Friday, February 25, 2011

Jane's trunkshow................

Dearest Mom
Well, it now feels as though it was ages ago that I was in South Africa with you and Dad........but moving on.....................

It was Jane's turn to do her trunk show at the Buderim group. I think she was a bit nervous - she had no need to be - her work impressed everybody. In fact, I was a tad worried about one of the ladies - she loved her embroidery so much I thought she was going to have a heart attack!!!


So lets start - this is Jane's first quilt - most people start with a sampler.



This quilt has faded a lot - but I always think that when a quilt is faded and worn - it means that it has been used and loved.............. the way they are meant to be.

A "swag" type quilt - Jane hand quilted this one - using the baptist fan design.

Look at the work in this quilt - all those pinwheels!!!!!!! Lovely civil war reproduction fabrics - delicious............


Close up of the butterflies. This is a Lynnette Anderson design.

Oh my hat - the fabrics in this quilt are gorgeous. I tried to take a photograph of it in so many ways - but none did it justice. This is just the top of the quilt - needs to be quilted now...........


The quilt below Jane did at the Patchwork Angel - sort of like a block of the month - but not. Jane made hers bigger and used civil war repros again - and her addiction to civil war repros begins!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jane put this Dresden plate quilt together in just TWO weeks. Quilt it now, Jane!!!!

Ok, so now Jane began her tessellation quilt - Bridgette Giblin design - still a work in progress -some pieces are just tacked on.


Very striking...........



Jane is a bit of a bag lady - she went through a stage of making bags - lots of them - you know what those OCD people are like ?????



Jane and I both made a bag like this - I was a bit annoyed because hers is way nicer that mine - not happy Jan(e)!!!



What was so lovely about Jane's trunk show is that she did not only have quilting. Jane's first love (sorry Wayne) is embroidery!!!


She made one of these bags for my 50th - it made me cry.....................



Her work is just exquisite and her colours ........ stunning!


The work in this one - hours and hours......


.........close up........


Some of her work was framed which made it difficult for me to photograph - but this one has beads and crystals to add a bit of sparkle.



Jane and I are doing the half inch hexagon quilt together - can you believe that this is how much I got covered for her during my trip to South Africa?? (Just in case you are wondering - Jane wrote that little note, not me)

It was a very, very special trunk show by a very special friend.
Jane has the sweetest sewing room - I think I will bully her into letting me photograph it for you.
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Jenny

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hmmmmmmmm jetlag!!!

Dearest Mom and Dad
I didn't think that I would battle with jetlag as much as I have...........but I think by tonight I would have settled. I don't think that it is so much jetlag as thoughts just going round and round in my head - sleep at night is impossible. Anyway.....

At Johannesburg airport I came across this............huge statue of Nelson Mandela - made out of seed beads!!!!!!!


It was HUGE - well over 6foot. Look at the detail in his face - quite incredible - I mean seed beads are tiny!!!


The statue was amazing but not as beautiful as this seed beaded upholstered chair we saw in Umhlanga.........

Coming home it's always soooooooo good to see the family. Nat loved her gifts - especially her name we had made for her!! And yes, Gareth is wearing a panda on his head!!! Vaughn comes home tomorrow - this is longest that we have been apart since we married!!!!!

Everything survived the trip in my bag - including the pipe stand that I bought at the antique shop - it works so well as a scissor keeper in my sewing room..............


I have had lovely long chats with Button on the phone - soooooooooooooooooo good to hear her voice!!!!
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Jenny
PS Its raining AGAIN!!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

..........Goodbye and thanks..............

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for just being you. These goodbyes are just too horrible....



My sister, Carol, who was with us in our hearts, thoughts and words everday. I miss you, beloved sustertjie...............



Oh my hat, my brother, it was sooooooo @#%$%% good to see you. And Georgie, what a pleasure!!!!



To my parent's friends ........ well, what can I say........................




Gav, Rona, Ollie and Nunu. Ollie - awesome, awesome person. Rona - its was so lovely to have met you - and thank you from the bottom of heart. Gav - ag man Gav - you know!!



To all who came to party at Mom and Dad's Golden wedding - eish!! it was a party.


The boys............ and to the barmen - a job well done.

Gav thanks for organising a get together of friends from way back. Kirstie and Carol - it's what I needed.

Di, Eunice, Tacey and Beth - thanks for your time...........


Nunu, oh Nunu, no words.....................


All Vaughn's family - he should have been there............



Family - there is nothing like it ...................


Mom and Dad - Australia is toooooo far way.................


Dad you are my hero.................


Bye for now South Africa - Viva!!!!!
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Jenny

Friday, February 18, 2011

................Dave, there is a boomlsang.............

Dearest Gareth and Button
Nan and Grandest's neighbour comes rushing over saying that there was a boomslang on her deck.
Typical Nan - "Don't kill it" she says "I will chase it away."
We dashed over - camera in hand - to find this snake - definitely no boomslang!!!!
Grandest arrived a few minutes later - looking armed and dangerous!!!!!!!!

But by that time the "boomslang" had, with unhurried ease, slithered away.


Another day in Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jenny

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Durbs by the Sea....................

Dear Friends in Australia

The main reason for going to Durban, which is approximately a 90 minute drive from my parents home in Uvongo, was to see Vaughn's family. Merryl (his baby sister) cooked us a delish dinner.
All the children that live in South Africa were there. Thanks family - Kyle, Devon (looking very chilled) Daniel, Christopher. Pearl (Vaughn's Mom) is on the left, Merryl, Arenea and Lesley. Wish Vaughn could have been there too!!!!!!


Durban, which is in Kwa Zulu Natal, began it's life as a port. It is traditionally very English - often referred to as the "Last British Outpost". Durban is well known for it's beautiful woman!!!!


We spent a few hours at the Essenwood Markets - one of my sister, Carol's favourite markets - on the Berea. The Berea is a suburb of Durban. My father was born here.


Boerie rolls - as South African as you can get...........




Kwa Zulu Natal has the largest population on Indians outside of India. Indian curry differs to Cape Malay curry. Indian curry being the hottest. Chicken Breyani - from Essenwood market - to die for!!!!!!!!!!


Natal avo sandwich - Essenwood market - Natal avos are bigger, much bigger than other avos. They have a very different taste too - kind of buttery.


Mom at Essenwood - hmmmmmmmmm - I wonder if Jane needs ANOTHER bag?????


Kwa Zulu Natal is the Kingdom of the Zulus - in fact it is the only province of South Africa that is a kingdom.....





My Dad, Gareth and Button attended school on the Berea. My Dad and Gareth both attended St Henry's http://www.sthenrys.co.za/ . Gareth then moved onto Durban High School http://www.durbanhighschool.co.za/ .
Button was fortunate enough to attend Durban Girls College - a beautiful old school - http://www.dgc.co.za/ .



The old Berea homes - stately and beautiful......................


This building you could mistaken for being in Queensland - very similar, aren't they?


I did not get to the Durban beach front unfortunately - no time!!!

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Jenny
PS Thanks Dad for some of the info!!!!!