Tuesday 26 April 2016


The new project is coming along very nicely - I am now at the quilting stage. Quilting used to be my least favourite part of the quiltmaking process, but these days, in combination with an audiobook, I am actually quite enjoying it! Here is a sneak peek of the quilt:

To be continued...

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday 19 April 2016

State Champion on Pommel Horse!

No sewing or quilting updates today, just the very happy news that my eldest son competed at the Queensland State Championships over the weekend and became the State Champion in his age level (8 Under 14) on his best apparatus, pommel horse. He won bronze on floor, rings, parallel bars and high bar, and came third overall. Here he is at the end of the second day of competitions, tired but very happy!

He will represent Queensland again at the National Championships in Melbourne in May. I have already booked my flights and a B&B, and am looking forward to another trip to Melbourne, my favourite city in Australia!

I showed his pommel routine from the Regional Championships two weeks ago, so here is a video of his rings routine. His score was 9.3, the second best score in his level on this apparatus. Unfortunately his routine on the second day did not go so well, so he just missed out on the silver medal on rings. But look at that dismount!

Very proud mum here :-)

Tuesday 12 April 2016

New project

After quite a few small projects (the cushions, table topper, Christmas project and mini quilt) I am finally working on a quilt again, using this delicious 'rainbow roll up' (5'' strips in 18 colours) from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics.

The quilt consists of lots of half-square triangles and a few neutral squares. After changing the layout a few times I have just started to sew the squares together. My Zebra quilt is keeping an eye on things:

To be continued!

PS Hugo loved his Big Gymnastics Cushion. Here are the three Big Cushions - I guess they sum up my boys quite accurately! ;-)

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Big Gymnastics Cushion, inspired by Mondrian

After the Big Doctor Who Cushion for my youngest son and the Big Dragon Cushion for my middle son, of course I had to make a Big Cushion (26'' / 66cm square) for my eldest son as well. He wanted a gymnastics cushion, so I used fabrics from my Gymnasts Collection on Spoonflower, in a Mondrian-inspired layout. I pieced and quilted it (simply in the ditch) with black Aurifil thread.

Hugo himself hasn't seen the finished cushion yet, because he is still at... gymnastics training (where else!). But it's waiting for him in his room, on the couch with the Aussie Quilt I made for his 6th birthday, under the Fly Away wallhanging I made in 2014.

Competition season has just started for Hugo (13) - on Saturday he had his first competition, the Senior Regional Championships, in his new Level, 8 Under 14. He did very well: passed his Level Test, won a gold medal (on pommel horse, his best apparatus), two silver and three bronze, and came third overall. The Senior State Championships are on April 15-16th, but he has already secured a place on the Queensland State Team that will compete at the National Championships in Melbourne in May. So proud of my boy, who has worked very hard to get here!

He is holding his Level 8 badge, which I have sewn onto his gymnastics bag, made from the same fabrics as the cushion:

Here is his golden pommel routine: