Wednesday, 1 October 2014

1ste Randstrook is aan

Ek kan uiteindelik my vordering wys. Die eerste randstrook is aan die kwilt. Daar moet nog 'n tweede randstrook kom, maar dit moet nog gestik word. Daarna moet nog hartjies aan die eerste randstrook geappliek word. So, nog baie werk om te doen...

I can finally show you my progress. The first border is on the quilt. A second border needs to be added, but that needs to be pieced first. After that I need to applique some hearts on the first border. So, still a lot of work to be done...

Monday, 29 September 2014

Around the World Blog Tour

(Please note: for the purpose of this specific post, I will be writing in English only)

Welcome one and all to my blog - Huisvlyt!

Here I chatter away on quilt-/embroidery-/applique-related topics, sometimes about Mauritius (where I currently live) and sometimes about things that are none of the two.

Let's get things started, shall we?

First of all, a big thank you to Michelle, from The Jypsy Quilter, who invited me to participate in the Blog Tour. For those who haven't yet visited her blog, please go and take a look. You will be mesmerized with beautiful quilts, some interesting comments on life (and everything that relates to that) and a lot of Quilting Inspector pics.

What am I working on?

Currently, I am working on a custom order. It is a simple quilt design - it only consists of repetitive strip piecing and applique.

Currently the first set of applique are done and awaiting their pieced partners.

How does my work differ from other of its genre?

Apart from the fact that I am making them and not someone else? OK, cheekiness aside.

I LOVE working with bright colours, strong contrast and solid/blender fabrics rather than printed fabrics.

Here are some examples:

Although I am still searching for the ideal applique method, for the moment I am sticking to Needle Turn Applique. I found that, with this method, I have absolute control on how the fabric will behave. I also enjoy the final result more than that of machine applique or using blanket stitches: the applique is clear, clean and puffy (if you understand what I mean).

Why do I write/create what I do?

I write my blog, mostly to keep me motivated at keeping to my quilting and to share with so many other quilters my work. Although my family enjoy and appreciate what I am doing, sometimes I have experiences that only other quilters will understand, and that is where the quilting community is a great source for inspiration, answers, more questions and ooooh's and aaaah's.

I quilt because my creative side can get some attention. If you would take a second to read my Blog heading (some might have to translate it), you will understand why I create quilts. It makes me feel happy.

How does my creating process work?

Most of the time I will see a pattern and try to "figure it out" - this means I don't always read the instructions on the construction of the pattern. This is true for my current project, as I have only a picture to work from. No measurements, templates,...nothing!

As soon as that is done, I will most likely make a few changes to the pattern and then go crazy shopping for fabric. I don't really have a big stash to be proud of, so many times I need to buy fabric and then I buy what I need, plus a little extra for mistakes.

Meanwhile, I will dream about the quilt until the fabric arrives and then I change into a cutting-crazy woman. Assembling (this part I enjoy the most) piecing, basting, quilting and finally binding. By this point I am normally fed-up with the quilt and although I have put my heart into its creation, I am glad that it is done.

Who's next?

1. Ruth at Ruth's place. Ruth is a very creative lady with many talents. She is very good at scrap booking, knits the cutest things and shares her experiences as an Australian living in Papua New Guinea. 

2. Millie from Millie's Quilting. Millie loves making string quilts (and they are quite something to see) and is a long-arm quilter. Her quilting is jaw dropping beautiful. (Millie's pc broke in the meantime, so she won't be able to post, but have a look at her blog anyway). She also happens to be a South African, living in the US.

3. Uhm...Since so many of the blogs I follow have already participated, I don't really have a third blog to suggest. So here is what I am going to do. On the right side panel of my blog, down to the middle, is my reading list. Take a peek at the blogs and see if anyone of those strike your fancy. I am sure there will be one or two that you will find interesting.

So, that is it! Thanks for everyone who visited and spending the time reading my blog.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Net 'n paar foto's van vanaand se sonsondergang

Ek weet ek het al in die verlede soortgelyke foto's opgesit. Ek hou seker maar net van die sonsondergange :)

Just a few pics of the sunset tonight. I know I have posted some in the past, that looks just like these. I guess I like the sunsets :)

Hoop julle het 'n aangename aand.

Hope you have a pleasant evening.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Ek het iets gedoen!

Ek kan nou ongelukkig nie spog met 'n kwilt wat klaar is nie, alhoewel die gevoel dat ek iets voltooi het is beslis daar. Ek het die materiale, wat ek in Julie ontvang het, begin voorberei vir die kwilt wat ek moet maak. Gistraand het ek die eerste appliek-blok voltooi en die tweede blok is voorberei en reg vir my om op te tel en vas te werk.

I can't brag with a finished quilt. However, the feeling that I completed something is definitely there. I cut the fabrics, which I received in July, and started prepping them for the quilt that I am making. Last night I finished the first applique block and the second block is ready and waiting to be worked on.

Die geel hartjie is so bietjie skeef, maar gelukkig moet ek die blok nog kleiner sny, dus gaan dit nie so 'n groot probleem wees nie. Dit gee ook 'n uniekheid aan die blok, of hoe? ;)

The yellow heart is a bit skew, but since I need to cut the block smaller, it won't be such a problem. Besides, it does give the block some uniqueness, doesn't it? ;)

Hopelik kan ek vannaand nog 'n blok klaar hê. Tot later!

Hopefully I can finish another block tonight. Until later!

Sunday, 27 July 2014


Die "kwiltwerk polisie" het my onder toesig, aangesien ek begin verveeld raak het met die borduurwerk en dit eenkant toe geskuif het. Gelukkig het 'n pakkie tot my redding verskyn!

The "quilting police" has me under surveillance since I got bored with the embroidery and pushed it to one side. Luckily a parcel came to my rescue!

 Twee FQ Bondels / Two FQ Bundles


Hierdie lieflike materiale (behalwe die wit met kolletjies en die goud) is vir 'n bestelling wat ek ontvang het vanaf 'n dame wat 'n kwilt wil hê vir haar kleindogter. Ek is besig om die laaste sny berekeninge te doen en sal sekerlik binne-kort weer agter die naaldwerkmasjien inskuif - iets wat ek nou vir byna 1.5 jaar nie gedoen het nie.

These lovely fabrics (except the white with dots and the gold) are for a custom order that I received from a lady who wants a quilt for her granddaughter. I am busy with the last cutting calculations and will shortly move in behind the sewing machine - something I haven't done now for nearly 1.5 years.

Hopelik sal dit die "kwiltwerk polisie" rustiger laat :)

Tot volgende keer.

Hopefully this will leave the "quilting police" at ease :)

'Till next time.

Saturday, 21 June 2014


Wel, vordering is stadig, maar ek vorder wel met my twee projekte.

Ek kon darem so af en toe kort tydjies afknyp en die krans oorteken op die swart materiaal, met behulp van die "tracing paper". Dit werk fantasties lekker en ek is baie bly dat ek dit gekoop het.

Well, progress is slow, but I am making progress on my two projects.

I was able to take a few minutes here and there to transfer the wreath unto the black fabric, using the tracing paper. It is wonderful to work with and I am very pleased to have bought it.

Oeps, ek dink ek het 'n blaar gemis daar aan die linkerkant. Gelukkig het ek 'n wit potlood om dit in te vul.

Oops, I think I missed a leaf on the left hand side. Luckily I have white pencil to fill that in.

Danksy die sokker, kan ek ten minste 20min. elke aand sit en werk aan die Kerskwilt. Terwyl manlief die sokker kyk, sit ek langs hom en doen my borduurwerk. Ek is amper halfpad met die blok. As ek tog maar net elke aand so kon werk met die hele kwilt!!!

Due to the soccer, I am able to sit every night for at least 20min. and work on the Christmas quilt. While Hubby is watching the soccer, I can sit next to him and do some embroidery. I am nearly halfway with this block. If only I could work like this for the whole quilt!!!

Tot later.

Until later.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

3 Weke later...

...en wat het ek om te wys. Nie veel nie, om die waarheid te sê, maar ek het darem vordering gemaak.

3 Weeks later and what do I have to show for it? Not much to be honest, but I have made some progress.

Eerstens het ek bietjie aan my Kerskwilt gewerk. Een hoek is byna klaar!

Firstly I worked a bit on my Christmas quilt. One corner is nearly finished!

Tweedens het ek besluit wat om met my nuwe speelgoed te maak. Ek gaan 'n Kersfees-krans borduur bo-op swart materiaal. Natuurlik het ek nou 'n rede om die "transfer paper" te gebruik. Ek het besluit op rooi en 2 groen gare vir die borduurwerk. Ek sal later goud kry vir die klokkies.

Secondly, I decided what to do with my new toys. I am going to embroider a Christmas wreath onto black fabric. Now I have a reason to use the transfer paper. I decided on red and two green threads for the embroidery. I will get some gold for the bells later.

Ongelukkig is dit al wat ek kan wys vir 3 weke. Tot volgende keer!

Unfortunately this is all I can show for 3 weeks. Until next time!