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April 2018


I am having serious reservations about Typepad.  After most of my comments being blocked, now, I find that I can't answer comments.  If this isn't resolved I might have to move my blog elsewhere which I wouldn't like to do as I have been at the address for the past 10 years.  Still, it might be the only solution.

I thought I might put a link up to Salley Mavor's new video.  boy that woman is talented.  It is a great little video and will worth the time to look at her embroidery.

Liberty and Justice.

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The other link is to the work of Claudia Pfeil on facebook.    And this one is her website.  I met Claudia in Huston last year and besides being a force of nature,  she is a wonderful quilter.  Friends Pam and Lisa have been in her shop in Germany teaching and It seems to me they were doing more falling about laughing than any serious work. 

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So much noise

I still spend a good part of my day in bed but I am not getting  a lot of rest at the moment. Why?  Well the trees out the back are in flower.

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The bees and insects are around the blossoms in droves as are the birds.  The noisiest of which is the lorikeet.  Boy those birds make a racket.

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They yell and chatter all day long.

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Then the squawk and yell at every intruder.  That nectar must be sweet?  As it gets older I think it ferments and those birds are a bit drunk.  Nothing worse than a noisey drunk.


Coochie Ceremony

The weather here is beautiful,  Fine and warm but not too warm.  I missed the dawn service yesterday but did make it down to the mid morning service.  My Dad never missed a dawn service in all the years from the end of WW2 until his death.  I always think of him at this time.  He believed that his service in the air force was the defining act of his life.  Perhaps he was right.

Ours is only a small community but like all communities in the country we come together on this day to remember.  There were grand marches in the cities and the big towns.  Ours was small in comparison and we marched from the jetty to our small shrine, led by some local lads in WW1 uniforms, on horses.

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The nurses wore the capes I made and this  gave a dash of colour.

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The parade was led by a small group of local ex soldiers

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but there were plenty of others  in the crowd all proudly wearing their medals and a sprig of rosemary..

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Our service included reading from diaries, the first about "Bill the Bastard" the war horse from that time and tales of his exploits.

Then our nurses read accounts from the diaries of the nurses who served in WW1,  very telling.  It is not often that we have heard the voices of our women folk who served.

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Lastly came the account of Dick Martin, a Noonuckle man who enlisted as a New Zealander.  Aboriginals were bared from joining the services but over 800 still managed to enlist.

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Joshua Martin is the great nephew of that man and he still lives on Stradbroke Island with his family.  His great Uncle was killed in action in 1918.  It is also a good thing that our aboriginal people are recognised and included.   Of all those that enlisted in WW1 from Australia, and all were volunteers,  more than half their number were either killed or wounded.

Around us life went on with people picnicking on the beach.

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The war planes flew over on their way to the city parade.

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South passage had sailed up the bay to be with us.

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The trumpeter played the last post, just as beautifully, if not better than some in the city.

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And when I looked at the floral tributes that had been laid I saw that the majority were made up of native flowers.

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I looked  on the island Facebook page this morning and found that one of our residents had taken this image of our nurses at the dawn service.    I think this is rather special.

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Firstly, the wedding dress is finished and it fitted perfectly.  It is all lace and net and would suit Cinderella and my client looks beautiful and I promised not to put up a photo until the wedding on the 13th of May.   Such a relief.  That was so stressfull I don't think I will do it again.

The patchwork continues without to many dramas.  But,  I can't sew straight.  Thirty one correct blocks and 4 re-sew ones.  Just one more row on each block and then I can sew them together.

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And I have given up  getting that poly-cotton fabric to work for chicken scratch.  No matter what I do it looks terrible.  I still need a couple of new breakfast cloths so have resorted to stitching some zig zag with herringbone stitch around the edges.  I won't be able to leave it like this I will have to add more.

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My bed has been seeing a lot of me since last week.   I just lay there and read because that is about all I can do.  I have re-read Robin Hobbs  Farseer Trilogy and I must have read them so quickly last time or not really took in all the detail.   It was almost like reading new books.

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When I could get up and do something I have been working on the wedding dress.

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I am so afraid of making a mistake that I am taking it very slowly but I am nearly there.  I have tacked the 9 layers of net ready to cut the skirt to the right length.  I don't have a dressmakers dummy to work on so it is very slow.  The alteration to the shoulders is finished and tomorrow is the final fitting.

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Keeping the white dress clean has been a constant worry but I worked out that it was better to extend my sewing bench with an extra table up here on the 2nd floor.  I can keep the floors clean and the white fabric white with no red soil marks on it.  She is getting married here on the island so I suppose it could be all stained around the hem by the end of day.  I have attached a hanger to go over her wrist to keep that train up.  Hope it works.



I have had to put aside all embroidery that requires deep concentration.  That means not much happening on that front as I have been trying to get the things that have to be done finished first.  (Nurses capes and wedding dress.)  But I have a new project on the knitting needles.  This one also requires concentration, which is lacking at the moment,  so it has taken 5 attempts to get the rib set at the bottom.

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The pattern called for a twisted rib stitch but I found that the wool I have selected doesn't suit this stitch at all.  In fact it screamed at me to stop.  So I did and we are both a lot happier with a plain rib.  But the rib will be finished soon and I will have to concentrate on the pattern. 

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Source: Kate Davies Designs

The knees are trembling.

The bunnies coats are both finished and delivered and no one noticed any of the knitting mistakes.

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And a helper in the sewing room had to be ejected.  It was no help at all.

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That sample block

Well I reapplied my mental strength to the math on that patchwork block again and this time got it right, almost!

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The almost was the sequence of adding the outer sides.  But the measurements were right and as this is only the practice block I can fix that.  The other thing I did was keep a note of the size of the block at each stage so that I had a measuring check to refer to.  Thinking about it, this is something I should have been doing for the past 30 years.  I would have saved a whole lot of unpicking.This is one of those projects that I can take a little at a time, so that suits me at the moment. 

I do have another quilt to finish for a new baby that is on the way.  I have pieced that quilt top but might add a border to the out side.  Then I think I will have it quilted so that all I have to do is the binding.  Lazy I know, but I think it would be best.

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This might not be finished in time for the baby to arrive but it isn't cold yet, in fact it is very warm, so if it is late I don't think that will matter.

Puddling along

I am slowly adjusting my life to accommodate this virus.  That means everything is slower and I try to stay close to my bed just in case the fatigue overtakes me.  But I am adjusting.  Where it would take me one day to make something, now it is three.  I am talking about the nurses capes I promised to make for the ANZAC day ceremony here.  I have 2 put together and 1 more ready to sew.

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But I am still having a problem with my brain.  I have to put tabs on the shoulders and I made the big trip to the shop to buy the buttons.  It wasn't till I got home I realised we have 2 shoulders not one!!!  I still have another 9 days before the day so hopefully I can get some more buttons.  I do worry about my brain though.


Sorry this is late but Typepad has been down . 

I would like to give up all stitching and knitting when I look at the quality of my work at the moment. just terrible.  I blame it on this virus brain.

I have two small knitted jackets for the bunnies being blocked.  I don't think the girls will worry about the quality of the work just that they fit.

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A shocking pin cushion, this one is for the bin.

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A sample block for a quilt that I am planning that is all wrong.  The  outer strip should have been should have been 1.75" that is what I cut it with no allowance!  This is to be unpicked.

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Only the cross stitch looks OK, even though it was wrong to start with .

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Back to bed.