"Wow these birds are beautiful do they just fly around lots of them in your yard wow. How beautiful. I would be watching these in awh. I love the whole thing about this piece the colors and the threads."
"Hello Nancy, We live adjacent to a National Park and flocks of these lovely parrots are frequent visitors to our garden when nectar filled native trees are in flower. It is like a busload of school children when they swoop in! The noise…"
"Rainbow Lorrikeets. Book page swap for Esther whose theme is birds. Handmade silk paper background. Own photos taken in my garden. Photos edged with hand stitched rainbow dyed silk thread. Page edged with feather…"
For a long time I embroidered exclusively, then got interested in quilting because a friend encouraged me to try it. Embroidery is my passion, but I also consider myself an art quilter. I love to touch, feel, look at and smell fabric, and I have a LOT of fabric. I love to put colours together that normally wouldn't be put close to each other as I like my eyes to be opened by what I'm looking at. Not just say, "that's lovely", but "I really like this".
That said, once the quilt is put together, out comes the embroidery gear and the beads and ribbons, and I'm back to my passion again. The largest quilts I've made are 6feet x 6 feet for my daughter and those weren't embroidered, but were hand quilted (12 stitches to the inch) and I designed the quilting myself. Most of the quilts I make are really for hanging so are much smaller and often not quilted.
I'd recommend you try the art quilt sub-group. I did and learned a lot from it. I stopped going because of traveling so far and then spending a morning when I could have been doing what I wanted on my own work but there were always activities planned. It just didn't fit for me. If I need inspiration I go and look at what people here are doing, or go online.
Frances, thank you so much for your delightful message. I also enjoyed looking at your treasures. It's such a treat to see your lovely work.
Thank you for your kind compliments. I love colour, and when I cannot get the shades I want I dye my own threads, fabric, yarn or ribbon. I recently dyed several hanks for homespun mohair to knit a chartreuse lace jacket because the yarn in the shops wasn't GREEN enough!
Yes, I am a kiwi, but I also lived in Queensland for a time. I lived and worked in lovely Brisbane before family circumstances brought me home - then I met my dear husband so I didn't end up returning Australia.
Where are you from in NZ, Frances? You are right about needing the trips home to revive the spirit - everything is so green here at present, with just the last golds and reds of autumns to balance things.
I am delighted to accept your friendship invitation, Frances. So nice to meet you!