You'll be glad to know I am no longer hobbling about in an incapacitated way (although I haven't as yet attempted to reprise the lunges). I'm back to running and the new trainers are FAB. I have always poo-pooed getting running shoes properly fitted and paying a decent whack for them, but now that I'm running regularly and have upped my distances a little and have ancient crakety knees and old ladies ankles to boot, I think it's worth every penny :o)
Yesterday, we drove to the Cotswolds to spend the day with one of my oldest and dearest friends. We were at uni together and have children the same age. We've been through marriages, divorces, bereavements, celebrations and disappointments together and my Ma refers to her as her third daughter. We frequently go two years without meeting up, so this visit was long overdue. It was foggy all the way there and foggy all the way back, but we had a lovely day and caught up on everyone's news. Her eldest is now taller than both of us and has a proper booming deep voice. I remember when he was born. Scary how time flies.
Other than that, I've been beetling away on the sewing machine and am even starting to dream about quilts. L has already put an order in for one, because his woolly blanket is too thick and warm for all this mild weather, so once my quilt is done I shall be making him one. It's a good excuse to nose about for more fabric :o) I saw some lovely stag printed fabric in C&H last week, a couple of metres end of line and with a discount too so if that's still around that might work well for a lad's bedroom.
I spent a few hours this weekend cutting out 88 5x5 inch squares from the fabric L gave me for Christmas and arranging them all on the sitting room carpet with much assistance from Poppy, who has decided she wants to be a seamstress when she's older. She particularly liked the 50/50 bamboo and cotton wadding I bought for the middle of the quilt and spent quite a lot of time asleep on it while I worked around her.......
Can't say I blame her, it's wonderfully soft and warm.
I then spent a few hours over a couple of days machining the eleven rows of eight squares together in strips and now have the job of machining the whole block as one before I can put on the border, which I haven't got yet. I'm thinking a creamy colour or perhaps pale pink, with a deeper pink or red final border round the edge. What do you think?
I'm rather taken with it, if slightly concerned that this might be the best it ever looks (if the rest of the machining doesn't go to plan!). The measurements are approx 1.2m by 1.7m so it's been made to fit a single bed, or one half of a double (M complains about over-heating).
After I've sewn all the squares together I've got to sew the batting into the middle and the backing on the back, making a sort-of quilt sandwich. Once the edging's done it'll then be ready for use. I'll do a step by step how I did it type post once it's finished for those who are interested (assuming it works and doesn't come out looking a complete pig's ear :o)).
Hope everyone is well? It's been back to normal today with M at work and L at school and me working on a statistics assignment that I will certainly be glad to see the back of while the dogs have slept/ chased each other/ stared at squirrels/ padded about/ shouted at the postman/ growled at the washing machine/ chewed their biscuits on the carpet.
I'll leave you with some pics of some Relexology socks I got last week which I thought were rather neat, the wood newly piled up beside the burner, and two very sleepy dogs passed out in front of the fire last night.
Wishing you all a peaceful remainder of the day,