Monday, 23 January 2012

I am here.....honest!

Just a short note to say I am around. Work, a cold and tiredness has got in the way. I have been reading blogs though.

I'll be back tomorrow or Wednesday to tell tales of Quilt sales! (depending when I can get good photos of the purchases!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


I've been shopping for fabric without spending any money, how good it that?

If you having been following my blog for a while, you will remember back in October I was fifty. I had a lot of lovely presents that I've enjoyed or have still to enjoy such as an hour's flying lesson.
4 of my work collegues got together and bought me some vouchers for a LQS and today I spent them!

Lisa from Australia sent me this pattern which I love. I've bought these fabrics for it.

These fabrics are mainly Makower
These 3 FQs are Moda Hometown by Sweetwater

I bought these 3 FQs 'just because'

These FQs are to add to my increasing Civil War collection
1 metre of Moda Wild Rose

Have you seen this? It is going to be just beautiful, I shouldn't but I'm going to. The Wild Rose fabric is for the blocks.

Not bad for not spending any money, eh?

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Right! back to...


In Blogland recently I've seen lots of Bowtie quilts and I've fallen in love. I'm going make lots of these from my civil war scraps (I'll be still buying civil war fabrics because I love them) 

Like many Bloggy ladies I have taken part in Temecula Quilt Co's 12 Days of Christmas free pattern. I had quite a few charm squares left from my Modern Tablerunner swap and as they were Moda's 12 Days of Christmas I thought they were appropriate.

Today I finished the quilt top and hopefully I will quilt it tomorrow.

Back to Bowtie blocks, I still had charm squares so some playing around and here we are!

I'm going to try and quilt this too tomorrow.

Monday, 9 January 2012

I have decided........ move on.

As I've mentioned before I suffer with depression and have done for quite a while (thank you, menopause). Since the back end of 2011 I've really been struggling, I've also been fighting with a new back problem (I strat physio the week after next). I've worked over the weekend but today I took a sick day as I couldn't face another 12 hours fighting with my back at work, the bending, pushing and moving has got too much. As you can imagine it didn't go down well.

Over the weekend someone asked me if I will be in the same job until I retire. This question has made really think. Combined with the 12 hour days which I'm finding too much, the stress of being a manager, working for a new company and some other issues I'd better not air on a public blog in case it comes back to haunt me, I've decided enough, is enough............I am going to change my job. It has been coming on, probably 2 years but I didn't want to change the status quo. This might seem to some - so what, just get on with it but I've been in this job 12 years and I've seen many ups and downs, we've also built up a good reputation and kept it - which, in this industry is an achievement. The home is like a another family and I know I'll be missed and I'll miss them but for my long term mental and physical health I need to be pro active and change my life style. At present I feel very trapped and so unhappy. 

Ideally I want to lessen my hours and try to get back some life/work balance, I also want to work on improving my health and to do this I need to move on. Wish me luck! One thing seems apparent, there seems to be plenty of RN jobs about.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Our Christmas!

Photos of our Christmas! Every one has one of the animals on it! My Mum with Molly!

Gomit with Meg

Molly on the Chair arm supervising DD (off picture)

Meg with her new Christmas toy - a kong that wobbles and lets food out of it as it knocked across the floor.

We even have a reindeer on the Christmas cake!!!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Santa Sack 2

Here are my pressies from Lisa from this year's Santa Sack Swap. I've realised I've forgotten to photograph the actual Santa Sack.

I love this quilt pattern. I go to Nantwich Fabric sale at the end of the month and I'm going to buy the fabric for it.

Look at the face on the snail! so cute!