After a winter of discontent (with apologies to Shakespeare) which involved illness, hospital stays and two deaths of those close to me, I’m starting to feel almost human again, if not my old self.
Cosmo and Pepe have been my constant and loving companions through all my trials and tribulations. They also love quilts!
I would have been completely lost without them. The healing power of animals always is often underestimated in my view.
Very little stitching has been happening – I’m not exactly sure why, but I seem unable to make decisions about fabric and colours – it just seems to require energy that I have not yet regained. I’m hopeful that it will return soon!
I have however been out and about to see some textiles, quilts and other art.
Denise Schmidt was in Australia for a series of workshops in September and I attended a display of her quilts and a lecture. It is always quite fascinating to discover where we find our inspiration for our creative pursuits.
My next outing was to an exhibition of the work by final year textile students of the Art and Design faculty of the University of New South Wales which has an exchange program for students to go to India to learn dying and block printing techniques.
Students develop designs and then work with master block printers Dr Ishmael Kshatriyas and Sufiyan Khartoum in Ajrakhpur, Kutch, India. As you can see some fabulous work resulted from these collaborations. These were all yardage of several yards and the precision of the printing was incredible.
The exhibition was held during the inaugural Sydney Craft Week which was also the occasion of a small quilt show in Mosman exhibiting the works of the Barn Quilters.
I was taken with this quilt by Sue Miller of a Sassafras Lane Design called Arcadia Avenue.
It was Sue’s first foundation paper pieced quilt and she did a fabulous job.
I was also struck by how the quilting can influence the look of the piecing in this quilt called Fields of Gold by Sue Rogerson.
It is a Courthouse Steps block which is not immediately evident because the eye first focuses on the hand quilting.
My last outing was to the wonderful annual outdoor sculpture exhibition called Sculpture by the Sea which is located on a beachside walk between two of our beautiful beaches – Bondi and Tamarama. It always attracts huge crowds and this year I was fortunate enough to get tickets to a twilight preview which was just lovely. These were some of my favourites.
I’m off to Sydney’s Modern Quilt Guild show this week-end (with quilts from around Australia) which should be fun. I’m doing a workshop on bias applique so that I can add this to my repertoire of quilty skills.
I’ll keep you posted with some photos shortly.