30 September 2009
Helen has a shiny new website. It's so fabulous I want one too!
29 September 2009
OK, it's not in English, which makes it tricky for me since I don't know much German. Just in case you're wondering, Liesels Funfecke means Liesel's Pentagons and the book is full of ideas for these intriguing shapes. I am seriously hooked already.
I love making pieced blocks with a single template. Rose Star is one such block that I've blogged about before. Since the shapes are all the same, it comes down to the colour placement and arrangement of the pieces to create different patterns. Such fun. Liesel uses the English paper piecing method, but I think life is too short for that so I choose to hand piece.
Sarah could see I was itching to study the book in detail so it is having a holiday in my house. Sigh. So many things to investigate, so little time...
28 September 2009
Thanks to Kate, this gallery will offer wonderful opportunities to local textile and jewellery artists. Congratulations, Kate!
27 September 2009
I've combined four blocks to show you the secondary patterns that emerge. Magic, isn't it? I need to modify some of the shapes to make them more straightforward to piece and, after I've done that, I'll sew a sample block to test it. Stand by!
26 September 2009
25 September 2009
24 September 2009
Why didn't they teach me interesting stuff like this? Since I developed an interest in some of the patterns seen in Islamic art, I've been doing a lot of reading about it. I came across this little book and my copy arrived yesterday (from the wonderful Book Depository, of course).
There's whole lot I need to understand, including terms that I've never heard before (what's a dodecagon* when it's at home?). It is worth pursuing, though, because some of these shapes would be wonderful to interpret as pieced quilt designs.
The strength of this small book is that it shows the underlying structure of the designs. Most are drawn on a structure of overlapping circles, which is a new way of thinking of block construction for me. Lots to learn and lots of drawing and redrawing to be done. I love that there is always something interesting in this world to learn!
* A dodecagon is a polygon with 12 sides.
23 September 2009
The colour is accurate. We are in the midst of a massive dust storm. The colour in the sky is created by the topsoil from the west of our state being blown towards the coast. Bad for the condition of the land in the west, bad for people who have breathing difficulties, but it is still totally spectacular. I'll be staying inside today.
22 September 2009
21 September 2009
Anonymous: I agree about the need for regular repetition of the motions. Muscle memory is a powerful tool and I intend to do a little quilting each day.
Kim: you are very encouraging and that's why I wasn't scared to try!
Sue: Good point about keeping my hand moving. Since I am continually doodling, that shouldn't be a problem.
Quilts on Bastings: Hello Karen! Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot from such a fantastic machine quilter as yourself.
Helen: I did try Kim's Machingers in the class. I quilted half the time with them and half without. Can't say that I noticed much difference, but we were only working on 12-inch sandwiches. I will follow up on Patsy Thompson's videos - I have heard good things about them.
I did stitch for half an hour yesterday and another this morning. I'm getting bored with stitching plain sandwiches (I have a short attention span) so I think I might stitch a few postcards for variety. That way at least I will have some small pieces to swap!
Keep those tips coming please....
20 September 2009
The next three shapes are on this next piece: grape leaves, a blobby shape and a wavy line with dots. Double hmm.
17 September 2009
16 September 2009
Make a few more....and then - a quilt!
This lovely quilt was made by Trish Gibbons from my Slow Burners class at Material Obsession. Doesn't it look wonderful? This is a fun block to hand piece, because all the pieces in the block are cut from a single template - how clever is that?
15 September 2009
How could I have been unaware of this brilliant resource? I was immediately attracted to the Persian and Moresque designs - they are pieced patchwork blocks waiting to happen and I will be drafting similar ones as soon as I can.
My copy of The Grammar of Ornament arrived today (thanks to the wonderful Book Depository) so the next few months will allow me to absorb new patterns and shapes. I just love the fact that there is so much to learn in this world.
If you are interested to learn more about Owen Jones, read the Wikipedia article here.
14 September 2009
13 September 2009
All the artists were invited to create a piece of art cloth approximately one metre wide and three metres long. This made for a reasonably coherent presentation. In any exhibition, I always find that there is one piece of work that calls to me. In this instance it is Breathe Deeply by Claire Benn from England, a profoundly calming work. Pity I can't show you a pic!
The exhibition is open until 11 October. More information may be found here.
12 September 2009
If you are going to the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair in October (21st to 25th) you will be able to see all the artworks up close and personal - what a treat!
11 September 2009
10 September 2009
The sky was an amazing colour on the afternoon we visited and a strong breeze was blowing. Yes, there were many buses and cars in the parking area. Yes, the souvenirs were tacky. Yes, there were hundreds of people there. But, you know what? It didn't matter.
Stonehenge had a strong appeal to me. A connection with the land, a sense of all the people who have gone before us in this world. People who were born and grew older; worked and had families and then died. It was simply extraordinary. I felt peace and calm in this place of reflection.
09 September 2009
Narelle was an inspirational quilter. After returning from a stint living in the USA with her family in 1986, Narelle began teaching patchwork and quilting. She subsequently became President of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. Narelle had such an influence on the Australian quilt world - she instigated judged quilt shows in Australia, valued quilts and began a teacher accreditation programme for the Guild. Narelle wrote for Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine for over 15 years, won many prizes for her quilts and taught widely.
In 2004, Narelle was made a life member of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. The following year, she was the inaugural recipient of the Rajah Award, an award made for an outstanding contribution to Australian Quilting.
I have known Narelle for many years. She was cheeky, with a naughty sense of humour. You could always count on Narelle for calling a spade a spade - she was never backward in coming forward with her opinions. She was always encouraging and urged people to try new things. I was at the award dinner when she won the Rajah Award and I remember how totally flummoxed she was. After she made a dignified acceptance speech, she spontaneously burst into tears and was sincerely amazed that she had been honoured with the award.
Thank you Narelle for all that you gave to the quilting world and all the advice (often unsolicited!!) that you gave to me. Rest in peace - I will miss you.
08 September 2009
It was interesting chatting to Catherine about the work she was doing and learning how the three artists collaborated to create thr3fold. Of course, it's always quite exciting (and humbling) to actually meet such highly respected textile artists in real life!
07 September 2009
06 September 2009
Just look at the stunning building. Doesn't it invite you to come closer?
We had imagined that the contents of the store would entice us, but firstly we had to drag ourselves away from window displays like this:
Aren't those pineapples divine? (Just ignore the feet reflected in the window. They are mine.) I now have a preoccupation with pineapples (this is a story for another day, along with my other pineapple photos). The exhibition called Prints Charming had nothing to do with my clever friends Kirsten and Cath but instead, it showed all the amazing creations top designers had made with Liberty fabric.
This gorgeous young lady was featured in another window. It took about 20 minutes before we entered the store and once we did we were captivated.
Several hours later we emerged, blinking, into the street. To have visited such a legendary store was, for us, like having been on a pilgrimage. We restored ourselves with a delicious lunch in the pub across the road and ventured onwards to the V&A Museum. It was such a blissful day...
04 September 2009
I took these two photos in the food hall. There were astonishing mosaic designs on all the walls including this one.
Aren't they brilliant?
Then we spent some time cruising through the exclusive womens fashion floor, the shoe department (have you worn your new boots yet, Deborah?) and the other floors of luxury. It was a place that filled us with delight and wonder.
03 September 2009
02 September 2009
Mine is hand stitched, made with silk paper and has foiled shapes. Here's a peek...
01 September 2009
Over the past couple of years, I've been interested in the way tulips have been used in Turkish textiles (it is the national flower there, after all) and have been collecting information. The latest addition is this textile I saw at the V&A Museum. I am so in love with these shapes.