Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Last year I made a Modern Lone Star quilt using the iconic Unikko (Poppy) print in nine different colourways. Unikko was designed by Marija Isola for the famous Finnish company Marimekko and became one of their most succesful fabrics - even though Marimekko's founder had sworn never to print floral fabrics!
After showing the quilt on my blog and on Instagram, quite a few people asked if I could publish the pattern. It took me a while, but I am happy to announce that it is now available for sale in my Craftsy pattern store and in my Etsy shop.
The back of the quilt is another gorgeous Marimekko print called Hetkiä (Moments), designed by Maija Louekari:
I quilted this Modern Lone Star (affectionately known as Starimekko) in straight lines through the diamonds, ½” from the seams, continuing in the white spaces outside the star, using a walking foot and white Aurifil 40wt thread:
It has a thin cotton batting, so it's a spring quilt - not warm enough in winter. Here it is on our bed last year - oh, I do love this quilt!
Monday, 18 July 2016
It's been cold and wet here in the past week, and the boys have all been sick, so I have been at home a lot and done a lot of knitting. My youngest son is very much into Harry Potter at the moment and asked if I could make him a Gryffindor scarf. Of course! I started it on Friday and he was overjoyed this morning when it was ready for him to wear it to school.
Hubby needed new slippers so I made him some with a blue and white yarn that I bought in Holland before we moved here. It was meant for a jumper for me, but I'm sure that will never get finished...
I decided to make some slippers for myself as well with 100% wool and felt them (in the washing machine). I'm really happy with how they turned out!
Now I can go back to my rainbow shawl:
I've been thinking that I really need a knitting needle case... Hmm, might go and see if I can find some nice fabric in my stash!
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Look what I have made! I found the pattern for these adorable owl wrist warmers here, on a Dutch knitting blog, as I thought it would be easier to have my first project that is a little more complicated than a simple scarf in my first language. I love them, they are so cute and warm, perfect for winter nights in a cold Queenslander house!
And here is my Wimbledon scarf - made while watching the tennis at night, finished during the men's final on Sunday! Well, Monday actually - it was past midnight! It's funny - having grown up in the Netherlands, I associate Wimbledon with summer afternoons and now I watch it at night in winter...
I have fallen in love with knitting all over again - I did a lot of knitting when I was in high school and then again when I was expecting my first baby. Here is one of the little jumpers I made for Hugo:
Then I started sewing, next I discovered quilting, and the rest is history... I did bring my knitting needles when we moved to Australia in 2007, and have made a few half-hearted attempts at knitting since then, but this is the first time I have finished something. And I am not done yet - here is my next project:
It is the Josephine Shawl I found on Ravelry. I have made a profile there (actually I discovered that I already had a profile since 2013 - although I can't remember why I made it then) - if you are on Ravelry too, let's be friends!
However, I haven't abandoned quilting - I even thought of a new quilt design while knitting and will start on it this week!
Sunday, 3 July 2016
We had a lovely mini-holiday in Caloundra (some photos can be found on my photo blog). The boys did well in their gymnastics competitions and we enjoyed visiting the beach and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The majestic view over the Glass House Mountains is from the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve near Maleny. The kookaburra in the photo above was also enjoying that view ;-)
Once we got back home I dug up my knitting needles and yarn, and taught my boys to knit. This brought back happy memories of my beloved grandmother who taught me many years ago. My two eldest boys got the hang of it quite quickly:
But after the initial novelty wore off they weren't that interested anymore... I found that I did want to knit something though, and a visit to Spotlight resulted in a thick pair of bamboo needles and some gorgeous chunky yarn in sea colours:
A perfect project for the cold nights, while watching Wimbledon! It's going to be a scarf - just simple stockinette knitting, nothing that needs too much attention. I have been drooling over some cute ceramic yarn bowls on Etsy (or how about this hand turned walnut and maple one!) but until I win the lottery one of my t-shirt yarn bowls with a large safety pin works quite well too.
I couldn't resist this rainbow yarn either - I'm planning to use it for a shawl. I did buy some fabric too:
Not sure yet what I will do with this Melbourne fabric (and the matching green) but I'm sure I will think of something!
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
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
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
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
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 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
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 stressful 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
I love the current trend of colouring in for adults and have a small pile of colouring books - ranging from a Tula Pink colouring 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!