Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tea n Bickies (what is a bickie?)

So this morning was going really badly.  Not that anyone cares, but my ex and I (whom I've posted about previously--the lost quilt saga) reached an impasse regarding sharing the children we had together 10 years ago.  The end result is that I won't be seeing my daughter Allison for the next six years...until she is old enough to get a driver's license and drive herself to my house.  That is totally depressing...and our house is very, very sad for this loss.  Maybe Allison reads my blog at home--if you do, Alli, you can leave an anonymous comment!!!  Then I can get back to you somehow.....Anyhow, let me get past my personal drama...

I was on Flickr--my drug of choice when I want to have some coffee and zone out.  I just watch the pictures of the quilts pass by and I find it relaxing.  This morning, while I was drinking and stewing, I happened to watch a bunch of pictures of an anime quilt roll by on the slideshow.  Personally, I'm not into anime (the Japanese cartoon characters with wild hair, etc.) but my 8th grade students are VERY into anime.  I couldn't help but think how fanastic a quilt for my classroom would be if it were anime themed like the one in Flickr.

So I discovered the lady who made the quilt and her blog....teanbickies. Click HERE to link to the quilt I'm referencing.  Can you believe it?  Look at all the fussy cutting, and the differnt blocks that make that quilt so dynamic--and original--and just plain cool???  I've e-mailed the woman and I hope to get the name of a source for anime fabric.  Should I just check e-quilter?  I've never seen anime fabric in the stores, though honestly, I might have and would have passed it by.  But now I am INSPIRED!!!  Thank you, Clair, for making my day better with your totally amazing quilt.

This brings me to my point.  All you bloggers who think that maybe you are writing for nobody, and that maybe you are wasting your time....YOU AREN'T!!   Lots of people enjoy reading the blogs, and looking at the pictures, and maybe they don't comment (so you think you are alone)--but your are not!  It can be months down the line, after your initial post, before someone goes back and reads through all your posts and finds something, a little piece of info or a beautiful picture, that inspires them to do something awesome.  Keep writing, bloggers!!  You are better than a magazine, better than a book....and FREE.  I love it!!  Thanks.


  1. That quilt is amazing... and I don't like anime either. I did a search on and found these:

    Sorry about your daughter, I can't even imagine. Seems so cruel.

    And, yes, we are reading blogs.... this is my new found discovery. I love reading them (and sometimes commenting).

    Thanks for sharing!

    BTW... a "bickie" is a COOKIE. The British (and apparently Australians) call them "biscuits" or "bickies".

  2. HI. I just wanted to say that I am one of those people who read and enjoy your blog but never comment - until now. Also wanted to send you a BIG hug. Caroline

  3. Good Grief what has the world come to when a daughter can't even see her own mother? Hugs for you both.

    Glad you were able to find inspiration in your stewing.

  4. It's very sad about your daughter, I'm sorry about it for you. You are right though about people reading blogs even if they don't leave comment. There can be so much to learn and so much just to look at.

  5. Glad you liked the quilt, my daughter's been bugging me for quite some time for it, but I had to wait till I knew how I was going to do it.
    Rhanda's right, a bickie is a cookie, but whatever you call them they're perfect for dunking in your cuppa!

  6. Sorry about your daughter.

    Thanks for the inspiration! I live reading blogs because they are better than books and magazines! But I don't always have the time to comment. But we are here, reading all your posts!

  7. So sorry to hear about the hassles with your ex. I have a jerk of an ex too and you just never know what they are going to come up with next...sigh.

    That anime quilt is incredible!!! Wow. Just think of the hours and hours of work that went into it.

    And a bickie is what we call a biscuit or cookie in New Zealand too.

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter! I hope that it won't be 6 years for you to see her!!!

  9. I'm so sorry about the troubles with your daughter's father. I'm sure somewhere in the six years he will come to an understanding that a daughter needs her mother and vice versa. And if he doesn't, maybe a lawyer will help him understand.

  10. You know, I was feeling bad about commenting on your posts a month later, but now I feel like you've just given me permission!


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