Wednesday, 24 October 2007
I'm writing this as I always find that it takes a little while for Blogger (bless it) to upload, download, just for ******** sake LOAD. After all that Blogger (I'm now calling it Bugger) has decided that it can't load. I'll try again.
I was very lucky where I grew up, however I think(hope) that most people think that. We moved to Darwin when I turned five. We travelled up from Sydney to Darwin via road and on that Australian icon called the Ghan. Although I think that the Ghan has undergone somewhat of an overhaul and is no way like it was when we travelled on it over 30 years ago. I remember having to sleep in the bottom bunk with my Dad, topped and tailed, with his rather big feet very close to my face. I had my fifth birthday in Alice Springs on the way up and my favourite present was a pair of frilly lavender knickers. They were sparkly and scratchy and had rows of frills on the bum. They were gorgeous and I felt so lucky having a pair of knockers like that, that I just used to wear them on their own. I could do that in Darwin.
Oh well B***** isn't playing so I'll just have to publish w/o pictures and save them for another day. Have a good one.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
I think that these are all the rage at the moment. There were two at the FOQ. Living where I do, I am not really up with all the latest trends in patchwork and quilting. However these seem quite nice.
I have just had a bit of a cruise around and read other blogs and at times I feel that my blog is but a 'ppffft' of wind. Heavy issues of the environment are discussed, with great detail, and people with disabilities that govern their every breath. And I rabbit on about the beauty of some flowers and the generalness of my life. I'm sounding slightly Monty Pythonish so I'll stop. It's all relative.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Just another Mother and Sons Adventure. Got to have them.
Monday, 15 October 2007
Sunday, 14 October 2007
This one was interesting in that cathedral window effect was created by placing a square of wadding and fabric in the middle of a circle and then sewing the curves of the circle down. The resulting squares were then whipped stitch together on the back. It was very heavy but created a lovely effect.
I just thought that this was a striking Irish Chain away from the normal fabric choices
Friday, 12 October 2007
This was the one that was meant to be in the previous post. I don't know if the maker made it out of scraps, however it would be a great pattern that could use those strips up quickly.
Blogless Kathy came down on a bus with another 11 quilters. I know so many Kathys, and the two favourites are known as Kathy Here and Kathy There. Blogless Kathy is Kathy There. I treated all the Sweeties to lunch at the FOQ - it was just great to see them and for them to wander round the quilts and see some of our family quilts hanging up in the fresh air. Anyway there I was sitting selling the food vouchers to all and sundry, I had already had a chat with Kathy There, and the middle Sweetie comes running up with great excitement and says 'Kathy There's HERE'. It was great to see her in the flesh and have a natter and a little walk around the stalls and some of the quilts. All too soon Kathy was on the bus and on her way home.
Another three quilts. Why am I doing them in little spurts? Firstly Blogger takes so long and secondly, my camera died so I'm using the backlog of photos that I took until I can buy another camera.
There was a hiccup with the operator, so now there are pictures of only two quilts. Sometimes Blogger really pushes my buttons. I really did push a button too many times and the picture went into the ether.
Poppies - I love poppies. I don't know why, I just always have. I grow them in my garden and so excited when they start to flower. The ones in the quilt look like the ones that we call Icelandic Poppies.
Thursday, 11 October 2007
This is a small quilt that I made as a Challenge at the Southern Cross Country Quilters' Retreat that was held in WA, a few years ago. To tell you the truth I can't even remember when it was. I think that it was this century. It won, however as I remember rightly it wasn't well supported. These Bare Naked Deezigns come from Gillian Marshall at www.deezignerquilts.com. There are a variety of them, eight in all, covering all ages known to man and woman.
It is a bit risque, however it explains much of where I am at the moment. Do you find that I look a bit of a mess, a bit disheveled. I wonder why? All the plates are in the air and soon I'll be taking up mosaics to use up all the pieces.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
I was happily in bed this morning listening to a Faith Addis's book Green Behind the Ears (yes I can read) when the earth moved. It was exceptional in that it was too early for a mine blast and also that there was no noise to go with it. This is the report that was released -
The quake in WA's southern Wheatbelt affected towns and properties in a 140 kilometre radius. (User submitted: Mari Walker)
Map: Kojonup 6395
An earthquake, which authorities describe as the biggest in four decades, has been recorded in Western Australia's southern Wheatbelt.
The quake measured 4.8 on the Richter scale and was centred just south of Katanning.
It was felt by people hundreds of kilometres away, from the nearby towns of Katanning and Kojonup all the way to Perth.
Retired Kojonup farmer Chris Evans says he noticed the quake just before 8am.
"The floor moved quite noticeably through the whole house," he said.
"I was sitting in the office chair on carpeted floor and I could feel it moving up and down."
Broome Hill resident Grant Taylor, whose house suffered minor damage, says he heard a deafening boom just before 8am.
"Mainly down one end of the house. There are some big cracks in the brickwork," he said.
GeoScience Australia's duty seismologist, Spiro Spiliopoulos, says it is the largest quake to hit the Great Southern in decades.
"It is the biggest earthquake in about 40 years so it is unusual in that regard," he said.
Dr Spiliopoulos says tremors were even felt in some high rise buildings in Perth, more than 270 kilometres away.
So there you go - just when I think that life is so ho hum, the earth moves and everything has a different slant. We are only here by the grace of geology. Just my humble heathen opinion so don't shoot me yet.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
This quilt and the following one, were equal first in the Viewer's Choice award.
This was my favourite. I like that scrappy, patched together look. The border has been cut so that the swaggy things all faced outwards and the serpentine border is just magic. The top has been quilted with a variety of treatments, making the eye travel over the surface looking for the differences and similarities.
I think that this is what they are calling an English wedding quilt. Quilted a few of these and they tend to be 'mothers' ie they are BIG
Monday, 8 October 2007
Setting up and hanging the quilts in the early morning.