What just happened? Was that a weekend? A week? This time of year is always a blur for us at MO. We wrap up our BOM's and set our sights on the NSW Quilt Show which is coming up 12-16 June. It means we look hard at what we are doing and pack up the best of it for all the visitors to the show. This year the guild has over 400 quilts to hang which I think is a record and would certainly mean that it is worth at least one full day wandering amongst the quilts if not two...
However, life goes on and things happen inside and outside the shop. In the past analogies of hurdle races and marathons have been made as a plan is set and then one interruption after another makes the path...well...exciting? Frightening? MANIC!
For Christmas this year my boys gave me a voucher for a spa treatment. Recently there have been a few comments about the fact that I hadn't used it yet. So, I set the appointment regardless of my "BUSY" schedule and headed over for a full facial. For me, breaking the pace is hard. BUT..BUT...it was the perfect experience. I headed over toMissy's Place in Willoughby. What I found was a business not unlike my own. Here's their philosophy:
- where clients have the best treatments
- where staff love being and who love their clients
- that is relaxed but has an air of grace and specialness about it
- where clients feel cared about, nurtured
- where you leave feeling better than when you arrived
- where therapists inspire each other to be better
- where like minded therapists all come together to be successful
- that is part of the community
- that is fun and leaves you smiling
- that is based on relationships
It was that and more. I felt my worries, plans, schedules and stresses leave my body as my face drank up the moisture treatment. Bliss. Really relaxing bliss. I left my treatment floating on a cloud of happy. My face felt incredible, my brain was relaxed and well, I just had to talk about it because good things are good to share. I always laugh at myself as I walk out the door and immediately start running to the next "thing"! Last week after 30 days of dry, glistening sun we had a dump of rain. Number 2 son is a rugby coach and despite the rain and his recent shoulder surgery he was a training with the boys. As his post surgery designated driver I get to see him in action and on this occassion, late in the evening and in the cold rain I witnessed his team having the time of their life tackling each other in the mud. As they ran off to the warm clean cars I heard them say, "that was the best training ever!" I stood as an observer under my umbrella smiling at the memories of my boys playing rugby in the backyard in conditions like this...mud everywhere and the thrill of being absolutely out of routine. Cute? Is that the word?
Saturday was our usual round up of sports but at the end of the day the house promised to clear! I was relishing the thought of being ALONE! Alone and accompanied by only my fabrics and sewing machine to work on a few exciting projects!!! Before the house emptied I got to hang around these handsome guys as they prepared for a Casino Royal party. They were surprisingly animated despite their sophisticated gear and the unmistakable thrill of heading off to a party that promised to be fun made me yearn to be 17 again...if that is possible! The car ride to the party was one full of easy laughs, sly remarks in secret teenage code for..."lets party" and as I drove off my mind filled with memories of that feeling...that special feeling of promise which now usually comes from a stack of fabric...oh dear.
On a completely different kid front, we all googled over Alice Babidge's recent Design Award in In Style Magazine. Yes, our Cath has raised a pretty talented gal and doesn't she just look the part!
Need a closer look? Full of talent and promise Alice is reaching her stride in costume and theatre. I love hearing stories about her work, travel and success. Its a different kind of thrill that we experience through our kids when they take their life in their own hands and do something wonderful!
Ok. Back to class! Deidre has added a bit more to her medallion quilt which is really exciting. Those butterflies are just taking off and the evidence is in the motion of the border.
Judy has chosen to do one of the medallions in Kaffe's V&A book and her colour sense is working overtie. There are a variety of fabric styles here bu they are working beautifully together.
Sue is onto her final border carrying on the square theme. Katha, a visitor to Sydney and our classes brought along some random fabrics which she is pulling together with the Alexander Henry fabric.
Audrey is using the same fabric but it looks really different with her borders made from a quilt she started but never finished about 10 years ago! That is using your stash....
As per usual, there is always at least one person making a quilt that matches their clothes!
Helena was working with the Madonna fabric and wanted to do something a bit different with it. She used our Sunburst template and a bit of lateral thinking and came up with this fab block...
I have decided to book into Wendy's class. Every time I go down there I get drawn into what they are doing. Rhonda has taken Wendy's Flannel Scarf project and added a bit of her own needle woman talents to make these flowers.
Need a closer look????
Immediately upon seeing these flannel flowers I am transported to the bush and walking along a path surrounded by the delicate flannel flowers. These softer than soft flowers are a marvel to me as they sit quietly in perfect beauty in such a harsh setting...surrounded by prickly plants and deadly snakes the beg to be touched softly...just like these reproductions. The other great reason to visit this class beside the good work being done is that Rhonda generally brings us something chocolate and gooey for morning tea!
Wendy always gives a good lesson. What do you think of this advance preview of one of our next bom's????
Or how about these bags for the Quilt Show!!!!! Ho Ho Ho....merry Christmas!! Creative gifts all around.
So whooooooshing out of here to see what is in store this week! Is it my imagination or is it just getting better and better to be a quilter these days? k