Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day Activities

January 26 the day we celebrate our identity as Australians no matter where we are or where we were born.

A day of high temperatures 42C here, barbecues with family and friends as summer ends. School starts next Monday. A day at the beach if you live on the coast.

The day for me is about my first 'little Aussie" Heather born in Sydney she is a "true blue" Australian as is my 2nd daughter and grandchildren.

I made a Birthday Present for Heather. A set of special tea towels. I just couldn't resist the fabric and she has collected the dolls since childhood.Thinking of all Australians I worked on quilts for others today by preparing more qayg blocks.

This batch of blocks went to Jan.

4 boyish blocks off to Kaite.

Enjoy being Australian where ever you are today Terry

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Butterflies Moths and Comfort Quilts

The beautiful butterfly fabric and the rainbow of colors are from my stash.
A fellow quilter used the butterfly fabric for the mystery quilt I made for GS's baby quilt. I immediately went out and purchased some yardage . Oh....about 5 years ago LOL.
Time to start.A day at quilting and lots of cutting 31/2 meters of butterflies.
Now the next step Brights also from the stash. I ask you do I have too too much fabric?

Unexpected visitors on our front step this morning.
C.S.I.R.O. seems to think they live in southern Queensland.
The floods have displaced the animal population as well as humans.

Jan of Oz Comfort Quilts (see button) has found transport for completed quilts to the Towoomba area for distribution by people helping with the clean up.
Here are some more blocks ready for stitching. I will send this lot in a parcel post envelope as soon as finished. It's a reasonable way to post within Australia . Other ways to help include cutting 21 2&1/2" strips for the binding. All the small jobs add up to finished quilts. My hedge gave comfort to the moths today some quilts will comfort other Queenslanders soon.
Dear friends enjoy your week ahead. Terry

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Small Tree Cloth

The little tree cloth is finished. I worked on this during the space between the holidays.
It was an experiment in cloth weaving and story cloth.
The story is a trip to the Nutcracker ballet with my 2 DD's and GD.
Not my usual stitching
the unexpected is energising
Have a good week stitching Terry

Friday, January 14, 2011

Quilting for Others

Quilting for others has been a significant aspect of the female involvement in the community for decades at least.
DH's grandmother talked about and showed me the quilts the Mission Society was making for the Indian School in Arizona in 1973.
A week of charity stitching has given me the opportunity to join the that illustrious group. A quilt pinned and ready for machine quilting. Windsor Community Quilts was gifted the center. My contribution is from the light border out. Members of the group helped with the pinning. A contemporary version of a "quilting bee".
Two more blocks for flood relief.
Check out the button on my side bar to be part of this international "quilting bee"

To all of you enjoy your weekend and the stitching you manage to do. Terry

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Start and Finishing

Here is the beginning of 8 QAYG blocks for the Queensland flood victims.
All the battings are scraps from other projects.
Check out Katie and Jan's blogs for tutorials. It's worth reading them both for information and tricks.Eight finished blocks.
These are all non floral with some novelties thrown into the mix.
The backs are also masculine.
I enjoy doing these blocks. Works through some of the stash without having to co-ordinate and ends up providing so much.
Enjoy the week and all the stitching it brings your way Terry

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cloth Making

The space between holidays is for exploration
Weaving as suggested.Auditioning ideas

Stitching and more stitching required.
New header is part of the stitching in progress.
An enjoyable tangent
May the New Year bring you joy Terry