Monday, September 30, 2013


Very happy to tell you that my quilt Roundel has been accepted for exhibition in the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibition at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn New York, USA.
Roundel has been to the USA before, seen in Houston during my Destination Texas exhibition 2011 and has toured with SOTA12 in Queensland. You can see it and 78 other wonderful art quilts from October 26- January 5, 2014

Saturday, September 28, 2013


This treat at the Queensland Art Gallery café is just perfection from the almond frill at the base to the chocolate glazing and edible Pansy flower on top. Inside was a chocolate and passionfruit mousse.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Twinkle toes

These shoes for Miss 8 are so much fun. Sparkles on the toes, but when she walks they light up and twinkle!
A girl can never have too much bling! I hope I'm teaching her right.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Print Pizazz

We looked at many options for printing, stamping and stencilling in this workshop and as always beautiful creations appeared on the walls around me. This is a small selection.

Even our clean up cloths became art cloth. Thanks to my students for a very inspiring day.
L-R Jenny, Kay, Margaret, Judy, Anieta and Wilma [plus Ruth]


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Taking LEAF

We had a lot of garden clippings indoors for our foliage printing workshop! Beautiful work began appearing on the carpeted walls.
And we perfected a new technique introduced by Monica! Margaret mastering 'whip-it'.
L-R Mary, Irma, Wilma, Maggie, Carol, Ruth, Margaret, Sue and me.
With Monica who brought this piece in the next day with the next stage of stitching, added to it!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Seasonal Change quilt

My 12"square quilt A Seasonal Change is currently available in the SAQA Auction
Pages 3a and 3b are the last to be auctioned before the Houston International Quilt Festival where selected pieces will also be available. All money raised goes back into funding SAQA member activities. I was surprised to see I have sent a quilt for the last 7 years, denoted by the number of asterisks after the maker's name. Glad someone is keeping count!

Canberra Mini Retreat

Had a great time in Canberra with the Unique Stitching Mini Retreat. Nothing mini about the organisation behind the event, or the hotel catering or the students' enthusiasm!I taught 3 x 1 day workshops with a full classroom for Oil Stick Intensive.
We made rubbing plates.
 And explored surfaces which gave us patterns.
What a great day we had with beautiful fabrics created.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Brisbane mall

Brisbane City Mall is a busy spot and every now and then when you get the chance to look up, instead of where you are going, you will be rewarded by a surprise. This lovely butterfly building façade is on the Wintergarden complex.
I hope pink bunny gets to enjoy the view too. His cousin is at the airport!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Audio book

Am I the last person to have discovered The Clan of the Cave Bear and the Earth Children series by Jean M Auel? I have enjoyed listening to the first 2 in the series courtesy of the Brisbane City Council Library.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


This iconic Parisian symbol, printed on cotton patchwork fabric caught my eye and had to come home with me. I think it will make it's way into my French rubbings quilt or quilts, when I have time to design them.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Old lawnmowers! I remember these engineless push ones too.
Had to laugh when I saw the first washing machine I had as a young bride!
How can we forget souvenir spoons?


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Museum exhibition

This exhibition is one I came across the other week at the Queensland Museum. It was very interesting to see the various objects people were collecting, many recognisable from events in Queensland during my own lifetime.

Loved all the pineapple items. I have a pineapple teapot in my teapot collection. My collection was getting big and space was limited in one of the kitchen's we had, so I have not added to the collection. On the Sunshine Coast we had the Big Pineapple tourist attraction when I was a youngster so the paraphernalia brought back happy memories of visits to it.

The free exhibition continues until December 31.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Water quilt

I have finally gotten back to my water theme quilt and added the element I was making, a net of wrapped cord using embroidery and crochet threads. I'm happy with the result, a detail view above. The picture doesn't show the sparkle of the metallic and rayon threads used. Now to have it photographed and enter it in AQIPP.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


This was on a bag brought in by a Sunnybank Quilter member for Show and Tell. The buttons were hand stitched to the heart. Obviously supplied by Duttons when the bag was bought in their shop.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Italian sojourn

With cheap European airfares on offer and more to come shortly, you may like to consider an Italian sojourn with sightseeing and a workshop also. The Abruzzo School of Creative Art are offering lots of great classes in 2014 and until December 31 there is a 20% discount on fees.
I will be teaching Textile Souvenirs from June 10-16 2014.
 I will be passing on my knowledge of working in new, unfamiliar environments and techniques that I’m passionate about. They will include dyeing, sun printing, frottage, mono printing, direct printing, resist printing, layering, machine quilting and hand stitching. Colour, design and composition will be discussed in the workshop and I will work with you individually to help you with your project piece.
The 2014 courses are now on the website,Textile Souvenirs

Thursday, September 12, 2013


The cockatoos have landed in the Myer department store! I enjoyed seeing them on various floors. Some were black cockatoos and some white and the golden emus were a nice surprise too.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

SAQA Auction

The annual Studio Art Quilt Associates auction begins! It is easy to bid online for you favourite pieces made and donated by members worldwide. The Oceania quilts that have featured in the Oceania blog hop are part of this auction.

  The 2013 SAQA Benefit Auction opens on Monday, 9 September at 2:00pm Eastern (US) . The online auction is divided into three sections, one section per week. There is also an in person auction at the International Quilt Festival in Houston:
  • 9-14 September: pages 1a  1b 
  • 16-21 September: pages 2a  2b
  • 23-28 September: pages 3a   3b
  • 28 October - 3 November: quilts to be auctioned at International Quilt Festival (online bidding available on 28 and 29 October):  page a   page b
For the online auction, on the first day of each section’s auction, the price for each piece in that section is $750. The next day (at 2:00 Eastern), the price drops to $550. The third day, it drops to $350, then $250, then $150, and finally $75. 
My quilt A Seasonal Change is on page 3a.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Art Quilt Australia 2013

I'm very happy to have had 2 quilts from my Flood series accepted for the Art Quilt Australia 2013- People, Place & Nation exhibition organised by Ozquilt Network Inc. This exhibition will be part of the conference being organised for art quilters, whether you are an Ozquilt member or not and looks very interesting with some exclusive access to the National Gallery in Canberra.
Above is a detail of Flood #1- River Rising. Flood #3- Flotsam, detail below, is also in the exhibition. These 2 quilts have previously been shown in Taiwan at TIQE 2012.
The exhibition is at Craft ACT Craft and Design Centre from November 1- December 14.
Congratulations to all the artists selected and hope to see you in Canberra.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Common Threads

This exhibition in the Brisbane Square Library is hard to find as it is not signposted and the staff had to consult their computer for the location! It is on Floor 2, on the left hand wall as you step off the escalator. Hung along the side wall, you  have to get close to students using the small tables for their studies to see the pieces which are hung along the length of the wall.
Phillipa Rooke had a couple of lovely Nuno felted scarves.
And I recognised Felicity Clarke's wonderful dimensional reef inspired work.
View from the library window. There are a few other free exhibitions this weekend- Beautiful Australia continues at Gallery 159, 159 Payne Rd The Gap 11am- 4pm while the Redlands Quilt Extravaganza is in Cleveland at the Entertainment Centre. Have fun!