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Member postings for Brenda in OZ

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Thread: Chat
23/12/2021 21:37:42

Very best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year. Let's hope 2022 will be better. Love from Brenda down under.

02/12/2021 22:05:20

Take care Rosemary, we are all thinking of you. Don't worry about the calendars, there's always next year!

Love from Brenda

25/10/2021 23:59:31

Sylvia, you are a treasure as well as a very good quilter! It was so kind of you to donate the quilt and a very happy outcome.

Love to all and keep warm!

Brenda in OZ

Thread: Show and Tell 2021
19/10/2021 00:54:56

Friday is Freedom Day! We can get out of jail......not totally but I think we shall all feel better.

Rosemary, I think you're right about a state of mourning, we have lost such a lot in the past couple of years.

I did finish a UFO from 11 years ago. We did a Gloria Loughman workshop at out club and I never did get round to finishing it. Not my best piece of work, I think I chose the wrong colours to get the impact.

Thanks for your support and take care. Love to all

Brenda in OZ

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16/10/2021 02:59:41

That's so lovely Sylvia,

Hope you are all OK. We are still in very restricted lockdown. We have had the longest lockdown in the world...I am getting so fed up. I can't seem to get motivated to do anything. I did make some crib quilts for prem babies, they are still being born in spite of covid.

I'm not one to be easily depressed, I'm usually a very positive person. It's silly I know, but I need a hair cut. I think I will feel better when I can do that!

Sorry to complain, must pull myself together as my mother would have said.

Hope our PM does the right thing in Glasgow next month, they need to wake up to reality.

Brenda in OZ

16/09/2021 08:57:06

Hello everyone. Love the dog Margaret! What have you all been doing? We went to see our daughter who lives interstate and couldn't come home for weeks. I had some hand sewing so made do with that. I hadn't done any hand work for ages and was a bit slow and rusty (what's new).

Quilted it when we came home. It's another crib quilt for the local hospital premature baby unit.


Stay safe and carry on sewing!

Brenda in OZ

Thread: Chat
07/07/2021 09:00:27

Eileen,what wonderful news. I'm so happy for you. I made a wall hanging with wedding pictures rather than a quilt.

26/06/2021 01:35:21

Hi Everyone, thank you Sylvia and Eileen for your good wishes. So excited! We are flying to Brisbane on Wednesday to see the family. Haven't hugged them for almost two years. We are fully vaccinated so hoping for the best.

Love to all

10/06/2021 08:03:55

Hello everyone, I bet you thought I'd dropped off the planet! No. Just moving house. Serious downsizing from 50 squares to 16 squares. So much had to go - hope I don't miss it.

It was a huge job and I am so tired but I hope it's worth the effort.

I have just finished setting up my sewing room. It's about one third the size of my old one. I got rid of the longarm quilter, two Berninas and a Horn sewing cabinet. Still have stacks of fabric and most of my antique sewing machines.

I haven't done any sewing for more than 8 weeks........can't wait to get back to it. Here is my new sewing room, no spare space. Peter said I would never get everything in but I reckon I did pretty well.

Still in lockdown. We have our second injection next week so I hope it keeps us safe.

Hope you are all well. Take care

Brenda in OZ



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Edited By Brenda in OZ on 10/06/2021 08:05:47

Thread: Show and Tell 2021
20/04/2021 05:44:10

Very dashing Sylvia, you look very posh!

I can remember making hats for my CGLI course. Hope summer comes soon for you. We are heading into winter now, I think summer took a holiday and never came back.

Brenda in OZ

Thread: Chat
10/04/2021 02:18:14

Well! I am doing this for real. Just sold our home of nearly 40 years and downsizing - we will have 40% of the space we now have so things have to go. I have asked myself the same questions as I sift through all the boxes. How long have I had it? Do I have a plan for it? If I keep it and decide to use it, will I remember where I put it? Solution - I can always have fun buying more fabric.!

This has worked to some extent but I still have more than I will ever get through. The past 15 months have been difficult for everyone. We have both turned 80 in that time and have had serious health issues. I have come to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter what I make so long as I can keep sewing!

This is my latest fun project to cover a premature baby incubator. 'Five in a bed"

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Thread: Kantha quilting
25/01/2021 22:33:14

Thank you Margaret and Sylvia. I took a picture of my friends work. I will find it and post it on line. She also gives it another name, I'll ask again. My memory is getting bad. I might be getting old. ?...

24/01/2021 07:05:20

Hi everyone from a hot Melbourne.

Last week a friend was showing me her new passion, kantha quilting. Have any of you tried this..? I would love to hear your comments.

Brenda in OZ

Thread: Quilty Calendar for 2021
11/12/2020 23:46:56

Hello Margaret, Yes I made the illusion miniature. Just 12 x 12 inches. Kept me busy during first lock down. I made up my own pattern and got the idea from a picture of a full size string quilt.

Hope you are all well. It's been a bit quiet on the forum. We are beginning to sort out ready for downsizing! I didn't know I had so much rubbish!

Have a lovely Christmas and just take care.

Brenda in OZ


23/11/2020 23:20:59

Hi Rosemary, If I send you 11 pounds should that cover it if the offer is the same as last time?

" £5.33 each plus P&P which is........

UK £3.59

Australia £4.92"

Thank you for doing this for us. It is much appreciated!

20/11/2020 23:10:42

Sorry I missed the deadline for ordering, will be a bit faster off the mark next time.

Last year my calendar was actually mailed from Australia via domestic post!. I think they send the file electronically from UK to Australia and print it here. I've just ordered the Christmas cards for our club and received a promo for 30% off. That was a good saving.

Hope you are all well. We have had no new cases for 22 days straight so keeping our fingers crossed. The next test will be the new batch of overseas travelers who come into hotel quarantine. They should have put a cruise ship out in the bay with all staff staying on board. It would have been cheaper and safer!

Brenda in OZ

07/11/2020 01:15:10

Hi Rosemary, I will send you a picture. I keep the calendar on the wall in my sewing room so always have a different quilt to look at.

Thank you for doing this for us.

Brenda In OZ

Thread: Chat
13/09/2020 01:47:31

Sylvia, you are so clever to cut your own hair! I tried that once and it looked like a dog's breakfast! I have to wait another four weeks at least.

We had a re-think about caring quilts at our club just before the lock down. We had a stack of beautiful large quilt tops which had been generously donated by members. The problem then was the quilting and finishing. It was decided that in future we would ask members to make "quilt as you go" for larger quilts.

We also had a member who had a very premature grandchild in a humi crib. She made a quilt to cover the crib to keep out the bright light and the noise and the baby was much more settled. This was the beginning of our latest project to make these quilts 20 x 36 inches with a dark backing to cover the cribs and the parents take the quilt home with them when the baby leaves hospital.

This is my latest effort. Three odd blocks from the club stash and lots of "I Spy" fabrics around the edge.


05/09/2020 07:50:52

Very nice Sylvia. Maria, I used this cheating technique many years ago in a club workshop. We used a commercial fusible interfacing that already had the lines marked in 2-inch squares. We arranged the squares on point which gives a slightly different look.

Getting fed up of lock down. I need a haircut !!!

Brenda in OZ

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20/08/2020 07:17:44

That's lovely Rosemary. It must have been a challenge stitching it all together.

I've been too lazy, just trying to sort out my sewing room. I've found things I don't even remember buying! Tossed a few bits in the bin. Hope the quilt police don't chase me.

Lock down is very difficult the second time around. We don't appear to be winning. Aged care is losing so many to the virus it's difficult to see the way ahead at times.

Need to think positive and care about all those worse off than ourselves!

Brenda in OZ

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