Friday, August 28, 2009

Debbie's Finished Her Quilt!

Hi - I know, it's been a while, again! I have a proper excuse this time, but more about that later. I have to show you Debbie's quilt - she brought this in to stitching group two Friday's ago and it's taken me far too long to show you. This is ''A Kittens Tale'' - Lynette Andersons fabulous block of the month quilt. When Debbie unfolded this gorgeous creation a couple of weeks back there was a group gasp! The picture does not do it justice at all as it is truly beautiful.

About the only stitching that I can show you that I have done in the past few weeks is the next block of the Gingham Girls - these are from block five - cute little teapot...

...and quilting with a friend...

So I guess you are waiting to hear the excuse - well... I have been up to my ears in packing boxes! I have sold my house, bought a B & B here in Dunedin, and I am closing my shop! Phew! For quite some time, now, I have felt that a few things needed to change, so way back earlier in the year I found the most gorgeous property that was being run as a Bed and Breakfast and I instantly saw the potential of combining that business with parts of this one. I have been wanting to be able to spend a little more time with my son, Jake, and over the past couple of years I actually felt like I was spending less and less time with him. So, a change was needed and when I found the City Sanctuary I made some decisions. I'm going to continue my classes and retreats from home as it has the most amazing spaces on the second floor - and views to inspire. (I'll be able to show you some pics of the views in a few weeks time and you will see what I mean). I'm also going to continue with my website - lots and lots of fabulous patterns, some fabrics and other tempting bits and bobs like Barb's gorgeous buttons. So, this means that The Stitchery shop will be closing, around about the middle of next month. That's a little bit sad, as it's been a huge part of my life over the past few years, but it is time to move on and to be honest I am incredibly excited about my next adventure - I truly believe that we all know within our hearts when it is that time to move on, and when the opportunity arises we should grab it and go for it! So what between packing and moving out of my old house, a short stint in temporary accommodation (which turns out to be a very pleasant little unit), closing down the shop and then moving into our new home, blog entries may be a little few and far between for the next while. If you want, you can have a look at my ''next adventure'' at - you'll see why I couldn't resist! We move in on 18th September, which is three weeks today. Until then I intend to unwind a little in the ''unit'' - hopefully I will get plenty of stitching done as the retreat is fast approaching and I have several projects to finish for that, but can't show you cos they are secrets. So, there you have it - what do you think? It should be fun!

Must go and get ready for the Friday Stitching girls - wonder what Debbie will bring today?



kiwicarole said...

A little sad, BUT oh how exciting for you, a B&B and a quilting business run from home! What more could a girl want??
What very exciting changes for you all!
carole ;)

Sharon said...

Debbie's quilt looks more like "A kittens Tale" by Lynette Anderson. :) Its lovely. Must admit I have been eyeing this one and "THe Gingham Girls" quilt for a while. Your stitcheries aren't helping....they are gorgeous. Its my UFOs that are holding me back LOL.
Bronwyn Hayes is one of my faves.
Good luck with your new venture. It sounds exciting.
Sharon (Stitches on Mars)

Christine said...

Debbie's Kitten quilt is fabulous and I love your Gingham Girls. Can't wait to see the finished quilt. Good luck with your new venture ... it all sounds very exciting.

Quilting Kim said...

Jenny - I am so happy and excited for you. You grab for all of the gusto, girl. Best wishes for your new venture.

Happy stitching.

Barb said...

I wish you well Jenny with your new adventure. Enjoy each day of it...Barb from Theodora Cleave

Julz said...

Wow - that is big news, how very exciting for you and how lovely for your son too. You have to promise to keep you blog going, so we can still keep upto date with your stitching projects and adventures at the BnB. All the very best to you. Hugs Jx