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Friday, June 3, 2016

It has been a while

Did you miss me??  I have been to China

This has been the holiday of a lifetime!  It was a wonderful experience, but I will be very happy to stay home on Australia for at least a year.

 We have come home exhausted, and with a cold that is not shifting very fast at all.  This afternoon I head down to Victor Harbor for a quilter's retreat.  I expect that lots of good South Australian red wine, and the company of like minded women will help a lot!

Before I left on 9th May, I was able to get the next block ready for you from the Red and Green Again Block of the Month.  If you have not found it yet, the free pattern is available by clicking on the photo at the RHS of this page at the top.  The pattern is different to those already shown.  It had never been my strategy to make these patterns in a similar cross-over style, it just happened that way, and now I have been able to find a few that are a little different for you.

Start with the circular background, add the leaves, then the layers of the flowers.

As part of our tour of China, we took a cruise on the Yangtze river, and visited the 3 Gorges Dam project.  They have built a series of escalators so that you can actually go to the top of the mountain, without having to climb!  on the way up I found these hollyhocks growing.  I grow them in my own garden, so could not resist taking this photo.

There were beautiful gardens everywhere we visited.  Here are a few for you to enjoy.  I don't know what I expected to see, but not this.  Everything was clean and shiny. 


  1. Sounds wonderful - lovely gardens! Welcome back:)

  2. I did miss you! Beautiful gardens-looks like a wonderful vacation. My sister has been to China twice to adopt her children! :) Thank you for the wonderful block. Have fun at your retreat and get well soon.

  3. Sounds like a great trip. My Daughter and her two children are leaving on a trip to China the middle of June. They are very excited. Happy to know you made it home safely, now maybe I won’t worry so much.

  4. That last photo has some really lovely contrast between the old and the new, the wall and the city. And I love those mountains around the Three Gorges project - to me that is the unique Chinese landscape, I haven't seen it anywhere else. Thanks for the photos, and be well soon!

  5. So glad you had a great vacation. Wanted to let you know that yesterday I was sorting though a stack of magazines and ran across some "Aussie" magazines that carried several of your quilts/patterns. I immediately recognized the quilt in your header and I now have the pattern. You are a famous quilter and am so glad I found your website/blog.

    Terry from So. California, USA

    1. That pattern in the header has been very popular. it is only a little quilt, but you can make it as big as you like - just make more blocks!