Data for the map

For those who are chasing Noongar placenames, the ones I used to create my quilt map are in the attached doc. I have referenced where I got them from.

DSC06153b_edited-1     Noongar Placenames Online


Map finished!


Map A3 size for Contemporary Quilt Group. Shows locations of places near the Swan/Canning rivers that Noongar people had named before European settlement,  and that

(i) have kept those names (gold stars)

(ii) were renamed by the settlers (white sequins) and

(iii) have been destroyed (black sequins) – lakes filled in and a point in the river near Fremantle dredged. Many of the places shown with white sequins have also been severely modified eg lakes partially filled in for subdivision for housing

To me, the map shows the disaster colonisation was for Noongar people in the 1800s –their camping places along the rivers appropriated by settlers and frequently made off bounds, and many of their food bowls (the lakes) filled in.

Orange represents the colour of the land at sunset, black the colour of water at sunset. Friends gave me the orange silk (Helen Tait), and the black fabric (Suzanne Dowsett). To make the quilt I used gifts of others (Robynne Valence, Judy Campbell, Jim) so it was pure joy to create. Hopefully it will raise awareness of what it portrays.

AQIPP 2017

Have just had a few pleasant days in Victoria, going to the opening of Australian Quilts In Public Places and then into the Alps for a few days. My quilt ‘Blue Ice at Daybreak’ was in a great spot–the first quilt that people saw as they walked into the exhibition. The colour is not as washed out as in the photo! ‘Bush Tucker’ was also well lit and well displayed.DSC05857


Mod Quilt Show Australia

The MQ show is on this weekend Nov 3-5 in Sydney. Can you spot the fractal-based quilt (my Four Patch Variation). Was pleased that it and another (Colours of the Aboriginal Flag (2)–a random number creation) got through the jury process.


Just back from the NZ Quilt Symposium which was very good fun, especially in the company of Lesley and Davina whom I went with  The juried symposium exhibition had some wonderful quilts in it, including a wildflower one by Ruth de Vos which won an award. I had a quilt accepted (Kimberley Creek) and it was hung with others in similar colours so looked okay.


After the symposium  I holidayed in the beautiful South Island, catching up with family and friends – and think the fractal creek pictured below would be a very good subject for the quilt map that I am supposed to produce for CQG – could use the hexagon fractal pattern from Kimberley Creek, but with different colours!




Cosmic Serpent


Have nearly worked through all of the hand-dyed fabrics that I won at QuiltWest a couple of years ago! The quilt is at  the Dare to Differ Exhibition in Adelaide at the moment! The statement is probably better than the quilt:

Pattern on pattern on pattern (ad infinitum if sewing skills permitted) …… a serpent writhing through the heavens. The figure represents mythological serpents common to many cultures, including the Waugal (Rainbow Serpent) of Noongar aboriginal people which is both creator and guardian. Stars quilted on the lighter yellow background symbolize a galaxy.