Friday 31 October 2008

ATCs and birthday blocks

Yesterday I received these ATCs from Jacqueline:

Thanks Jacqueline, I think they're gorgeous!

And there was more mail from the Netherlands: more birthday blocks! This is what I have received so far (one block still missing):

I can't wait to get started on the playquilt; I think it will be wonderful and the boys will love it! I hope to get it finished before December 5th, which is when we celebrate the birthday of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and give presents to the children (yes, he's the guy Santa is based on) but that may be a little optimistic.

Today is our Ernstie's birthday, he is 4 now! Remember the I Spy quilt I made for his 3rd birthday? It is still on his bed and actually used quite often now to play I Spy! :-))

At this moment I'm busy cutting fabric for the rosy quilt.

DH was shocked when he saw it - he had never thought of me as a flowery girl... ;-)

Sunday 26 October 2008

Queensland Quilt Show

Today I went to the Queensland Quilt Show with Rens. She made this picture of me and my kookaburra quilt:

It was very special to see it and the log cabin quilt hanging there among all those wonderful quilts! (and to hear someone say she loved it :-))

I couldn't do much shopping as I was exhausted after looking at all the quilts - not a bad thing in these times of recession. Just bought 2 rosy FQs, - after all the artsy things I now feel the urge to finally make that rosy quilt for our bed with all the FQs I got for my birthday last year.
Did a nana nap when I got home - have to go back to work tomorrow, so better be rested...

Saturday 25 October 2008

Carpetbag nr. 2

Last year I made a Carpetbag. I loved that bag and used it so much it had become very threadbare... so I bought some nice fabric to make another one, with the same frame. It has been laying here for months but last week I finally got on with it. Almost finished it before the op, but not quite... so I sewed the last stitches yesterday. And here it is!

Even DH commented that it looked really chic!

Now I have the dilemma of deciding which bag to take to the quiltshow tomorrow - the selvedge bag or this one??? ;-)

Friday 24 October 2008

Follow me?

I have just added the Followers widget - just click on it if you would like to become a follower of this blog. I'd be very honoured!

The Queensland Quilt Show is on this week - here you can see photos of the winners. Fellow ATWI20Q member Jane has won the third prize in the Professional Small Quilt Category. Congratulations Jane; well done!

I hope to visit the show on Sunday - if I feel well enough. I had minor abdominal surgery yesterday (a laparoscopy - nothing serious!), yet it hurts more than I had expected! But I do want to see my kookaburra and log cabin quilts hanging there!

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Entered my quilt!

I have just entered my Rainbow quilt into State of the Art quilt 2009! I don't really expect it will be juried in, but I had fun making it and who knows... I won't show a pic here yet - not sure if that is allowed. There's no mentioning of it in the Conditions of Entry, but better be safe than sorry.

I did the last lesson of the Cotton Dyeing Basics class last Sunday. This one was about overdyeing. I used the solid pieces from lesson 1, as I was quite sure I wouldn't use them in a project. I made the red and blue pieces a lot brighter and more vibrant and am very happy with the result (the picture does not do them justice):

I scrunched up the yellow fabric and put it in some blue dye; the result, as expected, is a greenish fabric with yellow splotches:

The greyish piece dyed with leftover dyes was put in a purple bath and turned into a gorgeous blueish-purple mottled fabric:

The piece that was dipped into the 3 leftover dyes went into the red and blue dye again (not leftover though this time) and was turned into a very nice and colourful piece:

And finally I dyed a few pieces of a very cheap calico bought at Sp*tl*ght. Instead of purple they turned out a brownish red, with lots of white specks where the fabric didn't take the dye. A big difference with the fabric bought at the quiltstore. Which goes to show that good quality fabric is esential for dyeing, I guess.

This class was a lot of fun and I will surely sign up for the Quilter's Palette class in February 2009.

I have been able to cross a lot of things off my to do-list lately! (selvedge bag, 2QAQ quilt, birthday blocks) The next project will probably be the stellar quilt for ATWI20Q, but I also have a Carpet Bag and a High Street Messenger Bag waiting to be finished... Maybe this is a good time to do so!

Friday 17 October 2008


As you know, I love jacarandas and I have decided I want to make some more small quilts on this theme. So I have made a lot of pictures of jacarandas in our neighbourhood for inspiration. Aren't they beautiful...

Tuesday 14 October 2008

Bag from selvedge strips

I finally finished the bag I was making from selvedge strips back in June. Do you like it? I made the lining and straps from the green handdyed fabric. Here's the other side:

I think it turned out very well! I'll take it to the Queensland Quilt Show next week.

Yesterday I received these ATCs:

I had signed up for a swap organized by Diana from New Zealand. Her ATC is the one on the top right. It's beautiful - thanks Diana!

These are the ATCs I made for this swap, from the painted fabrics I did for the Playing with Paint class:

Friday 10 October 2008

Birthday blocks

You may remember that I belong to a Dutch birthday block list. As the last member of the list has now had her birthday, I can show you the blocks I made for this list in the past year.

I am not going to sign up for this again, as I want to spend my precious quilting time on my own projects and besides, mail between The Netherlands and Australia too often goes astray (I still only have 7 blocks out of 12 for my birthday), which is very frustrating.

But it was fun to make blocks I would not have chosen to make for myself. I discovered I really like making crazy blocks, but I do not like applique at all!
Piecing the winding ways block (nr. 7) was a disaster, but I enjoyed the Chinese lantern and the house blocks.

I am also still waiting for 5 envelopes from the FQ lists... Something else I won't be doing again. Although I sent multiple emails about our change of address (one at the time of the move and another about a month before my birthday), quite a few FQs were sent to the old address, where they have never arrived, according to the new tenant... As we are still renting and may well have to move again next year (I hate the Australian renting system) I am not going to risk this again. Oh well, I hope I will be dyeing my own fabric mostly from now on anyway...

I have started on a quilt for the 2QAQ show next year - the deadline is October 30th, so have to work hard now! I am using my handdyed fabrics and so far quite happy with the results. The top is finished and I am thinking very hard about how to quilt it. I'm not going to show it here yet, as I am not sure if that is allowed.

Tomorrow I hope to go to the Quilt Indulgence Festival here in Brisbane. I'm looking forward very much to seeing the Quilts of Gee's Bend!

Monday 6 October 2008

Fabric to dye for!

Well rested after our holiday, I had a ball last weekend doing lesson 3 and 4 of the Cotton Dyeing Basics course.
Lesson 3 was about gradations - producing fabrics in 5 shades from light to dark. I chose brown and was very happy with the results.

Lesson 4 was even more fun: dyeing the colour wheel! It was a lot of work:

but worth the effort: 12 gorgeous FQs!

I can recommend this course to anyone who would like to have a go at fabric dyeing, but does not want to do it without some guidance. No affils, just a very happy customer of Quilt University!