25 October, 2008

Qld Quilt Show

It was a thrill to get a phone call 10 days ago inviting me to the presentation morning as I'd won a prize. What a long wait that was and I was full of excitement like a kid waiting for their birthday or christmas.

I really love this quilt, the sky and hills were made up from little bits of fabric I dip in the dyes to check the colours are what I want. I've been saving them a log time and waiting for a project to use them in.

This is the second house themes quilt I've made, the first one was put on the cover of the 2006 Down Under Quilts calendar my first big win and this one got 2nd place in the Art Category at the show.

I think I've got a series happening. Will there be a 3rd?

16 September, 2008


Had a good day yesterday experimenting with fabric, paper, and paint with the company of my friend Ann.
We watched the Quilting Arts TV DVD and then tried the paper embellishing. Our glue didn't work well and when the paper dried it started to lift off. We used spray glue then to reattach the paper and once layered and stitched everything will, hopefully, stay where it belongs.
I enjoyed playing with this but as with lots of things I'm not sure if I want to do it again. I'm sure I could have reproduced something very similar using dyed fabric, or commercial fabric without making a lot of mess not to mention the extra time involved in setting up and finding everything we needed. Now I can say I've tried that and maybe one day I'll want to try it again. Did enjoy painting over everything, it was a little like playing with dye.
Ann's piece on the left and mine on the right.

03 September, 2008

Travelling Quilt

I was fortunate to have a quilt selected to tour in the 'My Place' exhibition. This exhibition has 30 quilters each from Australia, New Zealand and Sth Africa and the quilts will be touring for some time.

There is a website where you can see more of the quilts in the exhibition, make yourself a coffee and enjoy.
These photos of my front door and some gum trees in the front paddock helped me design my piece.

04 July, 2008

How long has it been

Its been ages since I blogged and I'm hoping I remember how its done.

I've just got back from holidaying with hubby and have seen some wonderful country travelling from Brisbane to Innamincka and back.
I have a piece of my work going into the Down Under Quilts magazines 2009 Calender. A couple of years ago I had my entry chosen for the front cover, this time I'm going to be one of the months - don't know which one yet.

I also have a piece going into the 'My Place' exhibition which is being organized in Australia by Dijanne Cevaal. There are 30 quilts each from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa making up the exhibit which will be touring for 2 years.

01 February, 2008

A Couple of Challenges

This is my January Journal for the online group ANZartquilters. the chosen theme was 'Seasons' and I chose to do Autumn.

I layered a sheer fabric over a blue print that had leaves on it then free motion stitched tree branches and then added some tiny leaves and stitched them down randomly travelling over the piece.

The leaves under the sheer fabric were then free motion stitched to quilt the background.

The 2nd piece is my interpretation of a postcard that a friend brought home from Tuscany.

I wanted to be abstract in my interpretation and not do a copy of the postcard. I picked some of the main colours and shapes from the postcard to work with and just had fun free motion quilting all the pieces.

23 January, 2008

Bag Kits for Sale

The complete kit for the bag is now on sale for $30 dollars, reduced from $40.

18 January, 2008

Playing with Paint
I'm not a painter but have had some fun this last week learning a little more about paint and its applicaion.

This has been an interesting journey. Such a big change from the beginning of the painting to the finish, or almost finished. I think I might need a couple of small flowers in the lower left.