Grandma has been busy

Firstly she managed to catch the flu and lose her voice.  Some would say this was a blessing.  But I have "Children's Classes" starting tomorrow so it is lots of tablets to get my temperature down.  I will see how I go tomorrow.

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Then last Saturday we took to girls to see Cinderella at the theatre.  My eldest grand daughter is on the Autistic spectrum, in old terminology that is Aspurgers.  She falls into the gifted and talented range and although only 6 years old is more like a 15 or 16 years old.  One of the effects of this is that she suffers from terrible anxiety.  For weeks she has been stressing out about the colouring competition that she entered for the show.  Would she win, wouldn't she win, how terrible her work was.  She made a mistake here or there.  By the time we got to the theatre she was a mess.  She and her sister both won prizes and the day improved.

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She also has had to get braces.  Another thing that shouldn't have happened until her teens but it is better to have 6 months now than trouble later on. My daughter suffered for years with twisted teeth and got to the point she wouldn't smile at all until they were fixed.

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Then the girls put the heavies on Grandma.  Miss Bunny needed a proper quilt, she was getting cold!  (in all this heat). 

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And those 20 something Barbie Dolls needed quilts and new pillows on their beds.  Luckily there are only 2 beds and a cot.

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Then, in an aside, they told me a tail of woe.  They had no pretty dresses and Mummy can't sew.  So I am really under the pump to make some new dresses.  I have one under construction.

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And I managed to buy some Liberty prints in a sale at $18 per metre. 

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With the prices of fabric today I think it would have been cheaper just to buy them dresses.

 


Studio Visit

It is Carnival of Flowers time up at Toowoomba and this year Robyn Ginn opened her home for people to view not only her wonderful collection of quilts but her beautiful embroidery, things she has collected, her garden and her home.  Robyn has had she fair share of troubles in her life.  Ranging from breaking her back through to the recent loss of her husband and a grand child.  (She has a Pinterest page of the quilts that were lost in a fire at her daughters home and her grand son was also lost in this fire.)  She works her life into her quilts.

This quilt talks of how they were knocked off their perch but are still standing.  You can see more on her Crazy patch pinterest page.

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There was so much to see and to absorb that I am sure I missed tons of important details.  But one thing that caught my attention was that she also designs and stitches canvas work.  Each piece is totally original and the stitches chosen just blew me away.

The use of gimp ribbon for the flower stems and the variety of stitches in each bird. (click on the image for more detail.)

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So much to think about.  I will revisit some of my impressions of this viewing in a later post.  I just think I need to reflect on it for a few days.  My mind has been so taken up with what I saw here that I didn't really pay attention to everything else I viewed.   I found this visit very moving on a number of levels.   As a result my husband and I will drive up again this week and spend the day there together and this time I will focus more on the flowers.

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WIPW

The big work in progress has been finding and purchasing a town house in St. Lucia which is close to the city and the University.  My expectations regarding price were not realistic and after weeks of viewing town houses and apartments I came to the conclusion that I would have to spend more money.  Even then I kept getting beaten by other contenders to the property that I would have liked to have purchase.  But now, with a bit more money on the table, I have finally bought a town house, which my daughter will live in whilst she is completing her Phd. and I will be able to use when I need to stay in town.   Now perhaps I can get back to siitching.

To keep my mind relaxed I have been working on Kogin designs for my Xmas cards.  This design is stitched on a Lugano 28 count fabric.  The Xmas tree is DMC white stranded cotton and the rest of the design is stitched in 2 strands of silk thread.

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I have taken quite a few liberties with this design but I think it works.

 


Life is busy

I don't know why I am so busy at the moment.  Put it down to spring being in the air.  Last week I attended a musical evening at a neighbors home.  It was only a couple of hours between 4 and 6pm but I did enjoy myself.

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a group of local musicians led the singing and we all sat in the breeze way.

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Everyone one came with plates of food and wine.

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Jane's chickens got in on the act as well.

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Then the kookaburras arrived I'm not sure if it was the music or the food that had attracted them.

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They sat on the lattice behind the musicians and leaned in as thought they were listening.

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They even gave us a cackle or two.

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They were so amusing that they were rewarded with some food.

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It was delightful sitting in that space listening to the music.

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Both that of the humans and the birds.  I like this poem that Jane has on the wall in her kitchen.

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As we left I looked in the window to find that some of the children had found the pianola and it was playing out some old tune. 

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Simple pleasure are often the best ones.


I missed the 10 year celebration!

On the 25th August 2007 I wrote my first blog post.  Just where did those 10 years go?  My friends then are still my friends now and in a couple of months time I will meet up with them again in Houston at the Quilt Festival.

Wish I looked the same as this now.  My dark hair has changed colour and I have a few more wrinkles.  Pam still lives in the same place and jets around the world, Di has found love again and remarried after being a widow for a number of years and really grown her business and I have moved to Coochiemudlo Island and here I am still writing this blog.  Ten years seem to have just gone by in an instant.  Thank goodness for good friends and textiles.

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