Have had a glorious time away at the beach- sunburn, sand in the togs [Aussie for swimsuit], salt water in the eyes, cuddles with grandchildren, splashes in the pool, good food and wine....ahhhh some recovery time needed, so we are off to Cambodia to Siem Reap to see the temples of Angkor Wat etc.Will share lots of photos on my return.
Wishing you a happy, creative, healthy 2013. I don't make New Year's resolutions or even have a word for the coming year. Will reassess priorities and goals with a fresh perspective after time away. Love to you all xxx
Its' time to wish you a Merry Christmas! We celebrate this special time of the year with our family and are having a new experience this year- a beach holiday. Of course I've been to the beach many times but having the 3 grandchildren together at the beach is going to be new experience for us all.
Bob's Mum always had this flower spike [we think from a bromeliad] in a vase for Christmas. It is very tall, about a metre and what an amazing colour!
The Poinciana or Phoenix tree as it is called in Tainan, is flowering too. So I'll take a short break and wish you, your family and loved ones a happy and safe Festive Season. May 2013 be full of creative adventures for you and thank you for taking time to read my blog this year. I'll be back in 2013 with more travel stories, quilts and general ramblings.
PS please check here and the Viewpoints 9 blog on December 26 for the reveal of the latest challenge, Behind the Mask.
What threads do you like to sew with? I have many different brands of thread [Superior, Rasant, Gutterman, Signature, Madeira etc] in my kit and all are good for different purposes. Some are shiny, some metallic, some cotton or blends. Recently I received these Aurifil cotton threads from SAQA for the Membership drive [ not hard to sell SAQA when I have gotten so much from my membership and believe in them ]and have been using them in my recent India Adventure creations.
If you want to treat yourself the boxed set is available through the SAQA store with 20% off.
I had time yesterday to stitch some more scrap thread ends onto the wash away, this time without a top layer as I wanted to fill in my design. It was tedious as the threads get snagged in the foot, but are easily cut away. A few more thread ends don't matter as I need it to look like this for the design concept.
I'm happy that a few of my blog readers want to experiment with this process- have fun!
The Portfolio series are published by SAQA each year and as a PAM [professional artist member] I have a quilt in the book, on page 65. The book this year is smaller than in previous years and looks more manageable with great works represented and good colour reproduction.
You can order it easily from the SAQA website. Other Australians featured are Ruth deVos, Judy Hooworth and Susan Mathews.
We are celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary on 12/12/12! How it got to this I don't know, but we have had some adventures along the way. Here we are in the wilds of Mongolia in 2010 with our driver. We have more adventures planned for next year and beyond and I hope you'll follow along too. I'll be back for some blogging shortly after a mini-break. Cheers for now.
We indulged by going to the opening day of the Asia Pacific Trienniel 7 at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery on Saturday. There are many exhibits to see but we got a taster and are excited to come back for further explorations. Here is Bob in the "not so grand Yellow Canyon" as I've named it! A monument to recycling or rubbish? Sorry I didn't get the artist's name.
Dilly bags on a grand scale by Lorraine Connelly-Northey.
A lot of fibre and textiles have been used by artists from around the globe. This is barkcloth and is a detail of a headpiece from New Guinea.
I have used a rougher silk as the base for the stitching and it shows on the left hand edge. After many hours of stitching I have all the pieces in place. The colours are reminiscent of the wedding finery we saw on the first night of the wedding we attended in Kota.
Silken Memories is the title I have given it and a piece of sisha embroidery, cut from clothing finishes it off.
There has been a lot of this going on here lately. I have forgotten how slow hand stitching is, although it is relaxing! This is quilt number 8, that I'm completing for my India Adventure exhibition which will be in France at Quilt Expo en Beaujolais April 18-21 next year. We are going over to see it all.
The silks have a luscious sheen. I have chosen to highlight the edge that is usually cut off the silk and I think becomes sari ribbon.
Sunnybank Quilters celebrated Christmas with a lunch at Stellar Star Cafe yesterday. It was a very hot day with the temperature peaking at 37.9 degrees. The air-conditioners at the restuarant had trouble coping with the heat. L-R Myra, me, Mary [thanks for the photo Sue M] The company was great and the food was excellent, sorry no food pics.
You would think that something Frenchy is going on here with these Christmas gifts from friends and you'd be right! Six Mexettes have made quilts for a touring exhibition titled Beautiful Australia and it will be launched at Quilt Expo en Beaujolais, France in April 2013. We have been in the planning stages for the trip to the Quilt Expo and further afield in France.
Here is a detail of Annette McRae's Cocky's on the way to Beaujolais.
And Marilyn Tucker's Barossa to Beaujolais. The full 16 quilt exhibition will be launched on my website next April.
Travel is an exciting & large part of my life, combined with creating fabric, stitching art quilts & enjoying textile traditions around the world.
I work in the quilting industry; exhibit, judge, curate, tutor & write.
These are some of the threads of my life.