365 Challenge Weeks 1 to 6

Today is the end of week six of the 365 Challenge.  I can’t believe that I have managed to keep up-to-date with my blocks.  Here are my first 42 blocks.   They are all 3-1/2 inches square so there are some very tiny HSTs in these blocks.


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Fabric Tuesday@Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network




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Beautiful Morning Workout


Finished 18km (-2 degrees)

What a difference a week makes.  Last Sunday’s workout was unbearably cold.   Contrast that with this morning’s balmy -2.  Even though we went 2km further (18km vs 16km) we sure look a lot fresher and less frosty at the end.


Finished 16KM (-31 degrees celsius)

This is what I looked like after spending a couple of hours outside with the temperature at -26  (-31 with the windchill).



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I have managed to keep up with the 365 quilt challenge.  I’ve got my first 21 blocks of the year done:



My Quilts of Valour WIP is on the longarm getting ditched while I decide how I want to quilt it.


And finally, I have all the blocks pieced on my baby quilt so I am in the process of sewing the blocks together.  I haven’t decided if I am going to add any borders.


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation




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2016 FAL Quarter 1

I’m jumping on board the 2016 Finish-a-Long again.  I just love that it keeps me focused and motivated to complete my list each quarter.  This year it is being hosted by several different bloggers from around the world.

My first quarter list has three goals.  I want to finish Leftovers VI.  It was on my list twice last year so hopefully this will be the last time.


I would like to finish my second Quilts of Valour charity quilt:


And finally, I have a baby quilt in progress.  We are having a bit of a baby explosion in our family so I need to get this finished before the next one is born.




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365 Challenge

I’m participating in the ‪#‎365quiltchallenge2016‬ this year.  It is a block a day challenge that will result in a 90×90 ultimate sampler quilt.    I’m making mine a pseudo scrappy version using blue and brown fabrics from my stash plus a few extras.   So far I am up-to-date on my blocks.  Let’s hope I can keep it up.




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Charity Quilting

I volunteered to do the free motion quilting for members of my quilt guild who made a quilt top for Our Lady of Grace.  Ioleen pieced this quilt from blocks that were donated by guild members.  She gave me the freedom to quilt it however I wanted to.  As usual, once I get going on the longarm I can’t stop myself.  Hopefully she will like it.



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Happy New Year

For the fifth year in a row we’ve spent our January 1st morning doing the Resolution 5km run with approximately 1000 other folks. It was a beautiful morning and only -2 degrees Celsius which is unusually warm for us.    Here is our before and after selfies: 






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