Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Back in business!

Our goods from The Netherlands finally arrived last week and it was wonderful to see my fabrics again! As a farewell present the ladies of my Dutch bee have given me a stash of red, blue, white and orange (the Dutch national colours) fabrics and I have immediately started to create a little quilt out of those. Today I finished the top:

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I think I will make it into a pillowcase, as the ones we have (bought at the local shopping mall) are already starting to fall apart and this one will suit our couch very nicely.

I am also designing a baby quilt, but will say no more about that, as the baby's mother will probably read this blog and I want it to be a surprise...

Of course the alphabet quilt is waiting as well, and I found the fabric for Wendy Vosters' playquilt that I was going to make for Ernst...

What am I doing sitting here at my computer? Let's get quilting! :-)

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Quilt Meme

This comes from someone on the Australian quilters mailinglist; Susan. (I had to look the word 'meme' up in a dictionary...)
The idea is to copy the list, indicate which ones you've done etc and post the results on your blog.
Of course as a beginning quilter I haven't done very much yet, but I can show what I want to do, right? ;-)

Rules: Bold for things you've done, italic for things you want to do and leave the rest normal.
I've put question marks behind things I do not know. Yes, I'll google them when I find the time (or you can leave a comment here and explain it to me ;-))

nine patch
log cabin
curved piecing by hand
curved piecing by machine
hand applique [ needle turned ]
hand applique tacked edges
hand applique with fusible / blanket stitch
reverse applique [ hand or machine ]
Afro-American improvisational style quilt
hawaiian applique / tivaevae (?)
machine applique
trapunto
whole cloth
english paper piecing by hand
american piecing by hand
american piecing by machine
strip or string piecing
kaleidoscope or mandala [ not stack and whack]
stencilled quilt
hand quilting
machine quilting
McTavishing
quilted commercially with a longarm machine
3D folded flowers
made a quilt on commission
sold a quilt other than a commission piece
taught quilting at any level
stack and whack
stack and slash
Anjii's Angles
embellished with embroidery, beads, etc
celtic applique / bias work
Amish style quilt
Cathedral Windows
stained glass quilt [ any method ]
had an original design published
written a quilt book
scrap quilt
baltimore applique
sampler quilt
japanese design
foundation piecing
crazy patchwork
silk fabrics
cotton fabrics
woollen fabrics
colourwash
row by row (?)
1930s or feedsack fabric
1880s reproduction fabric
tea cosy
item for an animal
hand dyed fabric
round robin
quilt-as-you-go
non-traditional quilt
traditional quilt
miniature
full sized bed quilt
sashiko
seminole
quillow
bag
patchwork or quilted clothing
pillow
christmas themed [ quilt, wallhanging, stocking, etc ]
medallion quilt
raffle quilt
I-spy (?)
baby quilt
landscape quilt
participated in a group challenge
exhibited a quilt overseas
made a prize winning quilt

and to add a few of my own:

patchwork balls
flannel quilts
bargello
alphabet quilt ;-)

For a Bad Quilt Meme look here!

Not much to tell, quiltwise... Still haven't done anything more on my alphabet quilt. Maybe tonight... Next week Hugo starts at kindy, 2 days a week - so I hope that will lead to more quilting!

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

71 Reasons to Buy Fabric!!!

1. It insulates the closet where it is kept.
2. It helps keep the economy going. It is our patriotic duty to support cotton farmers, textile mills, and quilt shops.
3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.
4. "Oh, it's not for me! I'm buying it for a friend!"
5. My cat/dog needs a fresh, new pile of fabric to sleep on and roll around on at least once a week.
6. Because it's on sale.
7. Okay, it wasn't on sale, but by the time it was, all the good stuff would be gone.
8. A sudden increase in the boll weevil population might wipe out the cotton crop for the next ten years.
9. I'm participating in a contest: the one who dies with the most fabric wins.
10. It keeps without refrigeration, and you don't have to cook it to enjoy it. Also, you never have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose, or walk it.
11. I need extra weight in the trunk of my car for traction on snowy, icy roads. This is important, even in Florida and Southern California, as you never know when the weather will change.
12. Because I'm worth it.
13. It's non-fattening. Registered dietitians have confirmed that a fat quarter has 100% fewer calories than a hot fudge sundae.
14. I am working on building a complete collection.
15. Like dust, it's good for protecting previously empty spaces in the house, like the ironing board, the laundry hamper, the dining room table....
16. It's a medical test to see if your husband is still alive. If he is, a fabric purchase will make him start fussing about more fabric in the house.
17. When the Big Earthquake comes, all the quilt shops might be swallowed into the ground and never seen again.
18. Because it's there.
19. It's prettier than salt and peppershakers.
20. It won't break.
21. A strong interest in fabric purchases will leave you no time to spend in the pool hall or out stealing hubcaps.
22. It's much cheaper to cover the floor with fabric than new carpeting, and you can change the look more often.
23. The devil made me do it.
24. Stress from dealing with the Fabric Control Officer (my husband) made me do it.
25. It's the only remotely artistic thing I have ever done.
26. If all else fails, you can use it for cleaning rags.
27. I'm might set up my own fabric shop and I'll need a starter inventory.
28. To keep the bed from falling down (we all knowthat most Quilters store part of their fabric under the bed)
29. To save a beautiful fabric design for posterity.They might stop making it, and it would be lost to the world forever.
30. Neighborhood children might need just the right color for a scavenger hunt.
31. I need something new for show and tell partygames.
32. My friend has more variety than I do, and I have to keep up with her.
33. Because I can't live without it.
34. It fights the empty nest syndrome; my youngest child is getting married, so I have another empty room to fill with fabric.
35. Because, this fabric just talks to me and calls my name.
36. It comes in whatever size or quantity you want.
37. It's important to invest in cotton futures.
38. I'm too old to have sex. (This was suggested by aQuilters husband.)
39. I have new shelves for fabric storage, and if I don't fill them up, they won't look right.
40. They get angry when you steal it.
41. It will go with some I bought last year.
42. It's so pretty, and I'll use it some day.
43. I want my daughter to have a proper inheritance.
44. Well-known medical fact: prevents washing machine withdrawal symptoms on light laundry days.
45. Keeps the people who make cardboard inserts inbolts of fabric employed, thus supporting the national economy in yet another way.
46. Assists the little birdies with their nests when scraps, threads, and little whispies are allowed to blow in the wind.
47. Opens up new opportunities for curators and quiltshow judges to ply their skills.
48. Ophthalmologists recommend quilting to support the sagging eyeglasses industry.
49. Without fabric I would have nothing to do with my rotary cutter and my mat and my sewing machine and my iron and my thread and my needles and my quiltingbooks . . . . (and my time). 50. I'm setting a good example for my children.
51. There's just one more piece I need, and I'll know it when I see it.
52. Buy it now, before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions. 53. Someone else has cornered the market on hogbellies.
54. It does not promote tooth decay.
55. Nobody told me not to.
56. It's raining (sleeting, snowing, hailing, thundering, sun's too hot?).
57. It's not immoral, illegal, or fattening.
58. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul, and makes me feel good.
59. Buy it quick, before all the good stuff is gone.
60. Surgeon General says: "Ten yards a day keeps the blues away."
61. Step 32 of Master Plan to drive husband crazy.
62. Everybody else does it.
63. "Oh, what a feeling!"
64. A yard a day is all the quilt shops of America ask.
65. If you don't buy it now, you may never see it again.
66. If I don't buy it, my husband won't have anything to complain about.
67. It was awful! I was trapped in the quilt shop, and the only way out was to buy my way out! 68. Unless my fabric stash is reasonably impressive, people might think my family is destitute, and my children would be embarrassed.
69. A large fabric stash is the sign of a creative mind.
70. I owe myself a reward for that half-pound I lost last month.
71. "Because I don't have it yet!"

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Kaffe Fassett

Yesterday I discovered that Kaffe Fassett is coming to Brisbane in June! Yes!!!
I rang first thing this morning and got a ticket for his lecture on June 12th (the workshop was already sold out, but I wouldn't have been able to join it anyway). Wow, I'm so excited!

I finished piecing the emu last night; only have to embroider an eye on it. I'll start on the kookaburra (or the koala, still not sure) next week, after our camping trip to Moreton Island this weekend.

Thanks for the comments on my last posting. The nightingale is a very nice idea, I'll see if I can find a pattern - or design it myself, perhaps? I want to design a yak as well...

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Getting started

Last week I was very disappointed because I heard our personal belongings (including my sewing machine, fabrics and notions) coming by boat from The Netherlands will take another 3 weeks at least to reach us. Luckily Pam, a very nice lady living near us, learnt about this through the quilters mailinglist and offered me the use of her old machine. She even drove to our place to drop it off! Pam, thanks very very much!

So now I'm getting started on the alphabet quilt I wanted to make for our boys. The idea is to use animals that start with the same letter in both English and Dutch. Most letters are easy, but there are a few tricky ones, like the N (I can only think of narwal), U (can't think of anything at all), V (can only come up with a velociraptor) and, of course, X (will probably just put a question mark next to it). Suggestions are very welcome!

I am going to use Margaret Rolfe's Animal Kingdom CD-ROM, which is in the boat as well of course... But in the meantime I have borrowed her book Quilt a Koala from the library and have started yesterday on the emu! The K is provided for in this book as well - I'm not sure yet if it will be the koala, kangaroo or kookaburra, but definitely one of those 3! I bought some fat quarters at the Stitch and Craft Show last week, so I hope to be able to finish these 2 blocks while waiting for my stuff. As soon as I've finished one, I'll show it here, of course!

I borrowed Kaffe Fassett's book Glorious Patchwork as well and spent an hour drooling over it ;-). What gorgeous quilts! The rosy quilt is definitely on my 'quilts I want to make one day'-list.