Tuesday, 12 April 2022

SAQA Haven Acceptance

 I received the wonderful news that my quilt, Melbourne Malaise was accepted into the SAQA exhibition 'Haven'. SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is an international art quilt group and it is a big deal to be accepted.

Melbourne Malaise.

In 2020, we went into stage 4 lockdown, where we were only allowed to exercise for an hour a day within 5km of home. Even though we were surrounded by birds and flowers all we could think about were the Covid numbers and news reports. It seemed as if home was the only safe place to be. 

I thought my quilt would be a good fit for the exhibition but I was still amazed that it was accepted.

I had decided to take a month or so off from writing my blog but suddenly it is April! I have been really busy with family and also having lots of fun doing some on-line art classes.

My daughter and her family have built a new house and they had to live with us for a couple of weeks before the house was ready. It was hectic with 8 people living here and my youngest son came down with Covid, so we were short a bathroom because he had to be isolated. Anyway, we got through it and none of us caught it. He was sick for a few days with a terrible sore throat, but after 7 days he was fine.

Jack and Anna are only 5 and 3 years old so it was non stop fun and adventure, not to mention all the cooking! Jack started school and Anna started 3yo kinder and the times clashed at first so I had to help with the school runs too.

Our Art Quilters group had a holiday challenge, this is what we all received.

While I was tidying up my fabrics, I came across and lovely arty fabric that went perfectly with the neutral colours.

I put them all together and made a cover for one of my sketchbooks. Those black covered sketchbooks all look the same on the shelf, so this is a good way to tell them apart.

Unfortunately, we had a spike in Covid cases and we have only met via Zoom but this month we should meet in person for the first time this year. It will be good to see everyone.

I also went to see the Australian ballet with my daughter, it was the first performance for two years. Here we are enjoying lunch before the show.

I got my blog posts from last year made into a book and it reminded me that my blog is so handy for remembering how I do certain things, I refer to them often.

I think things have settled back into a normal pattern now and I can get back into a blog routine. I must admit that I am doing more painting than sewing lately. I am not good at it, but I love doing it. Maybe I'll get better with practice!

Bye for now,



Magpie's Mumblings said...

Welcome back! I missed you.
Congratulations on the acceptance - another well-deserved reward for your work.
Very glad your family was able to keep covid at bay when it was in your house. Not an easy task. The reward was spending time with your grandies though and that is priceless.

Linda Steele said...

Thank you, Magpie Mumblings, I appreciate your support. The year has flown by so quickly.

jude's page said...

Good luck getting into a routine, I'm always behind reading blogs, congrats on your quilt acceptance

jude's page said...

Congratulations linda, fantastic quilt

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jude,
Time will tell if I am actually in a routine, I have a very busy year ahead!