Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I have been missing.  I have had my life turn upside down.  I lost the love of my life last year and I have been trying to get back onto an even keel.

There is still beauty in the world (amazingly). The earth didn't stop spinning (I thought it would).

Life continues and now I have a beautiful pussy cat in my life.  Photos later.

 A still grey day in Hobart.  The light is just stunning.  There is a glow in the air.

24 hours later and there is gold in the sky and reflected on the water.

Lowestoft Bay at her stunning best.

I'm back I hope.  There will be quilts and more photos later.  And an introduction to my ginger cat. (for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook).


Monday, November 11, 2013

I've been painting!

I watched one of Linda Kemshall's DMTV videos a few weeks ago and it spurred me on to get out my paints (acrylics) and start to create.  It was the prod I needed to get out of my creative fug!

I started to paint with acrylics.  I've played a lot with watercolours! I love them.  Acrylicas are all new to me.  Wow!  How much fun are they?  You make a mistake and you can fix it!

Grey Fantail - acrylic on canvas

Willy Wagtail with babies

Blue wren - acrylic on canvas

Blackbird in a wattle

Blogger isn't being nice tonight.  No more captions grrr.

  The last two photos are my first attempt at oils.  I am very happy with that med\ium - a big learning curve coming up but so far I am happy!

The parrot is an Orange Bellied parrot. A native of Tasmania and the most endangered bird in Australia.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

I blame Facebook!

I have been hijacked by Facebook!  It has seduced me with its instant response.  Its voyeuristic images are so tempting.  It carries me all over the world at the click of the mouse.  Sigh.

I really must get back to here and think more about who I am and what I do.  The instant gratification of Facebook is addictive.  Nowonder the kids of tady are hooked on it.
Turners Beach, Tasmania

Dear Reader,  I once again appologise for having abandoned you for the frivolity of Facbook.

What have I been doing, you ask.  Well, I have been dyeing fabric for two baby quilts for two precious grand babies and sewing siggy blocks (I have had them since 2007).

Hrey Fantail, Acrylic on canvas  12" x 12"

I have been learning how to paint with acrylics, and sewing 1 1/2 inch hexies  to use up the huge pile of scrapes I seem to have accumulated,

Rust Dyeing

I have written several articles for an Australian magazine (Down Under Textiles) and generally keeping busy!

Every chance I get, I photograph the environment around me.

This is Lowesloft Bay, on the banks of the River Derwent, on a very still Spring morning


Thursday, August 29, 2013

SAQA Oceania Blog Hop - Auction 2013

Oh dear, I've done it again.

 Poor Reader,  you must have just about given up on me completely.

This post is my turn, as part of the SAQA Oceania Group to post a blog about the quilt I have donated to the SAQA Auction.  Here is the link to the Blog Hop pages   oceania collection blog hop

I have been very busy in my absence from the blogosphere.  I have been working hard and looking after my sick hubby as well.  I have spent some time in my studio, but not as much as I would have liked.  I have managed to produce a few pieces and one of those is my donation to the SAQA Auction 2013.

 My little quilt is called Floating and I was inspired by a sample piece I made for my City and Guilds course.  I love the colours of the background and the way the two rectangles "float".

I decided to make a "variation on a theme" quilt.

Once I had made that decision I was off and making!

Now I have a cofession to make.  I got so involved in making the quilt I forgot to take photos as I made it!  I was so crabby with myself.  Anyway, I have managed to find a couple of photos of the quilt nearly finished.

All my fabrics are hand dyed.  The orange is rust dyed.  Rust dyeing is a technique that I love.  The results are always  a suprise.

The green fabris I also screen printed with the words from the Beatles song "Blackbird"

The small rectangle on the left hand side of the quilt was cut from a piece of fabric that I stamped with soy wax before I dyed it.  I then screen printed that too!.

I machine pieced and appliqued the top and then machine free motion quilted it

A close up of the quilting

I photographed the quilt before I faced it.

And then........ I forgot to take a photo of the finished quilt - grrrrrrr!

Here is the link to the   SAQA Auction Pages.  Pour yourself a coffee or tea, make yourself comfortable enjoy!


Sunday, April 07, 2013

Now please don't fall of your chair!  Yes I am posting again!  FB is still not playing nicely and won't let me post photos!

A couple of years ago I taught myself how to cyanoprint.  The prints I made I have used in all sorts of ways but this one is my favourite.  It is a little quilt called "Passage to an Unknown World".  I used a photo I took of the Derwent Estuary in Hobart (Tasmania).  I tried to represent the view my great great would have seen from the deck of the convict ship as she sailed into Hobart.  She was an amazing woman.  I do wish I had met her.


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Oh dear!  Sorry dear reader, I'm afraid Face book has distracted me yet again but she is very fickle and has decided I couldn't post photos tonight.  Well - I thought - I'm sure Blogger and I can fix that. 
What I want to show you is a photo of the end result of my first Indigo vat.
I threw in (very gently) some white cotton, cotton lawn and some rust dyed cotton.  I also added a couple of pieces of cotton that I had previously dyed and I didn't like.  Some silk went into the vat and finally a piece of cotton velvet.
This after they were pulled out of the vat - they are sitting quietly oxidizing!
Here are the results

I love the results.  I can't wait to play with them.

While I'm here I thought you might like to see the latest art quilt I have made.  It is called A Light on History.

It is inspired by one of my trips to MONA - the Museum of Old and New Art.  The museum is about 500 meters down the road from my house!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Oops! I got side tracked again!

i have been busy!  i an "doing" my City and Guilds qualifications and time has just run away!
I have been busy though.  I finished this quilt today. I'm very happy with it.  ! do hope you like it too!


Sunday, August 05, 2012

A catchup! Oops - where did the weekend go!

I got a little left behind!

I have had the best weekend in my studio - playing with paper.  I made paper quilts and they worked.  I was suprised.  A learning curve.

My photos for August were taken but the camera didn't find its way to the computer.

August 4

Somewhere I sat and I sit in that spot as often as I can! 

The poor sewing machine, on Saturday, took up two pairs of trousers!  She is still in shock!  I don't blame her - I am too.

One of my daughters saw this photo today and commented that it is tidy!  Clever photography!


August 5

A Logo

This is my Logo.  I've been reading a little about "signing" art work lately.  There seems to be a bit of "ponse" happening!  "No - we don't do that"! We I do - I have designed a monogram - I put it somewhere on all my work - sometimes on the back, sometimes on the front!  It says who I am and this is what I made.


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