Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Last week we drove to the Gold Coast to collect my brother-in-law, who has macular degeneration & can't get out on his own anymore, so he could stay with us for a couple of days. On the way down, we followed this boat - it was huge - had a wide load vehicle with it & they both managed to take up both lanes most of the time. It's under the white over.
This stick insect visited us today. Haven't seen such a huge one in a long time.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
http://www.sewcreativegatton.com.au/ put on a lovely spread of local produce - fruit, ham & chicken. Everyone had one or two parcels of goodies at the end of the day.
You then fold the holder in half & sew down one long side & the bottom. I go around twice just to make sure it all holds. The roatry cutter fits in perfectly.
The flags greeted the important guests!
The puuurgola (pergola) awaiting its auspicious opening! We were advised that a ribbon needed to be cut & streamers should festoon the building!
Monday, November 22, 2010
http://www.glorialoughman.com/ - "Light up your Landscape". I chose a sunset with the Dresden, Germany, skyline & am really pleased with my interpretation. Under Gloria's guiding hand, I tackled painting fabric to dull of the water & then a stencil to make a reflection. I even thread stitched the forms of buildings into the shadows. But, above all, I finished it in the 2 day workshop!!!! Just wonderful.
Well done, boys & girls & welcome home.
Well done, boys & girls & welcome home.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday saw us heading through the Lockyer Valley to Nobby via Ma Ma Creek - lovely drive - all looks so green at the moment. We had lunch at Rudds Pub - the meals are HUGE & great.
After lunch we went next door to the Vintage Museum. This wedding dress was designed by Ida Dennis of Toowoomba - stunning. Morley Grainger www.morleygrainger.com/exhibitions of Toowoomba curated an exhibition of Ida Dennis's work a couple of years ago.
This guy greets you at the entrance to the Nobby Forge & Vintage Museum http://www.nobbyvillage.com.au/- the clothes, the hats, the furs, the toys, all brought back memories. The owner showed us the exhibits and willingly shared her knowledge with us. It was a great trip down memory lane. A visit is a must when you are in the area.
The men visited the forge and spoke of manly things and were educated in this craft.
After a few hours in Nobby, we headed for coffee & cake at the Village Green, Highfields, just north of Toowoomba. This building used to be the one teacher school in Highfields in the 1960's and it is where I went to school for a year. Suitable homage is paid to this site whenever I take visitors there - it's an important historically!!!!! It 's a lovely cafe & on the green are a number of shops dedicated to giftware, scrapbooking & surprise, surprise, a quilt shop - The Quilter's Angel.
Monday, November 1, 2010
The Queensland Quilt Show has come & gone - these are the three quilts I had in the show. This one is part of the Serwood Stitchers display of our Round Robins. Sherwood Stitchers is just one of the groups I belong to.
This piece was the result of a workshop with an American tutor, Jane Sassaman janesassman.com- she showed me I can draw & design. We used a photo or a real flower & expanded on what we saw. Then we had fun using our machines & all those fancy stitches that are rarely, if ever, used.
This was my entry into Queensland Quilters Challenge for 2010. We received a fat quarter of fabric - it had lots of leaves in greens & pinks & I decided to play with some techniques. I had fun with it. The entire Challenge was displayed at this year's show.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sunday was a big day for this family. We had to postpone another momentous event - the official opening of our purrrrgola - because our middle son was arriving home after serving in Afghanistan. This photo shows some of the families waiting patiently for our loved ones to appear. Each soldier was greeted with a cheer & applause. It was great to be a part of it all.
The Brisbane Stitches & Craft Show is on until Sunday at the Brisbane Convention Centre. This is the ATASDA (Australian Textile and Surface Design Association) stand at the show. Such talented people. There are over 600 quilts on display by Queensland Quilters & I've yet to have a really good look. That will be Saturday and some of Sunday.