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Newsletter

29 May 2021

Recovery from surgery always takes time, and being told by the surgeon that I should not do anything to strenuous for 4-8 weeks, sounded kind of great, and initially I was excited with the prospect of sitting on the couch in front of the TV and being waited on. So leading up to the surgery I prepared a number of hand stitching projects, a stack of paperwork to catch up, a number of books to read, a list of Netflix and Stan shows I have been meaning to watch as well as a lovely butterfly ‘Diamond Dot’ to do. I was all set. However, when push has come to shove, and I have not only lost my sewjo, but all my other mojo’s. I haven’t picked up anything - that’s right - not even my hexagon projects, which many of you know I love. Haven’t read a single line in a book, and the Diamond Dot keeps which kept calling me from the kitchen table took longer than necessary to complete. I have however managed to binge watch Bridgeton, New Girl, Younger, Bump, Emily in Paris and am almost finished How I met your mother! I understand that the less one does - the less one wants to do. Argh!

On Thursday 14 April I underwent surgery to fix a prolapse, which in effect saw me undergo a hysterectomy, as well as a few other internal repairs. As my surgeon said “You did, after all, carry a small army for six months”. So, like most people, I carried out my own research before the surgery and discovered that one in three Australian women have to have a hysterectomy by the time they are 65, and this led me to start asking my family and friends if they had anything similar. I was fortunate (and surprised - who knew it was so common) to listen to their stories. Although most spoke openly about their individual experience, there were a number who were more reserved and reluctant to talk about it - not because they were shy people to start with, but, the mere fact that they were speaking about “women’s problems” made them uncomfortable, which I found bewildering - particularly in todays times. Some of these women suffered long painful waits before their surgery, and never really told loved ones how they felt. I encourage everyone out there to do their best to break down the stigma of speaking about hysterectomy and gynaecological issues - if one in three women are finding themselves in the situation where discomfort, pain and difficulties of balancing family and work commitments (and time to sew!) while managing their unpredictable bodies, which inevitably, leads to major surgery, then it’s up to us to speak more openly about our bodies alleviating the need for the subject to be taboo.

I have also discovered during this convalescing time how very important a good support base is. I have so many wonderful family and friends who I can’t thank enough. Not only for the flowers, chocolates, hand creams and meals which I received, but for the love and support which came through in visits, phone calls, text message, and even good old fashion letters! Friends who picked me up and took me for coffee, or catchups with their own friends, or just a drive to the shops (to look at fabric). You all know who you are and I thank you with all my heart.

Anyway, we are now in the throws of another lockdown and I must try and get myself motivated, so I thought that writing the newsletter and sharing what others did during last years lockdown might not only help me, but you. Let’s all hope that it only lasts the promised seven days. Yes - it was great last year to stay indoors, and catchup on spring cleaning, sewing, paperwork and all the things we put off, however, I don’t think that socially and economically, the state needs another one, just like the other one!

So as promised in the last edition, below are photos of some of the amazing work that many of you sent it, and it’s not too late to get on board. If you have photos of your recent creativity, (it does not need to be quilts) please send them to me and help keep us all motivated by everyones individual and beautiful work and I will include them in the next newsletter.

Stay warm everyone, and most importantly - stay safe!

Love Nancy

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Thank you to the quilt makers below…..
**Please bear with me as I try to catch up - particularly after surgery. The numbers below represent catalogued quilts only. If you have made/donated a quilt or quilt top/s recently and they don’t appear on the list below, this means that it has as yet, not been completed (photographed, catalogued or quilted). Your details will appear in the next newsletter once I catch up**

Name Completed Quilts Quilt Tops from Kits Provided
Heather Schache 33 -
Jenny Fry 10 -
Kerin Donan 7 -
Elizabeth Watson 6 -
Pam Selley 6 -
Jen Bellmont 6 -
Carmel Stonehouse 5 -
Trish Fairley 5 -
Richelle Pawley 3 -
Ailsa Sanders 3 -
Nancy Gheno 3 -
Natalie - Stitch Faeirs 2 -
Lorelle Orb 1 -
Helen Costeloe 1 -
Rikki Thomas 1 -
Liz Kenny 1 -
Rikki Thomson 1 -
Margaret Riddoutt - 2
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