Take Me to the River


At the conclusion of my last class at Quilt Symposium Manawatu, my father whisked me away to Tongaporutu in the Taranaki region. The drive was 3 1/2+ hours and I was keen for us to arrive before sundown.  We just made it.Tongaporutu is a small settlement at the mouth a river by the same name […]

Living Colour Floor Talk 20 January at 12.30pm

Living Colour at quilt Symposiu

It’s Day 4 of Quilt Symposium Manawatu and I am having a blast! Living Colour artists, Betty Busby and Charlotte Scott, and I are presenting a Living Colour floor talk at Te Manawa gallery from 12.30-1pm. All welcome!

Serendipity at Quilt Symposium Manawatu


I am so excited to be back in my homeland as a tutor and exhibitor at in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Today is registration day and the tutor team got to set up their classrooms and make sure all the technology and facilities are ready to go. Here’s a peek at my teaching samples for […]

Galah Quilting

Galah Quilting in Progress

Thank you for your encouraging comments on my last post about my Galah composition. I was keen to make it bigger along the lines of the mock up photo. However, I didn’t have a supply of dusky pink fabric to execute this idea so stopped at 25 galah units – approximately 30x30ins. Now it’s stitching […]

Galah Greys


One of the reasons that I wanted to augment my stash of grey hued fabrics was so that I could make a new work in my Flying Colours series inspired by the galah, a pink cockatoo.   I started out with a nine patch version but I think it’s going to grow: It could even turn […]

Living Colour! in New Zealand


I am looking forward to touring with Living Colour! as it travels to two New Zealand galleries in January 2015: Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand in conjunction with Quilt Symposium Manawatu, 15-21 January 2015; and Northart Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: Wednesday 28 January (opening 6pm) – 11 February 2015. Gallery hours: 10am – 4pm […]

Blending Neutrals


Now my stash of neutrals has been replenished, I have been playing around with some online palette generators.  Browns can show up in some surprising places! Big Huge Labs Palette Generator DeGraeve Palette Generator CSS Drive Image to Palette Generator Adobe Kuler Image to Palette Generator

Feeling (Not So) Neutral


My main sewing machine is taking a well-earned break with the technician. Rather than digging out the back up machine(s), I decided to take this opportunity to prepare for some forthcoming projects. My stash is running low on neutrals, especially lighter values so I booked the Laundry King’s workshop for some dyeing time:When I saw […]

Festive Stars

Following yesterday’s post about Lisa Walton’s e-book Fun & Easy Surface Design Techniques, here’s a photo of the cards I made using my stencilled fabric. I traced around a biscuit cutter to get my star shapes.  While I was at it, I made some lime shortbread for my neighbours (see recipe below.)  Follow me @brendagaelsmith […]

Creative Journeys: Fun & Easy Textile Surface Design Techniques by Lisa Walton

Creative Journey Book #1

Creative Journeys: Book 1 Modern technology offers textile artists many ways to share their passion and knowledge -blogs; videos; digital slideshows; online workshops;podcasts; e-zines and more. Lisa Walton of Dyed & Gone to Heaven has embraced technology and published a new e-book available through Amazon – Creative Journeys Book 1: Fun & Easy Surface Design […]