Monday, 31 October 2011

More Quilts...

Here's the last of the photos I took at the Ballarat Quilt Show on Saturday... 


 'Greek Key Log Cabin Quilt' by Dawn Ruddick






'Birds in the Forest' by Jenny Bacon 


2nd Prize for Traditional Quilt at the Sydney Quilt Show 2010 
3rd Place for Hand Quilted Small Quilts at The American Quilters Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2011 



 'Never Again' by Anneli Hamilton
Quilt as you Go, double sided....no wonder she called it 'Never Again'...!! 








'Antiquilted' by Liz Dyer




'Starry Roses' by Karen Pior




'St Patricks Floor' by Thelma Wilson
This is based on part of the floor in St Patricks Cathederal, Ballarat. 




'Jacob's Ladder' by Jennifer Mitchell 




'Why I live Where I live' by Trish Lemon
This one was my personal favourite and the one that got my vote for viewers choice, here is what Trish wrote about her quilt..
 "This quilt is a personal representation of the view from my dining room. Each element holds personal meaning , from the sunrise, to the drought-drenched property that is our country home. The tree representing the passing of our first family dog 'Flopper' and the chatter of the Silver Eye Finches in amongst the flowering Pincushion Hakea."
   


I was totally mesmerised by the colours in the quilt....

 ..I think too, the thing that made it for me was the fact that it wasn't traditional, it was made with love for the place this lady is in now. Pushing the boundaries of normal, I quite like that at the moment...



 Oh look, who's that....? 


  It's Jill and Gudrun..!! We had a great day of course, great quilts, great friends, fabulous trading tables, lunch was pretty 'blah' but that's okay the rest of the day made up for the terrible lunch service....... 


Take care my friends, I'll be back in a day or two... 
xx


Apologies for photos and text being all over the place, seems blogger is still not playing nicely..!!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

At last some quilts....

....but not mine..!!


Jill, Gudrun and I took ourselves off this morning to the Ballaarat Quilters Inc. 2011 Quilt Exhibition in the old Mining Exchange building in, of course, Ballarat. What a great little show it was. I think there were 120 quilts (please don't quote me) on show and a half dozen trading tables, including the lovely Corliss from Threadbear and our own Sue and Julie from Millrose.


I didn't quite photograph every quilt, but it was hard not too, the quality was excellent, the colours and variety were fabulous....
So here are some of my favourites, all the descriptions and names are taken from the information cards on the actual quilts...






"Eureka" by Suzanne Lyle

"This quilt has been made as my interpretation of the "Battle of Eureka"

The Oath:    "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties."

The oath was taken by hundreds of miners under the flag of rebellion in Ballarat on 3rd December 1854.

The spiral of Southern Cross stars of various sizes depict the various soldiers and miners that fought in the battle. A small droplet of blood on the quilt represents the blood that was shed during the uprising, resulting in the death of 30 people.

The flag itself was held in high esteem to represent the battle of "Eureka", and pieces of the flag were cut off and presented to visiting dignitaries as a symbol of the stand taken by the miners of the goldfields over rigorous mining licences and taxes. "




"Whimsical Stars" by Suzie Hipke





"Red Robin" by Jan Watson






















































"Music of the Spheres on 45 RPMs" by NoČ…l Nicholls








"Friendship Stars" by Trish Lemon


"John's Garden" by Noel Nicholls



"Spirit of Arizona" by Dale Ann Gordon


"Kylie and Shane's Wedding Quilt" by Ruth Symons  


Blogger is not playing nicely tonight...at all!! So I'll post the rest later, probably Monday now as I'm off to work tomorrow, gosh it's hard, going to work at Millrose...   ;o)


Be good people...
xxx







Tuesday, 25 October 2011

It's been a while but I'm still around....

Gosh, it has been a while hasn't it. I've been lurking around reading some blogs but I don't think I've even been doing much commenting really. Lots been going on what with up and down to visit Mum and Dad, I've had some personal issues to work through, family stuff happening, doing a few days work here and there and now a new term has started for the computer classes I run. Stuff happening here, there and everywhere really, I haven't been doing much in the way of sewing either but I've been slowly working on a couple of things. It's that time of the year again isn't it? Everywhere I visit in blogland there's secret stuff going on, things being made that can't be shown, little secret things stashed away awaiting the big guy in the red suit...!! Ooohh, I love Christmas...   :o)


Anyway, a little while back I left a comment on the gorgeous Abbe's blog and how excited was I when a week or so later Abbe sent me an email to say I'd won her rainbow giveaway...




..a short while later this amazing rainbow of loveliness landed in my post box...nine gorgeous pieces of solids in a rainbow of colours, thank you Abbe..! I love them, they're sat in a metal basket on my dresser throwing out warm sunshiny colours every time I walk past them...  :o)


 I did the last block for my online bee too not long ago, Viv sent a baggie full of Kaffe strips and virtually said...make a block!! Well, there was a little more communication but she did give us a huge amount of creative leeway!


We normally only do two blocks each but there was a fair bit of fabric left and after adding some Kaffe I had too, I was able to put another two together...


They are square I promise, they just don't look it...bright aren't they?


I've been doing a bit of my own secret sewing too....
...the Railway Man doesn't usually read my blog, but you never know do you, so I'll show you after the big guy has been in December. I will tell you though that it's not a quilt and it's destined to be framed..!!


We had a HUGE storm here on Saturday last, now I'm not a lover of storms, thunder and lightening just don't do anything for me and I find them downright scary! The dogs and I are in agreement that the best place to be during a storm is under something...you know...a quilt, a sheet over the head, even a pillow at a pinch and I will confess to actually hiding under the table once many years ago. We were staying at Mum and Dads when they lived in this little seaside town on the south coast of NSW, the kids would have only been young....anyway...they had this Labrador called Brandy at the time and Brandy just didn't like storms, he was a trooper with rain, the surf, the kids (and they could be a trial I promise) anything really....except thunder and lightening and when a storm hit he would find the nearest person to cower behind. This particular time we were there, it was late at night if I remember correctly, and a really big, noisy, scary, horrible storm hit. The kids were all in bed and Mum and Dad were out so Brandy and I had to 'weather' the storm together...Mum and Dad couldn't stop laughing when they got home not long after and Brandy and I were under the table together consoling one another, honestly, I don't know who got the most comfort out of it me or the dog...???   :o)


Sooo, we had a huge storm here on Saturday and the only good thing about it was the 'raindrops on roses' shots I took after the scary stuff had gone........ ..I'm not going to bore you with all of them but I did particularly like this one. This Rugosa Rose is always one of the first to flower and it's a lovely single flower when it's open.


Keep an eye out in the next week or two (I hope) for a new blog, I'm working on it now and it's for the gorgeous Sue at Millrose, so expect lots of loveliness because there sure is a lot of that over there..!!


I signed up for the new Sue Spargo BoM for 2012 and I'm super excited about that, I've been wishing that I'd done this years so I'll just have to get it as a pattern later I guess. The really exciting thing though is that she's going to be doing a workshop in Tasmania late 2012 and I'm going to be there....  WooHoo!! I missed out on last years in Melbourne as I was in Perth at the same time she was here, so I'm in early this time...


Well, that's it for today I think my friends, I'll try to not be quite so long between chats next time....
Be good...


Oh and Gudrun, this one is just for you.... :o)

Friday, 7 October 2011

Going to Houston....sort of !













Way back last December I recieved an email from a lovely lady called Susan Rhudy from Southwest Missouri in the United States. Susan told me that she loved my photographs and wanted permission to use one to make a very special little quilt...


When I found out why Susan made these special little quilts I told her..go for it, take whatever pictures you want.....


Susan's Mum suffered from Alzheimer's disease before her death and Susan makes quilts now for the AAQI, the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  Please go and have a look at the amazing works of art that go for auction to raise funds for research into this insidious disease...






This is the photograph that Susan chose to use for one of her little quilts


























...and this is the quilt she made.... 












Isn't it amazing, I love it, little Mali from Melbourne Zoo, imortalised on a little quilt that will help to one day find a cure for this killer of memories....












Susan called the quilt... 'A Girl Just Gotta Have Fun..' and this my friends is the dedication on the quilt...






Dedication: This quilt is in honor of Lizzie's mum. Having gone through Alzheimer’s with my own mom, my heart hurts for her and all those who love those afflicted.

Read more: http://www.alzquilts.org/7970.html#ixzz1a3amjkTj



I shed a few tears the day Susan first sent me the link to the AAQI and her quilts displayed for auction there. But today I recieved another email from Susan to tell me that we're going to Houston!!! Well, her quilt is, how exciting is that? It's been picked with another of her little art quilts and lots of others to go for display and hopefully raise lots of money at the biggest quilt show in the world. I am so incredible moved by the work and dedication of the AAQI because as much as this is not going to benefit my Mum here in Australia now, this is a global disease and I know that whatever ground is broken will be broken for the benefit of all those that live in this global village..


This blog has given me so many priceless friendships with women I'm never ever going to meet as well as a few I have met, this is my global village where we share the good with the bad, the sadness with the celebrations, the fun with the boring, where I know you are all there to listen when I come and tell you how hard it is to lose my Mum one brain cell at a time. You give me things to laugh about again, you give me words of wisdom and down to earth common sense and for all that and for what I know we will share in the future, thank you.....
XXX


Go here to visit Susan's blog and tell her how gorgeous those toenails are....   :o)

Monday, 3 October 2011

I'm in the garden again....

Where do you go when you really need to think and clear your head of all the detrius flying around in there? I take myself off for a walk in our garden, granted, it's not quite your average suburban plot, it's over 4 acres and after nearly 10 years, it's mostly all garden now..


This is looking back down the big driveway towards the house,  you can just see it hiding there at the end.


From my sewing room window my view is to where I'm standing to take this shot...




No wonder I don't get anything done some days is it..?










Here's part of the old chook shed, derelict and forlorn, no chooks or ducks now. Mr Fox is just too cruel and I can't deal with the carnage he leaves behind...






The first of the tiny Pink Clematis is in flower, this one is climbing over the bridge that the Railway Man built over one of his ponds..








Very fond of ponds and bridges is the Railway Man...


















Sweet little buds waiting to burst open....












...not quite the fields of blue from my lost youth, but a swathe of forget-me-nots under the trees at the front of the house. 


We can leave them here, everywhere else they have to be pulled out so that the sticky seeds don't get on the dogs, they're a nightmare to get out but fortunately the dogs don't go around here...














Daisies, any sort of daisies are always gorgeous, but white daisies are my  favourite flower and these tiny, perfect Seaside Daisies (Erigeron glaucus) are just so sweet...






They tend to pop up all over the garden and I just love their delicate leaves and flowers...












This is what we've always called the dry creek bed, we built it a few years ago. You can just see the driveway we use all the time on the other side of the big rock and before the bridge beyond..




That's the little bridge with the Clematis on. Very pretty with the new leaves on the weeping Willow just out...


I could wish that there wasn't any water in there though, that would mean that the weather was warmer, sunnier and far more amenable than it's been just lately....














That's it for now I'm afraid, I'm hoping to have some quilting related things to show you soon...that would be different wouldn't it? It would actually mean that I've been doing something other than walk around the garden, head in the mists of time again and camera in hand........
Have a great week...











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