Saturday, 31 December 2016

The last posting of 2016



Almost two weeks after moving in we have more or less settled here in the Northern Beaches. It such a beautiful area - the beach is only a 20-minute walk from our house, and the views from the Plateau are fabulous:



All the boxes are unpacked, the quilts have come out and it's starting to feel like home!



Len's Quilt (The Log Cabin with a Lens, original pattern here) used to hang at my husband's workplace. Since he is not starting his new job until February, we can enjoy it at home now for a while:



My middle son's Dragon quilt is up on the wall again:



Yesterday I finally got to sew at my machine again - the first time in almost three months! I whipped up a zipper pouch, using a bit of leftover Marimekko fabric from my Modern Lone Star Quilt:



Today is for blogging, and reflecting on the year that is almost over. Like many people I am happy to say goodbye to 2016 - it was a rather horrible year, not just globally but on a personal level as well. I lost the job I loved, my husband's work contract ended and his new job meant we had to move 1000 km away from our home. We had to leave our rental house six weeks before the move and spent those weeks in a one-room apartment... Not fun. In the midst of all this our youngest son fell and broke his right elbow, a horrible complicated fracture which luckily is healing well, although he still hasn't fully regained the nerve function in his (dominant) right hand.

However, as the year is ending, things are looking up again for us. We love our new surroundings and enjoy life near the beach. The boys are a bit apprehensive about starting at new schools, but they have another four weeks of summer holidays first. I started running back in October as a way of dealing with all the stress, and although I have been struggling with injuries (Achilles tendonitis, shin splint) I am enjoying it, feeling better and losing weight.

Looking at the quilty side of things, it has been a productive and quite successful year. My Calendar was juried into the travelling exhibition a matter of time and Colourful Pencils was selected for the 2016 Modern Quilt Show Australia. My quilts for the SAQA Benefit Auction and Quilt Alliance Auction both sold. Being asked to judge at the Auckland Festival of Quilts was one of the highlights of 2016.



After losing my day job in February, selling my patterns on Craftsy and Etsy has become an important source of income. Luckily they are doing quite well! Here are all patterns currently for sale (ranked according to popularity - click to enlarge) - I hope to add a few more in the coming year:



Last but not least, I rediscovered knitting in 2016 - to the delight of my family! Here are a few of my finished projects (you can see them all, plus my works in progress, on Ravelry):



I am definitely planning to do more knitting in 2017, and hope to publish more knitting patterns after my first one, the Wine Bottle Cover!

I would also like to make more art quilts, and add some work to my sports quilts series.

And my final goal for 2017 is to design more patchwork quilts in Adobe Illustrator - I used it first when writing up the pattern for my Lone Star Baby Quilt and quite enjoyed the process.

I hope you will continue to follow this blog and leave the occasional comment. Thank you for coming along on the ride so far!

I would like to wish all my readers a happy, healthy, and creative 2017!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Happy Holidays!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Moved to Sydney



We have moved into our new house in Sydney! Our street is called Boomerang Road - how Aussie is that?



We live in the Northern Beaches, a beautiful part of Sydney with a very relaxed vibe.



We are still unpacking boxes and putting together bookcases, beds and desks, but slowly this house is becoming our home. Finally, only a few days before Christmas, we have put up our Christmas tree. And look what has resurfaced!



I haven't had time to use it yet, but I'm so happy to see it again!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Instagram



I couldn't resist the #2016bestnine thingie doing the rounds on Instagram, and here are the nine pics that had the most likes this year. I only started this account (@bluejacarandadesign) four months ago, after Instagram shut down my previous account (@lindarobertus) for reasons unknown, and didn't respond to my requests to reopen it.

If you are on Instagram, I would love it if you would follow me there - I post mainly photos of quilts (or knitting projects while sans sewing machine), but you may see the occasional flower, bird or Kombi Van.



I took this pic today at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha - we are visiting all our favourite spots before we make our way to Sydney on Saturday... (More Botanic Gardens photos - non-Instagram - on my photo blog)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Last week in Brisbane and a new knitting project



This is our last week in Brisbane - on Saturday we will pack our remaining things and make our way to Sydney, where we plan to arrive on Sunday night.
The boys have finished school - the photo above was made when I walked to school with my youngest son for the last time. In this suburb apartment blocks are popping up everywhere, but you still see the occasional Queenslander house. And the poincianas are flowering.
This week we try to visit our favourite spots in Brisbane one more time, such as the Streets Beach in South Bank:



I miss my sewing machine so much! Can't wait to see it again next week, but I'm afraid that it'll be a while before I can actually sit down and sew - first there will be lots of boxes to unpack...
In the meantime I have started another knitting project:



It's Physalis, a free Ravelry pattern by Anna Kuduja. It's fun to knit, but it took me a while to figure out how to make nine stitches from one!