Sunday, 31 May 2009
Yeah another block done on Dear Jane - this one is A4... I did a quilt cheat for the middle of the block instead of piecing little triangles and strips of brown - I decided one square of background with folded strips of brown top stitched down :) I don't think it is too obvious ?!
Saturday, 30 May 2009
These lavender & stuffing filled hearts I made last night, for Kait to give to her boyfriend's mum (for her birthday) - the hearts are a version of some gorgeous hearts Deb gave to me for Valentines - just loved the idea and they make such wonderful quick gifts...
Here's darling Bella, curled up and content, fast asleep on my computer chair... isn't she getting fluffy...
Hope you too are having a restful weekend...
Unpicked A1 this afternoon, and cut down each square and then re-pieced it together and da-dah... its now the right size, added the sashing 1" wide, between the blocks to create the illusion that the quilt is growing... LOL
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Well here is Block A1 (green) and Block A2 (blue) that I've made today - can you notice the hideous mistake! Block 1 has come out at just over 6" unfinished and the Block 2 has come out at the correct size 4 1/2" unfinished........... totally unsure as to what's gone wrong with Block 1 measurements as have made sure I printed the instructions so the blocks were all the same size - will have to go back to the cutting board and start again...
* Don't trust the measurements that are written in front of you.
* Press, Press and Press ALL your seams with hot iron as you make each join.
* 4 1/2" blocks means little pieces - challenge in itself
* Only 165 more centre blocks to go (well 166 actually as need to remake block 1) !!
Talk about impatient, this is "my" quilt, not for you to send down to Aunty Fi...
Sunday, 17 May 2009
The cats are loving the quilt too... in fact had both Jazz and Bella having a 'discussion' over who should be allowed to sleep on the quilt while I cooked tea...
This one below is almost like Bella is saying... "mum get her off this is my spot". Jazz so doesn't look like she cares! Just love the different personalities of our fur babies...
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Yours truly trying to strap my feet like we saw on the internet to help with shin splints - I kept getting the tape totally tangled so ripped it all off in disgust and went without...
Even though a little deflated we were last – we are very proud of ourselves as we had worked out we would do it in 1hr 50min going on the times we do at home… next event is 14 June – so we are both going to up the anti on the running as this is holding us back big time and build up speed over distance rather than endurance over long distances – as that was the fastest we have biked 20km – it usually takes us 1 hour at a leisure pace… was a little body tired on Monday - though all in all the legs have faired well.
Sunday, 3 May 2009
Dear Jane... I brought the software a few weeks ago, and have been rummaging through my stash to work out which fabrics I will use (I'm using the DJ project as a way of using some of the stash, though you know how it is I've just had to make the odd new purchase of a few fat quarters to build up the project box, and then today went and saw Yvonne at Sawmillers Quiltery and we worked out the background fabric choice that I will be using and the meterage - phew its alot !! Thank you Yvonne for arranging the order of the fabric for me.
I will post photo's of fabric and perhaps even a completed block or two in future posts. But first I've got to finish Tatty Teddy before I can even contemplate starting on this project - this is going to be my heirloom quilt - though the problem is I've got two daughters and how do you decide which daughter to pass it on to - oh my goodness - does this mean I should really be making TWO Dear Jane quilts??.... now that truly is a mind-blogging thought :)
Just in case you had been wondering if I've kept up the biking since I completed the REAL Womens duathlon on 5th April - well - yes I am... last weekend clocked up 102km over two days and this weekend have biked 83kms over the two days :) Is almost impossible to go for a bike after work now as its dark when I get home off the train, (even though I've got the fluro gear and lights its just too risky to bike at night) so have been sitting on the indoor trainer a couple of nights a week to keep the backside in condition LOL.
Next event is Rangitikei Active duathlon on Mothers Day (next Sunday) in Marton. It is a 3km run/walk; 20km bike and 3km run/walk. My training partner and motivator sis-in-law Leigh is right beside me all the way - yeah! Rangitikei Active are running a duathlon series from May to August so we have an event a month - and I then found an event for September and October - which will lead us nicely to the Martinborough 48km ride in November. Definitely great for the motivation if you have an event to go to each month.