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!

 

 

Out of Control and How to Reclaim Your Studio

Just emerged from a three day flurry of activity, and wonder now how I did it, amidst the utter chaos that was my work space. It had been building steadily since my last major tidy up ( three, maybe four? weeks ago), but this weekend it reached explosion levels.  I could barely move, cutting on a 10″ sq space and ironing on an even smaller one! stepping over dogs and boxes and bags of fabric to get through the door….(because the dogs insist on keeping me company – it’s rather nice of them, surely they don’t seriously expect me to have food in my studio – they must be there for love… ?) No time to tidy, I just had to get to the sewing!!! It was a fairly horrendous sewing experience. Really. You might know how it is -Moving stuff from A to B,  in order to work at A, then shifting that stuff and a bit more from B to C, so you can work at B, and then re-locating all that from C back to A,  so you can work at C… and so on. Then you move to the next room, because there’s a bit more space there and you can actually breathe again…for a while. Meanwhile all the stuff that gets shifted becomes a tangled conglomerate pile full of unknown things….

How completely uncivilised to expect myself to work in such conditions! No wonder I seemed to be wildly out of control and feeling slightly hysterical… but ah! I did sew, so I stayed relatively sane. I think.

I tidied up today. (It took all day).

So now, there is hope:  It’s called The New Order: This is how it is going to work.  Tidy up as I go. Put away after myself. Thus, I can expect not to lose my best scissors buried under the avalanche, (they were gone for two whole weeks), and I will be able to find that particular yellow fabric just where it ought to be…. Time used tidying as I go will be much more congenially spent than time wasted searching fruitlessly for something buried deeply beneath layers of crumpled fabrics, wadding, tearaway and offcuts and which in all probability isn’t even in the same room as me!

And oh yes – I was making some more alphabet squares…….. here is a sampling!  have a few more to go. There are some more in previous blog posts… https://ratherbequilting.wordpress.com/2013/04/alphabet – and wow! it seems to be another whole year since I last made any. NO wonder then, the mad flurry…! these kids will be grown before I finish at this rate… eep!