Sunday 21 March 2010

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

....a million times, Thank you!
Your prayers worked, and although Ului was upgraded to a category 3 cyclone before it reached land, it didn't do too much damaged, thank God!!!!
We had barely a stir, at midnight the wind was just moving the treetops at our place.  We were a bit tense though because despite all best efforts to report their movements, cyclones do tend to have a mind of their own and at the last minute can zip to wherever they want!!!  However Ului looked like the veritable tourist and wanted to visit Airlie Beach.....who wouldn't this time of year!!!  Such a beautiful resort town, a drop off point for the wonderful sandy islands of the Whitsundays!!!!


Hayman Island, where winds reached 202km/hr (sorry for the sketchy photo:O( )

and After:

(photos courtesy of ABC online)

But he was like the nasty visitor who leaves scuff marks on the carpet and spits food all over the table, Ului was not the 'nicest' visitor to the tourist resort....however, there have been worse!!!

We are about an hour and a half north of Airlie so, being on the northside of the 'blow', we didn't get any rain and very little wind...well, nothing out of the ordinary for a typical blowy day!

And again, thank you, thank you, thank you again for all your prayers because, despite the havoc that he wreaked, there was not a single injury or death wasn't too bad in the big scheme of things!!!!

To take my mind off it, I worked on my Baseco Mahal Kita know, the one Dawn Hay designed and is selling to fundraise for the less than fortunate people of Manila who have nothing of their own and scrounge off the rubbish dumps.   You can get your's here, but here's my finished version in Aster Manor by Moda (I decided to change it from my previous fabrics because they were a bit pale for me with my reputation as a 'grub' hee hee.  I'm always the one to spill something if I'm wearing white and my husband always says to visitors, "You can dress her up, but you can't take her out"....ah well, c'est la vie!!!)

The button I used was a pretty ceramic one I picked up on Ebay last year....just waiting for the right project!!!!
So that's one more to add to my OPAM challenge for March and one to add to Jenny's 5" Charm Challenge for March too!!  Yippee!!!!

Last weekend, I spent at a workshop with Robyn Ginn.  We learned the skills to do the Scattered FabricTiles project that was featured in Patchwork & Quilting Applique Special Vol 18 No 1. 

Totally oblivious to what this workshop involved, we all came armed with mountains of fabric and our sewing machines to discover it was all hand applique and embroidery!! 
It was a very short time before we got over the initial shock as Robyn talked about her quilting journey and spent time with each of us teaching us her design....we had such a great time, the weekend was over far too soon!

Here's Robyn talking with Patti and Chris

She is a remarkable lady and has such a positive outlook! I can’t wait till we have her back again, although it may take me that long to finish this design!!!!.....I’m a little slow on the hand stitching!  (And I forgot to take photos of what I'd done, so that will have to come next time!)

…and yes, Kris, I did say Hi from you, and Robyn got a wistful look in her eye and told me lovely stories about the two of you!!!!!  Happy bearday, my beary lovely bloggy friend! of each for each decade!!!!!

Have a veeeery lovely week everyone...may the power of prayer be with each and every one of you!
XX sugary hugs
Wendy :O)


Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Wendy! So pleased to hear that nasty ol' cyclone left you alone! And thanks for saying g'day to Robyn for me! Isn't she just so amazing!! Not only is she a fabulous quilter/designer, she is so incredibly inspiring and encouraging! In fact, my ethos of workshop teaching, to encourage everyone to 'have a go' comes from Robyn's influence. Hmmm ... a little worried about what stories she's been telling though! Believe all the good ones and discount the bad ones and we should be right! Tee! Hee! Hee! Have a great week! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

So pleased you are all safe Wendy....looks like a good workshop...keep safe...

Narelle said...

I just love the colours you've used for your bag!

Jude said...

Glad you weren`t blown away and i also used Astor Manor for my Baseco bag and now we both have a beautiful bag and have helped others as well. Looks like there was fun to be had at your sewing workshop and waiting to see your finished quilt.

Joy said...

So glad you're safe!!!! :o)
Love the Baseco bag .... those are some of my very favourite fabs ;o)!!!
Joy :o)

Kylie said...

Hi Wendy - Glad to hear you are safe. I bet you have thought I had fallen off the face of the earth but I am still here and will email you soon. Kylie xxx

Joy said...

Hiya Wendy ... it's been ages since I heard from you. Hope all is well in your little corner of the world!!
Joy :o)