Sunday, 10 May 2020

Warm and fuzzy 🤗

This post is simply 'warm and fuzzy' as today it is Mother's Day here in Australia. We had a little celebration with our daughters yesterday and of course with the little members of the family that have made them Mums too......how very lucky we all are. I did some baking the night before and we shared some bought treats too.......





 During the week Wade had a little party too in the cubby house I built for him. It is so lovely to see his nurturing side......he certainly makes us 'warm and fuzzy'........

 This book that I have just completed also made me somewhat 'warm and fuzzy' as it is set in 1920 and weaves the story of loss post WW1 - a great read. Wake by Anna Hope
 There is also the anticipation of being 'warm and fuzzy' snuggled under a quilt with winter just around the corner. Recently the neighbour's peach tree lost much of its leaves in just one very cold and windy night......
I think in this time of isolation there has been an awful lot of 'warm and fuzzy' home baking happening even at our place......maybe comfort food in these difficult times?.....
 I am always 'warm and fuzzy' in my sewing space especially when the results are for those in need. These are the latest hospice quilts continuing with my random piecing and now waiting to be quilted by Faye.......
 And these following quilts are especially 'warm and fuzzy' as the blocks were from a lady who died recently and were then gifted to me. She had only prepared 18 blocks for the Kelmscott quilt I created in my first book "William Morris in Appliqué" and I can see why she gave up as there are 41 appliquéd blocks required in total. I donated my quilt for a raffle and I often wonder if the person who won it actually enjoys it........
 So the 18 partially completed blocks I received meant I could create two quilts of nine blocks each set in some of my Morris stash fabrics. After I took photos I discovered two similar blocks together in the bottom row so some unpicking and re-stitching and they are now ready for Faye to quilt as well.......

 Of course one is always 'warm and fuzzy' when the postman brings treats! A gorgeous card from a special friend to just say she was thinking of us (why oh why can't I think of doing things like that??!!), and another stunning machine embroidered card that came with a very special face mask in William Morris fabric of course........
 I also get 'warm and fuzzy' when quilters take the time to send me their stories and photos. First is from a workshop many years ago of a small wall hanging that Helen has turned into a bed quilt. Thankyou Helen for sharing your lovely version.........
 And this is from Denise who adapted the wedding quilt belonging to Beatrix Potter's parents that I did a version of in my latest book "Stitching with Beatrix Potter". I just love it as Denise has used Australian flowers and her inspiration came from Sonya Else of Soul Heart Designs from her "Australian Mandala" series. Thankyou Denise - your quilt glows..... 
And closer to home a special friend Rosie completed her 'Renaissance' cushion. This was the centre of a very large quilt of the same name I made many years ago.........it looks just stunning Rosie.......
Our local Guild SA Quilters have also been sharing some 'warm and fuzzies' in the way of online Mystery quilt workshops to help quilters in this time of social isolation. Hundreds of participants have come from all over the world and it has been a wonderful way of connecting and sharing in our same passion. President Chris O'Brien designed the first quilt "Casa Felix Mar" and Lessa Siegele the second one "Pick a Box" and I was lucky to be one of the quilt testers of Lessa's design. It was a clever block that could be turned many ways creating a huge number of variations. There was a lot of seam pressing for accuracy and we found open seams worked best. So I delved into my Morris stash and this was the result once again quilted by Faye! .......
So I think that is it for now so wherever you are I am sending you some 'warm and fuzzies' hoping you are safe and well x

4 comments:

  1. I like the quilt you made for Lessa's mystery Michele, and glad you had a family gathering. Wade is growing up so fast, and Maisie and Beau aren't so little anymore are they? Looking forward to seeing Faye quilting those quilts, and not with an allover!! xxx

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  2. so many pretty things you show and such a nice time with your family - glad things are opening up there as much as they are, we are slowly opening up here in the states especially in the areas where there are not cities - here in the country it is not bad but we still mainly stay home.

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  3. Michele, I adore reading your blog. You always provide so many pictures and share your adventures from where you are. Your grand kiddos are beautiful. They grow so quickly, it is so good that you can be close with them and share lovely times.
    This was a weird Mother's day to be sure.

    I loved the creativity shared by Denise, Helen and Rosie. Absolutely inspiring.
    and Everything you have shared and made is really lovely.
    Enjoy this week

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  4. Another wonderful post. Your baking looks so yummy! I'll be doing less here are we are moving into summer. I've decided I don't like summer any more - those weeks of continuous 100 + degree weather is so draining. Then there is the pandemic that has kept us home bound for so long. I worry about the new complications that are appearing after a bout of the virus. I 'm glad to see Australia is on the whole faring better in this storm and uncertain times. Hope it continues. Regardless, stay safe. Blessing from the US.

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