Thursday, 4 February 2016
I made this Doctor Who Cushion for my youngest son, who is a big fan of the Time Lord (last year I made him a bow tie with Tardis fabric). He loves it and I'm quite pleased with it as well. I have added the pattern to my pattern shop on Craftsy, which now has seven patterns in it. I was thrilled to discover that my Giant Rainbow Floor Cushion is currently no. 14 in Craftsy's Top 20 Quilting Patterns!
Thursday, 21 January 2016
Today I received an email telling me that this quilt, My Calendar, has been juried into the travelling textile art exhibition a matter of time. I am overjoyed!!!
When the call for entries for this exhibition came out I immediately thought of making a Tardis quilt. My boys would love it! But there would be copyright issues, so I dropped that idea. I thought about hourglasses and sundials, but I wanted to make an abstract quilt rather than a pictorial one. And then the idea of a calendar struck me - my personal calendar, with important dates marked on it. Here is a drawing I made back in August:
I made one block (February - the 2nd is my eldest son's birthday) in September (I showed it here) but the size wasn't right, so I made another one.
And then other projects demanded my attention and the blocks were put away. The deadline, January 15th, came nearer and nearer, as did the summer holidays, and I decided not to enter this exhibition as I would never be able to finish the quilt in time.
On Boxing Day we went on a camping holiday, and we came home on the 3rd of January. In the week that followed I saw friends on Facebook mentioning that they were working hard to finish their entry in time, and suddenly I remembered my design... I dug up the blocks, found that I really liked the idea of this quilt, and decided to finish it after all!
Of course it was (and is) still school holidays, so I couldn't just sew all day, but in the end the quilt was finished at 3pm on January 15th. A frantic photography session followed - it was nicely overcast but very windy, so I had to use BlueTack on the fence to keep the quilt from blowing up!
But I got it done, and I put it up on the wall over our dining table. The boys love finding their own birthdays on it.
And now it's selected! I am so happy. Here is my artist's statement:
Certain dates – April 2nd, July 29th, December 12th, to name but a few - are engraved in my mind. The birthdays of loved ones, our wedding day, the days our children were born… But also the days on which people very dear to me died. In every year that passes these dates are highlighted in the calendar in my mind, as red days or black days. This is my calendar.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Thursday, 24 December 2015
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Just realised that I haven't shown you this quilt yet! I made it back in July, for the summer issue of Down Under Quilts.
It's a very simple baby quilt - just nine-patch blocks and snowball blocks, made with a bright orange fabric to give it a sunny look.
This is the cover of the magazine - it's available now at newsagents and online.
The quilt is now available for sale in my Etsy shop.
Tomorrow we are going away for a few days; camping in Noosa. I'm planning on making lots of photos to add to my portfolio on Shutterstock, which is growing steadily and starting to generate some income!
Friday, 4 December 2015
A few days ago my middle son Ernst received a parcel from New Zealand. In it was this gorgeous mini quilt, called Ernst Denied Computer Privileges! It was made by Mathea Daunheimer, an American textile artist living in New Zealand, who, like Ernst, loves dragons and is working on a series of small pieces featuring 'inner dragons'. The series was born when her son called the first dragon Mummy Without Coffee (read more about it here on her blog). Knowing that Ernst loves dragons, she asked what released his inner dragon - well, not getting to use the computer usually does that!
Here is a close up photo of the dragon. Mathea first 'draws' the dragon on the fabric using free-motion quilting and then colours it in using textile paints. On her Facebook page you can follow her dragon-making process.
Mathea and I met online in 2009 and we finally caught up IRL in April, when I was visiting my Dutch friend in New Zealand. Thanks again Mathea, for this wonderful gift!
Monday, 30 November 2015
As you know, I love Lone Star quilts, so I couldn't resist this beauty when I saw it on Etsy a while ago. Luckily it wasn't too expensive - probably because it has a few stains. It's from Ohio and thought to have been made in the 1940s. It is hand-pieced and hand-quilted.
Isn't it gorgeous?!
Monday, 23 November 2015
I'm happy to announce that you can now find me on Craftsy, under my business name Blue Jacaranda. I have just uploaded my first pattern (the Lilac & Lavender Baby Quilt that I made back in 2014) and it's free!
I will be adding more patterns soon, so stay tuned!
Monday, 16 November 2015
If you have been following this blog for a while you will have noticed that I enjoy making photos (I also have a photo blog). I am happy to announce that since a few weeks I have a portfolio on Shutterstock, a website where you can buy images, videos and music. Photos have to be of a high quality to be accepted, so I am thrilled to have reached this stage (quite a few of the photos I have submitted have been rejected as well, always with a reason which is a great learning experience).
Among my sets of photos is one with images of quilts. I hope to add a lot more to this one!
Thursday, 5 November 2015
A few months ago I made this messenger bag, using a lovely home dec fabric from Ikea for the outside and a chevron quilting fabric for the lining.
The bag was a project for issue 9 of Love Sewing Australia, which is now available at newsagents and online. I had planned to add the bag to my Etsy shop, but I liked it so much that it is now my everyday bag!
This is the magazine's cover - see that little superhero?
That's my youngest son Robert, modelling the superhero cape designed by Rachelle Page. He is thrilled to be in a magazine!
Sunday, 1 November 2015
Yesterday I whipped up these key rings - the one with the ghosts for my middle son, who had his birthday yesterday, on Halloween, the Dr Who one for my youngest son who is a great fan, and the one with the tennis rackets for myself.
I bought the ribbons and a key ring kit a few weeks ago at the Queensland Quilt Show from Craft Queen. A very quick project (they have a tutorial here) and they make great gifts!
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Monday, 26 October 2015
This is my second entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2015, hosted by Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side, in the Art Quilt category. I made this art quilt, called Thinking of Holland, in November 2013 for an exhibition with the theme 'Living Colour'. It wasn't selected but it became one of my favourite quilts.
'Living Colour' immediately make me think of the flower fields in Holland (The Netherlands), my home country. We use to live close to those fields in the last few years before we moved to Australia and yes, they really are so very colourful. There are also lots of windmills in that part of the country and although a cliché, I had to add one as they have such a beautiful shape!
I also had to include a bicycle... It's what I miss most here in Australia - riding everywhere as a matter of fact (without a helmet!) and feeling safe because it is such a normal part of everyday life. The bicycle shape is the one I used in my Cycle of Life quilt (see blog header), it is based on a photo of my husband and our youngest son.
I densely quilted this piece with Aurifil threads and blogged about it here.
Do check out the other quilts in the Art Quilt category and don't forget to vote for your favourites between 29 October and 5 November!
Sunday, 25 October 2015
The Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side is on again! I am entering my Lone Star quilt in the Large Quilts category.
I started piecing this quilt in June 2013 and finished the top by the end of July. I had a go at quilting it, but didn't like the result and put it away. I finally picked it up again two years (!) later and this time I did finish it. The binding was hand-stitched on during a short holiday in Caloundra, a sea-side town north of Brisbane, so I went for a celebratory photo shoot there:
This quilt has been on our bed ever since it was finished. I love it and am so glad that I did not give up on it after all!
I originally blogged about this quilt here. Stay tuned for my second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival!
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
You may remember that a while ago I mentioned that I was making a quilt using Marimekko fabrics - more specifically the iconic Unikko (Poppy) design in different colourways. Well, here it is!
As you can see, it's another Lone Star - I loved making the red and white one and I'm not done yet with Lone Stars! For this quilt I used much larger diamonds to showcase the fabrics, and I added 1 inch white sashing strips.
While working on it I jokingly called the quilt Starimekko, and the name stuck...
I quilted it in a similar way to the other Lone Star quilt, using straight lines, although this time not in the ditch but about 1 inch from the seams on each side. Quilting most certainly is not my favourite part of the quiltmaking process...
The binding is made from yet another Unikko fabric (as shown here):
The back of the quilt is a large-scale Marimekko fabric called Hetkiä (Moments), designed by Maija Louekari. I like it almost as much as the front!
Starimekko is 68 inch /172.5 cm square. Here it is on our bed - such a happy and colourful quilt, don't you think?
I am planning to make a small wall hanging with the scraps and the selvedges of the Marimekko fabrics, so stay tuned!