Wetlands of Queensland

Today, as the big wet (compliments of ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie) drenches the southeast, I recieved notification that my latest artwork didn’t make the grade for the Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards – no matter! It was the very first time I have entered this competition. I’m not much given to entering competitions, but sometimes they pay off and often in the most splendid and unexpected ways! Just not this time, alas. I ought to have approached this piece with 4 intact sides perhaps, and no empty – literally!  – spaces…. but no, not me, who likes to make it complicated.

I made this to be

1) part of a series I am working on at the moment (Anfractuous Continuance)

2) as a possible entry in the Australasian Quilt Convention Challenge – Fauna and Flora of Australia –  but it transpired that by it’s very nature, it would not fold well, therefore would not travel well, and as a consequence I opted not to enter – clearly I didn’t think that one through…

3) it being not entered in AQC decided to give MBRAA a shot…. never mind, I think it looks good on my wall!!!

I have named it “Cooloola Flight”. Because it’s an aerial view of the Cooloola wetlands and it features a wonderful bird we saw there – a Black necked Stork. An Aussie would call it a Jabiru. We spotted it out in our canoe on Lake Cootharaba, and was the biggest thrill of all of our canoeing excursions. He was just sitting on a little island, minding his own business, then as we drifted closer, he casually got up and strolled away for a drink, and eventually flew off to feed around the corner.

In  this piece the lake and river systems of Cooloola Wetlands are depicted by the empty spaces….. it will be exhibited as one of my pieces at Pine Rivers Art Gallery along with the Reddy Arts Textile Group’s work in December and January…. until then here is a wee sneak peak because I’m too excited about it to save it for a few more months! But you will be able to see it in the cloth there.

Lots of you have seen my first piece in the series – see “Cudgera Creek”  and my previous post for photos. This quilt is now in Melbourne and can be seen at the Bernina   Best of Australia Awards at AQC 20-23rd April 2017.

I am currently working on my third piece, which is based around the Tinchi tamba wetlands, on the Pine River. Now I really must go and sew!!!

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2016 wrapped – Happy New Year

 

The last few months have passed in a blur. After doing about 3/4 of the 100 day challenge, which for me isn’t too bad an effort, and completing three lap quilts in about as many months, the art quilting has taken a bit of a back seat lately. Maybe it’s the time of year, after all, it is now the final week of 2016… Christmas celebrations take up a fair bit of time, much as we love getting together, exchanging gifts and eating well!  It seems to me though that time is of the essence when there are deadlines to meet. Creativity works best for me when it is spontaneous, but I do like to have a plan as well…………. sometimes the plan doesn’t always work, and outside pressures tend to inhibit spontaneity….. maybe it’s time for a little R&R, some physical workouts  (read cycling, swimming and canoeing, long walks on the beach, playing with the dogs, even gardening). We are officially on holiday, not a sewing machine in sight. I do have my cameras with me though.

I did manage to make a few little Christmas gifts – (secretly, I have been wanting to make mug rugs for ages! Hahaha! (Binding by machine practise….) Then I saw these great  little fabric stars, which I couldn’t resist making.

 

My last wee completed piece for the year is this wee seahorse which I had much fun making!

Wishing you all a wonderful, creative, prosperous, healthy and happy 2017!

Sue

 

 

Amazing day

This was a day right up there with those pinnacle of your life days – you know the ones, high school and University graduations, Wedding day, Births of the babies days…. today was the day I won the Bernina Best of Show award at the Queensland Quilt Show!!  still on a high, can’t stop smiling!!

Thank you to the judges, Glad Howard, Lyn Hewitt, and Rachelle Denneny;  to  QQ President Judie Bellingham and the management committee of Queensland Quilters Inc; Bernina Australia; all the other many Queensland Quilt Show Sponsors, and Expertise Events –  wow what a day! Thanks to all my lovely friends and acquaintances and fellow quilters and all the ladies(and men!)  for your fabulous support and kind words and admiration today, it was a fantastic experience and you all contributed so much to my brilliant day!

Completely excited that my textile art piece won, and now we are off to Melbourne for AQC and Best of Australia awards early next year, so exciting to be a part of that!! Will be celebrating all week.

Many thanks to Bernina Australia for their wonderful and continuing support of the craft of patchwork and quilting, to Queensland Quilters Inc who organise the quilt show, (see the rest of the fantastic and beautiful winning quilts at the link) and their dedicated members who do the most amazing behind the scenes work for many months in the lead up to the show, and to Quilt and Craft Fair (Expertise Events) for hosting the show. It all takes a great deal of planning and plain hard work to bring it all together every year so that the rest of us can not only enjoy making our art but also sometimes reap the rewards, such as I have been blessed to do so, today. I am so happy, so grateful and just plain astounded. Thank you all.

 

Cyclic Tetrahedron aka Tetraspinner, and other pieces

We have lift off! The Panel Kit Instructions are now available from 2Sew Textiles – we have made up a kit and you can order up to 4 colour panels and/or a black and white panel for your own colouring . The direct link to our etsy shop is here. Choose from four colourways: Grape Soda (the original), Blueberry Pie, Lime Juice, and Tangerine Fling. Or of course, Black and White. There is more information on Brenda Wood’s Blog Addicted to Fabric.

My tetraspinners are currently being shown until October 8th 2016 at the Hub Gallery in Caboolture Qld Australia along with works by Textile Art Group members Cynthia Morgan, Di Flint, Brenda Wood, Tricia Smout, Alwyn Bowyer, Elaine Campbell, Rebecca Dundon, Jean Hill, Bernardine Hine and Fran Robinson.

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For my other pieces, suffice to say, I have been BUSY. Making modern quilt tops and pursuing my latest enthusiasm , ruler quilting! My first to be finished is this table topper (hiding my large cutting mat!)

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I have almost completed another quilt-as-you-go lap quilt, which will be dispatched soon to it’s recipient, but first I might show it off to the ladies at Queensland Quilters along with a couple of the others…

By the way, Queensland Quilters annual Quilt Show commences on Wednesday 5th October at the Convention Centre at South Bank, Brisbane, for any of you in the vicinity who don’t already know about it. It is bound to be excellent as usual, and I am really looking forward to seeing all the quilts. It is part of the Quilt and Craft Fair, and there is more information here.  I hope you can make it as I have a pictorial quilt “Cudgera Creek” (Hastings Point, NSW) on display, which I would love everyone to see. I will be there on Wed 5th October. Brenda Wood also has two art quilts on display there, and they are a treat indeed, lots of talent on display!

Here is a preview of some “in progress” detail shots of “Cudgera Creek”:

That about wraps it up for this week. It’s back to the sewing machine for me!

 

 

Deviant (quilt) art

Lately I have been doing a bit of machine quilting…. In daily doses. But when you work for a while in those bland neutral fabrics, beige and white and taupe, a craving for colour develops, especially on dull and cloudy days such as today… One deviates from the task at hand (mastering  rulers ) and springs into temporary insanity… There is a new quilt in the pipeline, and the top is almost finished… But I have to be a secret squirrel on this one for a little while as I don’t want to show it off until the recipient to be has had first look! decisions needed to be made as to the back of this quilt. I needed to use up some of the “stash” and the front didn’t consume even half of the designated fabrics…. the remainder, I thought, could provide the back…. For a week now, I have been toying with ideas – I have a vast number of trial designs (now mostly deleted – there were more than 90…)  in my EQ program…. But nothing was satisfying…. And ok I could just throw the leftover rectangles and squares together – big blocks of leftover fabric, to keep it simple and quick, after all no one really looks at the back unless they are the quilt police! That was the logical, practical and sensible person’s solution. But I’m dealing with myself here, nothing too simple … Today I cut out and pieced  24, 9″ 9 patch blocks, black and white and coloured….

Tomorrow I am going to join them up with 24 9″ squares, (this actually looks fairly horrible)image

Then I am going to cut them all up again into 16, 12 inch blocks, and sew them back together….. This will be the back of the quilt…..

If in the end I don’t like it, or decide it’s actually too awesome to be the back of a quilt, I will simply turn it into a second quilt, and go out and buy a few yards of wide backing and be done in no time at all!!

Quilting with rulers

Enrolled in an online ruler quilting class recently… This weekend I managed to get started… Two projects, one is the class sampler, in beige, taupe, red and brown,  which will be a large quilt, and the other a table topper…. Under which I plan to hide my cutting mat! The rulers are designed by Leonie and Bill West : find information about them at  http://www.westalee.com.au/

I was the lucky winner of a voucher from Punch with Judy  for an online class, at the 2015 Queensland Quilt Show.  I am so glad I chose the  Ruler class !! There are also other classes you can take, but I am doing the introductory one.

These are the first blocks for the table topper – because I made them first, while waiting for  the pale beige fabric to come into the store… I do think it is important to support your local fabric suppliers.

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And here are the first blocks I have done for the class sampler

 

Have to say, having the greatest fun!

Here are some more blocks:

More to come as I get them completed!

Nebula Revisited

The pattern is out!

Playing around on the computer in my quilt design software and thought I would experiment a bit with the colour choices…

Autumn Nebula

Autumn Nebula: in time for the northern hemisphere fall – or maybe that’s nearly over! So just in case, here is a promise of the snowy winter wonderland to come!!

ICE NEBULA

ICE NEBULA

For some more colour choices see my post Nebula again

Lolly Scramble

Who remembers the days of children’s birthday parties and one of the highlights being the lolly scramble? Brightly wrapped lollies, thrown up into the air for the children to collect where they fell… and so, my Lolly Scramble quilt – cot sized – to remind us of a time when children’s entertainment was so much simpler and dare I say it, easier? This PDF instant download pattern will soon be available on Etsy in our shop 2Sew Textiles – do remember to keep an eye out for it.

Lolly Scramble Cot Quilt

Lolly Scramble Cot Quilt

April begins and I am crazy

UPDATE! this 4 days on… and here I have 9 pineapple blocks sewn together… still deciding if a) that’s it, with a binding; or b) that’s it, with a border and binding; or c) I make 16 more blocks to CONTRAST with these…….. lol. DO I really want to do that, I ask? In the meantime to help me think, I am off on another mad tangent. I am making 6″ ALPHABET blocks for my great-nephew and niece. Just for something simple… I am starting with their name letters first, but over time plan to do the entire alphabet each…all separate stand alone letters, so they can make new words with them..will post some when I have a word. The children are 4 and 2, respectively…..

anyway, here is a photo of the pineapples:

Pineapple mania

Pineapple mania

Just to complicate my sewing life, or to confuse myself, I’m not sure which, I have started a pineapple quilt – what am I thinking????  Back to traditional, exercise for the brain if nothing else….  just getting a 12″ block worked out from scratch.. literally… on a sheet of paper…. But I think I have mastered it. More or less…..getting it square anyway…

I just think using fabrics from one’s stash is not always a good idea. a)  one tends to improvise with the colours and “make do”  and b) there sometimes isn’t enough, after all,  especially if you decide you need more blocks than you initially intended. But then again, it’s good to use them up, isn’t it? These fabrics have been sitting around in boxes for some considerable time. Although I did need to go out and buy the background……..

so here is a peek preview. I think the dark purple fabrics are too dark, personally, and not enough contrast between the last two, none in fact. 😦  but that’s “making do” , so I guess I will live with it….

4 Pineapple blocks

4 Pineapple blocks