Today was the 96th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. It was a bit low key for us this year, James was in Canberra but Linc and I watched the service on the ABC and the kids stood silent for a minute at school. I remember doing the same thing when we were kids, not really understanding what it was all about, but realising it was something important and sacred. Soldier On asked us to take another minute this year, to donate and help them support our next generation of service people - https://soldieron.giveeasy.org/campaigns/remember-2014/. If you get a chance check out their work on their website - https://www.soldieron.org.au/ and see all the ways you can get involved. Soldier On, 180 x 100cm, 2013
Jan-Maree from Aussie Hero Quilts wrote a fantastic blog post which some of you have already seen; for those of you who would like to know more about what happened and why so many years ago, you can find the post here: http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/on-eve-of-remembrance-day.html
I managed to get one tiny job done today for Jan-Maree's quilt; Linc was happily playing with lego (again - think he might be addicted) at the table so I set up shop next to him on the patio window. I often tape the big templates to the window; the lights box is fantastic and much more transparent but I hate having to move the templates around so much. Anyway, it's done now.
I was a bit more brutal with the lines this time, ignoring a whole heap of the less necessary ones and smoothing out some of the others - I'm wondering if the high quality of the original photo has made the template too accurate? It should be fine now, just part of the tweaking process!
As a final note - I'd like opinions about the following:
I was speaking with a friend today about ways to spread our ideas and help people interact with our work, and she mentioned the idea of offering online courses/info packages. Teaching is something I have thought of in the past but usually dismiss (since we live a long way from major centres and tying James down as a reliable babysitter is next to impossible) - but over the past little while I've been playing around with a few ideas for an online course which people could do from home. Is this something any of you would be interested in??? I'd love to hear what you all think :)