Colouring in…

28 04 2015

There’s quite a movement at the moment for colouring books for adults and the meditative benefits of colouring in. I’m sure it springs from the Zentangle and mandela movements.

Anyhow, I found some line drawings on the internet (as you do…) and decided to spend a gorgeous spring day off work sitting outside just colouring in.

I used Copic markers — they have great colour and coverage, but they do bleed a bit. I was really pleased with both pieces I did, especially the owl ­čśë




Community Quilt 204

28 04 2015

This was a HUGE quilt. Like, really HUGE. And it had a lot going on in it.

How to stitch it? I did a LOT of stitch in the ditch around the main elements (sashings, borders, blocks, applique, flying geese, stars, houses, etc.), then some basic stippling in the cream border with tighten stipping in the centre block, followed by ‘cathedral windows‘ in the small 4-patch borders, curved up and down lines in the setting triangles surrounding the 4-patch blocks, then some spirals in the area near the big sunflower applique, some straight lines (no ruler) on the other side, then more straight lines for the huts at the bottom, and finally some large meandering for the clouds at the bottom.

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Threads used:

  • Top:┬áRasant (40 wt, cotton, colour 0379 ; Robison-Anton ‘Paris blue’ (40wt, rayon, colour 2283)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan)


Community Quilt 203

28 04 2015

This was a big quilt. How to quilt it? As usual, start with stitch in the ditch around the main blocks and borders.

Then I did a free-motion flower/leaf motif in each of the burgundy blocks, and repeated that in the cream blocks. In the border, I free-motion stitched a half petal/leaf motif.

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Threads used:

  • Top:┬áMadeira Rayon (burgundy) and Wonderfil Mirage (30 wt, colour SD09 [variegated pink, red, burgundy)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (lead gray)


Community Quilt 202

28 04 2015

This bright yellow and blue quilt will suit a West Coast Eagles supporter!

How to quilt it? As usual, I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks, then I echo stitched about a half inch in inside the plain blue shapes, filling the inside area with a ‘ribbon candy’ motif. I then stitched a square about a half inch in from the centre of the paler blue shapes. I stitched a similar square — though with two rows of stitching about a half inch apart — inside the yellow shapes.

For the border, I stitched a quarter inch echo around the main top, then another straight line 6″ out from that line. Inside, I stitched large looping ribbon candy.

I used my Line Tamer ruler for the straight lines, and free-motion stitched all the ribbon candy.

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Threads used:

  • Top:┬áIsacord (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour A3941/Fb4133 [dark dusky blue] and ‘Citrus’ [colour 0600; bright yellow])
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (black and light tan)