28 July 2011

extraTexture exhibition

My friend Pamela is part of the extraTexture group of textile artists. The group is having an exhibition of their work this coming weekend so, if you are in Sydney, don't miss out!

27 July 2011

Going away

There's a lot to be said for going away from home. I've just spent two days in the company of my friend Deborah, while we travelled to Canberra. Our objective was to see The Rajah Quilt, which is on display at the National Museum of Australia as part of the Not Just Ned exhibition. (The exhibition finishes at the end of this month, so hurry if you want to visit.)

It was a treat to spend so many hours chatting, visiting the Museum and shopping at three patchwork shops. What I think was best, though, was opening ourselves up to new sights and different thought patterns. I'll be pondering this thought for a while yet and may write about it later.

In the meantime, look at these fantastic shapes from the National Museum of Australia buildings.

These first two photos were taken near the entrance to the building. The next three were taken in the Garden of Dreams section of the Museum. Yes, that's me looking happy!

16 July 2011

My kitchen

It's finally done. I've finished  the floor and this morning my new stove was installed. Before you look  at these pics, just refresh your memory of how the kitchen looked  before. Yuck.

Now it looks like this:

Much better!

13 July 2011

Sometimes I wonder

why I decide to hand stitch my quilts. It takes so long! 

Then I look at the texture I can create and I know the answer. There's a lot of stitching needed on this quilt before it's finished, so I'd better get back to it...

10 July 2011


I love the look of all these pins, standing up on my quilt while they hold it together. Let the stitching begin.

05 July 2011

Sunshine on Roses class

If are in Sydney on Sunday 24 July, you may like to join my class at Hobbysew Top Ryde City. You'll make blocks to put together your own version of my Sunshine on Roses quilt. Choose your favourite colours to make this fun quilt.

The blocks are easy to cut and piece by machine, so you can whip up a lot in a day! Details of the class are here and enrolments are now open. I'd love to see you there.

03 July 2011

etzcetera magazine

Here's a lovely new Australian online craft magazine! The first issue is free to read - what a great way to check out the content.

Read it here.