Monday, 24 August 2015
We have moved! The new house is lovely - large, full of light, and in a very quiet street, with our back gate leading to the Kedron Brook. I have done a lot of unpacking in the last week and most of the rooms are now free of boxes. I love our new bedroom!
Sadly my sewing room is not ready yet - it is waiting for a new bookcase (bought at Ikea yesterday) to be assembled. I hope to do that in the next few days...
In the meantime I have started a new crafty project that can be done at the kitchen table - a t-shirt shag rug. I've also dug up the jar quilt that I made back in 2007 - our first year in Australia. The boys still love it!
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
It has arrived in the Netherlands, so I can finally show it here: another PTT post bag, made from a vintage Dutch post bag.
I made this bag for a good friend in Holland, who saw my bag when we visited her in January and exclaimed that she would love to have one like that :-)
Well, I had bought two more vintage post bags when we were in Holland... Today is her birthday and it arrived yesterday, perfect timing! She told me she loved it :-)
I have now made three PTT post bags:
The first one (left) in November last year, for myself. The second one (middle) earlier this year, for my friend who was living in New Zealand at that time. And now this one, which will be the last one as I have no more vintage post bags (and no desire to buy any new ones!):
I do have some scraps of the fabric left and may use them to make a cushion - once we have moved and settled in the new house. This is what my sewing room looks like now!
Saturday, 8 August 2015
This is the binding for my Marimekko quilt. Today I finished the top, but now it'll have to wait a while - we are moving to a new house next week, so I will be busy packing and unpacking, not quilting sadly!
However, the new house is larger than the current one so the boys will each have their own room and I will still have my sewing room! It's also on a very quiet street near the Kedron Brook. We're all really happy about that - the street we live on now is very busy with lots of traffic noise.
I hope to be back soon but it may be a bit quiet here for a while...
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
As you know, I love Kombi vans. I have made a Kombi Van sewing machine cover and a Kombi Van art quilt (and a Kombi Van pencil case), and I have also made photos of every Kombi van I came across in the last 2.5 years (when it was safe to do so, of course). Yesterday I finally had a chance to photograph a green Kombi - I had seen one a few times while driving but never been able to get a photo. Now I have one, and my Kombi Van Kolour Wheel is complete!
Saturday, 18 July 2015
It's very quiet here - that doesn't mean I'm not doing any quilting or sewing, just that I can't show it yet. But I can show you the fabrics I'm using. Over the last few months I have been collecting Marimekko fabrics (most come from Finnish Etsy shop OttaBag) - more specifically the Unikko (Poppy) fabric in different colours. I have always loved that design, and decided to make a quilt with it. Half of the top is done so far. The selvedges are to die for - still thinking what to do with them:
I used the fabrics below to make a bag today (a project for a magazine). The chevron is a quilting cotton, the fern print a home dec fabric called Stockholm from Ikea (another Scandinavian fabric!)
More will be revealed in time...
Thursday, 2 July 2015
If you have been following this blog for a while you may remember that I made a Lone Star quilt top in 2013. I had a go at quilting it, but didn't like the result at all, and put it away.
A few weeks ago I finally dug it up again and unpicked all the quilting stitches (that was no fun at all). I still loved the top and decided to have it quilted by a long-arm quilter. I approached a number of them in the greater Brisbane area. Quite a few said they couldn't do what I wanted (an overall grid pattern) and the ones who could just didn't get back to me when I tried to make an appointment to drop the quilt off.
In the end I got so frustrated that I decided to quilt it myself after all. I kept it very simple, just straight lines in the ditch. Quilting is my least favourite part of the quiltmaking process (especially a large quilt like this one), but I have discovered that in combination with an audio book it actually isn't that bad. (I listened to the books of Liane Moriarty, read by Caroline Lee, and absolutely loved them!)
We've just spent a few days in Caloundra, where two of my boys had a gymnastics competition on the weekend. I had brought the quilt with me and on Sunday night I finished hand-sewing the binding. Of course it had to go on our bed!
Monday was a rainy day, but Tuesday was perfect for a mini photo shoot:
Now we are back home, and the boys helped me make some more photos. I am so in love with this quilt, and so happy I decided to finish it after all!
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Friday, 29 May 2015
This blog has been neglected for a while as I have been away, to Melbourne, where my eldest son competed in the Australian Gymnastics Championships last week. Sadly he was sick on the day his team flew to Melbourne (Sunday May 17th), so he couldn't go there until Tuesday, on the eve of his first competition. He did compete on Wednesday and Friday, but not surprisingly didn't do as well as he had hoped. However, his team won gold, so that was great, and I am just glad that he did not have to miss out on the whole experience.
Of course I was there to cheer for him and his teammates! And when I wasn't at the Arena I strolled around in Richmond...
and in the City. I love Melbourne! I made lots of photos, you can see some of them on my photo blog.
Back in Brisbane I finally got to go to Reverse Garbage again and scored these fabulous fabric sample books. Stay tuned for what they will turn into...
First I have to finish this project though:
Yes, I know it's only May!
Sunday, 17 May 2015
Amy from Amy's Creative Side is once again hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I am entering my Rainbow Diamonds baby quilt in the ROYGBIV Quilt Category.
I made this quilt in October 2014, for my brother-in-law and his partner in the Netherlands who were expecting their second child, but did not want to reveal if it was a boy or girl. I wanted to finish the quilt before we went to the Netherlands for Christmas, so suggested I make a rainbow quilt - good for a boy as well as for a girl! They liked that idea. In the end the baby, a boy, was born a few days before we left Australia. His parents and big sister loved the quilt :-)
It is made up of half-square triangles and measures 30" by 42" (76 x 107cm). You can read more about the making of the quilt here.
Saturday, 2 May 2015
Yesterday was an extremely wet day here in Brisbane. I was lucky to be able to stay at home for most of the day and play with fabric. In a corner of my sewing room I found this upholstery fabric sample book that I bought at Reverse Garbage one? two? years ago and with it I made a patchwork cushion. The fabric is a faux suede, so the cushion is very soft.
For the back I used the remaining scraps plus some other samples. The newspaper fabric is from an op shop skirt - I also used it for the Cadet Cap.
I stuffed the cushion with scraps of batting - I always save the strips of batting that are cut off after sandwiching a quilt, and the leftover pieces from a roll:
I spend quite a bit of time cutting them up in small pieces:
I had planned to take the cushion to Reverse Garbage and put it up for sale in their gift shop, but it looks so good on our new couch that I decided to keep it. The boys really like it too :-)
I have a few more sample books, so may make some more cushions!
Friday, 1 May 2015
Thursday, 30 April 2015
This week my copy of 1000 Quilt Inspirations - Colourful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern and Art Quilts by Sandra Sider arrived. How exciting!
I knew Speed, my little bycicle quilt, would be in it, but was surprised to see Black & White #3 and #2 in it as well:
And Balance 2, one of my personal favourites!
As the title says, the book is full of inspiration. There are no patterns or techniques and there is very little text (just a 2-page introduction) - it's just lots and lots of images of gorgeous quilts. I spend a wonderful evening going through it slowly.
I showed the book to a few non-quilting friends and they really enjoyed looking through it. A perfect coffee table book!
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Last week I had the most fabulous mini holiday in New Zealand. It was wonderful to see my best friend and her family again after almost three years. And wat a stunningly beautiful country!
With my friend and her three girls (the same age as my boys) I did a 3-hour beach and cliff top walk - and a pod of dolphins swam along with us for most of the way!
We found this piece of beach art :-)
Near Matakana I saw this beautiful horse sculpture:
Of course there were lots of ferns:
For my friend's birthday I had made her a Dutch post bag. She loved it :-)
On the last day of my stay, Mathea and Charlotte came down from Kerikeri to visit. I have 'known' both of them for years through their blogs, Facebook and email, but it was lovely to finally meet them IRL.
More photos of New Zealand can be found on my photo blog.