Monday, 22 August 2016

Delightful!

Something just delightful to start the week........

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Advancing August

Where on earth has August gone.......I cannot believe it is the evening of the 16th already??!! So if you haven't had enough of Beatrix Potter to put up with here is a little more! In the coming weeks I will set up a page on this blog so you can see what is in the book.....and yes they have arrived and are in all sorts of spaces that we could find in the carport and inside the house!!........


The website should be ready to go on Monday October 24th and the book will be retailing for AU$29.95. (just need to wait until after the launch in the UK and here in Australia then it will be all systems go!) It is a much bigger book than the May Morris one and for overseas quilters the wait will be a little longer if you would like to save some $$$. I am hoping it will be printed in the US saving you on postage costs so I will let you know as soon as I know. So for now a few more of the projects that you may not have seen........a Mrs Tiggy Winkle iron cover because I just had to have one!
 The large reproduction quilt of the 1863 Potter wedding quilt..........
 A quick bag making use of a left over quilt block.....and some blocks from two more quilts......"Bubbles" quilt......





and "Serendipity" quilt......
 




A wool felt padded storage box depicting a very naive version of Hill Top......
and a wool felt nursery ball.......
Hand stitched hexagons.........

 A small wall hanging based on a drawing that Beatrix did when she was only 15.......
 A cushion inspired by the Tailor of Gloucester story.........
And I just had to make some more pinwheels!.....
 So what else has filled these busy August days? We shared a wonderful curry lunch with friends on Sunday each sharing a recipe. I decided to dig in to one of my many cookbooks this time one that the family gave me a few Christmases ago.  It is a fabulous book and the Roasted Green Chicken Curry was delicious. There is a recipe online HERE but I did cheat a little and bought a jar of good quality green curry paste and substituted the coconut milk for coconut cream........
I've also just sewn on the buttons to three new shirts that I've made ready to take to the UK, and this time I pre-washed all the fabrics so I expect no more shrinkage....or perhaps it was my lack of exercise that contributed to the previous ones shrinking?!.....
 


 And the fingers have been busy with more secret stitching that will be revealed on our exciting Beatrix Potter and William Morris tours in just over 2 weeks......


So until next time I hope life is treating you well x

Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Special life

"Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same" 
I have often seen this quote on cards and I cannot find more truer words......people come and go but yesterday I said farewell to a very special and precious person who has definitely left her mark on my heart. Doctor Margaret McKenzie was one of the GP's I worked with in my last five years of nursing practice and they were the very best years of my nursing career.....in part because of Margaret and the other practice doctors. In a very cruel twist of fate Margaret succumbed to recurrent brain tumours so yesterday it was a celebration of her life and a chance to say goodbye..........

 Such beautiful flowers that reflected the essence of a beautiful soul.........
 I know family was everything to Margaret and that was evident today as her four children stood together and shared in their mother's life. She was also devoted to her patients and one would need to book in advance to secure a time with her. I was so pleased to catch up with Margaret a few months ago but was saddened when she told me she did not think she would see another Christmas. Her wonderful husband Peter has also devoted his life to medicine as a specialist physician and it seems so unfair that his life partner be taken before her time as she had so much more living to do. During my time of working with Margaret she had brain surgery twice and in 2009 I decided to get the staff together to make her a healing quilt. Two of the doctors joined in and for everyone it was a brand new experience. Some photos seem to be missing from my computer so I've taken some photos of the hard copies. We used the staff room to work in and it was such a delight to see everyone so commited to the unknown but the purpose was very special.........

 We got the young ones to do the bit on the floor......
 Even Jim (who is now my GP and would quite possibly be horrified to see himself here!!) had a go...

 But I was pleased to find these photos still on the computer especially of Margaret opening her gift........

 The joy on Margaret's face when she opened the package will be with me forever and one of the doctors informed me at the funeral that when she visited just days before Margaret died that she had the quilt on her lap........




 Some of the girls were into scrapbooking so made her a special photo album to show the stages of making the quilt.......
 Ironically it was Margaret's love of sewing that resulted in her recently taking up quilt classes herself and I know she was determined that each grandchild have a quilt. Such a huge loss to her family and the medical profession. I will never forget her gentle nature, the times she would say thank you if we worked late and her ability to put everyone else ahead of herself - not once did I ever hear her complain.......she will never be forgotten. So after such sadness it was lovely to see these photos while I was waiting for the train to go home........

They'd just been out for lunch and those smiling faces are certainly a great thing to be around for. 
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart" (Helen Keller)