Friday, September 19, 2014


My 2larger azaleas have been beautiful this Spring with such a show of pink. I also have a smaller white one which flowered first.
It's just a pity they don't last a little longer. I tell my granddaughters that the petals make lovely skirts for the fairies.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Black leaves

This is the second quilt I've almost completed for the Seduced by the Imperfect series. Just the facing to hand stitch and rod pocket to attach, plus label. I stitched and then painted into this black leaf shape, adding some of the brighter green to echo the green of the other large leaf.
Facing in progress.
Also am working on number three and printed onto this piece of black silk. I rather like the lacy look of the printing. It have cut it and appliqued it to the background fabric. The 4 separate leaves were test prints and will no doubt be used in something else.
And the winner is.......
After combining the blog and face book comments about the Spring issue of Down Under Quilts magazine, and drawing out a name, the lucky winner of the magazine is Margaret. Hope everyone is able to also get a copy of this great Aussie magazine.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Brisbane Festival

The Brisbane Festival is on until September 27 and the Southbank area is the hub and host to lots of interesting sights. This is some of the Brisbane Airport Light Garden, by Tony Assness and Cave Urban, not lit up in the daylight hours, but still intriguing and interesting with tons of bamboo used in the construction.
And this is the strange shape of Exxopolis by Architects of Air. We didn't go in, but apparently the installation is amazing inside with many different coloured lights. It is not a free activity.
It all ends with River Fire on Saturday 27.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Must see exhibitions

I was delighted to finally meet Kim Schoenberger [L] in person at the opening of Expressions of Love II and [Centre] Anne Harris's exhibition Lovingly Interrupted at [R] Janet De Boer's
 Gallery 159. These two talented artists elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. The humble tea bag and eco dyeing never looked like this before and the pieces from both artists blended harmoniously.
The exhibition continues until September 28. Call Janet on 07 3300 6491 for a weekday appointment or come on the weekend between 11am-4pm.

Monday, September 15, 2014

SAQA auction

The annual SAQA auction of 12" art quilts begins today. My quilt Hawaii Breeze is on page 1 which is offered for auction first.

Martha Sielman  Executive Director says, " Please read the directions carefully.  ONLY the quilts on Page 1 will be up for bid next Monday starting at 2:00 EDT.  All proceeds from SAQA's Auction go to support the art quilt movement through our exhibitions and publications.  Bid early and often!"

Support the art quilt -- Bid early and often in the SAQA Benefit Auction:
Thanks for your support.
Detail of the work in progress. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Colour decision

I needed to make a decision about the thread colour for the background quilting. The fabric I dyed is a light grey with a pearlescent shine. I've often found pale violet/mauve to be a good thread colour for blending and this was the case here after looking at some other colours.
The stitched line is more important rather than having the thread colour stand out as a contrast to the background colour.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Down Under Quilts

Down Under Quilts is the magazine I write my Global Thread column for and I am proud to say, is based here in Brisbane Queensland, Australia. The new Spring issue No 166 is due out next week, September 18 in newsagencies and will also be available at Coles supermarkets. What a good thing to read while waiting at the checkout!
One lucky Australian blog reader can receive a free copy of the magazine by commenting here on my blog from now until next Wednesday.

The 166 issue has a fresh new look and comes with a free pinwheel with 30 quilting pins.
If you prefer online issues they are available through the link below: