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I am doing an exhibition in fifteen months time with two friends of mine, and the working title we have at the moment is "Journey".  I spent all week exploring ideas and discarding most of them.  I liked the small quilt I made at the top of this post and it survived the discard heap.  I am using Procion dyes which are new to me, in fact the whole process of dyeing fabric is new to me and I love seeing what happens to the fabric and how the colour runs.  In another life I was a potter and loved to open the kiln to see how the glazes had worked, the surprises, the disapointments.  Somehow dyeing fabric brings back the same rush, the same thrill.  At least with fabric you get the chance to overdye if it does not work, in pottery it hits the bin and becomes shards.  Today I got up early, trying to beat the heat, which becomes insufferable in Brisbane this time of year.  I decided to over paint some fabric I had purchased earlier in the week, when another idea seemed really good …


I  working on a sunset strip pieced quilt at the moment.  In my stash of photos are many sunsets taken over the years as I use them in my pastel paintings.  I caught a glimpse of the sunset last night in the front window glass and grabbed the camera and rushed out to capture it.  Sometimes we miss the things that are happening right outside our own door.  Last night's sunset was a gift.  Now to work out whether to make a strip pieced quilt or a pastel painting from it.  Both would be interesting to explore.  Today is my birthday.  What a beautiful gift this sunset was and when I loaded the image from the camera this morning I was most grateful I had captured one small moment in time outside my door.


I have been experimenting with fabric paints and printing.  A whole world of new possibilities of colour and line have opened up.  Using one of my favourite Da Vinci photos on fabric is the focus point for this wall quilt, 20 inches x 34 inches in size.  I added free machine embroidery and bordered it with a red and gold fabric that had been in my stash for years, waiting for a purpose.  A Michael Miller deep blue fabric for the final border.  I have not named the quilt yet, that can come later.  It is a 'new day' for me and I am moving forward.  I am off to visit my friend Nolly today for a peek at what she is creating which I know will be stimulating.  Storms due later today in Brisbane, how I love to hear the thunder roll.


Life has given me an awful knock recently as I lost my eldest son to cancer.  The "why" and "if only" words keeping running round my head and tears are never far away.  My youngest son got married again at the weekend, so amongst the pain is joy.  That is the way of life, it moves forward and we must go with it, though our heart dwells in the past.  He was already married overseas but to make it legal here they tied the knot again at their housewarming.  His bride fell in love with the piece above that I had created so this was their present from me.  A beautiful image by Ingres.  So much I wish I was serene right now.  It will come, in time.


They are going........sadly it is time to let some of my old ladies find new owners.  This lovely is from the early fifties and has made quilts and served me well.  A beautiful Singer hand crank and a lovely old 1960's Lotus went to a new quilt home up in the Brisbane Valley.  I am sorry to see them go but I am simply not using them like I used to, and I realised they were better going to new owners who would love them.  Besides, that hand crank was so heavy I could no longer lift it with my hand injury.  I thought it would be an awful wrench but actually it made me feel kind of relieved.

However.........and here is the "however....." because I always have a 'however" being one of the Great Procastinators....I then bought myself the new, updated, all singing, all dancing, beautiful blue and white Lotus.  Ooooh... she is wonderful.  Just the right size to take to sewing, since my other machines are too heavy, big modern things that quilt great but weigh a total …