Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dutch treat.....and a running weekend!

I'd forgotten my plan to try to applique one block per week on my Dutch Treat quilt.

Yesterday I got one prepped so I could work on it with my morning coffee...

I really like this one....mainly because it lacks any inside corners, which, for me, are the most difficult part of these blocks!

The underneath fabrics are all Shweshwe fabrics that I purchased from Celeste at Meerkat Shweshwe a couple of months ago. I look forward to buying more at her booth next month at Quilt Canada!

One of the fun parts of these blocks is seeing the design appear as I poke away at the reverse applique! I have no idea how one goes about quilting this quilt, but luckily I won't have to worry about that for a couple of years :)

Here are the blocks I have completed so far...

Running update:

So, I've realised that I do enjoy taking part in races. 

Back in January I signed up for the Chocolate Race in St. Catharines. Then a short while back my running group from Northshore Athletics thought it would be fun as a group to join in on the Mudcat Marathon in Dunnville. 

Of course, this was all taking place this last weekend! 

So this was my schedule....Thursday night run with the club, Friday evening run the Fishy 5K in Dunnville, Saturday morning run the Riverfront 5K in Dunnville and then the Chocolate Run on Sunday morning in St. Catharines.

I think I would have been ok if not for the run on Thursday...four days in a row was just a wee bit too much, lol.

Here are a couple of highlights...

Crossing the finish line Friday night when I ran my personal best!..

After the Riverfront 5k on Saturday morning with my friends, Karen and Sheila (who are also quilty friends!). In this race I got second in my age group....which is kinda hilarious to me as I am a very, very slow runner!...

Then, The Chocolate Run on Sunday where I ran with my running buddy, Paula, and her daughter, Eleta...

The race was partly run through a wooded area...I was able to take a couple of pictures because by this time I had to walk at least a third of the distance...

The Chocolate Run was highlighted by chocolate-covered strawberries handed out at the 1K mark, and some great "swag" after finishing...

....and chocolate martinis, of course....

These races certainly added to my award collection....

Paula made me a wonderful way to display my medals....

Oops...I forgot to take a picture after I replaced the backscratcher with an actual dowel!!

So, after all that running on the weekend, the last two days my body has been sooooo fatigued. Would I do it again next year?, probably, because I had so much fun! I would cut out the Thursday night run, though!!

My new tulips are finally starting to blossom....after all the old ones are on the way out....

Don't they look lovely with my pretty, yellow Spring flowers??

Have a wonderful day!

Linking up with:

Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social
Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers
Mama Spark's Worls for WIP's


  1. Good Morning,
    Beautiful tulips, the chocolate looks delicious, and the quilt square look very intriguing. I've never seen a technique like that, I don't think. You are doing a great job on them ~smile~

  2. No wonder you are a bit fatigued! Take a couple of days to gain back your energy! Enjoying Dutch Treat, such pretty blocks! So proud of your devotion to running!

  3. Those blocks are really, really pretty - you're doing such a nice job with them! Thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers

  4. Such pretty appliqué blocks. I love it, running for chocolate. Way to go four days in a row, now that's a lot of running.👍🏻👏🏼👏🏼

  5. You have packed so much into your life. The quilting is lovely. The running is amazing. I couldn't imagine myself doing any running. The tulips are a beautiful colour. It's good to have flowers that bloom at different times and they have lasted so long this spring.