Friday, July 3, 2015

A walk

Our Australian environment is so different in many ways to what we saw last month in Canada and Alaska, but yet, beautiful for what it is.
This giant tree trunk lay where it had fallen. For our convenience, steps had been cut.
Bob stands on the top step, for a size comparison with the trunk.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rainforest texture

The knobbly trunk of a giant Bunya Pine, Mt Glorious, Miala National Park picnic area. It reminds me of elephant skin and the branches are the tail with only green at the end of the branch.
The huge canopy with soft light filtering through from an overcast sky.
Lovely colours in the natural environment- these little details are quickly passed by most walkers.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


The 2QAQ [Queensland Quilters Art Quilters] group had a great demonstration by Lajla who showed us how to make yarn bowls on the sewing machine, using those acrylic and other yarn balls left in the cupboard or bought because it was a good idea at the time! Here I'm speaking from experience!
The makings.
Finished bowls in the background.
Chris being clever with an insert section designed by Lajla.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

North Pole

We didn't need to go all the way to the North Pole to find it! There is a North Pole, Alaska and who knew the coffee could be so good.
Sadly our last morning in Alaska spent at the Fairbanks Airport at a very early hour, although the sun had been up since 3am. We are now back home and were surprised by the dark nights after living for a very brief time in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bubble Tea

The Viewpoints 9 challenge reveal is underway. My quilt Bubble Tea was made in response to the neon/sparkly challenge by Hsin-Chen. Detail above.

Friday, June 26, 2015


Our afternoon tour was on a 4 tier riverboat down the narrow Chena River in Fairbanks.
We had a float plane demonstration, dog mushing and stopped at a recreation of a native village to see fish smoking, reindeer and learn about the way of ancient ways of life to survive in the harsh winters of minus 40 F.
A beautiful Muskrat fur, stitched parka with a Wolverine trim near the face and  further Wolf outer circle on the "sunshine hood". It was a very warm day to be wearing such a warm garment but our lovely model smiled so sweetly for the cameras.

 Hand beading on the leather garments.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One Tree Point Textile Art Retreat in NZ

For anyone interested in workshops in mixed media and surface design, Kerry Glen of Tulis Textiles in New Zealand has a retreat organised for August 21-23 in Northland at One Tree Point. Sounds interesting, with details online.