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.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A special ride and some stitching!

 On Saturday I got to ride in Geelong for the first Cadel Evans great ocean road race... the peoples ride!.  I did the 110km option with my friends. Ended up being 114km
 There was nearly 4000 cyclists eager to be part of this first ever event.  The ladies elite rode the same route as we did (several hours later!)  and on the Sunday the men did the same route but both of the elite rides did some extra kms.
My friends were faster than me and got back to Geelong first, but being slow has its merits!  I got to ride with Cadel himself!  yes, I kid you not.... there I was struggling along  riding like the wind and I turned to my right and nearly fell off my bike as there in his black and red BMC lycra was the man himself!
He smiled and waved and continued down the road, such an unexpected surprise... it might have been brief but we shared a moment on the road.
 I sat down on Sunday to watch Cadel and all the other cyclists ride the same roads... I must say it was very exciting watching them ride, knowing how hard it was.  The winds blew us to pieces on Saturday, I had thought the first 50km would be fairly easy being mostly flat HA!  then after Moriac the hills.... Oh my lordy.  There was one hill in particular that many of us had to walk up and even then it was a killer!
 While I watched the men riding at super sonic speeds I stitched my sparrows.
 I haven't started the smaller one yet but I have nearly finished the larger one
 This last photo shows the peoples ride starting.... I was there.... somewhere LOL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Triathlon pink

 Today was my annual triathlon down at Albert Park Lake.  the morning was rather cool to start with and we even had a little rain but by the time we hit he water the sun was starting to shine.
 I did the long course again but there was 210 other ladies in the water too which turned the pool into a giant washing machine with elbows, feet and hands flying in all directions making the swim rather treacherous.  My bestie got a few hits to her head but came out unscathed
 I decided that I wasn't going to turn this into a giant smash fest and enjoyed my journey without all the stress of trying to beat my best times.  Was the best decision I could have made as I still managed to come 7th in my age group and 3rd in the bike leg.

 Here I am shuffling along the path, I was hurting a bit by this time but I thought of my friends who I have lost to cancer and it kept me moving along.
I did come home and do some more sewing and prepped a couple of stitcheries!  was a productive weekend that I had.

Have your self a happy Australia day tomorrow.  I have to work but have some Aussie stuff to wear and I made some chocolate cupcakes in green and gold cases!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

time to sew

 Jenny from http://www.elefantz.com/ is a blog that I enjoy reading daily she has wonderful ideas, tutorials and patterns that you can purchase.  Jenny is also a very generous lady and has many free patterns.
I printed out her sheets above to help me organise my house... I have said it before I love doing lists!
 Jenny's newest pattern giveaway is for her sparrow block to help an organisation called sparrow ministries.
I scored a box at Christmas time and have been putting my current project inside it to keep it together and away from my thieving cat who also loves to leave a ton of fur on everything.

 If you go to Jenny's  blog (link above and on my blog list) you will find all the information you need to get started.  This year I'm aiming to sew a bit more not just for myself but for good causes.

 I went into my stash and found some nice fabrics which will suit the applique block nicely.
 The other group that I am going to become active with this year is Aussie hero quilts.  My guild has started making tops during January.
 They have block of the month and the one just finishing is a poppy block, which was perfect for me to get started with.
 The instructions were clear and easy to follow, I started them just before I went away and today I had spare time and got them finished.
 go to http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com.au/ and you can read all about this amazing group.  Even if you aren't a quilter you can help out with donations.
Tomorrow is my annual triathlon with my bestie down at Albert Park Lake.  I am so under prepared this year so have decided to enjoy the journey rather than trying to achieve a time in the top ten of my age group.
 I will be running for my friend Lynne as I did last year and I will also ride for Nicola who also passed away early last year from cancer.  I will take time to remember those close to me who have lost their battle with cancer.