Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 has Started

Wow!  It's been some time since I wrote anything on my blog.  It's been a crazy two years.  Two of my sons have had many problems and it has been a challenging time - both in terms of my time and my emotions.  I think I've become wracked with anxiety at times and it has frozen my ability to take action on many fronts.

But through it all I have continued to sew - I think there have been times when without sewing I would have lost it completely.  Sometimes I have achieved very little and other times, I've achieved more.  But the ability to immerse myself in quilting has saved my mind and soul in many a difficult moment.

I'm hoping to become more prolific on my blog in the next twelve months.  Not only with my sewing, but we are planning to move north near Childers, Queensland.  We have owned a block of land here for 8 years.  By the end of 2017 we hope to have made the move here permanently.  It's a scary thought to be moving 6 hours away, but exciting at the same time.
Part of our block of land at sunset.

My oldest son and his partner are making the move with us.  We are building a new house - which is very exciting.  So, it's time to cull and sort and plan.  What to take and what to leave - big questions.

My parents moved into a Nursing Home in November 2016.  So, their house also needs sorting.

My two swimmers are continuing their campaigns to get to National Age Champions in April, so there will be lots of Swim Meets and training and all things associated with sport at a higher level.  Lots of early mornings as well - 4 mornings a week we get up at 3 to be on the road at 4am, so it keeps me busy.

I'm enjoying the holidays - as always.  I'm loving the lack of structure to my days and the ability to relax and take life a little more slowly.  This will, of course, include lots of sewing.

I have finished this quilt top between Christmas and New Year - Jane's Garden, by Veronica Appleyard of Appleyard Cottage.  I loved every moment of this stunning quilt.  Can't wait to get it quilted.

Another of my favourite quilts that I'm working on as a Block of the Month is Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses - I'm getting my blocks from Sandy Cousins of Shiralee Sitches.  I'm up to Block 28 of 56.  Beautiful colours selected by Sandy.  Can't wait to see this one finished.

Looking forward to a great 2017