Saturday, August 9, 2014

more eye candy

 Gails in Ballarat burnt down some years ago but she rebuilt her shop and it you didn't know about the fire I don't think you would realise that she lost everything.
 I love the way the shops display all their beautiful goodies.  each way you turn there is something different that catches your eye.
 Also in Ballarat is the cotton factory.  I'm proud to be able to say that one of my friends is a designer and many of her patterns are on sale here.  She has also been doing some classes here too.  The quilt on the left with the big circles is one of her quilts and Anita from hillside quilting has done magnificent quilting on it too.
 There are softies on display, the ladies who make these are such talented women.
 Once again at every turn there is something else that grabs your eye.  I'm very good at finding things for my friends... I found a lovely panel for Jennifer to turn into dolls for her daughters.  My girls are a little old for paper dollies now but the fabric version I spied was perfect for younger girls.
 More softies poked out of little nooks and crannies.
 Pretty fabrics to pat and stroke.  Now Kaffe Facett fabrics aren't a range I had ever thought I would use.  Its beautiful with lots of colours, flowers and designs.. a very busy fabric and often I would look at it and think it was just too much to try and figure out out to use it.  My wonderful mum bought me a bundle of FQ with a simple pattern that is perfect for a busy fabric for my birthday.  So now I can tackle his fabrics with out having the mental breakdown of trying to figure out which goes and what doesn't!  stay tuned...
 So if you are in Ballarat make sure you visit both these shops as they have different styles but both worth the time.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

snowy retreats!

 It was my quilting retreat weekend, so no riding for me this weekend.  It snowed!!  the weather has been so bizarre, but I love snow so wasn't bothered and it made it all the better to sit and sew in cold weather.
 I was given a ride down to retreat with my friend Jennifer (thanks for the lift!) and Jenni.  We visited Ballan first before the crowds got in to Mill Rose.  Then on to Ballarat through a snow storm!
 We went to Gails Patchwork store, I figured I hadn't been there for over 4 years and even though she lost the store to a fire it has been rebuild and the contents are still great.
 I enjoyed looking at all the pretty laces and threads, notions and of course some fabrics!
 I did a great job of finding stuff for my friends to buy hehehehehe.
 I also did do a little retail therapy for myself...
 I found some great little bits and pieces and wished I had a sewing room that I could fill with all my goodies.

 We also went to the cotton factory in Ballarat, another great store worth visiting with many lovely fabrics (pictures in the next post) and Eureka patchwork on the way out of Ballarat.

The weekend was great, lots of laughs, good food, great people and I managed to get some sewing done!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Its done

So 40km yesterday and 60km today = 100km for my weekend.  The weather this morning was colder than yesterday but then the sun came out.

It was magnificent out, I always feel sorry for those who are still warm in their beds!  Oh I nearly forgot I also saw the moon this morning at 7.15am  it was HUGE!

The tour De France continues tonight.... yep that time of year :)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

No time to sew!

Tomorrow I will clock up 2000km on my bike for the year so far.  This was going to be my aim for the whole year.... that stuffed me up LOL

So now I am going to aim for 4000km for the year!

Some of my friends will relate to this picture below... and they  will possibly remember a retreat a few years ago when I think I might have had a few too many red lollies, coffees, and a V for breakfast with minimal hours of sleep.
I have also found a new challenge... its an obstacle course.... only 5km long..... challenge you are saying?  Well if you are being chased by zombies it makes it challenging!!  I also have the option of being the zombie.... gosh decisions, decisions!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A finish!

The Froglet started a ragtime quilt quite a number of years ago.... I actually don't want to think how many years ago that was!
 I made a couple of them, never really liked making them, I got a massive blister on my thumb (the meaty part) from snipping the flappy bits.  Discovered no to snip in one go, but to do it as you went!
 Yesterday I decided to get in finished, and of course it didn't take that long to do.  It just needs to be washed to make it fluffy and soften it up.
 Its sitting on my couch, brightening up the room.... almost need my sunnies
 This morning I went for my usual Saturday morning ride, so much nicer than last weeks ride in the pouring rain.  I came home and made myself some bacon and scrambled eggs...... Milly sat and watched me....

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Baby Quilt

 Shock horror!  I have finished a quilt on time, not just on time but like at least 5 weeks early on time!!
 This one is for a gym friend who is having her second baby, this time its a boy.  I found this lovely quilt panel and decided to pick a few colours and quilt around some of the owls and other bits and pieces.
 I realised when I just uploaded the photos that I hadn't taken any with the threads all sewn in properly.
 Anyway I'm pleased with the way its turned out and whooo (pardon the pun) could resist these little cuties?

 Tonight I have been listening to some music that has brought back wonderful memories of when I used to play in Brass bands and symphonic bands... yes I am a musician although I haven't played my poor neglected French Horn in many years.  Tonight's selection has been the floral dance, one of my favourites when I played in the brass band and now I'm listening to Gustav Holst.  Planet Suite, this is an amazing composition with Jupiter my personal favourite planet.  Do yourself a favour and set aside a little time to listen to this music.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

50th quilt finished on time!

 How happy was I when I was able to get the binding for the quilt?!  two days before the party.  I love living on the edge.
 I quilted this quilt with a lovely pink variegated thread, bonus was it was on sale so I bought a large reel and a small reel for less than what the large reel normally costs!  Didn't find this out till I got to the cash register.
 I love the feeling of achievement when you have decided to make someone a quilt and it comes together quickly.  I did leave the binding till a Little late but I got in on just in time.
 My training partner rang me and asked me if I would have time to go and do a bikram yoga session, so another incentive to get the quilt finished.  I sewed down the label and was just getting changed when she pulled up in my driveway! (the bikram yoga by the way was great, sweated like I have never done before!).
 I just realised when I was uploading these picture's that I didn't take a photo of the fully finished quilt with the binding completely sewn down.... what a doofus!
My friend was delighted with the quilt, she loved the colours and the butterflies and bugs.... I will be telling her when I see her tomorrow that I expect her to use it and not put it somewhere safe for special occasions.