This past month I've been extremely busy with work, and there's been hardly any time for sewing (or anything else for that matter). I know many of you have full time jobs and feel this way every week, but most of the year I just work a few hours each day, and I usually find time to fit in some sewing.
Last week we had our annual work conference and dinner. I had to arrange everything for 135 guests and it was stressful! My boss was very appreciative of my efforts, and presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the dinner.
Of course being a quilter I found inspiration in the hotel carpet:
The day after our conference we had our annual Christmas party at Capital Quilters. I got to hang my Oh! Christmas Tree quilt on the line.
The weather is starting to improve as we head towards summer in the southern hemisphere. My flowering cherry trees are looking good.
In October 2017 we are having our national Quilt Symposium in Christchurch. I'm looking forward to attending classes with overseas tutors - Jen Kingwell, Luke Haynes, Jacquie Gering etc.
I'm also working on two quilts that I hope will be accepted for the exhibition. These quilts have to be original designs, and that's a challenge for me. I prefer to use existing patterns with my own fabrics, but I'm trying something new here. I won't be sharing any work in progress photos of these quilts, but they are my main focus at the moment. They have to be finished by June 2017, so I will share photos later in the year. Until then you will just have to guess what they might look like!
My last piece of news is that my Mum's quilt has been chosen by QuiltMania to hang in their la passacaglia exhibition at Nantes in France, in April 2017. It's wonderful news for her and I'm really thrilled for her. If you're going to Pour l'amour du Fil be sure to keep an eye out for it.