Monthly Archives: April 2013

Handprinted fabric “Dutch Houses”


A while ago I participated in a handprinted fabric swap organised by Leslie Keating. I made a Dutch Houses stamp to print my fabrics – you can read about the process here on my textile blog. I enjoyed the process very much and the comments about the fabric were very positive, so I decided to make some more and add it to my Etsy shop.


Yesterday I printed three fat quarters – black, gold and copper on organic white cotton. You can find them here.


They would be great to use in homewares, bags, quilts… If you would like to have this design printed in a certain colour combination send me a message and I do my best.

Take care,


Laptop cases


A while ago I made a sleeve for the laptop I bought when I got a new job (I blogged about it on my quilt blog here). I had so many comments about it at work that I decided to make another one to add to the shop. I used some colourful Gerbera fabric panels that I bought a few years ago and that were patiently waiting for a project such as this:


The case is lined with a soft green fleece and has an envelope style flap with a velcro strip. You can find it in my Etsy shop here.


This is the one I made for my laptop – sadly I don’t have anymore of this fabric…


I ride my bike to work (as befits a Dutch woman!) and last week we had quite a bit of rain. I don’t mind getting wet so much as I change clothes when I arrive anyway, but I don’t want my laptop to get wet! So today I made an oilcloth case:


I have some more of this oilcloth, and also of the green fleece that I used as a lining in this case too, and initially I thought I might make another case and add it to the shop. However, it was such a nightmare to make (sewing fleece and oilcoth together is not fun!) that I don’t think that is going to happen…

Take care,

Burlap Quilt


You have seen my Burlap Pencil Rolls, Burlap Cards and Burlap Pincushion, but did you know I also made a Burlap Quilt? (read more about it here and here) It was juried into the State of the Art Quilt 13 exhibition which opened today at Gallery 159, The Gap, here in Brisbane.

The nicely matching bag is from Made by Nanna, a Dutch Etsy shop. I love it!

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April Newsletter

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The Blue Jacaranda April Newsletter has just been sent out! As a subscriber you can win this Kookaburra Word Art Card – click here to read the newsletter and subscribe. I only send one newsletter per month and of course your email address is never passed on to others.

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Things are very quiet at BJ HQ, as my new job is taking up a lot of my time and most of my energy! Add to that the fact that this is the second week of the Easter holidays and you will understand that not much creativeness is happening here.

So I thought I’d show you my lovely new necklace – made by Kirrily of Moppety. She upcycles old t-shirts to create these beauties, how clever is that? This one was custom made in my favourite colours; aqua and blue.

Thanks to my eldest son for taking the pic. If I look a bit tired you know why!

Take care,