Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day II

Today started out warm and sunny.

And then a great big storm blew in

but we kept stitching......

These pieces were worked blind-folded!




We are still stitching these tonight.


Day I

So I have pulled myself together for a big week.

I am at Textile Fibre Forum in Geelong

doing a workshop with Dorothy Caldwell.

I am going to try and show you a few photos each day.

















Today we were making marks.


Friday, September 26, 2014


These last few weeks I have just been quietly knitting....

I have finished this lovely soft black cardigan.
Thought I might include a thought from that lovely book, Be Happy 
Too often we rush through life
and people and things seem like props in a movie.
Take time to look about you.
The important things will stand out.
These are the things to care about.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Quiet time

This week my brother, 5 sisters and I buried our father.

He died suddenly and quickly at the age of 91.

He went to sleep and didn't wake up.

What he had wished for.

I need some quiet time for now.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Almost done

I have almost finished the quilting on this quilt,
a lovely feeling.
I thought I would show you a few more holiday pics.
Straight lines.

It's so beautiful in the high country.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A different white

I have had a break this week.

Time away helps you focus don't you think?

I have been surrounded by my favourite colours:
White, blues and the all shades of brown.

I haven't skied a lot in recent years and was surprised that I still could!
Not too much time spent with my face in the snow!

While riding on various devices that get you up there I contemplated the similarity between my quilting and my skiing. 
You have to focus on what you are doing, not looking around too much, just looking close up at the detail. And then after a while you can stand back and admire.

I'm itching to start a new quilt now but in the meantime have been working on this,

But I am thinking it would be great in blues and browns.....

Saturday, August 23, 2014

On the go

I have so many projects on the go it is making me stressed.
I don't know why.
I should be relaxed, all this creating.

I made this little doll.
I just had to, I already had one but I gave it away
so I needed another.
I used my old kimono fabric for her body, kimono lining for her dress 
and darning wool for her hair.
Who darns anyway? Me!
You know when you have finished a quilt and you have off-cuts of batting from the edges?
I hate wasting things: 
so I cut it into tiny pieces and used it for stuffing.
She's all cotton.

 Just as Spring seems to be breaking out I finished my gloves.
I needed black ones.

I use old tortoise-shell knitting needles (size 13) but one snapped
so I had to change to another pair (bamboo) 
but I think they may have been a bit bigger.
I am the only one who knows....

 And I finished this as well.
It has been on the go for quite some time...
I had hand quilted the pieced blocks and was going to use a stencil to mark a pattern on the plain block.
I tried many different pencils and markers
(and they don't let you try before you buy)
and none showed up sufficiently well over the fabric pattern.

In the end I have quilted around the flowers
and I quite like that embossed sort of look.
I am quite pleased with myself.
Now only a couple of hundered other UFOs.