Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year
Well we're now three days into 2021and I think we can all agree
that 2020 was an "annus horribilis" to quote the words spoken
by Queen Elizabeth II in a Guildhall speech 1992 to describe that year!
Time will tell whether this coming year will be any better, let's hope so
although I fear it will be a heck of a long time before we can
refer to a year, hopefully not too far distant, as an
which means wonderful year.
You will have noticed our Kereru in the opening photo, a gift from youngest
son and wife for Christmas, now fastened on the deck trellis conveniently opposite
my favourite chair.
It's been a lean time for my quilting but here are two blocks made during a
spell of playtime
just trying out ideas for a new quilt for eldest grandson,
two more possible settings below
this is a pattern from Cultural Fusion Quilts, a book by
Sujata Shah blogging at
having some computer problems so I do hope this link works!
Another possible contender for a quilt for grandson is another version
of Chain Link Horizon which I made in 2019
I have a stack of half hexagons 7" high which I cut when making this
quilt and were never used, I'm figuring I can save myself a lot of time
by using them along with a different solid for the diamonds.
I'm thinking perhaps the Kaffe Fassett Aboriginal Dot in Orchid,
not actually a solid but reads as one.
This is the time of year when lots of quilters think of a word for the year,
I've done so myself a few times. Given the year we have had I felt that there was
not just one word but there are three which resonate with me
to take care of, feed, protect someone or something
don't we all need a little of the above mentioned?
I know I certainly do, this coming year especially.
I'm sure that many of us also need a little of these three.
Adam Lindsay Gordon, an Australian poet in the 1800's
wrote a poem "Ye Wearie Wayfarer" and I quote four lines below
"Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
KINDNESS in another's trouble,
COURAGE in your own."
On a lighter note as I close my first post for 2021 here's
the early bloom on my white amaryllis
there are 11 blooms right now, difficult to photograph them though.
Each bloom measures 6" across.
Needless to say I am thrilled!
Leaving you with Kereru at sunset
and he/she doesn't actually have speckles on his neck, I took this photo
through the window which needed a clean!!!