Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A couple of quilts

This one was made form a Yellow Brick Road patter using the Wuthering Heights range of fabrics.  Well used i winter,   finished in 2010.

"Aria's Pinwheels" - combined 2 UFO's - the pink pinwheels were the start of a pink and white quilt I thought I'd make.  The small applique blocks were done many years ago.  There was a book of Delft block patters & again, I thought it would make a nice quilt.  Those elements have been faithfully waiting in a box & now have joined to make a quilt for a friend's new baby girl.  So happy it all worked.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Church Banners

These banners were made over a number of years - This one, "Give Thanks" made from a patter in 2002.  It had an outing a couple of weeks ago for our Thanksgiving service.

"Pentecost" was again made from a patter in 2002 - it's out in the church at the moment for the Sundays after Pentecost.

"Lent - Meditate" was made in 2004 for the season of Lent - must remember to hang it again next year.

"The Way" was also made in  2004 - there is a white donkey in the lower left hand corner - some of my 'friends' tried to tell me it was a kangaroo!!!!  This one is for Palm Sunday.  My own design.

"The Way" is rather a large quilt hanging in the church most of the time. My own design & from my stash as are all the quilts.  Made in 2004.

"He is Risen"  - the archway & bricks started in an Esterita Austin class many years ago.  I added the cross and machine quilted it in 2007.  It hangs at Easter.


Monday, September 27, 2021

Flyover before Riverfire 2021

This plane (a C 17, I think) came over our house and then along the Brisbane River to delight the crowds waiting for the fire works.  It was soooooo low!

There were 4 helicopters in all - again heading for the river.


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Under the Bridge

Love the murals under the rail bridge across the Brisbane River.


Monday, August 23, 2021

Murky Waters

Detail of Murky Waters

My entry, "Murky Waters' into our juried exhibition, SOTA21 - it was selected and hopefully will be on display at the Queensland Quilters Quilt Show in October (we are crossing fingers that this will go ahead).  The inspiration was a perfectly coiled rope on a boat - the rope that helps us if we find ourselves in murky waters & there's always a spark of hope in those murky waters (the red splashes).
Bit deep for me, I know! 


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Portrait of One Lady

Nothing too exciting has happened this year.  However, our Royal National Show (the Ekka) decided to go ahead with the judging of the Quilts Across Queensland despite the whole show being cancelled (thank you to COVID).  I was really surprised and pleased to be awarded a 3rd in the category - Small Quilt, any Technique.
The background was a tablecloth embroidered by my sister who passed away in 2001.  I cut it up to make a relative square and added the machine sketched portrait of a lady and hand quilted the background.

I like to think my sister would have been pleased with this ribbon too.


Monday, July 5, 2021

Backyard in July

Stunning Bromeliad in flower

Butternuts growing larger

Golden Tears vine in flower

Tomatoes growing.


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

This top was given to me by a friend as a Christmas present (she was clearing her cupboard). I finished quilting it at a retreat last weekend.  Given to our neighbour's baby, Frankie.  They loved it - Frankie's only 1 month old so I don't think she cares.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ripper Mystery Game

We went through dark alleys (not really - this was the way to the Bean Coffee Shop before we started the game).

We reckon there were a couple of hundred people enjoying this game.  We started in Queens Gardens.

Groups of people checking out the clues on their mobile phones - all done through Cluedupp Mystery Games app.  Ann Street Uniting Church.

In King George Square too - people everywhere trying to figure out 'who dun it!'

We got it - we were so pleased with ourselves.

All 4 1 - outside the Bean - this intelligent foursome made our city safe again - oh, ok - along with a couple of others too - maybe a couple of hundred of others.


Monday, June 14, 2021


I didn't take many photos of yesterday's opening.  Brenda speaking about her piece - it won 2nd prize.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Boonah Cafes

Boonah is a country town an hour south west of Brisbane.  We go there for retreats so know th town pretty well.  Rockalicious is a 50's style cafe in the main street.  Well worth a visit.  They make their own ice cream & it is delicious.

There is a dress on the wall next to Betty Boop - they have dresses for sale - again hand made.  Lollies in bottles and the decor is just divine.  The food is pretty good too. 


Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Nature of Thread Exhbition

This exhibition is on at Bribie Island Community Centre until 13th June. This piece is by artist Alison Charlton who also does amazing shibori.

Brenda Wood's work - incredible.

One of Jan Strudwick's wonderful rust pieces.

Rosemary McCall triptych.  Well worth the trip up to Bribie and the cafe has great food. 


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

At the Park

My Mum (96) & her great Grandchildren - Benni (7) and brother, Shiloh (4) loving the ice-creams.


Thursday, June 3, 2021

More Scrap Quilts

Getting rid of more scraps - lots more to go but feeling pretty righteous that 9 scrap quilts (lap sized) have been made & 4 given away.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021


Using an embroidered canvas (the house, bridge & trees), a silk panel and various blocks that didn't make it into other quilts and I had another quilt for my International Room when it's empty again. That happens when our son buys his new home!

Left over fabric from a Hungry Caterpillar quilt became this Play Mat for a new baby, yet to arrive, for our young neighbours.  Both machine pieced, machine quilted and some hand quilting on the Japanesey one.


Sunday, May 30, 2021


The agave is starting its bloom.

The pond at the back of the yard.

One of the may Bromeliads.

This agave is not as showy as its big brother.


Friday, April 30, 2021


One Agave plant is getting ready to flower - first for us.


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Verandah & Deck make-over

The cushions needed some attention - found the fabric at Spotlight & managed to make them look half way decent.  Certainly brightens up the place. HoM has been re-oiling the furniture so it looks almost new.