Saturday, September 26, 2009

Challenge quilt in progress

This is a work in progress. So bear with me.
The Quilt Guild of New South Wales has a challenge every year. I have been a new member since August; therefore, I can participate in the challenge. The theme is "What tickles your fancy."
The quilt is a wall hang and the size must be 16" by 24".
It will be part of a travelling show for 2 years. The quilts are lent to groups across Australia for their program. It will be sent back to me in 2 years. This quilt will know more of Australia than I can imagine. I hope it will bring joy to the people that sees it; and that will encourage other people to try quilting. I had so much fun making it!
I didn't have a sewing machine here but the guild has one in their office. I was able to go there and borrow all the tools I needed to make it. I also met the most wonderful people in the office.
The fabric is a print of Australian Native flowers. It is a beautiful fabric. The names of the flowers are printed in the fabric, so it is a great learning tool.
The photos of the finished quilt will come soon.

Monday, September 21, 2009

happy spring/fall

Happy Spring to the ones on the Southern side of Earth and Happy Fall to the ones on the northern side. Expcept that in Australia, spring starts on September 1st, so I am a bit late. Sorry.
These photos are from a flower show at David Jones store in central Sydney. This year, to my luck, they used Australian native flowers for the display. It was just gorgeous.
I have learned the name of most of this flowers because I am making a quilt with a fabric with Australian flowers. It is very hard to pick a favourite. The red one below is called Albany Bottle Brush. I see several of these plants around where I am living. It is very pretty. I also love the Golden Wattle and kangaroo paw.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bondi Kites

Bondi Beach had it's annual kite festival. It is called a wind celebration or something like that. The kites were beautiful. The weather was also colaborating. It was a fun afternoon in the shade for us. The UV index here is always very high thanks to the hole in the Ozone layer.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Centennial Parklands in Sydney is a complex of 3 huge parks. This is the Entertainment Quarter (EQ) where the sports arenas, Imax movie theater, shops, cafes, etc. are located. We were there on a Sunday and the school of brodcasting was having a open house. We looked around their studios and could not resist the photo with one of the props. The studio lights were all on and the photo is over exposed; but still fun.
The photo to the right is of me buying a flat white coffee while on my back is one of the white birds enjoying a little snack from the clean station. I did not notice the bird there until I turned around. I had commented that I thought this bird is so ugly that it is even cute. So the husband thought that it would be fun to have the bird and me. I see this bird everywhere but I don't know it's name.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

This large flower poster is really a whole wall in the Bondi Junction Mall. I loved the colors and shape of the flowers. I would love to make a quilt with such a design. Lots of inspiration around here.

The photo on the right is a monument on Oxford Road. It is all covered by knitting. It is an idea that started in England (I think) where knitters get together and make covers for monuments. Than when they finish they go at night and make their installation. It is a clean form of grafitti. It is pretty in person. I would have it made in red.

This is Coogee Beach. It has been a nice winter. Mild temperatures. The beach is always busy with people of all ages. This morning it was cold; but there were a few people in the water. I was wearing my coat. It is possible to walk from beach to beach by sidewalks. We have walked from Coogee to Maroubra(south) and Coogee to Bondi (north). The view is amazing.

Wool BOM- Moon Garden

Lisa Bongean is starting a new BOM called Moon Garden. It will be 12 baskets. Block size about 16" -17" light wool on dark cotton ...