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POSTCARDS TO LILY GORDON

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Last year I bought several postcards from an antique store where I holiday regularly. I was surprised when I later turned them over to read them and found several were to a Lily Gordon, Awaroa Bay, Waiheke, New Zealand. A later visit to the same store the next holiday yielded more postcards to Lily. I now have them ranging from early 1900's to around 1913. They tell the story of everyday lives in New Zealand, visits to friends and theatres. I tried to trace Lily's family but could not. If anyone reading this knows of Lily Gordon please contact me as though I love every postcard I would happily send them to her family. I have a thing about family history. I made the small art quilt in the photo (created on my 1910 Singer treadle sewing machine)and copied both the front and back of the postcard onto photo fabric plus a stamp. I put a quote from William Shakespeare as well, "We are advertised by our loving friends". Lily had many friends and I have the postca…

AUSSIE HERO QUILTS

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I have been many things during my life. The roles of mother and wife and artist mainly. In my earlier life I married a soldier and I became an Army wife. It meant postings to various states and lots of time raising my children when their Dad was away on exercises or various courses. My husband died seventeen years ago, and the Army has long slipped away from my life these days. That was till this last week. We lost five soldiers in Afghanistan in the last two weeks. Huge loss, the worst since Long Tan in the Vietnam war. The Vietnam war was of my time back then. I was listening to the radio and heard about "Light The Way Home", a man was asking if people would turn on their front porch light, to light the way back for the lost soldiers being returned Australia. It really touched me and we lit the porch light till the boys were home. I started looking for where quilts might be donated for soldiers and a search on Google revealed the wonderful work of 'AUSSIE HE…

CARNA

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I have not posted lately, a winter flu that hung on for weeks followed by another bout of health probs, has seen me glued to the couch instead of the sewing machine. Finally, I am on the mend again. Spring has arrived and winter departed till next year. I am thankful to see the sunny days again and feel the sun's warmth, as the cold seemed to go on forever these past few months. No, we don't get snow, or even very cold temperatures compared to other places, but I missed the joy of blue skies and longer days. "Carna" came into my home three years ago. She is in mint condition, from the late fifties, early sixties. She has wonderful little silver gears on the top, and you combine them to make different fancy stitches and change her embroidery discs to make more. Her only drawback is that to change the bobbin you have to take your life into your hands and heave her upwards, hold her there, while you manouvre the bobbin out from underneath her. She weighs a ton.…