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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Playing with half-square triangles



This week I have been playing with the leftover half-square triangles from the quilt-that-cannot-be-revealed-yet. There were quite a few, because I changed my mind a few times when making that quilt, and I used the remaining fabrics to make some more. Now I have enough to make a small baby quilt, but I can't decide what layout to use...



Oh well, there's no hurry!
In the meantime my Lone Star Table Topper pattern has become a hit on Craftsy - last night it was no.1 in their Top 20 Quilting Patterns. So exciting!



This is the last week of the school term, and on Saturday we are off to Caloundra for a few days. Looking forward very much to that! We are staying in the same apartment building where I finished my Lone Star quilt last year - sadly I don't have an almost finished quilt to bring this year!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Gymnastics guards bag



In two weeks my youngest son Robert will have his first gymnastics competition of the year. He now competes in Level 4 and gets to use hand guards on high bar, so I made him a small bag to put these in. I made a similar bag for Hugo last year, using my Spoonflower gymnastics fabrics that I also used for Hugo's Big Cushion and for their gym bags



Yesterday Robert had a control test (mock comp) and he did really well. Go Robert!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

More Lone Star table toppers



When my father-in-law and his wife visited us in March, they loved my Lone Star table topper, so I promised to make one for them. They chose the fabrics (Dutch Heritage fabrics from Motifs by Hand on Etsy), I ordered them and finished their table topper today. It is pieced and quilted in the ditch with a beige Aurifil 50wt thread (no. 2314). Aren't the colours gorgeous!



I have also made a Christmas table topper with fabrics from the Sparkle range, designed by Amanda Murphy:



This one is quilted in straight lines on each side of every seam with a white Aurifil 40wt thread (no. 2021). I really like the texture the quilting has created:



The table topper for my father-in-law and his wife is going on its way to the Netherlands tomorrow. I hope they will love it! The pattern for this Lone Star table topper is now available in my pattern store on Craftsy. The Christmas table topper has been added to my Etsy shop, you can find it here.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Good news



Fly Away is going to the USA! It has been selected to be judged at the World Quilt Competition and will hang on display during the event from 18-20 August 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. After that it will tour the United States and be displayed at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September; at QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs and the Pacific International Quilt Festival in California in October; and at World Quilt Florida in January 2017. So exciting! Hugo wishes he could go with his quilt!



This is a block of a new project I am working on. More will be revealed soon!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Melbourne!



Melbourne was fabulous, as always! Hugo struggled on his first day of competition but did very well on the second, with the fifth highest score on pommel of the day. He was very happy, as was his coach.



I had originally booked a room in Richmond, but the host cancelled a few days before my arrival because of plumbing problems. Luckily I found another room, in East Melbourne - even closer to the HiSense Arena! The room was clean, large, with a good bed, a beautiful handmade rug and a very friendly cat, Emmett. What more can you ask for?



Walking through East Melbourne I spotted some lovely details, such as this gorgeous art deco window:



And these beautiful wrought iron balcony railings:



On Tuesday, my gymnastics-free day, I took the train to Brighton to photograph the famous bathing boxes (more photos on my photo blog here):



And then travelled back to the City to photograph the street art. Loved this mural - very appealing to a quilter! (more photos here on the photo blog)



Last year when I blogged about my Melbourne trip, Meg left a comment and suggested I visit L'uccello on Swanston Street. So I did!



It is the most delightful fabric shop - thanks for the tip, Meg! I was very restrained and only bought one fat quarter :-).



On Thursday I took Hugo out for a couple of hours. Sadly it was a cold and rainy day, so we didn't go to St Kilda, but stayed in the City and visited ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) instead, which we both loved.
I flew back to Brisbane on Thursday night and Hugo came back with the team on Friday afternoon. This vintage Dick Bruna card from the 1970s was waiting for him - I discovered it a while ago in a Dutch Etsy shop and of course I had to snap it up!



And now life is back to normal. I have a few ideas for (art) quilts inspired by this trip, so stay tuned!

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

Progress



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! ;-)