Friday, April 30, 2010


This was the scene at the Melbourne Exhibition Building on Wednesday afternoon as I delivered my quilts for the tutor exhibition. Orange vests were not being worn just as a fashion statement!

The STATE of the ART quilt 10 exhibition went up quickly with Kim & Karen helping.
Sorry this is a blurry shot, but it shows the start of the exhibition in the L shaped gallery space for the 25 quilts in the exhibition.
As Curator I'm thrilled to see the STATE of the ART quilt exhibition in such good company with many wonderful exhibitions at AQC.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


One of the featured exhibitions at AQC is from Queensland Quilters' members- the juried 'STATE of the ART quilt 10'. My quilt 'Counting' was selected by jurors Dianne Firth & Helen Sanderson. You are seeing it here before the doors open tomorrow.
I have used my hand dyed cotton, oil sticks, paint, machine & hand stitching.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thoughts on the weather

From balmy, sub-tropical Brisbane to the cooler climes of southern city Melbourne- it's always a shock to the system to encounter the cold breeze! See you in Melbourne at AQC. I don't know how often I'll be able to post, but will fill you in with lots of photos when I can.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Busy times

Even though it is a long weekend here, with a holiday today for ANZAC Day, which was yesterday, I have not had my feet up resting or indeed stitching. Instead I'm working toward getting ready for AQC which starts on Thrusday. There are also a few other deadlines to be met before I get on the flight to Melbourne.
So I'm feeling a little fuzzy around the edges, like my image above.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Second Life exhibition

I love going to an exhibition opening & seeing work that is inspired. In this case Mary Barron has been inspired to use recycled clothing from family & friends to tell personal stories which in turn inspire us to look again at our personal connections. Her exhibition was opened by Janet deBoer, editor of Textile Fibre Forum magazine. The exhibition is on at the Logan Art Gallery, open Tuesday - Saturday 10am- 5pm with free admission.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lots of stuff

As my suitcase gets filled with lots of stuff for AQC [I haven't even begun to put clothes in!] I am struck by the contrast with the Daily Diminishing blog.Objects & their memory are the inspiration behind Cathy's project.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Australasian Quilt Convention

With only a week to go before the Australasian Quilt Convention opens, I'm getting excited & beginning to pack.
As the tutor of 3 new workshops, Mono Printing Magic, Oil Stick Intensive & Garden Trellis, I have been featured on the AQC home web page for the last week or so. I look forward to meeting you, if you're a student in my class. If you're a blog reader, please say 'G'day' when you see me.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


This one of the Buddha statues that began as a white form & was then transformed by visitors, to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, adding stickers supplied by the artist. It was interesting to note the repetition & designs made by members of the visiting public. Are we preprogrammed to seek order out of chaos?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bed quilt

I don't often make bed quilts these days, preferring to concentrate on art for the wall. However Granddaughter aged 5 needs a quilt for her bed, so last month I began cutting the pieces.

It's a simple pattern of vertical tiles with a 5" border. I'm in the machine quilting stage now & find it is sooo... big. Perhaps the wool blend wadding doesn't help. But it will look good on her bed & keep her warm.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Roller Derby

We broke out of our regular weekend routine of going to a movie & went to roller derby instead! Such an interesting crowd, fast action & good fun.

We supported the Diner Might Dolls & wore yellow & purple shirts. Bob took his camera & got some great shots.
The Diner Might Dolls won & skater 'Dead Meat' was a star!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

1000 Artisan Textiles book

I collected some copies of this book yesterday & put my feet up, with my afternoon tea, to go through it, page by page. Very impressive work & beautiful presentation in the book. I am work number 877 on page 269.
Brenda Smith has a great review of the book on her blog.
Geri, I'll see you in Manly at The New Quilt opening.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The New Quilt exhibition

 Template-free, the blog of the Quilters Guild of NSW has a full list of exhibitors for The New Quilt 2010. If you are interested look under Wednesday April 14.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quilt panel

This is a quilt panel I've quilted for my Grandson, aged 7 who has been learning about the Solar System at school. The stars glow in the dark.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mosaic art

On first glance you may think this is composed of tiny fabric squares & why not? It has been done before.

However this work was huge, taking up a wall at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane during the recent Asia Pacific Triennial. The artist, Kang Yong Sam's work was part of art from North Korea & it was very much the propoganda style art of that country.
Nia you will enjoy The Fabric of Society exhibition.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Fabric of Society

Thanks for your comment yesterday Diane re 'On Track #2' detail. I'm happy to post a full image of 'On Track #1' after the exhibition opening. The technique used is mono printing which I have fallen in love with & now offer as a 1 day workshop.
I had the pleasure of hearing Dr Annette Gero, quilt historian & collector speak at the opening of the exhibition 'The Fabric of Society- Australia's Quilt Heritage from Colonial Times to 1960' at the Ipswich Art Gallery. The exhibition runs until July 25 & has the most wonderful antique quilts. Log cabin, which is my favourite traditional pattern is well represented in silks & cotton.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The New Quilt exhibition

Pamela, thanks for your comments left on my last post regarding the inclusion of 2 of my quilts in the newly published book '1000 Artisan Textiles'.
Today the motto is 'Persistence pays' as I've had my quilt, 'On Track #1' accepted into The New Quilt 2010 exhibition to be held at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum from June 18- July 25. The image above is of a detail of 'On Track #2' which wasn't selected. Brother International Australia are sponsoring the exhibition catalogue.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Colour at Versace

I never tire of the glorious colour & pattern combinations at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast. The foyer is magnificent with a huge chandelier & Medusa head mosaic floor & well worth a visit.
This time I had an iced coffee.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Australia Zoo

I was in a rush yesterday & didn't really have time to load these photos from Australia Zoo, so hope you enjoy a few more today. Bindi is wearing the pink tights & the ant is green.

She also did some croc feeding. I certainly wouldn't want to be in with this big one!
The mosaic wall is under the food hall.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Australia Zoo

We had a day out at Australia Zoo yesterday & had a great time, beginning with the Bindi Show & croc feeding by Terri.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Australasian Quilt Convention

April 29 - May 2, 2010

Royal Exhibition Building,

Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

AQC 2010

This year the Easter bunny brings something better than chocolate…

a special rate for Gold Passes at AQC plus the release of one day classes.

Book your Gold Pass at Easter Bunny rates: $875, on sale for two weeks only, until April 14.

The best way to enjoy the AQC experience is with the four day Gold Pass - a package that allows you to attend classes and enjoy all the special extras, in the most economical way.

Only Gold Pass delegates are able to:

• See the quilts before the crowds arrive.

• Shop in the exclusive delegate preview period before the show opens.

• Attend four days of classes, lunches each day, Cocktail Party, Evening Lecture and Gala Dinner all included in the Gold Pass.

• And New! Friday, April 30: Presentation with our guests from India and Marion Gorr from Beautiful Silks. Open to delegates only.

If you just can't make it for the four days: Do the One-Day Dash.

Book a one day class. Our One-Day Dash is $199 - class and lunch only, (previews, lectures, Gala Dinner, Cocktail Party and the sample bag are not included). There are only limited places available in classes, so be quick!
Indulge yourself and book your place at AQC, Australia's premier quilting event, bringing the world of quilting to your doorstep.

AQC Update:

The APQ-AQC Challenge quilts, themed Remember, look amazing. Pictured is Those Were The Days by Janine Dixon and Judith Thomson, APQ-AQC Challenge entry.

Dale Rollerson reports that at least 70 people have had tan! trums!

The Twelve by Twelve quilts have arrived from the USA.

The guilds are rounding up the Best of the Best quilts so we can all get a close look at what's happening in other states.

Our brand new layout will see the quilts take centre stage on the floorplan and the retailers' stands spread out to create a more spacious feeling.

We can't wait! See you there

The AQC Team

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Hats off to Stephen Jones, milliner to royalty, stars & European couture houses. The exhibition 'Hats an Anthology by Stephen Jones' is wonderful. You can see it at the Queensland Art Gallery from now until June 27.
These are some of the hats available for sale in the salon.
Happy Easter to everyone.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mt Cootha

This was the view of Brisbane yesterday from the top of Mt Cootha. I have family visiting for a few weeks so we are 'doing' the sights at a leisurily pace with baby.