Community Quilt 176

7 12 2014

This is likely my last Community Quilt for 2014. It was the last of the most recent bunch I had received, and I won’t get any more until I go to Perth on Dec 19 to pick up a US friend from the airport. As she’s staying with us until Dec 28, I doubt I’ll get any/many of whatever is coming to me in the new batch.

Like the previous quilt, this was a ‘busy’ scrappy quilt of many colours and wonky log cabins. I decided to soften the geometric lines by doing an all-over circular motif in red thread, opting for my ‘open headbands‘, which are lodged in my muscle memory ;-)

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Back:

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF188)
  • 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 175

7 12 2014

There were a lot of scrap fabrics used in this quilt, so detailed quilting would have competed with, or overpowered, those fabrics. I opted for a simple ‘cathedral windows‘ design instead (just in the small squares, not the larger ones, which I left unquilted).

I left the first border unquilted too, and did a large stipple in the outer border.

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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 174

1 12 2014

This was a BRIGHT quilt top!

I started by stitching in the ditch around the centre diamonds (and found out not all were diamonds…), then the borders.

As the centre panel was so bright and busy, I just did a simple angled straight line in the centres of each diamond (in red thread), filling in the diamonds in every second row with a filler design.

What to do with that expanse of cream fabric in the large border? I decided to try something new — a motif I’ll now call ‘Blowing in the wind’ as it reminds me of swirling winds. I stitched a sweeping line/S curve out to a curved pointed end, then echoed a couple of times, then started a new sweeping curve. Once I’d finished them all, I echoed around the entire design, then did a perpendicular up/down filler to make the wind swirls ‘pop’. I quite liked the effect and will add this to my repertoire. It was pretty easy to do and didn’t take long.

For the outer border, I echoed stitched about a half inch away from the seam, and then marked the width of my Line Tamer ruler from that stitched line and stitched another line to give me a space to work in. I then measured and marked approximately every 4″ across the length of each border between those stitching lines, and created diamonds from them, reflecting the diamonds in the centre panel.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Cardinal’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 70001); Fil-Tec Affinity ‘Wheat’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, [variegated] colour 60300)
  • 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 173

1 12 2014

I liked the vibrancy and colours of this quilt.

How to quilt it? Well, it was very geometric with harsh lines, so I decided to soften the look by doing a more organic, rounded all-over spiral motif.

I didn’t stitch in the ditch, just started in the centre and worked my way out. However, I decided to use a 12 wt cotton thread and I had all sorts of trouble with it poking through the back. I think that was a combination using a size 20 needle for this weight thread, AND using a bobbin thread that matched the backing fabric, not the top thread. No matter what I did with the tension I had ‘pokies’ on both sides of the quilt — yellow poking through the navy, and black poking through to the top. I wasn’t happy with the back at all.

Lesson learned: When using a heavy weight thread and a large needle, make sure the bobbin thread matches the top thread, no matter what fabric colour is used on the back. That way any pokies will be less obvious.

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Yellow ‘pokies’ on the back

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Black ‘pokies’ on the front

Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Fruitti (12 wt, Egyptian cotton, colour FT01)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (black)

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





Community Quilt 172

1 12 2014

For this quilt, I decided to do some free-form feather medallions in the centre of each blank block. But before I started those, I stitched in the ditch around all the blocks and borders, and around the main elements in each scrappy block.

In the blank blocks, I started by marking a circle, then did the outside feathers and their echo, then the inside feathers and their echo, followed by some wavy cross-hatching in the middle.

I stitched free-form pointed arcs in the borders, finishing off the corners with a pointed arc and a swirly thing inside it.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Rasant Egyptian cotton (light tan)
  • 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 171

6 10 2014

I’m not sure if I like this quilt or not, but it doesn’t matter as it’s not mine! I quite like green/purple colour combinations, but I’m not sure that they worked too well in this arrangement, especially with the scrappy centres.

How to quilt it? Stitch in the ditch of course around each block, in matching lime green and purple threads. But what to do with that big expanse of dark green background fabric? I was tempted just to do a simple meandering stipple, but eventually decided on an echoed leaf motif, filled with pebbles in the empty spaces between the leaves. It was the first time I’d tried this motif and I liked how it fills the empty spaces really well. It was also very easy to do. But it did use a lot of thread — I think I went through about three 230-yd bobbins just doing the background.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Ming’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2322); Robison-Anton (40 wt, rayon, purple of some sort); Fil-Tec Affinity ‘Forest’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 60293 [variegated deep greens])
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (black)

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





Community Quilt 170

6 10 2014

There was SO much white space in this large quilt that it was almost a wholecloth quilt. The fabrics and colours in the borders sort of indicated that the eventual home for this quilt might be a men’s homeless shelter that the Community Quilts program donates quilts to, but then there was that very strange bald woman in a pinafore holding a teddy bear in the middle! What was up with that? And then there were those strange scrappy log cabin blocks in the corners, which seemed out of place with the rest of the fabrics and design.

Anyhow… how to quilt it?

Stitching in the ditch was a given around the centre block, the appliqued woman, and the border. But what to do with that enormous amount of white space? I thought of rounded shapes like feathers and headband variations, but that didn’t fit with the geometric nature of the borders. My next thought was a squared meandering stipple, but that didn’t seem right either. Then I thought about bricks. So I measured and marked lines and points for layers of bricks and mortar. But still the empty areas were quite puffy, so I needed some sort of pattern inside the bricks to tame the puffiness.

I decided to do fairly close straight lines in the bricks closest to the ‘window’ in the middle, thus creating the illusion of an old-style brick building with different bricks or stones for the window surround. But I knew that continuing that through all the bricks would not only take a lot of time, but would also tighten the quilt up too much with the quilting. So for the remaining bricks I stitched free-form shapes, emulating stones (I hope!).

For the borders, I just stitched straight lines about an inch or so apart. I didn’t use any rulers or markings for these straight lines or the ones inside the bricks near the ‘window’. I echo quilted the appliqued woman and teddy bear and then stippled around her, adding straight lines (in a variegated red) to the red frame around this block.

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Back:

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Cream’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 20001) — used for most of this quilt; Robison -Anton ‘Platinum’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2571) — used for the stipplling in the centre block and the borders; Mettler Poly Sheen Multi (40 wt, polyester, colour 9924 [variegated reds]) — used for the red frame
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white)

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








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