First up I must say a big thank you to everybody for their support regarding quilters behaving badly. I was absolutely flabbergasted at the emails and phone calls; and the amount of shop owners, designers and others who have closed or almost closed their businesses because of it. Not good, and time for a change dont’ you think?
Yesterday I had a fantastic mini needleturn applique lesson with Christine from Once Upon a Quilt. In a few short minutes Christine had sorted out my needleturn issues and set me on my way to a new way of appliqueing. I will always love the sheer simplicity of raw edge applique but have reached a point where I need to move forward and learn some new skills. Thank you so much Christine, I think I can fall in love with needleturn applique too :O)
This is my second heart… you don’t get to see the first one, it was wonky :O>>>
I’ve also been playing about with some new dolls. I started them way back in May or perhaps it was April but haven’t been able to muster up the necessary oomph to stuff them. Oh Lordy, I hate stuffing softies! I think a trip to the dentist might be more fun :o)
They still need some tweaking to get them right.
Lastly, everybody’s orders are going out after a few days delay. I must apologise that I am running late. My youngest daughter has been bullied (at school and now it’s progressed to being online) for quite some time now. Things took a nasty turn last Friday and the police were called. Needless to say the past few days have been an exhausting roller-coaster ride of police statements, and the school trying to cover it’s ass. I’m crumbling a little as an adult, the stress is enormous, but I can’t even begin to understand how a 12 year old is supposed to deal with this kind of crap. Miss 12 isn’t of course, she’s a mess. It has been a three year long vile, nasty and now disgusting campaign. I’ve fought it the best I could, I’ve taken advice both good and bad.
I’ve been asked why we haven’t changed her school. We have considered it, of course we have, constantly. We’ve spoken to Counsellors and ‘experts’. We’ve been talked out of it by the very school that has effectively ignored it with promises of change and protection. Unfortunately every solution also comes with a consquence, and not just for Miss 12 but for the whole family. This terrible thing called bullying, this terrible thing called sexual harassment doesn’t just impact on the chosen victim, it impacts on their whole family. All because of a few children who have been left to do this awful thing, unchecked, undisciplined and without consquences. With the police now involved it is time for the consquences. But will these kids learn from it, will the school learn from it, or will my daughter and my family be worse off than before? There are no easy answers.