It's so nice to make new discoveries on a road that has been travelled many times before. And so it was when we decided to stop at Kalbar for coffee on our way to Warwick on the Southern Darling Downs, Queensland.
First we found the ' Bored Husbands Seat' outside the bakery and craft shop.
But this sign 'Art Café du Kalbar' had caught our eye and the lovely seating out the front was very inviting.
Inside Kristie has decorated with 1950's nostalgia.
Items are for sale but the coffee and chocolate tart got our attention.
Open 7days from 9am- 4pm and well worth a visit for friendly service and great home baked treats.
Here are a few juried quilt exhibitions and contests you may be interested in.
The Australian Quilters Association is calling for entries in Australian Quilts in Public Places [AQIPP] a long standing competition and exhibition opportunity. The theme this year is Water Warp and Weft. Closing date is October 4.
The Brother International Quilting Contest has the theme Eco. The 10 best entries from Australia will be sent to Japan for the exhibition and you also have the chance to win a top of the range Brother sewing machine. Closing date September 30. Thanks to Brenda Gael Smith who drew this to my attention.
And Brenda has a call for entry out for her new touring exhibition Living Colour. All the details are on the Living Colour Textile website. Closing date is January 31, 2014.
Lovely to have Miss 8 over for some sewing time on the machine. She has not spent time doing this before, being more familiar with hand stitching. I had some spare leaves from the Leaf of the Party lying around and so we decided to make some more. She became confident enough to stitch free motion on the majority of the leaves made.
They are made using washaway and scraps and now even have their own special box.
Our Viewpoints 9 challenges are at an end, with the last one 'Unnatural' being set by Mary a few weeks ago. This is one challenge in which I am taking the easy way out and will look at foliage printing. I discovered some amazing colours in my garden which relate to the challenge.
Here she is in all her glory! Wow, probably better than I imagined at the bottom with the skirt and godets flaring out.
I had to peek out from between her branches covered in her special gloves.
On display for the 10 days of the Jumpers and Jazz Festival in the Town Hall foyer, Palmerin Street.
Checked out some of the great hand spun, knitted, crocheted and felted items for sale by the Yangan Village Artisans at 41 King Street. They use Alpaca fibre and it feels very soft and cuddly. Helen Stumkat also has lovely items at a shop in Grafton Street.
The party is about to begin in Warwick with 10 days of celebration, jazz, textiles, food and all good things beginning July 18. First I need to dress my tree!
The long straps will be tied to the upper branches to hold the dress up. They are made from a sparkly organza. A bit hard to see, but the extra bits I stitched are also part of the frilly bits on the front and back.
This might look like a jelly fish, but it is one of four gloves for my branches. More photos of the dressed tree to come. The 10 anniversary trees are on display in the Town Hall Foyer- hope you can drop in.
Thanks for all the positive comments yesterday about my creative process for Seasonal Change my SAQA auction quilt.
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.