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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.

Inaugural Miller Quilts Angleplay Teacher Training Team


I was lucky to be invited by Margaret Miller to join her inaugural, invitation only, group of quilt teachers to be trained by her to teach her wonderful Angleplay technique. This technique uses Margaret’s specially designed templates to simply produce intricate blocks which, when they are put together, it is difficult tell where one block finishes and the next one starts. Margaret has also designed an extensive collection of quilts using these templates but the technique also lends itself beautifully to designing your own exciting quilts. This is what appeals to me most.

We are now enthusiastically working on our teaching samples.As I was the only Australian to be invited I am really looking forward to teaching these techniques when I return to Australia in August.

But Where’s the Lake?????


We have moved. We are now in Vancouver for the next twelve months. All our things, including the quilting machine are in storage and we are temporarily in a tiny apartment on the 36th floor. As you can see we still have a great view of Vancouver Harbour but little space for quilting. I have brought my HQ 16 sit down but have nowhere to set it up so won’t know if it survived the trip until we move to the house which will be home for the next twelve months.I have visited two quilt shops and bought a Baby Lock sewing mchine to use while I am here.

Couldn’t stretch to bringing two machines to add to our ELEVEN pieces of baggage!
I am finally over my jetlag and ready to start sewing again.

Changes to Bonnie McCaffery Workshops


Due to many requests we have decided to run the Stitch N Glitz workshop with an optional introduction to DigiBobbE instead of the full on DigiBobbE.This will give everyone a chance to learn Bonnie’s free motion bobbin embroidery techniques even if you don’t have a computer embroidery machine. For those who do, Bonnie will demonstrate her Digibobbe techniques and we will also have a couple of machines set up for anyone who would just like to “have a go”….

Absolutely the best of both worlds!

We will then Glitz it up with the addition of paint etc.

Bonnie McCaffery Workshop Bookings



Bookings are now open for the Bonnie McCaffery workshops I am organizing next year.

Bonnie will be running four workshops for me and giving one evening lecture. The first workshop will be Fantasy Fabrics which will cover a collection of her fun surface decoration techniques.

The two Face Painting for Beginners workshops will be similar so that you can take it as a one or two day workshop. The first day you work with one of her designs and the second day (optional) she will help you draw up a design from your own photo —one you love not necessarily one of YOU!

These three workshops and the lecture entitled Inspiration and Development of a Quilt Artist will be held at the Wallarah Bay Recreation Club.

A fourth workshop will be held at Patchwork 33 at Wyee Point where Bonnie will teach her DigiBobbE machine embroidery technique.

My First Post

Well no more procrastination!

I have decided that today is a good day to start and to begin with some good news is even better!

My quilt Lilly’s Lily has been accepted for the Ozquilt Ltd Exhibition, Australia Wide Two. It will be on exhibition at Fairfield NSW at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery from 22 October to 5 December with the opening on the 23 October 2010. The exhibition will then tour around Australia for 18 months.


Lilly’s Lily ( 16″x16″ )

This is a very special quilt to me because it was made using photographs of a bunch of lillies my son sent to me for Mother’s Day while he was in the Solomon Islands with RAMSI, the Australian Army Peace Keeping Force. A few weeks later my daughter had a baby girl who her brother (master two) named Lilly. So Lilly’s Lily just HAD to be made.