Quilts galore

February 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm 3 comments

I was going to call this post ‘just a quickie’ as it’s late and I’m tired after a couple of big days in Melbourne, but thought better of it.

Thursday we took the school on an excursion (two hours driving each way) to the Ceres Environmental Education Centre in Brunswick. This is an area in the inner suburbs which is teaching sustainability by example. There is a fantastic cafe with yummy food, mostly grown on site and many environmentally friendly systems operating, showcasing recycling, solar power, water conservation etc. We all had a wonderful, if tiring day.

Friday I had to pop up to Melbourne once again to uni, so I took the opportunity to drop into the Australasian Quilt Convention at the Royal Exhibition Buildings. Unfortunately this building is too cavernous to air condition so it was nice to stop every now and then in front of  a fan as it was a very warm day. Dale’s Embellisher Challenge was on display with some really lovely and interesting pieces. I booked in for an Embellisher workshop to have a try at the Babylock. We made the scarf below which was great fun.


There were also some lovely textured quilts in amongst the more traditional styles. I took a few close up photos of the texture and stitching and also enjoyed seeing Dijanne Cevaal’s beautiful art ‘in the flesh’.










And finally some purchases: some rubbing plates for shiva sticks, beautiful hand dyed silk thread and silk carrier rods from Dale (Dale had some great pieces and little books made from the carrier rods that she showed in her little talk/demo); some cotton lace which will be used to add texture; inkjet printable fabric; some lovely NZ batiks (from Tulis textiles); and I also bought a bias strip maker, a beading foot for my sewing machine, a pendant threadcutter to use on the plane and a little bunny Japanese button for Claudia.


Time for bed


Entry filed under: Embellisher, Machine embroidery, Quilt fair.

Angels and stuff Progress on WIP

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maggi  |  March 2, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. You are so lucky having gone to the Melbourne show. On e of my pieces is in Dale’s embellisher challenge but I am going to have to wait until October to see the exhibition over here. The scarf is beautiful and thanks for sharing the photos of Dijanne’s work

  • 2. Maggi  |  March 2, 2009 at 5:36 am

    PS – a skinny boy who eats a lot may be a bit too expensive to maintain as well as the expense of sending him over!

  • 3. sharon young  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Lovely pics, Jo, thanks for sharing them with us.
    Can you explain your pendant thread cutter as I shall be making a 9 hour flight to Africa in August and am looking for ways to pass the the time. Also your beading foot sounds intriguing, will have to see if i can get one for my new machine.


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