Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hats and Nudes etc.

An interesting day.... First a visit to the Brisbane Art Gallery where a couple of friends and myself took in the exhibition  'Hats -an anthology by Stephen Jones'

 Here is Joan and Alison as we are ready to enter this wonderful exhibition.  The exhibition was very well set out and we spent a long time checking out all the different types of hats made from an enormous variety of materials.  Some of the hats belong to the V & A, some were from the collection of Stephen Jones and others.  All in all well worth the drive to Brisbane.

 Following 'Hats", we visited  the Gallery of Modern Art to see the Ron Mueck exhibition.  A little confronting (okay a lot) but quite awesome.
 Some of the sculptures were very very big like this baby,

and then some were quite small like these little old ladies.
 But all were in beautiful proportion and the features all so very realistic.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Poor Neglected Blog

Dear Blog,
I am so sorry for neglecting you.  Life has been pretty darned boring around here.  All work and no 'play'.
When I do have some spare time I have been two-timing you over on Stitchin Fingers.  It is so inspiring over there and I have made some lovely SF friends too.  From now on, I will try and give you a little more of my time.

Last Tuesday a group of us went down the mountain range to Gatton and enjoyed the Queensland Quilters picnic with around 400 other quilters from all over South East Queensland.

The picnic was held in the grounds of the Gatton Historical Village and these are just a couple of the buildings we were able to explore.

Look at this dandy chair.  It had hidden secrets.
It was made out of old wooden crates.  The perfect place to store your chamber pot!
This chair was inside an old slab hut.  Our early settlers built these types of houses and one can only imagine how cold they were in winter with all their cracks in the floor and walls.

This hexagon quilt on an old iron bed would have kept a little of the cold out. (See that big opening between the wall slats?  Brrrrrr)

And look at this for ingenuity.  A chest of drawers made out of old kerosene tins.  Three cheers for recycling.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing this attempt at the World's Largest Hexagon quilt.  It was quite something.  I did a couple of flowerettes, but alas did not have all day and night to look for them......

I  am not one for statistics.  My brain likes to just sketch over things and move on to the next thing, but Judie Bellingham over at has all the stats on this amazing quilt. Here  is the link.

You can also see a little about the construction of the quilt etc. on the Sew Creative Gatton website.

A very nice social day out and a break away from the office work.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Crazy Block - Brisbane

This blog post is dedicated to my dear friend Shirley who has endeavoured  to teach me some ribbon embroidery.  These rosebuds were done by instructions via an email from Shirley as we live some 1 3/4 hours away from each other.  Shirley always gives so freely to me and is a wealth of knowledge on anything embroidery.  She is quite the 'star' on Stitchin Fingers as she shows her work from present times and times past.  She kicked off the current frenzy to show your needlecase over on SF.  Anyway, Shirl, I know you will read this and hope these little rosebuds don't disappoint you too much.  Some turned out better than others!
This is the Brisbane Block and represents that part of our life spent in our very first home.  We were there from 1981 to 1992 and they were truly fun times.  We still keep in touch with our old neighbours.  Both our daughters were born while we lived here and  the memories evoked while stitching and looking at this block are very special.
Blackberries, done as per the instructions in Robyn Ginn's embroidery book.  We lived in Blackberry Street.
Posted by Picasa