Thursday, August 09, 2007
I have been attaching the match sticks to the little fire piece I am working on. I like the effect and think I will use it for the bigger quilt which I am planning- but perhaps I will use larger matches. The matches taper at the ends so that the stitching does hold them in place.
This morning I finally read the judges report for my coloured 72 ways quilt which I had entered in the new machine quilting ( domestic) section at Vic Quilters Showcase this year- I barely passed- got 54 out of a 100 possible points- artistic merit got a score of 5,thread colour choice got 5 and overall effect got 5- hmphh!!! And my All the Sweet Perfumes of Arabia quilt had the comment good overall design but that threads on the back needed trimming. As I have a designer II machine which clips threads I tend not to go back and reclip- because I feel the threads are more secure if I leave them unclipped. I wonder if the judges know that there are a number of machines that clip threads? I must admit I get a tad annoyed with the obsession with the backs of quilts- sometimes I will piece backs- applique words on the back, but the backs of my quilts are simply that, the backs of my quilts!
And on a good note I had a quilt accepted for the themed competition at Val d'Argent this year- so the quilt will be in the catlogue- yippee!It is always nice to be in a catalogue and Carrefour du Patchwork Europeen always produce a nice catalogue.
And today I have been in Australia for 42 years- my parents, my brother and I arrived on a cold blustery wet evening in Melbourne in 1965 aboard the Flavia and were bussed to Spencer Street Station before taking the night train to Albury/Wodonga and being bussed to Bonegilla where we were allocated two rooms in the army tin barracks used to house non-english speaking migrants.We did not see the new country we had chosen to live in until the following morning. I will never forget how cold it was that first morning and the sound of magpies warbling. I also remember the horrid food, and the high wire fence around the camp.