Goodbye summer and welcome autumn. I live in the hills, this summer has been very mild and l don’t mind one bit. No fear of fires. Temperatures have been mild and we have had good rain. Perfect conditions for the garden. Every thing is growing like crazy. We’ve even had the heater on some nights.

Hard to believe it has been a year since our first COVID case. Who would have predicted what happened in that year. But we made changes and l think most of us have adapted well. With all the businesses that have closed in the last 12 months l am very pleased to be running my successful little business. The biggest difference for me is no packing up on weekends.

Quilt Camp planning is well underway, we head down to Phillip Island on June 18th, 19th and 20th. It’s kind of a celebration for the end of the financial year. I love a celebration! Need to check numbers later today, but l think it’s almost booked out. Just waiting for a couple more deposits, if they don’t come through then l will let you know. You might be interested in joining us.

Thanks to all those who have continued with Cottage Garden Thread Club. It’s been tricky getting it started up again. People have pulled out, fair call and l haven’t always got it right and may have sent packs to those who cancelled. If l have stuffed you around my apologies, but you know what, no lives have been lost. I am happy to refund your money. If by chance l haven’t been in touch and you wanted to continue please let me know. Sometimes l only have peoples addresses, and that’s a tedious way of chasing people up. An email works better for me, that way its easy to find and keep track of.

I am working on a couple of things at the moment, if you follow me on FB you will know that l have done the stitcheries for Month 13 of Cottage Garden Threads. You will also know that l am working on Block 5 of the Annie Downs BOM which l am enjoying. And if by chance l get that finished early in the month l am hand piecing a 6″ version of my Hexie Floral quilt for little Nina.

Hope your world is well, catch you next month.



Happy Easter to you all, hope you are enjoying the Easter break. We have a family gathering on Good Friday, it’s just easier, no one works so everyone can come. This year was lots of fun, little Nina is that bit older. I made her an Easter Hat decorated with bunnies and eggs and we had a Easter egg hunt out in the garden, she quickly got the idea of what you have to do and ended up with a basket full of little eggs.

It’s another quiet month as far as shows go, but the shop has been busy. Lots of batting and backing fabrics sold which means people have been finishing projects, some new ones and others that have been in cupboards for a while. Great to see.

I got two quilts back from my quilter on Thursday, the big floral hexie quilt and a little Christmas panel. Hoping to make a start on the bindings this weekend. I have also been working on B6 of my Christmas quilt. I was a lot more organised with this one and it’s coming along nicely. Maybe l should finish that before I start on the bindings!

Anzac Day is not far off, so my ANZAC quilt will be displayed in the shop in honour of the brave men and women who fought for us. That’s one of the things l love about quilts, l have tried to make a quilt that can be displayed to mark every celebration. Christmas of course is easy, designers are starting to design projects to celebrate other things. Sometimes just the colours you choose is enough. One of my favs is my birthday table runner.

Thank you to all those who have booked a bed at Quilt Camp. l love organising it and it’s always great to catch up with the ladies.

I have been preparing my garden for the winter. Everything has been tidied up and l am almost finished mulching. It’s been a lovely Autumn in my part of the world.

Have a brilliant April, l write on my Facebook page every night, it’s full of my life, if you can spare a minute or 2 might make you smile.

Warm regards


2 thoughts on “March

  1. Janette Harwood says:

    Can you let me know if there any spots for the quilt camp ? can you call me if yes on
    0455 376 972 thanks janette

    • Karen Martin says:

      Janette there are still some spots left. It’s a great weekend and even if you don’t know anyone you will be looked after.

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