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

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Monday, 13 September 2021

Another set of quilts finished

Although my blog posting is very inconsistent you can be assured that there has been plenty of stitching happening here.I have just completed another set of 16 quilts for the Warrawee Women's Shelter here on the NW Coast of Tasmania. With our changeable weather, we took the opportunity to have a pop up quilt show on Saturday.
As with most of the charity quilts I make the patterns are for free download under the tab on the top of the page. 

 Of course, most of my time has been taken up with making with my Bridie's Blossoms projects supporting bereaved families of stillborn and miscarried children. I have made full sets of layette packages for hospitals and remembrance sets for families. These are just a small selection of the ones I have completed. With some families, their experience is still very new and raw whilst with others, the time may have passed but their memories are still very much in their mind.
Bridie's Blossoms Remebrance Package

The white lace bags are used by grieving families and hospital staff to carry the tiny wooden coffin boxes in the hospitals. I am currently making another set of 15 for our major hospital in the state. 
Below are some of the gowns and packages that I have made recently.




Fidget quilts have also been in full production. It seems that there is an ever present list of requests for these from our hospitals. Don't forget there is a tutorial for these on the blog as well.
Fidget quilt


I am also pleased to say that all of the recent tests my husband has had following his breast cancer diagnosis, surgery and treatment last year have been all clear much to our relief and we are very thankful.

Monday, 3 May 2021

BOM quilt finished and all files uploaded

 The BOM top  I have called HIA Fancy Flutters is now finished.

Fancy Flutters BOM

The quilt is stitched using the Fancy Flutters sets of design from Hatched in Africa. You can download the instructions to construct the quilt from this link.

The link will remain active until April 14th.

I completed a remembrance set for a little stillborn baby called William and posted it to his grieving family today. I am sure you will join with me in virtually embracing them at this devastating and heartbreaking time.

Stillborn remembrance set

Val sent me a photo of her pole twist table runner during the week.
Pole Twist Table runner

She also made some place mats. I wrote the free tutorial for this table runner about 8 years ago and is still very popular. Just send me an email if you would like the tutorial.

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Sunday, 25 April 2021

Changes to email notifications

 

If you have previously signed up to receive notifications of new posts to arrive in your EMAIL things are changing so please be aware.

Previously I used Feedburner which I had a link to on the right hand side of the page here on my blog. 

The Feedburner email service you are now using will be stopped in July.  I have already put a link to Bloglovin to replace the old one so if you wish to continue with email notifications you have to sign up to the new one on the right hand side of the page. It may be best to do this on a computer and not a device.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

A New Tutorial and a New BOM

 I cannot believe the year has flown by and here we are into autumn in Australia. I

I am pleased to say that my husband received a clean bill of health following his surgery and treatment for breast cancer last year and last week I received my 5 year clearance following uterine cancer. 

Many Bridie's Blossoms packages for our angel babies have been sent to Tasmanian Hospitals along with many fidget quilts.

Fidget quilt for LGH

Fidget quilts

Bridie's Blossoms packages

Bridie's Blossoms packages

Early pregnancy loss packages
There have also been numerous Bridie's Blossoms remembrance packages sent out to grieving families who have experienced the heartbreaking tragedy of having a stillbirth or miscarriage.





There have also been bags made for ladies undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancer in Tasmania.

Bags for women undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancer



I have started a new BOM using the Fancy Flutters and Cats Combo set from Hatched in Africa.

Block 1 is complete and can be downloaded from HERE

HIA Fancy Flutters BOM Block 1

Have also made a quilt top for the local shelter using the glorious Fancy Cat  designs which are art of the combo set above. I have named it the Fancy Cats Whirligig Quilt and you can find the tutorial I have written for it HERE


Hatched in Africa Fancy Cats Whirligig quilt


Sunday, 11 October 2020

My work is again in full swing

 It has been a while since my lost post. I have not been very productive in terms of quilt making etc as the events of the last few months have caught up with me. I have still been fulfilling requests for stillborn packages and fidget quilts for hospitals and remembrance packages for families.. Times have certainly been very challenging but we are both well with both our check ups being clear.

I am pleased and very thankful to say that my husband has finished his course of radiation and is healing very well. It is very disappointing that we are unable to travel to the mainland to see our daughter and she is not able to come to see us. Hopefully it won't be another 12 months before we get to see her. It was certainly difficult not having her close by to support her father.
The last week or so I have been embroidering designs to make into quilts for our local women's shelter. I normally gift them around 45 each year but have not bee able to do any this year. I hope to have around 20 by  Christmas for them. Below are just some of the embroideries to date.




I have also just completed another set of white lace bags for our major regional hospital. They are used by hospital staff and families to carry the tiny wooden coffins of miscarried babies.



Last Tuesday I was also extremely proud to have change made to an inconsistent benefit payment that was made to stillborn babies in Australia. My small input has resulted in making what is a heartbreaking and tragic time a little easier.

I have also made a collection of care bags and teddy bear sets to be given to women in Tasmania undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancer.










Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Pink Polka Cat Whirlygig Quilt and Tutorial

Thank you to each and every one of you who has sent your best wishes and prayers for my husband. 

I have completed the quilt from the pink themed polka cat embroideries. These Polka Cat embroidery design are from Hatched in Africa. 

I have written a tutorial for this quilt which I named Polka Cat Whirlygig Quilt.

Polka cat Whirlygig Quilt

You can find the tutorial HERE


I have also been busy over the last few days making personalized remembrance sets which I gift to parents of angel babies as part of my Bridie's Blossoms program. It is heartbreaking to think that in these challenging times we have parents experiencing the grief that accompanies the devastating loss of a much longed for child.
Bridie's Blossoms Remembrance set

Bridie's Blossoms Remembrance set


Saturday, 16 May 2020

New Quilt and Tutorial

Things have been a bit in a bit upheaval in our household over the last few weeks. Whilst in the middle of isolation during the Covid pandemic my husband was diagnosed with breast cancer. The road to him having  surgery was a tricky one but it has now been three weeks since he had a mastectomy. Unfortunately one of his nodes has tested positive so he will require further treatment and we are waiting on word of the the way forward from here.

Yesterday was the first day I have done any sewing in quite some time. The Polka Cat Star quilt will be used for fund raising at the end of the year for the ABC Giving Tree here in Tasmania which is held to provide funds and goods for the needy at Christmas time. It is one of a few more I will make. 
Polka Cat Star Quilt
The tutorial can be found HERE