Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
I've started a new baby quilt, made up of half-square triangles. No babies expected in our family or among our friends (as far as I know) - I just like making these small, sweet quilts. I am using scraps from the fabrics from the quilts I made for our nieces Saskia and Josien - soft purple tones, very girly. I tried out some darker purple fabrics as well, but I'm not sure if I want them in...
So pieceful, making a baby quilt! ;-)
Friday, 21 February 2014
This blog doesn't get updated as often as I would like, because I can't show most projects I have recently finished yet. Very frustrating! However, I can show some sneak peeks... such as this denim project. I cut strips from discarded blue jeans in different shades of blue from my sons, my husband and myself, sewed them together to create diamonds and then added some decorative stitching. And voila:
Argyle! I was so pleased with this effect that I have started another upcycled argyle project; this time with diamonds cut from felted sweaters:
This is going to be a table runner. I will keep you posted!
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Remember the cow fabric I bought in Holland in 2012? I finally used it - to re-upholster an ottoman I bought at the op shop a while ago.
We have just redecorated the boys room - I used blackboard paint for the new but boring white wardrobe, and the cow ottoman (or Minecraft cow) goes very well with it:
The antique sewing machine I bought last year now has a good spot under the MAGnificence quilt. My antique quilts are showcased on the table.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
A while ago I was asked to make a quilt with a Dutch theme for Creative Expressions, the sister magazine of Down Under Quilts. Of course I was happy to make one! It has pinwheel blocks in the colours of the Dutch flag (red, white and blue), with one orange square for the Dutch Royal House of Orange. I used some typical Dutch 'farmers handkerchiefs' that my mother-in-law and my BFF Hylkia (the Apple Tart Queen) had sent me. (If you would like to get some you can find them here)
I especially like this one, with drawings of Friesian cities and a traditional Friesian sailing ship:
I am thrilled that this quilt was chosen to be on the cover of the magazine!
The quilt is now for sale in my Etsy shop, Blue Jacaranda.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
With the boys still at home (it's summer holidays Down Under) and some work deadlines coming up, I haven't been able to sew much since we came back from our holidays, but I did make this balloon ball as a first birthday present for our little niece in Holland.
I used this pattern - it's a quick make and a good way to use up some scraps. Many years ago my boys got a balloon ball as a present and they still play with it. It's a great gift for littlies.
Here is the birthday girl, one year old now, with the Aussie Baby Quilt I made for her last year:
In August last year another niece was born in Holland - the daughter of DH's youngest sister (we have four nieces now! The boys are outnumbered). For her I also made an Aussie Baby Quilt, as I still had a lot of Aboriginal fabrics and I really liked the design:
This time I quilted it in a different way, with gum leaves in the squares. It looks very nice on the back:
I pieced the back together using some Australian fabrics:
The quilt can be found as a project in the Australian issue of Down Under Quilts, now on sale:
And here is the adorable recipient!
Sunday, 22 December 2013
This year I purchased a quilt in the SAQA Benefit Auction for the first time; Poinsettia by Canadian artist Anna Davison. I love it and it's hanging in our living room at the moment, next to the Christmas tree.
It's the perfect image for my last posting of the year as we are getting ready for our summer holiday at the beach. I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas (or happy holidays, if you prefer) and a happy, healthy, colourful and creative New Year. Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope to see you back in 2014!
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Yesterday was a productive day: I played tennis, finished a book (Watching You by Michael Robotham - have read all his books in the last few weeks and loved them) and made this small quilt, my submission for the SAQA 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show (and all this while it's school holidays!).
I have used a Poinciana seed pod as a stamp before, to make fabric cards, and have wanted to use it in an art quilt ever since.
Here's a detail pic. I like the combination of the organic shape of the seed pod and the straight background quilting. What do you think?
Friday, 20 December 2013
Ever since I made my hand-stamped Dutch Houses fabric I have been thinking about other designs to print on fabric. A while ago, it suddenly struck me that it would be fun to create a stamp of one of my favourite traditional quilt blocks; the Schoolhouse. And yesterday I finally found time to do it:
I started stamping, and really liked it:
Here is the first fat quarter of Little Red Schoolhouse fabric - now for sale in my Etsy shop:
I also made a fabric postcard (10 x 15 cm / 4 x 6 inch). Because it's almost Christmas I am giving it away to one reader of this blog. If you would like to win it, leave a comment here and let me know which quilt block you think I should make into a stamp next. I'll pick a winner on 5 January 2014, as we are going away to our caravan in Wooyung Beach this weekend for two weeks. Good luck!
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Suddenly realised that I hadn't shown this quilt here yet! I made it for the kids' issue of Down Under Quilts. Of course my boys had to try it out first:
They approved of it, and it ended up on the cover, with their bears and tiger! The boys are very proud :-).
The quilt now lives in Kenya, where the boys' little cousins are having lots of fun with it. That's what we do it for, isn't it?
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Lately the Wordless Wednesday photos are all there is on this blog... I'm busy making lots of stuff but can't show it here yet - so frustrating! Well, I'll just show you something someone else made. Ali made this gorgeous lino print for me - it's inspired by a 1950s photo of Groningen, the city in the Netherlands where I went to university and where I lived for 12 years.
Ali blogged about the process of turning this photo into a linocut here and about playing with the lino prints here and here.
Thanks again for this precious print Ali, I will treasure it!
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Thursday, 31 October 2013
There's a lot of piecing and quilting happening here at the moment, but unfortunately I can't show the finished quilts yet! Very frustrating. I will show some sneak peeks - the block above is part of a Dutch Quilt I recently made, using some Dutch farmers handkerchiefs my mother-in-law sent me.
Chevrons are everywhere, so I thought I should try them as well. The piece above is now part of a bag!
I played with some strips and made this block a while ago. It looks good, don't you think? I've made a few more now and will sew them together soon...
I am also experimenting with quilt blocks made from upcycled denim. In the last six years have kept all the blue jeans from my sons, my husband and myself, so I have quilte a pile of fabric now. Let's make a quilt!
And last but not least, I am finally making an art quilt again! Here is a peek of a very small part of it. I will reveal more in four months or so...