Sunday, December 15, 2013

Need Not Be Present To Win...

...but turns out you do need to be present to sew. Who knew? There's always hand work, of course, but then I really would never get anything finished.

The trip to Australia/New Zealand was fantastic. Every day was a new adventure. If forced to choose one favorite event, it would be climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  About four hours, 1332 steps to the top, 134 metres (about 440 feet) high. I was terrified!

Second equally favorite moment - as we came through the tunnel in New Zealand, the bus driver played "What a Wonderful World."  I had a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat on the last drawn out note of "woooooorrrrlllllllddddddd."

And yes, I found quilt shops in Australia and New Zealand! (Of Course!) Fabric is EXPENSIVE...about $22 a metre (little more than a yard).

I came back from Australia with no chance to recover from jet lag - The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show opened at the AUC Woodruff Library. We hung over 70 quilts, and the opening was great. So great that the library asked if we could extend the show until May, 2014! Atlanta friends who are interested, let's go to lunch and then see the show!

111 James P. Brawley Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA.
Library Hours to view the exhibit:
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Noon to 6:00 PM

Then I had jury duty for two and half weeks on a murder trial - couldn't believe I was selected! It was awful! I thought my liberal California butt would be excused by our conservative local Law and Order court by lunch time, but alas, 'twas not to be. I had PTSD after that trial. Just starting to recover.

But this is a blog about quilting...I've gotten a few things done. Here's an update from September to now...

Just before I left for Australia, I completed my block for the outgoing East Cobb Quilt Guild President's Quilt:
The quilt was designed by incoming president Ben Hollingsworth, and it is beautiful. I didn't get a picture of the completed quilt at guild meeting on Friday, but will post when I get one. Also, I was installed as Third Vice President - Membership on Friday.

New friend Bobbie got a shoe quilt wallhanging for her birthday:

And I finished piecing the Waterfalls top I started in Montana. I want to use it as a teaching sample.
All this traveling has been fun, but I have really missed having time to sew. I have three trips planned in 2014, but I'm not going to add any big trips (little weekend trips to quilt shows don't count), no matter what comes up. No, really.
Dear Sleep: I know we had problems when I was younger...but I love you now.
My bed is way more comfortable in the morning than it is at night.


Livin' Blue Quilter said...

Happy to see that you made it back and had a good time. You get so much travel in; I am still trying to get one of Judy Niemeyer's classes. They sell out before I can get one. I will continue to try. Beautiful quilts, especially waterfalls. I have that pattern...waiting for a class. Welcome Back!!!

lenasdaughter said...

Judy's classes aren't that hard to get into...matter of fact, now would be the perfect time if you want to try for Asilomar. Yes, they fill up quickly, but waitlist anything you are interested in. It's hard to sign up for something a year ahead of time, and plans always change. When I signed up for the February session, I was waitlisted, and quickly got in. In addition, when it's time to pay up, folks don't have the money, so something always opens up. If you want to go to Montana, she has lots of openings for the sessions she is teaching with Certified Instructors. Waterfalls is easy...don't waste your hard earned U.S. Dollars on a class with Judy for that one.

I got a little too much travel in this past year. I planned Australia way in advance, and then Ireland came up. Glad I went, because they've cacelled the 2014 Festival. Hugs!