Synapse

17 05 2015

I’ve submitted this one to the OMG (Organic Modern Graphic) quilt movement (https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMGQuilts/) for acceptance as an OMG quilt. If accepted, it will get an OMG #, but until then, I’ve called it ‘Synapse’. Update:  Accepted! This is now ‘OMG #31: Synapse’.

My interpretation of ‘organic’ for this one was at the cellular level and beyond. It’s a 5×7 piece. How I made it is described below the photo (click on the photo to view it larger).

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The background fabric is some old navy linen I had from my dressmaking days, and the synapses are some old pink poplin (or similar) from one of the first quilts I made in the late 1980s.

The base of the quilt is a 5×7 piece of Floriani ‘Stitch n Shape’, layered with some batting, and covered with the navy fabric. I turned over the edges and glued them down (Elmer’s School Glue). Then I used another piece of navy fabric to cover the back, turning under the edges, gluing it to the back, and then topstitching the layers to hold them together. Next, I added Velcro hook pieces on the back as per the OMG guidelines (NOTE: If I did another like this, I’d add the Velcro to the backing piece BEFORE gluing and stitching it to the back).

Next I fused Mistyfuse to the back of the pink fabric, drew the free-form synapse shapes on the back, then cut them out and placed and fused them to the top, making a couple of them wrap around the edges.

I stitched some background DNA-like ladder structures in navy thread (Fil-Tec Glide ‘Navy’, colour 32965), then the synapse applique pieces and their tendrils in a bright pink thread (Mettler Poly Sheen, colour 1950).

The end result is a nice stiff enclosed piece, with some texture and puffiness from stitching on the top and leaving certain areas unstitched to allow them to ‘pop’.





Community Quilt 211

17 05 2015

There were lots of very busy fabric in this quilt, and some very slippery non-cotton ones (particularly the border fabric). I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks and borders.

How to quilt it? The busy-ness of the fabrics dictated something simple and all-over. So I went back to a design that I have a lot of ‘muscle memory’ for — open headbands.

(Click on a photo to view it larger)


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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Taupe’ (40 wt rayon, colour 2298)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan)

Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/





Community Quilt 210

17 05 2015

I think is the last of three very similar quilts: #201 and #209 were the earlier ones.

So I did mostly the same quilting on it — echo stitching around all the applique motifs (after stitching in the ditch around the blocks and the applique pieces, of course).

I left the sashing strips unstitched, and in the larger border I free-motion bubbles/pebbles of various sizes to emulate the fabric.

(Click on a photo to view it larger)


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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Crimson’ (40 wt rayon, colour 2416)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin

Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/





Community Quilt 209

17 05 2015

This bright quilt was a larger version of Quilt #201, but essentially the same. So I did mostly the same quilting on it — echo stitching around all the applique motifs (after stitching in the ditch around the blocks and the applique pieces, of course).

In the sashing strips, I stitched a straight diagonal line across each square. And in the aqua border I free-motion stitched elongated U’s of various lengths, keeping them about a half-inch wide.

(Click on a photo to view it larger)


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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Mint Julep’ (40 wt rayon, colour 2310); Madeira Rayon (40 wt, colour 1166 [dark blue]); Madeira Rayon (40 wt, colour 1169 [green])
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white and black)

Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/





Clearing kangaroos

13 05 2015

My Twitter feed has Tweets from our State’s roads people, and I have it filtered to get just the Tweets relating to the south-west of Western Australia. Here are a couple that came through a week or two ago – read up from the bottom:

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What I want to know is how did the kangaroo get ‘cleared’ from the road? Did it just hop away? Did someone get out of their vehicle and chase it into the bush or farmland surrounding the road? Was some sort of ‘kangaroo clearing’ equipment brought in to clear the kangaroo? Curious minds want to know ;-)

(I suspect it just hopped away.)

As an aside, I think Mandjoogoordap Drive — at 14 letters — must be the longest single road name in Western Australia!





Shelley’s quilt

13 05 2015

I can’t lay any claim to this beautiful quilt, except for making and attaching the binding. But I wanted to show the pictures of it, as it was beautifully made using old family linen and laces. My friend Faye had inherited this linen and intended making a quilt from it, or getting a quilt made (I’m not 100% sure of the whole story). Someone had offered to make it — a process that took a couple of years. This was the first-ever quilt that person made, and she did a magnificent job.

But during the making of it, the person it was for (Shelley) passed away, aged just 32. So the quilt became even more special for Faye.

Eventually it was completed and Faye asked if I could quilt it. I could, but I knew I couldn’t do it justice, so I recommended a local long-arm quilter who has won several quilting awards. After a few more months, the quilt came back to me to make and attach the binding. The quilter stitched into one of the borders ‘In loving memory of Shelley, aged 32′.

In time, this huge quilt will likely go to Faye’s granddaughter, who is only 4 years old at the moment.

The quilt was so big that I could only show just over half of it on the line.

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Community Quilt 208

13 05 2015

This unusual quilt seemed to be a mish-mash of disparate blocks — I couldn’t see the underlying theme, if there was one. But the colours brought it together, especially the large chunky borders.

I started by stitching in the ditch (purple thread) around all the blocks, sashing strips, applique motifs, and large borders. I left the black borders unstitched.

In each block I quilted something different — pebbles/bubbles around the spotted dog, sun rays and grass in the sun block, straight lines in the hexagonal strip block, spirals in the ‘sort of’ log cabin block, squared stippling in the block with the dice, and half flowers and straight lines in the block with the crossover squares.

For the borders, I decided to just go plain and so stitched straight echo lines (in a bright lipstick pink) about 1 inch away from the seams and about 3 inches out from that stitching line.

(Click on a photo to view it larger)

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Mulberry’ (40 wt rayon, colour 2380 [I think]); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Lipstick’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 91787); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Linen’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10WG1); Madeira Rayon (40 wt, colour 1169)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (black, white, and light tan)

Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/








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