Sunday, August 10, 2014

Up Close Among the Pansies By Ngaire

After lots of starts and stops and a second go at this I have finally completed up close among the pansies. I collected a lot of these fabrics and made a quilt for my mother when she had her 90th birthday so it was nice to be able to use them again and remember her at the same time.
Lots of great quilts.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Knit one, Purl one by Anna

Ngaire was looking at my fair isle cardigan and it gave me the idea for 'Close Up' . I am experimenting on creating a shadow with bias strips so was a very useful excersise. Thanks Lorraine for an interesting topic. Cheers Anna
PS. Good to catch up with you Kerry at Rose City Quilters the other day.

Inspector Swan Investigates - Judith

Close Up was a very interesting challenge.  After thinking and rethinking a number of possibilities I decided to revisit the swan photos I had worked with some years ago. With the aid of Photoshop I manipulated the photo to give it a painterly effect and once printed it was heavily stitched.  This quilt combines two fascinations, the digital world and my love of stitch.
You have some wonderful quilts coming your way Lorraine I hope this one also gives you pleasure. 

Friday, August 1, 2014


Recently we visited Monarto Wildlife Sactuary east of Adelaide and were delighted to be 'Up Close' with the huge giraffes. They are such gentle giants and seemed to be interested in seeing who had come to visit them - or was it the food offered?
I am enjoying receiving the little quilts - they are beautiful and will be on display in my sewing room.
Thanks ladies, cheers Lorraine

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When you stand 'UP CLOSE', do you smell the gum leaves? From Lynn.

I love gum leaves and they are so typically Australian. I enjoyed meeting you in Sydney, Lorraine, and it was a pity the visit was not longer.  Enjoy your quilts. Lynn.

Feather - by Mary

Hi Lorraine
This one had me stumped for a while but when I found this lovely fragment of a chiffon scarf I decided it was just perfect for a peacock feather.

Hope you like it


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Deb - 'Up Close'

My plan for 'up close' was to do an interpretation of my close up photo of a giraffe's eye from our visit to Monarto Zoo last year but once I'd drawn it up it just looked like lots of brown and black blobs! So onto the internet to find another image - a magnifying glass and ants. A disturbing fact is that there is a lot of information and images about how to burn ants using a magnifying glass and the sun. Macabre!!!  
I already had an ant stamp which I used to do the little ants, and I knew that 'ant' fabric that I bought in the US last year would come in handy one day!