I’ve been missing in action…………..

Yes, I’ve been a bad bad blogger…….

Its been simply ages since I last posted and so much has happened ….my head is still spinning.  And time? What’s that?  I made myself a promise recently that I’d find more “me” time, and it seems that I have done so for certain things, which means I have to let other things go by the wayside – one of them being blogging time.  But…..I’ve been reading other blogs and knew that it was time that I did something about it. 

So here’s some catch-upping!

So where have I been?

After the last post I left for the US for three weeks, mostly for meditation workshops.  I’ve been visiting the US since 2007 and go there every year.  I’ve made lots of friends, both quilters and meditators so its always fun catching up.  This time it was mostly in the Charlottesville, Virginia area and only managed to visit one quilt shop. 

Those of you who know me know that meditation is something that I’m also very passionate about – not only do I practice it everyday but I also run workshops here in Australia.  But that’s another story.  I did two workshops at the Monroe Institute, one with the world famous William Buhlman and that was an AWESOME experience.  

The Monroe Institute (or fondly known as TMI) and yes, that's a rose quartz crystal behind me!

I also got to catch up with old dear friends and spend time on a girlfriend’s “farm” – that’s what she calls it but its certainly much much more than that.  There’s nothing more decadent than sitting in a swing seat chair thingie on the front porch sipping wine and just relaxing!!

Paula's "Farm" - she has some beautiful old quilts

On return to Australia I had no time for anything but study so that I could run a new workshop here in Australia– at Byron Bay….. yeah I know its hard work but someone’s got to do it.  Sangsurya is the most divine place as you can see from these pics.  Again, it was fun catching up with old friends!

Sangsurya at Byron Bay

Since coming back I’ve done a few workshops – one at Patch n Quilt with my favourite “hostess with the mostest” (Mary) where some women tackled Auntie Green and others did other quilts of mine; two workshops at Mill Rose – Message in a Bottle (one of my new quilts) and Clamshells (an all time favourite).  I also did a private workshop with a great bunch of quilters, each of them picking one quilt of mine.  Again, another fun day.

Patch N Quilt, Gisborne

This weekend is my small quilting group’s annual retreat at The Craft Retreat in Hepburn Springs.  Boy…. Am I hanging out for that – almost three days of nothing but sewing……. Yeah!!!

Next week I’m off to Adelaide.  I’ve been invited to run a couple of workshops at the South Australia Quilt Encounter.  I’ve been there once before and it was wonderful meeting quilters from all over Australia and as a tutor we get looked after very well.  Don’t I have a fabulous job?

After that I have a trunk show with the Sea Breeze Quilters in Altona.  As you can see my feet haven’t yet touched the ground but its fun running along like this.

I’ve been working very slowly on new quilts – only managed to finish a crib quilt but have prepped a couple of other new quilts.  I recently sent two to my machine quilter – Rebecca Rae of A Stitch N Line in Jindabyne – one being Timeless  (Mimosa renamed) and the other is the new crib quilt, Greenacres.  Jennifer Murray and I will be offering a crib quilt workshop in Moonee Ponds on 26 October 2013.  We will soon be posting up details so keep an eye out for it.

Now if only I could do something about the day job………….

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