Missing in Action

Honestly, I live the craziest of lives. I went out to dinner with some friends over the weekend and they joked that they are going to make me a quilt that says: Which Part of ‘NO’ Don’t You Understand?  I laughed along with them – it’s a concept that I’ve always struggled with. The trouble is that saying ‘yes’ opens up so many opportunities to get involved, to meet and share with people, to push creativity and to hone decision making and time management skills. All of which I love, although the time management skills can be a bit of a challenge.

The very next day another friend came up to me to tell me that she and her husband had enjoyed spending time with my husband at a recent social event. (He had to go solo as I was 350km away at a quilting event!) One of the things my wonderfully supportive hubby said to them was: I get up to go to the loo in the middle of the night and she’s STILL quilting! Guilty as charged….time management misjudgement sometimes means working late into the night!!

So….I’ve set some goals. Less quilting, more exercise, less nibbling, more healthy eating. Definitely more sleeping. Any bets on how long I’ll last?

Since I’ve come back from Morocco and the UK last September, the Queensland family made the decision to sell up and move to Adelaide so I now have both of my children and all three grandchildren in the one city.

I’m going to make the most of it as they plan to return to Canada in 2020.

It has been wonderful having us all together. The two three year old girls are just 6 weeks apart in age and they are adorable together. One is crazy about all things Peppa Pig and the other about Paw Patrol (especially  Skye), so both had appropriately themed birthday cakes in recent months.


We have regular family dinners, the mums meet up weekly for hikes and playground fun with all three kids and the girls often sleep over at Grandma’s house. When they welcome and farewell each other the girls hug and they can be frequently seen holding hands as in this photo taken last weekend at the beach.

The baby boy whose birth I blogged about last July is growing into a gorgeous young man. He is the happiest baby I have ever seen – always smiling at the world around him.

The Canadian in-laws headed Down Under recently to spend time with the family in their new home and new city. Adelaide is ever so dry. At the time of their visit we had had almost 100 days without rain, so we’re not looking our prettiest. However they had lots of fun exploring and spending time with the grandchildren and getting to know the Aussie side of the family a bit more. The four grandparents had a day out and about with Isla, a very rare event.

Four very happy grandparents.

I made the decision last year too to expand my quilting skills so this precious baby (Penny Q) came to live at our house. I named her for our absolutely wonderful Bernina dealer, Otto Windler . He and his wife, Penny, started their dealership a gazillion years ago here in Adelaide and he is one of those people who don’t need a surname. Mention the word Otto to any quilter, embroiderer or dressmaker around the entire State and they know who we’re talking about.

She’s waaay bigger than we have room for so we’ve been looking for a new (to us) house for several months now. Trouble is we seem to have too many ‘not negotiable’ check boxes so success is elusive. Frustratingly the very first house we looked at and rejected would have been our best choice….but at the time we didn’t want to fall into the trap of saying yes to the first house we saw and liked.

I’ve loved working with her, but it’s time to move out of my comfort zone on her and expand my horizons. This is one of the latest quilts done I’ve done on her (from a recent edition of the online Make Modern magazine). I’ve kinda fallen in love with the more modern style of quilting – there’s not a feather in sight on this one! I love ruler work, but I need to refine my self guided quilting skills.

This quilt was part of a recent exhibition at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. I was asked by Bernina Australia to be their guest quilter this year and this was one of the quilts that I took over for display. I won’t bore you with yet more AQC photos but if you missed the weekend’s social media postings (including a few videos of yours truly and some detailed shots of the quilts that I had on display) then check out Bernina Australia’s Facebook page for April 5th – 8th, 2018.

It was a wonderful weekend for a whole bunch of reasons (the Facebook postings say it all), but I think that the one of the best was catching up with friends (Pip came over from Hobart and as we hadn’t seen each other since returning from our wonderful trip last year we had lots to catch up on) as well as meeting lots of new ones.

We also went to see this:

I LOVED it!! Tapestry was one of my favourite albums back in the early 70’s.

I’ll keep you posted on all of those good intentions and try to be a better blogger. Darn, another intention to add to the list!

‘Til next time,


6 thoughts on “Missing in Action

  1. HI Chris,
    it’s great reading all of this and seeing the photos of everyone. Y0u certainly have changed your quilting style from when we first met – a lifetime ago now – and all you do looks brilliant. I’ll never attempt any of this, but I’ll keep on stitching anyway. Looking foward to catching up soon. Hugz

  2. Great to hear about your quilting/family adventures. Two beautiful little girls. Enjoy them while you can they don’t stay little long. Keep on quilting,

  3. Lovely post Chris. Great to hear about the fun with the grannies. Love love love your modern quilt! The kind of Quilting I love too! Happy quilting!

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