Bob in a bag

Bob in a bag

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Fibonacci Grid.

I am a member of a Facebook group Quilt Club Australia, one of the members posted about  Fibonacci Grid.   I have heard of the grid in the past but never fully understood it or the principal of using it in quilting. The Wikipedia definition the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 1 and 1, or 0 and 1, depending on the chosen starting point of the sequence, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two.

Wow just thinking about this gave me a headache. In the end I Googled images of the fibonacci grid for quilt borders and was able to find a copy of the chart. The chart made it much easier to understand 

The chart is designed for use when planning your quilts If you use the chart in the planning stages your quilt  design will have a well balanced appearance. I decided I needed to test the theory out. I applied the recommended borders for an 8 inch block to one of my EQ7 designs.  

The  chart came from Pintrest.  Unable to quote original source

 My EQ7 Designs before I added the Fabonacci theory



This is the same quilt after I had applied the theory.  What do you think is it more balanced?





Monday, 6 October 2014

There and Back

 It is a bit like Pussy Cat Pussy Cat where have you been ?

  • Where?  To the Cox Peninsular at the very top of Australia across the bay from Darwin. 
  •  Why?  To visit my parents who are in their 80's
  • How far? A 6,000 klm round trip.
  • How did we get there? By car

 We left on the 13th of September and came home on the 3rd of October.  It was wonderful, we drove through outback Queensland and were able to see Emus in the wild and a lot of the native wild flowers. The scenery was spectacular, we drove through  grasslands, savannah, rocky gibber plains, desert and of course the tropics. We saw amazing sunrises and beautiful sunsets,  We took one highway through Queensland to get there and another on the way back enabling us to see a large majority of Queensland.  A lot of the outback is in draught and the land owners are doing it tough but the stock we saw were looking healthy



We drove up the Stuart Highway through Mataranka, Katherine, Pine Creek, Adelaide River and on to the Cox Penisular. As we got closer to Darwin the ant hills started to appear and we had forgotten how tall they grew.  The white ants make there hills (mounds) to align with the earth's magnetic field The landscape became lusher with tree ferns and cycads among the gum trees.



On the Cox Peninsular is the small community of  Mandorah. About 450 people, the most pristine beaches and great fishing. My parents retired there 20 years ago, what a great place to retire too.






























Not only do my parents live at Mandorh but also my brother, sister, extended family and great nieces.  My lovely daughter came across on the ferry each day to stay with us over night, it was wonderful seeing her and made me realise how much we miss her and her brother.   We spent sometime relaxing, reading our books and walking on the beaches.  Our last weekend there we travelled to Darwin stayed with our daughter and went to the Nightcliff markets. There was sooo many stalls it was a little hard to take it all in. There was beautiful Asian clothing, glorious sarongs, tropical plants and fruit.   I was very tempted to by some batik fabrics but I had been to Dragonfly Fabrics with my sister earlier in the week, but that's another post.

We took Bob with us and at first he was a little quiet but after awhile he became a back seat driver calling out and ringing his bell lol

Hope all is well with all of you


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Wow time to catch up



Wow it sure is time to catch up and today I am using the fine china.  Not because I love and collect  fine china,   because I am off to visit some special bloggers. 

Each time I write a post I am excited to read the comments left by other bloggers.  I have come to value their comments and there is a group of quilters who often  leave a lovely comment on my posts.  There comments keep me motivated and I enjoy visiting  their blogs to see what they are up to.

Sadly Glinda from glindaquilts.blogspot.com.au broke her shoulder three months ago and is currently having physiotherapy. I hope Glinda's shoulder recovers quickly.  Why not pop on over for a look at the lovely quilts cushions and bags Glinda has made.  I also love the photos of England.

Rosmary the Knitting Quilter knittingquilter.blogspot.com.au has completed her Basket Case quilt and it looks stunning. Rosemary used 2.5 inch strips joined together to make the binding.  There is more eye candy with an awesome Dresden Plate quilt almost finished. I love the backing fabric.

Glady from Glady's Gab gladysgab.blogspot.com.au has been to a musical in Amish country and to a Farmers Market in Kent. If you visit Glady don't forget to look at the quilts in her July post Barn Quilts and July QBee day.

Over at City Krafters the is a completed organiser ( now that's what I need) and a beautiful lap quilt to admire citykrafters.blogspot.com.au

Mina at Kinda Quilty  kindaquilty.blogspot.com.au has joined the "Purge" for a regular link up.  Mina is using up her pink fabrics and is creating some exciting things.

Julierose has a new machine or is that a new vintage machine.  Why not pop over and find out  julierosequilts.blogspot.com.au

There are two verses in the Quilters Oath that resonates with me and I would like to share them with you 

I will try never to feel guilty about my stash or my UFO's they are part of the mystique as every quilter knows.

Above all I will embrace the joys that quilting imparts of  friendship, fun and sharing. That cheers and fills our hearts.

The author is unknown.  I think I need to feel a little guilty or I would only ever have UFO's lol


Saturday, 14 June 2014

Cuppa Time




I have made my cuppa and I am ready to visit crafty friends.  Before I start I must say welcome the new followers who joined while I have been absent. I hope you enjoy popping by from time to time.


Over at threadingmyway.com Pam has been making lots of zippered pouches and has included  great tutorials for 10 pouches and a dolls pram cover.


Mina at kindaquilty.blogspot.com.au is making a great Texas Road Trip quilt using lots of scraps.  Mina also chats about charity quilts/ blocks and where to donate them


Lexie is excited, she has been chatting with another crafter about teaching a Metal Clasp Handbag class in July.  How exciting for her to pass on her skills lixiemakesit.blogspot.com.au


Jennifer aka Glinda is busy making bags and has posted a photo of some very delicious fabrics she was given by her cousin.  glindaquilts.blogspot.com.au


Karin at the Quilters Yarn has had a pattern published in Country Threads Vol 15 No 4 congratulations what a great achievement.  thequiltyarn.blogspot.com.


Rosemary has made two more blocks for the Tone it Down quilt a long she is taking part in. I love the colours they look soo right against the white background. 
knittingquilter.blogspot.com.au/

Sad news today a much loved brother in law has lost his battle with cancer. Thank goodness there is no more pain and suffering for such a gentle soul


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Button craft and Nanart

My crafting has been a little slow recently,  There is a lot going on  in our family, several members are ill. While some can be expected  due to age others are  harder to understand . I tell myself with over 40 members in the family there will be ups and downs. 
I did take time out from phone calls and keeping other members up to date to visit all my favorite blogs   I love catching up with everyone's  news and admiring all the wonderful  creations for me it is like visiting all my favorite places in one day.

April was spent making Birthday presents for my DIL. A bracelet and necklace set along with a table center (forgot to get a photo)






Last weekend I entered the local art and craft festival, Nanart. My entries were very last minute and did not include  sewing or quilting.  I decided to try  button craft  after seeing some wonderful examples on Pintrest. It was a lot of fun trying something new and who knew buttons could be used for mosaics and bouquets.   

I am proud to say I won a first and  second prize for Beading and an highly commended for one of the button  pieces.   







Button Bouquet.  This took many hours to make and was purchase by a lovely lady who wanted to take it back to Brisbane for her Mothers Day for her mother.













April block for the CQJP 2014   http:cqjp2014.blogspot.com.au/

Happy Crafting









Saturday, 15 March 2014

Cuppa Time


So far my morning has been relaxed the Reverse Quilter has gone to play golf in Blackbutt. Yes there is a town by that name. lol.  I want to enter the local art and craft festival again this year and have spent the morning looking at inspirational images on 
Pintrest www.pinterest.com  .

I have not looked at Pintrest before today and was surprised at how beautiful some of the images are


Thre searches I made included

Free Motion Embroidery
Hand Embroidery
Art Quilts
Beading and Peyote Beading
Traditional Quilts

I now have lots of ideas running around in my head, I hope to catch one soon

With my cuppa on hand it is time to visit some of my favorite blogs.

Over at  cqjp2014.blogspot.com.au there is a lot of eye candy for those of us who like Crazy Patch, such exquisite stitchery.

Some destashing and two beautiful baby quilts at quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com.au/


Buderim Patckwork group have had their Thursday get together with some very sweet mug bags on show.  Along with some knitting and finished quilts 

buderimpatchwork.blogspot.com.au

Mina at kindaquilty.blogspot.com.au has accepted a challenge and made a  Open Wide Zippered Pouch.   to store some of her goodies in.



Pam from Threading MY Way has featured   iPhone Case with Pull Tab ~ Tutorial by Anna, from charmedLiebling


I have enjoyed my coffee and visiting some awsome blogs but now I hear the washing machine calling me ho hum





Wednesday, 5 March 2014

My Country - Images of magical places

The following is a verse from My Country written by Dorothea MacKeller

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

For me this verse sums up the far north of Australia and I have been fortunate to live in two breath taking tropical place.  For over thirty years I lived in the Northern Territory and from 1998 East Kimberly in Western Australia.  Both of these places have a magical quality that still lingers after seven years of being away. Both Katherine in the Northern Territory and Kununurra in Western Australia only have two seasons, the Dry Season and the Wet Season 


Thermal Spring that flow into the Katherine River





Katherine River in flood 


Katherine Gorge, hard to believe the water was touching the tops of the rock sides during the floods
Edith Falls
  





View from my kitchen window, Kelly's Knob

Ivanhoe Crossing a great palace for fishing

Kelly's Knob during monsoon storm











The following photos of Kununrra were taken by EastKimberley Photography to view more awesome photo's go to www.facebook.com/EastkimberleyPhotography






The following photos are of two things the Kimberley s are famous for

Argyle Diamond. The diamonds mined around Kununurra come in various colours including, champagne,  green and pink.

A Green Tree frog.  They live in both the Northern Territory and East Kimberly
We now live in Queensland, not as rugged or as stunning just a little more sedate. Beautiful in its own way

My final photo is a sunset near Darwin.