31 October 2013

New stitching

I couldn't wait to start stitching this piece and I'm fairly sure it's the first in a series called Reaching. My creative subconscious knew about this series before it presented itself to my stitching fingers. I love that!

30 October 2013

Ready to stitch

I have an idea for my orange circle fabric, so I abandoned the other two projects I have in progress to get started. I cut the fabric it in half and have assembled the quilt sandwich.

I may or may not use all these threads but don't they look gorgeous on the cloth? Mostly my favourite WonderFil threads, with a few Aurifil as well. Let's see where the stitching takes me...

29 October 2013

Textiles Tuesday

This week's links for you to explore:

* World of Threads Festivals weekly online series documenting local, national and international fibre artists.

* I have loved Carolyn Sullivan's work for many years, especially her kantha pieces. Her new website showcases these and her other work.

* Plan for next year:

* Fill your diary with some of these fabulous workshops from Timeless Textiles, Islington Newcastle NSW. 

* Art Quilt Australia 2013: People Place & Nation opening: at 6pm 1 November 2013. RSVP by email.

* Want to learn how to make a Hawaiian quilt? Here are three free pdf patterns to get you started.

* Rachael from Blue Mountain Daisy is at it again! What a fun quilt and exciting photo styling around Sydney Harbour.

* See how to stitch Paperclips quilting design by Leah Day. 

* I know lots of you eagerly wait for this each year - and here it is! The introduction to Bonnie Hunter's free 2013 mystery quilt is now available.

* A Stitching Affair 2014, Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges VIC – bookings open now. 

* Spread the word about Sunshine 4 ALL - a fundraiser organised by Simon Haskins.
Make an 8″ x 8″ quilt block that will be used to make quilts that will then be auctioned to raise money or given to a child who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

26 October 2013


Have you been to Daiso? Amazing place, once you get used to seeing so much plastic in a single store. Every item in the shop costs $2.80. Every single thing.

22 October 2013

Textiles Tuesday

Some links for you to explore:

* Discover the best in contemporary art quilts, painting and mixed media from a group of UK artists: Through Our Hands newsletters.

* Canberra textile artist Beth Miller has a new website. I'd encourage you to browse through her gallery - wonderful!

* Interview with Anne Biss, who often uses ideas from maps when designing her embroideries.

* Arranged by Tracey Greenaway: Springwood Winmalee Bushfire Quilt Appeal 2013.

* Issue 2 of the Sew Liberty magazine is now available. Includes all about this season’s Liberty Art Fabrics collection and meet the creative collaborators.

* See photographs of the winning quilts at the 2013 Queensland Quilt Show.

* New! Esther Aliu has released her latest quilt pattern, Lily Rose. Free for one month only.

* Do you enjoy listening to creative podcasts while you are sewing? Try Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio - they're fun and free! (You don't need to have an ithingy device - just download the appropriate free software to your PC and you can download all the podcasts from iTunes.) 

Don't forget: if you have any great links you think we would enjoy, please leave details in a comment. 

15 October 2013

Textiles Tuesday

Enjoy this week's links!

* The Bedford Mystery Quilt will be back in 2014! Read about it here.

* Want a quilter sticker for your car window? Check out this one - new from Lynette Anderson Designs.

The Australasian Quilt Convention call for entries for the 2014 Challenge, themed ‘Ten’. Entries close 21 February 2014.

The class timetable for the Australasian Quilt Convention is now available. April 10-13 2014 in Melbourne VIC.

* Intriguing fibre works by Aly de Groot.

* Free podcast interview from ABC Radio's Life Matters programme with textile artist Jane Whiteley.

* Call for entries: Stanthorpe Art Festival:


10 October 2013

Thursday in my garden

I love the flowers on this vine so much. Years ago, I bought some seeds to start my own vine, but none of them germinated. Very sad.

I was at a friend's place a couple of years ago and noticed she had the flowers in bloom in her garden. I asked if I could take a cutting but, instead, she laughed and ripped a piece out of the ground for me and said it would grow like a weed. I planted it in my garden and it has never looked back. She was right!

It is the snail vine (Vigna caracalla). I love it because the flowers are so quirky and are the softest blue-mauve colour. It is easy to look after; I just cut off the sections that are growing where I don't want them. This encourages flowering. Isn't it a fun flower?

08 October 2013

Textiles Tuesday

Links for you to explore this week:

* May-June 2014: Quilt Surface Design Symposium, Columbus, USA.

* The delicate textiles of Dorothy Haig.

* Fascinating thread works by Jane Theau.

* If you haven't seen any Design Matters TV (DMTV) videos by Linda and Laura Kemshall before, here's your chance to watch a few for free. I have subscribed to DMTV for a couple of years and find them so informative. 

* Coming soon: Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2013 exhibition. 17 Oct-3 Nov, Hobart TAS. 

* West Australian textile artist Ruth de Vos is featured this month on the SAQA website. 

* Do you want to learn how to print on fabric using an inkjet printer? Linda Matthews' website is just what you need. 

* 29 October-3 November: Ozquilt Network Conference Gala, Canberra ACT. Information and registration form available here. 

* How to create a felt flower: video with Wendy Bailye.

* Free BlockFab HD app for iOS users only. Choose from library of quilt blocks, change colours and estimate fabric allowances - and more!

* New! Free mystery quilt by Sarah Fielke.

* Some Dresden Plate quilts to get your creative juices going. 

* Sue Daley's top 10 tips for English Paper Piecing. 

03 October 2013


Do you know about SAQA? The abbreviation is for Studio Art Quilt Associates, which is "a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications."

I am a member and am finding it a great resource for my quilt making. Check out the SAQA website here.

I am so proud that my friend Lisa Walton is now a member of the SAQA Board of Directors. What a fabulous achievement! Congratulations, Lisa.

02 October 2013

Orange circles

A couple of weeks ago, I read on The Printed Fabric Bee Facebook page about an exchange of hand-printed fabric between a group of surface design artists. Each month, one person chooses a theme. The first one is orange circles.

I decided that this might be a fun thing to do myself: to create a piece of patterned fabric each month, using The Printed Fabric Bee themes. That way, I would be challenged to creatively use colours and shapes I might not have normally tried.

This is my orange circles piece - I love how it looks!

To create it, I used a piece of fabric that I had previously folded and hand-dyed to make a grid pattern. I overlaid the fabric with one of my glue-gun stencils and used one of my wonderful Derwent Inktense Blocks and water to colour circles.

This is my glue-gun stencil. I made it earlier this year (I wrote an article about my glue-gun stencils in issue 11 of Down Under Textiles magazine) and it was perfect for this purpose. I will put a tutorial about making glue-gun stencils on my blog later.

Now I'm keen to stitch this fabric to make a wholecloth textile work. So exciting! Thank you to The Printed Fabric Bee for the impetus.

01 October 2013

Textiles Tuesday

This week, I want to show you this book: Fabric Surface Design by Cheryl Rezendes.

I came across this at the library. It was published this year (Storey Publishing, ISBN 9781603428118) and is a great resource for anyone who enjoys creating pattern on fabric.

Having read a lot about different surface design techniques over the years, I was prepared to quickly flick through the book. Instead, I found myself dipping in and out of it as I found different examples to try.

You can see from the contents page that the book is comprehensive.

As well as lots of step-by-step photos (oh, all that work to create them!), the book contains many brief artists' profiles that I found interesting.

Have you seen this book, too? Did you find it useful?