Crazy beach!

8 12 2017

I used a pattern from Four Paws Quilting, called ‘Not So Crazy‘, to make this quilt from a heap of beige scrap fabrics. I added some aqua scrap fabrics as well, and some brownish ones. As I was putting it together, I realised that the colours reminded me of the beaches near where I live — white/beige sand, aqua water, brown seaweed washed up on shore, colourful umbrellas (the stripe fabric), swimsuits (dotted fabric), and eating fish and chips at the beach (the chips/fries fabric and the newspaper fabric). The name ‘Crazy Beach’ comes from that, plus a play on words…

I added an aqua border to the quilt top and finished it with a beige binding. For the quilting, I stitched undulating lines (representing waves) across the quilt, leaving some areas unquilted (the calmer water between the waves). In the border I stitched a very stylised up-and-down scallop shell motif I made up. The back is a soft Egyptian cotton in a mid-beige.

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Signs seen in Albany, Western Australia

8 12 2017

We were in Albany last weekend, and on the drive out to Emu Point we saw heaps of signs warning us of turtle crossings (their nesting time is October to December), and quite a few for bandicoots, neither of which are very common signs in Australia. I like how they think turtles can go 40 km/h!

 





Community Quilt 357

8 12 2017

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks and borders, around the circles containing the birds, around the scalloped edge inside the circles, and then around each bird. I then did a smallish stipple in the white space around each bird to make the bird ‘pop’, and continued the stipple in the brown borders.

I left the cream and green borders unstitched, then did a straight stitch following the direction of the striped in the main border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Military Gold’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 27407)
  • 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 356

8 12 2017

How to quilt this quilt with all those Dresden plates and all that white space?

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the plates and into their centres, where I stitched a little floral motif, then around the brown border. I decided to leave the ‘arms’ of each plate unstitched, letting the ditch stitching make them pop.

For the outer border, I did a large meandering stipple, and for all that white space surrounding the Dresden plates, I did some McTavishing.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Linen’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10WG1)
  • 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/





Allowing for contingencies

9 11 2017

I was up at 4:30am, on the road at 5:30am so that I could be at PER airport for a 9:20am flight. I allow 2 hours for the drive (sometimes it only take 1.75 hours), + 2 hours at the airport before the flight. Thank goodness I did that today!

I knew the traffic on Kwinana Freeway would be awful at that hour of the morning, so exited at Thomas Rd to Nicholson, then Google Maps wanted me to go via Rowley Rd to Tonkin Hwy. Cool. Tonkin is a straight run to the airport, with a few traffic lights to impede progress. It was all good and it looked like I’d make it in just over 1.5 hours. Neat detour, Google Maps!

Until it wasn’t. I got to the Gosnells Rd lights and it looked like there was a hold-up in the traffic. Slowly got past those lights and came to a stop, with the occasional creep forward. The time was ticking away. 7.10, 7.15, 7.20… and we weren’t moving. 6 police cars and 3 tow tricks had sped up the emergency lane (no ambulance or fire that I saw), but still nothing was happening. There was obviously an accident, but I couldn’t see anything from where I was. What to do? How long do I wait? It’s not like I had a plane to catch. Oh wait! I did!!! I decided to pull it at 7:25, chucking a U-turn across the median strip (fortunately, there was no vegetation, curbs, or soft sand to impede me), and heading back to the lights (where there were more police detouring the traffic), and taking a magical mystery tour through the back streets of Gosnells to Kelvin Rd then back onto Tonkin ahead of the accident.

From there it was a straight run to the airport and I made it with less than an hour to go before my flight — the edge of my comfort zone!

(Memo to myself for future trips — stop at the Service Centre near Safety Bay Rd for a pee break, even I think I don’t need it! It’s just over an hour from home, and I thought I’d be fine, but adding in an extra hour to the trip because of the accident on Tonkin meant that it was an uncomfortable last part of the journey, and I sure didn’t want to risk sneezing!)





Red, white, and blue quilts

23 10 2017

At our annual quilting retreat in July, I took along a heap of navy and red fabric scraps, plus some white fabric with the intention of making a couple of quilt tops. Well, I made them then, but only recently got around to quilting them and finishing them off. So, it’s taken a while to get them up on the blog, but better late than never. Both are available for purchase from my Etsy store: rhondamadeit.etsy.com

Red, white, and blue square-in-square quilt

All the blocks were made from various navy blue fabrics surrounded by white, expect for the two red and white blocks, which add a pop of colour. I added a quarter-inch border in bright red fabric to set off the predominantly blue and white colours, then added a wide navy border, with red binding to pull it all together.

I quilted most of the small squares with a ‘cathedral window’ (or ‘orange peel’) quilting motif, using a white thread. In the large border, I quilted with a large meandering stipple, using a navy thread.

The backing fabric is navy, with two red and white blocks for contrast. Dimensions: 44.5″ (H) x 39″ (W) [115 x 99 cm]

Red, white, and blue crazy quilt

I had fun making this ‘improv’ quilt. All the blocks are made from navy blue and red fabric scraps that I stitched together, then slashed apart, then joined to other scraps to make my own ‘fabric’. I then cut my ‘made’ fabric into blocks, and surrounded each block with white fabric. I added a half-inch peeper in various red fabrics to set off the predominantly blue and white colours, then added a wide navy border, with red binding to pull it all together.

In keeping with the angular shapes of the ‘made’ fabric in the blocks and the red, white, and blue of many flags, I stitched stars in the blocks, and diamonds in the wide white sashing strips. The backing fabric is navy. Dimensions: 38″ (H) x 34″ (W) [97 x 87 cm]





Community Quilt 355

23 10 2017

What a bright and cheerful quilt this was! I started by stitching in the ditch around all the main elements. I stitched large bubbles/circles in the yellow sections, and a checkerboard effect in the red. I left the black squares unstitched. In the borders, I outline stitched the black stripes, and finally did a large meandering stipple in the outer border, leaving the black border unstitched.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Tuxedo Red’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2420); Gutermann (40 wt, rayon, colour 1189); Fil-Tec Glide ‘White’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10000)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (candy apple red, white)

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