Since I got back we have had a large earthquake. Our house has suffered a few cracks which weren't there before, and my husband has been working from home as his office is closed until they find new premises. The day after the earthquake we had heavy rain which followed a few weeks of steady rain. the ground was waterlogged and that meant we had water leaking through the back wall of our garage so we spent several hours sweeping water out of the garage and trying to get things dry. A lot of horrible fabric was thrown away that day. It was all stuff which should have been sorted and thrown away years ago.
It was lucky that we don't live near the coast of New Zealand. In what the newspapers called 'the perfect storm' we had a strong earthquake followed by heavy rain at the time of the Supermoon. There was a tsunami then high spring tides because of the superman and the heavy rain. No wonder the roads were flooded especially around the coasts and there were land slides, and fallen trees. Its taken a while to get back to normal, although there are still a lot of government and private buildings in Wellington closed due to earthquake damage. One of our friends has been evacuated from their apartment in central wellington and has been unable to get anything out of their home for nearly 2 weeks.
|Bitter Harvest 3. This is a wallhanging currently hanging at Pataka. Water has been running down the front from the cups to make the dye in the blue patches run. It looks quite blurry now.|
|This small quilt is travelling with the OzQuilt exhibition in Australia.|
|This life-size model of a weta (a New Zealand grasshopper)has been at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate this year with the BugLife exhibition curated by Ann Kelly.|
Before leaving for India I was making costumes for the show The Merry Widow almost up till the day I left. I still have a lot of the costumes in my garage , I brought them home to wash, and I haven't been able to take them back to the costume store because no one knows whether the building is safe. Luckily the costumes were up on a table or they would also be wet.
Most of the time I work from home and it can get a bit lonely. So I also do 'finishing' for a shop. People bring in their completed tapestries and I make them up into cushions. Sometimes I get to make up beautiful needle cases or quilt shop samples. I get to have some social time with customers and staff at the shop and the bonus is that I get paid.
I have been working on several collage litter bins for a commission and I recently completed a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt for an elderly lady who is in her 90's.
No sooner had I handed over the first quilt than I got another half finished hexagon quilt which is almost identical to the first one.
|The Grandmothers Flower garden quilt top when it arrived|
|The quilt after I moved some of the rosettes around and turned it into a single bed sized quilt|
|Gorgeous step well near Jaipur|
|Woodblock printing at Anokhi Woodblock museum|
|Elephant near Jaipur|
|Traffic on the way back to Delhi|
|View from the hotel window in Delhi. Cows, ice-cream vendors, cars and chaos|
|Beautiful architecture in the Lodi Gardens, Delhi|
|Coloured chalk for making rangoli patterns for Diwali|