I’m baaaack!

Dear me, I am not quite sure why I go missing in action from time to time.  This has been a particularly long absence, but yes, I am still alive.  I have had a steady flow of thermofax screen orders recently, so people are obviously finding the site, despite my inactivity.  If you are wondering, yes I still provide a custom screen service.


My first screen of the year, as always was for the 2016 label for Aussie Hero Quilts.  I have sent off about 30 of these already. Of course not everyone uses my labels, many people make their own, but there are obviously some people who appreciate having someone else take care of that little detail, so I am happy to help, especially as it is such a good cause.

I made 11 AHQ quilts in 2015 and quilted six made by others.  So far this year I have one nearly finished and two waiting to be quilted.  I will gradually update the AHQ quilt gallery with the photos.


Aussie Hero Quilt update

Thought I had better update the blog with the quilts I have made for the Aussie Hero Quilt project.  I have created pages under the Galleries section.  I have only included quilts I have made from scratch.  There is a bunch more that others have made that I have quilted on my trusty Nolting mid-arm.

Yes I am still alive!

Have been getting a steady flow of thermofax screen orders coming through, usually prefaced with a query along the lines of ‘..if you are still in business”!  Made me realise I have been neglecting this blog.  However I haven’t been idle.  For one thing, I just sent off a bunch of Aussie Hero Quilts to soldiers and sailors serving in the Gulf, Afghanistan and elsewhere.  As well as making quilts for them, I print labels to go on the back of the quilts.  If anyone is making a quilt for them, all they have to do is send me a SSAE and let me know how many labels they want and I will pop them in the mail.

sceen printed label for AHQ


SAQA Blog Hop


Today is my turn to host the SAQA Oceania blog hop.

First, I am sorry that the photo doesn’t look quite square – not sure what happened there – it is 12 inch square, I promise!

I made this, and a number of others on the theme of Narooma boat sheds prior to the call for the auction and the announcement of the blog hop, so don’t have step by step photos. However, I have put together a step by step using similar fabric.

selection of purple and chartruese

Not sure how I came to use the chartreuse and purple combo – not really my colours at all, but they certainly pack a punch! I think I had the fabrics left over from a long ago dyeing session and thought this was a good opportunity to use them up.


I chose a piece of hand dyed chartreuse for the focal point – the boat shed.  I had experimented with different ways of presenting the boat shed, including paper piecing, and I used them in other pieces in the series.  But for this one, I cut a simple one piece shape and then used a thermofax screen to add the “Keep Out” sign.


I then fused this to some hand dyed purple.  I don’t do much fusing, I think I was channelling a Melody Johnson quilt from a while back that quite took my fancy.


After pulling a combo of hand dyed and commercial fabrics I improvisationally cut and pieced a few sections and on this one used the scraps from the fused fabric to repeat the hipped roof shape.

Free form machine quilting isn’t my forte so I did some straight line quilting using my walking foot, and a little free machine quilting echoing the swirls in some of the fabrics, and which put me in mind of the huge swirling eddies of water that I see when I look down from the bridge into the inlet at the turn of the tide.  And I learnt my lesson last year to only look, not get caught up in it, when I nearly got swept up in a huge swirling mass of water in my kayak when paddling near the bridge – it goes from calm and serene to whirling maelstrom in the space of just a few paddle strokes – I felt like a little planet being dragged into the orbit of a monster death star  – quite scary!

During my research I found that the volume of water moving past a fixed cross section during each flood tide or ebb tide (i.e. slack water to slack water), is referred to as the tidal prism of an estuary – isn’t that interesting? It sounds rather poetic.

Since I first moved to the Narooma area three years ago, I have loved the little boat sheds that dot the inlet.
photograph of old boatshed in Narooma
This is one of my favourites – it seems to be abandoned. It was vandalised after I took this photo. They replaced the door, but alas, it is a horrible colour.
photograph of old boatshed in narooma
I also enjoyed photographing the various signs around the inlet
Photos of progress
This and that
More mark making
More mark making
Photos of progress
I have turned several of these into thermofax screens and used the image along with the boat shed shape in a series of small pieces.
photo of small quilt featuring boatshed and oyster sign

small quilt featuring boatshed


This last one has just been juried into an upcoming exhibition “Local Structures” at the Spiral Gallery in Bega.

photo of small quilt showing Narooma boat shed with oyster sign

So, that is me – coming up next is Buffy Beggs who will be sharing her process on the SAQA Oceania Blog.

And remember, if you would like to include thermofax imagery in your work, check out my thermofax screen service.


BTW, a cautionary tale – you mustn’t let acrylic paint dry on your screen or it will be ruined.  So I keep a kitty litter tray filled with water beside me as I work and drop the screens in there.  When I am finished printing for the day I take the lot to the sink in the garage where I do my paint clean up and wash then dry them.  One time I got called away after I put them in the sink and forgot about them.  It was several days before I discovered them and found that the water had seeped in between the two layers of mesh, causing it to separate. Those screens are now useless.  So, don’t let the paint dry on them, but don’t leave them soaking indefinitely either!

tACTile exhibition – 100 quilts celebrating Canberra’s centenary

Just got back from a flying trip to Canberra to catch the last day of the Celebrating Canberra exhibition. I couldn’t take photos, but pop over to Jenny Bowker’s blog where she has posted lots of photos and published the artists’ statements.

Great exhibition – lots of different perspectives on Canberra.  I was lucky enough to spend some time chatting with Dianne Firth, who shared some interesting insights into her work.  Nearly all the pieces are for sale, so if you see something you like, contact the artist.

I went to Canberra via Goulburn and called in on Claire Ayling and checked out her beautiful Bali Batiks – she says she is having a sale next weekend, so if you are near Goulburn, drop in.