Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Magic Carpet arrived

This fantastic piece of Mail Art arrived yesterday from Rebecca Cook http://bellesouth-rebecca.blogspot.com/ & I haven't stopped looking at it & touching it & wondering just how she accomplished it all. The photo above is with the flash on - it's not quite as brown as this.

Without the flash - the lines on it are metallic & glisten & it's not quite this yellowy.

Close up without flash - the buttons were attached securely & it made it safely without an envelope from the States.  Rebecca used an old milk carton for the base of this piece.

On the addressee side, the eyelashes are the ties from the buttons - it's a really great piece of Mail Art - you might have guessed - I love it!

Monday, July 30, 2012

PPP July Feast

So, here is the story of the Sunday Afternoon "Christmas in July" gathering of the Purple Paddo Patchers' (PPP or Triple P) girls.  Dulcie's husband (the one man allowed anywhere near us on such an afternoon) took photos.

Sorry - food's gone but it was wonderful - the girls alway do themselves proud.

Suzanne also took photos of us all.

We are making two charity quilts this year for Angel Flight http://www.angelflight.org.au/ & will raffle them  when they are finished to raise much needed funds for this charity.

We made angels of all different sizes & the colours, they had to be bright AND there were a couple of boy angels (we know there are not too many of them!)  Next job will be the sashing & putting the blocks together.  Will keep you posted on their progress.

One of our members, Bev, is an over-achiever and made gifts for everyone - this is what I picked.  They were all wrapped & placed on the table, so it was a lucky draw - love this.

Bundles Exposed!

Not sure if you remember the bundles a group of us had hanging in our gardens, at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens & buried - they have been unearthed, unwrapped & exposed.  These are my 3 bundles - the one that that the most deterioration was the buried one & the least, was the one from the Botanical Gardens.  Now, we have to make something around the size of A3 that will eventually go into a book.  I'm still waiting for inspiration to hit!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Five little ducks....

Finished!!!  Started as a cushion panel - my own design - I quilted some of the words of the "Five Little Ducks" ryhme around the dark blue border - it's going to a neighbour's little daughter.

The back - pieced to use up fabric from the front.  Love doing this - usually ends up looking pretty good. Feeling pretty righteous as I only used fabric from my stash & you can't even see any difference to the stash!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Jumpers & Jazz Festival

We headed 2 hours south to Warwick for the annual Jumpers & Jazz Festival. It's winter here in the southern hemisphere & we delight in the cold (sometimes!)  Above is the Warwick Town Hall with its columns wrapped in knitted squares.

Merody & Kathryn from the Broadstrokes Group of Artists decorated this tree with birds and birds'nests.  This is part of the Festival activities - dressing a tree. The artistry involved in some of the dressings was amazing to see.

Men of the family were catered for with this display in the main street - part of the street was closed off so these lovely cars could be enjoyed. 

This entry came from England.

Lincolnshire - to be exact!

Two lovely chickens made us smile. (Did you notice the wrought iron on the building across the street?)

This tree is outside the Art Gallery where our friend, Sue Dennis has her exhibition. http://suedennisartquilts.blogspot.com/

This tree is sporting tartans - there were 112 trees dressed for winter - local schools, community groups, artists from all over joined in the fun.  Music was everywhere too - a great way to spend a Sunday.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shop Crawl

On Saturday, our cottage group, Inner City Circle, indulged in a shop crawl to Ipswich, 30 minutes west of Brisbane. We visited a couple of quilt shops and the old Flour Mill - the above wheel is in this building along with a a number of shops.

This beautiful period dress was outside one of the shops.

The Community Arts Centre was having a Fibre Festival.  An old bike was being decorated and everyone was encouraged to add something to it.  Some of our girls obliged.  This display was my favourite - just loved the hats.
We finished off the morning with lunch at "The Fourth Child" - food was delightful and the company for the day was just great - wonderful way to spend a Saturday.

Concert Tickets

Last week, our eldest gave us a really nice surprise - tickets to Judith Durham's concert! It was an absolutely delightful evening with some of the old Seekers' songs and some of her recent ones.  She still has a lovely strong voice at 70! As you can see there were a lot of grey heads in the audience - oh dear, are we showing our age?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Artist-in-Residence - Mt Coot-tha

A friend of mine, Tricia Smout, is Artist-in-Residence at our Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens for 2012. She asked for flowers to make a quilt - passed out squares of fabric and was overwhelmed by the response.  She had her first Exhibition resulting from work done during the first half of the residency last week and the quilt/s of flowers were on display. Please check out her blog http://triciasmout.blogspot.com/

MailArt received

An altered postcard and one received from a Swap-bot partner - both absolutely wonderful

Playing tourist guide

Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane - we have our great-niece & boyfriend staying with us this week and we did the tourist drive around Brisbane.  Climbing the cliffs in our glorious winter sunshine.
We showed them the highlights of the Redcliffe Peninsula, including the jetty.

And the 'Gayundah' wreck at Woody Point - see I wasn't lying about the blue skies.  It was a lovely day to drive around our lovely city.