In a Georgette Heyer novel they would call me "bookish", a label that would then either attract or repulse those people the heroine came in contact with. A great primary school teacher when i was 10 helped me be bookish. I caught scarlet fever..and while it wasn't the disaster it would have been in a regency Heyer novel, it wasn't all that good and I wasn't allowed near school for ages. My teacher sent me home a selection of novels that included such treasure as "A little house on the Prairie" and the rest is history, with no TV choices, it was become a reader or go nuts. In Year 12 I did English Literature and that opened up a whole new world, even if there were only 2 of us and we did it by correspondence, with just a teacher supervising us occasionally. I discovered that literature lead to art and also art to poetry and that poetry did not just mean rhyming words on a page.The best bit though, was that the teacher took us to Melbourne for a weekend to see 'A Streetcar named Desire', which we were studying...at the theatre. We also went to the museum, the Art Gallery, out for greek food...and Yum Cha and stayed at his in-laws!! In short the kind of weekend a country girl dreams about. He would NEVER be allowed to do that in this present teacher student climate...and what a sad pity that is for those students who are missing out.
On Monday, when the mail started to come through, I was reminded of Blanche's famous quote, which bought back this flood of memories, -
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
Well, I am not normally dependent on the kindness of stangers, very much a "get in and do it myself" kind of girl, but I am very much appreciating "the kindness of strangers" with the block offers. But the quilting bloggers really aren't strangers at all, are they!!
Here are some of the first arrivals. Louise's block were mailed from Sweden on Friday and were in country Victoria on Wednesday morning!!
Patricia from Narramine in Oz, sent me her doubles from an online sampler. I can see a whole quilt top...with burgundy sashings (??) there!
Darla and calidore sent blocks. Calidore's 2 metres of wadding a will also be much appreciated. Thanks to Margaret for bags to put donations in and her her contribution towards the vast amounts of backing I am purchasing...enough to back at least 10 quilts..so all blocks will be matched up into "families" and become quilts accordingly..how exciting!!!!
I will try to acknowledge the contributions in this way, as the emailing is proving quite a paperwork task. I hope that's fine. Thanks to everyone.
Finally, our new ornament, or two!!
Found the cute little country frame at the Op shop, and it's mate arrived a week ago for my daughter. She gets the company at night and I, lucky me, get the company during the day. I have had to start wearing socks as my toes are just too exciting...apparently!! It's name is Tom. But it is really very well behave and my girl just loves it.
Have a great day, Tracey