I grew up in a small river valley on the Canadian Prairies. Freedom to roam in the hills was important to me. During university I spent a month in the UK on a choir trip. I did some traveling in Western Canada, going only once to Quebec and the Maritimes. When we took the boys for a week in Mexico, I figured that I had done my traveling. Only 3 years later, when my husband was working a rotation job to Qatar, we did a 5 week holiday to Jakarta, UAE, India, Oman and Qatar. It was our “World Tour” before David quit his job and came back to work in Canada. Funny how things change.
I began quilting in 2000, when a farm friend invited me to the group they were starting up. She didn’t tell me that quilting is an addiction…. and for this, Brenda, I am heartily grateful. It fast became a big part of my life.
For the past 6 years, we have lived in the Middle East, first in Kuwait, Oman and now Norway. Quilting has been my main means of meeting people and getting to know my new home. I have had access to plentiful fabrics, more spare time, and friends from all around the world who have encouraged me and pushed me to try new things and expand my horizons. In the process, I have advanced from tentatively following a pattern to drafting art quilts, doing hand applique and trying just about anything that catches my eye. Most of my quilts become gifts.
This blog began as my thoughts and passions as I explored my new home in Oman. It expanded to include Norway after we moved in January 2012, and has now flown yet again to Sakhalin Island, Russia. I hope it opens your eyes to the beauty of these countries, and that you may one day visit and see for yourself.