Super sky

1 12 2012

I’ve only just got around to taking these photos off my phone. I took them on 9 November 2012, around 11:30 am on my drive home from the Post Office. The sky was just amazing! The clouds streaked across the sky from one side to the other and it seemed like I was in the middle of it all — the streaks were centred on a point to the west and when I turned to the east, they were centred on another point in the east!

I’m sure there’s probably a scientific name for this phenomenon (anyone know?), but I was so taken with the majesty of it, I just had to take some photos.

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Sky looking west towards the Indian Ocean

Sky looking west towards the Indian Ocean

Looking at the middle section

Looking at the middle section

Looking east

Looking east

 

 

 





For my US friends

1 12 2012

Whenever I go to the US, I stock up on Tim Tams and hand them out to grateful friends in the US. Tim Tams aren’t readily available there and if you *can* find them in an Aussie shop, they are incredibly expensive and there’s a limited range of flavours.

As an Australian-made biscuit (cookie), we get the full range of flavours and they are readily available in our neighbourhood supermarkets. And they go on sale quite often.

So this picture is for my US friends — it’s my local supermarket’s many shelves of Tim Tams in all sorts of flavours, and all at half price ($1.50 per packet)! (Just as an aside, I don’t like Tim Tams — they are WAY too sweet for my taste!)

tim_tams

 





Community Quilt 34

1 12 2012

I finished the last of the latest batch of 10 community quilts today.

I had quite a bit of difficulty deciding how to quilt this quilt as there was a lot going on in it. Eventually, I decided to stitch in the ditch along the diagonals of the coloured areas hoping that I’d get inspiration for the rest of the quilt. After doing that, I was still stumped! So I decided to emphasise a small element of the quilt — the cream vertical bars. Again, I stitched in the ditch, extending the stitching from one vertical bar to the next (I used my Line Tamer ruler to stitch all these straight lines — using this ruler is much quicker for me than trying to stitch straight lines on the Sweet Sixteen without it).

Once I’d done the vertical lines, I figured that that was enough quilting for the main quilt top. The last stage was to quilt the ‘white space’ in the border around the appliqued flowers. I decided on a leaf motif (with loops), in keeping with the floral theme in the border. I continued using the same thread I’d used for the rest of the quilt.

Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide, cream (colour 20001; 40 wt)
  • Bobbin: Rheingold Bobbinfil (by Madeira) (white, 70 wt)

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Photos of all the community quilts I’ve quilted are on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/