Community Quilt 198

13 04 2015

This cute little dog panel will be ideal for a young child. I loved how the backing fabric and the border fabric matched the central panel, so I expect the maker either purchased all the fabrics together, or purchased it as a kit.

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the borders and the dog, the crayons, and the lettering. Then I echo stitched around the central elements, followed by a small shell filler.

I then stitched some motifs in a couple of the borders, followed by a meandering stipple in the outer blue border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Many! Fil-Tec Glide (white 10000; turf 60362; cardinal 70001) and Isacord (yellow 0600; purple A3931/Fb 2711; dusky blue A3641/Fb 4010)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan)

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





Community Quilt 197

13 04 2015

This quilt’s colours reminded me of citrus (lemon, lime, orange), so I decided to stitch large citrus segments as the motif in the main body of the quilt.

I free-motion quilted squared-off blocks in the black border, and left the unusual flying geese unquilted (these had been folded and stitched into the seams, so I didn’t want to stitch them down).

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Threads used:

  • Top: Isacord (40 wt, rayon, colour 0600)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan)

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





Community Quilt 196

13 04 2015

How to quilt this big quilt? I decided to do a variation of ‘cathedral windows‘, by doing ‘S’ curves from point to point, covering the entire quilt with them. The overall effect is of large flower petals (see the photo of the back).

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Autumn’ (40 wt, cotton, colour 14081)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (gray)

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





Community Quilt 195

13 04 2015

This was a small scrappy quit, ideal for getting back into quilting after not touching my machine for several weeks. As it was so scrappy, I just did a large meandering stipple on it, with ‘sort of’ C-waves in the border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderful Mirage (SD 32)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan)

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





Cruise review

10 04 2015

For those who’ve been following along, I went on my first-ever cruise last month — 7 nights in the Caribbean aboard the Oceania Riviera. TripAdvisor doesn’t seem to take reviews for cruise ships, and I don’t want to join cruisecritic.com, so I’ll post my review here.

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This was my first-time cruise. My friend and I shared a Penthouse stateroom, which was a great size (420 sq ft) for two people. They split the Queen bed into two singles.

Positives:

  • Fantastic food in all restaurants, every time. My favourite specialty restaurants were Jacques and Toscana
  • Impeccable service in the stateroom and restaurants; not as good around the pool
  • Gorgeous spacious Penthouse stateroom (Deck 10, midship location)
  • Luxurious bed linen and beds — slept the best I’ve slept in a long time
  • No activities for children or teens, so there weren’t many of either on board. Those that were on board were well-behaved.
  • Small number of people on board (1250 max), so easy to get to and from things and no long lines for anything
  • Embarkation and disembarkation processes were smooth and practiced, as was tendering people to shore in Cozumel, Trujillo, and Belize City
  • HEAPS of storage in the Penthouse stateroom — we were still finding storage hidey-holes 2 days into the cruise
  • Veranda is great for just observing, relaxing, etc. Plenty of room.
  • Afternoon canapes were a delight, even if we didn’t always get exactly what we’d requested. In fact, we usually got more.
  • Our butler, Jemeesh, was a delight and nothing was too hard for him.
  • Culinary Center was great.

Negatives:

  • Internet access was spotty, but usually worked enough for checking emails. Forget about uploading photos!
  • Internet access was expensive at US$30 per day
  • Internet access was for ONE device in a room at ONE time. There were two of us, and we had to coordinate who was on and when — we could use multiple devices (phones, tablets, laptops), but only ONE could be logged in at any time. For $30/day, I thought that was an unnecessary restriction.
  • A small percentage of passengers on board were quite rude, pushing into line/elevators etc. in front of others. However, most people seemed lovely.
  • Artists Loft — nothing advertised prior to the cruise about who the artist was or what he would teach/demonstrate. It was all very confusing, even after I spoke to his wife in the artists loft one day. I was interested in this, but never attended as I got the impression he was only demonstrating oil and palette knife techniques, neither of which interested me.
  • Pool is VERY small. You can’t swim in it, only immerse your body. The pool on the Spa Terrace is only a HOT jacuzzi-style therapeutic pool, also not for swimming, and too hot to stay in on a Caribbean cruise. Not enough space/lounges on the Spa Terrace for all those wanting access.

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