Australia Quilts Installation Day


Today was HUGE. Two exhibitions/178 quilts to install at the 20th European Patchwork Meeting. You can read about the installation of Twelve by Twelve Colourplay over in the Twelve by Twelve blog. This post will focus on Australia Quilts – exceptional quilts from the Great Southern Land. When we arrived at Place des Tisserands, a […]

Photos from Paris


On this trip to Paris, we decided to stay in Montmartre. This is the view up the street of our hotel: We could have booked a room with a distant view of the Eiffel Tower but those rooms only had a bath, no shower. The rooftop view from our room was quite satisfactory: And on […]

The West Country


Our last days in England continued an agreeable pattern of driving, walking, exploring, and eating. These swans were in Worcester where there is a network of canals (although this is the river): We enjoyed our audio tour of the Royal Worcester Museum including commentary from Henry and Lars from Antique Roadshow. All of the audio […]

Progressions Exhibition, Toowoomba: 13 September-9 November

The Progressions  8th juried textile art exhibition is on display at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery from 13 September-9 November 2014  with an official opening at 2pm Sunday 14 September.  Click on the invitation for more details: I have two works in this exhibition: Thank you to the Darling Downs Textile Art Group for providing me […]

Patterns and Textures


Here are some patterns and textures that have caught my eye in England. I especially like the window shadowplay on the mound of apple bins:



Sunday was a glorious day. We had planned to climb Worcester Beacon that day but didn’t fancy tangling with the thousands of VW combi vans converging at Malvern Three Counties camping ground for BusFest. Instead, we went for a five mile ramble around our local countryside. Conveniently, the Lord Nelson pub was situated mid-route. Here […]

Update on Serendipity Workshops at Quilt Symposium Manawatu

Registrations are in and preferences have been allocated. It’s official, I will be teaching at Quilt Symposium Manawatu.. Here’s an update: Strata Various Stacks of Improvisation  FULL Serendipity Circles  FULL Scrap Queen Odyssey Power Stripping Two classes are full but, if you’re quick, there are still places in the other three workshops that are open […]

Black and White Houses


The English Midlands, and Herefordshire in particular, are well known for their timber-framed houses. Here are some quintessential English scenes we have enjoyed in our travels: The roses at Bramptoncourt Estate were glorious: The orchard was full of damson plums: As serendipity would have it, our visit coincided with an agricultural show. The grand parade […]

Swanning Around


It’s a little over 48 hours since we first arrived at our home-away-from-home in the heart of the English countryside. Our AirBNB selection has its fair share of idiosyncracies including a surfeit of cushions; a singing toilet cistern; a corkscrew that is no match for French corks; a laminated floor that pops when you walk […]

Colourplay Exhibition: Alsace, France 18-21 September 2014

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the formation of the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge.  Little did we know that our work would still be on tour in 2014! If you are attending Carrefour Européen du Patchwork, then please join me and Belgian Twelve Françoise Jamart for the Twelve by Twelve Colourplay exhibition at […]