours, with my Mom, taking me swimming, to dance class, tennis lessons and then as I got older to school dances and picking me up from parties.  

Sadly he passed away when I was fifteen and he didn't get to see me finish school or college, get a job and be successful at it, marry DH and see our Boys.  He would have loved our Boys dearly.

So Happy Birthday Daddy, you will always be remembered and dearly missed.

Susie x


The Wednesday Wag

It just hurts too much!
Well it has been a busy weekend and Girlfriend came to visit for a whole weekend which was great, but on Monday I had an accident and I have hurt my foot and leg! :(

Mommy took me to my Doctors yesterday and they think I have sprained it and I have some yummy tablets to take.  If I am not better by the end of the tablets I will have to go back to the Doctors for an x-ray!

So I have been sleeping in my basket a lot and it hurts and I am not to go for any walks or to run around with the Boys and I hate that and I cannot chase the squirrel or the cats.

Hopefully I will be better by next week.  Think of me in my despair!


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