Thursday 31 October 2013


... when I tell you that I joined in with a swap!! I know!! This was to share the equivalent of one metre of scraps from your stash.. mmmm.. managed that x ...

isn't it funny that other peoples stash always looks more interesting? Even these they are for someone ...else look more interesting!! NO.. they are to go in the post!! lol x

Happy post came ..simply solids for this month...

some people are funny about browns.. I already have some ideas as to how I'm going to use these xx

To-day I have been baking muffins again.. getting bananas into the boys this week..

seems to be working x

NOW.....I am ready for the MONSTERS to call... 

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Saturday 26 October 2013

I GOT ....

.. HAPPY post to-day x This is my FIRST retirement card..

YAAAA x And some thing to keep me quiet..

AND  another Blair's Block..

this is mad ! Love it though x

Just a few things I picked up to help us survive to-night ..

DON'T forget to put your clocks BACK to-night UK people xx

Keep smiling

Diane x

Thursday 24 October 2013


.. 7 Brides for 7 Brothers ... what a show xx We ALL wanted to go again xx Mind you it took nearly 2 (YES TWO !!) hours to get there the traffic was HORRENDOUS ! well worth it though ..

Have to start planning next years shows now xx Mind the pantomime is next xx

Did you know it takes 17 muscles to produce a smile? WELL with only 17 shifts left to work before I retire I am sure you can all guess what I am doing .... mind you they get an EXTRA hour for  free from me as the clocks go back Saturday night !! Being the NHS we don't get paid for it ... HeyHo x NOT going to let it dent my smile xx

Keep smiling

Diane x

Wednesday 23 October 2013


... to NOT get lost and need a search party yesterday xx A long day .. and glad its over x

We have to go again in 2 weeks ... BONFIRE NIGHT !! Just for a short session though x mum managed soo well ,hope I'm as good as her at 82 xx

TONIGHT is fun night xx YyyyAaaaYaaaHaaaa  we get to go and see..

Sooo looking forward to this x

Keep smiling

Diane x

Monday 21 October 2013


...they let us in !! AND IT WAS WONDERFUL xx If you get the chance to go for afternoon (high) tea...GO x We had the most wonderful time x

I SHOULD have taken tots of pictures to share ... but it was piddling down when we got there ... and running for the door was much more important!

I SHOULD have taken pictures of the cakes and the fabulous surroundings .. but we were having too much fun being pampered and eating!

SO..... here is my mum on the way home ..

the little white bag contains the very few cakes we really could not squeeze in! They were for dad xx

In the morning before we went , I screwed up my courage and went for the free machine quilting..

I LOVE this little hanging .. you cant see it but I sewed on beads and sequins as well x

Just got to get through tomorrow now xxx (KEEP every thing crossed)

Keep smiling

Diane x

Sunday 20 October 2013


... days are going to be a bit hectic!!  .... SO ... for that reason I thought I would tell you all WHAT I will be doing .. and then if I disappear you will know where to send the search party!!!!!!!!!!

To-morrow afternoon I am taking my mum to Crewe Hall .. this is our local Stately Pile xx They do FABULOUS OLD FASHIONED afternoon teas xx YUM YUM xx We are going at 3.30pm .. hope they let us in!!

 We are going there because it is on her bucket list AND tomorrow in an attempt to divert her mind BECAUSE on Tuesday we have to go to Manchester ALL day for her to have treatment for her cancer x Wish me luck xx

THEN on Wednesday we have an early birthday treat for my mate Sue x We are back in Manchester ... at The Opera House .. to see her all time favourite musical..

THE WORSE PART is she has requested as a birthday wish .... that we all join in the singing!! Hope they don't throw us out!! AGAIN .. wish me luck xx

Keep smiling... and remember the search party xx

Diane x

Saturday 19 October 2013


... a VERY happy day x We attended a workshop arranged by Beartown Quilters (Congleton) with Lizzie Wall may remember that last year we attended her workshop where we made owls ...


this time we worked on a tree .. either The Tree of life  .. or ..The tree of spring .. which ever you fancy xx  These are the trees in progress..


It was a great day .. time went all to quickly x

ALL we have to do NOW is ...THE FREE MOTION QUILTING !!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW that's scary xx Will of course report back on how I go on xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Friday 18 October 2013


..Blair's Blocks #2 is a stash quilt the back had to be made from the same source x So ... off to the stash I went .. and now....

it is all layered and waiting to be quilted x

My youngest grandson came for tea to-night ...

his special request was for apple muffins..

WELL if its gets fruit into him who am I to refuse ... and I don't want to ruin my reputation as SUPER GRANDMA xxx He-He xx

Keep smiling

Diane (aka SG xx)

Thursday 17 October 2013


.... another rota done .. which means I have only 17 shifts left to work before I retire xxxx jumping up and down is NOT necessarily a good idea when you are my weight and state of crumbilyness!! HOWEVER sometimes these things have to be done He-He xx

I have been busy to-day catching up on my Christmas decorations xx You may remember the give away..

well I did it a bit differently to them .. and have used one of my buttons ... waiting for the glue to dry!! but at least I made it !!x. lol ...

I made 2 rather wonky birds ....

OK .......very wonky xx lol x...

and I made a couple more of the baubles x ..

not a bad days work I feel x

Keep smiling

Diane x

Friday 11 October 2013


... are wondering where I am up to with BLAIR'S BLOCKS  ... lol x well, most of the blocks came in August and became the front of the quilt x Then the ones that landed in September were Incorporated into the back... they are layered up and waiting in the WINTER/RETIREMENT quilting pile xx

THEN a couple more blocks flew in at the end of September ... what to do with them? WELL I have been toying with a few ideas .. and the last couple of days I have been making blocks and THEN making them into a top ...

I now have to go through the stash and find something for the back xx .. Will of-course up-date as this happens x These blocks have taken on a life of their own xx He-He xx

Last night was quilt group in Sandbach ... it was Christmas decoration ideas time x The first was a bird .. got the pattern just need some time to make it x AND a folded fabric decoration ...

I chose to make this one last night ... hard to get a good picture xx..

mmm think I will find time to make a couple more xx

I have this old fav magazine to read ..

and this NEW first issue one ...

...they are immediately in my good books by giving away a free gift xx..

will let you know what I think xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx