If only they were always this angelic!
If only they were always this angelic!

Not much sewing happening at the moment as I am away visiting the new grandbaby and his family. Melbourne’s weather is rather depressing – cold, wet, windy. Took myself off yesterday for a small expedition while baby howled non-stop.  Happened upon the charming town of Gisborne, just off the Calder Hwy – it has a lovely patchwork shop – had a very calm, serene feel to it.

Also discovered that Gisborne has no fewer than 5 Op Shops so collected a few treasures.


And speaking of treasures, I just happened to be chatting to a friend of my daughters and somehow the subject of paper ephemera came up (as it does), and he mentioned that he has quite a collection.  He was kind enough to lend me an album full of WW1 era postcards to a young woman called Gwen who lived in Fairfield Victoria.  Most of them were sent to her from her brother and a friend who were serving in France.

I have scanned all these at high resolution and will be printing them onto fabric when I get home.


SAQA Oceania collection and blog hop

my quilt "Private Property"
my quilt “Private Property”

One of my resolutions when I retired and had more time to do the things I wanted was to join SAQA.  Every ear they have a fund raiser involving small (12 inch square) quilts made by members.  I am paticipating for the first time this year with my little quilt “Private Property”.

All 425 donations can be viewed here.

The Oceania collection can be viewed here.

During July, August and September SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Oceania members will be sharing the creativity behind their Benefit Auction quilts.  Follow the Oceania Collection Blog Hop to get a peek into the work of each artist.  The blog hop kicks off on 16 July with Sue Dennis.

Come back and visit me on 2 September to read about the inspiration for this little quilt and the techniques used in making it.

Normal service is resumed

Hmm – it would seem there has been an unscheduled (and largely inexplicable) interruption to this blogging service.  Oh well, I’m back now.

My first year of retirement has just passed, and on the one hand, I don’t know where the time has gone – but OTOH, it has been a big adjustment.  As much as I planned, prepared for, anticipated and welcome retirement there is no escaping that it  is a major life change and it takes a while to adjust.  My biggest adjustment is having to manage my own time without the discipline of external influences to make me get things done in a certain timeframe.  I thrive on deadlines – the shorter the better – so when I don’t have any my time management skills are shot – in short – if I have all day to do something, that is how long it will take me!

Hmm, have some work to do to figure out how to manage that.

In the meantime, another major life event has occurred – the safe arrival of grandson #3.

Baby Max aged 6 days
Max Dowling Campbell aged 6 days

Here he is contemplating life on the quilt I made for his Mum when she was little.  Said Mum is clever photographer, Clare Metcalf.

Isn’t he deliciously cuddly looking?  Can’t wait for my first kisses and cuddles when we go to Melbourne in  couple of days.