Thursday, October 31, 2013

Caveman Txts at Houston

Earlier in the year I entered my quilt 'Caveman Txts' into SAQA's Text Messages Exhibition and it was selected!   Click here to see the whole exhibition.

This exhibition is currently showing at Houston.  I wish I was there!
Caveman Txts

The fabric is rusted, even the blue.  The background images are lino printed and freezer paper stencils as are the words.

The idea was the comparison with caveman drawings and text messaging today.  Cave drawings have survived forever, text messages, once deleted, are gone forever (mostly!).

Monday, October 28, 2013

SAQA Auction at Houston - updated

The second part of the SAQA Benefit Auction starts this week and features my quilt 'Fishnets'.  Check back here for the quilts from other SAQA Oceania members.

Online bidding starts on Monday 28th at 2pm Eastern, (this is about Tuesday 7am NZ Time - according to

Bidding online continues for a second day then in-person at the International Quilt Festival in Houston from Wednesday through to Sunday.
Wish I was there ...

Update - it sold!  I hope Maria enjoys this little piece from down under.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Holiday snaps from Oz

The recent school holidays saw us having a quick visit to the Blue Mountains and Sydney.  Some fairly random holiday snaps.

We were there before the major bush fires.  While I'm very thankful that we're home, I'm hoping that our family there continue to be ok. 

If you'd like to assist with quilts for those affected by the fires, try this link  for the 'Springwood Winmalee Bushfire Quilt Appeal 2013'.

Sydney Opera House
Opera House and CBD views

entrance to Sydney harbour

St James

city scape

Blossums, Leura

near Katoomba

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Japanese Quilt - finished

Previously I've blogged (here, here and here) about the Japanese inspired quilt my stitching group was making for someone with a significant birthday.  

Well it is complete and has been given to the recipient, unfortunately I missed the event and don't have a photo of the completed quilt.

Here is a photo - where it has been mostly quilted and before being bound (and possibly before another border was added).  
The quilting is a mixture of hand and machine.  The batting is wool which is rather boofy, its been around awhile and is quite loose.  This looseness did cause some problems - although nothing that a bit of machine quilting couldn't (mostly) eliminate.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Flower Power

My Guild recently had a challenge called 'From the Page' where you received a page from a magazine. 

You then created a quilt that represented that page, using the page design, layout, colours, topics, or any other element on the page.  The creation could be 3D, as long as it fitted within a 50cm cube.

Here is my page from the magazine:

Using the flower image on the left I created a double-sided printing block and printed various prints until I got the colours I liked.


The final result (36cm by 48cm): 

For the larger flowers I used a freezer paper stencil, that was reused for the stitching outlines. 

The flowers are outlined using Madeira Lana.  A great thread that is 50% wool and 50% acrylic, this thread can be used on the sewing machine, just needs a larger needle such as a jeans needle. 

Awhile ago I bought a selection of these threads from the Linda and Laura Kemshall's online store.

The judging was last week, unfortunately I didn't win anything.  The winning and merit entries almost/exactly represented their page/s.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pam Holland video

The Quilt Show's blog features a video (see below) on the Taupo Symposium by Pam Holland.  It includes quilts, great scenery from around the Taupo area and Maori cultural performances.


My quilt 'Out My Window II' appears near the beginning of the video.   This quilt is a slightly larger version of the quilt that has been part of the 'Beneath the Southern Sky' exhibition.