Last week someone I did not know left a comment on my Sartorial Elegance post, so I followed the link to her blog to check out another soul who loves warm feet, only to find a photo of a quilting hoop and stand, with a plea asking if anyone knew where such a thing could be purchased in Australia, as the stand for hers had been lost somehow .
Knowing that I had a very similar one sitting unused in the attic, I offered to sell it if she was interested, depending on where she lived, so imagine my surprise when it turned out she was only 50 kms away……A couple more emails back and forth, a price negotiated, and then a visit from Lizzie on Sunday to collect it. Over a coffee in the sun on my verandah we discussed quilting histories, children, dogs and gardens, finding many things in common, including both having come to Australia from the UK when teenagers. As Lizzie was leaving, I happened to mention Squilters, thinking she might enjoy this great online community, only to be told she had joined a few weeks back, with the encouragement of one of her friends who lives in the far north of the state. When I enquired who this might be, it was someone I knew, and whose daughter had been a member of my quilting group when I lived in Melbourne, as well as both of us being on the committee that organised the Bendigo Retreat for Squilters in 2007 ! The daughter had been at school with one of Lizzie’s sons, and the mother was godmother to one of her other children. It really is a small world, but thanks to the Internet, it seems to be getting smaller, and it seems I have made another friend.
I have not been doing much quilting recently, preferring to work on smaller, embroidered or textured things. Like most of us I have several quilts started, but not near completion, so decided that I would actually like to get some finished, and was itching to do something with fabric and my machine to get my hand in again………I decided on a pot quilted potholder. Simple, straight forward, quick, and something to add a bit of colour to the kitchen. Wrong! A perfect example of Murphy’s Law in practice. Everything that could go wrong – did! I, who once made this big log cabin quilt for my daughter that was featured in Down Under Quilts…..
stuffed it up…….
It just didn’t look right…….the strips were different sizes, the colour sequence and middle was wrong, the seams were not straight, the machine thread kept breaking, etc etc……so I threw it in the bin and made another, and then a second just for further practice!
I think I might be able to begin on the UFO now……….