3rd place in the Love your Mother Challenge by E-quilter YAY

Wohooo awesome news my Quilt 'Beautiful Australia' won 3rd place in the ' Love your Mother' challenge in Houston. Thank you E-quilter for hosting this challenge. Am over the moon to put it mildly 😊😊😊😊

The Challenge required to use one of the 3 Love your Mother fabric panels. You could choose from USA, Africa or Australia panel. I chose the Australia panel as it is very close to my heart. Each contestant then went to work and either cut the panel up, embellished it and created a beautiful piece of art. There are 18 Finalists in this Challenge.  This exhibit will be on display at the Houston International Quilt Festival and will then travel for 2-3 years throughout the USA and Overseas.

1st place winner Elizabeth Budd. What a stunning Quilt! Congratulations!!

2nd place winner Miriva Aranda Marin. What a stunning Quilt ! Congratulations!!

WAQA Interview

Meet Silke Steuxner

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Today I am introducing Silke Steuxner, who is a passionate quilter and also a winner of numerous awards.  Silke resides south of Perth, and is kept busy with her business,  Silke Touch quilting, where she makes and sells quilts and loves to quilt smaller quilts and tablerunners for customers.

Silke, have you always lived in WA or what part of the world do you hail from?

I am originally from Austria. In 2006 I realized my dream and migrated to Australia. I live in Secret Harbour approx. 50km south of Perth together with my 14 year old Siberian Husky named Smokey.

Have you always had an interest in quilting and what started you on your quilting journey?

I started Patchwork and quilting approx. 22 years ago. A workmate attended a Patchwork for beginner class and showed me her ‘Block’s”. I thought ‘I can do this’ and so I started and taught myself how to piece and then also how to quilt on a domestic machine. That was before Youtube and all these amazing books and tutorials were available.

I learned sewing in tertiary college however that was more focused on garment making.  I love the idea of cutting up fabric and putting it back together in a creative way.  In 2012 I realised my dream of owning a Longarm Quilting machine , when I purchased the Handi Quilter Avante’ 18. That’s when my journey into Art Quilts started as it opened up a whole new world for me.

 I love Freemotion quilting and Threadpainting on my Longarm. I still piece and sew on my Husqvarna Viking Lilly 555 which I bought 21 years ago. Purchasing the Longarm also started my Quilting business Silke Touch Quilting where I quilt smaller sized Quilts for customers as well as selling my own Quilts online.

Currently I am exploring pattern making and have created a few that I plan on selling via Craftsy. I am also in the process of creating my own quilting rulers.

Do you enjoy other crafts? And did you come from an artistic home/ background?

I consider myself a very creative person and have explored other crafts. I enjoy integrating Mother Nature into my creativeness. Recently I created a Fairy garden on my patio. It was supposed to be one terracotta bowl and it quickly turned into a 3 tier fairy garden.

My parents were both very crafty people with Mum doing lots of knitting, cross stitching or crocheting.

Dad loved wood carving, he taught himself and made amazing masterpieces. Throughout my parents house his artwork is displayed, from whole ceilings to doorframes. Sadly he passed away last year from cancer.

I have a twin sister who too is into quilting, she started 5 years ago and has done some amazing Quilts.

Silke , congratulations to you as I have read recently that your quilt piece for the Bunbury international quilt challenge was awarded a “Highly commended” and you also had a quilt that made the finals for the AQC quilt challenge, “Bridges and Borders”

 Steuxner Silke Dragon Magic Quilt close up

Pictured above is Silke’s Magic Dragon quilt which was a finalist at the Quilt Convention, in the “Borders & Bridges” challenge in Melbourne this year.  Silke, please tell us a little bit about this quilt.

Dragon magic is also a wholecloth Quilt, the fairy is raw edge applique and some couching in the wings, fabric painting around the fairy to make her stand out more. The Dragon is entirely painted with Lumiere metallic paints and then quilted which gives it texture and dimension and makes him pop out. I was very nervous painting the eye as I usually can’t draw so I am super happy how this all turned out but especially the eye.

The clouds are also done with fabric paint and some quilting for texture. The background is microquilting. All was done on my Longarm machine.

  You obviously love entering competitions and challenges?  How many have you entered over the years?   Would you like to tell us a little bit about these pieces that were on show in Bunbury and in Melbourne?

Thanks Lorraine. Yes I am a Finalist in this years AQC Challenge with my Quilt Dragon Magic. It was very exciting to receive the news. The Quilt is travelling now and will be on display at the Perth Craft fair in May.

I also put a Quilt into the Bunbury Intl Quilt Challenge every year and in 2017 my Quilt ‘Picture Postcard Memories’ won a ‘Highly Commended’.  My quilt this year, pictured below was based on the theme, “I like …’ and the fabric provided to be used in the Quilt was of a lovely creme colour.

A couple of years ago I went to Pemberton and saw a beautiful Possum at night time. This inspired me to create this Quilt ‘Bush babies’.

The background is done with a technique that Jan Krentz uses and is entirely made of diamonds in various colours. The tree and plants, rocks are all rawedge applique. the Possums are rawedge applique too and are enhanced with fabric paint and merino wool thread painting. A new technique I tried out and absolutely love. Some hot fix diamantes and small yellow pompoms were used for embellishing. 

All quilt entries  are currently on display at the Bunbury Art Gallery. Make sure you go and see them!

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In 2016 I took all my courage and put my first Art Quilt into a Challenge. It was the Brother International Challenge with the theme ‘Echo’. My Quilt ‘Fragile Balance’ made it into the top 10 here in Australia and travelled then to Tokyo, Japan where it won a 3rdplace. I was pretty stoked about that to say the least.

The following year I entered the Brother Intl Challenge again and my Quilt ‘Geckos – Save the Planet’ won an ‘Outstanding Performance’ award in Tokyo. 

The Quilt ‘Phoenix rising’ made it a Finalist in the Blessington challenge in 2017 which was very exciting too.

Some of my Quilts were displayed in Magazines as part of the Challenges, this was another amazing experience.

Winning awards is nice ,however for me it is more exciting to have Quilts travelling and on display for millions of people around the world to see. My wish is for them to stop and ponder or reflect on the message of the Quilts, to be inspired and be uplifted.

 Do you have a favourite quilt or piece that you have won an award for?

One of my favorite Quilts is ‘Fragile Balance’, it won a 3rd place in Tokyo in 2016.

Pictured below is Silke’s quilt, “Fragile Balance” and more information about how the quilt was made

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Fragile Balance” won 3rd place in Tokyo. The Quilt was inspired by looking at how out of balance this world is right now. It is in our hands to protect this planet and to take care of it. So many species going extinct, water and air is polluted. What are we leaving behind for the next Generations to come? The Quilt depicts hands holding precious Mother Earth and in the background is the Flower of Life symbol a very ancient and sacred symbol about how all life begins. Then there is that huge wave that can eradicate everything in an instant, just like a Tsunami. The animals stand for endangered species, Trees for deforestation. And in the background grid are words written like ‘eco’, ‘love’, ‘home’ ‘fragile’…

The making of the Quilt: It is a wholecloth Quilt and I used raw edge applique and thread painting, micro quilting, fabric paints for the white in the wave, embellishment with Hot fix diamantes. It was all done on my Longarm Quilting machine using micro quilting within the Flower of Life to make it pop and give it dimension. Thread painting the wave was fun. The background is made of a approx 1 inch or smaller grid. Every intersection of the grid has a hot fix diamante on it. The words in the grid were also written/quilted with my Longarm machine, a challenge in itself as I did not have microhandles back then. 🙂

 

When you are entering a competition/challenge where does your inspiration come from?

I draw inspiration from nature and my surroundings. However I also have a very active and creative mind and many nights I wake up with lots of ideas for Quilts or I might see an image somewhere that sparks the idea for an Art Quilt or a message that wants to be brought to life. Another source of inspiration is the internet for me, mainly to search for parts and pieces that help me to draft and create the Quilt.

And then there are the days where I like to challenge myself to create a quilt with only what I have at home (fabric stash, embellishments etc.). It truly gets the ‘Silke Touch’ J.

Have you ever had the opportunity to travel to a show where one of your pieces has been displayed?

Yes. I did travel to the Intl Tokyo Quilt show in 2016, an experience in itself. Having a Quilt there was even more special. The event is held in a Baseball stadium and it is one of the largest shows in the world. I loved to see all the stunning Quilts on display by Japanese artists with all their intricate work. Shopping at the show was incredible and very different to other shows I have been to. Tokyo itself is worth visiting for sure. I only had 5 days to explore and highly recommend you attend the show if you ever get an opportunity to do so.

Back when I still lived in Austria I would do crazy things like taking a 30 hour train ride (there and back) to Amsterdam to attend the Quilt Expo there for 5 hours. Or another fond memory is flying to Barcelona, staying overnight to attend the Quilt Expo there for a day. And it was so worth it. J

Have you entered quilts at Quiltwest before? Are you entering the show this year?

No I haven’t entered the Quilt west show before and unfortunately missed the dead line this year. However some of my customers have put quilts into the show where I did the quilting for them.

Do you enjoy spending time with other quilters- as a part of a group or perhaps on a retreat?

I do enjoy spending time with other quilters and used to be part of a quilting group here in Secret Harbour sadly the group dissolved. Due to my background as a Nurse working mainly nightshifts it is very difficult to get to retreats or sewing days.

I have only been a WAQA Member for two years and would love to attend more sewing days or explore some of the groups.

Favourite way to relax?

Well there is always sewing and   besides from that I love being outdoors going Rock climbing or bushwalking. I do enjoy spending time at the beach going for a swim or kayaking.

Favourite place to holiday overseas?

I love travelling and exploring Australia and would like to see more of the northern part of WA like Broome and surrounds. Travelling overseas is not possible really at present due my dog being old and I want to spend as much time as possible with him. I have the most beautiful beaches close by so I don’t feel I am missing out. I would still like to explore NZ and Hawaii. I have travelled a lot in my twenties and wouldn’t mind revisiting some places in the USA or going back to Italy for some Rock climbing.

 Favourite place to holiday in Australia?

That would be either down south, Denmark –Albany area with the Sterling Ranges for Rock climbing or up north Exmouth. I absolutely loved swimming with Whale sharks and Humpback whales, an incredible experience.

Your quilt philosophy or why you love making quilts?

I love to raise awareness through my Art Quilts and Quilts in general. I call them “Awareness or Consciousness Quilts”.

For me it is a great way to touch people’s hearts and minds, to have them take a break and re-think their ways of living or doing.

I wish for my Quilts to be the wake- up call that this world needs, for the people to be the change they want to see in the world. So that healing on a deep level can occur.

 I love the Native American philosophy of ‘blanketing someone in love’ by presenting them with a Quilt. Imagine everyone would receive a Quilt in this world, what a world could this be? This is one of the main reasons for me to create Quilts. Some of my Quilts I donate to an Orphan Home in Nepal and it brings me great joy to see their happy faces and knowing they have been ‘blanketed in love’.

Silke has many more stories, quilts and beautiful photograpy on her blog, silketouchquilting.com. and is also on fb and instagram as silketouchquilting.

Silke, is a WAQA member and I thank her very much for sharing her quilting journey story with us today.

Perth Craft fair & Quilt West 2018

Last weekend the Perth Craft Fair & Quilt West was on, and oh what fun it was. 

Great opportunity to restock on some items, find new gadgets and most of all see the amazing Quilts that were on display.

 

The AQC challenge was one of the highlights and it was awesome to finally see all the finalists Quilts and winner Quilts of this Challenge in person. Here are some of them.

Here are some more photos of the show and the amazing Quilts on display.

A Customer of mine put her Quilts that I quilted for her into the show. It was lovely to see them on display.

 

This year I also attended a workshop. Naomi Huntsman was in town and ran a Rag Rug Workshop. It was so much fun and moreover it was lovely to meet Naomi a very inspiring lady.

Black Swan Quilt for the 9 x 5 " challenge at Vivid Art Gallery Mandurah

This is the smallest Quilt I have made so far. It is for the 9 x 5 inch challenge and Art exhibition at Vivid Art Gallery in Mandurah, WA. 

The background is quilted and then I used rawedge applique and threadpainting to create the grass and Cattails. The swan itself is a pendant that could be used as a necklace. I bought it a while ago because I loved the making and the black feathers. So I was really happy that I finally got to use it on this tiny project. Hot fix diamontes were used to add some sparkle to the water.

The exhibition is on display in May at Vivid Art Gallery in Mandurah, WA. It features artists of many genres and the Artworks are for sale.

Make sure you go and check it out. 

Bunbury Quilt Challenge 2018

This year the theme was 'I like ...' and the fabric provided to be used in the Quilt was of a lovely creme colour.

A couple of years ago I went to Pemberton and saw a beautiful Possum at night time. This inspired me to create this Quilt 'Bush babies'.

 

The background is done with a technique that Jan Krentz uses and is entirely made of diamonds in various colours. The tree and plants, rocks are all rawedge applique. the Possums are rawedge applique too and are enhanced with fabric paint and merino wool thread painting. A new technique I tried out and absolutely love. Some hot fix diamontes and small yellow pompoms were used for embellishing. 

All of the Quilts are currently on display at the Bunbury Art Gallery. Make sure you go and see them!

Dragon Magic Quilt makes AQC Challenge Finalist

Oh what awesome news to receive. Dragon Magic Quilt is a 2018 AQC Challenge Finalist, wohoo.

So happy.

 

This Quilt is a Wholecloth Quilt and the fairy is rawedge applique with some couching in the wings and fabric paint around it. The Dragon is entirely painted with Lumiere metallic paints and then quilted to give it texture and dimension. The clouds are also done with fabric paint and some quilting to add interest and dimension. I am especially proud of how the eye of the Dragon turned out as I don't draw, so this was a very challenging moment for me to do the eye. I love how it turned out. 

The Quilt will be travelling for the year with the other AQC Challenge Quilts and will be on display at various Craft Fairs in Australia and New Zealand.

Water is Life Quilt featured in Textile magazine

Wow what a surprise to find out that the 'Water is Life' Quilt that I made for the Brother Intl Challenge this year was featured in the Textile Magazine.

 

The Quilt raises awareness of how precious water is and that we shouldn't take it for granted.

It was inspired by the Native American movement 'No Dakota Access Pipeline' (no DAPL) at Standing Rock that united so many nations and tribes.

I used rawedge Applique, fabric paint and threadpainting techniques to create the Quilt. The Quilts was quilted on my Longarm machine.

Fairy garden magic - another way of being creative

This week I took some time for myself and realized a long standing dream, building a fairy garden on my patio. 

 

It all started out with the idea of one round bowl to become my fairy garden. Well turns out the fairies and dragons got wind of it and word spread. My project became bigger and bigger in no time.

There is this awesome fairy shop in Mandurah 'The Fairy Dell', it has a huge range of fairy items, like houses and accessories and the staff is absolutely lovely and very helpful. I had so much fun carefully choosing what I wanted.  Another great online shop for fairy stuff here in Western Australia is 'My little fairy garden', which also is very friendly and offers a very quick shipping of the items.

 

So the project grew to a 3 tier landscape fairy garden and I just love it. I took the photos in pouring rain but I can assure you that the garden is bright and buzzing with energy, especially when the sun is shining.

 

Here are some more photos of the fairy garden, Enjoy!

 

Dogs love weighted blankets too!

Did you know that dogs love weighted blankets too?

 

It is a great way to give them added comfort and support especially if it is a dog that suffers from anxiety or doesn't like loud noises or thunderstorms.

 

Weighted Blankets help the Nervous system to calm down and self-regulate better so the body can relax. This is also true for dogs. 

 

They are often used in Trauma work, or  for people with Autism, ADHD, PTSD, or Dementia just to name a few. 

The blankets are washable and come in a convenient size which means you can take them along when you travel. The weighted blankets are

1,5 kg so it is not too heavy for your dog, it just gives that extra gentle pressure on the body that allows for the relaxation to happen.

 

If you have a smaller size dog feel free to contact me to discuss a lighter weighted blanket or smaller size.

 

The blankets are made by demand and I have currently a special offer on till the end of September.

For more information go to www.silketouchquilting.com/store

Snug as a bug - and loving it! :-)

Down Under Quilts Magazine article featuring Quilts from the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2017

The current issue of the

'Down Under Quilts'  - Magazine (#180)

is featuring an article about the Bunbury International Quilt challenge 2017 with the theme '20 years ago'.

Check out the lovely Quilts that were made. You find the winners on the first two pages. Does one look very familiar to you ? :-)  That's because my Quilt 'Picture Postcard Memories' was awarded a 'Highly Commended' in this challenge. yay :-) so excited to say the least.

 

 

Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2017 & Exhibit at the Craft fair in Perth

This years Perth Craft fair was on again this weekend and it also had the Quilts from the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge on display.

 

A very exciting time for me as not only it is a great opportunity to shop for new fabric, stencils, paints and more. I also have an entry in the Bunbury Intl. Quilt Challenge. My Quilt 'Picture Postcard Memories" was awarded a 'Highly Commended".

The theme for the Challenge was '20 years ago' and every entry received the same piece of fabric that had to be used in the Quilt.

20 years ago I traveled the world so I thought what a great way to highlight those good memories. The fabric that had to be used can be seen in the corner sections of my Quilt and I used some hot fix diamontes to highlight the places and Cities that I have been to.

Over 20 Quilts were entered from around the world.   The latest issue of the Magazine 'Down Under Quilts' is featuring an article of this Challenge and has included photos of some of the Quilts.

 

Here are photos of the Challenge Quilts and the article in the Magazine

Enjoy!

 

Trip down South to Denmark, WA, with Smokey for some adventure and relaxation

After all the Excitement of the last month's and weeks, winning Awards and getting things done in my business I decided it was time to do some selfcare and take some time off to relax and re-energize.

To do so I booked a cottage down south in Denmark, Western Australia and spent 5 nights there with my beloved dog Smokey a Siberian Husky.

Denmark is a beautiful, serene small town approx 450km south of Perth and can be easily reached in 5 hours of driving, breaks included.  The cottage was just up the hill overlooking Denmark and the Wilson Inlet, surrounded by Karri and Tingle Trees. Nothing but silence, birds singing and listening to the wind. The Kangaroos came right up to the cottage to say hello. Smokey and I went for many walks along the river and close to the Ocean. Rain was followed by sunshine and Smokey loved the cooler Temperatures. The night sky was incredible as no street lights made the stars shine even brighter. 

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'Picture Postcard Memories' - Quilt is awarded 'Highly Commended" in the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2017

A couple of weeks ago I received news that my Quilt "Picture Postcard Memories' was awarded Highly Commended in the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2017.

 

The Quilts were on display at the Stirling Arts Centre in Bunbury and will be travelling through Western Australia. One stop is the WA Craft Fair in August where the Quilts will be on display.

The Theme this year was '20 years ago' as it marks 20 years since the Bunbury Quilt Guild was founded. The mustard fabric in the corners is the fabric that every contestant was given and had to use in their project. My Quilt speaks about 1997 ( 20 years ago...) a year where I traveled the world learning about new Cultures and Countries. I have fond memories of that time. The hot fix diamontes represent the places I went to. I traveled by car, train and airplane which is depicted on the left side of the Quilt. I used stencils and fabric paint to add the motives. The Quilt was then densely quilted.

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"Phoenix Rising" Quilt is a Top 12 Finalist in the Blessington Quilt Challenge at the Down Under Academy, Gold Coast , Australia

My "Phoenix Rising"- Quilt made it into the Top 12 Finalists in the Blessington Quilt Challenge 2017 and was on display at the Academy Down Under that Handi Quilter holds every two years here in Australia. This year it was at the Gold Coast.

The Quilt then traveled to Sydney and was displayed at the Craft Fair in March.

 

It is a very exciting moment to see a ribbon hanging next to your own Quilt. It fills my heart with joy and gratitude.

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Outstanding Performance Award for my 'Gecko's " Quilt in the Brother International Quilt challenge 2017 in Tokyo

Wow, received news that "Gecko's - Save the Planet" Quilt has been awarded the Outstanding Performance Award in the Brother international Quilt challenge 2017 in Tokyo. So excited and feeling very grateful for this achievement.  

The Quilt will be traveling the world for a year and will be displayed at various locations, maybe even one near you. :-)

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Nepal Orphan Home receives Quilts

In October 2016 I managed once more to get 5 Quilts delivered to the Nepal Orphan Home in Kathmandu. This is very exciting for me as it has its challenges to get the Quilts to Nepal. Sending them as a parcel is not advised as they might not arrive. Luckily I have a Co-worker in the hospital I work in who is from Nepal and she went on a holiday back to see her parents. Subi happily agreed to take the Quilts, which put my mind at ease knowing they would arrive safely. Thank you for your kindness Subi!

 

A couple of days ago I received an email from Michael Hess the Father of the Orphan Home in Nepal with photos attached. In the email I also learned of how the Quilts were distributed and who received them.

 

Michael always has a lovely idea that makes it very meaningful and thoughtful. This year a week before Christmas each of the 4 main houses that the Children live in voted on who they felt showed exemplary character throughout the year in their own house. For being voted the winner they received a Quilt, a Certificate and some nice Chocolates. I find this such a beautiful idea and it deeply touches and warms my heart.

 

I will continue to make Quilts and hopefully will find opportunities to be able to send them to the Orphan Home in Nepal.

 

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'Phoenix Rising' Quilt was accepted into the Blessington Quilt Challenge 2017

Wow, yay, wohooooo :
My Quilt 'Phoenix Rising' was accepted into the Blessington Quilt Challenge with the theme Secret Dream. Another Quilt will share its story and raise awareness, how beautiful. 

 

Here is a bit of the Artist Statement of the Quilt: My Secret Dream is for this world to wake up and rise like a Phoenix. For us to transform the hatred, the raging wars, the destruction of the planet and create peace and live in harmony. I wish for this Quilt to be a reminder to us all that it is within us to create peace.

 

The finalists and winner will be chosen at the Down Under Academy that Blessington is holding at the Gold Coast in February 2017.

 

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16th Brother International Quilting Challenge - Local winner announced. Plus see the 7 other Quilts that travel to Japan.

The 16th Brother International Quilting Challenge is on again and the local winner was just announced. Congratulations to Jill Hessing for winning the local contest with her beautiful Quilt 'Bitter Pill'.

Also see the 7 Quilts that are travelling to Japan to be exhibited at the International Tokyo Quilt Show in January 2017.

 

Guess what ? :-) My Quilt "Gecko's - Save the Planet " was chosen and is one of the 7 Quilts that is currently traveling to Japan. I am thrilled and very excited about it to say the least. 

 

See below the Brother International Flyer with the photos of the selected Quilts.

 

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Exmouth swimming with Humpback Whales and Whalesharks - an experience of a lifetime

Recently I went to Exmouth which is a stunning place up north in Western Australia, approx. a 1.5hour flight or 15 hour drive away from Perth. I went there to swim with Humpback whales and Whalesharks, a unique experience that Ningaloo reef /Exmouth is famous for.

End of August marked the 10 year anniversary of me migrating to Australia and since it was the first year that one is allowed to swim with Humpback whales I thought what an awesome way to celebrate. Swimming with Humpbacks or Humpies as the people in Exmouth call them lovelingly has been a lifelong dream of mine and when I found out about it there was no holding back for me. 

I spent a whole day on the boat and got to swim with Whalesharks which are amazing and huge, the water is pristine and clear and it was a lovely sunny day too.  Then I got to swim with Humpback whales next which is not an easy task, while you are dropped in the water very gently approx 50m away from them it is up to the whale to come up to you and interact. I was lucky I guess, while I was snorkeling the whales came up close and when I looked up I saw the back of the whale approx 10 m away, I quickly put my head underwater and saw two black shadows swimming past me, it all goes very quick as Humpies are quite fast swimmers but it was beautiful never the less. My heart was going hundred miles an hour :-)  

It was a beautiful day and I saw a Manta ray jumping out of the water and flying for a short distance, it was awesome. Didn't know it can do that.  We also saw Orcas another dream of mine to see them in the wild. The Orcas hadn't been seen all season and it was beautiful to watch them form the boat. Being far out in the ocean there were Humpback whales everywhere. One could see the tail slapping, spy hopping, breaching or just simply the spout of water when they breath.  When with the head underwater you can hear the whale song which is absolutely beautiful.

 

I spent 4 days in total up at Ningaloo reef and felt so happy and relaxed like I haven't in a long time. I went to Turquoise Bay a stunning beach where you can snorkel the reef right from the beach. I got to snorkel/swim with a turtle which was beautiful and saw some big and colourful fish too.  

I came up close with an Eagle when he lifted up from the bush of the side of the road and kept flying close above me which gave me the opportunity to take some good pictures.  And then I saw my first Echidna ( the Australian hedgehog), a funny and  cute creature that is very hard to see in the wild and doesn't show it self very often. I was delighted and in the end saw two that day, it was as if they had a message for me, like the other animals had too.

The wild flower season is also starting and I got to see the Sturt desert Pea flower. It's striking red colour is hard to miss when you drive past it.  I was so glad I had that little hire car which made it easy to get around that peninsula and I could stop where ever I wanted and for however long I wanted. Self care at its best! :-)  

Loved the white sand dunes that went straight into the ocean and the cape range in the back with its red and green colours in contrast. It is such an arid and wild country with its beauty, I can't get enough of. It makes me feel alive and full of joy.

 

I stayed at Ningaloo lodge which is a beautiful and serene accomodation in the town centre of Exmouth. A quiet place and still close to shops and cafe' if you need to get something.

Overlooking the ocean from the lighthouse was a great way to observe the Humpback whales and one could see them playing for miles, especially at sunset. 

 

Needless to say I had a fabulous time and enjoyed my solo adventure very much. It reminded me to live life more and to go on adventures more often again rather than just working, working, working. Life is short and I want to make the most of its.

 

Here are some pictures of my adventure, enjoy! :-)

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First feature in a Patchwork & Quilting Magazine ! yay :-)

Wow exciting news! I received an email notifying me that my Quilt, that is currently in the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2016, is part of the "Down Under Quilts" Magazine. 48 Quilts are on display in the challenge and only 14 were chosen to be displayed and featured in the magazine article. Feeling honored and very grateful to be given this opportunity.

My quilt is called "Relax" and is dedicated in memory of my grandfather who passed away last year in September. This makes it all even more special.

 

I have scanned the article and you can find it below for you to enjoy.

 

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The 4th annual Northern vs Southern Quilt Challenge was on again !

This year the 4th annual Northern vs Southern Hemisphere Quilt challenge was on again. What's that? I hear you ask. Well it is a fun and sisterly Quilt challenge between my Twin sister Simone who lives in Sweden and myself, living Down Under in Perth. I came up with the idea approx. 4 years ago when I sent her a surprise pack of 5 fabrics with a short rule and instruction leaflet. This year I came up with a new idea sending her only an image and rather loose rules. The idea behind the challenge is to see what we both come up with, and being identical Twins, if we come up with the same Quilt... So below are both of our Quilts and you can see for yourself... and guess who made what Quilt  Thanks sis for participating once more, it was fun and I am looking forward to next year when it is your turn to define terms and decide on the topic of the challenge.

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Smokey's adventure trip to Albany

Smokey recently accompanied me on a quick trip down to Albany. He loves driving. His buddy Beau came along too and it became very soon clear who was the boss on the back bench... Smokey the wolf.

 

So many smells and things to see and explore. Smokey loved the beach and meeting other dogs, playing with them.

Needless to say he was content and exhausted at night... and even fell asleep in the car during the drive.

I took some photos of him at night when he rested on the bed, check out the beautiful Orbs that surround him. 

 

Visiting 'The Gap' a picturesque spot just out of Albany was one of the highlights. The water smashing against the cliffs on this calm day makes you wonder how powerful it must be on a stormy day. The Natural Bridge was especially impressive. Nature at its best.

 

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Perth Craft fair 2016

The annual Perth Craft fair was on again in Perth and with over 300 Quilts on display there was lots to see to say the least. Some impressive artwork and intricate quilting made people pause and take closer look.

My prize winning Quilt from the Brother International challenge was on display too, as was my Quilt from the Paws & Whiskers Challenge.

 

Here are some photos from the fair.

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Bunbury Patchtwork & Quilting 2016 International Quilt Challenge is on again!

This year the theme was 'In the Garden'. The participants get a small piece of fabric which has to be used in the main part of the Quilt. The Quilt must not be bigger than 80 x 80 cm in size.

My Quilt 'Relax' is dedicated to my late grandfather and is  60 x 60 cm in size approximately. The Quilts are currently exhibited at the Bunbury Art Gallery till the 22nd of May 2016 before they will travel. There are some amazing Quilts on display this year, full of intricate details and great ideas. Quilters from South Africa to USA and Australia wide participated which was lovely to see.

 

See below some of the photos. 

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I am a Challenge Finalist !!!

On Thursday starts the AQC - Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, the biggest Quilt show in Australia. My Quilt "Smokey" was juried into the Paws & Whiskers challenge and is a finalist. YAY!!! :-)

 

Today I am asking you a favor, on Thu & Fri people attending the AQC can vote for the People's Choice Award.  Please vote for my Quilt and lets see how far we can go.

I appreciate your help. Thank you!

Here is a link to the AQC website for easier access. www.aqc.com.au 

 See photo below of my Quilt 'Smokey'

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Climbing & Quilting can be balanced

On Monday and Tuesday I decided to take some time off, to clear my head and let new creativity in and inspiration take me to new places and ideas for quilting. What better way to do this while climbing. Not only is exercise healthy... no it is loads of fun too and provides great opportunities. 

On Monday I was climbing at The Hangout gym in Perth, which was great. On Tuesday I went outdoors to Churchman's Brook near Roleystone a suburb in Perth's Hills. Beautiful day with sunny conditions and not too hot, just right. Climbing outdoors is very different to the gym and provides more challenges but also great photo opportunities... who knows I might just create a portrait quilt from one of the pictures taken... one day :-)

Best thing of all was that when I got home there was still plenty of time to quilt the already loaded project on my Handi Quilter Avante' 18... how much better can life get hm? ;-) I will show you the latest project once it is finished.... still a little bit more to go.

For now here are some pics from the climbs of both days.... enjoy!


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Customer Orders welcome

Custom order...I recently had the joy of creating the fabric book and x3 bibs for a new born baby in Sydney. The father is a firefighter hence the theme on the bibs. 

I am sure this family will bond nicely over story telling and meals. Isn't that nice ? :-)

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And another Quilt makes it into a Competition, wohoo!

Wohooo, my Quilt " Smokey" was juried into the Paws & Whiskers AQC 2016 challenge.

With 25 x 25 cm it is the smallest Quilt I have ever done so far. This Quilt will also be displayed nationally and internationally. So stoked :-)

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Trip to Denmark & Albany - a magical journey

I spent the last 7 days in the South West of Western Australia, an area that I hadn't explored so far. It is a magical place vibrant with energy, colours and inspiration. A place where relaxing and exploring go hand in hand.

Starting of in Pemberton with climbing the Gloucester Tree a 53m tall and famous Karri Tree. It is a bit daunting at the start as there are only metal rods placed into the tree for climbing, no rope. It takes mindfulness and focus while climbing which is a good exercise along the way and when you reach the top the view across the forest is stunning. 

Back on the ground I did a big walk through the forest which was very relaxing as no car noise but only birds and other critters can be heard. Even saw two Kangaroos and Tree hugging was a given.

 

The Pemperton Campground was lovely too, set among the Karri Trees, Possums came down at night to see what is going on. Parrots were galore and very friendly too.

 

After 2 nights in Pemberton the journey continued on to Walpole where the famous Tree Top walk is and the Tingle Trees are. This place is filled with magic and one can feel how ancient the trees are. Grandma Tingle is 400 years old for example. Tingle Trees have a very shallow root system and are endangered. The trees reminded me of the 'Ents' in the movie "The Lord of the Rings". They are really talking to you if you listen deeply and some of their faces are just stunning.

Denmark and its surroundings were next on the list to explore. Denmark is a lovely and serene small town filled with Artists and people that enjoy meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices. Not far from Denmark is Greens Pool a beautiful beach,  a great place to have a rest, relax and unwind. A crab came out under the rock to say 'hello' and some climbing fun couldn't be helped either. :-)

After two days in the Denmark area the journey went on to Albany a lovely city with lots of charm and character. West Cape Howe is also close by which is an incredible 100 m cliff wall right into the southern ocean marking the edge of Australia. Moreover it is an awesome climbing destination! I guess not many people can say that they have climbed the edge of continent Australia :-). Just sitting there and overlooking the cliffs and the ocean is breathtaking and takes you back in time realising how tough first settlement must have been here, especially in rough sea. But just for today it was a calm day and great sunny weather for climbing. It was my first time to rely on cams for belaying, and to get to West Cape Howe one needs a 4WD and bush bashing is required too. So all in all I was in for an adventure to say the least.

A stroll through Albany and a quick look at the old whaling station rounded the trip off. At the campground were lots of Pelicans hanging out that were lovely to watch.

Safe to say that it was an incredible trip and I am looking forward to exploring more of the south west and its beauty.

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How a day off inspires and renews creativity

Yesterday I took a day off. Yes sometimes that is needed and most of all it is good for the soul ;-)

 

What a magical day I had yesterday, snorkeling and kayaking around Penguin Island. Seeing starfish, sea-snails and fish close up was beautiful but the best was when a pod of Dolphins came up close while snorkeling, just a couple of meters away. It was amazing to be able to hear them under water and moreover to see them in full size under water not just the usual fin and back when they surface, no full size- they were huge! This moment will be in my heart forever. It was such a peaceful and beautiful day and experience. I just love where I live... paradise! smile emotic 

Check out the colours of some of the animals - stunning!

 

Here are some photos from my day at Penguin Island

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Fabric shopping in Tokyo - Nippori & Yuzawaya

During my week in Tokyo I didn't just visit the International Quilt festival and Temples I ensured that I also had time to check out some of the fabric stores in Tokyo.

 

Did you know that there is a whole district in Tokyo dedicated to selling fabric? Yes it's true.... oh my...:-) I am talking about Nippori Textile District and the Yuzawaya stores. Yuzawaya is similar to Spotlight in Australia or Jo Anne's in the USA... just bigger.  And Nippori is a district in the northeast corner of Tokyo with one shop after another selling fabric. Take "Tomato's" for example, this store has actually 3 stores in Nippori and their biggest store is 4 floors filled with rows and rows of fabric bolts from floor to ceiling. It is a Quilters and Seamstress dream come true... gone to paradise. :-)

 

And you know what is even better, the fabric is quite cheap, 2 m of cotton fabric for approx. AUD$ 14 isn't bad. Here in Australia it would cost me easily over AUD$50 or more. And that is with the lousy exchange rate currently...

 

The Yuzawaya stores are located all over Tokyo, I visited the one in Shinjuku and Asakusa which weren't the biggest ones but still quite impressive and they were also stocking lots of notions, patterns, beads and other craft items like paints etc.  

One can easily spend hours in those stores.

 

So if you ever get the chance to visit Tokyo make sure you go and check out Nippori Textile Town. Take the JR Yamanote line to Nippori and take the south-east exit, it is only a short walk to the textile district, just follow the signs.

 

The Yuzawaya store in Shinjuku is located on the 11th floor of the Takashimaya Department store.  From the Shinjuku JR station take the new South Exit and follow the signs for the Takashimaya Department store.  Alternatively just ask some of the local shop owners around the train station, everyone is very helpful and will point you in the right direction.

 

Here are some photos from Nippori textile Town.

Some photos of the Yuzawaya store in Shinjuku

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Tokyo's Temple - a heart opening experience

Besides being at the Tokyo Quilt Festival I also made sure to take the time and visit some of the famous Temple's and Shrine's Tokyo has to offer. Each Temple is different and has a unique and beautiful energy to it.

 

Here are some photos of the Temple in Asakusa - "Temple of Kannon", also know as the Sensoji Temple.

 

When walking through the entrance of the Temple area I noticed that huge cloud of smoke. It turned out to be a big pot like vessle where inscent sticks were offered to the deities. An ancient tradition that I am familiar with, similar to the native american smudging. A cleansing ritual that is very effective. 

 

Inside the Temple a shrine or altar could be seen and many people making offerings/ praying in buddhist tradition. When I looked up at the ceiling there were some amazing paintings of a Dragon who is the protector of in buddhist tradition.

 

When I got home and uploaded the pictures onto my laptop I noticed the many 'Orbs' in some of the pictures. It just shows how high the energy is when people come together and open their hearts. Orbs can be described like an angelic energy. Aren't they beautiful? :-) ( I am talking about the greyish circle shapes...look closely ;-)  )

 

Below photos of the Meiji Temple in Harajuku.

I was privileged to witness a wedding blessing and experienced the huge gong/drum being played. An incredible sound and vibration that goes through your whole body and affects you deeply. Oooh and did I mention that there was a little bit of snow left for me too :-)

 

And the last Temple I visited was the Toshogu Shrine in Ueno. The Shrine is located in a beautiful park that I am sure is looking stunning in spring when all the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Even in winter it was a welcome place for me to relax from the masses of people.  In Ueno park, very close to the Toshogu Shrine is also the memorial for the peace flame. The flame is derived from when the Atomic bombs were thrown at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It is a stark reminder that this can and should never ever happen again. 

The Shrine itself has a lot of gold inlay and aren't the carvings in the surrounding wall beautiful? The Peony garden is right next to the Shrine and the flowers are just beautiful.

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Yoko Saito -'Peter Rabbit" Exhibition  at the Tokyo Quilt Festival 

This year Yoko Saito a famous Japanese Quilter,known for her embroidery and intricate stichery work, and her students displayed their incredible work in an Exhibition. The theme was the beloved childrens character 'Peter Rabbit'.

Here are just some of the amazing and stunning Quilts and the 3D display.

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Quilts form Exhibition at the Tokyo Quilt Festival

Here are some photos from the stunning and incredible Quilts that were displayed at the Tokyo Quilt Festival this year. Japanese Quilters are known for their intricate work especially the hand quilting and seeing all these Quilts and the amount of work that went in to it leaves you speechless at times. There were a few machine quilted Quilts that were stunning too.

 

Here are some of the machine quilted Quilts

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My Quilt 'Fragile Balance' comes 3rd place in the Brother International Quilt challenge ! Wohooo!!!

In  July 2015 I decided to participate in the brother international quilt challenge. The theme was 'Eco' and the best Quilts from this international challenge would go to Tokyo to the biggest Quilt Festival in the world, held in January 2016. So for the next two month I was designing, constructing and moreover quilting my heart out.

Then end of September I sent the Quilt off. End of November I received a phone call one early Monday morning, a lovely Lady from Brother International telling me that my Quilt had made it into the top 10 and will be going to Tokyo in January. Wow, OMG right? I was speechless and my heart was singing. I finally was given a chance to get my message out there.

 

The message of the Quilt is that it is in our hands to look after this planet and be the change we want to see in this world. That we need to stop the pollution of the ocean, the deforestation for species to not go extinct and to be more mindful and aware of the beauty of this planet.

 

The Quilt shows my hands holding earth surrounded by the ancient and sacred symbol of the Flower of Life. Trees, eagle, dolphins and whales are surrounding it. Then there is this big wave that breaks over it highlighting how fragile the balance is and how quickly everything can change. The grid surrounding the centre motive is made with metallic silver thread and the boxes are approx. 1,5cm wide. When you look at the close up photos you can see that I have written words in some of the boxes. This was all done on my Handi Quilter Avante' 18 Longarm machine, no micro handles. A very sensitive and intricate task to say the least, but it was lots of fun too. Hot fix diamontes give the Quilt some extra bling, and the white in the wave has some fabric paint too.

 

The Quilt is mainly done using thread painting technique. Creating the wave was an incredible task, it took me over 10 hours just to cut and lay out the parts, playing and fiddling around with it until I was happy and it could be ironed and sewn on respectively. The thread painting alone for the wave took hours too.

 

All up it took me 2 month to create this master piece. So you can imagine how thrilled and happy I am for this Quilt to be up there with the top and even winning 3rd place in Tokyo. This Quilt together with the rest of the other Quilts from the challenge will now travel for a year and will be displayed at different shows and craft fairs, so keep an eye out for a Quilt show near you.

Here are some more detailed photos of the finished Quilt.

Photos from the making of the Quilt.

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The Brother International Challenge and it's winners

So here at the Brother booth at the Tokyo Festival were the Quilts from the Challenge displayed. There was one 1st place, 5x 2nd places, and 10x 3rd places. Sadly only 1st and 2nd place Quilts were actually displayed and 3rd places were shown as a photo display due to lack of space. But hey it still counts, right?!

I could barely contain myself, it is such an incredible feeling to see your own Quilt up there and coming 3rd place was more than I expected or hoped for. It is hard to find words to describe it.

 

So here are some photos now from the winners of the 'Eco' challenge. Below are the 1st place (the Koala), and the 2nd places Quilts.

Here are all the 3rd place Quilts and honorable mention Quilts (2)

Tokyo - International Quilt Festival 2016

From January  21st - 27th, 2016 the 'Quilt - International Great Quilt Festival'was held in Tokyo, it is the biggest Quilt Festival in the world.

The difference this year? Well I was there! :-)

 

From my last blog entry you remember that one of my Quilts made it into the Brother International Quilt challenge. So I thought why not come to Tokyo to experience it for myself. And what an experience it was!

 

Starting from waiting outside in the freezing cold for the opening (yes 6 degree Celsius is cold for an Aussie), to experiencing the massive amount of people that came to the show and of course all the beautiful Quilts on display, not to mention all the shopping that could be done!  A Quilters dream.  

As the 'Sisterhood of Quilters' grew and the waiting line became longer and longer it also got a little bit warmer, I felt like a Penguin in Antarctica... huddling together against the cold. Lots of laughter was going on too and someone even brought their knitting to pass time till the opening.

 

It really hit home then that I actually was in Tokyo and that I had a Quilt in a challenge, wow, who would have ever thought that would happen. Not in my wildest dreams, but so awesome.

Well the doors opened at 11 am on the first day and thanks to security we all went inside in a very orderly and well mannered fashion.. not an easy task to hold back a crowd that is eager to shop...

Noriko Endo a famous Japanese Quilter was at the Handi Quilter booth showing her skills at the Sweet Sixteen machine.

Debby Brown from Handi Quilter (USA) was there too and introduced shoppers to the new Simple Sixteen machine. It was lovely meeting her and having a chat.

And then there was all the shopping of course that 'needed' to be done. It was very different to what I had expected. First of all you need mostly cash as credit cards are not taken most of the time. Then there is lots of stalls that offer bag making material or fabrics and notions for smaller items and the beautiful but very expensive Kimono fabrics. One had to develop a slight 'push and elbow technique' to actually get to the stalls and items on display as the crowd of people was just massive.

Quilts for Nepal

In November 2015 a project that is very dear to my heart was finally realised. For nearly a year now I wanted to donate some of my Quilts to the Nepal Orphan Home in Kathmandu/Nepal.  I had 6 Kids quilts ready made but due to my illness last year I was unable to travel myself  which made me rather sad. I would have loved to drop off the Quilts myself. But I didn't give up hope.

So November came and the Universe conspired. I met Alana a lovely midwife at Peel Health Campus who just happened to go on a 2 weeks holiday trekking the Himalayas. She happily agreed to take my Quilts and ensured that it all arrived safely. I will be forever grateful for Alana's help.

Yesterday I received a very moving email from Michael Hess who is running Nepal Orphan Home. It was lovely to hear how much the children love, appreciate and cherish the Quilts and what a difference the Quilts have made in their life's.  It makes my heart sing.

I will continue to make Quilts for the kids and hope that one day in the near future I will be able to meet the children personally and bring more joy.

 

Here is a link to the Nepal Orphan Home website if you would like to learn more about their story and how you can make a difference either by donating or volunteering.

http://www.nepalorphanshome.org/#sthash.DNuEMjfv.dpbs

 

See below some of the children who received the Quilts.

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Bunbury Quilt Challenge 2015

This years Bunbury International Quilt Challenge had the Theme " Under the Microscope".  The Quilts are exhibited throughout WA and were at the Craft fair at Claremont Showgrounds just the weekend gone.


It was my first time to enter a Quilt into a challenge. Something exciting and new as one must adhere to the rules. The rules included the Size of the Quilt not to be bigger than 80 cm, that it must be a Quilt, meaning it has to consist of 3 layers held together with stitching or tied, you have to use at least 75% of the fabric provided, and an Artist statement and most of all a Deadline!...., just to name a few.


I decided to take the situation in the middle east 'under the microscope' and what is going on in the world in general with all the upheaval at present.


So I chose the background fabric to be a blue whole cloth fabric and appliqued 'earth' onto it. The Angels are cut out with the Accu Quilt Die which made is very easy and a lot faster and appliqued as well. The Angels are wearing or are made of the challenge fabric that was provided and 75%  of it needed to be used in the top of the quilt... mission accomplished ;-) I also used metallic gold and white couching yarn around the Angels and the small red hearts are made of felt.


One of the Angels is holding a magnifying glass (that is a real magnifying sheet yes).

The other 3 Angels are pouring love over the countries in the middle east, wishing to ease the turmoil and help to raise the frequency in the hope for peace.  


Hot fix Diamontes and golden metallic thread were used for the 'pouring'. 

The background of the Quilt is heavily quilted with micro swirls between the rays which draw the Viewers eye into the centre.


Well I hope you enjoy exploring and looking at this Quilt. It certainly was an interesting project for me. 


Here are some more pictures of the Challenge.


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'Picture Postcard Memories' - Quilt is awarded 'Highly Commended" in the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2017

A couple of weeks ago I received news that my Quilt "Picture Postcard Memories' was awarded Highly Commended in the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2017.

 

The Quilts were on display at the Stirling Arts Centre in Bunbury and will be travelling through Western Australia. One stop is the WA Craft Fair in August where the Quilts will be on display.

The Theme this year was '20 years ago' as it marks 20 years since the Bunbury Quilt Guild was founded. The mustard fabric in the corners is the fabric that every contestant was given and had to use in their project. My Quilt speaks about 1997 ( 20 years ago...) a year where I traveled the world learning about new Cultures and Countries. I have fond memories of that time. The hot fix diamontes represent the places I went to. I traveled by car, train and airplane which is depicted on the left side of the Quilt. I used stencils and fabric paint to add the motives. The Quilt was then densely quilted.

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Outstanding Performance Award for my 'Gecko's " Quilt in the Brother International Quilt challenge 2017 in Tokyo

Wow, received news that "Gecko's - Save the Planet" Quilt has been awarded the Outstanding Performance Award in the Brother international Quilt challenge 2017 in Tokyo. So excited and feeling very grateful for this achievement.  

The Quilt will be traveling the world for a year and will be displayed at various locations, maybe even one near you. :-)

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'Phoenix Rising' Quilt was accepted into the Blessington Quilt Challenge 2017

Wow, yay, wohooooo :
My Quilt 'Phoenix Rising' was accepted into the Blessington Quilt Challenge with the theme Secret Dream. Another Quilt will share its story and raise awareness, how beautiful. 

 

Here is a bit of the Artist Statement of the Quilt: My Secret Dream is for this world to wake up and rise like a Phoenix. For us to transform the hatred, the raging wars, the destruction of the planet and create peace and live in harmony. I wish for this Quilt to be a reminder to us all that it is within us to create peace.

 

The finalists and winner will be chosen at the Down Under Academy that Blessington is holding at the Gold Coast in February 2017.

 

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16th Brother International Quilting Challenge - Local winner announced. Plus see the 7 other Quilts that travel to Japan.

The 16th Brother International Quilting Challenge is on again and the local winner was just announced. Congratulations to Jill Hessing for winning the local contest with her beautiful Quilt 'Bitter Pill'.

Also see the 7 Quilts that are travelling to Japan to be exhibited at the International Tokyo Quilt Show in January 2017.

 

Guess what ? :-) My Quilt "Gecko's - Save the Planet " was chosen and is one of the 7 Quilts that is currently traveling to Japan. I am thrilled and very excited about it to say the least. 

 

See below the Brother International Flyer with the photos of the selected Quilts.

 

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First feature in a Patchwork & Quilting Magazine ! yay :-)

Wow exciting news! I received an email notifying me that my Quilt, that is currently in the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge 2016, is part of the "Down Under Quilts" Magazine. 48 Quilts are on display in the challenge and only 14 were chosen to be displayed and featured in the magazine article. Feeling honored and very grateful to be given this opportunity.

My quilt is called "Relax" and is dedicated in memory of my grandfather who passed away last year in September. This makes it all even more special.

 

I have scanned the article and you can find it below for you to enjoy.

 

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The 4th annual Northern vs Southern Quilt Challenge was on again !

This year the 4th annual Northern vs Southern Hemisphere Quilt challenge was on again. What's that? I hear you ask. Well it is a fun and sisterly Quilt challenge between my Twin sister Simone who lives in Sweden and myself, living Down Under in Perth. I came up with the idea approx. 4 years ago when I sent her a surprise pack of 5 fabrics with a short rule and instruction leaflet. This year I came up with a new idea sending her only an image and rather loose rules. The idea behind the challenge is to see what we both come up with, and being identical Twins, if we come up with the same Quilt... So below are both of our Quilts and you can see for yourself... and guess who made what Quilt  Thanks sis for participating once more, it was fun and I am looking forward to next year when it is your turn to define terms and decide on the topic of the challenge.

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Bunbury Patchtwork & Quilting 2016 International Quilt Challenge is on again!

This year the theme was 'In the Garden'. The participants get a small piece of fabric which has to be used in the main part of the Quilt. The Quilt must not be bigger than 80 x 80 cm in size.

My Quilt 'Relax' is dedicated to my late grandfather and is  60 x 60 cm in size approximately. The Quilts are currently exhibited at the Bunbury Art Gallery till the 22nd of May 2016 before they will travel. There are some amazing Quilts on display this year, full of intricate details and great ideas. Quilters from South Africa to USA and Australia wide participated which was lovely to see.

 

See below some of the photos. 

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I am a Challenge Finalist !!!

On Thursday starts the AQC - Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, the biggest Quilt show in Australia. My Quilt "Smokey" was juried into the Paws & Whiskers challenge and is a finalist. YAY!!! :-)

 

Today I am asking you a favor, on Thu & Fri people attending the AQC can vote for the People's Choice Award.  Please vote for my Quilt and lets see how far we can go.

I appreciate your help. Thank you!

Here is a link to the AQC website for easier access. www.aqc.com.au 

 See photo below of my Quilt 'Smokey'

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And another Quilt makes it into a Competition, wohoo!

Wohooo, my Quilt " Smokey" was juried into the Paws & Whiskers AQC 2016 challenge.

With 25 x 25 cm it is the smallest Quilt I have ever done so far. This Quilt will also be displayed nationally and internationally. So stoked :-)

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Quilts form Exhibition at the Tokyo Quilt Festival

Here are some photos from the stunning and incredible Quilts that were displayed at the Tokyo Quilt Festival this year. Japanese Quilters are known for their intricate work especially the hand quilting and seeing all these Quilts and the amount of work that went in to it leaves you speechless at times. There were a few machine quilted Quilts that were stunning too.

 

Here are some of the machine quilted Quilts

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My Quilt 'Fragile Balance' comes 3rd place in the Brother International Quilt challenge ! Wohooo!!!

In  July 2015 I decided to participate in the brother international quilt challenge. The theme was 'Eco' and the best Quilts from this international challenge would go to Tokyo to the biggest Quilt Festival in the world, held in January 2016. So for the next two month I was designing, constructing and moreover quilting my heart out.

Then end of September I sent the Quilt off. End of November I received a phone call one early Monday morning, a lovely Lady from Brother International telling me that my Quilt had made it into the top 10 and will be going to Tokyo in January. Wow, OMG right? I was speechless and my heart was singing. I finally was given a chance to get my message out there.

 

The message of the Quilt is that it is in our hands to look after this planet and be the change we want to see in this world. That we need to stop the pollution of the ocean, the deforestation for species to not go extinct and to be more mindful and aware of the beauty of this planet.

 

The Quilt shows my hands holding earth surrounded by the ancient and sacred symbol of the Flower of Life. Trees, eagle, dolphins and whales are surrounding it. Then there is this big wave that breaks over it highlighting how fragile the balance is and how quickly everything can change. The grid surrounding the centre motive is made with metallic silver thread and the boxes are approx. 1,5cm wide. When you look at the close up photos you can see that I have written words in some of the boxes. This was all done on my Handi Quilter Avante' 18 Longarm machine, no micro handles. A very sensitive and intricate task to say the least, but it was lots of fun too. Hot fix diamontes give the Quilt some extra bling, and the white in the wave has some fabric paint too.

 

The Quilt is mainly done using thread painting technique. Creating the wave was an incredible task, it took me over 10 hours just to cut and lay out the parts, playing and fiddling around with it until I was happy and it could be ironed and sewn on respectively. The thread painting alone for the wave took hours too.

 

All up it took me 2 month to create this master piece. So you can imagine how thrilled and happy I am for this Quilt to be up there with the top and even winning 3rd place in Tokyo. This Quilt together with the rest of the other Quilts from the challenge will now travel for a year and will be displayed at different shows and craft fairs, so keep an eye out for a Quilt show near you.

Here are some more detailed photos of the finished Quilt.

Photos from the making of the Quilt.

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The Brother International Challenge and it's winners

So here at the Brother booth at the Tokyo Festival were the Quilts from the Challenge displayed. There was one 1st place, 5x 2nd places, and 10x 3rd places. Sadly only 1st and 2nd place Quilts were actually displayed and 3rd places were shown as a photo display due to lack of space. But hey it still counts, right?!

I could barely contain myself, it is such an incredible feeling to see your own Quilt up there and coming 3rd place was more than I expected or hoped for. It is hard to find words to describe it.

 

So here are some photos now from the winners of the 'Eco' challenge. Below are the 1st place (the Koala), and the 2nd places Quilts.

Here are all the 3rd place Quilts and honorable mention Quilts (2)

Tokyo - International Quilt Festival 2016

From January  21st - 27th, 2016 the 'Quilt - International Great Quilt Festival'was held in Tokyo, it is the biggest Quilt Festival in the world.

The difference this year? Well I was there! :-)

 

From my last blog entry you remember that one of my Quilts made it into the Brother International Quilt challenge. So I thought why not come to Tokyo to experience it for myself. And what an experience it was!

 

Starting from waiting outside in the freezing cold for the opening (yes 6 degree Celsius is cold for an Aussie), to experiencing the massive amount of people that came to the show and of course all the beautiful Quilts on display, not to mention all the shopping that could be done!  A Quilters dream.  

As the 'Sisterhood of Quilters' grew and the waiting line became longer and longer it also got a little bit warmer, I felt like a Penguin in Antarctica... huddling together against the cold. Lots of laughter was going on too and someone even brought their knitting to pass time till the opening.

 

It really hit home then that I actually was in Tokyo and that I had a Quilt in a challenge, wow, who would have ever thought that would happen. Not in my wildest dreams, but so awesome.

Well the doors opened at 11 am on the first day and thanks to security we all went inside in a very orderly and well mannered fashion.. not an easy task to hold back a crowd that is eager to shop...

Noriko Endo a famous Japanese Quilter was at the Handi Quilter booth showing her skills at the Sweet Sixteen machine.

Debby Brown from Handi Quilter (USA) was there too and introduced shoppers to the new Simple Sixteen machine. It was lovely meeting her and having a chat.

And then there was all the shopping of course that 'needed' to be done. It was very different to what I had expected. First of all you need mostly cash as credit cards are not taken most of the time. Then there is lots of stalls that offer bag making material or fabrics and notions for smaller items and the beautiful but very expensive Kimono fabrics. One had to develop a slight 'push and elbow technique' to actually get to the stalls and items on display as the crowd of people was just massive.

Bunbury Quilt Challenge 2015

This years Bunbury International Quilt Challenge had the Theme " Under the Microscope".  The Quilts are exhibited throughout WA and were at the Craft fair at Claremont Showgrounds just the weekend gone.


It was my first time to enter a Quilt into a challenge. Something exciting and new as one must adhere to the rules. The rules included the Size of the Quilt not to be bigger than 80 cm, that it must be a Quilt, meaning it has to consist of 3 layers held together with stitching or tied, you have to use at least 75% of the fabric provided, and an Artist statement and most of all a Deadline!...., just to name a few.


I decided to take the situation in the middle east 'under the microscope' and what is going on in the world in general with all the upheaval at present.


So I chose the background fabric to be a blue whole cloth fabric and appliqued 'earth' onto it. The Angels are cut out with the Accu Quilt Die which made is very easy and a lot faster and appliqued as well. The Angels are wearing or are made of the challenge fabric that was provided and 75%  of it needed to be used in the top of the quilt... mission accomplished ;-) I also used metallic gold and white couching yarn around the Angels and the small red hearts are made of felt.


One of the Angels is holding a magnifying glass (that is a real magnifying sheet yes).

The other 3 Angels are pouring love over the countries in the middle east, wishing to ease the turmoil and help to raise the frequency in the hope for peace.  


Hot fix Diamontes and golden metallic thread were used for the 'pouring'. 

The background of the Quilt is heavily quilted with micro swirls between the rays which draw the Viewers eye into the centre.


Well I hope you enjoy exploring and looking at this Quilt. It certainly was an interesting project for me. 


Here are some more pictures of the Challenge.


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