Albany for the weekend

8 12 2016

We went to Albany (Western Australia) last weekend, as an early birthday treat for me. We stayed in a lovely fully furnished apartment near Middleton Beach, and ate well at Rustlers Steakhouse (both nights!), Hybla Tavern, and then Plantagenet Winery in Mount Barker on the way home.

I spent a couple of hours at the very sobering National Anzac Centre, on Mount Clarence overlooking the harbour where more than 40,000 troops and 13,000 horses sailed from to fight for Britain in World War One. Many of those men died at Gallipoli, with more dying in the Somme, and still others coming home ruined for life, either mentally or physically or both. Only one horse came back to Australia… It’s well worth a visit but allow yourself several hours to do it justice.

After the museum, I needed to reconnect with nature, so walked to the viewing area at the top of the hill near the Anzac Centre. Hidden in amongst the bushes are gun emplacements from earlier times (likely World War Two, when the Japanese came well down the Australian coast), which was a surprise. And of course, the King Skinks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egernia_kingii). I’d seen them before so knew what to look for when I heard rustling in the leafy undergrowth! They’re big sods!! Speaking of lizards, we saw a couple of big guys (looked like bungarras or monitor lizards, but probably weren’t) on the drive home — we swerved to miss one on the side of the road.

Some photos from the weekend:

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Spot the gun!

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King Skink

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From the National Anzac Centre

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The names scroll by slowly under the water

More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/albums/72157673671910723

 





Community Quilt 297

21 11 2016

How to quilt this beige jelly roll quilt? The simplest thing would’ve been straight lines to emphasise the strips, but I wanted to do more than that. Instead, I stitched an all-over ‘square’ stipple. I like doing this motif, but it takes a long time — I think it took about 3 hours to quilt this quilt (no rulers).

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Affinity ‘Wheat’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 60300)
  • 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 296

21 11 2016

I think this little quilt took me longer to quilt than some of the big ones! I started by stitching in the ditch around everything, then echo stitched around the border applique, followed by straight-ish piano keys lines from the echo line to the border’s seams. I McTavished the centre area.

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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/





Community Quilt 295

21 11 2016

How to quilt this very geometric quilt? I wanted to do something round to counteract the points, but also wanted to incorporate some of the triangular shapes. I made up a new motif that I’ll call ‘Windmill’, ‘cos the ‘blades’ are shaped like those on windmills seen across the farmlands of Australia. It starts with a central arc, surrounded by the windmill blades, then a really big arc to encompass the motif.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Earthen Tan’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2569)
  • 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 294

21 11 2016

A baseball fan is going to love this quilt! The fabrics were so busy, I just went with a simple large meandering stipple in red.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF188)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (red)

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





Community Quilt 293

21 11 2016

I hadn’t touched my quilting machine (Sweet Sixteen) for several weeks, so my first foray back into Community Quilts was a simple ‘muscle memory’ motif that I’ve done many times before.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Driftwood’ (40 wt, cotton, colour 14069)
  • 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/





Meeting long-lost sewers and their burial places

18 11 2016

When you’re a sewer (or ‘sewist’ as some would like to call us), you have an affinity with others who sew, especially those who have passed. In my recent US travels I came across the burial places of many sewers😉 You only have to look down to find them — they are scattered and memorialised in the streets of cities like New York and Boston! Here are some I found, and some other pieces of beauty seen when looking down…

In memory of B5, a Boston sewer of great repute

In memory of B5, a Boston sewer of great repute

Drain, a cousin of a sewer

Drain, a cousin of a sewer

No-one is buried here, but there's beauty in the things you walk on

No-one is buried here, but there’s beauty in the things you walk on

Not a sewer, but it should be -- that's a quilting pattern!

Not a sewer, but it should be — that’s a quilting pattern!

The tomb of the unknown sewer

The tomb of the unknown sewer

Ah! Our friend, the sanitary sewer!

Ah! Our friend, the sanitary sewer!

Look carefully -- this was our XXX-rated sewer

Look carefully — this was our XXX-rated sewer

Not a sewer, but a beautiful art deco way to surround a street tree in NYC

Not a sewer, but a beautiful art deco way to surround a street tree in NYC

NYC is full of people from all over the world -- our Indian sewer is buried here

NYC is full of people from all over the world — our Indian sewer is buried here