It is Carnival of Flowers time up at Toowoomba and this year Robyn Ginn opened her home for people to view not only her wonderful collection of quilts but her beautiful embroidery, things she has collected, her garden and her home. Robyn has had she fair share of troubles in her life. Ranging from breaking her back through to the recent loss of her husband and a grand child. (She has a Pinterest page of the quilts that were lost in a fire at her daughters home and her grand son was also lost in this fire.) She works her life into her quilts.
This quilt talks of how they were knocked off their perch but are still standing. You can see more on her Crazy patch pinterest page.
There was so much to see and to absorb that I am sure I missed tons of important details. But one thing that caught my attention was that she also designs and stitches canvas work. Each piece is totally original and the stitches chosen just blew me away.
The use of gimp ribbon for the flower stems and the variety of stitches in each bird. (click on the image for more detail.)
So much to think about. I will revisit some of my impressions of this viewing in a later post. I just think I need to reflect on it for a few days. My mind has been so taken up with what I saw here that I didn't really pay attention to everything else I viewed. I found this visit very moving on a number of levels. As a result my husband and I will drive up again this week and spend the day there together and this time I will focus more on the flowers.