Sunday, 24 July 2016

Roundup time......

I haven't been very good at keeping up with my blog at all....
I did have amazing intentions early in the year but, well, life happens and time passes!

I'm half way through some enforced time at home with a medical issue, all's well, just been quarantined for a small while! 
A week and a half into a three week sabbatical away from my amazing job here.........

So it's time to catch up with where I left off back at the end of January.....

Still at work, we had this brilliant team visit for a weekend at the end of February ..

What a talented pair! Such a great weekend, very easy going guys.


Then in March we had our now annual Quilt Exhibition benefiting our local Red Cross Branch, this year it was Red Cross signature quilts and I got to meet an icon of early Australian quilting...

A simply lovely, humble woman....


...and then of course it was Autumn, my second favourite season (give me summer any day) and the trees revelled in warm balmy days and cool, crisp nights......


I finished my Tree of Life quilt (quilted by the amazing Tina Whittaker) I love this quilt, it started life as an alternative to Crimson Tweed, with a tree of life as opposed to a Christmas tree. Then I had all these disparate blocks that I used for teaching wool appliqué so I combined them together and this is the result! Love it....


I also finished quilting this giant log cabin, love the simplicity of this one...

So what else has been happening...? 


Well these two rebels, as you can see, still have a tough life!! At least they allow me to join them on the sofa...!


In early May I took a flight across the country to visit these awesome kids (and their Mum and Dad of course). Can you believe that little Miss Penelope turned 3 this month? Five minutes ago she was born I swear...!





I finally got to finish my waterfall quilt ready to teach it in class.......






I have to say that I'm loving this 'modern' road that I seem to have taken this year, it's very liberating....





I had such fun making Elizabeth although that's not how it started out. Nearly threw it in a corner at one stage (well I actually did)  but I came home from work one night and just cut the whole finished top up into odd shapes (thanks Victoria Findlay Wolfe for the courage to do it) raw edge appliquéd them on to white homespun, quilted, bound AND .......






had the lady herself sign it for me when she came to Millrose....
What an inspirational young woman Tula Pink is, a brilliant day with her....


So now we're in winter here in the Southern Hemisphere and it's been cold and frosty, 
cold and windy.....


...cold and snowy....


...cold and beautiful....


...cold and cute.....!



So this week I've spent my isolation playing in my shed, took a day to rearrange for winter.....


........cutting table, design wall and machine tables over against the glass wall, brilliant light there during the winter days.....



.....sofa, desk and computer close up to the fire. I'm having some special friends over next week for a sewing day and I'm hoping they're going to love curling up in front of the fire to put some stitches in something....anything...      :o)

It's been a little novel sitting here sewing this week, in front of the fire or over by the windows looking out to the garden, watching the snow flurries listening to some brilliant music...

...always with a couple of constant companions.....albeit sleeping, hogging the fire/couch companions!




I made Tula Pink's City Skyline quilt top from her City Sampler book while I was luxuriating, quarantined in my shed this week. All in greys and whites on a white linen background...



hoping to get it quilted this week, just simple straight lines I think?


 This is on my wall today......


...a disappearing nine patch with a twist....to be known as #modernisedD9P....I found it over here and love it....




Liberty Tana Lawn + white linen (left over from City Skyline)

love the negative spaces and it's been so quick to go together......should have the top finished by tonight...!


I think that's about it? I think I've sort of caught up.....

Oh, yes! Did I tell you that I've been adopted? No....well I have..
by this adorable little man..



This is Arty......and he's adopted me as his Nana Lizzie! Well, his Mum and Dad did and I'm totally honoured, flattered and of course in love....except I'm not allowed to cuddle, kiss or go near him for another 10 days....isolation sucks...big time. Be sure that I shall make up for the lack of cuddles after August 4th!!


That's it folks, I'd like to say that I'll try and get back before I resume normal working life again at the beginning of August but honestly, promises just don't work really....




Sunday, 24 January 2016

Don't you just love grey and red..?

I started this with the intention of just adding strips on two sides until I had a large square quilt...




the red square is 8.5" cut and the strips are 4.5" cut, so the block is 36" square....

then I decided to make four blocks the same and join them.....as you do!


and this is what I ended up with...I'm pretty happy with it, all stash fabric. the red is pretty dominant isn't it? working on piecing a backing this afternoon then hopefully I can get it quilted tomorrow....




It's been quite cool here for the last couple of days, a nice relief after the heat...


not much sunshine around either, except from these beauties....

back to work on Wednesday, we'll see how long my resolve to get back to blogging lasts...... 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Time to come back........

.....perhaps?

I was looking at Meredithe's blog the other day, reading all the lovely things she'd said about my new studio/shed and sort of carried on from there, catching up with all the blogs I've followed for years. It was so nice to see what you're all up to. Some are still around and going strong, some like myself, have been away for a long while. Some are gone altogether, travelling different roads perhaps. Anyway, I thought it was time to either close it down or come back..!

So, I'm back! In a smaller, no pressure to post way. Mostly just photos of what's happening maybe, because this.....


..is a huge part of my life. I love my photography and can't actually see the time when I won't strive for excellence in the field. You can find my Flickr albums here.

If you follow Meredithe's blog, you'll have read that the railway man sacrificed his shed to turn it into a studio (which as Meredithe said will forever be known as 'Liz's Shed') for me. He did an outstanding job of lining, insulating and plastering, not to mention tearing down a wall to install the wall of windows that I asked for!



This taken before all my stuff treasured belongings moved in.....you can see my heritage taking over here can't you? But you honestly can't tell now from the inside that this was once an old country shed/garage...




I have a sitting area that overlooks part of our garden, in the winter this is going to be a fabulous place to sit and sew...




As you can see, it's pretty full now! Mum's cross stitcheries on the wall (still got some to be framed yet) and Sarah's art work, I'm a little biased I know, but I have very talented children..!



The outside of my shed is pretty cool too....we're just going to put a clear protective coat over the weatherboards. I love the soft and worn colour palette of these old reclaimed boards that cover the tin of the original shed.


We had Christmas lunch in the 'shed'.......


It was a perfect space for a family gathering.....


..even if it was over 30°C  we still had our traditional Christmas dinner......British roots, they're hard to ignore..  


Martha making friends with Ryan's R2D2, even though she can't see anymore she's always up for making new friends, whereas Miss Molly just took off and hid under the table....she's a bit of a scaredy cat with anything that moves is Miss Molly!

I'm still working for Sue at Millrose and still loving every minute. We had five weeks off over the Christmas break, back to work after Australia day next week. I've been getting some sewing done over the last couple of weeks. Finished my project from the Orvieto workshop with Sue Spargo last September, now to get it together.


Just love the colours in this.....

It feels good to be back here, I can't promise I'll be here all the time but I think I need to make some time every week to be here........right now, I'm off to have this.....


..possibly the best iced chocolate ever...!







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