Friday, April 24, 2015

ANZAC day

The last couple of years I have gone for a ride on ANZAC day, I spend time reflecting on what this day means, who fought and lost their lives.  This year is the 100 year anniversary and everyone has gone over and above to honour those who served.

Tomorrow will be no different.  I will be out there with my friends whom I am lucky to be able to be with due to the continuing efforts of our service men and women.  due to unrelenting rain the ride was cancelled.

These photos are of the poppies that women and men have made and turned into a carpet at Fed square in Melbourne.  They called out for 5000 and received over 250,000.






Sunday, April 19, 2015

my day out at the quilt show!

 Was a very Aussie themed quilt show which was awesome.
 There was some lovely quilts, I particularly love this one below of the 12 apostles.
 This lovely quilt was made very close to the above quilt!  Linda from Gum Valley Patchwork  won with her amazing teeny tiny hexagon quilt, Elenor Jean, she won Best quilt in Australia no less!  fanbloodytastic!!  I have been watching Linda make this quilt via her blog and its not her first one.... noooo!  this insane woman has made 2 using I believe 1.5" hexagons.  Her first one was called Dear Prudence, also a show winner.  Go to her blog and check it out and if you feel the overwhelming desire to own one of these quilts, Linda has written books about them with the patterns. Also if you are going down the coast towards Port Campbell I can highly recommend you pop in to see Linda at her shop.
 There was some bling, which was very nice.
 The ANZAC's were honoured in many ways with quilts made from the heart.

 Aussie Hero Quilts  were at the show with Jan Maree and her 'army' of women to educate other quilters on how they can help her to show to our Aussie Military how much we appreciate what they do.  The quilt below was made for the True blue competition of Jan Maree!  I reckon the lady who made this quilt did an awesome job and was certainly captured a 'true blue' theme.
 I loved the applique and colour used in this quilt below.

I enjoyed my day out looking at the quilts and doing a bit of retail therapy but my highlight was making a laundry bag at the Bernina class which only cost a mere $5  I was told that Bernina are matching the $5 and all the money is going to Aussie Hero Quilts!!  The laundry bags that were made over the weekend are also going to be sent overseas to our troops.
I received a great badge that says I sew for Aussie hero's!  I'm very proud to wear this badge and will be continuing to support  AHQ  I can now add laundry bags to my growing list.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

no surprise that over Easter I have been out on my bike.  Did a lovely ride on Friday to the Flowerdale pub... it was closed of course so we rode home and had a cappachino at Maccas :)  That  was a nice 105km ride.

Today I did another lovely ride with my other cycling buddy, we just did an easier ride of 50km

The fisherman scored a whole box of cadbury creme eggs and the noisy one got a creations egg.... I bought myself a new bike helmet!

Happy Easter to you all I hope you all had some time to enjoy what ever it is that makes you happy.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

conquering Lake Mountain

 Today I did the lake mountain challenge.  I rode a total of 77.4kms  with over 25 of those being hill climbing
 I was treated to stunning views... one of the joys of cycling.
 This was the end/start of the 4km killer climb out of Marysville up towards Lake mountain.  The climb was just over 22km total and took me 2 hours and 25 Min's to complete.... it wasn't an easy climb at all.  The descent was fabulous and only took me 37mins to get down!  I reached a top speed of  76kmph   I don't remember going THAT fast :)
When my friend took this photo of me I had sweat dripping off my face, so glad you cant see me up close lol

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New project prepping

 I bought a pattern last year at my guilds quilt show... or was it the year before?  Anyhoo, I sat down and went through the pattern on Friday, figuring out what I needed.
 This morning I got up at 6am to ride before the heat kicked in and when I came home I stood for quite a few hours prepping all the blocks.  I had a lot of fabric already cut and sorted into bags to make it easy when I want stuff for projects.
So most of it was cross cutting and making sure I didn't have the same fabrics in each bag.  So now I have 12 blocks ready to piece... well not quite, I will have to mark my seam allowance first. But that's something i do while I sit in front of the TV each evening.  Then I can grab a bag and go!

I will be hand piecing the blocks and then applique and embroider them.  Not sure who will receive this quilt but I shall enjoy making it... will be a long term project, I still have to keep on piecing my double wedding ring!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

on a roll.....

 I finished both the sparrows to send to the States to help fundraising.  The lovely Jenny from Elefantz donated these designs for people to stitch and send to a worthy cause.  I really enjoyed stitching the designs and it gave me a lot of pleasure knowing that I might help even just a little bit.
 I finally finished a table topper and a mug rug for a friend of my mums.  I was supposed to finish it for Christmas but didn't quite get there... so made the mug rug as an extra.  I used pellon for the topper which made it nice and soft and light.
 Milly wanted to park her bum on it..... how could you refuse those big brown eyes!  (I did!).
I also found out via face book that a co worker had a birthday so on Sunday I whipped up a table runner for her too.  I didn't bind this one, thought it might be quicker to turn it inside out and then sew along the edge.... it was, but I wasn't 100% happy with the finish... a little puckering occurred.....  will have to practice a bit more on the 'birthing' process!

Do you ever 'birth' a quilt?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A finish!

 So I finished one of jenny's sparrows for the sparrow project!  I'm really happy with the way its turned out and it didn't take long to finish.
 I used a variegated thread which gave the tail the 3 coloured look.
 I wasn't sure what stitches Jenny used but I figured out what looked good and then just tried it out.
 it worked just fine :)

 Aussie Hero Quilts brought out their next block of the month.  A nice simple 9 patch.  So I scrabbled through my stash and found some very suitable fabrics.
 I whipped up 6 blocks in no time.... my mum was over and was amazed at how quickly they came together.  I didn't cut the blocks into separate 3.5" squares... I had them in strips and cross cut them, made it quicker to string piece and more accurate seams.
 While cookie was snoozing I took this photo.... I saw a heap of these style pictures on face book and was in hysterics... the fisherman was highly amused when he saw me stalking the cat.  Once cookie woke up he attacked the strip of paper.