All The Fun Of The (Craft And Quilt) Fair:

There is one particular weekend each year, when someone says “have a good weekend” I can Fairly confidently say “yes, I will” … not specifically because of the Craft Fair, but because included in that is the Canberra Quilters exhibition ๐Ÿ™‚
I generally manage to enter at least one quilt, sometimes a Few … This year I entered Four … and, surprisingly enough, I actually got them all Finished in time for delivery day (just! – there *might* have been some Frantic last minute sewing involved, as is usual For me ๐Ÿ™‚

The Craft Fair/Quilt exhibition actually goes For more than just the weekend – it is also on the Thursday and Friday, but I generally can’t go on those days because I am at work (as was the case this year too) however on Saturday and Sunday usually Find me there For the whole day, either wandering around looking at quilts or checking out the vendor stalls, and buying something or another that I probably don’t really need (although this time I bought a few buttons and charms’ and a pack of Fat quarters – which are 1/4 of a metre of quilt Fabric – and I Found some wooden star shaped beads, there were only 2 packets left, but if there had been more I would have bought more because I had been wanting more For a while – they are the same as the ones I used for the Fidget bracelets I posted about a Few months ago – I had Forgotten where I got them From … I guess it was at the Craft Fair last year ๐Ÿ™‚

I had started typing about my Exhibition Entries as my E post for ABC Wednesday … but I kind of never got around to copying it in to blogger (From the notes app on my iPad, where I typed it) and Editing it … but I did post something Else For that, over on my WordPress blog – which I created a Few years ago, and decided to Experiment with again, to see if it works better than Blogger … that post is at

[Yes, I posted this on Up Too Late As Usual … yesterday, now recreating it here … decided I might post in both places for now, and see which one works best/decide if I should just keep one later …]

Anyway … I decided to copy a big chunk of the E stuff into this post, because kind of Fits nicely here:

Excited …

… and Extremely surprised and happy … I Entered 4 quilts in the Canberra Quilters Exhibition … and one of them got a second prize!
I actually found out I had won a second prize a few days ago, while I was Entertaining myself, being Energetic, and just a little bit crazy, taking photos in the wind and rain, on top of Mt Stromlo, after having gone on a bushwalk all morning, had coffee, and then walked up 2 other smaller hills to find Geocaches ๐Ÿ™‚
I would include a photo of it here … Except … In my usual Extremely disorganised state (Executive Function is not one of my strong points ๐Ÿ™‚ I Ended up finishing the last of the stitching on one of them at about the same time as I needed to walk out the door to go and deliver them … and I only just made it in time … and I didn’t take photos of the quilts before I left home because inside my house is a bit dark and outside there are patches of bright sunlight with weird shadows in all the wrong places, so I had figured I would take photos at the Canberra Quilters rooms, when I got there to deliver the quilts, as the lighting is better for photos there – a lot more Even … But when I arrived, the people checking and signing the quilts in were ready to head home because the heating had not been working all day and they were freezing, so I didn’t get a chance to take photos …
I was hoping to be able to take photos today, when I was there helping hang the exhibition. .. but, after the Extremely frustrating and difficult task of organising to work some Extra time Elsewhen, I order to Extricate myself from work slightly Early, I had just headed off and driven on,y a short way down the road when I was called and told threat the hanging was done, so I do t need to go … so … I Expect I will be Finding a way to include my quilt photos in an F post next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course I Forgot to actually Finish and post that … but now I have taken some photos of the quilts I had in the exhibition, so I can Fiddle with those so they look ok and put them in here For you all (the 2 people who might read this? lol) to see:

(I also stole my descriptions, From the online catalogue (a First this year – they used to do a printed one), in case they are too hard to read on the signs, in the photos.)



Falling apart… and putting myself together again 84 x 132 cm
Andrea made this quilt at the various drop-in sessions in the Canberra Quilters rooms, from scraps she picked up from โ€˜the free-to-a-good-homeโ€™ bucket. Coming in and sewing this and other things was good therapy while she was off work, recovering from a stress disorder.



Crosses? or Plusses? 101 x 101 cm
This quilt was made from blocks done Canberra Quilters Modern Quilt Group meetings. The name means that, sometimes, things that seem like โ€˜crossesโ€™ (such as unfortunate events) can turn out to be โ€˜plusesโ€™ โ€“ it all depends on how one looks at life.


Late Bloomer (finally finding myself) 50 x 70 cm
Having spent most of her life feeling like she was fighting an invisible enemy, this year, at age 54, Andrea was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. This was actually good news โ€“ rather than having missed her prime, she can now be a late bloomer and be happy being herself.


Whatever Happens…Happens 30 x 26 cm
Draw a rough idea; find fabric; draw a neater design, but totally change it; change fabric; change design a bit more; do nothing for three weeks; submit entry form; start making quilt. Yes, that is how someone whose life has gone a bit haywire does things!

And … this one is not mine, nor is the photo (I forgot to take one on my phone, so I “borrowed” this one from the Canberra Quilters Website – this one also won a prize), I am including it here, because I did help make a tiny bit of it – I was at the meeting where we sewed the blocks, and I think I put together about 4 blocks, using fabric someone else had, because the type/colour fabrics we used were something I don’t actually have in my stash … I can’t actually remember what fabric I used, which makes it a bit hard to pick out which blocks … or if they actually even ended up IN there … sigh


Kross Kut Kaffe 169 x 154 cm
Members of the busy Canberra Quilters Modern Quilting Group contributed some Kaffe Fassett and low volume background fabrics. Some fun and creative collaborative piecing and cross-cutting revealed a chaotically intriguing and colourful modern quilt.

I did make my own Cross Cut quilt too … but it is still only a top … I wanted to enter it in the exhibition, but it only fitted in the same catagory as 2 of my others, and we could only enter 2 quilts in each catagory … besides … I still have not worked out how the heck I want to actually quilt it … or when I will actually get around to it … lol
Because I don’t still have the photo on my phone, and can’t find it quickly on my Google photos online – here is a screenshot of my post on Instagram – which is where we found out about this design ๐Ÿ™‚

(if you have Instagram and type in that # you will see a whole lot more, and I found the link to the instructions in there too … not that I really followed them that exactly or anything …)

There are photos of the prize winning quilts on the Canberra Quilters website … At

Oh … and, like most of my posts on here [there? :], this post is a bit weird because it is my letter F post for ๐Ÿ™‚

Everything is starting to make sense now …

Aykayem dancing in a ruined telescope dome



My oh my, how things have changed since I wrote my first post here!

At the time, I (thought I) was happily married, I seemed to have a good life, and a job that even though it didn’t pay to well, it was one I liked … and the hours were good and the pay was enough with what my husband earned as well … I thought my life was relatively normal … and I had a place in the world, even if I achieved nothing else in life, it now didn’t matter, as I was the mother of my children ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe I was not quite where a younger me had hoped and dreamed I might be, but it was ok …

… but I was not ok … I guess I never really was … that started to become all too evident when things started to unravel …

I guess my life had been unravelling a bit for some time … but the first I noticed anything wrong, apart from a niggling feeling that I wasn’t totally happy, but I couldn’t work out why, was the day my (now ex) husband came home early from work and announced that he was leaving me, as he packed up his things – said had decided we would be happier apart … turns out he was actually right about that … just an … interesting … way of doing things …

At the time I then realised that things had not been right for quite a while … but at that stage I just thought it was him, and the fact that we had not been right for each other … we weren’t … but it turns out there was a lot more to it than just that …

I probably don’t need to do a whole long blog post all about what happened next/since then … I blogged it over at … and I think I am going to copy those posts in here, to this blog, if it works …
(By all means, feel free to follow that link and go and read them all over there ๐Ÿ™‚

… except I will say that when he left early in 2013, I realised I had not been happy for quite some time, and I started picking up the pieces of my life, and rebuilding … I cleaned up, packed up, and sold “our” house, and bought and moved to my own house, and I was looking for a better job … I was told I was coping really well, and I felt like I was doing fine … but there was one crucial price of the puzzle missing … in fact it had been missing for many, many years … and things stopped getting better, and started getting worse … until last year, when I started to realise that something was not right, but couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong, and I spiralled into a mess of anxiety and depression, and ended up falling apart …

But now, this year, at 54 years of age … I have found that missing piece of the puzzle that I am …

… after a lifetime of feeling alien and different and confused, I have finally found somewhere I fit in, somewhere I belong – and I am actually happy to say that I have joined the ranks of the “late diagnosed Aspies”

Yes – I – who went to university, served in the Army, married and had kids, became involved in all sorts of stuff in the community, and has worked in the same job for about 18 years, until I finally “broke” – am actually Autistic …

… and I am now in the … interesting … process of finding my true self ๐Ÿ™‚

Aspie with antennae
Aykayem @UTLAU

Here is one I prepared earlier …

Actually I only just finished it, am in the middle of putting it onยย … found the other post here sitting in another browser tab when I went looking for one to use to search for a link I needed to add … finished that and then figured I may as well stick the “one I prepared earlier” in here too … it is actually a thingy I just finished doing onย … and … I was just about to put the html to embed it in here when I rememberd there was an option to export it to WordPress … and I have this sudden urge to have a fiddle ๐Ÿ˜‰

ok … had a fiddle … wanted the URL for this blog, and my username and password … which means it will probably create a new blog post for each story I publish or something … and I just wanted to have it pop up here … so … back to plan A – it should show up here:

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If it didn’t … then Blogger scores and moves ahead of WordPress in the “which one works best” contest – LOL

(it shows up in the preview on Blogger, and the same thing has worked on there when I have done it before … currently it is not looking so promising here – on the preview all I see is the “alt” text … but that might fix itself when it is published … or it might not … in which case Blogger gets more than one point? LOL)

Hello world!

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

er … do I have to? LOL

… this has been the only post on this blog for a year or 2 now … and that was all it said until I added this green text in here now … might be all I say on here for another year or 3 too … or it might not – one never knows …

I already have another blog elsewhere, and even that one has been rather neglected lately … in fact the only reason I even ended up here was because I logged in to post a rather long comment on someone else’s blog, and decided to have a poke around in here while I was logged in – because I had forgotten if I had even put anything here or not – LOL

hmmmm … been fiddling around to see how the editor/etc works in here (mostly because I wanted to find the bit where I could make this text green ๐Ÿ˜‰ I kind of like the idea that I have a “kitchen sink” in here – LOL

btw … the post I was commenting on? – was this oneย … where I had the rather weird feeling one gets when one notices that someone is actually talking about … me (which, among other things, she was ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย 

and … because here is as good a place to post it anyway (and because I want to post something else to my other blog for my next post, and just link to this if I rememeber) – this is what I had to say on there:

I just found/read this … now trying to decide if I should laugh, smile of just scratch my head – not because there is anything wrong with the article … but because people don’t often blog about me! – I am the Andrea who is @UTLAU on Twitter … LOL
(btw – I am not actually a science teacher, but I do work with a bunch of them – I am the person who gets stuff out for their prac lessons/makes up solutions/etc of chemicals/fixes things when they break them/buys the hearts/eyeballs/etc for biology class/etc … and cleans up the mess afterwards … lol)
I do some things by myself … but there are some things I want to do, but have not got around to doing that I would like to one day … but have not had someone to do them with so not done yet, and I am not sure my husband would ever want to do them… but I think the reason I have not done them is not fear of doing them alone, but partly a hope that hubby might one day want to do them with me, and mostly because some of the things are just not so much fun to do alone, and more fun if done with someone else to share the fun with at the time …
… which now kind of strikes me as a kind of odd way of thinking for someone like me – seeing I am one of the few females I know who usually doesn’t need to do (or even understand) that whole idea of going to the loo in pairs that most females seem to need to do – LOL
Mind you … another big reason I have not gone out alone (or even with someone) and done some of the things I would like to do is not because I am afraid to do them alone – but because they cost too much money … if someone wants to pay for me to fly to the edge of space, or trek to the South Pole or climb a mountain or sail to places unknown, or go on some other adventure – I am game!
*Andrea thinks for a bit*
I guess what is right/works/etc for different women is different … was just thinking of Mum and I … we went overseas together about 3 years ago … to places my husband was not interested in, and my Dad was happy to miss out on rather than being a 3rd person “standing outside fabric/bead/etc shops while you to get lost in there for hours” … Mum and I share a lot of interests and have a fair bit in common … but she had never been apart from Dad for more than about a week … whereas my husband and I have been apart for weeks at a time ever since before we were married (the joys of both of us being in the Army when we met ๐Ÿ˜‰ after a couple of weeks away Mum was really missing Dad … but I was having too much fun … yet I am sure I love my husband as much as Mum loves Dad (if one can even measure something like that?! lol) … just that things work differently … I know he is still there when I get back, and that he is happy for me to go … and there IS such a thing as an e-mail or a phone call … LOL
The other odd thing with my husband and I … I tend to be happy for him to make a lot of the big decisions (like getting a cat/dog, buying new cars and where to go when we do holiday together and stuff) although we usually do talk about it and I guess we sort of decide together … but he tends to make most of the small ones too (what to cook for tea/where to go for tea/what to do on the weekend/etc) because I tend to enjoy whatever it is we eat/do/etc and he is not interested in most of the other things I do without him … and I don’t mind what I eat for tea if someone else cooks it – and he does the cooking ๐Ÿ˜‰
… but he has no say in how much quilt/etc fabric and stuff I have and what I do in my sewing room – LOL

(oops … that got a bit long – maybe I should have just posted it on my own, rather neglected, blog? lol)

… and no – decided not to put it there … I have put it here instead … but hopefully I will remember to put a link to it on my usual blog, when I eventually get around to posting to it again …ย 


… but first … I need to actually post this, not just leave it sitting open in a browser tab for a day or 2 – LOL