Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bed ends, now a chair.

Aaron and Jakob headed into Mt Cook National Park and up to Mueller Hut. Eli and I stayed behind and got some stuff done. This chair I made from a bed end and bed head. I finally gotten around to finishing the sanding and giving it a polyurethane coat to finish. Yay

It had originally looked like this when I made it.

Eli had his friend over to stay and I could not get down the hallway without being blasted by Nerf guns pellets. They had so much fun with their barricade and it left me to finish the seat, sew and do my assignment.

Up to Mt Ollivier

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It is a finish - Red and Grey quilt

naught and crosses quilt pattern
Four borders and I am ready to start backing and pining etc. I am thrilled with it. The pieced border is just the left over bits from making the crosses. I sew a quarter inch away from the cutting mark before I cut the corners off. Gives a whole lot of other blocks.

Am feeling pretty good today. Not only am I happy with this but I got 19/20 for my last university assignment and for the first time ever I trouble shooted the computer and fixed internet problems. Feeling like wonder woman at the moment.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Who found the best treasure?

The school holidays and it is always important to exercise the boys, the dog and me. Out on our hour long walk around the block (which goes past two sports grounds, the bmx track, the pony club, the graveyard and a good section of the Ashley river).

My sister Ruth taught us the game of "who can find treasure" whenever we are out and about. We had not played that for a while but then when we were out crossing the river, on a gravel island, Jakob found a really high quality builders hammer. So the competition began. Eli found a large manuka pole but then also three fence paling's that he could not carry home.

Morris would not be outdone and carried a huge stick on river crossings, up banks and getting stuck in trees. All I managed to get was a bag of gum bark, leaves and twigs to start the fire with.

 We came home and the boys could finally have some more screen time as they had been out being physical. My sister came for lunch and we had a delicious wholemeal bread, blue cheese and grapes off her vines.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Now it is looking like a quilt

Blocks all finished finally.  I had thought nine blocks would be enough but decided that twelve would look good as it would be a more rectangular quilt. I finished twelve but no not enough so went to sixteen to make it square, I had it all done and bordered and realised it was just too small. So a bit of unpicking and making more blocks, now I am happy with the size.  All bordered with a peek a boo border.  Now I have to try and work out how to finish it. Another couple of borders I think but not sure yet what they will look like. Still loving the grey and red look.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sewing the last cross block

Still working on my red cross quilt.  Twice I thought I was done and twice now I have ended up sewing more.  Fingers crossed that this will be it.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Warfedale Tramp

Last weekend Aaron and Jakob decided to do the Warfedale Tramp. So in the morning to limber up and relax they jumped in the hot tub. Then Eli and I decided to make waffles so they even had breakfast in the tub!! 

The Track has had a massive upgrade, thanks due to the Mountain Bike club. It is one of the few areas where mountain bikers can go for weekends. See the bikes to the left of the hut. Because of this you do need to take a tent just in case as the hut only sleeps 8-10 and you can have triple that. 
But a good nights rest was had in the hut with 5 others. 
Gorgeous bush on the top of a rise looking over Canterbury Plains. The track is very up and down. 
As tired as they look, I would have loved to be with them. But everyone has things that they can no longer do.

 Two sticks looking like NZ!!

Happy trampers, ready for their meat pie on the way home.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A bright quilt finish

My sister and I spent another Saturday night completing quilts for Hope Homes International

Thanks to Hazel for the quilt top. I made a backing and pinned the quilt, Anna quilted it and then I finished it on Saturday with the binding.

When I was in Dunedin last week I discovered a part finished quilt in an Op Shop (Charity Shop), amazingly it had all the material to finish it off. So Anna got busy on that while I backed and pinned the quilt that Jennifer donated.

We were both a bit tired but a great night. Now well on the way to another two more quilts being finished for Hope Homes.

Linking to these places and Crazy Mum Quilts
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