Monday 31 December 2012


...has been going on recently. HOOORAY!

Before Christmas ,I seemed to be in a race to get every thing done before going back to work ... and the sewing suffered, SO... I have spent the last couple of days indulging myself xx

I was Queen Bee for my Stash Bee (see button at side ) in October. I asked for flower blocks from the other ladies. The reason for this was that, my poor old garden was a COMPLETE washout last summer x  They did a wonderful job and I received 12 blocks.. With the one I made I had 13.. there should have been 14 ...but that is the life of swaps xx... SO I changed my origonal idea of how to put then together ... and came up with..

This layout incorporates the FRIENDSHIP star... which I thought was a fun way to go xx .... and allowed me to use the 13 blocks in a balanced way xx..

It is a good job I have BIG walls in my house ... because ..the top is 93 x 93 inches!!! As usual I got a bit carried away! Mind you I have used up some fabric from the ...overflowing .. stash x

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year

keep smiling

Diane xx

Wednesday 26 December 2012

I HOPE ....

... you have all had a wonderful time over the Christmas holidays xx Even though I worked the nights I have had a great time xx

Christmas day I went to mum and dads and we had Christmas dinner ...and the evening... together..

we managed a very nice table... decorated by dad xx...

Then to-day has been spent with Adam ..

and Caroline...

James (7) was "in charge"... he told me he had taken pictures of ...EVERYONE... when I down loaded ... there are a few missing! He must have found the delete button! He-He xx

We have a new friend here at The Cheshire Quilter... a warm welcome to Maria xx .....She is even more welcome ... as she was the WONDERFUL person who made and sent my Secret Santa present...

I have the most wonderful table topper/runner xx I LOVE it..

The embroidery is beautiful xx

Maria kindly sent a few other "goodies"...

SO I must have been a GOOD girl this year x

Santa knows xx 
Keep smiling

Diane xx

Monday 24 December 2012


...Christmas present...

Hopefully not the last xx

Have a wonderful Christmas time , hopefully with family and friends xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Saturday 22 December 2012

DO YOU... solid fabrics? Do you want to get involved with a swap that involves them? Then go to and follow the links that Celine and Erin have set up .... and join in xx

There is a UK/mainland Europe group ... and "other" places in the world groups , so the postage should be manageable by most folks xx

I think that there should be a special reward for Postmen/women... just look what came for me today..

AHH! Solid fabrics AND a new magazine xx There where a few cards in there as well! lol x I could take the magazine to work with me tonight ... then I can dream of reading it in my non-existent break... and then bring it home again! OR I can find time to read it at home ... mmm may just go with the second option He-He xx

Have a great time getting ready THEN ... have a rest over the Christmas holidays xx

Keep smiling

Diane x

Thursday 20 December 2012


... you have cards to write, presents to wrap, lists to write,shopping to do....... and on, .... and on!!
SO ... the last thing anyone needs is a new project!!...RIGHT? .....

In my defence this idea just crept up on me!! .. FEEBLE!!

Any way I now have some of these...

a few of theses..

and even more of theses....

He-He .....having fun is what its all about xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Sunday 16 December 2012


...with the plan . The presents are wrapped, the calendars have been delivered, the cards are bought.... I HAVE thought about writing them! The house is clean and tomorrow I am going shopping .. for food and "other" things xx

We went to see The Lion King... WHAT a fabulous show. We ALL thoroughly enjoyed it xx

THEN yesterday we went to see The Hobbit (in 3D of course!!) OH! I want to go again!! Can I wait for the next instalment? Going to be SOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard xx lol xx

To-day I managed some sewing .. at last , the withdrawl was getting painful x... I cannot show you WHAT I did because it was work on my latest Round-Robin block.... I did use SOME of these fabrics ....

I also managed a read..

Off for a cup of tea ..

Keep smiling

Diane xx 

Saturday 15 December 2012


.... you are thinking of going to see The Lion King show.....

DON'T think.... just go!!

We had the most fabulous night xx

OK we were in The Gods...

BUT SO WORTH IT.. the costumes, the singing ,the acting... just wonderful xx

To day we are off to Hobbiton xx... will of course report back xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Wednesday 12 December 2012


....I am on countdown now! I have finished my rota , and, I have 7 nights off to fit in the busiest SOCIAL time of my year!! MUST BE CHRISTMAS xx lol xx

To night ....I am off to my mate Sues for tea, then on the way home I will be calling at Adams (son xx)

Tomorrow... it is shopping, then quilt group in Sandbach ......CHRISTMAS PARTY TIME xx

Friday study session at work THEN...

We are going to see this instead of going to Panto this year xxx SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO exciting. The grandsons don't know!! they will find out as we are on the way to Manchester xxx WHOOPEE xx

THEN... Saturday we are off to see The Hobbit in 3D xx

Sunday is dinner at Adams...................PHEW!!  will need to go back to work for a rest!

Of course I also have to find time to... buy, write post cards, buy paper and wrap the presents, do last min food shopping, put up the decorations .... NO PROBLEMS!!!!!!

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Monday 10 December 2012


....join in.....

just a few to start with..

building up slowly xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Thursday 6 December 2012


....had to scrape the windscreen BEFORE I went to work last night... never mind when we came out this morning!! BUT we have not had the snow that so much else of the country seems to have had... so NO complaints from me xx

When I got up to-day these were waiting for me ...

AH! They should keep me quiet for a while xx

I whizzed off to the Post Office... ALL swaps and international cards and calendars gone xx ... just need to give my poor old purse a rest now xx lol xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Wednesday 5 December 2012


...we had a wonderful last meeting for 2012 .... gosh that sounds strange... it somehow feels like we only just started the year!!

In the Autumn draw for The Quilters Guild ,one of our ladies won the first prize of £500 ...WOW!... and to celebrate she had a special cake made ...

there was not a lot left by the end of the night xx

To-day I made my Stash #4 block. Deb wants an OWL block.....

I can confidently say that there will NOT be another like it xx He-He. I hope she likes it x

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Tuesday 4 December 2012


... no Internet connection and a stinking cold really helps to focus your thoughts!!

I managed to get a load of ironing done before I got tired and bored with the housework.... NO I do not want to do any-one else's xx

I also spent time sitting and quilting my second Mini-Round-Robin top....

I do-not know which of the 2 I like the best....

This one is more subtle and calm... depends on my mood I think xx

Also I made my block for the Christmas-Block-Swap today....

WELL I decided as it was Christmas I would make 2...

they will be in the post to Jessica tomorrow. It is quilt group in Congleton tonight... last one of this year... AND ... the Christmas party xx Food, drink and LOTS of gossip to-night xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Saturday 1 December 2012


...happy this morning xx

I worked on my Stash Hive #3 blocks this morning..


they will be going in the post on Monday. THEN I took the dogs for a long walk... I have the 2 grandsons coming to stay tonight .... and we are off to the pictures to see ... Rise Of The Guardians... so I need the "fury boys" to have had a good walk before then!!

When I came home I had a parcel on the mat... I did stop and get the camera BEFORE I went too far!!..

OHHHH! The decorations are soo cute..


This one has a magnet ...

how cool is that!! AND my runner is just PERFECT!!...




This is NOT how it will look ... these were just the first 2 ornaments I grabbed!!

It arrived from Karin in Sweden.... who forgot to include a blog or e-mail address!! I will be sending a card on Monday... but if you are reading this .... THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH xx

AHH! Off to sort out some decorations for my table xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx