Amanda Daly

Amanda Daly
I've been passionately working with fabric for more than 25 years . . . relax with me as you read about my life and my quilts

Tuesday, 28 December 2010


My Friday morning class - A wonderful group of women who have been sewing with me for years, more socialising than sewing, they refer to themselves as the "Special" class.

The challenge this Christmas was to make a pin cushion for a swap.
I made the little cicada in the centre, actually I had to make three until I came up with one that looked remotely like a cicada. I'm a quilter and not used to making fiddly little things unless they are quilts.
I received the lovely pink and green pin cushion with the button in the middle.

My husband often laughingly asks me "when are you going to get a real job". I am very for fortunate to be able to turn my passion for quilting into my work. Thank you to all of the ladies (and Josh) who make this possible. I love every minute.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Do all good things have to come to an end?

John and I have decided that our last gig playing in our Bush band was to be our last.
It's more John's decision than mine, though I'm not unhappy about it. It has been wonderful but the time is right to stop now.
After more than 15 years we have got to the stage where there is no magic left and we are also getting a bit too old to be up playing 'till after midnight then doing the roadie thing, packing up and trying to stay awake on the often long drive home.

I fondly remember leading bush walking groups up hill and down dale all through the nineties and early noughties, the troops and I used to joke about how we'd ever manage to climb Mt. Solitary on our walking frames when we all grew too old to make it up there without them.
The walks came to an abrupt end when the leisure learning centre I worked for closed its doors. Initially I missed the walks, but there is always something waiting to fill the void. It was at this stage in my life that I decided to teach more quilting classes and enjoy having more time for my own quilting enjoyment.

This got me to thinking about quilting...will I ever find the time is right to put down my needle. Not a chance in the world!. Working with fabric is at the heart of my very existence, it's what I do, it's part of me.