Community Quilt 112

2 10 2013

I wasn’t very inspired by the fabrics or colours in this disappearing nine-patch quilt. How to quilt it?

I decided to do a continuous line all-over design — my squared-off open headband motif, which I’ve decided to rename to ‘WiFi’ as the shapes look just like the WiFi icon you see on your smartphone or tablet! 😉 (and the RSS feed symbol)

I used a variegated thread in greens and yellows to blend with the quilt top fabrics.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Superior King Tut ‘Crocodile’ (40 wt, cotton, colour #943)
  • Bottom: Wonderfil Deco Bob (80 wt, colour DB 414)


Community Quilt 111

2 10 2013

I wasn’t sure about this quilt when I pulled it out of the packet during our quilt retreat. Just blue and white? And then I had an awful time with my machine stitching in the ditch around each block, until my friend (and Handi Quilter dealer) Michelle took a look at the machine and made a small adjustment to the ‘finger’ in the bobbin area. Then it stitched fine!

I started it at the retreat, but as the power went out on our last night, I didn’t get to finish it there, so I finished it this weekend just gone. I had in mind to do something in the white parts, possibly some sort of lattice effect following the straight blue lines in the white and blue fabric. But when I looked more closely, I saw that none of the lines lined up with the lines in the other blocks, so with a lot of marking and calculating required, stitching a straight line lattice just wasn’t going to work for me.

Instead, I recalled some ‘matrix’ designs that Leah Day had done, so I decided to do a wavy diagonal matrix in the white blocks, leaving about a 1/2″ between the lines. These are super easy to do and you don’t have to be perfect 😉 Also, if you stitch the matrix correctly, there’s no stopping and starting, except at the beginning and end of the block. I really liked the effect — I achieved a lattice effect without having to use rulers or mark lines. And I think the curves add an organic nature to the quilt that straight lines just don’t have.

For the borders, I just stitched a straight line 1/2″ from the edges, then in the dark blue border I stitched loops (like lower case ‘L’s or ‘E’s in cursive writing) between the straight lines. I left the blue sashing strips unadorned.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Rock Navy’ for the stitch in the ditch around each block (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #30001); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Cream’ for the lattice work (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #20001)
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil in black and white depending on which thread I was using in the top


Community Quilt 110

2 10 2013

This was another small quilt I quilted at our retreat. It had already been finished and bound, and ‘stitch in the ditch’ around the blocks had been done, but the Community Quilts coordinator asked if I could rescue it and liven it up a bit.

It was a such a pastel log cabin quilt, with lots of small flower fabrics used — how to quilt it? I decided on an all-over continuous line motif of large and small arcs, emulating flowers.

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This was the quilt while it was on my machine. On the right is how it looked when I got it — fairly plain, with just the stitch in the ditch quilting. I think I livened it up a bit with the quilting.

Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Mirage in a variegated wine/cream/orchid/yellow (rayon, 30 wt, colour #SD 32)
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil (white)

Community Quilt 109

2 10 2013

What a pretty little quilt this was! All those bright autumn tones and cheery leafy fabrics.

I started by stitching in the ditch around the blocks just to stabilise the quilt, then I outline quilted the centre block of leaves. My original intention was to do the same in the border, but it took quite a while just to do the centre, so I abandoned that idea quick smart!

In each French Braid block, I did a continuous line quilting design of leaves, with more leaves in the sashing strips. And keeping with the leaf theme, I did HUGE leaves in the border 😉

This was another quilt I quilted at the retreat so I can’t remember what thread I used — sorry! (it was a variegated cotton thread in autumnal colours…)

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Community Quilt 108

2 10 2013

I quilted this quilt during our annual quilt retreat weekend. I could have followed the geometric blocks, but instead decided to soften them with feathers — everyone likes feathers, right? 😉

I left the first and third borders unstitched, did some straight line ruler work (with my Line Tamer ruler) in the half square triangles in the second border, and then some half feathers and spirals in the black border.

I really liked how the variegated thread blended beautifully with this quilt top — thanks for letting me use it, Bobbie!

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Threads used (from memory!):

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Driftwood’ for the feathers and one border (40 wt cotton); Floriani embroidery thread in a dark charcoal for the black border (40 wt rayon?)
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil (white)

Community Quilt 107

2 10 2013

This was one HUGE quilt! I reckon it took me well over 12 hours to quilt.

First, I stitched ESS (‘every stinkin’ seam) around all the blocks to stabilise it. Then I tackled one block at a time, deciding how to quilt it, then selecting thread colours, then doing the quilting. Some of the quilting is VERY dense and took ages.

I’m not going to attempt to document the threads I used as there were so many, and as I did this quilt over a couple of weekends, with a week-long trip to Bali in between 😉 There’s no way I remember what I used!

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This photo isn’t as good as I would’ve liked… The bubbles (baubles?) in the Christmas tree are all stitched in gold metallic thread and shine brightly 😉


Yes, I stitched every second row of that checkered fabric, vertically and horizontally…


I stitched the centre flowers in the stars in gold metallic thread and really liked the effect


Another one where I stitched every single cross-hatch in the fabric…




I really like McTavishing, but it uses an incredible amount of thread and takes a long time, so I tend to only do it in small areas, like the background of this tulip block. To make the tulip ‘pop’ even more, I echo stitched about a quarter inch from it before dong the McTavishing.


I used a gingko leaf motif in the background. I hadn’t stitched that design in ages — I should use it more often as it’s a great filler.


I wasn’t sure what to do in the border as this quilt had a LOT of quilting. So I decided to do large ‘petals’ with a smaller inner petal (or flame), and then once I’d finished all around the quilt, I went back and echo stitched around them all. I quite liked the final effect.