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#thisweekiam :: 27/52/15

Going Slow :: for all the things. The children are on school holidays and I’m enjoying their company and PJ days so a few deadlines have come and gone and I’ve had to let go of being on time for two weeks. It’s so nice to have these foggy winter days with the fire on and no excuse to leave the house. Except for necessities, like chocolate for the brownies…IMG_2103

Eating :: Chocolate Brownies with Sour Cherries (200gms dark chocolate, 200gms butter, 1tsp vanilla, 1 cup brown sugar, 3 eggs, 3/4 cup plain flour, 3/4 cup sour cherries – prunes work just as well). Melt chocolate, butter, sugar and vanilla in glass bowl over pot of simmering water, cool. Whisk in the eggs then add flour and cherries. Pour into lined square cake tin, bake at 180C for around 20mins – be sure to remove from oven while still fudgy, do not be tempted to overcook).


Making :: quilts with the girls, they each have such a strong sense of what they want to make and how to do it, I’m again finding myself having to turn a blind eye and walk away so their expression is true to themselves. And, of course, my Panegyric Quilt which seems to be taking over my mental space – every time I sit still anywhere, I can’t stop stitching this one.

Working :: on a new quilt design for a class in Brisbane in late August – this is one of the aforementioned deadlines. I’m feeling super anxious about getting a class sample to the store so this will be priority one the day school goes back, hopefully it won’t take too long (insert raised eyebrow here!).

Researching :: places to visit in California, Arizona and New Mexico!

IMG_2106Do you have suggestions? Where to go? What to see? Where to stay for a family of five? We aren’t really the planning kind of travellers but more the kind who have a list of things we’d like to do which is flexible enough to accommodate discoveries along the way – I’m looking for suggestions of things we simply MUST see (like Yosemite, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, etc.).

There’s lots more but I’m often so caught up in the moment of whatever it is I’m doing that I forget to capture it in an image! Mental note to self – take more photos.


Howdy there

Kaleidostars_almost there

So, apart from my little QuiltCon announcement, it’s been more than three months since I’ve been in this little space of mine. Not that I’ve not been crafting mind! Probably because I’ve been doing lots of crafting, not photographing it or writing about it.

I have:

** Made quilts. Four in the past three months just by me (which seems like a whole lot but is not as many as I’d like to have achieved).

** Quilted three quilts for a client:


** Taught a friend to let go of the rules and make a quilt that she will love. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It does have to be. And, then quilted that quilt for said friend as a farewell gift (she and her family are moving to France on a posting!):


** Enjoyed spending time helping another friend towards a finish.

** Taken on the role of co-ordinating book reviews for this ace website while my friend and her family travel around Australia for a whole year (no, not jealous, not. at. all!!).

** Learnt to crochet and made countless washcloths as Christmas gifts for family and friends.

** Watched my (not so much anymore) baby girl learn to walk and climb:


** Celebrated Birthdays, Christmas and the New Year with family and friends.

Birthday Picnic

** Welcomed some new family members:

New Girls

** Enjoyed the company of my children and their friends during these summer holidays. I’ve also enjoyed how slow we can be without having to rush out the door to school each weekday:


How have the past few months been for you? More on those quilts I’ve made soon, but for now, back to the summer holidays.

Jules xx