I thought that I would share with you all some of my holiday plans.
How much time off do I have, I hear you asking. Definately not enough to get through the mountain of sewing you see in the picture above. Unfortunately that is just the tip of the iceberg. I have two more quilts at home ( ok- that may not be quite true) that need to be finished for the shop as well. Majella says that I am the best starter she knows. There is nothing like choosing a new project, selecting and cutting the fabrics, you start to sew and then new fabric arrives........what should we do..........I know.........a new project........and it starts all over again. What happens to the first project you ask.......well thank God for Amanda.....she is the best finisher in the world.
She takes my orphan quilts, loves them like her own and when they are all grown up she returns them to me where I fall in love with them all over again. I wonder if she takes teenagers?
Also on my list, that I realise may be getting wayyyyyyyyyy too long is a project and a stitchery BOM from Bronwyn Hayes. We have also had the most wonderful selection of Batik Fabrics arrive over the last couple of weeks so I have been auditioning fabric for a new quilt from my friend Daniella at Cozy Quilt Designs. After consultation with Majella the final decisions have been made and cutting and sewing for that project will also commence. Oh my brain just fizzed because I also have Love Letters from Blackbird Designs to finish. Another fizz, the block of the month from Jennifer Knol. Fizz - Playing with Angles BOM, Fizz - Kaffe hexagon quilt on the design board.
Amandaaaaaaaaaaa. Oh bugger! She is at the Gold Coast on a holiday - I hope she has a really good rest. I wonder if I can express post her sewing machine.
The most exciting part of my holiday is a road trip that Majella and I are taking to New South Wales and Victoria. She is the queen of road trips, travelling long distances over the country since she was young. Me on the other hand - one road trip in my whole life when my family drove to Cairns for a holiday. Majella laughs and says it will be just like that. But all I remember is the rain and being washed out and of course who could forget the breakdown. Not me! The car - which probably caused a breakdown of a different kind for my mother.....
I am really looking forward to this trip for a number of reasons all of which I know you will understand
1. No children (love them dearly - except when you travel even short distances and want to stop at shops which don't sell food, toys, music, videos, games or clothes and shoes - do I need to continue).
2. I get to spend some quality time with my best friend.
3. Majella is driving so I know we won't get lost. As for my navigation skills - all I can say is thank God for Navman.
4. We get to stop at shops that only sell fabric, books, patterns, antiques, gifts, homewares.......and well maybe some shoes, and bags and clothes.
5. We are taking a class in making an Australian Antique Quilt - homework has yet to be started, but we have managed to choose a beautiful selection of fabrics from Blackbird Designs and Barbara Brackman to get us on our way. I just hope I'm not antique before the quilt is finished.
During this time away we will also be working on new events, projects and classes for the shop to keep you all inspired on your quilting journey. Of course one of the best things about a trip away is coming home and sharing all the wonderful things that you have seen, experienced and learnt with the ones you love. But most of all it will be an opportunity to recharge my sewing soul. It is easy to forget, with the general day to day running of the shop, that just like yours, my soul also needs to be fed and nutured.
So with all this work being planned, sewing to do and classes to attend, Majella and I will be away a little longer this year so the shop will be closing on Christmas Day and reopening on Tuesday 19 January 2010. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I hope it is a time filled with joy, love and laughter for you all. We are looking forward to sharing an exciting 2010 with you all.