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.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Brisbane City Hall

This view of King George Square in Brisbane shows our City Hall, the sandstone building in the background mixes with the modern skyline. This was my vantage point as I enjoyed a morning coffee before a meeting.
Inside, the architectural details are lovely from floor to ceiling. and while not as grand as centuries old European buildings, still impressive.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I love shoes

My friend Margaret knows my love of shoes and gave me this card [I just love shoes by Robyn Johnson] for my birthday. The back reads, "Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions." Coco Chanel.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Indigo continued

A further 2 indigo quilts have also resulted, both larger than the 12" SAQA donation. Using a different plant from my garden the photo above shows a progress shot of Indigo #2.
I've used a lovely wipe-up cloth for the backing.
Indigo #3 is for the Viewpoints 9 Be Natural challenge which I set on January 1.


Monday, January 25, 2016


My quilting making in January after the family visit was to revisit the indigo pieces of cotton fabric dyed last year in Ali George's indigo vat. I stitched resist patterns and Ali dyed them for me as I couldn't be there for the day. The colouration was splotchey and not as bold as I imagined. My resist stitching wasn't strong enough to carry the design intended. However printing with white enhanced the pieces and above, is the first stage of the Studio Art Quilt Associates 12" square auction quilt I'll donate this year.
Pinned and layered with batting.
The backing fabric is a Jacaranda print.
Machine quilting underway using my trusty Bernina 440.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy 2016

I hope 2016 has started well for you all. We have family visiting so it has been busy with the kitchen and laundry in constant use! Not much sewing or quiet thinking time, but hugs from littlies are so  precious!