Community Quilt 142

11 05 2014

This pretty quilt was almost perfectly square, which was some achievement considering the triangular/bias blocks in the border! How to quilt it?

I started by stitching in the ditch around every stinkin’ coloured piece of fabric… Yep. Every one.

Then I auditioned some designs by putting a plastic sheet over the top of the quilt and marking on it with a marker, erasing, marking again, etc. until I got something I thought would work. The borders were always going to be cross-hatched to match the fabric seams and the angles of the little coloured squares in them, so that was easy. And I decided not to stitch the coloured fabrics, just the white space.

For the main star blocks, I did all sorts of things — 3-petal half flowers with a curlicue in the centre of the central petals; art deco style triangular type things in the squares (some facing one, some facing out), then finally big art deco style lines in the odd shapes.

I used my Line Tamer ruler for the cross-hatching in the borders, and for the very large outlines of the odd-shaped diamonds; everything else was free motion, including the stitch in the ditch straight lines.

I quite liked the overall effect.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec ‘Glide’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, colour ‘Cream’ #20001)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna-Glide pre-wound bobbin (white)


Community Quilt 141

11 05 2014

How to quilt this large quilt? I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks to stabilise it. Then I tackled the sashing strips and border as the fabric design ‘told’ me to do vertical stripey things. I added a spiral at each green corner join.

For the main blocks, I did a 3-petal flower type thing in the cream triangles. And then I came to a screeching halt. What to do in the 3-strip centre blocks?

I decided to alternate the motif, doing a curvy matrix in one, then a star in the other. The star goes from mid-point to opposite corner, to opposite mid-point etc. and I think it was quite effective. I used a soft green thread for these centres.

No rulers or marking pens were harmed in quilting this quilt 😉 It was ALL free motion. Even the stitch in the ditch… I’m getting much better at almost straight lines on my Sweet Sixteen.

This was a big quilt. I think it took about 6 hours to quilt.

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The back:



Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec ‘Glide’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, colour ‘Cream’ #20001); Madeira Rayon (40 wt rayon, colour 1047)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna-Glide pre-wound bobbin (white)


Enjoying the green grass

11 05 2014

We had our first decent rains this week, and almost overnight the landscape went from dry yellow/brown to lush green shoots.

And the kangaroos are loving it! I see lots on my drive into town, but this week they’ve been much closer to the road, so I took a few photos, especially for my US friends 😉

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There and back again

11 05 2014

On one of our trips to the US (2006) we visited family in Michigan. And as the weather was so nice, we drove up to the Mackinac Bridge and across it to the Upper Peninsula. However, despite the nice weather, pretty much everything in the little town on the other side of the bridge was still closed for winter.

On our drive north, we passed a tiny general store place with gas pumps and a sign that showed they sold Penfolds wines. Penfolds? In a little dot of a place in the middle of northern Lower Michigan? Penfolds is a HUGE wine brand in Australia and we’d previously brought over bottles of Bin 389 to give as gifts to friends only to find that Costco in Monterey, California sold them cheaper than we could buy them in Australia! Go figure.

So on the way back from the bridge trip, we stopped in at this little store to see what they had. And back in the liquor section, at the back of a shelf, we found two bottles of 2001 vintage Penfolds Bin 389! For $21.50 each (USD). Even with the exchange rate at the time, that was still MUCH cheaper than we could buy it in Australia (it was about $50 a bottle in Australia then). So we bought the two bottles. I checked first with the clerk that the price was correct and he said it was. After he’d completed the transaction, I told him that it was half the price we’d pay in Australia, which is where the wine was from. Unbelievable. (See for the full story)

We bought these bottles back to Australia with us on our return. And put them away.

Last night, some eight years on we pulled one out to have with a lovely roast pork dinner I was cooking for my parents for Mothers Day. My husband filtered and decanted it in the afternoon so it had plenty of time to breathe.

And it was amazingly good. Not a lot of nose, but the taste. OMG. The taste! Smooth, with hints of black pepper (I’m not much into flowery wine language!). It went down an absolute treat.



Decanted and ready to pour


Still had the price sticker from the US on it!



And proof that this Australian wine was purchased in the US. Australians purchased it in the US for less than half the price Australians pay for the same wine in Australia. Go figure.