Monday, July 23, 2012
Today was a special day at sewing. Special because we helped Nan celebrate her birthday. Nan is 83 this week. What an incredible lady she is. Both the ladies in this photo are incredible, Nan for her wonderful sewing talent and Margaret at her side, who puts colour together like nobody else I know. Nan has sewed all her life, she worked in couture houses in Sydney as a young woman, was an expert Tambour beader, her nimble fingers adorning beautiful gowns with sparkle and life. She lived in New Guinea, survived earthquakes and tropical heat, taught the native girls how to sew there so they could earn an income. Along the way she raised two daughters and lived the second part of her life with a husband she adored. In later years she took up quilting and made the most beautiful coats full of colour and texture, beading and quilting. Both Nan and Margaret are my special friends but today is Nan's day, Happy Birthday Nan!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The weather here today is cold, overcast and bleak, the kind of winter's day when I just long for summer. I miss the opressive heat of a summertime Brisbane today. I long for the days when the heat ramps up and I wake to see small wisps of black cloud appearing. Not many, however my life up in the mountains taught me that the small black wisps held the promise of thunderheads by early afternoon, building high in the sky and all that power exploding late in the day with noise and drama and pouring rain. After the storms had moved away high on the plateau, their thunder rolls becoming muted as they headed down over the Gold Coast and out to sea, the mountain air would turn icy cold and you would thrill with the sharpness of the atmosphere as you wrapped it round you. Today in Brisbane is not such a day. It is miserable and you want it just to be over and maybe the sun will shine tomorrow. Consequently my creative juices have stalled for now and the block in the photo still waits for further embellishment when I am in a sunnier state of mind.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Well, two years later and I have discovered that my blog is actually up and working. I am still quilting, the treadles are still residing in my house and my stash has grown even bigger. I will post regularly now that I know I can be seen by the world. To Maureen, my fellow quilter and friend who has been the first to comment here, thankyou! I actually got her sewing on my Jones hand crank a couple of weeks ago however no photos were taken of her stirling effort, unfortunately. She handled it like a pro. I now teach quilting and had set the girls the task of sewing on some of the old machines. Nan, who sewed for fashion houses in her day, loved every minute of it. I will post photos of their next sewing day when they next come. We call oursleves "The Coffee,Cake and Jazz" quilt group and Tuesdays see the girls sewing along to the strains of Glenn Miller and his Big Band and other wonderful old tunes.