Monday 29 January 2018

Settling in

Today it's three weeks since we moved into our new house, and we are well and truly settling in. All the boxes are unpacked and the quilts are up on the walls and the beds.

 A visit to Ikea resulted in a beautiful new dining table and a set of chairs. My skinny men complained about the hard seats, so I promised to make some covers. In my stash I found this lovely fabric (from Ikea as well) that I used in 2015 to make a messenger bag. There was just enough for five covers.

Our living room has stone tiles on the floor, and although it is summer and really hot, I do get cold feet if I sit still for a while, so I whipped up a pair of crocheted slippers (free pattern found here).

While unpacking I found this patchwork cushion that I made on a quilting retreat in 2014. Seeing it next to the Sea Colours blanket I crocheted last year made me realise how similar they are!

Our new family member Barney continues to be a delight. Here is another pic of him - taken on the beach on Saturday.

Still thinking about a Barney quilt...

Friday 26 January 2018

Pattern for Mondrian's Lone Star Quilt now available on Etsy

I'm happy to be able to tell you that the pattern for Mondrian's Lone Star Quilt is now available in my pattern store on Etsy.
Personally I am a big fan of Mondrian's works in red, yellow and blue, but if primary colours are not your thing, this quilt would also look very good in sea colours (blues and greens) or in pinks and purples. The thin black lines add a stained glass effect.

Meanwhile, all the boxes are gone, the kids are back at school and I have started a new crochet project, so life is slowly returning to normal. Pics following soon!

Thursday 18 January 2018

The first posting of 2018

Happy New Year! After a lovely holiday in Canberra and Girraween (pics on my photo blog) we have touched down on the Gold Coast. Our possessions had been in boxes for almost two weeks and the quilts were a bit musty smelling, so I hung them out in the yard to freshen up:

My sewing room is ready for action, but I haven't had time to use it yet... However, today I have unpacked the last box, tomorrow the boxes will be picked up by the movers, and on Monday the boys go back to school, so I hope to start creating again soon! I did a little bit of crochet while we were camping, but not as much as I had hoped to do. I did read seven books though ;-).

I've found a yoga studio just around the corner from our new house and discovered that my Pineapple Bag is perfect for carrying my yoga mat!

And last but not least, after 11 years we finally have a pet! (until now we were never allowed to have one in our rental houses). This is Barney, an adorable 9-year-old part Long-haired Dachshund, part Blue Heeler, that we found at the local animal shelter and adopted.

We've all fallen completely in love with him, and he has taken possession of the Rainbow Floor Cushion:

Did anyone say dog portrait quilt?...