Sunday, October 27, 2013

ride to conquer cancer

Today some of my friends that I ride with regularly completed the ride to conquer cancer.  The four girls had to raise $2500 each. They rode 100m from Albert Park to Hastings on Saturday and then did the return journey today.

They did sausage sizzles, lots of sausage sizzles and a big dinner with great auction items.  They raised funds together and individually.  It was a hard slog but they got over the line and some.

They along with 1600 other riders raised funds to hopefully help find cures to the many cancers that people die from daily.

I drove down to Brighton to cheer them and the other riders on.  I wore my Team Lynne t shirt in honour of my friend who lost her fight a few months ago to cancer, I was touched when one of the girls told me that she thought of Lynne while she rode.  I managed to meet one of the riders who is doing all 5 rides along with a bunch of other ambassadors I see her on facebook regularly but hadn't physically met her until today.

Most of the events that I do raise funds for something, have you done an event because of the personal challenge or for the fund raising?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

the quilt continues

 I have made several quilts now with my collection of pretties which are predominately Robyn Randolph's.  I found it hard to cut into some of these fabrics but then thought to myself these are for MY quilt so I will be able to see them forever.  I had started to put the left overs in messy piles then it dawned on me I could bag them into measurements... So started the 1", 1.5" etc bags.  I bought a new pattern at a show recently and I can see much of these pre cut strips going into that quilt, which will cut out a load of cutting time.
 Cookie loves sitting on the ironing board.... I on the other hand dislike this intensely as he leaves his calling card all over it (long fur).  His beautiful blue eyes showed up well in this photo.
 Milly often perches on the cat tower on the first level while there are cats above.
 And I cant leave out the beautiful lyelo Lill.  She loves coming inside now which is great as I know she is safe at night time and so is the wildlife outside!
 The days are getting so much nicer now to sit outside... Milly loves sunning herself in the mornings out on the veranda.
 My squares are now all sewn together and since taking these pictures I have sewn on the rectangles.
 I still haven't counted them nor have I figured out how big this quilt will be at this point in time, I truly am just seeing how it comes out.  I have large squares of fabric that needed to be showcased more than in the smaller cuts and laid out a few of the pieced squares next to the larger pieces and it looks very pleasing to my eye. 
 Of course tomorrow is ride day.... should have been today as the weather has been magnificent!  A new route for me with some challenging hill climbs (of course).  Next Sunday is round the bay in a day so if you are thinking of driving to Geelong, catching the ferry to or from Sorrento and driving along Nepean Hwy or over the Westgate bridge to Altona or Williamstown... don't.  If you really have to please drive very carefully as you will be amongst over 10,000 cyclists of all standards.  you have been warned.