Hi everyone, I’m Diane from The Sloan Patch. I live on a little bit of acreage at Telegraph Point along NSW’s mid north coast. My kids have all finished school now (just) and are at different stages of work/study so there’s definitely a bit more time for ‘me’.
I started blogging just a couple of years ago when I needed a little inspiration after starting full time work. I’ve enjoyed being part of the community so much – and find the virtual sew ins particularly inspiring. Like many of you, Chooky got me started, and although I’ve dropped out of ‘blogland’ when times are particularly busy, I always try to jump back in.
I started my patchwork journey about 15 years ago when my beautiful friend Sally put the call out for volunteers to help make some craft projects to be sold at our local school country fair. I was handy with a sewing machine – making clothes all through my ‘poor’ uni days – but I’d never done any other sewing and didn’t fancy it too much. But boy, did I enjoy the sisterhood, so we decided to meet regularly and try our hand at patchwork.
|The beautiful Sally (right)|
Wednesdays at my place became the highlight of my week. And although I don’t have a lot to show for all those years I certainly enjoyed lots of tea and cake! In saying that, Sally generously taught me some valuable patchworking skills, and I have since taken lots of classes with my friend Debbie at Everything Country.
I particularly enjoy handwork and love projects which offer a variety – embroidery, applique, EPP etc. I’ve just recently started hand piecing and I love it. I’ve always liked the country colour palette, but I’ve found myself straying a little lately and it’s been fun. Like many of you I get excited by new projects, but they seem to take me an incredibly long time to finish. I do finish some of them…the others are still happening, I promise J.
I’ve read all your posts from previous GDITC with envy, so am very excited about joining you this year. And I’m especially happy to be bringing Sally along. It seems only right to share this experience with the person who got me started!
See you soon.