Back on Decks

Still stunned by all the activity of the weekend, I am drinking my morning coffee wondering where to start after my return from the First National Crazy Quilt Retreat .

Firstly it was a success, everything went smoothly and everyone really enjoyed their weekend. For me it was a genuinely great treat to be able to put faces to many women who are on the Southern Cross Crazies discussion list.

The image above is a thankyou gift organized by Annie and made by Mary Christian-Bailey of Norfolk Island which I was surprised and delighted to receive.

The Bra parade was an absolute riot. I woke up the following morning with my sides still aching from having laughed so hard. Images of the bras will be online as soon as I have them from Melody and contacted all owners to clear publication since they hold the copyright. Images will be available on CD and all money raised from both the parade and the CD will go to breast cancer research.

Linda Barraclough has already posted images from the retreat on the Southern Cross Crazies discussion list photo section.

At a show and tell I had the I dropped the button box quilt and a number of crazy quilted items - thanks everyone for all the numerous compliments I received about these over the weekend.

Annie Whitsed and I will get together tonight for our weekly stitching session and chew over the feedback forms and to start planning the next National in 2006.

Wouldn’t it rot your socks…

I posted a couple of days ago I have been trying to finish a small wall crazy quilt that I made as a response to the Canberra Fires that were here last year. For those who don’t know I live in one of the worst effected suburbs. Anyway I want to take the finished quilt to the retreat tomorrow. I am turning the house upside down and generally behaving like a woman on mission as I want to put 4 tiny crosses on it. A cross for each of the 4 people who died in the fires. They are important to me that they are on it. I had 3 aside and purchased another last week, which I put somewhere very carefully. Now I can’t find it. The implications of this is that I have to clean up my workroom to find a thing no bigger than my finger nail…

Toddles off wondering if it’s OK to swear in a blog …

Turns and adds … I am busy getting ready for the retreat …

Hesitantly opens door to workroom …
… takes a deep sigh …
rolls up sleeves …
sets shoulders straight and steps forward.

World Wide Words

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of words, or the history of phrases of expressions? I do, for instance I was wondering what Phishing was this morning and turned to this site to find out. I have found World Wide Words satisfies my curiosity on such occasions but they do not just cover words emerging in our language. Words that are now obsolete such as contumely are also listed. The site also covers expressions, their history and origin and word trivia. I find I often go there to answer one question and discover the answer to another dozen I had not thought to ask.