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Queen Mary 2


We recently had the most wonderful journey on the Queen Mary 2 from Sydney to Southampton England. But how could any quilt addict survive 35 days without her sewing machine? Of course the answer is “She can’t! So sewing machine and table went too.

Actually I was preparing for my solo exhibition at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle so I really had to do some work. So, much to my husband’s horror, I took over the table tennis table and cut out some bindings and trimmed a quilt. (He really should be used to me sewing anywhere and everywhere)

stateroom sewing

We had them take out the coffee table from our suite and set up my sew ezy and machine and I could sew to my heart’s content.Cruising and sewing. My idea of heaven!

Australia Wide Three


This is the quilt I have in the Ozquilt Network’s
Australia Wide Three
juried touring justify.

Each quilt was to be 40cm x 40cm
and show the working style of each artist.

AUSTRALIA WIDE THREE , continues on tour until 30 June 2014 to the following venues:



At FibreWorks Yvonne is a spinner and weaver so we spent three wonderful days dyeing kilometres of commercial yarn.


First Yvonne made a warp from
a cone of commercial merino wool.

Then we spread the wool across two tables and spooned on many colours of dyes (from Ausrtalia!).


The wool was then wrapped in plastic and left for two days.


Then Yvonne skeined the wet wool.

The dyed wool was then dried on Arbutus tree branches..

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When the dyed wool was removed from the rinse bucket,
there was still a lot of dye in the water so Yvonne
dyed locally grown alpaca to the softest shades.
This was then also dried on the Arbutus branches.

Surface Design Meeting

Yesterday I was invited to the Sunshine Coast Surface Design group meeting. First we were treated to a tour of Gail’s amazing house with spectacular views which they have built mostly with recycled materials. One highlight was the rooftop vegie garden on top of her studio!

Following a healthy (but very nice) pot luck lunch we had discussions on ways to present our work in different ways to show it off to its full potential.

Today I am back at the yurts.


Opening of Indaba Exhibition


The Indaba Exhibition (a Zulu word meaning “A Meeting Place”) opened on Saturday at Madeira Park on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in Canada.


I am featured artist along with James Powell, an incredible wood and clay sculptor. I have three quilts in this group exhibition. The weather was kind to us and we spent a busy afternoon meeting enthusiastic viewers.


As Artist in Residence I have a workshop yurt to myself for six weeks so I set up a display of my working processes and my quilting machine and workspace was of great interest to the many textile enthusiasts who came.I am here until the end of the exhibition on the 10th of June.