Monday, February 09, 2009

It could have happened here too

Although it seems really unimportant now, I thought I'd share a small purchase I made yesterday.

I needed to buy a thread for a customer quilt, and thought I'd browse the fabric section at Spotlight just in case there was anything that needed a good home. I found this interesting paisley print in the sale area, and it's from the same family of fabrics that I purchased a little while back.

It was reduced to $3.00 per metre, and though I didn't realise until I got to the checkout, it was further reduced by half again to $1.50 per metre. So, as is my custom when faced with that kind of saving, I purchased the remainder of the bolt, being 7.7 metres (or about 8.5 yards). It'll be great for backings, or I'm even thinking maybe for setting squares with my green and cream nine patches.

And this is what makes fabric buying seem just so completely unimportant ...

I want to thank people for the kind messages from people overseas asking if my family and I are okay. News reports overseas are indicating that Southern Australia is experiencing devastating firestorms. Luckily for me, I live in South Australia, not in the southern state of Victoria which is experiencing the horrors that have been reported.

Here are some of the news reports.

My heart goes out to so many families who have found themselves homeless, to those who have lost loved ones, and to the many, many victims that are in burns units and intensive care in hospital. Feeling terrible grief is not enough though, there is so much we can do to help. Right now, the Red Cross are calling for donations to help the victims. And if you feel that you can't help in that way, please donate blood - the burns victims will be needing it for a long time.


Hanne said...

Hi Tazzie!
Not knowing the Australian geography very much, I am happy to find you and your family safe from the fires!!
The fires are top news on every news broadcast these days.
We have over 3' of snow and minus 12 C. I wish I could send it all to your part of the world right now.

Clare said...

Hi hon,

Glad you are all ok. Keep safe.


Idaho Quilter said...

The fabric purchase was a real bargain. The fires and heat are terrible for the Australians invloved so sorry to hear of all the misery.

Michele said...

So glad to hear you and your family are safe and secure.


We suffer from frequent forest fires in our summers, too, but I no longer live close enough to them to be effected, thank goodness.

Take good care.

Shirley said...

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We were in Melbourne two years ago and I remember the beautiful trees, and the whole area.
It is so frightening to know that
these fires are claiming lives. Prayers will continue to follow all of you.

Shirley from Alberta, Canada

LC said...

Oh, my. Those videos from your link of the fires are heart-wrenching. My thoughts and prayers too.

sewprimitive karen said...

The news is heartrending about the fires; so glad that you and yours are safe and sound, Tazzie.

KCQuilter said...

So glad to hear that you are safe, Tazzie. I have been worried about you.

*karendianne. said...

Love the fabric and Tazzie, thanks for sharing the information from the local, real perspective. It helps to know you're well, too.

loulee said...

Glad you're safe Tazzie.
I have been wondering about all of you Aussie bloggers, and hoping you are safe, but didn't get a chance to look in until today.


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