Cutting board rack

24 11 2015

I saw something on the internet the other day about using spring-loaded expandable rods inside your cupboards to create vertical space for storing your cutting boards, baking trays, cooling racks, etc. Well, I couldn’t find these rods in Bunnings (like Home Depot in the US), except in full shower rod lengths. But when I was in Officeworks (like Office Depot in the US) looking for something else, I decided to see what they had in the way of possible storage solutions I could repurpose.

And I found the PERFECT solution for storing my boards and racks vertically — a wire rack for storing file folders on a desk! I tipped it on its side, and voila! A storage system that won’t let these items fall over or slide down. And it takes up less space than the previous storage solution (a wine box). It was cheap too — about AU$14. Now that’s a hack 😉

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Community Quilt 243

24 11 2015

Compared to the most recent quilts I’ve done, this was a tiny one 😉

Again, a scrappy quilt, this time set off with yellow sashings and borders. As it was such a busy quilt, I decided to keep it simple, stitching wonky stars in each block (using my Line Tamer ruler) and mountains (or Vs or Ws) in the borders.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF546)
  • 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 242

24 11 2015

Another big scrappy quilt, this time set off with black. I decided to keep with the geometric theme of this quilt and so quilted it all over with a squared-off meander using an aqua thread. I liked the end result, both the motif and the thread colour I chose.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF373)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (black)

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





Community Quilt 241

24 11 2015

This was a HUGE quilt, and it had been partially hand quilted by its creator. My job was to finish the quilting, which took many hours (especially the McTavishing in the large border on three sides). I started by stitching in the ditch around each block, border, and applique piece that wasn’t already hand stitched, then stitched various quilting motifs to fill in the backgrounds of the borders and the unstitched blocks. I still can’t figure out the connection of the horizontal angel in the waves with the other blocks…

Note: In the photo of the whole quilt, one of the borders is folded over the clothesline to prevent the quilt dragging on the ground, and the quilt is sideways on the clothesline too. It was a big quilt!

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Linen’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10WG1)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white)

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





Community Quilt 240

24 11 2015

This big log cabin quilt was created with some lovely autumnal scrappy fabrics.

How to quilt it? I stitched in the ditch around the large blocks first, to stabilise it. Then countered the geometric nature of the log cabins with large spirals in a variegated thread, morphing into squared-off headbands, and then into open headbands. So there are three quilting motifs in this quilt. In the border I echo stitched a straight line (using the Line Tamer ruler) about half an inch from the seam line.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Tweed’ (40 wt, cotton, colour 14076)
  • 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/





Pond mother bleeping peacefully

15 11 2015

I’ve been researching family history, following leads in the National Library of Australia’s ‘Trove’ digital newspaper collection. One of the great things about this collection is that in addition to the scanned images of the newspapers, they’ve also been converted to text using OCR (optical character recognition).

Anyone who’s scanned text using OCR will know that the resulting text is hit and miss — the accuracy depends on the state of the original document/image, the OCR software, and the settings you use when converting. And so it is with these images — some are good, some are great, some are just woeful. Anyone can correct the resulting text, and with many people doing just that, over time the text becomes more readable — and most importantly, correctly represented in the indexes used for searching.

As I’m doing family history research, I’m looking for dates of birth, marriage, and death, so some of the entries I read are heartbreaking. Others are just plain funny because the OCR has incorrectly translated certain letter forms to other letters — e.g. F to P, i to l, H to II, S to B, 8 to S etc.

Although this one was not part of my family, I corrected it anyway. This is before…

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Safari suits – not just a 1970s fashion statement!

15 11 2015

I’ve been researching family history, following leads in the National Library of Australia’s ‘Trove’ digital newspaper collection. While looking at the 1948 Leaving Certificate results (published January 1949), I spotted this advertisement for safari suits and other summer men’s wear.

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I always thought the safari suit was fashionable in colonial India and Africa, and then later in the late 1960s/70. I didn’t realise it was fashionable for Australian men in the late 1940s! And look at those tight whities!





Community Quilt 239

15 11 2015

This bright colourful quilt was lots of white space, some applique, and a patterned fabric that looked like it was applique.

How to quilt it? I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks, applique pieces, and borders to stabilise it. I then echo quilted the appliqued and fake applique pieces, and did a stipple in the white space behind the fake applique blocks. In the setting triangles, I stitched a very simple fleur de lis type of motif, and then just some wavy lines in the borders. I left all the green sashing strips unstitched.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘White’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10000)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white)

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





Community Quilt 238

15 11 2015

How to quilt this bright quilt?

I decided on stylised flowers, starting with a couple of arcs, then tracking back with rounded ‘petals’ and an echo, before starting a new ‘flower’. This is a variation on the open headband motif that I’ve done many times before.

The thread was a variegated pink, even though it’s called ‘Mauve’, which is a light purple where I come from!

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tex Affinity ‘Mauve’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 60149)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white)

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





Community Quilt 237

15 11 2015

This large quilt was full of autumnal colours, and a striking piece of backing fabric.

I was almost tempted to turn the quilt over and follow the design of the backing fabric for the quilting. However, I decided not to, instead stitching in the ditch along all the diagonal seams, then stitching large looping ribbon candy in the lighter coloured diagonal bands, leaving the darker bands unstitched.

For the border, I emulated the ribbon candy stitching really large loops of it to hold the layers together. The border fabric was very busy, so there was no point in doing anything too elaborate in it as it would be lost.

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Back:

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Tweed’ (40 wt, cotton, colour 14076)
  • 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/