Welcome to the Christmas Caroling Rowalong 2017 hosted by Seams to be Sew http://www.seamstobesew.com. It's going to be wonderful. Bells, angels, christmas trees, evoking all your favourite happy Christmas thoughts.
This is a 15 minute video showing you how to use geogebra to make templates. Geogebra is a free download, and very handy if you want to make your own English paper piecing templates. I've made this video as an intro to geogebra.... its not polished, but see how it goes, and leave me some feedback. The video shows you how to draw pentagons and rhombi useful if you are making Willyne Hammerstein's La Passacaglia and want to change the template size or print out your own paper templates. This is more accurate than photocopying as each photocopy distorts the image in one direction very slightly. For the quilt layout and construction you need to purchase Willyne Hammerstein's book Millefiori quilts published by Quiltmania.
Popped down for the weekend to see a couple of exhibitions. Had glorious spring weather with no rain in sight.
The first exhibition was the Annemieke Mein exhbition at the Bayside Arts and cultural centre. I love her work and was so excited to see it in all its three dimensional beauty.
Sadly , no photos allowed at the exhibition, but do take a look at her website, Its beautiful work.
Annemieke Mein website: http://www.annemiekemein.net.au/
Bayside Arts and cultural centre is in a pretty spot, just get off the train at Middle Brighton and take a short walk to the library and council chambers.
Bayside Arts and Cultural centre
After a coffee (great cafes in Middle Brighton) we went for a walk down the beach. Ok, not a surfing beach, but its always peaceful to see the water and I enjoyed the beach huts.... don't know where else in Australia you would see them.
Beach huts, Brighton
The following day we headed into the city for 'the making of the Australian Quilt' at the NGV. Once again an easy train ride getting off at Flinders St Station.
The NGV let you take photos, but only for personal use. So here's the link and they have got the highlights up.
It was a very extensive collection and clearly quiltmaking was a popular and skilled pastime. There were a mix of styles, hexagon, log cabin, crazy, applique and embroidered.
My favourite was an embroidered blanket made by a corporal while he was a pow in Germany in WWII. Apparently he took it with him when he escaped because he said it was too much work to leave behind. I think most quiltmakers would understand and agree. It was heavily embroidered.
The Road Home
What a wonderful idea and so evocative. Since we are small children ‘going home’ has meant that special sense of comfort and belonging, and the road home is always good to see after a hard day at work, or a long trip. My road home has changed a lot over the years, but wherever I’ve been, the drive home has always been time to reflect and relax and enjoy the beauty of the world. Now, when I leave work, here’s my first top spot.
Often, we can see whales passing up and down the coast, travelling in small groups, mothers looking after calves, males pushing each other around. Always, the view of a whale is a small miracle.
Often we see pelicans, perched on lampposts or swimming in the bay, both stately and bizarre with their large beaks and slow flight. The pandanus trees just say beach with their weird roots and shaggy angular bundles of leaves. And of course the surfers just live in the moment of water, movement, power, freedom and skill.
So my road home is a celebration of life and joy and our wonderful planet. I hope you enjoy making my pattern and can think of all the happy times you have been near the sea or enjoyed being part of the natural world.
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