Annies Crazy World

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    This is Annie Whitsed's Crazy World a world where I stitch the joys and chaos of life into beautifull crazy quilts. email
August 2005
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Good Hair Day August 8th, 2005

The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) wanted to make a quilt to celebrate Australian citizenship, they asked people to make an 8″ block depicting what being an Australian means to them…My friend Lynne H knew exactly what she wanted, she wanted her convict ancestors convict details written in brown on a cream background, she tea dyed the fabric to get an old parchment colour….and in the foreground she wanted a mast and sails with a bit of a ships deck and rail with her great, great grandmother looking towards her new home….So she knew clearly what she wanted but didn’t know how to acheive it which is where I come in, as her personnel technical adviser (LOL)….She came over one morning and we spent a lovely day discussing techniques that she could use….a flat applique would have worked quite nicely but not near so well as the stumpwork that we did use….I showed her how to make little rolled sails and she took it home to prepare the background and applique the mast and sails….In the meantime I thought about how to construct a her great, great grandmother…Lynne had chosen a burgandy silk for the skirt (an offcut from my bridesmaids dress) which we crinkled by twisting wet fabric and leaving it twisted untill it was dry, for the shawl we had tried several different fabrics none of them seemed right, then we realized that it was probably because the where all to fancy for a convict girl and a piece of plain green silk fringed at the edges made a perfect shawl….The Hair was the tricky bit, Lynne liked the way I had used my hair to stitch my self portrait on my Stumpwork Sampler and she had some long locks of hair from her son…But allas she could not find them…Could we use her hair??? its a bit short, 2″ lengths are to short to thread into a needle and stitch….but what if…Lynne, beautiful, crazy lady that she is, didn’t mind having a gap in her hair for the sake of art, so I was able to cut of a few locks and experiment, I made a tiny stumpwork head and shoulders, tied the locks of hair into bundles, stitched the locks to one side and reinforced them with glue so that they couldn’t pull out….at this stage of construction it looked like our little lady was haveing a bad hair day.

Putting the hair on

But it turned out to be more manageable than what I had thought, a little more glue on the back of her head to hold the hair securly and a few stiches with a strand of my my long hair was enough to hold them all in place….

Anne Clark first sight of Australia

Lynne added the stars in the form of the southern cross to symbalize australia…

….Lynne’s block was selected for the citizenship quilt and last wed I went over to DIMIA with a group of Canberra Quilters to help tie the blocks together…great chance to get a good close up look at all the blocks WOW…they will all be put onto a website which I will link to when its ready….

tying the citizen quilt blocks together

Dig in the garden Rain August 8th, 2005

Back in June, after many, many months without rain, it did rain, lovely cleansing, dancing in the rain, rain and the next day it rained again, and the day after that it rained again and over the next couple of weeks it kept raining, wonderful, soaking rain, interspersed with lovely sunny days…It was Dig in the Garden rain, I could stick the garden fork 6″ deep into the normally rock hard clay and whilst I was outside working in the carport the garden kept calling and little bit at a time I have dug over and enriched the soil in one garden bed as I remodeled the space, lowering the edges to path hight and terracing it to get some height in the middle…..I didn’t realize untill I looked at the photo just know how much my garden design reflects my crazy quilting, I have built split terraces so that they break the area up into odd interresting shapes and have used a variety of different stones, rocks, logs and bricks to create visual texture and the plants will add splashes of colour.

Front Garden

Not what they look like August 8th, 2005

Furniture moving SkatesThey might look like an old pair of roller skates….But To me they are Furniture Movers….my Son has been approved for the NEIS scheme (New Enterprise Incentive scheme), he had to do a small business course and write a Business Plan and now that he has been accepted he will be paid a small living allowance for 12 months to give him time to set up and establish his business….To run his business, which is making chain mail and chain Jewellery, he needs a workshop….Most of July was spent working with Sam cleaning out the carport and then organizing it into tempory storage space so that we can empty the shed so that it can be insulated and lined….One item of furniture that we needed to move was a desk that was to heavy for me to lift my end of, we tried putting plastic under one end so that it could be dragged and it dragged across the plastic but the plastic didn’t drag on the ground to keep up with it and I was thinking that it would have to wait untill we got reinforcements to help when Sam pulled out the skates, that had lurked in the shed for many years, and put them under one end, the skates supported the weight so that Sam could push from the other end while I steered it by pulling on the laces and the desk was moved with ease.

We have got as far as stripping the shelves out of the shed…

Working in shed…But I have NO idea how one goes about insulating and lining walls….I guess I am soon to learn…

My Golli got Finished August 8th, 2005

My Golli My Golli goes for a slide

Sometime in July, My Golli got finished and when we visited Sharon he took us back to childhood as he slide down the hole punch and had us giggling after I took this photo because, instead of sliding down, he catapulted up into the camera Lens.