Hi everyone. Thanks for all your wonderful comments and messages! Again I am overwhelmed by the response. I am recovering well from surgery and am taking life easy at the moment (not always easy for me). I have been told that I will need to do chemotherapy. I should be finished with all that by Christmas so that is good. For now I am doing lots of stitching in the beautiful winter sunshine. I am so pleased that I won't need to start chemotherapy until after "urban stitches" this means that I am putting everything into making sure it will be a great weekend. Can't wait to see you all there.
more photos soon,
I started something new and I think I am liking it very much!
This is going to be quite a large project. I think I will be working on it over the next few months as I go "Off Radar" and take things easy.
I am LOVING working in tiny chain-stitch with delicious COSMO threads! I have used colours which match my new fabric range "Folk Heart" which I will use in the piecing of this quilt!
Looking forward to stitching the rest of this one! Will show you more as it is completed. Those of you coming to "Urban Stitches" Will hopefully love it too! If you are still wanting to join Leanne, Melly and myself at "Urban Stitches" it is not too late! We are still able to take registrations. If you are interested, click on the button at the right of this post for full details. The projects this year are looking better than ever and just wait till you see what we have put in the gift bags!
Enjoy your creation!
P.S. My surgery is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Prayers appreciated!
Just a really qick post today. Yesterday I received the results from a number of tests I had in hospital. It was quite good news, the cancer has not spread to anywhere else in my body so after surgery and some more chemo, I will be as good as new (almost)! I just wanted to quickly say thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I also want to share a special moment in my day. My beautiful Holly Wolfe wrote this post. Go and have a look at her blog as she is definitely one to keep an eye on! www.hollywolfedesigns.typepad.com
This is a difficult post for me to write but I need to say these things in my own words this time as last time news travelled so fast and I had no voice. I usually write a post once a year on "why I love July" in which I share things like my Birthday, my daughters birthday and my annual progress after Breast Cancer. This week I was looking forward to sharing my "Five year All-clear" which meant that the Cancer was gone and my treatment would also come to an end. Unfortunately, while undergoing my five year tests, a recurrence of Breast Cancer was found. It has been a difficult few days as my family, closest friends and I come to terms with the implications of having Breast Cancer again.
I have been told that I will be undergoing some radical surgery (with huge emotional and physical implications) and more than likely will also need more chemo-therapy and more hormonal therapies. I have a lot more testing to go through before I know exactly what will be involved an if the cancer has spread to other areas of my body. The rest of this year will certainly bring huge challenges for myself and for those I love.
I have realised that I can still write a post on things I am thankful for as they are so plentiful! So here goes: my wonderful family and friends for their love and support, my faith as I feel God's peace wash over me and know that when I am weak, He is strong, my wonderful new surgeon ( who is a quilter and has just finished my "I Remember" BOM for her daughter! Her stitches are perfect and I know she will do a beautiful job!), spring flowers in my garden promising that Summer will return! Also, I will have lots of wonderful design and stitching time when I am home recovering from treatments. I made "the joy of life" BOM last time, who knows what quilts I will make this time???
Something that is more difficult for me is that I will no longer be able to participate in "Imagine Vietnam" which I was so excited about. My oncologist has told me, "no overseas travel for the rest of this year". Melly and Leanne will just have to go on without me there (how does a control freak like myself deal with this? lol!). I will still try to keep my "Urban Stitches" commitments as I am really excited to see so many of you again at our new look urban retreat. If I can be there, I will!
I intend to continue designing, stitching and pattern writing as close to "normal" as I can. I intend to live life to the fullest until it is no longer mine to live. I intend to laugh. I intend to share. I intend to love. I also intend to make some really cool bandannas for my head from my new fabric range "Folk-Heart"!
I welcome your communication, prayers and stories of hope but ask you to please consider that stories of your own loved ones whose journey did not end well are very difficult for me to hear at this time. I understand that some people want to share these stories with me because they believe I will understand their pain. This is not a good time for me to share that pain with you. I have enough of my own to deal with right now.
My next post will show you more of the wonderful things in life, new projects or new fabric??? who knows????
The last few months have been very busy and very exciting with some really worthwhile projects. I have co-Authored a wonderful book for D&C with my sister called "Sewn Toy Tales", my new booklet "Petit Noel" was also written and produced, Leanne, Melly and I are busily organising a stitching tour to Vitnam and our first "Urban Stitches". In there somewhere is the soon to be released 3rd range of fabric "Folk Heart". With all this however, nothing has given me greater pleasure than my new role as "Mentor"! When Holly Wolfe, 4th year fashion student at RMIT, asked me to be her mentor in the patchwork industry I was over the moon! Holly is a unique artist with an amazing talent for cute, quirky designs for the young and young at heart. I am delighted to show you Holly's first selection of 8 stitcheries. These stitchery kits include pre-printed hanky linen and COSMO threads so you can start working on them right away! So, let me introduce to you Holly Wolfe Designs!
Don't you just love them all? Look out for Holly Wolfe Designs at patchwork stores as they are now available.
I have also released "Stitching Fairies" in kit form with pre-printed linen and COSMO threads. It is available in full colour version....
A few weeks ago I received my strike offs for my 3rd range of fabric for LECIEN called "Folk Heart". It was a very exciting day for me! I thought I would show you the combinations I have been playing with. That is the fun part, grouping, regrouping and grouping again as I imagine all the amazing projects I could make! I hope you feel a little inspired too!
We have listened to your feedback and decided to make this year's retreat so much more accessible for those of you that are traveling from country VIC, interstate and overseas. The Novotel is perfectly located close to the train station in Glen Waverley, with great value accommodation packages and is located right on the doorstep of great dining, entertainment and shopping.
Registrations are now open for Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of September 2011, so please click on the "Urban Stitches" link in the right side bar for a copy of the flyer and registration form. Registrations can also be made online here to secure your spot immediately!
We hope you will join us for an amazing day of stitching, to two!!