Today as I was making final preparations for my long journey Down Under, I tried to explain to Sophie that since I was going south of the Equator, the season would be the opposite of our current season here in the US.
"It's Spring here, so it is Fall there" I explained. "They've had their first snow in the mountains."
"So even though we have new Spring flowers here, the leaves are turning colors there?"
"Yes, and the birds fly North for winter, instead of flying South as they do here."
Then I tried to explain to her how I'd be traveling to "tomorrow" since I was crossing the Date Line, and that when I flew home I would be traveling for 24 hours, but arrive home just a few hours later than I left. (departng in the afternoon, and landing the evening of the same day...after crossing the Date Line again)
Fortunately Sophie has seen "Around the World in 80 Days" so she sort of gets the part about gaining a day by crossing the Date Line.
These mysteries of the Universe are no less puzzling than the mysteries of sewing:
Why is it that when you are on a deadline for a project, both your main machine and your backup sewing machine will break?
Why is it that you always run out of the matching fabric at the very end when you are almost finished?
Why is it that we always prick our finger when working with solid white fabric?
The remedy for all three of these mysteries, in my opinion, is a floral applique. Hand-sewing an applique over a mistake is where that saying "Necessity is the mother of invention" came from. Is that how Baltimore Albums first started, I sometimes wonder...? Haha, ok I am kidding, so don't bombard me with emails about the history of Baltimore Albums. *smile*
Anyway, when life hands you a broken sewing machine, a fabric shortage, or a spot of blood, there's nothing like a good old fashioned appliqued flower to fix up everything. I say this tongue in cheek, but you'd be surprised how many lovely applique quilts are born of this necessity. This is where keeping your sense of humor comes in handy, when encountering frustrations in the quilted garden. After awhile one starts coming up with creative variations like Broderie Perse and 3-D multi-petaled blossoms!
I am departing Wednesday night, and landing in Melbourne on Friday the 13th. You can follow me on Facebook, or watch for my next few newsletters.
I'll be at the Melbourne Australasian show April 14-15 (walking the show, and hopefully meeting many of you!), and I will be giving a presentation in the Canberra area on Saturday April 21st at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre in Queanbeyan.