Sunday, September 15, 2013

Heroes


When Le Challenge announced their recent theme of Heroes I honestly thought I might skip this one. Heroes just didn't spark any inspiration. I did try to get enthused by pulling some Superman fabric out of my stash. It just sat there on my cutting mat...

In the meantime I did a tutorial about how I applique circles...

I figure I had to use that sample circle for something and not let it go to waste. 
 I have way too many quilts on the go so I thought to myself , Why not make a scarf?  
So I did...

I was cutting out circles when Superman called out and said he wanted to be included in my scarf. You can't argue with Superman. 

So the Man of Steel got to be part of the bubbly fun.





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Last week had an interesting turn of events. Tuesday was just a blur of fire engine sirens as a nearby part of the Blue Mountains was ravaged by bushfire. We packed our bags in case we needed to evacuate. 
 

The fires burned more than 1300 hectares of bush over a few days. Hundreds of firefighters did an amazing job of fighting the fire and saving homes. 

This morning Gbf and I went to inspect the charred remains of what was once lush green bush. It was really quite eerie walking through the black landscape. The smell of smoke still filled the air and we even came across the occasional tree that was still smouldering. 




Those brave Firefighters put their lives on the line to save ours and our homes. It's hard to find the words for what that means. Simply, they are real life Heroes. 

After that I think Heroes is a brilliant theme. It's a great reminder that there are heroes all around making the world a much better place to be. 

Le Challenge

36 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Fabulous! The circles are brilliant, those retro prints work really well with the superman! The fire must have been scary and fire fighters are super people!

DeborahGun said...

amazing circles :-) Have you posted the tutorial - I had a quick search and couldn't find it. Bush fires are scary things - firefighters are truely heroes.

Chris said...

Yes it was a frightening day and those firies are the best! One of then could even be your neighbour.
Love the scarf too.

Kathie said...

the scarf is just fun. I agree firefighters are heroes....
unsung heroes especially when they are volunteer firefighters like the ones this week on the Jersey shore trying to save businesses and the boardwalk that just reopened after Hurricane Sandy last year, sad.
glad your didn't have to evacuate....

Kathie

Jess @ The Elven Garden said...

Your scarf is fabulous! The devastation those fires caused, not so fabulous. Glad you stayed safe, and yes firefighters are amazing people.

Shakey Stitches said...

I love your scarf. It's not too over the top superman so you can wear it anywhere.
Glad you were safe from the fires. Ahh the joy of living in the mountains. It won't be long before the bush looks alive again. With just the occasional burnt tree.

Heather said...

Love your fun scarf. I cannot imagine how scary those fires must have been. Glad all is now OK and you were not forced to evacuate.

Mara said...

Beautiful, your scarf and the post, very moving.

Vickie said...

I am so sorry to hear about the fire on your beloved mountain. Bless the heroes who fight fires.
The fabrics you used in your scarf are super (man) beautiful. Have a good week Rachael.

joanne said...

Beautiful scarf!
Thanks goodness for brave people who risk their lives to tackle fires!! How awful to have all that bush burnt!

Deborah said...

I truly enjoy your very original work! Your scarf is beautiful. We've had a huge fire in Calif. still burning. So grateful to all our heroes!

Melissa P said...

I like the way Superman sneaked into your scarf project. Sometimes you just have to listen to the fabric.

I'm so glad the fire didn't reach you. Having your evacuation kit together is always a bit nerve racking. Well, the waiting bit is anyway. (While I read that part, I was thinking about Mrs. Rika Ray in Four Fires, sitting under her wool carpet in the stream.)

Monica said...

I'm glad you are all ok, Rachael.

It's nice take a break once in a while and do something different. Your scarf looks wonderful - very cool and fresh!

LynCC said...

I'm so glad your home is ok!! Sitting through a forest fire this past summer here, too, was not fun in the least. And it's so heartbreaking to see the destruction. Superman on your scarf is so perfect. :)

Nifty Quilts said...

My goodness! I'm so glad you and your home are safe and sound. That blackened landscape will surely inspire more contemplation and creative ideas. I hope you'll post photos of the new green sprouts when they come. Thank you for the reminder about the heroes out there, both seen and unseen. Your scarf has become a tribute to them.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

How scary! We do not live in an area that has fires so I can't even imagine what it must have felt like.
Your scarf is so inventive and you will always have a super hero around should you need one....

smazoochie said...

Wind, water, fire are such indiscriminate levelers. I am grateful your Heros kept you & yours safe.

O'Quilts said...

Your forest and your mountain..that is so scary. Yup on the everyday heros...TBTG

Indianna said...

Oh wow...you managed real heroes, hope you are all safe now. The scarf is superb and a great idea for something different.

Katy Cameron said...

Yay for the firemen! I also love that you have superman on your scarf now lol

Barb said...

Oh gosh, the fire must have been scary and upsetting. I've never lived in a fire zone, so can only imagine.
Your scarf is so inventive and fun.
i love the prints, especially Superman :)

Barb said...

Oh gosh, the fire must have been scary and upsetting. I've never lived in a fire zone, so can only imagine.
Your scarf is so inventive and fun.
i love the prints, especially Superman :)

Vera said...

Lovely circles! and you are so right about those real heroes around us.

Quiltjane said...

Fab scarf and perfect circles. Sad about the bushland and its poor little creatures.

Cathy H said...

Glad you are safe and sound...very scary with bushfires so close......did you pack your favourite quilt and some handwork.....

Shay said...

I did wonder whether those fires were near you. Glad to see you're safe and sound. Bushfires are just so devastating and unpredictable.

Love that Superman got a look in on your scarf. Quirky idea but it works beautifully!

Karen said...

I agree with your comments about all our firefighters..! They are amazing people and I am always grateful for the wonderful work they do. I did not realise the recent fires were so close to you. We were shocked to see the news reports of how much damage there has been. Looks like a tough Summer ahead.
Gorgeous work with your circles on the scarf - lovely idea.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

That does look like a fun--and super-strong--scarf.

Mina said...

Very creative - I love that Superman fabric.

audrey said...

Superman looks very inspired to be on your scarf. You will be looking very smart! The remains of a big fire are very eerie. We had that experience just last year around here.:)

Lynne Shandley said...

A bush fire, already? I hope you get some nice gentle rains so the landscape can green up again - if you do it will go green very quickly.
LOL, love that Superman said he had to be part of the scarf.

needleandspindle said...

Oh dear, it is just too early in the season to be thinking about fire...fingers crossed that you are done for the summer.

Your diversions from quilts are as fun as the quilts. The bubbles and fabric convergences are delightful. Hang on to Superman.

Susan Owenby said...

Nice!! And yes, you have to do what Superman says. :)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Rachael...haha just read the above comment about doing what Superman says...I totally agree LOL! Your scarf is brilliant...love it!

Oh such a close call you have had with the fires...those Firies are certainly Heroes!!!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

My goodness, I was watching the fires on the news and had no idea you were near all of that, how frightening for you. Yup, I agree, Heroes is a brilliant theme after-all. Now to watch those lovely fresh green tips bloom from the blackness of the burnt trees, it's a beautiful sight to see the bush regenerate.

CATHY DANIEL said...

Wow - that's all a bit real and scary - having to pack your bags just in case! Thanks to those real life Supermen, you were safe. Your little scarf is great fun and all the better for having Superman on it! xCathy

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