Not sure why it is already so close to christmas....
What have I been doing, well my daughter had Mia Jade nearly 10 weeks ago and is now mother to four beautiful girls.
My lovely son and wife are expecting their first child at the end of march, yes the family is growing and we are loving it.
I spend 3 1/2 up north in August to help my daughter, home a few weeks, three weeks holiday to the US with two friends and having a great time. Back a few weeks and last weekend we had the 60km walk to raise money to find a cure for women's cancer.
The event raised $ 3.5 million dollars and we had 1346 walkers....... Feet are blistered and I was told three nail will come off. Never mind it was worth is, friend and myself walked 53 km out of the 60 km and are very proud.
We have signed up to do it all again.
With that the fundraising will soon start over and I can show you a few small quilts coming up for auction soon. These quilts are a challenge I set the quilters using my scraps.
Once I have all the quilts I will get someone to pick three winners, mind you I think they are all winners and will start the auction. The quilts are within 40" square and I will give sizes, quilt owners and their blog when starting the auction.
I am having my last day in the US with two friends and we have had a fantastic time at Baltimore on the Prairie and Kansas as well as Lancaster PA. We are now here in LA and fly out tonight.
This is my third trip and was the best as we did not have to put up with being abused, stressed and made to feel like children. Happy times ....... All round
The scrap quilt challenge I set about 10 quilters is coming to the finish and I will soon post pictures of the little quilts, there will be three winners and I will get an independent person picking those.
These little quilts will than be auctioned and i am hoping some of you might like one.
I will post details on how soon, the processed are going to The End women's cancer walk and if we make lots pick second charity.
I received this lovely pin cushion in a swap organised by Maree, thank you to Stephanie for making this for me.
It is the one with the hexagons on top, the cupcake came from the US as well as the small chicken and the large chicken was made by my friend Deidre.
This little quilt can be yours, just leave the word SOLD in the comment. All you need to do is make payment on the link below, all proceeds go to Cancer Research and help me raise the funds to walk 60km in October at the End Women's Cancer walk.
The quilt was made by myself, it is 7 x 9 inches and made using reproduction fabrics. I am planning on adding another quilt on friday.
Just wondering if I could get some help regarding driving from Seneca Kansas to LA, I have googled three different routes and am wondering if there is any advise on what roads to travel on and so on.
Any help would be very much appreciated, also are there any must see shops or antique places.
The third question we need to stay over night in different places and are there Hotel/ Motels that are better than others?
Thank you everyone, also thank you to everyone leaving a comment on my previous page regarding
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.
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.