Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day

We are a diverse country. I realised this today after having Sushi for lunch and for dinner tonight, ratoulie, couscous and a bbq'ed lamb chop with a glass of red.
My paternal Grandparents, Peta (Peter) Tomasov (Turkish) and Lucria Zanki (Croatian) were naturalised in 1924. They would only speak English to my father as they felt, they were Australian and therefore English would be the number one language in their home. They spoke Croatian to each other, only when my father was put to bed as a child.
My father never told his fellow workmates of his European background, as it was not the done thing in those days.
I am proud of my background and have always felt sad that I never got to meet my Grandparents as they passed away before I was born.
I have, as many of you also, been fortunate to travel the world. But as I fly into Melbourne after my travels, it is a wonderful feeling to be coming home.
What a wonderful country we live in.
I have to admit, hearing "Advance Australia Fair", "We Call Australia Home" and "Waltzing Matilda" does bring a tear.
I see the Flying Kangaroo of Qantas, our beautiful beaches, our clear blue sky and the amazing work our communities do, to rally around helping out others when in need, and I can say, I am proud to be Australian.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wangaratta Art Gallery

Yesterday, 6 of us from our Scquilters CBD group, went to Wangaratta on the XPT Sydney train for the day. Our day excursion was to see an Exhibition at the Wangaratta Art Gallery called ARTCLOTH: engaging new visions.
The ceiling to floor pieces were made by artists from Australia, USA, Germany and Lithuania.
The techniques used were:
silkscreen printing
mono printing
shibori dying
use of paper
rubber stamping.
discharge dying
and many other forms of techniques.
The lengths of fabrics used, ranged from cotton, silk, sheer fabrics to linens.
The exhibition was excellent.
Unfortunately we were unable to take a photo.
The exhibition closes this Sunday 23 January, but if you have some spare time on the weekend, those who are able to, it is well worth the visit.
Click on the Wangaratta Art Gallery for a preview of 2 of the pieces.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Coil Wrapped Bag

Many thanks to Carol from the blog, Li Bode, who showed me how to make a Coiled Wrap Bag.
I made a bowl in a 2006 class in Houston, and when Carol showed us her bags on her blog,
I asked her if I could make one as well.
6mm cotton rope with 1 1/2 inch strips of fabric wrapped around it.
I joined the strips of fabric with a scrape on a glue stick.
I started with a basic oval shape and then angled the rope up to make the shape of the bag. The coils were sewn together with a zig zag stitch using black cotton.
To achieve the stripes, the bobbin thread was changed to purple or aqua to match the fabric.
I am thrilled with the final bag.
I hope my mortal at the Kiama Retreat likes her bag I made for her.
DH's comment was, "where's the baby"?
When I was a baby, they were called Moses Baskets.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

First Pick of the Crop

Over the last couple of days, we have started picking the first lot of tomatoes.
Leaving them to ripen on the window sill as the birds will be feasting on them otherwise.
We are also picking on average, 4 zucchinis a day, a handful of beans and a carrot or two each night for dinner with baby spinach.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Journal Cover

Today I made a Journal cover for my Mortal in the Angel/Mortal swap for the
2011 Scquilters Retreat. I also made a bookmark to go with the Journal.
The rules are, you send your Mortal a parcel for December, January and February.
We also bring 3 gifts to be handed over at the retreat which I am making by hand.
The fun part is, our Mortals do not know who their Angels are.
My Angel is giving me the run around, I have no idea who she is.
She is certainly spoiling me.
I have had a few guesses, but no doubt they will be wrong.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Topsy Turvey Tomatoes

My daughter's Godfather Joe, decided to try something different with his tomato growing.
At first they were growing downwards but now they have done a turnabout.
It is weird to see the stems with a curve on them as they grow upwards.

Summer on the Mountain

Mt. Donna Buang
A pleasant drive today ended in the mist and we are supposed to be in Summer.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year Task

The first task of my New Year is to collect all the calendars throughout the house and remove the wire and hangers.
These little hangers are great for hanging small quilts.
Hope everyone had a great night last night.
I was early to bed and early to rise. Even slept through all the crackers etc in the surrounding streets.