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Grandma has been busy

Firstly she managed to catch the flu and lose her voice.  Some would say this was a blessing.  But I have "Children's Classes" starting tomorrow so it is lots of tablets to get my temperature down.  I will see how I go tomorrow.

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Then last Saturday we took to girls to see Cinderella at the theatre.  My eldest grand daughter is on the Autistic spectrum, in old terminology that is Aspurgers.  She falls into the gifted and talented range and although only 6 years old is more like a 15 or 16 years old.  One of the effects of this is that she suffers from terrible anxiety.  For weeks she has been stressing out about the colouring competition that she entered for the show.  Would she win, wouldn't she win, how terrible her work was.  She made a mistake here or there.  By the time we got to the theatre she was a mess.  She and her sister both won prizes and the day improved.

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She also has had to get braces.  Another thing that shouldn't have happened until her teens but it is better to have 6 months now than trouble later on. My daughter suffered for years with twisted teeth and got to the point she wouldn't smile at all until they were fixed.

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Then the girls put the heavies on Grandma.  Miss Bunny needed a proper quilt, she was getting cold!  (in all this heat). 

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And those 20 something Barbie Dolls needed quilts and new pillows on their beds.  Luckily there are only 2 beds and a cot.

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Then, in an aside, they told me a tail of woe.  They had no pretty dresses and Mummy can't sew.  So I am really under the pump to make some new dresses.  I have one under construction.

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And I managed to buy some Liberty prints in a sale at $18 per metre. 

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With the prices of fabric today I think it would have been cheaper just to buy them dresses.

 


Studio Visit

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.

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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.)

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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.

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Computer Day

I am not moving from in front of my computer today because I can sit all day and watch Craftsy Classes.

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Yesterday I sat and worked out just what classes I wanted to watch and there were hundreds to choose from.  I already have a heap  of purchased classes I haven't completed and some I have completed and want to watch again. Still.  this is too good an opportunity to miss.


A short break

I have been pouring over the International Quilt Festival Catalogue trying to decide just what classes I will do.  There are so many good ones.  The best classes are already full but there is still a lot of choice.  As I am travelling onto South America after the Festival I don't want any class which will require a lot of supplies and I want to have everything finalised today.

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Because of all the difficulty with my husbands health I have delayed my enrollment for classes and missed out on most of the good quilting ones I would like to have done but there are plenty of others and the quilting ones require a lot of equipment that I would have to take with me.  So in a way I'm glad I missed them.  I have choosen quite a few technology and design classes plus some hand embroidery, which I will probably already know, but I wanted to do a class with these particular tutors.     I would love to have done Yoko Saito's class but that was full before it was announced.   I have learnt from past experience not to book too many classes, that leads to brain overload.   I still may have taken on too much!  

Update:  Everything is now booked, classes, travel, accomodation and insurance.

 

I am off to hospital tomorrow for a small procedure.  Hopefully it will just be an overnight stay but I have been told they won't know until they have an explore, Gall stones are not very exciting.    I am planning on just the overnight stay but am taking my knitting and embroidery with me just in case.  It is not an ideal time for this to have to happen with my husband still not fully recovered  but these things happen.  I have lined up my daughter to look after her father and the dog.  I should be back fairly soon.

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The local quilt show

There was a local quilt show at the Redland's Council Hall a few weeks ago.  The small space was crammed full of quilts on display.  They were packed in so tightly that it was difficult to take photos.  Most quilts were beautifully stitched but copies of other quilts or from purchased kits.  But in amongst these were a couple of original quilts.   These were stand outs.  They were only for display not part of the competition and were made by a local resident.  She had used the birds and flowers in her own garden as inspiration.

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Because space was so tight I couldn't get a photo of the full quilt but I did manage some of the panels in the quilt.

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The central panel was quite lovely,

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and when you looked into it the hand quilting complemented the design.

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Each of the surrounding panels would have made lovely small quilts in their own right.

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I bet there are lots of other pieces in peoples homes that are just as beautiful but are never shared outside their families.

 


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The after effects of the eye operation

I was warned, but I didn't believe them.  I can see dust and dead ants and spiders webs and other things I have been missing. (Like just how many wrinkles I have on my face.)  I never knew that I had blue rings around my brown iris',  I thought my eyes were  just plain brown.

I finished a friendship block for one of my quilting friends.  Before the operation it looked good.  After the operation it looked terrible.  I have now re-stitched it and I can see an improvement.  The brief was to use blue fabrics on the base cloth provided and she wanted a basket of flowers.  I like the idea of a handbag.

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But I just had to add a little colour.  I used a deep red for the stitching around the handbag and added French knots to the centre of each of the flowers on the bag.

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I was tempted to use a bright yellow in the centre of the flowers but restrained myself and used a bright blue for the seed stitching.

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It is always a good feeling when you can tick something off the 'to do' list.


A small exhibition

While up having coffee with a friend at Cleveland I took time to drop into the Redland's Council Gallery.   It had an exhibition that I had already seen but in a side room was a small display by an indigenous artist, Claudia Moodoonuthi.  

Her work was all based around her two dogs that she had got from the RSPCA  as rescue dogs, Ruby and Hunter and her culture.  The dogs looked a bit wild to me but she obviously loves them.  She has a very interesting web page that gives a lot more information about her.

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Camp dogs are often a subject for art but this is the first time I have seen them shown like this.

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The paintings have that simple presentation and she has added wooden cut outs of the dogs in each one.   You could really feel the personality of each dog.

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She is a very young artist, not long out of school, and it will be interesting to see how she develops.

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Past Exhibition

Back a few weeks ago, (a month ago), in fact back when I went to the Marvel Exhibition, which I want to go to again,  I saw a small display of Indian Embroidery in the main gallery.  (That was a mouthfull. )  It was only because I ran into some friends from the Embroiderers' Guild that I was alerted to the fact that it was the last day it would be on display.

The exhibition was called "weavers, Wanderers".  (Click on the images for a larger version.)

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What I found remarkable about this exhibition was the level of skill on display.  I have seen quite a lot of Indian embroidery but these pieces, besides being beautiful in design were also beautifully stitched.  There were 2 quilts on display.

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Any one of these squares would make a great embroidery.

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The second is appliqued and embroidered.

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There was also a black and white photo of a house which had been decorated with hand painted images.  Lots of design ideas in these three pieces.

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I was also struck by the similarity between the women painted on the left of the photo and folk embroideries I have seen from Sweden.

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I will write a post about some of the other pieces at a later date.


War quilts - 8

With all the fuss about the hospital stays I almost forgot the "Intarsia with Soldiers" c. 1760- 80, Prussia (Hesse) quilt.

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And I have to say one of the most charming in the exhibition.

The colours have faded over the years but the applique is wonderful. The detail shown in the uniform of the soldiers.

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The musicians who are wearing court uniforms not military. Just look at the eyes.

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and I love the court jester.

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There are some initials on this quilt but it is not known if they are of the maker or for the person it was made for.  All that is lost.

(Make sure you label your quilts.)


 


Next Op

Back to hospital today for the next operation but they don't want me there until 1pm.  Just hope they keep me in over night again because there is no transport to the island after 5pm.  I have lined up a bed at my son's just in case.

My friends grandson has Cystic Fibrosis and because of this we all contribute to fund raising for research.  Each year they have a fair and sell goods to raise funds.  This year Kay made some lovely quilts which she sold far too cheaply and there was a pretty pink one that I bought as a present for a new baby that is due.

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It was hand appliqued,

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and embroidered.

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And I've just been told the new baby, is a BOY!!!!

 

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