Thursday, June 27, 2013

Faceless Man in a Blue Tie by Kay W.

When Mary posted "A Portrait" as our next challenge I wondered what on earth I could do.  Then the state of politics in Australia in the last two weeks was a gift!

The Australians and probably the New Zealanders in our group will get the reference.  If there are readers outside our countries, the Labor Party in Australia is often said to be run by "faceless men".  That is, party members, not elected to parliament, who set policies and do deals without their names or faces being known or published.  Last week the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, made a speech saying that if the nation voted for the opposition Liberal Party at the next election then all we would get in the government would be men wearing blue ties and no women.  Unfortunately, at the time, she was surrounded by her senior cabinet and party colleagues, all men in blue ties!  And now she is no longer the Prime Minister.

So I couldn't resist making a faceless man wearing his very nice blue tie.  What fun!


PS  I know I have posted this early, but I am setting off to visit my sons and the Sisters Quilt Show on Saturday and won't be back until well after the deadline.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Water - memories of Port Stephens" by Pam

WATER for Margie.
This image will remain in my memory of the area Port Stephens we recently left.
Seventeen years of fun and pleasure in this area.
We now look forward to finding all the hidden goodies that exist here in the Central Coast.
We are delighted with our move and look forward to many years here closer to family and friends.
Hard to take Kay around the corner.
 We look forward to getting to know Kay and Bard more.
Have a wonderful trip you and the 'others'.
Look forward to another dinner at Darling Harbour in 2014.
Fireworks were a go again on our night of dinner shared with the fun four.
You didn't think I could do it again!!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Aquarius by Judith

Aquarius has been a work in progress for several weeks and sadly it is now finished and must be on its way. I have enjoyed every moment of its creation. I do apologise for the time it has taken to complete it but it has been so much fun to once more play with and try to master shiva oil sticks and prisma colour pencils then finally to add the stitching. I do hope Margie, Aquarius gives you pleasure too.

Water Cycle by Ngaire

Bicycles and biking have always been part of our family life so when I saw this image and thought of the times I taught the water cycle to the children at school it was a must.
Hope you enjoy this Margie.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Looking down" by Kay H

I received this little treasure today.

Kay wrote:
"...Looking down from above into a rock pool.  If you look carefully there are some fish hiding in there.
Materials used - fly screen, cellophane stressed, tulle, paint, lace, batik, cotton,velvet, muslin and glitter.
Techniques - free motion machine quilting, heat stressing, and lots of fun."

I do like the idea of using "lots of fun"- Margie
[if you click on the picture you'll get a full screen version which might help to find those fish!]

Monday, June 3, 2013

"A storm at sea" by Kerry

My first attempt at this block, I could not find details for a pieced block so this was done with foundation piecing.Thank you Margie a pleasure to complete the challenge. Blue is my favourite colour . Looking forward to catching up with some of you next week, thank you Pam for organising the dinner.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

"The Water Carriers" stitched by Lorraine

I thought you might like to see Lorraine's quilt - I think Lorraine is away, so she can update this post when she returns.
Have to say I expected blue to be the dominant colour in all your 'water' quilts - how wrong I was.
Given the interesting and different responses it seems you enjoyed the challenge - I hope so anyway.

Water Works - Kay W

Remember all those endless and carefree hours playing Monopoly?  With the current state of our water and electricity bills we now know why those Utility Companies were such good investments!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Deb - Under the Sprinkler

Living in the driest state in the driest continent in the world this is a sight we don't often see in South Australia, especially with our strict water restrictions. But I'm sure we all have childhood memories of running through the sprinkler on a hot day! I was inspired by a colouring page on the Internet at
PS. I do not like working with metallic thread!!