Saturday, August 13

The Ricky Tims seminar was excellent - informative and entertaining. I bought his new DVD on machine quilting and finishing and it is very good. Saw a few of his quilts up close and personal, which always shows you more detail that you can get from a photos and books. He spoke about his rhapsody quilts and how he makes them - the backgrounds are pieced! All those funny shapes are not appliqued together like I assumed, but pieced together. One day I might do one.

There is something wrong with my sewing machine. It is stuck on the bobbin winding function - I can switch the little spindle back and the needle will go up and down (and sew) but I can't use any of the button functions that I have become reliant on, like the needle up/down and reverse. I don't really have time to have it away being repaired so I am a bit annoyed with it. I can still quilt with it, and I have gotten very good at stopping with the needle in the position I need.

We went to the Ekka yesterday. It was the coldest day ever recorded in Brisbane. Alright, not really, but it was very, very cold! We don’t get much of winter and usually it is around 25 and quite bearable. But not yesterday, when we were subjected to arctic temperatures and overcast skies and drizzle. I'm surprised it didn't snow!

The cold snap was good thing/bad thing happening. Good because it kept the crowds down, and we were able to see what we wanted without elbowing people, but bad because we were freezing at the same time. For your viewing pleasure, here are the highlights:

The Mouse Circus. I am not a fan of the mouse under normal circumstances. However, I make an annual exception for The Mouse Circus, which I find fascinating to watch. Most of the mousies were crowded around their food block, and not doing tricks, but it was pretty entertaining anyway.

2nd Prize. My sister entered one to the sewing categories and won a 2nd prize for this boys outfit. We won’t mention that there were only 2 entrants in this category, OK? (And the 1st place “winner” was a very ugly outfit.)

This is a cake! I have some of these blue ceramic ball things in my garden, so I liked this one. (Jerome did not believe that all of these things were cakes and icing, the smell of fruit cake in the air was divine!)

Kewpie Dolls! I love these! I had to buy one, of course.

The Wheel of Death. Despite my well known fear of heights, I thought it would be a Good Idea to go on the ferris wheel. But first........

we are distracted by laughing clowns. Jerome loves all these games of "skill", but every child wins a prize, so he thinks he is getting a great deal. He had the choice of either a rainbow plastic slinky or a small stuffed toy as a prize. With his mother and I enthusiastically yelling "Slinky! Slinky! Slinky!", he had no real choice to make. He chose the slinky. Wise boy.

Hanging on like grim death. I hate ferris wheels, I really do. They are not to bad while they are actually going, but it is the sitting and swinging in mid air that I object to. I did manage some shots without camera shake, but I think this one conveys the mood perfectly.

This looks fairly innocent, but apparently kewpie dolls are the sworn enemy of cats and must be destroyed. Coco is not just sniffing the pretty dolly, she is looking for a body part to tear off.

There was also a small quilt show at the Ekka, but it was very ordinary. I am kicking myself that I missed the entry deadline, because I think I would have had a good chance at a prize. A lot of the quilts were not hung well either, they all looked very wobbly and not flat.


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