Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Off to a new home

Just a short note here. I made a little trip to hospital the other day, but not for any medical problem. Rather my Off to see the wizard is off to a new home. I have given it to the Flinders Medical Centre so that it can (hopefully) cheer up lots of children in the activity room of the Paediatric Ward. Here is a picture with Debbie Palmer, Event Manager for the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation on the left.

It will be framed or put behind perspex - a bit of a challenge there - not so much to keep little fingers off to protect the quilt, but to prevent any chance of cross infection between the children. I am looking forward to going back to see it hung.

I am not sure how long it might be there, but I have just heard that one of my early art quilts, Looking On, from 1995, was on show in Tenterfield - possibly in the Tenterfield Saddler shop - a few weeks ago, and apparently looking great. It was acquired by the Stockman's Hall of Fame after I entered it in the Dame Mary Durack Outback Craft Awards in 1995, and last I had heard of it some years back was that it was in Longreach. It is nice to know that it is still around and looking good. Sometimes when I think about that one there are a few techniques I now know that would have made it easier to do - but it worked, so that is all that matters I guess.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Some vestment pictures from earlier travels

It is some days ago now, but what a great festival of Quilts it was! A big well done to the Guild and especially the Exhibition Committee - and of course to all who exhibited their work. The show would be nothing without them.

Since then I have been contemplating whether I finish some unfinished projects, or start someting I'd rather do, as we enjoyed a short visit from daughter Rachel, where we caught up on all the adventures of her recent travels to North America. The visit necessitated packing up the sewing and cleaning up her room, but I am spreading out again now.
Looking back through my photos for more pattern pics I have been rediscovering some of the textiles I saw and photographed on our European trip in 2005. Mostly they come from churches. I will put them up as I check the diary for the details. (The photo tagging job is still to be finished!)

Here are a few from the magnificent Baroque Abbey at Melk, Austria's largest Benedictine monastery on a prominent rocky outcrop on the Danube.  These are beautifully embroidered vestments or chasubles of Abbot Dietmayr, who was Abbot from 1700 to 1739 
- and a later one - not sure of the details   

and here are a couple of photos of the Abbey

 The pictures don't quite join, but you canget the idea. There is an amazing library. My picture doesn't do it justice, but you can see it at   I have seen it  in lists of the world's greatest libraries.  Below is a taste of the fine views from the Abbey,

and this is the main entrance, with a fine fresco on the ceiling as you go through the archway.

And for something quite different, this is laces and embroideries for sale in Budapest.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Festival of Quilts this weekend

I am looking forward to seeing the SA Quilters' Guild exhibition (Festival of Quilts) this weekend. The awards are being announced at the monthly meeting tomorrow night. Apart from our group postcards, I haven't entered anything this year so I am thinking maybe it is time to start working on something for next year...

I have just managed to photograph my most recent jug and echidna acquisitions, so I can change the pictures at last. I bought several jugs back in August at the Strathalbyn Antiques and Collectibles Fair, and got just 1 on my trip. I saw a couple in restaurants we visited, but I didn't have any luck the time I tried to get/buy one. I need to get a new cupboard or shelving before I get many more... Echidnas must be out of fashion lately. I haven't seen any (that goes for real ones too!) for some time, but I have received a couple 2 as gifts.

Recently we took some time and visited Adelaide Zoo. That is a great place to spend a few hours. Of course the main attraction is still the pandas. We got there just as they were being encouraged out into their enclosures for a morning feed. Funi had a good romp around and, contrary to their lumbering appearance, easily climbed up a small tree. This is Funi


 and this is WangWang
 and here are some other birds, animals and plants that caught my eye

The meerkats are always amusing, while the mountain goats (below) always look like statues.
The tigers were playing hard to see, but the 'king' gave us a big yawn.