Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Sunshine quilt

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

Ernst Denied Computer Privileges

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!