Monday, July 20, 2009

SCHOOL.....GYM.....QUILT!

HERE IT IS... Brylee's Finished Quilt! I started this quilt on February 19th, 2009... and finished it yesterday... July 19th! Of course I would have finished it much, much earlier if it hadn't languished at the quilters for over 2 months! But I'm rapt with it... I HAD planned to sew buttons on the corners of each block, but so can't be arsed doing that now! It looks pretty enough on it's own.


ABOVE: 54 blocks... each one took a good hour and a half to make... not counting the cutting out etc! THEN lets not go into how long it took to join them all, put the sashings on.. the backing..the binding.. bla bla bla!

At least I didn't have to quilt it too! There is no way I could do that!


ABOVE: sooooo much hand sewing! I doubt I will ever make another one like this. Cathedral Window Blocks are ever so pretty though.

Today it's back to school for the kids (YAAAA HOOOOO), Then I'm off to the gym for my first assessment in over 2 and a half years! Bloody hell it's going to be BAD. *smiles*... but you have to start somewhere eh? I am really looking forward to it.

After gym ... home to do the big cleanup after having kids at home for 2 weeks.... IF I can move the bod after being at the gym that is! LOL

ONWARD...Well.. the gym assessment went pretty much as expected... I did their fitness test and came out at 2/5.... 1 being abysmal and 5 being amazing.... so I'm just above abysmal. NICE.

After that I came home and I've been plodding along doing the housework.. watching some telly, having lunch and generally just being a happy housewife. Got to love my days getting back to normal.

I heard from Steve today, he's down in Palmerston North for a few days, when he comes back up to Hamilton he is probably going to bring his little brother with him....so Mike can come here and recover from his broken ankle for a while. That will be nice.

Remember that coffee liqueur I found in Thames called Totara Cafe'? Well... I found a shop that sells it here in Auckland... just 5 minutes drive away even! So.. I popped out and bought a bottle... cos I could... and I even stopped in at the local patchwork shop... and well... ya can't ever leave empty handed now can ya?


ABOVE: pretty eh? I seem to be compiling quite a store of fat quarters.... and last night I sorted them into 4 piles:

- Brights
- pretties
- Kiwiana
- Fish/Nautical

Now all I have to do is get the time to do something with them! I don't think they will all become quilts somehow, it's exciting thinking about what to do with them!

I'm off to get the kids shortly... think I will walk! Much as I love taking ROXY out, it seems a sin to drive when I can walk there in about 4 minutes! (and for once it's not raining).

End of Day: totally knackered after all my housework efforts today! Didn't stop till dinnertime. Tired. nite nite.

29 comments:

  1. Lovely quilt, and I wish about the kids but both my kids are home with a head cold gggrrrrr.........

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  2. Your quilt is absolutely stunning and you should be very proud. I showed my sewing group the lavender cushion you sent me and they were in awe of you. Most said they'd made one ONE cathedral windown square EVER and would never do another. You've made a whole quilt!!! I hope you join a club one day where you can enter your things in a show. You are so clever Chris.

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  3. Chris, that is so very beautiful. Brylee must absolutely love it!

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  4. Oh Chris that quilt is gorgeous! I love crocheting and am going to learn to knit too, but I know I wouldn't have the patience for a quilt - keep up the beautiful work!

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  5. The quilt is gorgeous, you have done a fantastic job.

    Was pleased to get my two back to school today :-)

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  6. It's beautiful! The colors are fantastic, I love it!

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  7. OMG! The quite is a true masterpiece. I'm sure she'll treasure it forever...

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  8. Chris if they only had a cold they would be at school but we all have it and this is more than a cold..... vomiting for Chris, temperature, etc... so to sick to go to school :-(

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  9. That quilt is BEAUTIFUL ...Brylee must be over the moon!
    No, no package yet ...it hasn't been 2 weeks, has it?

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  10. love the quilt! It looks awesome!

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  11. The quilt look absolutely fabulous! I bet she is happy with it. The best thing about it is that she will always have that and if she is smart she will always treasure it.

    Well done!

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  12. Oh Chris!!! I just love how Brylee's quilt turned out! You did a tremendous job! I wished you lived next door so you could teach me and we could work out together! Our son wanted a family membership to the gym for his birthday present. That kid never stops moving. I think he wanted his tubby parents to get moving too. I've been going to the water aerobics classes and playing around on some of the equipment. I need to make an appointment with a trainer this week so I can set up a plan of action. I'm fairly certain that I would come out abysmal in an assessment. LOL!

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  13. Just love Brylee's quilt:-)

    Good on you chris getting back to the gym!

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  14. The finished quilt looks amazing Chris. Brylee should be very happy.

    My kids went back to school today too and they weren't very impressed. I must admit being a working mum, I do love not having the routine every day. I am lucky that I have a mum who has the kids in the holidays.

    Well done on going to the gym. Your fitness will improve so much.

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  15. O MY STARS! Chris - your quilt is a work of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT is truly breath-taking! I hope someone appreciates all your hard work and concentration!

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  16. Very pretty quilt, I hope she treasures it always and passes it down to her kids as a family heirloom.

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  17. It's beautiful! You did a great job and that was really fast actually compared to someone like me would do lol.

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  18. The quilt is gorgeous!!!!!! Congratulations on a job well done!!!! Woo-hoo!

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  19. that quilt is so beautiful and good on you going ot the gym... they would turn me away at the door as a -9/5 lol love the fabrics you will come up with something phenominal i am sure :)

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  20. The quilt is divine! Hand sewing adds sooooo much time doesn't it? And well done for gyming it! I reckon my fitness would be at about 1.5

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  21. The quilt turned out beautiful! All of that hand stitching was certainly worth it!

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  22. What a beautiful quilt! Guess you are doing the dance of joy having the kids back in school. You're winter still beats our summer thus far. It poured again on Saturday but did clear out later on during the day, temperatures we cool. Have fun getting back into the gym.

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  23. That is possibly the prettiest quilt I have ever seen.

    You looked at the gym's two as a step above abysmal. I looked at two as almost halfway to five. It's all in how you look at it. LOL

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  24. Beautiful Beautiful Quilt Chris!!! You should be very proud!!!

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  25. Great job no the quilt! Wow!

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  26. Absolutely beatiful quilts! I know how tedious it can be, so bravo to you!

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  27. That quilt is stunning babe! Well done. xox

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  28. Wow, that really is nice. Good work!

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  29. Love the quilt! Yeah I'm a bad reader. Haven't been here in a few days. ;) Hope you're feeling a bit better!

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