Picture postcard perfect

2 04 2013

On Easter Sunday I drove down to Yallingup to spend a few hours with friends who have a holiday house down there. This was the view from their verandah. A perfect day, with enough wave action for the surfers. The place was PACKED.

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My friends have two gorgeous parrots, but they are cheeky little buggers! They happily climb all over you, and, if you let them, they’ll kiss you and ‘clean’ your teeth…. and they’ll take anything shiny out of your ears too — like a diamond earring stud!!! Yes, the cheeky green one removed my earring and I didn’t feel a thing. Fortunately, my friends’ daughter was being vigilant and saw it happen so got it back from the bird… After she’d taken the photo! I’d like to have seen the look on the face of an insurance agent had I had to claim for a lost earring! Later, he tried to grab my necklace too. Thieving critter 😉

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Caught red-handed stealing my earring!





Bobbin storage

2 04 2013

Here’s a great idea I saw on Facebook the other day — using ice block trays for storing bobbins! I happened to have an old tray with large openings, just perfect for three of my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen M size bobbins. This particular tray will hold 48 bobbins, and I only have about 20 or so, so there’s plenty of room for more 😉

Even better, this storage system slides neatly onto the shelf under the HQ Sweet Sixteen table.

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Suggestion: As this ice block tray came with an old fridge, and I’m not sure they make trays with this sort of depth or width these days, perhaps try a secondhand store or op shop.





Community Quilt 68

2 04 2013

Another fun and bright quilt for a child, this time featuring characters from the movie ‘Cars’, and fabrics to match. As there was a flame motif on one of the fabrics, I decided to quilt the main top in bright orange flames.

I really like the large border fabric and only quilted black outlines around the heaviest of the white dotted lines — just enough to hold the layers together.

Click on a photo to view it larger.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Neon Orange’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #90811), and a plain black rayon from Robison-Anton
  • Bobbin: Wonderfil Deco-Bob (80 wt, colour #DB 205 [deep red])

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





Community Quilt 67

2 04 2013

What a bright eye-spy quilt this was! Whichever kid gets it will have hours of fun identifying all the animals, characters, etc. on it. Of course, being so bright and ‘busy’, and as it will likely be well loved by a child, I decided to keep the quilting design to a basic all-over ‘open headband‘ motif, but in a matching bright fluoro orange thread!

Even the backing fabric was bright — red, with the names of animals printed on it.

Click on a photo to view it larger.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Neon Orange’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #90811)
  • Bobbin: Wonderfil Deco-Bob (80 wt, colour #DB 205 [deep red])

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





Turtle Quilt 3

2 04 2013

And after finishing the second turtle quilt, I made another one! This one will go to my nephew as they’re having a baby in a few months’ time.

This time, I used the same raw edge applique and shading techniques I’d used in the second one, but with much more contrasting fabrics. I think this one is my favourite of the three.

For the quilting, I stitched bubbles all over the background, emulating the round shapes on the pretty aqua batik fabric. The top fabric was a deep pink/purple/blue wavy leaf pattern, which I shaded with a deep purple Copic marker. The quilting in the border was sort of seaweed/kelp-like.

(The Herd of Turtles pattern I used is available from here: http://prqc.com/2faq.htm)

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Threads used:

  • Gutermann Sulky (40 wt viscose/rayon, colour #2201 [silvery cream, pale blue variegated])
  • Wonderfil Mirage (30 wt, colour SD 09 [variegated deep pink/red/purple])




Turtle Quilt 2

2 04 2013

I wanted to try another turtle quilt using the Herd of Turtles pattern (available from here: http://prqc.com/2faq.htm), but this time using the raw edge applique technique. This method was much quicker for me, and I saved even more time (and a lot of anguish!) by NOT cutting out the areas around the sections on the carapace. Instead, I got out the Copic markers I’d purchased when I was in the US, and shaded the carapace sections to give the illusion of dimension. I was quite pleased with how the shading turned out. I had the green jelly roll fabric I’d made up a few weeks ago and that I didn’t particularly like, so I used that as the background, and for the turtles I used one of the metre-long batik lengths I’d bought in Bali last September. Because this is raw edge applique and because this is a quilt likely to be hung in a child’s room or used for a child, I wanted to stitch down those raw edges a bit more securely, so I used the same thread I’d used for the raw edge and stitched those edges down using a blanket stitch. Finally, I added some wavy kelp using a fluoro lime green thread, then followed the waviness of the kelp into the border. turtles2_01

Turtle with Copic marker shading done, including shading on the overlap with other turtles.Kelp stitched too.

Turtle with Copic marker shading done, including shading on the overlap with other turtles.Kelp stitched too.

Shading done with Copic markers

Shading done with Copic markers

Without the shading, the turtle's carapace was 'flat', but I wasn't going to cut out those tiny sections between each hexagonal shape!

Without the shading, the turtle’s carapace was ‘flat’, but I wasn’t going to cut out those tiny sections between each hexagonal shape!

Border detail - flames to emulate wavy kelp

Border detail – flames to emulate wavy kelp

Detail of the shading, kelp, blanket stitch edge over the raw applique edge, and the binding

Detail of the shading, kelp, blanket stitch edge over the raw applique edge, and the binding

Doing the shading with the brush end of the Copic marker

Doing the shading with the brush end of the Copic marker

Turtle without any shading

Turtle without any shading

Threads used:

  • Fil-Tec Glide ‘Peach’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #50473)
  • Mettler Poly Sheen (40 wt, polyester, colour #5940 [fluoro lime green])