Have you ever participated in a swap of any kind? This was a first time for me, and my envelopes went, from Rangitikei to Rotorua, to Auckland, to Vancouver via a suitcase of luggage in an AirNZ plane, then by plane to Kelowna, then the staff at big White posted them!!! What a roundabout way to get my fabric swaps to friends in the 150 Canadian Women group.
This is the first part of the return trip, on the runway at Kamloops airport in British Columbia.
Then last Saturday the final ones arrived. Wow, it was better than waiting for Santa to come .
There are reds, in all shades,some plains, some patterned, some with motifs, and thank you all so much, Cindy, Christine, Dolores, Ingrid, Janet, Melissa and Pauline . and yesterday one more envelope arrived, a piece that was part of the collection for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, in 2010. This is destined for Block #15, to honour Elsie MacGill. Thanks so much Kate, I will make sure when I sew this block, I look at the snowflakes and the Inukshuks and think of others that have some of this fabric as well.
Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill (Vancouver BC 1905-1980)
“Elsie, Helen Gregory MacGill’s daughter and suffragist Emma Gregory’s grand daughter, was the first female graduate in electrical engineering at University of Toronto, first woman to earn a master’s in aeronautical engineering and first practising Canadian woman engineer.
Meantime sewing is still at a very slow rate. I think there are more pages of unsewn blocks than finished ones!! The centre block #30 was a huge challenge. And I used freezer paper for #37, instead of paper piecing.
My knee is still very troublesome, I see the specialist next Thursday, maybe I should have some hand sewing ready in case I am confined to bed or not allowed to walk for a while !!!
The garden is showing signs of Autumn, mornings are dark a lot later, and although days are hot, cooler times are already waiting at 6 a.m.
Japanese Anemones or Windflower or Anemone hupehensis, Anemone hupehensis var. japonica, grow and grow, cut them down, dig them out, and they still grow. Tall, graceful and delicate.
Josh’s second year at Victoria Uni in Wellington has started, a science degree in Physical Geography and Geology has fascinating subjects , I cannot help wondering if he will get to visit Antarctica at any time. And Danielle continues to do so well with Joey, the jumps are getting higher all the time.
Quotation of the week, from Emily Bronte
“ Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
fluttering from the autumn tree”
Greetings from Jean