The end of year rush

Last ditch sewing projects before the holidays arrive! Madly trying to get a challenge out of the way…I  have promised myself a few weeks of relaxing and drawing…. camping, canoeing, and minding the dogs…. Bailey my little shadow

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and Charli my patient orthopaedic hardware buddy…. she is coming along well, now managing a couple of 600m walks daily, with a few short bursts around the yard in between…. hates being cooped up, loves sitting outside except when the sun is blazing and there is no shade, or if there is thunder about….. we are 5 weeks down, 7 to go…  then she should be able to tackle the stairs and rejoin the family upstairs… IMG_3439

in the meantime, there is this stitching to do….. currently tackling a small square piece for an exhibition in 2020….. I have a few months to get it finished, but it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s good to get it done and move on to other things. Red mangroves….

I also have finished my Reddy Arts 2018 challenge, which is destined for another 2020 exhibition… just making the decision about how to finish it…. as an art quilt, or mounted on a canvas….. I am inclined to lean toward the latter….  here it is still in the raw state…. but I think the stitching is finished…. unless I decide I need to add a little more to the rock…

If I manage to do all of these things, I might have some time to consider the 2QAQ exhibition…. or the AQC…. but those deadlines are coming up fast!  Something really magical will have to happen to get something into the AQC…. on the other hand, my weed patch needs some attention, but if we continue to get heatwaves….. that might have to wait until the winter!

Life Amongst the Lilies – textile workshop with Sue Duffy

What a great 3 days. What a great bunch of women! Fantastic workers, having fun creating with their sewing machines. We had a fabulous time, and it was full on. No time to tarry!

The morning teas were exceptional, wow! If you ever have the good fortune to have Brenda Wood as your convenor, you are in for an absolute treat! With her at the organisational helm, this workshop was a breeze and needs met. I believe everyone learned something new, including the tutor!

There was the first day, learning how to lay down a background and getting in some free motion practise, which was needful for some of the beginners in the group who did a fantastic job. Day two was focused on learning how to paint the wee birds and waterlily flowers with inktense or watercolour pencils, and then some thread sketching using stabiliser and embroidery hoops to build and enhance. A bit of applique thrown in, more thread sketching and then this was followed on day three with trapunto by machine, how to make little snowflake flowers and stitch the lilypads, and finally sorting out the layout and composition of the piece.

It was an absolute pleasure to teach such friendly and generous women, who readily shared bits of fabrics and threads when needed, who paid attention and then took what they saw in the demos back to their machines and got on with their stitching. A great group indeed.

Here are a few photos from the three days, with the almost completed work…. lots of happy faces!  it will be great to see some finished projects down the track.

Demonstrating at QQS and the Jesus Birds

Recently, I was demonstrating some of my textile art practise at the Queensland Quilt Show. I had a great time meeting many lovely and different women, all of whom were very kind and admiring of my work. I was blessed with an amazingly large area in which to display my quilts, and it felt wonderful to be able to work away surrounded by them. The quilted model of our holiday cottage, the bach, featured as well along with the panorama quilts of the view.

 

It was a great deal of fun and I really loved being able to show people how I go about making a small textile artwork. I have continued working on the pieces I was demonstrating, and here are a few of the progress photos, which may interest those of you who attended the Craft and Quilt Fair in Brisbane last week.

 

There is still some detail to add – perhaps to the lilypads, and a few flowers and buds to make and add:  the snowflake waterlilies that abound and upon which the Comb Crested Jacanas nest, feed and appear to walk on water! Hence the colloquial name!

Keep an eye on my blog, as I will post photos of the final work once it is completed!

THIS BUSY LIFE : making plans

Lately I have been between projects, having completed the first in a series for the 2017 RATG exhibition next year, entitled TEXTile Translations. So I can’t actually show you yet just what I have been up to there…. maybe a little hint with a detail might be allowed…. 

The next piece in the series is planned out but not yet commenced. I am very excited about this series based on photos taken whilst out canoeing on the creeks, rivers and lakes in SE Queensland and Northern NSW…08_IMG_2297

And meantime I have been persevering with learning a few Illustrator and Photoshop skills…. I have signed up with Skillshare for 12 months, and have done some excellent classes so far with Helen Bradley. Here is a glimpse of what I have learned so far…. more to come! (I am a bit of a slow learner, but live in hope!) Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 3.33.26 pm

I have another little project in mind for using some of my designs… again I have to keep it under wraps for a little while! It’s quite different from my textile landscape and bird work! Suffice to say it promises to be a real adventure into 3D work for me! Then there is the possibility of fabric designs… dream on!

There are thoughts of one or two exhibitions into which it might be worthwhile submitting work  – we will see how that pans out in due course.

Not only that, another Cot/crib quilt pattern is in the pipeline! To purchase,  keep an eye out on facebook:  2SewTextiles , etsy and craftsy…..  The alpaca backing fabric is my own design…if there is enough interest I will consider making it available for purchase through Spoonflower.  I have simplified the quilt pattern from this original… fewer applique pieces… five clouds instead of seven, for example. Overall size is 36″ x 52″.

 

2015 – how productive were you?

Do you reach the end of the year and wonder: whatever happened to it? Where did the time go? Did you spend it well? How do you assess it?

An interesting exercise was to take a look at how little or how much I achieved in 2015 in the textile art world. My feeling was that I maybe had not accomplished a great deal particularly in the area of actual textile ART, even though I seemed to be constantly busy, juggling part time work, home duties, designing and sewing.

To find out, I made up a Timeline.

There was some time out in November , and a holiday in January, apparently, but for the most part, it was a pretty steady year… on analysis, I found there was a very real relapse into traditional style quilt making, part of my designing and writing patterns , and some experimentation with the new movement of Modern quilting. I guess the alphabet  can be counted as art….  and true art work was completed (although commenced in 2014) for the two exhibitions, and there were little forays into thread sketching  and quilting… example: my quilt for the Queensland Quilt Show 2015

What next?  The timeline proved just how much I did accomplish, and encourages me to tackle the new year ahead with 12 whole months in which to draw,  paint,dye, stitch, applique, and quilt.  My aspiration for 2016 is to set aside traditional quilting, and to create a number of landscape and seascape textile artworks, with the intention to  exhibit in 2017. And a new timeline at the end!