Friday, January 14, 2011

What Is Going On!!!!

Queensland, Australia is suffering from its worst ever natural disaster.  I have been glued to the tv for most of the week in shock at the enormity of the Queensland floods.  As I write this post, four of our States are suffering from floods!  This time last year we were in drought suffering from 40 plus temperatures and now there has been so much rain, that any area that gets a big downpour is at risk.  There are lots of ways we can help.  Donations can be made through The Qld Premier's Flood Relief Appeal .  Also, Make It Perfect is hosting an online Auction and if you click on the links, you will be able to find out all the details.

My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected in some way by this catastrophic event, especially to those who have lost loved ones. I fear that it will take years and years to fully recover from this  and there are still towns bracing themselves for the worst as this massive amount of water travels down our river systems.

On a brighter note, Swan Lake is finally together Yay!!! 

Even Buddy is pretty impressed!

I still have a bit of applique to go but at least now, she looks like a quilt and I am very excited to be near the end.

I also had the honour of viewing another Swan Lake quilt on Wednesday.  Pleas from New Zealand has "crossed the ditch" to come visit and participate in Patchwork on Stonleigh's Summer School.  We had a little Show & Tell at class with Susan's, Pleas's and my quilts.  Pleas has added some little dollies to her centre and it looks fantastic. 

It is a little hard to tell in the photo, but there are three Swan Lake quilts all laid out on top of each other!!!

I also received a lovely surprise in the mail this week, all the way from Cyprus!  Valentina sent me this wonderful diary from the V & A Museum.  Look at all the wonderful clamshells on the cover!!  Thank you beautiful Valentina!

Sue-Anne xxx


Brandie said...

Hearing the news from Queensland is devastating. My prayer go out to all in the area.
Swans lake is utterly Gorgeous. You've done a beautiful job.

Robyn G. said...

I know... it's heart wrenching isn't it and I do think it's going to take years.

Swan Lake is like WOW!!! Are you sending it to moi?? *grin*
Buddy has good taste.

Love that special Valentina diary :-)

ranette said...

I've been praying for your country Sue-Anne...how awful all of that flooding is and so heartbreaking to hear of all of the devastation.

Swan Lake is one of the most perfect quilts I've ever seen and you must be thrilled to have it all together. Exquisite work! Question: Is it hard to applique in the center when it's that large?

Oh and Miriam gave me the little diary for Christmas (I love it). Sweet friends we have!

Taryn said...

We see the massive flooding on our news but it is nearly impossible to fathom the level of devastation involved. Best wishes to everyone as they rebuild.

All three quilts are spectacular. You must be very proud of what you have accomplished.

Jeanette said...

Your swan lake is gorgeous. The others are very lovely also. Love the diary. Hugs,

Deb said...

I'm just floored. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!

laurence said...

Gorgeous quilt !

Mª Clara Lloveras said...

The quilt is gorgeous!!!!! I love it!!!!
And the diary is very lovely, I have one!!!!

onix said...

su trabajo es precioso, sus hijos son fuertes y guapos, sus animales encantadores...si además tiene buena salud debería estar todo el dia dando gracias a Dios

Quiltendewilma said...

I've been praying for your country Sue-Anne!! We see the massive flooding on our news here in Holland.

Your swan lake is gorgeous!!

Hugs from Holland....

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous quilts, Sue-Anne !!!

Shirley said...

Our news has been covering the terrible floods and it is heartbreaking to see. I hope it soon starts to settle and people can begin to rebuild their lives. Love your Swan Lake and how good to see how the others have turned out too. I have that diary as well. Some great quilt pics in there.
Love Shirley.x

katrien said...

I saw it on the news here in Belgium of all the floods.
congrats on your beautifull swan lake.

Sue said...

We have been getting a lot of coverage about the floods here in the UK and is a very difficult time for you all. It seems every year their is some natural disaster somewhere in the world with the poor countries not getting the support or relief they need so badly.
The Swan lakes look absolutely wonderful. You must be pleased it is together now.

Barb said...

Your Swan Lake quilt is a masterpiece! You must be so proud and happy!
I too have that V&A book and it's a little treasure.
The flooding is incredible, it's just heartbreaking.

Debby said...

The Lake Swan is beautiful!!!! I hope to meke it someday....:-)


Sew Create It - Jane said...

The pictures from Queensland have been unbelievable...my thoughts go out to all affected.

Love your Swan Lake...very beautiful!

Cardygirl said...

Your quilt top looks stunning...congratulations!

Julia said...

My heart aches and goes out to those poor people going through such a tough time..
I'm going to add a quilt to the appeal auction...Julia ♥

Joan said...

Just like you Sue-Anne - we have ben glued to the TV - Unbelievable and horrific sights! Hope never to see them again - and what a huge rebuilding in from of them!
Now - your quilt is simply georgeous. No wonder you are so pleased with it. WHat a huge effort for you - its so big! Great to see your wonderful affort!!

Notjustnat said...

It's sad beyond word can described. At least we can spread the words through power of blogging for help. Your Swan Lake is gorgeous. I like Pleas's version too. Both are stunning!

Béa said...

Swan Lake is absolutely wonderful.
All my heart with you all in Australia !

Susan In Texas said...

Swan Lake is looking amazing. I never asked, do you have a particular bed in mind for it to reside on when it's done? Or a wall?

The Queensland tragedy is horrible. I've been following Kris at TagalongTeddies in Toowoomba. Fortunately, their house wasn't flooded, but all the roads are cut off. It is just awful. Here in the States, we have had some rotten winter weather, but our main problem lately is crazy people with guns.

Susan in Texas

Wendy said...

I've seen the awful news on TV, it's just devastating.

Your quilt is wonderful, you must be proud to have that one.

Annemieke said...

We are thinking of all the people in your country who are suffering because of all the terrible floods.

I love your swan lake quilt, I may have told you before:) It is very different from a lot of other quilts don't you think? Nice to see other swan lakes!

Terry said...

Great Swan Lake all thoes dancing dollies. I admire your stamina. What class did you do at Stonely?

The news from up north is devastating. I know you and family have been effected this year as well. Australia is a country of extremes.

We will all help as is the Aussie way.
I also recieved the beautiful Diary. We are lucky.

Mayleen said...

Congratulations on getting so much done on your Swan Lake quilt! Love the clamshells, too.

Elyte said...

Your Swan Lake is superb. Congratulations.
No excuse to forget anything this year with that gorgeous diary.

jean said...

Hi Sue-Anne
wow wow wow, your Swan Lake is stunning, congratulations you must be so thrilled.
I am gutted about Patchwork on Stonleigh but happy for the girls.
Floods are devistating, can't begin to imagine what it must be like.

Siobhan said...

The floods are just awful! I can't watch the news any more, it is so upsetting. We had flooding in 2009 which was terrible for the country but nothing of that magnitude.

Your Swan Lake is gorgeous!!

Ann Marie said...

I am loving it, especially the border, something I have never seen before. It even has hexi's in it too.

wendy said...

I am blown away by your beautiful quilt, I love it.
I also have the diary, a present from a very thoughtful friend.
My sister in law has just moved to Queensland, bad timing, but she is safe. Who knows the reasons for paths we tread. I wish everyone safe lives.

Yelena said...

Well done Sue-anne , that quilt was a mighty job . Hope you and your family have a wonderful year. Yelena

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