Friday, February 12, 2016

Auditioning fabrics

How do you go about auditioning fabrics for a design? I get out every fabric I have that may work and spread them out on my tiled floor. Taking a photo allows me to see if my choices are working. Then a process of elimination begins. Remembering to use dark, medium and light values brings the design to life.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Colour matching

In my stash I've found a few fabrics in the colours I need but I'm not 100% happy with these choices. I will be dyeing more fabric this week! The beautiful silk jewellery sitting on the fabrics are the colour inspiration points for a new design reflecting my time in Beijing last October at the international invitational quilt show. My thoughts and options are swirling round. Too many choices!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Indigo quilts finished

I really love how the indigo pieces finished up with the white printing, hand stitching and machine quilting. I have not been very inventive in naming them and they are Indigo #1, 2 & 3! Above is #1 for the SAQA 2016 auction.
A detail shot. I tried to add some extra bits of fabric but decided simplicity was the best. I used red stitching in all three.
Detail of Indigo #3.

Monday, February 8, 2016

All things Chinese

My local neighbourhood celebrates Chinese New Year with colour and noise!
And I never tire of seeing the lions dancing.
As well we are treated to traditional Chinese crafts and the embroidery with fine silk thread is glorious.
I asked permission to photograph and captured this moment of intense concentration.
Many pieces were for sale, kept safe in plastic sleeves.

Friday, February 5, 2016


A few bits of frottage on paper left by the little Christmas visitors.
Looks like they had fun creating them at the Queensland Art Gallery.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Weekend away

Always lovely to have time away, discovering new places. This is the view of Mt Warning, NSW from near Cudgen. It was a super colour saturated sort of day!
Was on the hunt for pineapples and found lots of souvenirs at Tropical Fruit World. I had not been here before and will come back for a much longer visit.
Down at Kingscliff for a bite to eat and the avocado toast did not disappoint, yum!

Friday, January 29, 2016


Batik, the art of wax designs, dyed and redrawn and redyed multiple times is a dying art in the age of mass production. So I can appreciate and enjoy the design and workmanship on this small tablecloth on our kitchen table.