Sunday, June 12, 2016

Red door
Well ... what an amazing few weeks I've had throughout most of April and May!!!

It started in Amsterdam, down to Paris and across to London. Then we drove around south and west of England and Wales, visiting friends and places I'd lived and worked in the 70s.

We also found the houses where both of our fathers and my grandparents had lived before coming to Australia - in London, Penzance, Edinburgh and Dublin!

We spent 4 days on a narrowboat in north Wales, trained up to Scotland and back across to the coast for the ferry to Dublin.

Our last 8 days were spent driving around the hills and west coast of Ireland and I took wayyyyy too many photos of buildings, cottages, hilltops, quirky signs, backroads, clouds, trees and sheep.

And lots of water! We stayed on a houseboat in Amsterdam, the narrowboat in Wales and made 3 ferry crossings. I found bits of rock and beach glass in France and Cornwall ... but we only travelled with wheely backpacks, so no space to bring too many treasures home!

Now I'm inspired to do some paintings and here is the first one. This was from a photo taken on the way to Connemara, not long before we headed home.

Red door
20 x 20 cm

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Friday, April 8, 2016

AQC Pawtrait Challenge

This small mixed media quilt was fun to make for the challenge at this year's Australasian Quilt Convention! I had a pic of Dusty, our beautiful (rescue) Tonkinese - so he was the inspiration.

He loves to drape over his favourite green cushion on the spare bed and sneaks in there when he thinks I'm not looking. His tail is tucked under the cushion, but if I'd tried to move it he would have stood up - and the moment would be lost.

I printed the pic onto fabric - added the batik fabric at the bottom and light card behind him - with paper music glued and stitched on top. I've used acrylic paint to highlight his eyes and fur.

He's always purring and most of my quilts have a song title, so this one is called One Purrrfect Day ...

10 " x 10"

With this quilt and the one below - I'm very excited to have two pieces in different challenges at the AQC this year! Pity I can't get over to Melbourne to see them ... definitely next year.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

nest eggs update

This little quilt is off to Melbourne for the Australasian Quilt Convention's annual exhibition in April!

It will be part of an exhibition of 21 art quilts by Australia & New Zealand Art Quilters, celebrating our 10th Anniversary as an online group. Most of us have never met but we produce some beautiful work when we put our minds to it, lol.

Very excited to see it HERE today!!!

Since that pic was taken I've added some darker leaves and stitching to give it more depth (below).

nest eggs
10 x 10 inches
Acrylic paint, stitch and textile work on canvas
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