I have found stuff that was lost (aka put in that safe place).
and I have found stuff that I thought I had thrown out.......like this half finished hexagon quilt.......
I think that I started this when we lived in Melbourne in the early 80's.
Unfortunately I used a poly cotton fabric so the beige looks like it is different shades and the design is somewhat less than exciting. I have lots of fabric left and even these four flowers made up and ready for stitching.
The hexagons are slightly bigger than 1 1/2" and the top currently measures 175cm x 235cm.
But the big questions are........do I finish it, do I pack it away (again) or do I pitch it?
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and messages of congratulations on my last post. Many of you raised questions about what our future holds post dairy farming. The first question most people ask is "but what will Russell do?" Please don't worry about him........I have a big long list of jobs for him......lol! He tells everyone that he is going to do nothing......but anyone that knows him won't believe that line. He has told me that we need to get the vegie garden back into productive mode.....and not forgetting the rest of the garden too. Russell has never been a gardener, unless it was with a chainsaw or tractor & frontend loader......but I will reducate him! He also has 250 cider apple trees that will need some tlc, and yes Loz he will be working on future vintages! Oh and he has been offered a job.......and in his spare time you will see him hanging around in the shop drinking coffee.
I find it funny that no-one ever asks "but what will Linda do?". I will tell you that instead of milking cows, feeding calves, and all of those other farming duties, I will be spending more time gardening, stitching, travelling, working in the shop (yes I am still going to have the shop), visiting my girls (if they want me!) AND sleeping in until at least 7am!
And where will we live?.....at the shop of course!
When we built the shop (8 years ago), we included a kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. The two upstairs rooms will be our bedroom, dining and loungeroom. As the ladies said today......at least you won't have far to go to work! I will still only be open Thursdays to Sundays, so please don't expect it to be 7 days a week.
To those who will miss my posts about the farm, don't worry we are keeping our out paddock for our heifers.......for a few years anyway. After all Lister has to get his farm fix as well. And a special note to Lenora and Janine........we won't be available for relief milking!
For almost 30 years this has been home for us (and over 50 years for Russell)
We have raised our family and watched them grow up and move on with their own lives.
We transformed our farm into a wonderful place to live and work.
I have raised more calves than I can remember, and milked more cows than we want to count.
We have been through good times and bad times times........we have cried and laughed together.
And now we are ready to move on. Our farm has been sold and with a very short contract period, the settlement date of September 1st is fast approaching. It is both exciting and scary at the same time. I am sure that we will miss life on the farm, but we are looking forward to the next stage of our lives....post cows, early mornings and watching the clock for 4pm.
PS. I hope this explains my absence from blogging......moving 30 years of 'stuff' in 4 weeks is just a little time consuming.....not to mention exhausting!
I have now owned my Patchwork Shop for 7 1/2 years, and during that time I have been able to gradually increase my stock of fabrics, patterns and notions. The shop is full and looks great. I pride myself in providing my customers with friendly and courtious service, and when I can't assist them with their shopping list I like to refer them to other Local Quilt Shops (LQS)......Nullawarre, Cobden, Terang, Warrnambool etc. I don't mind when people bring in patterns and fabrics from other LQS for matching / purchasing.......I know that there is no way that I can stock every fabric, pattern, book, notion available to please every customer......there is just so much available it would be impossible. I will help people out with patterns and sewing enquiries and assist in nutting out problems that they might have. However please do not bring precut kits in that you have purchased from Spotlight, complain about how it's not cut correctly and expect me to be able to fix it for you. And when you complain to Spotlight and they do nothing, please don't complain to me. I am sure that if you bought a kit from me and took it into Spotlight and asked for advice they would probably tell you to 'get lost'........but then again if you bought the kit from me it would be cut correctly in the first place......and if it wasn't I would replace it for you.
Don't forget to support your LQS otherwise you might have to rely on Spotlight for service and advice!
There always seems to be new fabric arriving in the shop.....I guess that's because I keep ordering it! With quite a bit coming in over the next 6 months I thought that I would fill this post with fabric goodness.
I have it on good authority that 'LuLu' by Chez Moi will be arriving very soon. It is in the warehouse and ready for shipping. I have had a couple of ranges by Chez Moi in past years.....'Posh' and 'Swanky'.....which I loved. I'm sure this bright new range will please lots of you.
'Pine Fresh' is Sandy Gervais' new Christmas range and it is also due to arrive very soon. I really like Sandy's Christmas fabrics as they aren't too over the top Christmassy. I will post photos when it all arrives.
There is nothing quite like a good range of basics and that is why I have ordered Helen Stubbings' range called 'Basically Hugs'. Great fabrics in Helen's favourite colour palette.....blues, pinks, reds, creams and greys.......in gorgeous prints.......spots, stripes, tone on tone, daisies, hearts and textured burlap. It will arrive in August.......oh wait that's next month!!
It's no secret how much I love Minick & Simpson fabrics......'Wiscassett', 'Prairie Paisley II', 'Independence Trail' and 'Midwinter Reds'.....so when I saw the beautiful blues, tans & creams in 'Lexington' up close and personal in Pittsburgh, I just had to order it! And just between you and I, I think there will be another new one to add to the list once I get to download the latest Moda catalogue. 'Lexington' will be here in September (I think...)
'Softly Spoken' by Harriet Hargrave is a designer that is new to Gum Valley Patchwork and I thought that the softness would appeal to quite a few of my customers.
I even have a lovely pattern by Marg Low picked out for a shop sample when it arrives later in the year.
And the fabric orders continue.........In October, 'Persimmon' by Basic Grey will hit the shelves. Check out these fantastic colours..... I have precuts in stock now.....Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls & Charm Packs.
On Monday I ordered some gorgeous new flannels called 'Dino Pals'. I'm sure that these will be popular with anyone wanting to make a quilt for the littlies in their lives.
Check out that panel......a couple of borders and you would have a quick and easy quilt! Delivery is in October.......which is only 3 months away so not long to wait!
And how could I possibly resist this new one from Jason Yenter called 'Paradise'.......I love the combination of purple and green......and wow have a look at those prints!
Maybe Santa might bring you some as it due to arrive in December........ just in time for Christmas!
So that's it for now.........until I see the next gorgeous fabric range!
I was going to send this out to everyone on my email database but unfortunately we have used all of our internet for the month and as a result Mail Chimp is sooooo slow to load that I gave up in disgust. So if you would like to catch up on the news and happenings at Gum Valley Patchwork, download the newsletter and have a read.......enjoy!