Sunday, 31 January 2016

Back At Work

Holiday back at school....and back to work I go. I had a good break and my garden looks fabulous!
Travelled to Sydney twice last week. Yesterday I attended the "Volunteers" lunch for QuiltNSW at the Coronation Club at Burwood. Really lovely venue and great food. On Friday I helped to pack the 'Template" the quarterly newsletter for QuiltNSW an interesting experience seeing what is involved from that end of things.

Miss Beth and I attended the opening night of Cathy Jack Coupland's first solo exhibition "Colour" at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle. The exhibition runs until the 14th Feb. Really lovely collection of work and well worth the visit. A few of the Saturday sewing girls and I are travelling up to Newcastle this Saturday coming to view the exhibition and visit a few Newcastle patchwork shops.

My efforts with the "52 week photography Challenge" continue....the latest was to take a portrait of someone other than yourself.....I chose Miss Beth.


Today I need to get the newsletter out for Red Shed Quilting....running a bit late.....looking forward to the coming year. Lots going on....and more quilting of course.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Braided Rug Workshop

I attended a braided rug work shop hosted by Belinda Betts  held at "Thelma's Cottage" this week. The tutor was Barb Travis. One of the best workshops I have done in a LONG time!.
We made trivets.....small versions of a rug....which taught us all the techniques needed to produce a larger rug at a later date.

Here's mine taking pride of place on the kitchen table...

Below is Barb's work in progress...

Using recycled materials also appeals to me....most are made from woollen blankets and suiting ...

Finished a custom..

Arranged my still-life for this weeks 52 week photography challenge. "Artistic: Red"  Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don't be afraid to be creative...


Toukley markets today with Miss Beth....

Sunday, 10 January 2016


I am enjoying a slower pace of life after the Christmas / New Year chaos.

I have been working on a small foundation pieced quilt. Progress has been slowly made.

Santa gave me a new camera for Christmas and I have been enjoying learning how to use it. I have joined an on-line photography challenge called the 52 Week photography Challenge. Each week you are given a theme and you submit a photo taken responding to that theme.
Week one was a Self-portrait using the timer. 

Week 2 .....Traditional landscape paying attention to foreground and sky....sooooo Miss Beth and I went on an excursion literally at the crack of dawn to our local beach, Norah Head. Great to be thinking creatively again. We both really enjoyed the morning, although we had a very SLOW afternoon.

I managed to get a few shots that I was happy with using manual mode but ended up submitting this photo below as this weeks entry.

I am chipping away at a few things that need doing and relaxing as well....trying to enjoy... before the craziness of the year begins again.