If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Update on lots of things including pop up quilt show

Once again time had got away from me in regards to keeping this blog updated. 
Lots of things have been happening however.

Last Wednesday I had a mini pop up quilt show on my fence with the latest lot of quilts for our local women's shelter. 

Most of the embroidery designs are from Hatched in Africa., It was wonderful to have some magnificent helpers with these quilts. I stitched out the embroideries and cut the fabrics into pieces to make the kits. The wonderful helpers then pieced the tops together for me and I then sandwiched, quilted and bound the quilts.

Don't forget most of the patterns for these quilt layouts are under the Free Project tab at the top of the page.

On Monday I was interviewed on radio about the pop up quilt show and you can listen to that interview HERE

Another lot of 30 fidget quilts have been stitched together and delivered to our major regional hospital and dementia service. Just a reminder there is also a tutorial for the fidget quilt pattern under the Free Project tab.

The BOM has been well and truly finished with all of the block files in the download folder. They will be removed just after Easter. 

You can download the files from HERE

It was lovely to receive this feedback from this quilting group in Virginia

" Your Twisted Pole design has been a huge success with the attendees at the Life Long Learning (LLI) at Virginia Tech Beginning Quilting Class held in Blacksburg this semester! Attached are a few images from the class. So far all 15 participants have completed their tops (one has their border still to attach, but life happens). I will send images when we get to the final Show and Tell Thank you for the use of your design. As you can see, orange and maroon are the colors of Virginia Tech. "

I have also been busy giving presentations to various groups including the Tasmanian Quilting Guild and Zonta.

Monday, 11 March 2019

BOM quilt top complete

The quilt top for my latest BOM is complete. Just have to write up the remaining block instructions.

HIA Elephant Jewels quilt

The instructions to date can be found in the download folder HERE. Hopefully the remainder will be in there over the following week or so.

I am currently in the process of making 30 or so fidget quilts for our major regional hospital. This is one of my ongoing projects and I am pleased to say that the make such a large difference to the experience of patients entering the hospital with dementia.
You can find my fidget quilt tutorial under the Free Pattern/Project Download tab at the top of this page. Fidget quilt construction is always a bit of chaos in the sewing room.
Fidget quilt construction
Our charity sewing group has been assembling quilt tops ready for me to sandwich and quilt for our local women's shelter.Some of them to date are shown below.

Some of you sent me a message to say that you could not view the video on You Tube that was made for the Australian of the Year awards for my work with Bridie's Blossoms . Hopefully you can view it here on Facebook even if you are not a member of FB. Click  HERE not on the photo below.

Monday, 18 February 2019

NEW BOM, many projects and updates

A new BOM is underway using the Elephant Jewels set of design from Hatched in Africa. Row 1 is complete and you can download all of the Block files from HERE.
HIA Elephant Jewels BOM
I have also been busy over the past few days making some bags to be filled with care items for patients undergoing cancer treatment on the NW Coast of Tasmania. The black and white bag for males features a lovely vintage car design.

Tutorials have been written for both of these bags and they can be accessed from HERE.

Bridie's Blossoms memory packages have been sent out to many families who have have been left heartbroken  after their little angels have grown their angel wings. These are just two of them.

Fidget quilts are still being constructed for the use of dementia patients especially for the Launceston General Hospital, our large regional hospital in the north of Tasmania.
Fidget quilts
Remember I have a tutorial for making these and they are on the project download page as well.

At the end of January it was my great honour to travel to Canberra to represent Tasmania as the 2019 Tas Local Hero. What a fantastic jam packed few days we had. We were privileged to attend an outdoor reception hosted by Governor General and a morning tea hosted by the  Prime Minister and his wife.On Saturday morning we attended the Flag Raising Ceremony on Australia Day. It was indeed to honour to spend time with some many inspirational Australians. 

Friday, 18 January 2019

A Busy Few Months

Once again I seem to be neglecting this blog and updating the Facebook page more.
We have been having some very warm weather and a few bushfires here in Tasmania but thankfully they have not become catastrophic.

Christmas was very quiet spent with our small family and we then traveled to Strahan and had a trip on the West Coat Wilderness Railway. Once again it was a magical experience.
Strahan Waterfront

Outbound from Strahan to Queenstown

Inbound from Queenstown to Strahan

 We also did a little short walk up to to the nearby Hogarth Falls.
Hogarth Falls Strahan
Hogarth Falls Track

Hogarth Falls Track
I have also been doing a lot of stitching making Bridie's Blossoms packages to be delivered to our hospitals.
Bridie's Blossoms packages
 A collecton of crazy patchwork memory quilts were also stitched
Crazy patchwork memory quilts

Crazy patchwork memory quilts
 and these will be given to mothers of angel babies at an event for Mother's Day.

On Wednesday my husband and my mother are travelling to Canberra for the Australian of The Year announcement on January 25th. I am very proud to be representing Tasmania as the 2019 Tasmanian Local Hero. It will be a very exciting and thrilling few days as we meet with the other 33 wonderful nominees from around Australia. 

Sunday, 18 November 2018

2019 Tasmanian Local Hero

Well, what a journey the last three days have been! I am still in total disbelief, honoured and very humbled to have been awarded the 2019 Tasmanian Local Hero title at Government House in Hobart. Congratulations to all the inspirational nominees and category winners, with each and every one working tirelessly to enhance the lives of others in some way.

What a thrill it was to have my good friend of many years Brenda Hodge give the Welcome to Country at the beginning of the ceremony. on Friday. I don't know who was more emotional when I was named the winner.

It was very hard to try and gather my thoughts and speak in an intelligible manner. Although we had been briefed on what to expect the minute we sat down in the ceremony, everything flew out the window.

I will work very hard that over the coming year as I continue to honour the legacy of baby Bridie Connelly. “A person is a person no matter how small”, is the quote from Dr Suess that I use on the little card that accompanies each Bridie’s Blossoms package. Each little soul deserves to be wrapped with love, however brief their time on earth may be. Anna and Steven rest assured that Bridie’s legacy will continue to grow and expand as long as I am able and a succession plan is put in place.

The real heroes here are the heartbroken parents trying to piece back their shattered lives following the stillbirth or miscarriage of their much long for child. Although I did not have the opportunity to speak about it at the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards ceremony in Hobart on Friday equally important heroes to me are those women and children at the Warrawee Women’s shelter who flee family violence and are trying to piece their lives back together and the women diagnosed with gynaecological cancers as they fight to regain their health. More recently my fidget quilt project is making a real difference in our hospitals as they provide a calming activity in a strange and stressful environment.

A big thank you to my Mum, Betty, and my wonderful husband Philip. Without Phil I would not be able to do what I do. There are many friends and family who will not think twice when I ask them if they can deliver quilts and packages for me. People, many I have never met, have been very generous with their gifts of fabric and more recently bits and pieces for the fidget quilts.
Many many thanks to those who have sent me messages of congratulations. I know I haven't replied to you all but please know that they mean the world to me.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

A Flurry of Fidget quilts

There has been quite a bit of stitching over the last few weeks. This flurry of fidget quilts for people with dementia will be delivered over the next few days. It was humbling to deliver some to a local hospital yesterday and learn how they have been impacting the experience of patients in hospital as in patients and also in the 
emergency department.  Some of these have a more feminine theme with items such as lace and doilies.

We also delivered some Bridie's Blossoms packages to the maternity department of  a hospital
I have also been very busy making Remembrance quiltlet sets for parents of angel babies and these are just two of them.