Community Quilt 136

13 04 2014

This small dark quilt was a challenge. How to quilt it to enhance the depth of the colours, while not overpowering the quilt with the quilting?

The first decision was what thread to use. I didn’t want a very dark thread as that would’ve hidden the quilting, so I opted for a variegated thread in rich orange, copper, ginger, red, and peach tones.

I started by doing straight line quilting from the piano key border into the adjoining row of blocks, following the existing seam lines of those blocks. But when I looked at the other side’s piano key border, it didn’t marry up with the seam lines of those blocks, so I had to abandon that idea for the other side. What to do?

I’d seen quilts that blended one motif into another but hadn’t tried it myself, so I sort of did that. The motif I used for the blocks next to the straight line blocks was a curved open headband motif with squared off edges, and then the one for the blocks and piano key border adjacent to that was a full circular spiral design, thus varying the quilting from one edge to the other from straight lines to circular lines.

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Threads used:

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





Community Quilt 135

13 04 2014

I loved the colours in this quilt! And as soon as I pulled it out of the bag, the cream centre just screamed ‘McTavishing!’ to me, so that’s what I did. I also stitched around the main parts of the appliqued flowers in the centre to make them ‘pop’ even more.

I left the dark green borders unquilted, and did my quick and easy cathedral windows motif in the checkerboard borders using a variegated orange/copper/pink/ginger/peach rayon thread.

I was really pleased with how this quilt looked after I’d quilted it.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Cream’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 20001) and Wonderfil Mirage (30 wt, rayon, colour SD31)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Glide pre-wound bobbin (white)

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





Community Quilt 134

13 04 2014

I thought this very geometric quilt top needed something to soften the edges a bit, so I quilted it in a squared-off variation of the ‘open headband‘ motif I’ve used many times before. I stitched this design all over the quilt, using a cream thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Cream’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, colour 20001)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Glide pre-wound bobbin (white)

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





Community Quilt 133

29 03 2014

I’ve never done a ‘whole cloth’ quilt before, though I’ve admired those I’ve seen. For those not familiar with the term, a whole cloth quilt is created from one piece of fabric for the top — no piecing, no blocks sewn together, no applique. Typically, the single piece of fabric is one colour with no pattern in it, often a light colour like cream or white, though I have seen some stunning whole cloth quilts done in black. The decoration comes from the quilting.

My challenge with this quilt was to take someone’s whole cloth top that they had carefully marked (the blue lines) in 12″ squares and a 4″ (?) border, and make something of it. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, I followed the markings the creator had made, then added fills where I thought they were necessary. I didn’t do ANY ruler work in this piece — all the ‘straight’ lines are either deliberately wonky, or are done by ‘eyeballing’ an imaginary straight line.

The centre square was the only one that didn’t have any markings, so I found a picture of a square Celtic knot and printed it out then marked it up with orange chalk.

The person who marked up this quilt did an awesome job in the ‘borders’ as she segued from one design to another in a seamless manner.

I REALLY REALLY hope that when this quilt gets washed before it gets given away that the marks come out! That said, the back looks pretty stunning too! ;-)

(Some of the photos weren’t as good as I’d like — it was pretty windy outside and rain was threatening)

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Some of the designs after I had only stitched the marked lines:

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And then I quilted each square….

I started with this one, as I figured that 1/8″ straight lines creating a checkerboard effect of about 1″ diamonds would suit the markings:

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With the central Celtic knot design, I did some very tight scribble stitching inside the background areas, then less and less tight stitching heading out to the edge to the 12″ square. I was really pleased with how it came out, as my original intention was to do tight scribble stitching for the entire square. However, I thought it might pull the quilt out of shape if I did that, so I changed tack and made the outer areas far less tight, though it’s still scribble stitching.

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Detail of some of the border designs:

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And this is the back:

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Time taken: About 6 hours or so (maybe 10??? — I wasn’t keeping track…)

Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec ‘Glide’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, Cream, colour 20001)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Glide pre-wound bobbin (white)

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





Community Quilt 132

23 03 2014

This was quite a traditional snowball block quilt, with lots of small floral fabrics used in all the scrappy squares.

I stitched in the ditch around all the blocks first, then did the cathedral windows/orange peel motif in all the blocks of little squares (each scrap square was about 1.5 inches square),with a half flower in the half square triangles setting off the snowballs. In each snowball, I did a single loopy spine and bulbous feathers. All stitching was done in the same variegated pastels (pink, yellow, green, blue, and cream) thread. In the black floral border, I did flames all the way along. I didn’t stitch the pink border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec ‘Harmony’ (‘Spring’, colour 14062; 40 wt cotton)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec ‘Glide’ pre-wound bobbin in white

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





Community Quilt 131

23 03 2014

I liked this bright scrappy quilt! The crisp white set it off perfectly. I think this pattern was used (http://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/tutorial-film-at-five-quilt/) or a variation of it.

How to quilt it? First I stitched in the ditch around all the blocks to stabilise the quilt. My next thought was ‘modern’ with lots of straight lines, but then I decided to just do the straight lines in the centres of the sashing and border strips, using white thread. Once that was all stitched, I tackled the small squares. This time I decided to do the cathedral windows/orange peel motif as it’s quick, easy, and gives a great effect of circles and/or flowers. I used a variegated red, yellow, blue, and green thread for these sections. And I finished off the sashing/borders with the scrappy squares using the cathedral windows motif, but in white thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Confession: ANCIENT cotton overlocker thread in both white and a variegated red, yellow, blue and green! Using up my thread stash…
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Glide pre-wound bobbin in white

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





Community Quilt 130

8 12 2013

This was the final one of the current batch. Again, it was a bright scrappy quilt. How to quilt it?

I figured there was more than enough going on in this quilt as far as colour and pattern went, so I opted for an all-over continuous line motif — one of my old favourites: the ‘open headband‘ motif. I made the arcs quite large, which meant I was able to quilt this quilt in just over an hour (I continued the motif into the border so I didn’t have to quilt that separately).

I used a variegated thread in blue, purple, and green, which I thought matched the quilt quite well.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Superior King Tut ‘Arabian Nights’ (40 wt, cotton, colour #935)
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil (white)

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





Community Quilt 129

8 12 2013

Another scrappy jelly roll strip style quilt… this time in reasonably bright colours. While I quite liked the effect of the strips in the quilt, I’m not sure the border fabric adds much — while the colours are OK, the floral pattern clashes in my opinion.

I decided to quilt this one ‘modern’ style, with continuous line stitching in a square/rectangle motif. I used a variegated overlocker thread in primary colours that I’ve had for YEARS, which I though worked quite well with the colours in the quilt.

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Threads used:

  • Top: No idea! It’s a variegated overlocker thread in primary colours that I’ve had for years and there’s no label on the spool
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil (white)

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





Community Quilt 128

8 12 2013

This was a pretty pastel scrappy quilt, done in a jelly roll strip style. The temptation was to quilt it ‘modern’ style, but I decided to use a soft rounded motif instead, using a variegated soft pastel thread.

I like how it turned out.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Silco (40 wt; cotton; color #SCM03)
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil (white)

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





Community Quilt 127

30 11 2013

This was a big quilt, made mostly with batiks in purples, pinks, yellows, blues and greens.

After stitching in the ditch around all the large blocks and the border and the outer edge, I decide to counter the rectangular/square design by quilting it in a rounded motif. I used my favourite ‘open headband‘ motif, making the arcs much larger than usual to try to get this quilt stitched fairly quickly as I wanted to get it back to the Community Quilts coordinator on Monday. I extended the quilting design into the border.

I really liked how the King Tut variegated thread (in blues, greens, purples and yellows) matched the fabrics so well.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Superior King Tut ‘Cairo’ (40 wt, cotton, colour #932)
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil (black)

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








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