Wednesday, March 21, 2012


A week or so ago our local branch of the Australian Sewing Guild ran a bag making workshop with Kay Platts.
We had a fun day and came away with a few interesting patterns & techniques to try as well as the bag we worked on in the workshop - mine above. My daughter said it looks a bit country - a bootscooting bag? Unfortunately, I think she's right! I'm doing another one in blues & purples.

This quilted book cover was finished today, mostly done on my new sewing machine. The challenge with this was to use some really bad fabric. I've been buying some scrap bags of quilting fabric which are great value but there are always a few pieces that I hate. I did some free form piecing for the background, then added the embroidered denim square which I did years ago - it's finally found a place. Opened out cover below - the light is better on this pic.

Below: Marigolds flowering in our garden

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

This week has been slightly cooler so we finally went to see Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe beach. As always it was a fantastic event to visit and we had a great day out with a delicious lunch of Barramundi at the OBH too. Here are some of the photos I took. Above: by Toshio Iezumi
The exhibition finishes this weekend.

I was intrigued by this work by WA artist: Anne Walmsley - it's made from wool blankets, squashed into cubes.
The red boy: childhood - morning by Chen Wenling was shockingly stolen last night. It is made of solid aluminium but was broken off at the ankles and removed - such a pity - it was a beautiful sculpture and now it's ruined by some mindless idiot criminal.

The Yearning by Margarita Sampson. There were many more of these in little groups around the rocks as well as some knitted creations.

just another conversation by Robin Yakinthou

Ship of Fools by Deborah Halpern

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Journal quilts, a bag, BOM

I finally finished my 4 12 x 12" journal quilts - they have to be in Canberra next Friday so I'm cutting it a bit fine but they should get there on time. Above is 'Moroccan Mosaic' detail below.

'Kiwi Greens' which I showed before. I've added some beads and french knots to indicate moss - its still subtle but as it's a small quilt it doesn't have to work from a distance so I think it's OK. detail following.

I finished this bag made with some of the fabrics (a scrap bundle) I bought in Japan.

And finally the Craftsy BOM for March. I'm happy with the way this turned out - its the right size - pink only just! and was enjoyable to make.

Thanks for advice on sewing machines - I've ordered the Brother - will get it next week. I liked the Juki but the Brother had more features and accessories and extra feet etc are cheaper. The only downside is that it is quite a large machine so won't be so good to take places but I did get a free trolley bag with it. Blackmore & Roy, where I bought it, were very helpful and have a full servicing on site and free lessons which I'll need because I've never used a Brother.

Monday, March 05, 2012

The winner is...

Well, we did the draw for my giveaway tonight. I wrote all the names on pieces of paper put them in a container and my husband drew out Joy V's name - congratulations Joy. The fabric below was printed with the thermofax screen design which is part of the prize package.

Thank you to everyone who commented - I do enjoy reading them and being part of the community of textile bloggers.

I've nearly finished my 4 12 x12 different country quilts. I'll post pics before I send them off.

Tomorrow I'm going to test drive a Juki Exceed HZL-500. I've been looking at buying a new sewing machine for a while - had decided to buy a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4 but when I tried it on the type of sewing I need it to do (free motion stitching on lumpy, thick, uneven surfaces) I wasn't convinced.
My dealer suggested I try the Brother QC-2000 which I was very impressed with but was a little concerned it wouldn't be strong enough so I continued looking. I've heard great reports of both machines so it may be difficult to decide.

Thursday, March 01, 2012


Last Sunday daughter Renee came up and we decided to visit Araluen, a park not far from where we live. These are a few of the photos I took there. The waterlilies were gorgeous.

So were these - I momentarily can't remember what they're called!

The bush looked a bit dry but the creek was still running.

There is still time to enter my giveaway - it's drawn on Monday. Details in a previous post.