Sunday 29 May 2011

Some serious screen printing

Today my darling hubby took the boys to the park, so I had a couple of hours to do some serious screen printing. I had managed to dye some fabrics yesterday and was ready to try out my new big screen. I decided to print some large divers:

The first print wasn't too sharp...

But the next ones got better and better. This is the third print; the fourth was even better but I am not showing you that one yet ;-).

I found that I don't like the big sqeegee and decided to use the old one, even if it is a bit small for the big screen.
With my old screen (which felt very small and nicely familiar after the big one) I made some ice skater prints for a new quilt:

I printed some Dutch Houses on fabric scraps to make postcards - they are a big hit in my MadeIt shop.

A while ago I found this smallish Poinciana seed pod (usually they are much bigger) and kept it to use for stamping on fabric:

It turned out beautifully!

I had a lovely day and can't wait to start sewing lots of new projects!

Thursday 26 May 2011

Look what I got today!

A new screen for screen printing - a big one! (40 x 52.5 cm or 16 x 21 inch) Here it is next to my old screen - I plan to try it out on Sunday. I hope it will make it easier to construct my sports quilts. Speaking of which, I was thrilled to receive the latest Quilting Arts issue this week that features my quilts!!!

It was a good week PR-wise, as my gymnastics quilts were also featured on the Gymnastics Coaching blog. I got a nice email from a diving coach, which has made me think about using springboard/platform diving as a subject for my next quilt...

It was not a very good week quilt-wise, too busy with gymnastics competitions, school band performances etc. I did manage to make a pencil roll for a friend who wanted one as a present for a little girl:

Then my 6-year-old wanted one too...

And while making one for him, it wasn't too hard to make another one to put up for sale in my Blue Jacaranda store on MadeIt...

Hubby has promised me a day off on Sunday, so I hope to do some serious screen printing then! (although I should do some fabric dyeing first...)

Thursday 19 May 2011

Art in Motion

Voilà... here is my new gymnastics quilt, Art in Motion! The female version of the MAGnificence quilt, depicting the four events in women's artistic gymnastics (WAG); vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the last posting. Unfortunately Blogger experienced some problems and a number of comments are lost, but I did get them all in my email and have answered everyone who left an email address.

Thursday 12 May 2011

Cycle of Life

May I present to you: Cycle of Life!

This art quilt was made in 2010 and juried into the State of the Art quilt 11 exhibition, which will be shown at the Textile Art Festival in Brisbane, June 11-13, 2011.

Initially I was asked not to show the full quilt until the show had started, but now a photo of the quilt has been published on the Festival's website and I have been told I can show it here as well.

This is a whole-cloth quilt; the background fabric is a hand-dyed piece from Lisa Walton. The cyclists are screen printed and their shadows are stenciled with a Paintstick using freezer paper stencils. The quilt is machine quilted.

I used photos of my boys and my husband to make the images (except image 4 and 5). I am especially fond of the third image: my middle son riding his bike without the trainer wheels for the first time (see here).

Wednesday 11 May 2011


Not much to show - I am very slowly quilting the new gymnastics quilt. I hope that now hubby is back from Canada I will get some more time for quilting!

I have entered my St Basil's fabric in the Black and White Fabric Contest at Spoonflower. You can go here to vote for your favourite fabrics in this contest (no need to sign in or anything) but be warned - there are a lot of B&W fabrics! (and some of them are gorgeous!)

My gymnast son gave me the best Mother's Day present on Sunday when he won the trophy for best gymnast in Level 3 Under 9 in Brisbane North! He was very happy and I am very very proud! (Kate very kindly came to watch and blogged about it here)

Thanks to everyone who send congratulations on MAGnificence being selected for the book - I'm still over the moon with joy!

Wednesday 4 May 2011

MAGnificence selected for art quilt book!

Today I heard that my quilt MAGnificence has been selected for the book The Studio Quilt, No. 6: State of the Art by Sandra Sider, to be published later this year. Woohoo!

Here's the list of included artists - I'm thrilled to be in this company!

The Studio Quilt, no. 6: State of the Art
List of Artists and Quilts:

Annie Helmericks-Louder, Outlaw Jackrabbit
Aryana Londir, Compartments #1
Barbara Wills, Land Marks #36
Benedicte Caneill, Units #9: Cityscape
Bonnie Smith, View from Above
Camilla Pearce, Rustbelt Shade Garden
Carolyn Carson, Deborah’s Decision
Catherine Smith, Grey Hay
Charlotte Ziebarth, Urban Reflections #2: Lake Merritt Series
Clairan Ferrono, Darkness Surrounds Us
Deborah Bein, Roots
Deborah Fell, Witness Trees
Deborah Weir, Daylily
Denise Linet, Garden in Blue
Diane Savona, Looted Artifacts
Eileen Lauterborn, Breaking News
Erika Carter, Cradle 6
Ezther Bornemisza, Pending Matters
Gay Lasher, Abstraction I
Gloria Hansen, Lost in Illusion
Grace Errea, Le Chapeau Extraordinaire
Holly Altman, Tidal Pool After the Storm
Jamie Fingal, Apron as Personal Armor
Jean Judd, Contaminated Water #1
Jennifer Day, Old Hands
Jette Clover, White Wall 2
Jill Rumoshosky Werner, Dispensed
Jo-Ann Golenia, Push
Joan Sowada, Fall Line Up
Judith Plotner, Soul of an Iris II
Judy Langille, Splintered Forms
Julia E. Pfaff, Contours V
K. Velis Turan, Major Deegan 2
Katherine Allen, Peace Like a River
Kathleen McCabe, Protea
Kathy Nida, Primal Scream
Kim Lakin, Rio
Leisa Rich, Architects in Flux
Linda Robertus, Magnificence
Louise Schiele, Gecko
Marcia Decamp, Jet Trails #10
Margaret Brown, Alike But Not the Same
Marianne R. Williamson, Babbling Brook
Marlene Parillo, Faces
Mary Pal, Homeless Love
Mary Vaneecke, Circlesss III
Melisse Laing, Seeing the Light
Micaela Fitzsimmons, The Road Home
Nancy Cook, Kousa: A New Dogwood’s in Town
Olga Norris, Snagged
Pat Owoc, Return
Patricia Gould, Coastal Symphony
Sarah Smith, Joshua
Sheree Rasmussen, Night Wind
Sue Reno, Groundhog and Green Bean
Susan Schrott, Fiddler on the Couch
Tiziana Raveri, Unstable Balance
Virginia Speigel, Boundary Waters 51
Wen Redmond, Perception of Trees
Yael Cohen, Mystery

Monday 2 May 2011

Gold and rust

My gymnast son won a gold medal on parallel bars yesterday! (click on photo to enlarge) His first gold medal - he was very happy and I am very very proud!

Unfortunately his brother fell ill yesterday and I was up with him most of the night :-(. So no creative activities for me yesterday and probably not today either... I'll just show you this piece of fabric - I read a lot about rust dyeing on various blogs and last week thought I'd give it a go.

It looks... interesting. Not sure what I'll use it for, but I'm sure it will prove useful some day.