Friday, February 11, 2011

Rock Wall

I've always been fascinated by rock walls. There's just something so organic about them - free form yet ordered and strong. I see a quilt pattern here. Anyway, something for you to look at while I take a little blog break. Happy Quilting!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hari-Kuyo


February 8 is the day of Hari-Kuyo, the Festival of Broken Needles, which is held in Japan. It is a memorial service for broken needles to thank them for their service. You can read about it here and here.
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Quilters know that the right needle makes all the difference. I don't have a favourite yet. Still experimenting. What is your favourite needle?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blue Strips

Cyclone Yasi continues to wreak havoc in Queensland with loss of power and water and flooding and winds, damage to buildings and crops. Fortunately no fatalities so far. Three babies were born. The people of the region and the emergency services are well prepared, but the recovery will be long and we must keep them in our prayers.
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It seems ridiculous to be chatting about cutting fabric while so many thousands of people are undergoing life-changing events. But it's life as usual for me, even while my heart goes out to them. Eventually I may be able to do more than pray for them. A donation of money, or quilting supplies, or a quilt.
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These strips are cut for a pieced border.
I'm using a variety of widths: 1.5" 2.5" and 3.5"
Here is a closer look at the variety.
I'm not sure yet if I will do a piano-key border or build up vertical columns of scrappy rectangles. There will be a very dark, narrow framing strip. This is a controlled scrappy Disappearing 9 Patch.

Any ideas?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cyclone Yasi


Please let us remember our friends in Queensland as they brace for a severe weather event. You can follow the storm's progress here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Favourite Quilt

"Daisies in New York"
Third Prize, Traditional Professional, QuiltWest 2007
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This is one of my favourite quilts of all time.
It was made by my lovely friend Robin Gartner (no blog).
If you have a little time you can browse the galleries of past exhibitions of the Western Australian Quilters' Association here.
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I'm doing a little sorting and a little cutting today in the interests of working on UFO's - I am not starting a new project - promise!
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PS - Cyclone Bianca was a no-show. Not even a drop of rain. Sigh...

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