Community Quilt 77

26 04 2013

And then there are the wonky quilts… This one was the wonkiest I’ve tackled so far. All those bias edges were wonky when sewn into the blocks, and the border was wonky.

So how to quilt a wonky quilt with fabric that bunched up in many places? You beat it into submission with lots of fairly dense quilting! 😉

I chose a matching variegated thread in blues, greens and purples, using a rounded spiral morphing into spikes, then echoed with rounded hops. I have no idea what this design is called but it achieved the end result of flattening this very wonky quilt top.

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Back (still with some loose threads caught):



Threads used:

  • Top: Superior King Tut ‘Cairo’ (40 wt cotton, colour 932)
  • Bobbin: Wonderfil Invisifil (100 wt, red)


Community Quilt 76

26 04 2013

Some quilts just sing. And this one had a whole choir going on 😉

I love batiks, and I especially likes how the maker combined shades of batiks I’d never have thought to put together to make this HUGE quilt top (I think this is the biggest I’ve done on my Sweet Sixteen). With the colour and the chevrons, and the overall linear movement of the quilt, I just had to stitch it with straight lines, a la modern quilting. I used a variegated thread with purples, greens, and browns/tans. And I used my Line Tamer ruler for the straight lines.

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Update Sept 2014: This quilt became a raffle quilt, raising $1850 for a charitable organisation and going to a lovely family:

Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Mirage (30 wt, polyester?, colour SD 29)
  • Bobbin: Wonderfil Inivisifil ( 100 wt, polyester, navy)


Handi Quilter under table storage solution

26 04 2013

I’d been using a temporary tray for storing my brush, oil etc. for my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen. I didn’t realise it was temporary until it started to split apart! So it was time for a different solution. The real problem with the shelf underneath the Sweet Sixteen table is that it’s narrow and shallow — 9.75 x 2 inches (24.5 x 5 cm) MAXIMUM internal dimensions. It’s deep, so length isn’t an issue, but the height and width of whatever you put under there are critical. And you still need to leave enough space for your fingers to grab the storage tray too.

I was in KMart (in Australia) and saw a neat little bamboo tray in the kitchen aisles. But as I wasn’t sure of the width of the shelf, I called my husband and got him to measure it. Unfortunately, the tray was too wide for the space. So I went looking a little more… And in the same KMart store, but in the stationery area, I found what I was looking for in the scrapbooking section — a tray with lots of fixed and removable dividers with lid that snaps closed.

I only added a couple of removable dividers — I sure didn’t need the 30 (!) removable dividers that were included in the box (though if you’re a beader or scrapbooker, then maybe they’d be super useful).

It’s a PERFECT tray for storing my oil, brush, small tools, spare fuse for the bobbin winder, and needles. And it cost me the princely sum of $5! Gotta be happy with that!