I’ve just opened up the draft of a blog post I started at Auckland airport a week and a half ago.
I thought it might have been the second fastest blog post ever, but I didn’t manage to get it finished before boarding time for the flight to Melbourne. So I’ve decided to start over
I have had a good time in NZ since last I posted, I did manage to get that post done (plus a quick cuppa) before a short flight down to Palmerston North. There was a gap in the clouds just big enough to see Mt Ruapehu poking through and that’s all I saw of her for the whole seven days. Even when I drove right past her on the return trip she was completely hidden.
I was staying with my cousin Dawn this time.
We were great mates as kids and are great mates still.
We like the same things, isn’t that always nice to be related and friends.
Dawn lives just a short walk from my Mum so I was able to spend lots of time with Mum too.
Mum’s got Alzheimers but is getting great care and attention. She still knows who I am and we have fun together so it was important to make memories (for me) while we can. Sadly she will have forgotten I was there last week, but ‘in the moment’ all is fine.
But now I am back from gadding about the place/s and it’s time to get back to normal,
I realised it’s 2 months today since I left for the US and I have also had ‘a wedding’, a trip to NZ (that’s always a busy one)
and four days at the Sydney Quilt Show so it’s no wonder I’m a little disorganised.
Plus the excitement of being a featured home in Quiltmania magazine
Quilt Station has a seven page spread plus the third and final instalment of my Mid 19th Century Star quilt pattern.
I was chuffed to see Ady, who has made (yes finished) the Maltaville quilt, being my neighbour in Quiltmania, that’s one of her beautiful quilts on the opposite page.
Merci beaucoup to Carol and Guy, it was a real pleasure to have you both visit my home for the day
and Guy, wow I love that photo of me
So all that excitement
calls for a
I would love to give away a couple of the John Hewson panels/fabrics which were reproduced by Andover last year.
I bought extra at Seventh Heaven Quilt Shop in New Braunfells, Texas anticipating I’d want to pass some on.
There will be two chances to get one of these large urn panels, above
and two chances to win eight birds as shown below.
to have a chance just leave a comment on this post, oooh let’s say,
by the 13th July. That’s a Friday ~ Friday the 13th. What fun!
I will mail to anywhere in the world and no doubt between now and then I will have unearthed a couple other treasures to add to it.
To leave a comment you need to click on the title of the blog post. That will re-open the post with the option to comment visible at the bottom.
The Sydney Quilt Show came hot on the heels of returning from NZ,
five of us from the Goldfields Quilters (Alison, Chris, Jennifer, Kathryn and myself) flew up on Thursday morning and were joined on Friday by Irene so you can imagine the fun we had.
The six of us piled in to a taxi van straight after breakfast on Saturday morning and headed over to
We were not going to miss out this time, adding an extra day to the itinerary as last year Jenn and I just ran out of time.
It’s a beautiful shop, I follow Kathy Doughty’s blog and her shop is a great reflection of her style and flair.
Here’s just a little of what I bought
These aren’t Repro’s as such but they could be. It’s all about how you look at it I suppose.
The Blue (Prussian like) with the Brown, once cut up, could go in to a mid 19th century quilt quite well I think.
And the Brown and Red diamond print wouldn’t look out of place either.
And if you are familiar with Material Obsession quilts you may be surprised to know you will find 19th c repro’s at Material Obsession.
I wasn’t expecting to find any but was very pleasantly surprised.
It’s true, I found (and came home with) quite a few. It is a very diverse and friendly quilt shop.
After that we grabbed two taxis and made for Quiltsmith (but lunch in trendy Annandale shopping precint first)
We left a couple of hours later with bags bulging, this time catching the bus back to Darling Harbour.
I was so pleased Jenn was methodically going through the bargain boxes, I had completely missed this much needed fabric.
Jenn kindly shared the last of the bolt so I have *Plenty* to do *Whatever* on the Cradle Quilt. It had come to a stand still as quilts sometimes do.
And these found their way in to my arms as well
It is lovely to be home again. It’s winter and it’s cold.
I like to hibernate just a little, well sometimes a lot and I have plenty of work to do ~ both quilt designing and quilting on Violet.
It’s a good time to be at home and in the studio.
We have an elderly dog and she’s all of a sudden showing her age.
She’s given us a few scares in the last few months and she seems to want one of us around more during the day,
so it’s another reason to be not too far from home for too long. We’re watching and taking it as it comes if you know what I mean.
The other day I was measuring and photographing my quilts for showcase and she was trying very hard to be noticed
I’ve just realised I have no sewing prepped for tonight,
oh well, I shall sit by the fire and look at a quilt book or two instead.
Keep warm (or cool) and happy stitching