Month: August 2013

The countdown is on.

https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=4954096163793  I'm sharing this video, because it just makes me smile. So much talent for  a 5 year old. Watch her body language. I've watched it several times now and I just wanted to share it. Well the countdown is on and this time next week I will have left these shores for a 3 month tour. I'm going to be doing so many exciting things that I can scarcely take it in. Just a little was planned, a lot was offered and and right now I'm giving it my all. Sunday is the first day of spring and those words bring an image of daffodils and blossom. Of course we will be in summer when we return and I selfishly wish the cold behind me. This last weekend is a big family affair with birthdays and Fathers day celebrations. I'm still working well into the wee hours to complete classes and other preparations. So today I had to dye 30 panels with a sky image for a class. It had its problems because I …

A very detailed quilt.

After a beautiful day yesterday when we thought spring had finally arrived, the skies opened up with a vengeance and its been raining and storming ever since. We had 30000 lightening strikes in the state last night. I was admiring the white blossom on the trees yesterday, it appeared so quickly and today it looked like snow as the wind buffeted it in a violent swirling motion. I had a break yesterday and I've not had much time to quilt but I am almost finished the house quilt. Now that I've added the extra applique, I think its too busy.. but its too late now. OK, so it will just be a very detailed quilt.   Related articles The Taupo Quilt. Finishing the Wolf Quilt. Quilts 1700, to 1945 Creative Nudge – Make it Your Own

A day off helps.

I had a day off today. Its good in a way, I can stand back and take a fresh look at what needs to be done before traveling The problem is each day this week I've been asked to do extra things that take a lot of time and I have to do them all 'Now' So the day off helps the panic subside and I see things just a little differently. I'm not complaining that I have so many wonderful opportunites offered to me, its just that I wish I had more hours in the day. I had a family day today. I spent time with my Brother and Sisters. Lunch with some of the grandies, my niece and our children. Its rare and its precious. Being away from home for 3 months takes a lot of planning and its not without some trepidation at leaving the family. However, as soon as I step on that plane I'm in another world. In another place. In a different zone. I leave for Dubai in a …

travel and design

Whenever I travel I get to see amazing images. This funny drawing is taken from images of a number of Donkeys in the town of Carizzozo New Mexico. Yes, they will feature in a new class. So when I see images like this, I think color, think design, think texture and capture the memory and the time. My camera are the eyes I take home. The memories captured as a vision. Nothing fancy. Its just there.

Finishing the Wolf Quilt.

Sunday, its been a tradition that I do the ironing  early in the morning and I listen to a program called 'Australia all over'. I guess you could call it an institution.   Over the years I grew to like the show’s gentle rhythm and I felt I was keeping in touch with the roots of Australians all over this country. I had a lot of ironing to do in the 'old' days, every child wore a uniform to school and I was darn fussy about they way they were laundered and ironed… sometimes I wonder why. Ironing done, this morning, I began quilting and as often happens when I start, I find it hard to stop… so I've been quilting all day. I  finished the Wolf quilt yesterday and I'm happy with the way it turned out. When I create a new piece I write everything  down as if I'm writing a pattern, and I did  that with this quilt. However, I don't think I'm going to teach this technique. Its a bit difficult to …

A day in the studio

I tried so hard to have an entire day in the studio today… I started at 4.00 am, but I kept getting distracted and whipping off to do other things. I had to make a Harry Potter tie for Tilly…for book week tomorrow. She is going as a cross between Harry Potter and Hermione. The entire family have been looking for her outfit. I'm working on my last project for this home stay (well last two actually) I was taken with some paintings I saw in this style in Santa Fe earlier this year. Could I do something like that in fabric? So I gave it a go. I loved the division of color for the background and I've used Cherry wood fabric to create that. My wolf was drawn and then I painted it with pigment ink on white fabric. Its effectively dyed not painted. Once it was colored and it had dried I fused the back of it and it was cut out as an applique.Now I'm thread painting it… I also love …

Working on the Bayeux,

There are times when I'm unable to work on my major Project, "The Bayeux Tapestry to Quilt" (to be honest, lots of time) But I have a lot of extra curricular work with this project so I can take work with me on the road. I have reference books on my Ipad and I've just taken delivery of 3 new books. The Handfasted Wife, The story of Edith Swanneck  beloved with of Harold Godwinson – by Carol McGrath.  The man behind the Bayeux Tapestry. Odo William the Conquerors Half-brother by Trevor Rowley. The Bayeux Tapestry, New Approaches. Proceedings of a conference at the British Museum. The three books are very different, one is a novel and the other two are reference books. I write in my books, I make notes and then add the notes to the computer. It annoys my husband… he doesn't cope with the scribbles in new books.

New books,

There are times when I’m unable to work on my major Project, “The Bayeux Tapestry to Quilt” (to be honest, lots of time)But I have a lot of extra curricular work with this project so I can take work with me on the road.I have reference books on my Ipad and I’ve just taken delivery of 3 new books.The Handfasted Wife, The story of Edith Swanneck  beloved with of Harold Godwinson – by Carol McGrath.  The man behind the Bayeux Tapestry. Odo William the Conquerors Half-brother by Trevor Rowley.The Bayeux Tapestry, New Approaches. Proceedings of a conference at the British Museum.  The three books are very different, one is a novel and the other two are reference books. I write in my books, I make notes and then add the notes to the computer. It annoys my husband… he doesn’t cope with the scribbles in new books. I’ve really only had time to look at the New Approaches book and I find it fascinating. “The Tapestry seems to have been commissioned by someone who wanted …