Sunday, 17 January 2016

A change in circumstance

It has been a while since I last  updated my blog. This was not intentional, there has just been some major changes in my life.
I have separated from my husband early in November,after 27 years together, very unexpectedly, and we are now getting a divorce. Things are very complicated and has affected my health and well being. I am not able to quilt at the moment although I have managed to do some sewing (some less successful than others) and even a bit of painting. I am hoping to get my desire to quilt back and will keep updating my blog if and when I am able to.

These are some of my projects I have been working on in the last 2 weeks:

"Lords and their ladies"
I had done all the blocks before my trip to Houston and just needed to sew them together. I had planned which order they were going to be, but made a mistake somewhere, I have not yet figured out where, but decided to leave it as is. More colour will be introduced during the quilting stage. I have used Oakshott fabrics and a fabric called "Mugungalyi - Circle" by Nutex, which I had bought in Cairns in April, when I visited my son. The design is my own. I have found a pattern for Curved Nine patch blocks and used the Quick Curved Ruler to achieve this. I then added some appliqués to the "ladies" blocks to make them more pretty (note there are many more ladies than lords!) and added some 3D corner blocks, which will be curved back once I get round to it.

Quilt for name yet
Marike had chosen the colours that she would like me to use in her quilt and I had chosen the design. All of the fabrics were bought in Houston and I have decided to personalise some of the fabrics for her. So, I have used a Thermofax screen to add a bicycle motif to some of the blocks. The intention is to get her to write a piece in Latin in her own handwriting, I will then have a Thermofax screen made up with this, and this will be added to the remaining blocks.

My hexies quilt
I have not really done any work on this since the summer, but as I now have so much free time in the evenings, I have taken it up again. I still have many many more hexies to sew together, so far I have done approximately 1300. Each hex is only 1/2" so to get to the size I want, I will need approximately 12000. I am patient.

I have taken some classes using Tsukineko inks when abroad and wanted to try it, before I forgot how to do it. I needed something that would keep me busy when I was not able to sew and hoped that this will take care of a few days. In the event, the whole picture only took 3 days to sketch out and paint. I guess I will just have to make some more or do some larger pictures. It will eventually be quilted, maybe even thread painted. I enjoyed the process enormously and can see that I will be doing many more in the future.
The outline is drawn with pencil onto paper backed fabric and I have then used the Tsukineko inks with Fantastix's to fill in with colour. The paint dry really quickly, so on large areas you have to work really quickly in order to avoid getting 'water' lines. Of course, when filling in smaller areas and wanting to work with lots of colours, it is a huge advantage that the ink dries so quickly.

I had some good news yesterday. I had made a quilt for the "Moving On" challenge for the Quilter's Guild exhibition at the Knit & Stitch show in Olympia, London, and was told yesterday that my quilt "When purple is the favourite no more" has been accepted for the exhibition. It was the last quilt I had made before my trip to Houston, I am so pleased that I had finished it as I would not have been able to finish it now. I cannot post photos of this yet, I hope to do so once the show is on, between 3rd March and 6th March.  Here is a small teaser though:

I can not promise to be any more regular in my updates, too many things need sorting out in my life. All I can say is that I turned to quilting 16 years ago after a great tragedy in my life. It has seen me through then. I know that if I can overcome the current block, that it will become my therapy again. And I need that, so I do hope I can come back to it.


  1. Such an upsetting upheaval in your life Annelize. Only time will help you get through it, I'm sure you will eventually again find quilting helps you. You have amazing artistic talents and often one thing leads to another, so enjoy the medium you are working on at this time, I look forward to seeing where this leads you. Good luck for the year ahead.

  2. Hello from Adelaide, South Australia. This is my first look at your blog and I was distressed to read that you are divorcing. Recently separated myself, know that there is a very satisfying life after marriage and good strong women remain just that. Your Jacks Chain drew me to your site, I hope mine comes out equally as colourful, and I cannot compete with the quilting!! Lessa lives a couple of suburbs away from me and is a delightful lady. Cheers and good luck, Helen