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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

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  • Christine @afamilyday Back in the 1990s I took a ferry from Jordan to Egypt. Lunch was served in polystyrene plastic containers which almost everyone (not me!) threw... 18 Nov
  • mummy here and here I really liked the first Paddington, it was all warm and fuzzy! Well done on reducing plastic, small steps make a big impact X #wotw 17 Nov
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  • Kim Carberry Good on you for trying to reduce the amount of plastic you use. There is just too much packaging now a days. I really want... 17 Nov
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Debs Random Writings

advice to a daughter

Dear Daughter: About girl and boy friends

duck-and-duckling-quilt-block-on-chair

Dear Daughter

Before I launch into the subject of the letter, I need to talk about the quilt block that accompanies it.

I’m growing quite fond of the quilt Continue reading

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Dear Daughter: About being Positive

No 75 Rosebud Farmer's Wife sampler QuiltDear Daughter

I’m back with another quilt block and letter. Your Dear Daughter quilt is growing. As is the clutch of letters.

I really like this patchwork block. It’s called Rosebud. Somehow I’ve managed to flip the pattern over, which I’m fine with. Eye catching isn’t it? The red against the yellow. I love the raggedy ends of the petals. Probably just me, but they remind me of prayer flags flapping and fraying in the wind. A reassuring image.

This is a patchwork block I would like to do again. I think it would look good en masse in different fabrics but the same design repeated.

No 75 Rosebud Farmer's Wife sampler Quilt letterWhile I’ve been stitching, we had an interesting conversation this week. We often do, but this time you told me about the people at school who you find good to be around. I was so pleased to hear you talk about these friends. Continue reading

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Dear Daughter: About Options

Periwinkle from The Farmers wife lettersDear Daughter

Another block complete to add to your Dear Daughter quilt. This one is called Periwinkle. I like the name, although the pattern reminds me more of the compasses found on old maps. The ones where only the North is labelled.

With 111 quilt blocks to choose from the book, sometimes it’s difficult to settle on which one I’d like to do next. (Between you and me, sometimes I just like the name of the quilt block!)

The decision process can take a while. *twiddles thumbs*  Add in the time taken to choose the fabric, and I can deliberate over the choice longer than it takes to stitch the pieces together.

Periwinkle withThe Farmers wife letters book open I usually lay out all the blocks I’ve completed. Fourteen this time. Rearranging. Wondering about the colour I’ll use to separate them all eventually. Making sure my fabric choices this time, work with my general theme. Oh, the choices.

Making choices and seeing the way forward has been a recurring topic of conversation between us recently. We’ve spent a lot of time discussing your options at school. I’ve admired the way you have analysed the possibilities. Laying them out. Rearranging them. Checking they fit in with the bigger picture. Not unlike my sewing decision. Continue reading

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