Saturday, November 19, 2016

Penang and Singapore Inspiration

I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Penang Malaysia and Singapore.  I was particularly inspired by the colour, texture and shape of the beautiful tropical flowers.  I have been drawing in my sketchbook and hope to take this work further. Here is a sample of the flowers I saw:

cheers Rebecca

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show

I went to the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show during the week.  My quilt "African Mahogany" is part of the "Our Wishes for the World" Exhibition at the Show.  Our 13 quilts (there are 13 of us in the Group) were exhibited first in Taiwan.  They were in New Zealand last month and now Brisbane.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Work in Progress - Quilt

I am working on a new quilt using one single piece of fabric I dyed.  Inspired by the Linda and Laura Kemshall(Design Matters TV) I cut the fabric strips and then these into squares and finally into one and a half inch pieces. I matched up colours and made rail fence blocks this is the piece.  I love the colours - my favourites.

cheers Rebecca

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ironbark Arts Fabric Club

Ali George and I create Ironbark Arts fabric and our Spring Fabric Club has just been mailed out.  We included a lovely Cottage Garden Thread with the parcel.  If you would like to join the club either with an annual subscription or a quarterly subscription the details are on Ali's website.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ironbark Arts Newsletter - September 2016

Ali George and I have a new name for our hand dyed and hand patterned fabric - Ironbark
Arts - which we see as a name reflective of the true collaboration between our two Studios Rebecca (Ocean Blue Textile Studio) and Ali (Aliquilts Studio).

We have produced a Newsletter with the first edition emailed recently.  We are currently working on our second edition.  We have included details of our Exhibition Work, Workshops and of course our great Fabric.  If you would like to receive a copy of the Newsletter please send me a message.

cheers Rebecca

New Zealand Quilter magazine

I was so pleased to see a photo of one of my quilts from the "Still Cre8ting" Exhibition at Lower Hutt (see previous blog posts) in the current New Zealand Quilter magazine.   The magazine is not available in Australia at the newsagent any more so to obtain a copies of this great read you will need to subscribe link.

cheers Rebecca

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fabric Embroidered Postcards

Time to make and send some more postcards to New Zealand for our postcard swap.  Mine is based on Ali and my hand dyed and patterned fabric which I have embroidered with my hand dyed variegated thread.

cheers Rebecca

Sunday, August 14, 2016

WA Craft Show - Fun

Ali George and I had a great time at the West Australian Craft Show last week.  We met wonderful people and our workshops in Stitch and Fabric Collage were well received.  We received really fabulous comments on our hand printed and hand patterned "Ironbark Arts" Fabric.

cheers Rebecca

Sunday, July 31, 2016

West Australian Craft Show

Ali and I have been busy dyeing and hand printing fabric for sale at the West Australian Craft Show at Claremont near Perth this Friday to Sunday.  We will be running workshops too. I have had an assistant - my beautiful 15 year old cat Collingwood!!

cheers Rebecca

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Odlin Exhibition Lower Hutt New Zealand

We had a fabulous response to our Opening Night of the Cre8 Exhibition at the Hutt Art Centre, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.  Shaun and I flew over with my quilts and textile work and we had a great time catching up with friends at the Night.  Some photos of the Exhibition:

My quilts in the Exhibition based on Reforestation in Africa.  The quilts depict 


Grows to a large forest tree - West Africa. Threatened by habitat loss.
My own Hand dyed and Hand patterned fabric.  Applique, machine embroidery and machine quilting.  
28 in by 16 in.

30 in by 16 in


Tall forest tree - Equatorial Africa.
My own Hand Dyed and Hand Patterned fabric.  Applique, machine embroidery and machine quilting.  


Forest Tree - West Africa 
My own Hand Dyed and Hand Patterned fabric.  Applique, machine embroidery and machine quilting.


Worked on my own hand dyed and hand patterned fabric. 

And the last piece I took over was an Eco Lamb Jacket.  We were each given a used Woollen Lamb Jacket from the South Island (NZ) and challenged to create a textile piece.  These are the works. 

 This  Jacket this is mine.  It is eco dyed using eucalyptus, banksia and other native plants from my friend Ali George's property.

The Exhibition is on until the 24th July.

cheers Rebecca

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Exhibition in New Zealand

I have been busy stitching and quilting for an Exhibition in Lower Hutt New Zealand.  Details are below:

It should be lots of fun.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Slow Stitching - Kantha inspired

I have been busy doing paper and stitch and now cloth and stitch.  I am inspired by a vintage kantha purse I purchased several years ago.  I have dyed my own cloth a flour sack cloth for the diamond shape and kona cotton for the back - all in the same dye lot.

The piece is around 15in by 15in and I used the valdani thread cotton 12 to do the kantha stitching.  I was trying to capture the shadows and waves created by the stitching.

And a close up.

cheers Rebecca

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hawaiian inspired quilt

My daughter and I recently visited Hawaii.  I love the surf and sea and decided to make a small quilt inspired by the surfboards on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.  I used my hand dyes and the hand patterned fabric for the surfboards.  I used machine quilting.

 Bye Rebecca

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fabric Postcards - Chartres

I made some fabric postcards for my NZ swap just before Christmas.  In October we visited Chartres Cathedral near Paris and I took lots of photos of the sculptures.  The Cathedral was magnificent.  I printed a photo onto transfer paper and then hand stitched with silk thread.

 cheers Rebecca

Monday, January 18, 2016

Gelli Print Notebooks

Happy New Year may you have a wonderful 2016!

Just before Christmas I made these Gelli Print notebooks as presents.  They are about A5 size with Italian paper folded inside.

take care Rebecca