People, Places & Inspiration

Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair

I ended my five week trip to Australia by teaching pop up classes in the Unique Stitching booth and demoing various techniques as a guest artist at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair.  my exhibit and work space as guest artist   This is fellow guest artist Loani Prior, the queen of exotic knitted tea cozies. Her booth was […]

Beautiful Brisbane and its many bridges

On my day off in Brisbane my wonderful host, Janet, from the Queensland Quilt Guild took me out for a day in the city. We took the train downtown, stopped to get a much needed massage, then had lunch at a lovely tea shop where I stocked up on a few wonderful teas. Then we […]

A trip to the Gold Coast

  Cecile and I took a day trip south of Brisbane to visit the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast A common beach side plant known as Pigs Eye in Australia and Ice Plant in California. Next we drove up to Tamborine mountain and stopped for a delicious lunch at the MT Brewery    Then we […]

Mountains and beaches on the Sunshine Coast

After leaving Peachester, Cecile and I drove through several small towns nestled up in the hills of the sunshine coast, stopping for a fantastic lunch, I had a delicious arugula (rocket) and lettuce salad with artisan blue cheese, walnuts and figs with a balsamic dressing. YUM! The rolling green hills we drove through were lovely, […]

Floral Inspiration in Glass House Country

Peachester is located near the Glass Mountains, you can see them in the distance of this photo. The country side has lovely green rolling hills dotted with cows.  x Alwin was my host for my overnight stay in the Peachester area. Alwyn and her husband have a beautiful 2 acre property with gorgeous flower and […]

On to Brisbane to Meet the Queensland Quilters

My first day in Brisbane began with a visit to the Queensland Quilt Guild to give two lectures. What made the day even more fun was to have my good friend Sue Dennis show up at the meeting and offer to take me out to see the sights between lectures.   Sue took me to Mt Coot, the […]

Charters Towers final resting spots

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I really like visiting graveyards, like these ones in Vermont and Maine as well as this quilt. Charters Towers has two historic cemeteries. Sadly many of the graves are in very bad shape and there are piles of broken decorative rusty fence parts just laying around. […]

Road trip to historic gold mining town Charters Towers

Before leaving Townsville, Cecile and I drove 85 miles inland to Charters Towers, past croc infested waters on long stretches of road littered with a significant amount of kangaroo and wallaby road kill (which I didn’t photograph) past fields and cow pastures strewn with large termite mounds before we arrived at the 140 year old […]

STATE of the ART quilt 13

I was so lucky to have a great view of this exhibit from my booth at the Townsville Stitches and Craft Show and then to meet several of the artists while on my trip in Brisbane. It was really a fantastic exhibit, here are a few of the wonderful quilts that were on view. x […]

Townsville Stitches and Craft Show

Cecile and I drove 215 miles from Cairns to Townsville to set up for the Stitches and Craft show. There were signs for Emu’s and Koala’s every now and then. Much of the drive looked like this with small towns every so often and a lot of land in between. Australia also has a thing for […]

Our trip to Kuranda village

On our second day in Cairns, Cecile and I took the skyrail up the mountain over the rainforest to the village of Kuranda. The skyrail makes several stops on the way for short walks through the rainforest where I saw magnificent trees with roots growing above ground with multicolored bark and stunning vistas. A bird […]

50 Shades of Blue & Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

  I have to say this had to be one of those peak moments in life where I felt like I needed to pinch myself to be sure I was wasn’t dreaming.           Cecile and I boarded this boat with about 200 tourists, the majority from China, for a two hour […]

Our two day holiday in Cairns

After my classes in Sydney were over, Cecile and I boarded a plane to Cairns for two days of R and R before driving to Townsville to set up for the Stitches and Craft Show. Cairns, as you can see on the map, is on the northeast coast of Australia and was one of the […]

My day off in Sydney

Now that the hustle and bustle of hosting Thanksgiving at my home in Sacramento with my kids, parents, boyfriend and ex! is over and a success to boot (Thanksgiving video composed by Indigo), I want to get back to sharing my Australia trip. While I was teaching in Sydney, I had one day free to […]

My blog’s been stuck at a stop light

It’s been about a month since I’ve had the time as well as access to wifi to write a blog post. While traveling I often had a bit of one or the other and rarely both together. I came home from Australia, after 27 hours of travel, on October 21st and had 5 days to […]

Beautiful Australia

Cecile Whatman from Unique Stitching picked me up at the Sydney airport early Wednesday morning on Sept 18, (I left monday night). What a beautiful sight to behold after sitting on a plane for 12 hours. This is Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. This first thing I had to do was go wiggle my toes […]

Field trip to International Quilt Festival Long Beach

When I heard it was going to be the last year for festival in Long Beach I knew I needed to make the 400 mile drive south to experience it for the last time in this California location. My daughter Indigo and I hit the road at 8:30 am and made it to the outskirts of Los […]

My daughter draws with a knife

A few months ago my daughter Indigo spent a several weeks in Los Angeles working on a music video project which entailed her cutting all the paper artwork for a stop motion video art directed by, friend and work associate of her dad’s, Rohitash Rao. She cut every piece of paper with an x-acto knife […]

A Wine Tasting Tour in the Yarra Valley

What a finale to my amazing trip. I had never gone wine tasting before and it was so fun to go with Cecile who was very knowledgable about wine and was able to fill me in on extra info about the history of wine making in this Pinot region of Australia. Our day started at […]

A trip to McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park

McClelland Sculpture Park

The day before setting up for AQC, Cecile and I took a trip out to the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Melbourne and has a wonderful indoor gallery space, great restaurant and lovely  grounds. The grounds for the sculpture garden were beautiful from a formal park like setting […]

A glimpse of Australia’s Fauna

After the convention, Cecile and her husband Glen took me, Susan Brubaker Knapp and Susan’s Kiwi friend Allison Greene for a day out at the Healesville Animal Sanctuary , about an hours drive from Melbourne in the Yarra valley to see some of Australia’s native species. The day started out quite chilly and drizzly, I was […]

A bit of Australian Flora

I was fascinated by many of the plants I saw in SoutheasternAustralia, from interestingly shaped seed pods and husks, to vibrantly colored and textured tree barks. This is Golden Wattle, Australia’s floral emblem. I think these little purple flowers were so interesting, they looked like half flowers, missing the other side. I love how these […]

These boots were made for walkin…

I’m a barefoot kinda gal, but when I have to put something on my feet these boots are it. They’ve been my walking shoes for the last several years taking me all over the place. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic on the beautiful old glass block sidewalk drainage covers that are all over downtown […]

Melbourne’s Street Art

One of the amazing things about Melbourne is the abundance of fantastic street art. These photos are from the Laneways in downtown Melbourne, where painting buildings seems to be not only tolerated, but almost encouraged. The images below are from Gertrude and Brunswick Streets in Fitzroy near the Royal Exhibition Building. I like to think […]