Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Now, where were we?


toilet paper √
canned goods √
pasta √

Were you prepared for this s***storm?
Luckily I did a bit of stocking up in January when things were on sale.
Not hoarding.






 As you can see I've cut loads of half-square triangles,
joined them up and trimmed them.

 And then I've checked my measurements and cut the same number of squares (3")
I am getting on with this.
It helps.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Just relaxing at home

Whoa! I think we are in for a wild ride. 
For a few nights I have not been able to sleep.
 I guess I'm not on my own there.
Since New Year I have been a bit slack with my sketch book so I have decided to document my role in this dystopian saga.


 I think I might want to check back when we are on the otherwise of this event.
I'm going to record of loads of things including my shopping lists,
panic lists
and lots of the funny quotes I see.





And I have started a quilt. 
I normally have a couple classes every week and I'm calling this homework for them.
Distance learning.
Join in if you wish. contact my and I'll email the steps as we go.

And my little story today that I'll put in the diary:
I was taking my usual walk (routine is important if you are socially distancing)
when the man approaching me was clutching a big packet of toilet paper.
I guess you have heard about that drama in Oz.
I was going to rob him but found I was unarmed.
Luckily he willingly gave up his source and as it was on my way I made my way to the IGA.
Yes I got one but no money or plastic! S**t.
So I just waited there patiently until someone I vaguely knew lent me $10.
Mary you are my saviour!

So chin up everyone we'll get through this.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

remember me?

Happy New Year!

It seems I have not blogged for a long, long time
and it has taken a lovely comment from a long follower on my blog to get me back here.
I am fine and doing well.
But my country:
it seems we are ruled by a team of lazy, lying cheating dimwits.
There I have put that out there.

Plenty has been said in the media if you want to look it up.
The East Coast of Australia has been burning for months losing many times the amount of forest that burnt in the Amazon and millions of our native animals have died 
while our crazy leader holidayed in Hawaii, 
was slow to action and 
continues to obfuscate about Climate Change.

I, like many Australians, am in complete despair.
There seems little we common folk can do and even if we had an election soon I fear the same forces that assisted this party  to be elected would be at it again.


 So I have done what most artists do and turned inward to get myself through.
This improv quilt is inspired by the great Nancy Crowe.
It's progress has been slow while I pondered design decisions but so far I am pleased.


And this beauty has been in the making for some time.
I have been exploring solids, 
quilts made from as few fabrics as possible,
traditional patterns but modern colours
and hand quilting.
I got out the old quilting templates!
I just love doing that kind of quilting.
You can stitch all (or most) of that angst into something.
Funny how when you pick up the quilt again those thoughts return.

So that's me for today. Take care.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Tale


I am part of a local artist group, SHAC, and we have just had a great exercise in collaboration.
All our names were put into a hat and then drawn out to form pairs.
You know how it goes. Completely random.
I scored a wood worker which initially worried me.
No need it seems.
He was thrilled to draw my name and had instantaneously formed an idea for his project.




So, how lucky am I?
He made me a quilt stand. To keep.
It is gorgeous.
Beautifully made. Brass fittings. Smooth...


 And I can hang one quilt with the removable rod or lots of quilts. 
And on both sides! 
Can you tell I am a bit excited?




Friday, July 19, 2019

slow stitch

I think this qualifies as "slow stitch" even though I am using a machine.
Usually I get faster the more familiar I get with a new pattern.
Not this time.
I seem to do more reverse sewing the more blocks I do.



It's effective though, what do you think my friends?
On another note...
What do you think of the developments over at Instagram?

I am seriously considering my account now "likes" are no longer displayed to anyone other the account holder.
Why like anything?
And why can't I see the people I follow CHRONOLOGICALLY.
That's what I want. And Ease up on the advertisements.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Carpenters Wheel


Have you made this block my friends?
I must say it is turning out to be one of the most difficult I have attempted.
I am using templates I bought ages ago and have finally decide to have a go.
This is an 18" block.
Some time ago I tried it in a smaller block and hand-pieced but that is unfinished.
Sigh....

This time I am using the machine but as i say I am finding it slow and difficult.
On the bight side: I have made 3 blocks!

Thursday, April 25, 2019


A few weeks ago I attended a workshop on "basketmaking".
( I know: very slack blogger not posting until now)
I use the term loosely because it was so much more than that.
It has taken me weeks to finish this beauty...




I have used scraps and selvedges from my beautiful indigo scraps
 ( yes, yes I save the tiniest pieces)
and wrapped them round rope to coil this bowl.
I think it was worth it don't you?