Thursday, 31 October 2013
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Monday, 21 October 2013
The portability of a small project made it perfect to take up or put down in between sharing our love of art quilts with passers-by.
Sunday, 20 October 2013
And some other fun things to do included knotting a 40" x 40" piece of pfd - small stones inserted around the edges - I'll leave this to "mature" during the week. We're having an indigo play day at the studio next Saturday 26 October - get in touch if you'd like to play along too - we have room for a maximum of six participants. BYO fabric to dye and make a small contribution for dyes and related materials.
Judy Coates Perez workshop - playing with gorgeous textile paints. Next time Judy visits our side of the world I'll be investing in a two day event - so much fun matched by a very generous soul. Thank you Judy.
Lauke grains as the call of the loaf wafts down the corridor. It's even managed to pull the WMBM indoors. I don't bake with anything else - Lauke is the only Australian, family owned mill left in the country.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Last weekend was not quite Colorado, but close enough - clear blue skies stretching from horizon to mountain range and a most glorious Spring day. Over near the studio is a bougainvillea which hosts several wren nests - gorgeously spun with spider web and silk threads which I happily share. They evidence exceptional taste .... once the newly hatched little people are out and about I'll post a few pics of home decorating al la Fairy Wren. Meanwhile, the vegie patch has been offering up plenty of spinach, zucchini and other fresh greens - perfect for pizzas and roasted vegetables.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Laine is finally getting a special quilt - for a special sister-in-law. Each of the 25 blocks comprises 64 squares, and these are framed with sashing in coordinating civil war fabrics. I do love traditional quiltmaking and how the practice continues to inform my parallel art quilt journey.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Studio Art Quilt Associates) challenging us to create an art quilt through the process of rethinking the known and ordinary. So where better than the shower ...on retreat? I got to thinking about the ordinariness of taking a shower (if you are a privileged western and probably white person) - the un-thought assumption that a tap turned means pressurised water will fall from the shower head - I remain struck by the ordinariness of "taking a shower". Door mats, drain and shower heads make for a rather interesting and not-so-ordinary fabric.
Monday, 14 October 2013
Natures Face Art is Gerhard's business - from where I acquired a number of patches in 2012. I've often pulled them out of my stash and wondered how they could be incorporated into a quilt without being overwhelmed or swamped by the additional fabrics. Our October retreat was where they were combined with my hand dyed, printed and rubbed fabrics using a log cabin block - and we left the blocks on the design wall overnight while the final configuration was "ummed" and "aghhed". Do I mention having to reverse sew it twice ..... as I unpicked the first line of wrongly placed sashing, a dear friend was heard to say something like "don't you hate it when you re-sew something and you put it back wrong .. again!". Well ... the second time I unpicked it no one said anything. At last there was a last column of sashing to attach ... and now to contemplate how to quilt ... many thanks Gerhard for your beautiful fabrics and photographs.
Sometimes all that is required is a room with a view, ready to dye fabric, a bottle of pebbles and a length of strong thread. An meditative afternoon spent in the rhythm of knotting and pinching, twisting and pulling ... this 44 inch length of fabric has been reduced to about 14 inches square - and now waits for an indigo bath.