tielan: (quilting)
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 10:20 pm
It's got a dark side, it's got a light side, and it holds the galaxy together!


It's just been handed in for the Sydney Quilt Show, 2017.
tielan: (quilting)
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 09:19 am
Today is gonna be the day...

A Duct Tape Galaxy: Nearly there! Just have to join it all together.
tielan: (quilting)
Friday, April 21st, 2017 09:26 pm
One of the most finicky quilts I've ever had to quilt myself. Took 4 hours from go to whoa.

beneath the cut )

That was most of my day today. And some writing.
tielan: (SGA - Ronon)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 09:25 am
It's kind of nice not having to go to work. However, the mortgage and the bills loom.

I'm thinking about taking up aged care with a local Christian organisation to have something in the gap. It's not what I'd prefer, but it would be income. I've done 'in between' work before - mostly office management for a week or two while someone was on vacation - but aged care is new. It wouldn't be actual carer stuff, because that's best done by people who know what they're doing. It'd just be cleaning houses and bathrooms, which is not something I like doing.

In the meantime, I have to remember not to keep spending like I have disposable income.

It's kind of difficult; right now, everything is ON SALE! I have already bought much fabric and many clothing patterns and I must keep myself from buying more.

My current table of non-quilty WIPs:

too many things )

One lined dress, one pair of shorts in voile, and the Fireside Bowl bag (pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness in her Big City Bags book).

That's not counting the two quilts I need to make by May for the Sydney Quilt Show...


But today, I have to get some winter veg out into the garden - broccoli, cabbage, caulis, and brussel sprouts. Or, if they're still seedlings, I need to get them into a planter box so they can grow a little larger and have a chance against the slugs that have begun to invade the place again.

tielan: (don't mess with)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:53 am
It's been a week of doing more off-line than online.

Hockey's started up, social things are getting back into the swing, and there's all manner of things to get involved in.

There's the NoMuslimBan march tomorrow in Martin Place for I need to make a pussy-hat, or else a pussy-hat flag. I'm not sure I have the energy to make either right now...

There's the End 12 movement, which is pushing for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW (it's already been decriminalised in Victoria and SA).

And there's a project from Milkwood.net, an Australian permaculture/homesteading site, about making a Feral Fruit Map of my locality. I've noticed more than one lilly pilly hedge within a few streets of mine, although I'm not sure how the neighbours at #1 would like people collecting the passionfruit off the vine on the fence between their property and the park at the end of the street...

Oh, and quilting. The race is on to get two quilts sufficiently completed to the point where I can submit photos of the tops and say "this is what I've got planned, and this is what I've done so far".

Duct Tape Galaxy Quilt: a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together... )
tielan: (quilting)
Sunday, January 29th, 2017 09:38 pm
Quilt tops mostly:

meadow, friendship supernova )


I hadn't really named the 3rd quilt until now, but given that his family is into Star Wars and the quilt has a lot of dark squares, I think that 'Darksabre' might be a good name for it. :)
tielan: (mr president)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 09:45 am
For [personal profile] retsuko who asked for one of my current crafting projects for More Joy Day.

The Meadow Quilt was designed by fabric designer Lizzy House back in 2012-ish. It's only taught in classes. You can't buy the pattern or get the tutorial, although if you have a logical mind, you can probably work out how to do it reasonably easily. But who wants to do that?

Summer Meadow 2016 )

Anyway, that's the quilt I'm working on right now - hopefully to be finished by the end of the month!
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, August 26th, 2016 05:02 pm
So, having sold The Promises Of Spring, I figure I should probably show you what I finished last weekend:

it's just a quilt top centre, not even the whole thing... )
tielan: (quilting)
Friday, July 8th, 2016 11:18 pm
So, one of my f-list expressed an interest in buying The Promises Of Spring, and I figured it was a good time to utilise a spreadsheet someone in the Australian Quilting Community made about the cost of quiltmaking.

The someone who did the calculation spreadsheet is a he, btw. One of the few males in quilting, and he gains attention for being a male in a traditionally 'female' pastime - the glass elevator, as compared to the glass ceiling. So he's taught to value his work and is valued for his work, even as the women around him doing the same thing are less noticed and less appreciated for what they do.

However, the spreadsheet has a use, which is to put a solid number on an activity where I tend not to count the cost - mostly because I've never had to.

The Promises of Spring is this quilt:

Promises of Spring

Now, the price that someone would pay for it may be a different beast to the cost of making a quilt. I have no problem accepting a lower price - hell, most of the time I give these quilts away for free - and I believe people online are less likely to undervalue the cost, but it's good to see the numbers and have a better idea of just how much it might cost to put something like The Promises Of Spring together.

a graphic of a spreadsheet, hopefully it displays )

So that's a conservative estimate of how much it cost to produce the quilt, not counting all the brainspace I used to angst over this or that regarding it. I'm more than happy to sell it at rather less, but it's good for others and for me to have a decent idea of what it costs to make, purely in monetary terms.
tielan: (quilting)
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 07:58 pm
My two quilts: The Promises Of Spring and Intulawoven. Neither won anything, but a modern Australian quilting magazine said they were really impressed by my quilting on The Promises Of Spring!

reasonably large images )
tielan: Wonder Woman (stupidity)
Monday, February 22nd, 2016 09:29 am
So, my quilt is presently showing at QuiltCon, Pasadena, CA.

It didn't win any prizes, but I was hardly expecting it to. And it's been photographed quite a few times by various people, some of who've tagged me on instagram.

Most notably, it was instagrammed by the company who makes the fabric with which I made the quilt - both the front and the backing - Cotton+Steel.

It's nice to be noticed. :)
tielan: (quilting)
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 08:53 am
I'm going to spread this out a bit - probably into February, since I'm also doing the Snowflake Challenge in Jan.

Talkmeme Masterpost

[personal profile] alexseanchai asked for a topic about quilting — favorite patterns, favorite techniques, whatever.

somewhat image intensive )
tielan: (quilting)
Thursday, December 17th, 2015 02:14 pm
My quilt got accepted into Quiltcon - the Modern Quilt Guild's annual quilt show!

I'm a little bit surprised - last year, they were really pushing the 'modernist' look for quilts: lots of negative space, improvisational piecing, and so forth, and 'Swarm' doesn't have either of those:

"Swarm" - photographed square! Such a labour of love and inspiration. And yes, @2bees, I'm filling out the competition forms now! #swarmbysel

And now it's going to be a mad dash to get a hanging sleeve and a label on the back, package it up, and post it out to Pasadena, CA before 14th January 2015. With tracking.

I have a hanging sleeve already made...somewhere... My quilting room is a mess:

Dontcha wish your workroom was chaos like mine?!? #honestsewingroom

Actually, that's 'Swarm' draped over the table in the middle.

So, that's my positive news of the day.
tielan: (quilting)
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 09:24 pm
It's a long way to the finished quilt if you want to design your own...

Swarm #swarmbysel

Say hello to "Swarm"!

a few pics over the last 18 months )

It looks stunning, though. And I'm definitely keeping this one. :)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 12:01 pm
And done! Wondering if it needs a border...  #310tomendocino #yumaqal #yumaquilt #mendocinomermaids

This was pretty much done over the weekend, from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. I cut it out on Thursday night and started sewing the pieces on Friday night. Half the quilt was done by Saturday night, and I did the rest on Sunday.

There were layout issues, at one point the cat decided I wasn't paying her enough attention and there was rolling:

*sigh* #cats #310tomendocino #catsofinstagram #advenchuresofsmokeyandmal

Oh, Mal.

Luckily I'd taken a photo before she decided I wasn't paying her enough attention.

The fabric line is Mendocino Mermaids by Heather Ross, and released by the Free Spirit fabric house. It's an old line, no longer in print, although Windham Fabrics is reprinting some of the line in the "Spring 2016" collection, which was on display this weekend at the Houston Quilt Market 2015.

The design is the Yuma Quilt by Gotham Quilts.

I'm still debating whether I want to add borders or not, mostly to make it larger.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, August 3rd, 2015 02:41 pm
So my weekend consisted of a few things:

1. Quilting

I finished this quilt top:

Soroptimists International

The quilt will be for my mother's Soroptimists chapter to raffle off later this year. It's 76" square, the fabric is Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott, the quilt pattern is Swell by Camille Roskelley.

I must also remember to put together a costing sheet for the price of a quilt to answer all those nice old ladies who think that they can ask me to put together a quilt for, oh, a hundred dollars. (Not counting the fabric and the thread, just the hours worked on this at $20/hr come to around $800; assuming that I count my quilting skills, experience, and time that cheap.)

I also started the SHIELD dress for the Superheroes Ball at D*C. It's all cut out and although the lining isn't quite the right colour, I'm contemplating making some 'extra' lining out of the same fabric as the dress - also, bodice reinforcement since I don't think I'll be able to wear a standard bra with this.

2. Hockey

Lost 3-1, we played well, but at least one of the other players was whingy. Man, I hate playing with whingy people...

Played on the field again; I think the coach has a pretty rigid idea of where I'm supposed to be playing as a wing. I do tend to move around a lot. Although 1st half I was playing a half-back, and pretty much just sitting on their forward so she couldn't get the ball. But the leg was okay.

Next weekend will be interesting, though - it's the team we were playing against when I did my calf muscle, at the field where I got injured. We're going to have to up our game; this team are good. And bitchy, which is always annoying.

3. Femme Remix

Should end up around 1.5K - at the trickiest part: trying to get a cohesive theme happening that works anywhere except in my head.

4. Marvel Bang

I'm going to need to write 1.5K a day to this in order to get it anywhere near enough for the 26th, which is when the 1st draft is due. Considering how much stuff I need to have prepped before I go away...

Let's just say it's not looking promising...
tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Sunday, July 5th, 2015 08:53 am
new ficlet: The Tools To Hand
Civil War, the way it won't play out. Because Maria Hill. (*grumbles*)

Sometimes I feel like Hollywood, its producers and writers and directors and bigwigs all need to be told "step away from the franchise and let someone else take up the helm with new ideas". And no, the audience won't love those new ideas to start with (witness all the whinging about Mad Max: Fury Road) but a new batch of audience will go "gimme more!" And a large batch of the old audience will go: "hey, that looks interesting, I'd like to see where they're going with this."


Garden thoughts )


hockey )

Anyway, today:

- change of clothes for after hockey
- dress pattern and dress fabric for sewing group
- matching thread for dress pattern/fabric
- sharp scissors
- handsewing and bits for cutting
- a plan for the hexie flowers I'm making for a swap
- sewing machine (of course)

The reason I'm making this list here and not going off and putting it all together right now is because I have a cute, warm cat in my lap and I'm a horrendous sucker and can't quite bring myself to move her...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, May 29th, 2015 09:47 am
So I've submitted "The Right Hand Knows Not" as my [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang story.


I'm in the middle of Sokovia, Suburbia, and the Senate and this is not a short story (although it might be a bit boring; it's almost entirely domestic). Actually, none of my stories lately are turning out to be short.

I've just posted the next chapter of The Odd Couple and TBH, right now I'm trying to work out exactly where that one ends...


I have at least one quilt to quilt tomorrow - this one:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

I'd do the art quilt with it's big, empty, complicated negative space, but I'm not sure how my leg will cope with that much quilting:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

I'm not sure how my leg will cope with as much quilting as I'll be doing tomorrow... *sigh*

Anyway, I was going to post the rest of The Odd Couple for "Captain Hill Week 2015" but I think I'll finish off one of the myriad other fics I've got for them, and just try to complete The Odd Couple in the next week or two...

Okay, three choices for [livejournal.com profile] mcu_au and I need to decide. My first option might be complicated in terms of needing to explain all the bits in between, my second one is complicated in terms of needing to rationalise how it's going to work, and my third choice is essentially smut. Which is more difficult than one might think.

tielan: (cat01)
Monday, May 4th, 2015 11:12 pm
Really need to get to bed before midnight. Even if I can't stop my body waking up at 5am, maybe I can persuade my brain not to get in on the act for a couple of hours until the alarm goes off?

Also: either really unfit or getting old. Body hurts after hockey. And this is me without any physical issues! I can't imagine being one of the women dealing with, oh, knees, and ankles, and feet and wrists and things that need binding week after week after week.

I do hope it's unfit. At least I can do something about unfit.

Have 45 minutes to midnight. The race is on...

Oh, and here, have some quilt that I made over the weekend:

Ran out of the top spool. But 2/3 done! (It looks much better when my nose isn't 4" from the fabric...) #aussietulapinkswap

That's the half-finished version, I'll post a pic of the full one up when I'm done, along with an explanation of the process. (Basically: I had an assigment for a quilt exchange, I forgot about it, and had to do a rush job over the weekend.)
tielan: (quilting)
Monday, June 16th, 2014 09:24 am
To do:

  1. cotton candy bingo - due 30th June

  2. not prime time - due 3rd July

  3. fic war: Steve/Maria

  4. fic war: Mako/Raleigh

  5. Marvel Bang: Maria backstory? Or Maria & Bucky?

I finally watched 1.21 of Agents of SHIELD. I have some definite thoughts on why the women are so fast to write Ward off while Fitz holds onto hope as long as possible, but I think I might save that for fic.

1.22 to come tonight (perhaps) while sewing.

Speaking of sewing: I did a whole LOT of sewing on the weekend!

picture of me plus quilt blocks )


I was so tired by Sunday night that I was drowsing on my bed by 9pm and went to bed around 10. The alarm woke me at 7, otherwise who knew what time I'd have woken up this morning!