Monday, 25 April 2022

Mandala Pillow 4


Here is another Mandala Pillow - this one's a present for my middle son's girlfriend.

Again I used Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton 8 ply - this time the colourway Blush, that I also used for the legs of Ringo the Flamingo.

Here's the pillow together with the first one I made:

And here are all four I have made so far:

I've already started the next one! That one will be for my youngest son.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

T-shirt quilt top finished!

 Ever since my eldest son started gymnastics, back in 2009, I have saved all his club/team/squad/event t-shirts, knowing that one day I would make them into a t-shirt quilt. And that day has finally arrived!

After washing all the shirts (some of them had been in storage for more than 10 years!) I sorted them, and finally came up with 30 shirts that I wanted to use for the quilt. Here are the oldest (2009) and newest (2018) shirt from the collection:

I cut out the logos and ironed fusible interfacing to the fabric to make it easier to work with. Here is the initial lay-out of all the cut-outs:

Things got moved around a bit, as you can see in the first photo!

And now for the next stage, the quilting... That has never been my favourite part of the quilt making process, and still isn't. I haven't quite decided what to do yet - probably an all-over design. I am hoping to finish this quilt during the Easter long weekend.To be continued...

Thursday, 31 March 2022

I'm back!

It has been very quiet here on the blog, but I expect that is going to change very soon!

Our eldest son has moved out - he has gone to the Netherlands, where he will start at university in September. I miss him, but we keep in touch via Skype, Messenger, Instagram etc, and we will see him in December, when we will finally visit the Netherlands again.

In the meantime we have taken over the room that was his bedroom (our small bedroom is now a study) - and that means that I finally have room for my sewing machine again!

 I'm so excited, and I have plans for so many projects! The first one will probably be a new cover for the sewing machine, for this one is not looking very good after 16 months in the garage...

I also want to make a quilt! Yes, the first one since 2017! Stay tuned...

The reason why I haven't posted anything here in the last three months is that I've spent all my free time studying, instead of creating. I've started a Bachelor of Arts at Open Universities Australia, majoring in History and Art History. I'm so enjoying it! I've just finished an essay for my Australian Art course about Grace Cossington Smith, one of the early Australian Modernists. I had never heard of her, but now I adore her work! Her painting Trees (c. 1927), pictured above, is probably my favourite, but there are so many other painting and drawings that I love. Like this one, Things on an iron tray on the floor (c. 1928):

Or this drawing, part of her magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge series, Great white ship at Circular Quai (1931-1932):

 You can read more about her here - and a Google Image search will bring up dozens of beautiful artworks. Enjoy!