Did you know I love a great cup of coffee? Not the ones that have so much milk in it that you might as well be drinking milk....
At one of my favourite Coffee places at Brighton Eclectea they also sell vintage stuff and when I say stuff I mean stuff.
Vintage, retro furniture, retro clothes, cups saucer you get the picture.
While there last week they had this lovely Cami hanging there, well not not for me as it isn't my style or size,grin but check out the suffolk puffs on it.
Well i needed new walking shoes as the ones i had did not fit right.
I went to A-mart All Sports and a lovely young man took pitty on me and helped me decide on this great pair of shoes.
Yes the price tag was right up there, but with a 25% discount i survived the checkout.
They are Asics and Gel Kayano 19, i have a bad knee and need good support and I can walk easy 7klm at this stage.
As you know I am getting ready for the End Women's Cancer walk at the end of October and we then will have to walk 60 klm over two days.
I have reached my half way mark raising the $ 2000 for me to walk.
If you follow my blog you know that I am going to take part in the:
End Women's Cancer Walk here in Brisbane on the last weekend in October, it is 60klm walk over two days.
To take part I need to raise $ 2000 minimum, the money goes 100% to Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Women's Hospital in Brisbane, as soon as a donation is made the money is available to them.
Even if you are not in Australia, research and advances will benefit us all.
Now to my giveaway, if you make a $10 donation to my page here
you go in the draw to win the current Down Under Quilt magazine, a car sticker and one of my patterns.
The current magazine has a picture of my Dresden Plate Quilt that I used for the stickers and I am happy to sign the page. There is also a block made by Lurline in this issue too, right next to mine.
I am feeling a little emotional this morning and this is why:
I had day surgery yesterday and I guess the anesthetic is playing with my head. Anyhow I am home and feeling good and waiting to get the results hopefully by Monday.
As I put some things away this morning in to a trunk I came across a drawing and it is my Dad.
He is the real reason why I am doing the 60 klm walk, while it is called End Women's cancer walk, I am sure it will also benefit cancer in Men.
My Dad was my step dad and he married my mother in 1964 when I was just 3 years old. He met my Mother at a dance and ask her out, she said you need to know that I have seven children at home.
He laughed and said: Look you only have to say no if you don't want to meet again and she said no no it is true my husband left and I have seven children.
They arranged for him to come and visit and we all lined up at the door, he came with chocolate's and we told him that we didn't like those. My Dad thought that we must be very spoilt children, anyhow he stayed and became my Dad.
My only Dad.
We moved to Australia in 1983 and visited Germany in 1986 for three month and again in 1991, but this time because my Dad was sick with a brain tumor and not long to live.
I spend nearly three month with him, not the Dad I had but my sick Dad, I never forget the day I had to say goodbye to him for the last time, the kids had to go back to school in Australia and we had to leave.
We left in August and he past away in November, he wanted to around for his 25th wedding anniversary and made it.
He sat on the hospital bench near the lift with those very sad blue eyes and that is how I remember him.
The drawing of him should be in a frame but i can't bring myself to hang it up and that is why it was in the trunk.
I got it when my two sister came to visit and we went to the local country market, i didn't realise but they arranged to have this drawing done from one of his passport photos and didn't tell me.
So I couldn't understand why they wanted to go back to the market the next weekend.
We walk around and as we came past this cottage i look around and saw this drawing hanging on the veranda looking at me, stopped and staid to my sisters: look at that it could be Dad, they laughed and I cried.
It first I was very angry for them to do this to me, but I do love the drawing with one exception:
My Dad had the bluest eyes.
Thank you for letting me share this and if you can support my walk, you can buy a sticker or donate.
Details are in the previous post.
Thank you for all your lovely comments, I thought I should write a little more about the 60klm walk.
It will be done over two days on the last weekend in October 2013, I have plenty of time to get ready.
I am doing about an hour everyday ( only just started training) enjoying walking by the ocean.
The money raised will be given to the Queensland Medical Institute of Research and hopefully one day find a cure for any cancer.
All participants need to raise $2000 and I do have a homepage here: Christine Cohrs
I appreciate any support you can give me or my team, there are three others taking part and they are Deidre, her daughter Sarah and Jo and they too are raising $2000 each.
In my previous post you find the offer for one of my patterns, all you have to do is donate minimum of $10 via my page and email me your details and I get it posted.
For others living in Brisbane, Sharon at Patches has kindly offered to have one of my Quilts hanging and selling Raffle tickets for me, they are $2 each or three for $5.
For every $5 donated you get three tickets in the draw and the quilt will be drawn on the first Thursday in July.
This is the quilt up for Raffle.
The Dresden plate logo you see is a car sticker and 3 x 5 inches in size, it is a sun and waterproof sticker made from vinyl, the quilt in the background is mine and I will have these for sale very soon.
They are going to be $10 each, if you are interested let me know and I put your name on the list, they are available in about 7 days.
Sorry I have been very quiet on the blog front, but been busy with FB... I need more time,grin.
Anyhow all is well and I am getting some sewing done, the other thing I have decided to do is take part in a 60km walk over two days on the last weekend in October to raise money for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital to end women's cancer.
For this I need to raise some funds and would love your help with a small donation, click on the link End Women's cancer
To make a donation, three chances for every $ 5 donated
Sorry Australia only as posting the quilt overseas would be to expensive.
The quilt will be drawn on the first Thursday in July.
How do you stop the rumor mill, would you care that it was going on? Well I guess it was to happen after my last trip to the USA and what has come to light.
I will not mention businesses or names but think I just put it out there what I have done and why.
The issue I had was paying for someone/something that I was not told about and have decided after advise to take it to QCAT, here in Australia it is the small claims tribunal and I have a date in court for this.
Have tried to sort it without taking this road but failed.
Now it is me, myself and I that has decided to do this, just in case people feel they know better.
Getting ready for work, hope you all have a great day.
On the sewing front, after years of needle turn appliqué I have given the back basting method a go and find it great as the piece is very secure when stitching and no pins left in the work when you needle turn. Fun fun and more fun.
I have made up eight bags so far and they are all taken, if you like to play email me private.
Should be fun and no pressure.
I have also sorted two of the three prizes and they are all donated by me.
1st prize to finalise. But will have a $50 voucher to spend plus..... More
2nd prize look below, a book, needle and a beautiful tool to help you close your safety pins
3rd prize a charm pack fabrics, clover needle threaded and needles
Come on and play.
I have a few bags that will be a little less challenging as they are more coordinated.
Btw I am also doing the challenge but will not go in to the draw for the giveaways and will ask someone else to pick the three winners.
Who wants to play ( if you are international and want to play, you will need to send me a self addressed envelope asap that holds 500g )
I would like to use my scraps.
Send me a self address 500g satchel and I fill it with my scraps and return it to you to use for your challenge quilt.
The idea is easy, make something with my scrap ( some or all ) you can add up to a meter of your own fabric and make a small quilt.
You will also have to provided backing, batting and binding.
It can be anything between 20 x 30 inches and up to 40 inches square. It can be made by hand, machine anyway you like.
Example of sizes:
20 x 30
20 x 35
20 x 40
30 x 40
and so on
Once you get your scrap bag please post a picture of your scraps on your blog or send me a picture and I post them on mine and get sewing.
The quilt needs to be finished by 30th September 2013 and be posted back to me as I would like to auction them in early October via my blog and donate the money raise to charity of your choice (i e. send me your favourite charity and I draw from those the winning charity)
There are three prizes to be won and they are yet to be finalised and be announced as soon as I can.
Any business reading this if you would like to donated towards the prizes please email me private.
Come on and play.
Tuesday was a difficult day for myself and my husband as our daughter left on a flight with her three beautiful girls to meet with her husband 1500km away form us.
Tried to be strong but couldn't hold back the tears as I hug them goodbye, spend the last three days crying my eyes out.
Tonight was wonderful as the phone rang and a little voice said hallo Oma can you give us a call back if you have time? We get free national calls and they don't of course I have time, it was lovely to speak with the two older ones, but I miss them all so much.
Even my husband cried on and off on Tuesday and I didn't realise until then how much it is affecting him too.
I must try and get in to my sewing room and create and be happy about knowing all went well with the big move and I am visiting very soon.
Thanks again for listening and I promise the next post will be happy and pictures of some sewing.
I often wonder why we say that it is good for us to learn lessons in life by going through them?
2012 however has taught me another lesson and that is to trust my instinct when it comes to people.
Over the years I have stopped doing it as I thought I should always try and see the best in people first.
The lesson I have learned is that don't trust what someone tells you and not check for yourself, I have been told one thing and another was the truth and it has cost me a considered amount of money.
Money I could have spend on my family and not on someone else's travel ( if you are reading this, yes I am talking about you, hope you sleep well at night).
I now have to make a decision on where to go from here as I have been advised to take it further.
2013 is going to be a new start, a more assertive me, lots of visits to my grand babies and spending quality time with friends and family.
Forgot another trip to the US with a couple of friends without having to stroke someones ego and paying for them too.
Feeling better now that this is of my chest, thanks for listening.
Happy New Year to you all and sorry about being so quiet here on my blog. Time has just not been right and I will try and get back in to the swing of things.
The biggest change will be coming on Tuesday as my beautiful daughter and her family will be moving 1500klm away from us. As for all that know me, this will be very difficult for me. I see my lovely three little munchkins just about everyday and I worry about them being so far away.
Guess when my husband and I decided to move our little family in 1983 all the way to Australia we didn't think how it would affect the rest of the family. Guess what now I know and I don't like it.
On a happier note, I have listed some items on my Facebook page and will work out a link if you care to have a look sometime.
Have been doing a little sewing and got some appliqué done.
I have also got a pattern set for sale called Afternoon Delight by Sue Garman and it is $65 including postage in Australia.
Have stitched one block, it is the pinky/ red appliqué one.
If you can please make a donation to the American Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, there is so much to do, so many people in shelters. Let me know if you made a donation and you go in the draw for this small quilt, I am still hand quilting it. I will draw the winner November 30th. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I know we had so much support from all over the world when we needed it and it would be lovely to give a little back.
I have added a Button on my right side about Inklingo, if you ever wanted to know more just click on it and you will be taken to the site and you receive wonderful information, there are lots of freebies to try too.
Have bought myself the DWR, plus Apple Core design and started printing on fabric.
It is so easy with a cheap bubble jet printer , you just iron on the fabric to freezer paper and print, once it is printed you peel the paper off before cutting out, it can be re-used for more printing.
The freezer paper I have used is C. Jenkins 50 A4 sheets in a pack. I got it from Melbourne. Just google the brand and you will get info on shops that stock it here in Australia.
Any problems let me know.
My friend Deidre has started hand pieces her DWR quilt using this method, it is going to be a wedding gift.
Doing a little crochet, my longarm is still under cover, grin it is time to get her going again.
Just been in touch with the shop in the US where I got the wool and lucky they still have more as I need it.
Here is a better picture of my Basket quilt top and I am offering the fabrics for 100 baskets ( each piece 4 x 5inches )and pattern sheet for $ 35 plus postage.
You will have to provide your own backing fabric, email me if you are interested. I have a few fabrics for a similar centre baskets otherwise there will be enough to make four smaller baskets without the centre large one.
My backings are shirting fabrics and I used about 10 different ones.
I have been quiet again and think I know why, I use my ipad a lot and haven't worked out how to publish images to my blog, so I read and don't post.
So tonight I am sitting here with my lap top posting to you. I have just noticed that my 5th anniversary is coming up and will have to think about a giveaway.
Have been teaching for one day up at Buderim about a week ago for some lovely ladies from Stanthope, we had a lovely day and they spend about five days on retreat.
The quilt show has been and gone and I did not go, oh well next year.
I have however finished my small whole cloth quilt before going to the US and it is now on my dining room table.
Bought the lovely book in the front of the picture at Purl Soho in New York.
I have also finished my basket quilt top, sorry the image is not very clear, I am thinking of offering starter kits with the basket fabrics I have used as well as the pattern, let me know if you are interested, background not included, there will be about 100 different 4 x 5 inch pieces of fabric, pattern sheet plus postage.
Will take a better picture tomorrow as this is not very good.
I also met this lovely Lady at Baltimore on the Prairie and she started to show me three quilts she had made for her daughters milestones, didn't take us long to work out that both our daughters have the same birthday, same date, same year....
Good morning everyone and thank you to all that have left comments on my last post, I will soon be answering comments again, nearly back to feeling normal again.
I was thinking about going to the upcoming Queensland quilt show and wondering if anyone would like to meet as a bloggers meet, say lunch time.
If you are interested let me know the day you are thinking of going and I try and organise something.
I have purchased my first Inklingo patterns and downloaded them, today I will set up my new cheap inkjet printer ( that is what you need ) and will do some printing.
Look out for the post, if you like check out Linda's site www.inklingo.com and look for some freebies for you to try.
Let her know I sent you and if you have problems she is only an email away.
Have a great day.
Ps. Getting ready to teach a full day class for a quilting group going on retreat at Circle retreat Buderim.
If you need a break check it out here: www.circleretreat.com.au
Good morning to anyone that is still coming to visit my blog, sorry it has been so long.
I have been on my trip to the US and Canada and it should have been a trip of a lifetime, well it wasn't all that as it did have some issues and disappointments.
I won't go in to details, but thank you to a number of people that made the trip bearable and still enjoyable for a good part of the trip.
On the quilting front not much is happening at the moment and I am hoping to get in to sewing very soon.
While in Canada we were lucky to meet Linda Franz from Inklingo and what a lovely lady she is.
Go and check out her website as it will change your mind about hand piecing verses paper piecing.
I am going to give it a go and with her blessing will look in to teaching some classes soon.
The other thing I finally managed and yes don't laugh is hand quilting using a hoop, many of you know I teach lap quilting and have tried many many times to use a hoop and thimble.
After taking a one day class with Nadine Thompson the penny dropped, I won't stop lap quilting but I will now include quilting in a hoop. Yay for me and thank you Nadine.
Baltimore on the Prairie was wonderful, great tutors, great organisers, wonderful food and lovely accommodation. I would like to return if funds permit.
New York was interesting but to busy for my liking and the hotel was terrible. Yes it was central but did not feel safe or comfortable at all, nor was the accommodation in Omaha.
I guess paying the amount we did for the trip I would have thought all our accommodation would be of similar standard to what we had at Niagara Falls or Toronto.
I loved purl soho, a beautiful shop in New York and wonderful staff. Thanks to Glen we did find two lovely quilt shops in Omaha and also thanks to some lovely ladies at Baltimore on the Prairie for driving us Aussie to the Quilted Moose, great shop amazing choice of fabrics and yes we did send parcels home.
Washington DC was a great place to visit and I would go again with my husband, four of us got to the Dar museum only to be told they have just taking down a quilt exebition and that there are none for us to see.
I had met a lady at BOTP and she told me about quilts in the back room that are there to pull out, we pleaded with the young man setting up a new exebition. He got permission for us to go and have a look at them.
Well , they included the Mary Mannakee quilt and five other appliqué quilts, we could take pictures but are not allowed to show them here. Trust me they made the trip worth while.
Anyway that is enough from me for now, I will be back shortly with some picture.
Have a great day
If you have ask me for a pattern and have not received it as yet I have
Posted the last six letters today.
Had to go and buy some more envelopes, sorry for the delay.
I need to stitch another 20 and am waiting for some background fabrics, hopefully it will arrive tomorrow.
I have had another visit to the dietician and happy news lost another 2 kg and am now very close to having lost 25 kg.
Life is great....
Now I am having a giveaway and if you like to enter just leave a comment and make sure I can email you of you are the winner.
The giveaway is a copy of the latest Quilter's Companion #56 , it is the one with my quilt in it.
Have a great day.
Ps. I have posted all the Basket patterns and hopefully they will arrive in your letter boxes soon.
Yes me again, I have just heard for the designer Irene Blanck and her version is going to be available at three different shops very soon.
As soon as she gets in touch on when they are in the shops I will pass on the info to you here.
Have a great day.
I have just heard form the shop and apparently the pattern is no longer available, no reason given and I am not sure why that would be.
If I hear any more I will let you all know.
Sorry for anyone that has tried.
or as Irene Blanck calls her version: Auntie Green's Garden
I am glad to have large sliding doors as I could tape part of the pattern ( this is the centre ) on one door for tracing to my fabric, i only trace the bare minimum for placement.
If you have always loved the quilt you can get the pattern from Threadbear in Victoria Australia, for the price the pattern is $ 55 plus postage.
Now that beats the price someone else here in Australia is going to charge, a whooping $ 720 for the pattern only, no mistake that is what the BOM is going to cost.
Once you have picked yourself up of the floor do yourself a favour and check out the above website.
Irene's version is minus the last applique border, but it already measure 78 x 90 inches ( big enough for me), you could design the last applique border with the elements of the previous one.
Anyhow, have a great weekend.
Edit: looks like the pattern is not listed as yet, if you click on their newsletter and open the one for June 2012 you can read all about it and order.