Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More Retreat Bits and Pieces

Me Saw these toilet cubicle doors at the Euroa Service Centre stop.
Fanta Spider at "Fonzies" in Albury for lunch
"Where are the chips"
My friend Jenny from NZ and me.

Kiama Retreat Bits and Pieces

Table centre pieces at the Saturday night dinner Large spools at the antique shop Berrima
Knitting needles in shop display in Bowral
Afternoon Tea at the antique shop in Mittagong
Box of large buttons at the knitting shop in Bowral.

The Shop Hop

Visited on the shop hop were the quaint towns of Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong.

Scquilters Retreat at Kiama

The theme for this year's Retreat was "Carnivale" with a masked dinner on the Saturday night.

Kiss Groupies The seaside town of Kiama, south of Sydney was a beautiful little town.
Sunrise over Kiama
Time spent with friends.

Sophia, Mandy, Joy and myself on the shop hop.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Our textile group at Guild are putting together a quilt made up of
16 12 inch squares with the theme of "CIRCLES"
I have used various techniques eg, Angelina fibre, tyvek, hand felting, painted vlisofix, wash away and metal rings from the garage.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Busy Knitting

This last couple of weeks, I have been swapping between making 128 leaves to applique onto Emma's quilt to knitting beanies for Jan Mac for the Homeless Connect Day.
I hope to have some more knitted to pass on to Jan at the retreat.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fibre Arts - Artist Notebook Project

It is nearly time to send off my notebook for
The Artists Notebook Project
run by Fibre Arts Australia.
Open day to view all the books and exhibitions will be:
Sunday 17 April, 2011
Ballarat Grammar School
201 Forest Street
Wendouree Vic 3355
12.30pm - 5.00pm
I am looking forward to seeing all the other books. There are approx. 120 Notebooks.
It will be a busy weekend, the AQC is on and I have tickets for the Tutankhamen exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Central Committee Fabric Challenge

The annual Past Retreat Committee Fabric Challenge is:
"Shades of Colour" by
Hoffman California International Fabrics.
Fabric chosen by Helen E.
I used a photo print from a kit that I purchased in Houston.
Tucked away in a drawer was an edge of an old white doily, a piece of white linen and a white lace butterfly
A quick dip into a strong cup of coffee to age them and a few buttons added to the front.
Not sure where the Mother of Pearl button came from.

I enjoy making journal and notebook covers.
The rust colour of the photo lent itself to the colour of the variegated fabric.
The Batik fabric on the edge had rust coloured spots, so also used the main fabric to go with it.
The challenge fabric was not an easy piece to match.
I prefer the notebook closed without seeing the back of it.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

ATC-WDU March Swap

Our theme for this month is "March".
I could have gone with the typical month of Autumn and leaves,
but decided to do something a little different.
Remember that song:
"The ants go marching, one by one,
horrah, hoorah".
I used tea bags for the tree trunk, drew the ants and put brown/green fringing for moss on the sides of the tree trunk. Rubber stamped some leaves on the outside.
I hope Amelia in NZ likes my ATC.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Air Show

Emma and I went to the Air Show at Avalon yesterday.
Came home with partial deafness, despite the ear plugs, sunburn but had a great day
This was the Hercules that flew to help Christchurch after their earthquake.
This is for you Dad.
My father worked for TAA and would have loved to have seen this silver bird.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Abbotsford Convert

This morning we drove to Abbotsford Convent for a stroll through the gardens and a visit to their wonderful bakery.
The gardens are beautiful, the plants were covered in butterflies, the herbs were in abundance and the sun was shining.
It was lovely to see little children running around and playing in amongst the garden.
It is free entry, $4 for car parking and well worth a visit.
Art Craft and Textile classes are held also.
There are regular night/day Art Craft/Farmers markets and Art Exhibitions on at the Convent.
One of the exhibitions showing at the moment are vessels made of dried reeds/kelp and plastic used for fishing nets.
Another Art Gallery beneath the Convent showed ultra modern paintings.
John's comment was " this gallery would make a great wine cellar".
Within walking distance of the Convent is the Collingwood Children's Animal Farm.
Next door was the Community Vegetable Garden Plots. The area is the size of a couple of large house blocks and each plot would be 15m square.
We stopped and chatted to an Italian lady who was tending her vegetables.
They have a seedling swap monthly.
We walked around the various plots taking in all the different vegetables/fruit being grown and the different ways each farmer had grown and laid out their personal plot.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Heart for Christchurch

With this heart,
I am sending my prayers and thoughts to whom it may go to.

Hearts for Christchurch

A member of one of my Internet groups has started an appeal for "Hearts for Christchuch".
I am gathering hearts for Christchurch.
Not heart blocks in the quilting sense but `hanging' hearts.
Two heart shapes sewn together, stuffed or not, embellished, embroidered, CQ'd, quilted, plain or fancy, felt or fabric or anything goes. Add a loop at the top. However many inches high that you care to make. For ease of postage, envelope size is a good measurement.
Also for ease of postage you can send them flat, leave an opening and add a note "Please stuff me" I have a couple of non sewers on stuffing. You can choose to sign them on the back and add a message. It would be nice to have at least the area they come from.
This is just a small measure of something nice to give in this terrible time. A heart is a symbol of caring and I know we all feel an overpowering desire to do something. If you aren't in a position to donate a heart or two send a little bit of fabric. I have heart makers at the ready. Or simply pass this on message with my address
Thank you.
Hearts for Christchurch
523 Main North Road
Bay View, Napier 4104
New Zealand