Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Home again...

Exhausted but happy after an exciting week at the Sydney Quilt Show. Yes, that is a ribbon (two actually) you see on the quilt. "The Eyes Have It" won third place in the commercially quilted category for my friend Lisa Walton and I. Lisa dyed the wonderful fabrics (you can find her at http://www.dyedheaven.com) and designed and pieced the quilt. Then she sent it to me for lots of quilting - I did get a bit carried away, but it worked. Lisa added beading after the quilting, a little bit of bling for a nice finishing touch.

Another quilt I did, a round robin, also won 4th place in the group quilts section. You can see it here http://www.quiltersguildnsw.com/quiltshow2006/wincat13.htm. So I am definitely a happy little vegimite. I also did some good networking, sold lots of fabric & kits for Lisa at her stand and had fun, fun, FUN!!

So, this week I feel happy and inspired with lots of new ideas running around in my head, a feeling of purpose and direction. Unfortunately, slow progress is being made with the gi-normous (technical term) floral applique quilt that is on the machine. It is nearly 90 square feet of detailed applique on white, demanding intensive quilting and much concentration. Wish me luck!!!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Eclipse I

This is the little piece that I framed and gave my friend Lisa for her birthday yesterday. It is a satin base fabric with painted Lutradur applique, plus lots of quilting with variegated thread. I think I'll be investigating this theme further, so I'm calling it the first in a new series.

Rob & I had a lovely weekend in Sydney, though it was raining and particularly cold yesterday. Checked out the Sydney Beinnale at the gallery yesterday morning, some very interesting contemporary art including some textile related works. Check it out at this site http://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au

One exhibit I was particularly inspired by was that of Kevin Connor's sketchbooks. It was amazing to see such a body of work, pen & ink drawing of anything and everything, obviously done daily and recording details of the artist's life and things that he saw. It inspired me - I must make myself draw more. I kill my drawing habit with unnecessary perfectionism - it need not be perfect, I just need to do it. Here's the link http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/whats_on?eventid=1952

I'm off again tomorrow to the Sydney quilt show - maybe we'll catch up there!

Friday, June 09, 2006


At last, my entry for the Sydney Quilt Show is done. After weeks (okay, maybe months) of procrastinating, it's done, quilted, embellished, sleeve & label attached even. Just in time for drop-off day on Sunday.

I've been working frantically all week to get as much done as possible before I head off for five days next week. I managed to finish several outstanding jobs, so I'm not feeling tooooo guilty about going away.

I even put a lasagne in the freezer for the troops while I'm gone. Rob & I are farming out the kids and running away for the weekend tomorrow. I have to be in Sydney very early Sunday morning to drop the quilts in for judging, then we have a friends birthday celebrations later in the day. We never do this, so I'm a bit excited - an evening in the city and a lovely hotel, woohoo!!!! Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 02, 2006

No rest for the wicked...

and I must have been very, very bad. I've been flat out for what seems like forever, and wonder if I'm making any progress or going backwards. I'm sure there's a "Magic Pudding" type effect happening in my studio - no matter how much I do, there's always some more waiting.

Who remembers The Magic Pudding (by Norman Lindsay)? It was one of my very favourite childhood stories, and brings to mind cold evenings in flannelette pyjamas, and me & my brother cuddled up with Mum reading to us. It's a chilly night tonight, but I don't think my big kids will be in on a trip down memory lane with me.

Today's pic is a collage of some recent quilting that I really like. Posted by Picasa