Right now Sydneysiders are welcoming each day 15 hours ahead of Des Moinesians. No wonder I'm wide awake at 3:00 a.m.
While in Australia, I was blessed to meet, in real time, two quilters I'd swapped emails with through QDU (Quilting Down Under) chat group.
Jillian (such a pretty name), and her husband welcomed us to "Millbrook Rise," their farm home in Victoria. Jillian won over my husband when she served a real country-style breakfast! I am impressed with her beautiful machine-embroidery skills and the quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) patchwork blocks she's making.
Di welcomed me for morning tea (not surprisingly, I stayed well beyond tea time!) in her home, the rectory of St. Mark's Anglican Church in Darling Point where her husband is deacon. Their home in a charming, 1850s, British-style stone cottage straight out of a Jane Austen novel. I would have felt appropriately attired in my Sunday frock and bonnet.
Di is a charming and gracious lady with beautiful quiltmaking skills. She is currently hand-quilting his lovely, hand-pieced and hand-appliqued "Roebuck" quilt.
I can again affirm that quilters are among the nicest, friendliest, most generous people on earth. God expects us to live in love and fellowship, and these quilters are doing it beautifully. Good on ya!