Tuesday, June 30, 2020


is a cold and windy day, we have rain forecast for this afternoon but sunshine again tomorrow. I notice there are more people around than usual and realised it s the school holidays. I think there are a few children down here staying with their grandparents.
Last week I made two blocks for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler, Ingrid and I now have a challenge going so I am hoping once again to make a block a week --- we will see. 👩
Two six inch blocks, one with a slightly wonky corner, I am hoping I can fudge it later on.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon quilting an oncology quilt, using that mono filament thread again but this time only had one needle break.  Maybe it is the machines way of telling me the needle is blunt?? Luckily the piece that broke stayed on the thread so I knew where it was.

Just a little more to do around the edges.

I like how the quilting puffs up the flowers

and the hummingbirds
I also had a lovely thank you and photo from the last Aussie Hero quilt recipient

Good morning Sue, (from the Middle East)

I’m very happy to be writing you to let you know I have received my quilt. (Photo attached).

It is such a shame about this current situation the world faces with covid19, I hope you and the family are healthy and mostly unaffected.I Especially hope that the pub can reopen soon that your youngest son works at. I heard there may be a “travel bubble” opened between Australia and New Zealand soon. If this eventuates I will very much like to travel there upon my return to Australia.

A little bit about me,
I’m an Airfield Defence Guard in the RAAF and provide protection to aircraft and other ADF personal under our protection. My job over here currently sees me flying regularly to all parts of the Middle East. Back at home I’m based in Newcastle and it has some amazing beaches that I miss.

I’m currently deployed on my 3rd deployment to the Middle East but had never received a quilt. It is great to come back to my bed and have a bit of colour and beach nostalgia ! This quilt will defiantly be with me long after this deployment ends and I can’t thank you enough for the work you have put into into it.

P.s My Mum was very moved by the quilt you sent, so she may (embarrassingly) also send you an email.

and his Mum did!! It was great to hear from her too.
I am off now to get a cuppa and warm up a bit.
Happy stitching.


jude's page said...

How nice that you received a thankyou from the recipient of the quilt you made, and also from his mother too! Tis a great pastime in this cold weather.

Valerie-Jael said...

HOW LOVELY TO HEAR FROM THE RECIPIENT OF THE LOVELY QUILT - AND FROM HIS MUM! Sorry about the caps, my fingers are very stiff in the mornings.I break a lot of needles , too, but I often sew on cardboard. HAVE A GREAT DAY; TAKE CARE, Valerie

Pamela said...

How wonderful to hear from your recipient (and mum)! You are the best!

Fiona said...

I found it hard with the smaller blocks always getting the points right, but at the end when they all go together it looks find with a bit of fudging.... great choice of quilting for the flowers... it is beautiful.... what a lovely letter of thanks.... very special

Janice said...

How lovely to hear from your quilt recipient and also his Mum. Its nice to know your efforts are appreciated. Good on you for persevering with the monofilament. I’m always a bit scared to use it.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Awwww that's a beautiful letter to receive from the AHQ recipient. It must be so hard to be away from home for so long.

How do you find the monofilament thread? Do you have a favourite brand? I've never found one that was good to sew with on my machine.

dq said...

What a sweet thank you email and from the mother as well!

That monofilament thread is annoying but serves its purpose. I have not used it in some time, but when I do, I have to really adjust my tension. I have mostly used it for applique'.

Maria said...

I'm sure you will be able to fudge that corner of the block...
I find when using the filament thread it becomes tight and then the needle snaps.. But it does make your quilt look great.
What a lovely letter for the Aussie Hero Quilt recipient..

Ingrid said...

The floral quilt looks fantastic Sue...I’m loving the puffy look the flowers get too. It will feel wonderful for the lucky recipient! That’s a lovely Thankyou letter & I love how his Mum emailed to thank you too. I’ve got to try monofilament for appliqué soon so I’m going to focus on the tension...I dread a broken needle!

Angie said...

Sue - how wonderful (and deserved) to receive a thank you note. We have had a chilly couple of days - and just when we thought summer had finally arrived! Sunnier days lie ahead. Happy stitching to you!

Lin said...

What a lovely email to receive - little tears in my eyes! xx

Karen's Korner said...

What a lovely thank you. I think that we have all fudged wonky blocks at sometime and only we notice that it was ever wonky.

Ondrea said...

Such a beautiful response of appreciation for the quilt. Love your blocks.

ButterZ said...

Wow. That is so great receiving a wonderful response.fabulous booster

Susan said...

How nice that they know who made their quilt! That was a lovely thank you. On the bridal block, in the whole thing, I don't think anyone would notice the little wonky part. From putting together so many people's blocks, I've noticed that the beauty of a quilt doesn't depend on perfect blocks, perfectly matching corners, or no points being cut off. Those things don't matter in the overall beauty of the colors and textures and lines and shapes.

Raewyn said...

So rewarding to hear from your Hero quilt recipient, Sue. I love how excited his mother was too! I love the way the flowers pop with your quilting :-) Any wonky blocks I always mark with a safety pin (or similar) so that when I get to the joining stage I'm reminded to adjust for that wonkiness. I forget otherwise and then beat myself up about things not sitting right!