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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A Slight Detour From Mainstream Life


Two things happened early this year that have just stopped me in my tracks regarding blogging.  Initially my computer threw a tantrum and it has took ages to sort but, more significantly, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.  Happily, and with a huge sense of relief, I can now say that I have been cured by surgery and am in the process of recovering.   Once I join the mainstream of life again, I hope to resume my blogging.  

For now I trust all is well with you in the blogosphere. 

Monday, 24 February 2014

My Joy Jar




It brought me joy at the Christmas Bloggers' get together;  brought me joy here as it decorated my dining table; brought me joy as a tasty chocolaty treat and now I have decided to extend its joy giving capabilities.


This empty jar is sitting next to my sewing machine.  As I joyfully stitch my scrap quilts I will pop the used up cotton reels into it.  By the end of the year I reckon it will be overflowing with evidence of creative happiness. 


The yellow cotton reel is a thread that has become brittle with age so can no longer be used.  

Thanks Nin for your ongoing gift.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Row by Row Colourwash Scrap Quilt


 For me the joy of swapping scraps is accumulating small quantities of heaps of different fabrics. I love sorting them into colour piles and making colourwash quilts.  



I'm living in a smaller home now and have not the space to lay out the whole quilt before stitching it together.  This time I am using larger pieces (5inch x 3 1/2 inch), piecing one row at a time and immediately stitching it to the growing quilt.  That way I do not have to remember later on which row belongs where and can clearly see the size of where I have got to.  





I will audition a few rows of fabrics on the bed (to get an idea of the 'flow' of colours) - if I know I'll have time to stitch them all together before tidy up time!





After the browns and darks will come reds and then yellows and the whole quilt will brighten.


 Pop here to see the one I made a couple of years ago incorporating the fabrics from my 2012 swap partner Megan.  And pop here to find the links to what others are making with their 2014 scrap swaps.







Thursday, 13 February 2014

Scraps galore




My scraps for the Scrap Bag Swap 2014,  arrived yesterday as I was cutting out a new quilt.  So excited was I to receive them that I barely had time to stroke and photograph each piece before cutting them to size and "tossing" them into my mix. 


Amazingly there was only one fabric that I had already (and I have a LOT)!  It never ceases to amaze me how many different fabric designs and colours exist. 


Thank you so much Fay,  from 'Monkey Makes three', I LOVE them and if you watch the next few posts I hope you will recognize yours (I plan on using as many as possible) in my latest scrap quilt.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Embracing the new





A couple of posts ago here I mentioned breathing new life into an old project.


I liked the off centre log cabin blocks and the colour way but wanted to characterize the design somehow.  I'm going to separate the 'normal' blocks and add some quirkier ones among them plus brighten the quilt with yellows and pinks.  This is what I've come up with so far:
















Not sure yet how they will fit together but I'm guessing the quilt will tell me in its own sweet time!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Christchurch Wall Art Scavenger Hunt part four

These scavenger hunts have been designed to introduce you to some of the amazing wall art that has recently appeared in our city.  The paintings add colour and vibrance amidst the destruction. If you want to find out more about the two main projects that were launched just before Christmas 2013: Rise Festival - Oi You! and From the Ground Up, we suggest you visit the following sites: http://streetart.co.nz/; http://www.fromthegroundup.org.nz/

The four scavenger walks cover all 25 walls decorated by these projects. Feel free to print this page and take it with you. 

Avon River Walk
The first painting is at the St Asaph Street/Durham Street intersection where you will find a beautiful blue painting by Daek William

Walk up Durham street and across the river to Cashel street – walk in the general direction of the Museum and Art Centre. When you reach Park Terrace you will be at the back of the YMCA – you can’t miss this painting by Ghstie – it’s plastered all over the walls.  Walk to the front of the YMCA to see three more paintings – by international street artists Paulie, Sofles and Drapl.

From there back to Park Terrace and walk past the Museum (just) – on the rear side of the final wall of the museum is an amazing piece by Belgian artist Roa – you just have to see this.  

Scavenger Questions:
1. Where did you see two orange/pink ladies? 
2. Whose painting looks like a moa skeleton? 
3. Which painting has a bird sitting on a thumb? 
4. One painting has a lot of different circles – how many? 
5. Which famous face appears in one of these paintings?

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Christchurch Wall Art Scavenger Hunt part three

These scavenger hunts have been designed to introduce you to some of the amazing wall art that has recently appeared in our city.  The paintings add colour and vibrance amidst the destruction. If you want to find out more about the two main projects that were launched just before Christmas 2013: Rise Festival - Oi You! and From the Ground Up, we suggest you visit the following sites: http://streetart.co.nz/; http://www.fromthegroundup.org.nz/

The four scavenger hunts cover 25 walls decorated by these projects. Feel free to print this page and take it with you. 


Colombo Street South
Start at the Colombo Mall carpark and head into the mall.  But before entering look up and see ENO’s contribution to the Rise festival.  Amazing how he weaves in the building itself.  At the other side of the mall up and to your right – is a work by Beastman and Vans.

Now cross Colombo Street, turn left, and immediately you will see a long-standing phoenix painting (not part of these projects) but move on and you will find a painting by Phat1-Diva.

Keep walking until you reach the Honey Pot CafĂ© and on its Northern wall (you may have to squeeze past a fence to go and look) are a collection of paintings by the TMD/FAT and DTR and others.  Keep walking up Colombo Street and you cannot miss the next picture – a huge red and black painting by Askew (well known for his faces).

There is one more painting by local Ikarus one – that requires continuing along Colombo, across Moorhouse ave and just the other side of Smith City.  (In this area too is a stunning black and white painting of birds by local Kate McIntyre - not part of the Rise festival or From the Ground Up but well worth looking at).

Now cross the road and return in the direction you came from back along Colombo street – the second road should be Battersea Street – walk up that and on the right you will be able to access a full wall painted by a collection of artists including Rita V, Morepork and Misery (you can see it behind fences as you walk down Colombo Street).

From here it’s back to Colombo Street until you reach the mall.  Great time for a coffee!

Scavenger Questions:
1. Which painting has pink and white “X-ray” vision? 
2. What painting is focused on a bird? Which bird? 
3. Where was the koala?  Close to two smiling foxes? 
4. Which painting has a hole in the middle? 
5. Where was the octopus?  

6. Where was the corn cob with green hands? 

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