So, October 29th 2013 I composed my first post and hit publish!!
It was all about my brand new sewing machine that I had recently upgraded to and how excited I was to have her.
I was encouraged by the lovely Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts to take a leap of faith, and I'm soooo glad I did!
So what's happened in a year? It's more a case of what hasn't happened since last October!!!
I lost this beautiful man on New Years Day while out diving and suddenly I was made a single mum of four and life changed irrevocably.
So in order to keep myself from falling into an abyss of grief I have filled every waking moment outside of my job and Mum responsibilities....why are there so damn many????...with sewing and quilting and all the fabricky goodness that the online community has to offer.
There is ALOT!!!
I completed my first online miniquilt swap through Flikr and in the process gained the most gorgeous online friend for life .
And this is what she made for me just because she wanted to...still love it xx
I joined Stash Bee 2014 and have not missed a month...so proud of myself..... and subsequently because of the awesomeness, have signed up for 2015 also.October is my month as your highness aka Queen Bee and I'm stupidly excited to have the workers send me their blocks.
I did an Improv teeny little house swap through Swapbot, a new to me forum, and this was run by the awesome Angie of Gnome Angel fame....another lovely new friend!!
Through the New Bloggers Quilt Hop I met two other amazing groups of uber talented ladies!!
First up Jane of Where Jane Creates invited me to join a Round Robin Quilt of 3 NZers and 5 Aussies.
This is my centre and it's just finished it's journey here in NZ and is off over to Aussie.The ladies in this group are FREAKIN amazing and I'm having such a good time.There's only 8 of us and it gives us 6 weeks to work on each border....which of course you all know I leave to the last minute everytime...sheesh
The 2nd group are the Compass Quilters which is an International Stash Swap and once again full of really talented ladies.I had the first month as Queen and am only waiting on one more set of blocks but there has been an issue with printing accuracy for paper piecing so no quilt yet.But a lesson learnt on my behalf....keep it simple stupid?
I have also joined Instagram and become a complete overgrammer...but it satisfies my need for instant and efficient gratification.
Through this I scored some DS destash from Sarah Fielke...I have quite a crush on her so I will not say if I swooned a little when I saw her name on the back....weird geek that I am...actually I don't swoon I said "F*&%$ it's from Sarah"
I joined the Little Quilts Swap...also run by Sarah, and the FSBS11 "Holiday Theme" run by Amanda @whatthebobbin and Ive also just signed up for the #Bitchesgetstitches swap.
The last one I had to sign up for as it's a profanity swap and what made me laugh even more is that two people tagged me for it while I was still thinking about it...I'm so transparent?
Since last October I have watched this wee girl blossom and grow into a very free spirited almost 2 1/2 yr old who is adored by all and comforts us all everyday with her presence....trying at times without a doubt LOL
She lights the room up and makes her big brothers play....which makes me happy.
BUT MOST OF ALL I have discovered a world online that has counselled,massaged my ego,distracted and by default looked after me in my time of need and all without even knowing it!
So girls and guys I wanna share the love and give you stuff...kinda rhymes.
Just leave a comment and tell me which offer you would like.
Denyse Schmidt Picadilly 7 Fat Quarters in Blue/Green
Denyse Schmidt 7 Fat Quarters in Pink/Yellow
Denyse Schmidt Out Of Print Mixture of Katie Jump Rope, some fat quarters some across the width and some large scraps
High Tea Baby Quilt pieced and quilted by Moi as a pattern test for Adrianne @onthewindyside
Scoot over to her blog for a look.
I will pay for postage so comment away...and Thankyou my lovely peeps xxxx
linking up the love with Heather and Megan
And of course Alyce....my first comment