Grandchildren in our family are usually welcomed with what has become known as 'a farm quilt from Grandma'.
She chooses a fabric panel, usually bedecked with tractors, cows and chooks, and surrounds the panel with a simple checkerboard of coordinating squares.
Her latest quilt was sufficiently delayed that the recipient was able to tell her exactly what his preference was for his quilt - "I want trains Grandma"!
And so the traditional tractors were set aside and the search was on for train fabric. She decided on a print from Just Train Crazy by Dan Morris for RJR fabrics.
We raided the stash for some 'not-too-girly' coordinates, and she got to work.After an appearance in the local show this weekend, the quilt will finally be excitedly received by my locomotively obsessed nephew.
I coerced my sick blossie out to the adventure playground to take these photos. Usually there would be no coercing involved. She really is unwell!
We are off to Sydney to Westmead Children's Hospital next week to try to get to the bottom of her unrelenting headaches. An MRI has assured us that there is nothing especially sinister to worry about, but after 3 months of persistent pain, we are hoping for some answers and some relief for her.
Thank you to everyone who has shown such kindness and concern for my daughter. Your many encouraging messages and personal stories have been very much appreciated.