Australian Quilt Convention – news!

April 19, 2011

Coming home after 3 days at Melbourne’s Australian Quilt Convention I just had to do a quick post because the amazing news is that two wonderful NSW Guild members were awarded by the highest “feather in one’s cap”.    

Kay Haerland (on the right)  won Best Of Australia award for her quilt, Monarchs in the Rainforest.  It is a superb piece of innovative work, combining both art and traditional quilting.  

Rosslyn Moules (on the left) won an award for community service.  Rosslyn leads a team of quilters to make thousands (or even more) quilts that are donated to charity.

Amazing women with such large hearts – and now awarded with the recognition they deserve.   The gala dinner at Melbourne was such a joyous night, my heart is still singing.  Check out the NSW Quilters Guild blog soon for more details. 

Meantime – here is a giggle!!  Well, one would be tempted to think these new Bernina  “quilters” glasses are to ensure mistakes disappear on our work!  Everyone – all 400+ (my estimate) of us attending the Gala Dinner, received a pair.   The Convention was such an inspirational event.



More brooches – handmade

April 13, 2011


Making these brooches is not a quick fast venture.  

They create a meditative state of mind, that comes from creating the molding paste background, and the variety of embellishments that you can see.  

I am eager to make more, but not just now. 

Having returned from Meroo Quiltcamp at Kurrajong (3-day event) I have a project to complete.  

 You will see more about this shortly.


WANTED! Thread spools…any kind, any type.

April 7, 2011

It’s beginning to work wonders!  Putting the word out that I welcome empty spools!

Needed since dyeing a lot of my own threads (thin and thick, and in between).   Besides divine colours (& a few surprizes) a personal bonus comes from winding newly coloured threads onto empty spools – it is almost meditative.   Like slow food, it is a process that cannot be hurried. 

Whoever would think that winding threads would have an unwinding effect on the soul?

This bunch of threads came my way as a donation from a crafting colleague – just a few days ago.  

I just love the gracious old wooden spools with their unique labels that show off scrumptious names for each coloured thread.  

It’s time now to do some winding!   And….if you happen to have ANY kind of empty thread spool (plastic or wooden) and you are happy to send them my way, they would find a most welcome home.