Thursday, 31 March 2011

Ready to roll...

How sad is this - I've had to buy a disposable camera to take photo's of the Graperide and visit to Blenheim as I so don't want to take my big camera! So there will be a delay in loading photo's as when I get the 'film' developed am hoping they can also put onto a cd so can load onto the blog etc...

Bike, bike gear, and normal clothes, are packed and ready for early morning wakeup call tomorrow - getting picked up at 6.30am and heading across on the BlueBridge ferry with lots of other keen cyclists... lots of Gearshifters on this sailing too so will be a great way to start the day.

Event is Saturday morning - 101kms, I'm aiming for 4hrs or under! Fingers and toes are crossed for a beautiful sunny day, with tailwind on the last 20kms heading to the finish line :)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone, and I'll update blog upon my return.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Blowing out the cobwebs...

Here is the result of my recent weekend away at Stanford Retreat in Levin... I've finally tackled my selvage box of goodies... lots and lots of delicious selvages left over from my quilts, and many selvages from my Kwilting Katz ladies, along with some from Yvonne. I think I spent more time working out which words to use on a particular row - such lovely names like "hey cowboy", "in the beginning", "dancing horses", "everything but the kitchen sink".

I also made another 10 blocks (triangles), though haven't added them to the quilt yet... and the crazy thing is it didn't seem to make a dent in the selvage box - wahoo! The grey fabric is a lovely moda from Sawmillers Quiltery. While I was making up the triangles the girls were saying - ooh I remember that fabric and its in [name] quilt! So this is going to be a quilt full of wonderful memories for many of us.

If you would like to add to my selvage collection ... I WOULD LOVE IT!! The best selvage is one that has at least 1/2" fabric still showing... so it too can be highlighted in the quilt, I'll pay the postage to get your fabric lushness to me :)

The pattern I found via Selvage Blog which sent me to Tall Grass Prairie Studio tutorial and it's called SpiderWeb.
I'll update you on progress - the plan is to make it at least Queen-size.
Hope you've had a lovely weekend - and have a great week ahead.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

2 weeks till GrapeRide...

Only two weeks to go until Forrest Graperide - can't wait! Starts in Blenheim, heads to Picton then returns to Blenheim...101km. Fingers crossed it will be fine (not hot like Taupo Challenge), and a tail wind all the way around!

Rambling Rose...

"Rambling Rose" a lap quilt for my big sis... gave to Claire this afternoon, she was very taken aback as it was a complete surprise. She's a avid gardener and I thought this was perfect for her to snuggle under during the winter while watching telly. Enjoy :)


Monday, 7 March 2011

My new motto...

... for when life throws you curve balls...
teenagers angst, earthquakes, job interviews, cleaning up cat messes, cutting that fat quarter wrong and you've wasted precious fabric, another bloody puncture a few kms into your ride... you know how the story goes!