I'm very excited to introduce you to our "Aussie from Austria" today - Esther is Austrian but we've adopted her for the purposes of the Aussie Aviatrix QAL as she has relatives living in Byron Bay. Those of you who know me will know that I have a soft spot for the name Esther, and completely coincidentally, my parents-in-law are currently in Europe and will be in Vienna next week. It is definitely on my bucket list so I do hope I can meet Esther in person one day. I love the vibrant colours she has chosen, and I absolutely love that this is Esther's first quilt!! Talk about jumping in at the deep end....
So, let's meet our Aussie Austrian Esther, shall we?
1. Tell us a bit about you
I live in Pressbaum in Lower Austria/Austria/Europe. I live here with my husband in a typical patchwork family. I have two children (15 and 17 years), my husband also has two children (18 and 20 years) and together we have our cat, Franzi, who regularly appears in my postings.
I turned 50 this year and am somehow throughout the year in a positive atmosphere of upheaval.
At the beginning of this year I started again quite intensively with handy craft. I learned from my mother; I was 12 when I got my first sewing machine, which I had until two years ago (now I have a new one 🙂 ). I knit passionately and although I found crochet rather uninteresting until now, this year I have really taken a fancy to it.
Professionally I am in the IT industry. Here I have pretty much gone through all stations in the area of software development and consulting, and at the moment I'm a Lifecycle Manager.
For all of you who don’t know Austria well:
Austria is located in Central Europe, it’s not on the ocean, but has some beautiful lakes, many high mountains and is generally a very green country. We speak Austrian German and we pay in euros. The capital is Vienna, where I grew up and lived until a few years ago. Austria has 8.5 million inhabitants, with 1.8 million living in Vienna. This mark was reached recently, at the end of October. The last time so many people had lived in Vienna was in 1934 - a few years before the Second World War.
Some famous Austrians are: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer), Herrmann Maier (skier), Falco (musician), Romy Schneider (actress), Arnold Schwarzenegger (bodybuilder, American politician).
2. When did you start quilting?
Actually the Aviatrix Medallion is my very first real patchwork quilt. So to answer the question: just recently.
3. What’s your favourite part of the quilt-making progress?
Since the Aviatrix Medallion is my first experiment I haven’t completed all aspects yet. All I can say so far is that I’m very surprised how the fabrics I’ve chosen work together. I couldn’t imagine if and how the colours and patterns would work together, but currently it looks like it does.
4. What project are you currently working on?
Well, one single project at a time is not enough for me. I always have several things running in parallel. Currently I am knitting a sweater for me on the one hand, crocheting a baby blanket and sewing the Aviatrix Medallion on the other.
5. When did you start blogging?
In fact I’m quite new in the bloggers scene. Part of the Aussie Aviatrix QAL is to post about one’s progress. Probably this has been one reason why I’ve decided to participate in this QAL, so I can deal finally with blogging.
6. What’s next for you - where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
In general I am a person who lives in the present, what happened in the past is gone, what’s up in future is far, but today is here and I always try to make the best out of it. However, one picture I’ve carried with me for long time: Me sitting on a bench in front of my house, knitting something, my husband sitting next to me, no need to say much because we understand each other without spoken words and the whole scene is just restful and relaxed. Hopefully, this picture becomes true in about 10 years. 🙂
7. Where can we find you?
You can find me at:
The title of my blog Werkelei is quite German meaning something like all work pieces I pottered.
Border Three is the Crosses; to check out more, take a look at Gnomeangel. She's making a mean X-Plus quilt of her own.
Don't forget we've got two weeks to get all these crosses done; I can't wait to see your progress. Please use the #aussieaviatrixqal hash tag when posting on Instagram so we can see your brilliant work.
So, we'll see you on 24 November for Border Four. And just so you remember, here's the rest of the the schedule for you:
15 December – Wrap up – Me! Here!
15 January – Link up your entries for the QAL competition – Here!