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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

hand piecing

 The down side of feeling sick, is that you feel like crap, you cant do what you want to do. You don't feel like going out to get basic daily needs ie: milk and bread and  something for dinner.... mind you, cooking is the last thing on my mind.

 An up side?  well I have sat and watched TV and done hand piecing of the double wedding ring.
 I have sat and cheered on Orica Green Edge cycling team as they ride in the Giro D'Italia... well I have seen the highlights as its on at an ungodly hour of the morning. OGE are the Aussie team for the non cycling fans and they are doing extremely well!
 Milly has made the most of me sitting still for such extended periods and is either on my legs as above or curled up, don't you love the way they curl up into such a small tidy ball.
 I have managed to get a fair bit of stitching done which has helped cheer me up.
 I recently saw a photo on face book of a bride who had wrapped herself in the DWR quilt her mother made her for a wedding gift.  It made me smile and have tears of joy thinking how lovely the picture was and how much the mother of the bride would be delighted.
 I showed the froglet the photo, (she is the recipient of the DWR I am making), she told me she wants a photo just like that one of the bride wrapped in her quilt....  my heart nearly stopped with joy!  I have quite a few years before I need to worry but its given me an incentive to make sure it is finished on time.
Cookie also decided he had to get a little lap action tonight too and sat on his 'mummy' he isn't a big one for doing lap time, so we all feel rather privileged when he chooses one of us for a cuddle.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

nearing completion

 Finally got the boarder on for the top.  I had a nice large piece of material in my stash perfect for the backing, and it also works for the boarder.

 Of course the backing piece wasn't wide enough so I had to add a little to it.  But when I was making the blocks I had made 7 more than I needed and I also had a few of the little 4 patches, so I turned them into a strip and added a boarder to either side which made it wide enough.
 I'm happy with the way its turned out.  Now I just need to see if I have any batting large enough, or 2 or more bits that I can whip stitch together.
I love being able to make a quilt without spending any money.  Well that's not true as I must have bought the fabrics at some time in the past!  I will have to buy some thread to quilt it and I don't think I have any batting so will buy that too... oh my goodness... just realised I don't have the binding sorted!   got some purple that might just do the job!  It makes a giving a quilt that can cost quite a few dollars very affordable, I also get a huge enjoyment out of making and giving something that I have made, specially when I know the recipient will appreciate the whole concept of it being made specially for her.