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Thursday, November 15, 2007

A lot to share

I've got a lot to share tonight - all of it good!!! Firstly, any of you reading Rose's post today saying she will be having a friend for a visit in February? Guess who??? MEEEEE!!! I'll be flying to Australia, spending a couple of days in Melbourne with Rose and her family (hopefully we'll run into some other bloggers as well), a week in Tasmania with them, including a weekend class arranged by The country Quilter, attending a quilting class, with Rose teaching her beautiful new design! YEY!!!! And probably meeting some other very talented Australian designers as well. Doing the happy dance in the couch *lol*

Secondly I saw a post on May Kristin's blog today about this:

I'm very happy to be able to participate in this and I hope some of you want to play along - this is how it goes:
It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

On the quilting front I can report that I still am doing bits and pieces on my WIPs - as you might have noticed a few more progress lists have appeared in my side bar. I've decided to follow Hanne's example from quilting her Watermelons on quilting the blue and white SBS swap quilt, at least one strand of thread a day.

I've also made a head start on Leanne Beasley's new BOM - Butterfly Garden - the patterns won't be here until december, so I've started on the stitcheries of quilt blocks that I can draft myself. I will probably make a very personal version of this quilt, and swap some of the blocks she has used in hers for something that suits my tastes and skills better. Pics will come...

Hope you all have a wonderful evening/day/morning
Sincerely, Anne Ida

14 comments:

Elin said...

Wonderful news!!! You are very lucky to have such plans for the new year! As regards the PIF I joined Hanne earlier today. I wonder who will join me...
And, you are clever with the hand quilting! Hope to see a picture of the BOM, as you know, I will be in this project in December. Have a nice evening!

shelley said...

I did see Rose's post! I knew it was you!! I'm very happy for you, Anne Ida!

Wendy said...

How exciting to visit Rose and take some classes too. You guys will have a blast together.
Your blue quilt is fabulous!

Linda said...

That's fabulous Anne, how exciting for you. Thought it was you, but didn't want to spoil the fun. Love your blue quilt.

Cathi said...

How great to visit a good blogger friend and in somewhere so exotic and far away!! Have a wonderful time!!

I am working on hand quilting my Dear Jane and am nearly done the squares now! I try to do one block a day and it really helps, but then again DJ blocks look smaller than the SBS blocks!

May Britt said...

WOW WOW and tripple WOW.........you are going to australia. Can I please hide in your suitcase, I'm so small so I won't take that much space LOL
LUCKY YOU
I know you will have a great time.

Rose said...

Im still smiling!!!!
Guess i really didnt disguise who i was talking about in my post last nite eh?? lol.....im dreadful at keeping secrets!!!!
Is it February yet????lol
Hugs xxx

Nadine said...

Oooooh, Anne Ida, HAPPY DANCING ! This is such GREAT news and I'm so happy for you ! ROSE is a sweetheart and so are you. This is going to be something, really !
We can prepare ourselves to read nice "reportages" on your blog....

Your SBS quilting system is very clever, indeed. I'm sure it'll be a heirloom.

Can't wait seeing your own version of "Butterfly garden". I'd like to personnalize mine, as well. I'm waiting for December to order the pattern. In the meantime, I bought a very nice piece of fabric, as a basis colour schemme to choose the other ones... Will post a pic. as well...

HUGS, HUGS & smiles to you !
(Sweet Australian dreams !)
NADINE

Foothills Fabric & Threads said...

Hi Anne Ida, How exciting you're coming to Australia. I would love to catch up with you if you have any spare time. Perhaps I can organise a SBS get together.
bfn Sandra

jeanette said...

Wonderful travelling-plans!!! Have you been to Australia before? I have and I loved every minute (except for the BIG spiders....)
Compared to Finland ( and I guess Norway, too) fabrics, books and magazines were sold to very low prices there so fill up your bags, girl!!!

Hanne said...

I am SO happy for you, going to Australia !!!

May Kristin said...

I'm so lucky for you!
Can't wait to see your blue SBS finished! It is so beautiful!

Guðrún said...

Great news, this sure is a long trip, but will be worth it.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Wow, Melbourne is only 3 hours from me...and the Great Ocean road tourist destination finishes an hour from me and the grampians mountain ranges are less than an hour from me...we better talk!!! tracey