Neptune’s Necklace #1: 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction


The annual benefit auction is the signature fundraising event for Studio Art Quilt Associates. Your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach. The 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction is coming up in September.  My donation work Neptunes’ Necklace#1 is part of […]

2014 World Quilt Competition Prize Winners

The World Quilt Show – New England XII runs until 17 August 2014.  Congratulations to all the entrants and to the winners of the 2014 World Quilt Competition XVIII including the following Australian prize winners: Best of Country (Australia): Bernardine Hine Coreopsis Best Machine Workmanship: Innovative:  Susan Mathews Coastal Life 2 Honourable Mention: Traditional: Linda Steele Christmas Crazy […]

Daily Exercise – Creative Life

Here at Casa da Praia, we have a longstanding house rule – no breakfast unless you have been for a walk or a swim (or both)  even if it is just down to the PO box to clear the mail and back up the “Stairmaster“.  I am convinced that this daily routine is conducive to […]

Australia Quilts Dispatched!


In September 2014, Carrefour Européen du Patchwork/ European Patchwork Meeting celebrates its 20th anniversary in Alsace, France. Australia is guest country of honour from outside Europe.  As curator of the Australia Quilts invitational exhibition, it is my honour to be entrusted with 34 exceptional quilts and textile works.   There have been many trips to the […]

Serendipity Circles with Victorian Quilters


Victorian Quilters had a big program this weekend. They turned their AGM into a mini winter festival. In addition to meeting formalitues, my consciousness-raising presentation on Copyright & Quilting in the 21st Century, Corliss from Threadbear in Castlemaine shared a selection of her personal quilts and there was a bounty of door prizes. And, of […]

Exciting Mail

Brenda Gael Smith Postcards

I was VERY happy to get today’s mail: a duly completed ATA carnet for the Australia Quilts exhibition at the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork, Alsace, France: 18-21 September 2014.  (An ATA carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods and getting this has been a bit of a […]

Living Colour at Bunker Cartoon Gallery: 8 August – 13 September

You are invited to the first gallery outing of Living Colour! at: Bunker Cartoon Gallery John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour, NSW 8 August – 13 September 2014 Gallery Hours: 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday There is an official opening at 6pm on Friday, 8 August 2014 with local artist Sandy Corry in attendance. Please share this invitation with friends […]

Churn Dash Top Completed

Churn Dash Top

This week I have been engrossed in preparations for upcoming assignments: wrangling quilts and customs formalities for Australia Quilts at the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork/ European Patchwork Meeting;  formatting bilingual signage for Twelve by Twelve Colourplay for France;  collecting images and case studies for my copyright presentation for Victorian Quilters the and so on. I […]

More Churn Dash in Progress


Today I am working on joining all of these together: Unless, of course, I get distracted by a passing whale. Here’s a low bandwidth, unedited video from yesterday:

Churn Dash in Progress


I am over two thirds of the way making churn dash blocks for my current baby quilt project. This is a preliminary layout but, just looking at this photo, I can see that several blocks need to be moved around. Photographing work in progress is so useful! I am not the only one with a […]