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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gratitude.

First off, thank you so very much for your lovely comments following my previous post. It was a wonderful encouragement to read your comments, and personal stories that are close to home about prostate cancer. Our family is coping well, and I think the shock of the diagnosis has finally settled in. I appreciate all your prayers and well wishes, and I'm so grateful for them. Thank you!

Now, don't be shocked - but I actually have some sewing related news to share! Oh my goodness. I know. It's been awhile, hey? See, I always try to make handmade gifts. So of course, as most of you know, it was Mothers Day on Sunday here in Australia. {Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mums out there!! Hope you had a fab day!}
So, with the diagnosis of my dad happening last week, mothers day had completely slipped my mind - till 3 days before! Um, help?!

Thankfully, my mum and I had bought a couple of "Faded Memories" Charm packs last year, with the intention of my mum learning to make a quilt for herself. Well, we never got around to it. So I thought I'd make her the quilt anyway!


And how brilliant are the Moda precut ranges? So darn easy and quick. And, you end up with a brilliant result. I love how this little quilt has turned out. And my mum absolutely adores it. She even took it with her to church on Sunday to show it off.
I simply quilted vertical lines on the quilt, spaced about an inch or so apart. And I'm really happy with how it looks. It gives it that wonderful 'crinkly goodness' and has a lovely texture. Me thinks I'll be doing it more often. Oh, the quilt measures 42 x 51". Perfect lap size.
Please excuse the dark photos - it's a bit of a cold and wet day here in Victoria!

So there you go - I actually started and finished a quilt! Now, don't fall over in shock.
I also just wanted to share a bit of workplace excitment. As most of you know, I'm lucky enough to work at Patchwork with Gail B in Bayswater, Victoria. And at the moment we are celebrating a new extension to our shop. And it looks fabulous!
I just had to take a few photos to share - however my camera makes it look quite dark inside, which isn't the case. The shop is now almost double the original size, and it's so nice and bright and spacious inside.
And a nice bonus is that I've lost 1kg from all the extra walking around the larger shop!

For any locals, we're having a sale at the moment to celebrate the opening of the extension. Lots of great goodies on sale, and it wraps up on Saturday the 15th.

9 comments:

Sharon said...

LOL Sam I was talking to one of your collegues out at the Quilt show a couple of weekends agao and she - while I was mixing and matching fat 1/4s was telling me about the extention... I said to her that I wondered if one day the OUTSIDE shop would become known as Patchwork with Gail B with Keith Faggs Tile shop on the INSIDE....In other words doing a complete reversal!!!!!

Jantine said...

I am sorry to hear about your dad. hope hi will be able to get treatment and it will work well....
The quilt you made your mom is great, I can see why she loved it. Enjoy the shop!

Borboleta Serrana said...

Hi:)
Only today I meet you.
Sorry about your dad.

I want to thank you the share of your designs. I'm going to stitch all!
I hope you understand my English!!!

Ozjane said...

Pray that all goes well for your Dad.
Love the quilt for your Mum.
I love the Moda Scrap bags especially when Hancocks have free shipping and I got a couple that were the same........but I did the same type of quilting you are doing on the bags.....long story but they will be the most recent blog entry under bags.........after the flu they may get finished

韋于倫成 said...

keep sharing with us, please....I will waiting your up date everyday!! Have a nice and relax day! ..................................................

韋于倫成 said...

far from eye, far from heart. ....................................................

Lucky-1 said...

My prayers for your dad and that quilt is beautiful...... and the shop...well its a drool factor in my books.

韋成 said...

找一個懂妳的人也期許自己做一個人懂別人的人..................................................

ShilaLong嘉雯 said...

呵。。。。好可愛~~..................................................