Sunday, 22 May 2016

Off to Melbourne!

Tomorrow morning I fly to Melbourne, to watch Hugo compete at the Australian Gymnastics Championships at the HiSense Arena at 5.30pm. His second competition is on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday I'll take a day off from the gymnastics to wander around in the City and make lots of photos. I love Melbourne! On Thursday I'll take Hugo out for a few hours before I fly back to Brisbane (he flies back on Friday, with the team). Last year there was no time to do that, but two years ago we went to St Kilda, where I took this photo of him in front of the famous Luna Park.

Hugo injured his elbow during a rings routine 10 days ago and it has been a stressfull time, with visits to the fysiotherapist, an MRI, and adjusted training sessions to let it heal. He only started full training again two days ago, but thankfully it seems to heal well, so we are hopeful that he will be able to compete on all apparatus in Melbourne. These photos were taken by photographers of Actionfoto at the Queensland State Championships in April.

I haven't done much quilting in the last two weeks, but when I was helping Hugo with his homework the other day I was pleased to see a quilt in his maths book!

I have designed a row for The Road Home Row Along, organised by Marian from Seams To Be Sew. I can't show it here yet, but stay tuned for the reveal in September. Of course the place featured in my row will be Holland! (the province of South-Holland, to be more exact, where we lived before we moved to Australia)

And last but not least, I am thrilled and honoured to be asked to be a judge at the Auckland Festival of Quilts in November. So looking forward to my third visit to New Zealand!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

2016 SAQA Benefit Auction Quilt: Colouring In

I love the current trend of colouring in for adults and have a small pile of colouring books - ranging from a Tula Pink coloring book to a Game of Thrones one (A Christmas present from my hubby! But to be honest, I haven't filled any pages yet - I'm usually too busy sewing...). My favourite is the one on top - the small Mindfulness Colouring Book, with simple, often geometric colouring pages (it must be the traditional quilter in me). I coloured in quite a few pages of that one last year, while waiting for my middle son to finish his acting classes.

My eyes fell on that book when I was trying to decide what to do for my 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction quilt, and suddenly I thought of a colouring in quilt! I quilted a triangle grid that I would enjoy colouring in myself and wondered what to use for the pencil strokes. Then I remembered the spool of Aurifloss I recently received from the lovely peeps at Aurifil - as you may have noticed from the blog button in the sidebar, I am now an Aurifil blogger, and very proud and honoured to be one!

I wound a bobbin with the Aurifloss and turned the quilt around to sew from the back and fill in the triangles. For the top thread I used Aurifil 50wt threads in matching colours:

The pencils are appliquéd with the same threads. It was a fun little project that has now been sent off to the USA to be auctioned in September. You can see the other Auction quilts here - there are some fabulous little works of art among them!

Stay tuned for the SAQA Oceania Blog Hop that will take place in the weeks before the Auction, similar to the one we did in 2013!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

One quilt finished, one quilt started

The quilt in progress that I showed last week is finished! (yes, I am left-handed)

I have entered it in an exhibition overseas and am not sure if I am allowed to share it in full yet, so I'll just tease you with these sneak peeks. I hope that all will be revealed soon - I can say that it is a very colourful quilt!

Meanwhile I have started on another quilt - a small one. This is going to be my 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction quilt!

Stay tuned for I will show more of this one very soon!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Playing Favorites: Mondrian's Lone Star

A while ago I heard about the 10th Annual Quilt Alliance Contest and decided to enter it. This year's theme is "Playing Favorites" and quilters were asked to make a 16'' x 16'' wall hanging showcasing their very favourite pattern or technique. In my case that would be a Lone Star!

When I was trying to decide what colours to use for this wall hanging, my eyes fell on the Gymnastics Cushion inspired by Mondrian I made for Hugo last month. How about a Mondrian-inspired Lone Star, in red, blue, yellow and white on black?

I quilted it with black Aurifil thread. The back looks quite nice too!

I did a quick photography session in the backyard and sent it off to the USA.

This little quilt is a donation to the Quilt Alliance and will be auctioned after an exhibition tour in the States. I'm thinking of making another, larger, Mondrian's Lone Star - maybe a baby quilt?

Tuesday, 26 April 2016


The new project is coming along very nicely - I am now at the quilting stage. Quilting used to be my least favourite part of the quiltmaking process, but these days, in combination with an audiobook, I am actually quite enjoying it! Here is a sneak peek of the quilt:

To be continued...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

State Champion on Pommel Horse!

No sewing or quilting updates today, just the very happy news that my eldest son competed at the Queensland State Championships over the weekend and became the State Champion in his age level (8 Under 14) on his best apparatus, pommel horse. He won bronze on floor, rings, parallel bars and high bar, and came third overall. Here he is at the end of the second day of competitions, tired but very happy!

He will represent Queensland again at the National Championships in Melbourne in May. I have already booked my flights and a B&B, and am looking forward to another trip to Melbourne, my favourite city in Australia!

I showed his pommel routine from the Regional Championships two weeks ago, so here is a video of his rings routine. His score was 9.3, the second best score in his level on this apparatus. Unfortunately his routine on the second day did not go so well, so he just missed out on the silver medal on rings. But look at that dismount!

Very proud mum here :-)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

New project

After quite a few small projects (the cushions, table topper, Christmas project and mini quilt) I am finally working on a quilt again, using this delicious 'rainbow roll up' (5'' strips in 18 colours) from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics.

The quilt consists of lots of half-square triangles and a few neutral squares. After changing the layout a few times I have just started to sew the squares together. My Zebra quilt is keeping an eye on things:

To be continued!

PS Hugo loved his Big Gymnastics Cushion. Here are the three Big Cushions - I guess they sum up my boys quite accurately! ;-)

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Big Gymnastics Cushion, inspired by Mondrian

After the Big Doctor Who Cushion for my youngest son and the Big Dragon Cushion for my middle son, of course I had to make a Big Cushion (26'' / 66cm square) for my eldest son as well. He wanted a gymnastics cushion, so I used fabrics from my Gymnasts Collection on Spoonflower, in a Mondrian-inspired layout. I pieced and quilted it (simply in the ditch) with black Aurifil thread.

Hugo himself hasn't seen the finished cushion yet, because he is still at... gymnastics training (where else!). But it's waiting for him in his room, on the couch with the Aussie Quilt I made for his 6th birthday, under the Fly Away wallhanging I made in 2014.

Competition season has just started for Hugo (13) - on Saturday he had his first competition, the Senior Regional Championships, in his new Level, 8 Under 14. He did very well: passed his Level Test, won a gold medal (on pommel horse, his best apparatus), two silver and three bronze, and came third overall. The Senior State Championships are on April 15-16th, but he has already secured a place on the Queensland State Team that will compete at the National Championships in Melbourne in May. So proud of my boy, who has worked very hard to get here!

He is holding his Level 8 badge, which I have sewn onto his gymnastics bag, made from the same fabrics as the cushion:

Here is his golden pommel routine:

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter and Christmas

Happy Easter! I hope you are having a lovely long weekend. I am - this morning we had a traditional egg hunt which was great fun. Yesterday we dyed free-range eggs using natural dyes. The red and brown onion skins worked very well, the turmeric and coffee not so much, but we still have a lovely batch of eggs in autumn colours. Which is quite fitting, since it is autum here in the Southern Hemisphere of course. Today was a rainy day, so I stayed indoors and did some quilting.

I thought I was early last year when I made a Christmas project in May, but this year it's March! Can't show it yet, but I can show you the fabrics I am using, from the Sparkle collection designed by Amanda Murphy. So pretty!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Big Dragon Cushion

When my middle son Ernst saw the big Doctor Who Cushion I made for his brother, he asked if I could make one for him as well - with dragon fabrics (he is a dragon lover - you may remember the dragon quilt I made that he designed). Of course I was happy to oblige. I bought some oriental-looking dragon fabrics at the Stitches and Craft Show last week and got to work.

As the dragons were all different sizes, I decided to cut them out and appliqué them to a quilted black background fabric:

As always, I used Aurifil threads for piecing and quilting.

For the back of the cushion cover I used our two favourite fabrics:

I finished the cushion last night and gave it to Ernst. He loved it and didn't let go of it for the rest of the evening! So nice when your work is appreciated :-).

Here's some of Ernst's work - at his art class the other day he had to draw hot air balloons. Of course he designed a dragon balloon!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Kombi Van calligram and fabric collection

May I present... my Kombi Van Kalligram!

I can hardly believe it, but it's been more than three years since I made my last calligrams (in February 2013, the seahorse, platypus, mouse and crocodile). I still get lots of visitors to this blog who are searching for 'calligram', so I hope you all like this one!

As long-time readers of this blog know, I love Kombi Vans (VW buses / campervans) and I can't believe I didn't think of making a Kombi Van Kalligram before! I uploaded the design to Spoonflower and had it printed in eight different colourways. The fabric sampler arrived today:

Apart from the Kalligrams I also added some hand-drawn Kombi Vans to my collection. I really like this one:

And this one:

Well, I like them all really!

I have made the whole Kombi Van collection available for sale as fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Now to make some fun stuff with the fabric!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show

The Stiches and Craft Show is on here in Brisbane this week. I went yesterday and had a lovely day. The highlight for me was seeing a matter of time - it's a fabulous collection of quilts and I am thrilled to be part of it!

My Poinciana Seed Pod was at the show as well, as part of the SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show.

I spend most of my time at the show at this table, minding the SAQA exhibition Food for Thought and talking to visitors about SAQA. It's a great exhibition and if you get the chance to see it I would definitely recommend doing so. It will also be on show at the AQC in Melbourne in April. (If you can't make it, you can click on the link to see all the quilts online.)

I did have time for a little bit of shopping and bought these fabrics for my middle son who loves dragons - he wanted a big cushion like I made for his brother, but with a dragon theme. I'm planning to make this in the coming week .

When I came home, the local newspaper had just been delivered - and I was in it! I was interviewed last week as a local contributor to the a matter of time exhibition. Such a flattering headline!