As I sit on my bed writing this latest newsletter I am surprised at how quick the time has gone. My last newsletter was on 10 July, and I usually write one every three months so I if someone would be so kind as to let me know where the last seven months have gone, that would be great.
I had plenty of time during lockdown, as my embroidery work completely dried up so I spent this time catching up on all the little odd jobs that I had been putting off for some time including creating photo books of our European Holiday as well as Ayers Rock road trip and a complete spring clean of every single corner of the house - which took longer than anticipated, (these things always do) particularly my sewing room - wow the things I found in there!.
Once hard lockdown ended in mid October, and things were slowly returning to normal, my life turned into a fast train of work. I couldn’t keep up. It felt like every church and school this side of Melbourne decided to have their sacraments and I found it difficult to stay on top of all the work. I was up early and in bed late and only stopped to cook, clean and eat. I even broke my own cardinal rule, and worked on weekends in an effort to keep up, and on the 23rd December I fell into a heap when I had posted my last order.
At the start of this newsletter I mentioned that I am sitting on my bed, as I have been banished from my every other room of the house - thank you COVID. I have three teenage boys scattered around the house as they navigate their way through online learning. It shouldn’t be that tricky - they did this last year - however, I can assure you that it is vastly different from grade six to year seven. So much more to grasp as they have “meets” with up to six different teachers per day. Needless to say, it’s been very interesting, for both the kids and myself, as I am sure it is for so many others. Angelo is also working from home, and he is locked away in the study, and pops up every now and then for a quick hello and snack, so my house is a flurry of activity and I am hiding upstairs in the bedroom enjoying the quiet (which won’t last long).
Quilts continue to arrive, including many tops from kits which were sent out during COVID, and I have tried as much as I can to keep up. If you have delivered/dropped quilts (or tops) in the last 4-6 weeks, please be patient as I try to quilt, photograph, and catalogue them. They may not be included in this newsletter, but rest assured, they will be in the next one, which, all things going to plan, I will release some time in May. The reason for the delay is twofold - kids home on school holidays always keeps me extra busy, and once the first week of January had passed every single family with an infant thought it would be great to baptise their babies, so work took off again like a rocket! I must admit the last two days have been quiet - with no work coming in, and it’s starting to feel like this lockdown might go for longer than five days. I do feel for all the people out there who had weddings, holidays, work(income) and any other important events planned that were cancelled at such short notice. It’s hard to know what’s right anymore, and what opinion we should have. I just obey the rules and pray that things improve soon. The thought that this and other lockdowns, could go on and off for years really does worry me, as I’m sure it worries us all.
In my last edition I included images of the quilts I had made for my grand daughters, a wedding quilt, and two newborn baby quilts, and it got me thinking (dangerous I know!), how great it would be if some of you could email me photos of quilts or other projects you have made during lockdown, so I can include them in my next newsletter. I have seen some amazing work come out of this, and would love to share them with others, not only to show the amazing skill and talent we have as quilters, but also provide encouragement for those who have lost their sewjo during this trying time.
It’s getting close to lunchtime and I can hear three thirteen year old stomachs rumbling for lunch - they are bottomless pits at the moment, and I seem to be spending lots more time in the kitchen lately. So I am signing off for today, and have included a very funny little joke below, which I thought was hilarious. I hope it makes you smile as well, and I look forward to getting some emails from you all with your handy work.
An elderly man in Queensland, Australia, had owned a large property for several years.
He had a dam in one of the lower paddocks where he had planted mango and avocado trees. The dam had been fixed up for swimming when it was built and he also had some picnic tables placed there in the shade of the fruit trees.
One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the dam to look it over, as he hadn't been there for a while. He grabbed a ten-litre bucket to bring back some fruit.
As he neared the dam, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his dam.
He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.
One of the women shouted to him, 'We're not coming out until you leave!'
The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the dam naked.'
Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the crocodile
Moral: Old men may walk slow, but they can still think fast!
Thank you to the quilt makers below…..
**Please bear with me as I try to catch up. 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**
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