My Little Geranium

I’m super excited about two patterns I just picked up from Made By Rae.  I’m going to try the Geranium Dress and the Washi Dress.  First up: bring me the geranium.  My printer is broken (by broken i mean I don’t have one) so I had to scale the pattern on my mac so i could trace it directly from the screen…. In theory, this should work.  The very definition of laziness?  Maybe.  As a result, I have decided to try the Geranium first, and to keep it simple by doing view A only (shirt vs. dress,  faux cap sleeve vs. flutter sleeve).  Washi will need to wait until I come up with a more reasonable method to reproduce the pattern.

I had no idea that there is such a cult following for this dress!  It’s like a huge contest to come up with the most variations of it possible. Sign me up!  I found this really pretty and super soft lavender, blue and green print at my local big box fabric store for 3$ a meter.  I was planning on making a pair of little pants for my daughter but decided it’s fate was in fact, the Geranium

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Pieces cut.  You can’t see it well here but there is a sweet little notch cut into the neckline.  The pattern comes with a couple options here but I thought the notch mirrored the print best.

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Now that i see the accent print against the main, I instantly regret not doing the flutter sleeve in the green.  Next time.  Now I have to find fabulous green buttons for the back.  I hope it turns out well – it looks so sweet and I think Scarlett will look precious in it.  I’m already thinking ahead to the half dozen variations i plan to do myself.  Stay tuned.

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Quilter’s Block

Enter now into the creative void.  I’m stuck.  I think it is because the weather has turned so amazing that I no longer want to spend hours in my basement like fungi, sewing.  I’m in between projects and feel a little uninspired creatively and more inspired physically.  I’ve had my bike out lots and have started to prepare for my next running race (the Toronto 10 Miler).  I’m a bit excited about my fitness level this season.  I feel really strong after the marathon in both running and oddly enough, cycling too.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can crank out this race season.

Perhaps what I need is to buy some new fabric … ?  I should be using this great weather as a push to make myself some new summer threads since I apparently have NOTHING worth donning in my closet.  What in the hell did I wear last summer?  Every year it’s the same question isn’t it?  Although last summer I had a new born and the summer before I was pregnant so I’m thinking I wasn’t the picture of style two years running.  Maybe some new fabric could help with that.  Visions of pretty skirts and tops are taking shape….   hmm…. maybe there’s some inspiration there afterall.

All Bound and Ready for Baby

Raging success- will totally use this pattern again.  Here’s the finished Houndstooth!

I almost like it too much to give away

I almost like it too much to give away

 

Back side folded over

Back side folded over

I decided NOT to pre-wash my fabric this time so now I have to see how it washes up.  I had a hard time deciding what pattern to quilt it with so i chose big squares and a few diagonals.  This worked out nice given my fabric shifting basting problems described earlier.

a temporary accent to my new porch furn

 

If I were to keep it (which I’m not) I think it would look awesome draped over my Mother’s Day present!  We just won’t tell the baby it’s for that it almost didn’t make it to him:)

 

Houndstooth happy

The houndstooth is going so well I had to do an update on it. Do u ever make something and sit back thinking: ” I cannot believe how great this is looking!”?
I’ve finished the front and now I’m onto the backing. I usually try to add an interesting detail on the back of my quilts (leaving it plain feels like I forgot to finish it or didn’t have time to sex it up). This part is always fun to me because I usually work in stuff that just comes to me and that has nothing really to do with the front aside from colours.

Guess we’ll have to see what my brain squeezes out this time!

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Here we go Again!

When I started this blog I thought I would be focusing all my content on sewing/quilting/creating things.  As I’ve navigated my way thru this far, I realise that I can’t limit my creative energy to only “material things”.  A huge part of who I am is linked to endurance sport.  Until I started this, it hadn’t occurred to me how many comparisons and metaphors there are between the two things.  For example, when you make a 5 month commitment to training for a marathon, it’s not hard to see how you could take on the making of a king-sized houndstooth quilt.  The devil is in the details really – every day you accomplish a little bit and then at some point you look back and see your hard work all coming together. 

Having just finished the Mississauga Marathon, I’m doing some reflecting on the experience and thinking ahead to my next goal.  Maybe I’m never satisfied…. entirely possible. Any how, I planned on finally beating 4 hrs and for the 3rd time, the mark eludes me.  I’m slowly chiseling away at my time (literally minutes at a time) but still wind up short (or too long as it is) of my goal.  I could come up with a number of “reasons” for why I didn’t make the cut: i was on antibiotics for a sinus infection, I had a sick baby keeping me up the week before, I tapered too soon, I should have run more – all true but in the end it just doesn’t matter.  I didn’t do it and the goal is still hanging over me.  So what am I going to do about it?

Move on to the next one.  I’m considering the Toronto Waterfront Marathon again.  I ran it several years ago (my first) and have done the half there twice.  I am familiar with the course and it literally goes thru my neighbourhood.  The real question is: do I want to take on the huge training again?  Intellectually I do but i am afraid a month or so in that i will get bored of it.  The reason I became interested in triathlon was exactly that.  How could you get bored of 3 sports?   I’m also considering another cycling event.  I feel lost if i don’t have a significant goal to work towards so whatever I choose has to be of substantial difficulty to me.  

I’m thinking I’ll get back in the pool and hit the road on my favorite ride and see what grabs me.  I have my sights on a sprint tri in August (it’s actually 1k/33k/7k) so that feels like enough of a challenge at this point considering I haven’t done one in 3 years.  After that there is a local 10 miler Ive been wanting to give a shot.  It’s a perfect tune up race for the marathon should i choose to go ahead with it.  Meanwhile, marathon training will start june 17 so that gives me some time to see how I’m feeling about doing another or perhaps a long course cycling event.    Oh and I have to return to work from mat leave in september so I guess I shouldn’t pick a race for the fall that’s going to kill me.

What a shame to have so many options…. life is good:))