Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Capers in Wallum

I made this quilt a little while ago, and somehow forgot to blog about it! It was a finalist in the Australian Quilt Convention Challenge, "Flora and Fauna", and has been busy touring around Australia, New Zealand and a quick trip to Mexico. Phew, if only I got to travel half as much as my quilts!  It returned home to me and has now gone off to it's new home in Melbourne.  Anyway, to tell you a little more about it, I was inspired after we had a mass invasion of the Caper White butterflies. It was amazing, the air was literally filled with them in the thousands, and this came about due to a particularly wet winter in Western Queensland in 2015.  When I decided to feature them in a quilt, I decided that to fit the theme of Flora and Fauna I needed native flowers to accompany them, so I selected one of my favourites, the Wallum Goodenia, which grows in a local national park that has preserved some remnants of the wallum wetlands that used to cover large areas of the area where I live. The quilt is 90cm square in size, and I think I will miss it, but it has gone to a good home and will be very much loved by its new owner.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been very busy making lots of embroideries for some upcoming exhibitions, here is a sample of some of them.

I really needed a change from landscapes, so did some birds. Very much enjoyed the change of subject matter, and as a bird watcher find them a very pleasing to work on.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Time Flies but Creativity Continues

It's been a while since I posted, what with Christmas and the new year taking up my time. I have still been busy, always something going on here, sewing machine is never packed away unless spring cleaning behind it!
I managed to make this quilt, "Cabbage Whites".  It was an interesting challenge as I wanted to portray the dandelions with their long stems against a subtle background. I planned on a rectangular format, but found that it really needed to be more square.  The beauty of making quilts is you can cut off the excess to get the format right.

And a selection of some country landscape embroideries based on scenes at and around Maleny.  Most of these will be heading to a gallery in Maleny soon.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

A Selection of Embroideries

Some of my latest embroideries that will be going to Seaview Artist's Gallery in time for Christmas.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Holmes Art Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art

It is the most amazing honour to have had my quilt "Bush Stone Curlew" hanging as a finalist in the Holmes Art Prize, currently on exhibit at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. I encourage any one in the local area to go along and see this amazing exhibition, the work is phenomenal.  The winning artworks are incredible and all well deserved.

See more on facebook and also on the gallery's website

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair

Today I had the pleasure of attending the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair and the Queensland Quilt Show.  Beautiful display of quilts, and some fabulous traders offering all sorts of wonderful things.  Being lucky enough earlier this year to win a voucher sponsored by Wabi-Sabi Designs, I got to take home some wonderful items today.  Thank you Wabi Sabi, I am thrilled to bits with my prize.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

One Subject, Two Methods

I have just completed two small pieces, one an embroidery to be framed, and the other a small quilt. I didn't set out to do two works, it just so happened that I started one method of construction, which I discarded in favour of another, then when I finished and achieved the first piece, decided to re examine what I had started out making and apply it to a little quilt instead.  It is always an interesting exercise to do the same design twice, and I am rather happy with both results.  You can decide for yourself which is your favourite.  The bird featured is a White Cheeked Honeyeater, and he is on a grass tree stalk in the wallum.  I took my reference photo myself in a local national park.
"Afternoon Vigil"

"On the Lookout"