Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Visit to Moscow, Russia

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
I was very blessed to suddenly be invited to attend a World Soil Day (5 Dec each year) seminar held in Moscow, Russia last week. I went for a quick one week visit with two of my colleagues from our university. Fortunately, one of my colleagues that came with is originally from Moscow, so he helped us get around. Very few Russians speak English and also there are very few signs in English.
Me on our first night in Moscow
It was an extreme climate adjustment, as we went from +30 C in Cape Town to -10 C in Moscow. Fortunately, I was able to find a well-insulated down coat on sale in South Africa 3 days before I left! 

I was impressed by the colourful buildings in Moscow.

Some previously demolished Russian Orthodox churches have been rebuilt all around the city. They look old but are actually quite new.
Recently rebuilt Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow
There was a Christmas market and ice skating rink on the Red Square.
Christmas Market on the Red Square with Saint Basil's in the background
My colleague and I on the Red Square in front of the Kremlin
Ivan the Great Bell Tower in the Kremlin
Medieval Cathedral of the Assumption in the Kremlin

We also managed to squeeze in a one-day trip to Saint Petersburg, where we visited the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum. It was exquisite! I have never seen so much gold decoration before.

Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Chapel inside the Winter Palace
Ornate gold room inside the Winter Palace
We also visited the impressive Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. It was so beautiful inside with intricate mosaics and malachite pillars.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg
Interior of Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Domed ceiling of Saint Isaac's Cathedral featuring a dove
The Moscow Metro (subway) is also very beautiful; each station has a different theme decorated in typical Stalin Gothic style.
Moscow Metro Station
Glass panel in Moscow Metro
Decorative panel in Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro Station

I have to admit that Russia is probably my most favourite place that I have ever traveled to. The food was incredible, and the culture and history so rich. It was also very affordable.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

New yummy Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Look what arrived in the post. I love the latest prints and colours from Kaffe Fassett collective. Can't wait to start cutting it up and making something.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Paper-pieced hexagon quilt top almost done!

I've finished hand-piecing together the stars and rosettes of my paper-pieced hexagon quilt. All I need to do now is fill in the background with a few more hexies. 

Spring is in full force here in the Western Cape. Our new front garden put on a show thanks to the cool spring weather.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Curio hexagon quilt finished at last

At long last I finished machine-quilting and binding my Curio hexagon quilt made with a jelly roll and some yardage. And just in time to give it to my friend for her birthday yesterday (phew!). She loved it! Here is a link to the Tutorial where I explain in detail how I made the quilt top.
For the quilting I stitched around the inner and out hexagons.
Here is picture of the pieced backing made from the leftovers. So basically the quilt is reversible.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Hexagon paper-pieced quilt assembly

I've started assembling my paper-pieced hexagon quilt this week. It's been going surprisingly quicker than I anticipated. I hope to be done soon!

Here below is the layout of the stars and rosette blocks before assembly. Once I've assembled the blocks, then I will finish off the edges with background and partial blocks.

I've also, at long last, basted my Curio hexagon quilt (which I finished piecing almost 4 years ago...) and I've started machine-quilting the hexagon shapes. Its going to be a gift for one of my dearest friends that I met in high school.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Paper-Piecing update

So my paper-piecing project has reached an approximate size of 72" x 85", which should fit a queen size double bed. All that I have left to do now is fill in all the background hexagons using the Kaffe Fassett's Chalk Spots print, and then I must figure out the layout and assemble all the rosettes and stars. Should take me about another month or so...

Saturday, 28 May 2016

And the winner of the 100th Blog Post Giveaway is...

And the winner is comment number 8! 
Congratulations to Lee Ann from Nifty Quilts, she wrote the following comment: 

"Congratulations on your 100th post! I enjoy seeing every one of your creations. Your prize is very generous! I think my favorite Kaffe fabric is the turquoise awning stripe.I tried desperately to find two more yards for a border recently with no luck."

I will be shipping off 100 charm squares of Kaffe Fassett fabric shortly! I can't wait to see what she makes with it.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Getting there...

We had a lovely long weekend, so I made quite a bit of progress on my hexagon quilt. Also a few more purple-toned fabrics that I ordered from Kaffe Fassett's latest collection arrived by post last week. Just in time!

Also we got a new little budgie friend for Sweety-Bird and Luc. Her name is Cutie. I think that she looks like a cloudy sky. She is very playful and a bit boisterous; she spends a lot of time chasing the two males around. They're not used to such a bold budgie, LOL.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 1: Roman glass
Over the past few weekends I've been working on making an album of all my Kaffe Fassett Fabrics. I'm hoping it will help me to compare the colours and scales of prints for projects (and also its so beautiful and inspirational to page through it!) without having to dig through my stash on the shelf. 

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 2-3: Roman Glass, Mosaic, August Rose, Paperweight

I used a scrapbooking album that I had lying about. I cut 3" squares from each fabric that I have using pinking shears. I stick the fabrics to the white mounting paper using a small piece of double-sided tape, so that I can easily remove the fabric to take it out and put it back again. I put the fabrics in chronological order, based on the catalogue number in the Kaffe Fassett Collective. I've shared my whole collection below. Which prints are your favourites? 

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 4-5: Paperweight, Diagonal Stripe, Lotus Leaf
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 6-7: Zinnia, Kimono, Planets, Beach Balls, Cabbage and Rose, Romany
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 8-9: Cloisonne, Flower Basket, Bead Stripe, Shirt Stripes, Organic Dot
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 10-11: Organic Dot, Dahlia Blooms, Floating Flower, Paper Fans
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 12-13: Paper Fans, Guinea Flower
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 14-15: Guinea Flower, Paisley Jungle, Pinking Flower, Minton, Targets, Bekah
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 16-17: Bekah, Spots
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 18-19: Spots, Aboriginal Dots
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 20-21: Aboriginal Dots, Persimmon, Asha, Lichen, Silhouette Rose
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 22-23: Silhouette Rose, Anemone, Daisy, Stencil Carnation, Dancing Leaves, Heraldic, Winding Floral, Clouds
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 24-25: Clouds, Flower Dot, Star Flowers, Asian Circles, Chevron Stripe
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 26-27: Big Blooms, Millefiore, Lake Blossoms

Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 28-29: Lake Blossoms, Russian Rose, Henna, Bubble Flowers, Kirman, Wood Ear
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 30-31: Wood Ear, Persian Vase, Buttons, Forest of Arden, Mirage Stripe, Suzani
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 32-33: Sprays, Plink, Cogs, Rosette, Pencils, Palm Fans
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 34-35: Palm Fans, Line Dance, Ombre, Tile Flowers, Chard, Oriental Trees
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 36-37: Oriental Trees, Frilly, Peking, Belle Epoch, Jupiter
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 38-39: Flame Stripe, Surrey, Ribbon Stripe, Antwerp Flowers, Lotus Stripe, Cascades, Thousand Flowers
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 40-41: Regency Daisy, Ferns, Dream, Strata
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 42: Button Flowers, Striped Heraldic
I love the more muted, rich and pastel shades in his most recent collection. The new "Strata" print is stunning; imagine a "shirt stripe boxes" quilt with that!