More shed reorganisation

1 11 2015

Several months ago I had a rush of blood to the head and organised my gardening area in the shed. However, the other storage racks in the shed had become higgledy piggledy, with tubs of old documents (tax receipts etc.) filling up available spaces instead of being organised. And I’d noticed that some of the storage racks weren’t coping well with the weight of the storage tubs — they hadn’t collapsed, but they were a bit bowed. I’d also run out of space for storing empty boxes that I needed to keep (e.g. the box my Sweet Sixteen machine came in). And my husband needed to get his cardboard file boxes filled with paperwork for his research into conditions safe from bugs, mice/rats, snails,direct sunlight etc. — i.e. black plastic tubs with sealable lids.

I decided to purchase two more shelving units that are much stronger and deeper than the originals. They arrived last week, but they came with NO instructions! Fortunately, the chap who delivered them works for the company I bought them from and he gave me a very quick summary of how they went together. Based on that info, I put together the 1.5 m wide rack within a few days of getting it. I took my time, and made sure everything locked together as it should — the rubber mallet was very handy! I only needed help lifting the long shelves into place.

The second unit was much longer than the first, at 2.4 m (both are 2.1 m high, with 5 shelves), but as there’s a centre dividing support, the shelves were only 1.2 m long and were very easy to get into place. And because I’d already constructed the 1.5 m unit, this second one was easy to put together, taking me about an hour.

I was pleased with how I channeled my inner Meccano-building skills in constructing these two units. Already I’ve totally rearranged my storage tubs and the spare boxes… My husband has yet to do his!

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All the parts for the 2.4 shelving unit…

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Finished!

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The finished 1.5 m unit (far right), with some of the original racks now holding empty or less weighty boxes





Community Quilt 235

1 11 2015

I loved these orange fabrics and how this quilt design worked together.

How to quilt it? I started by stitching in the ditch around all the hexagonal blocks and their elements, except the white surrounds near the centre. Then I stitched white flowers in the brown centres, followed by straight-line ruler work a quarter-inch from the seam lines in all the orange parts.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Dark Tex. Orange’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2469)
  • 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 234

1 11 2015

This magnificent and bright scrappy quilt had heaps of small squares and half-square triangles, and almost as many flying geese! Someone spent a lot of hours making it. How to quilt it? The busy-ness of the fabrics and the design didn’t lend themselves to anything too elaborate that would get lost in the craziness of this quilt. So I decided to do an old favourite in the main part of the quilt top — my variation of Angela Walters’ swirls, which I think sets off the sharp points nicely. For the border, I just stitched in the ditch around the flying geese and the pinwheels in the corners.

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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 233

1 11 2015

This quilt had odd-shaped motifs in the blocks. How to quilt it? I started by stitching in the ditch around each half star while I waited for inspiration to come 😉

Eventually I decided to stitch half circles ‘behind’ each half star, with a quarter-inch echo — I used my semi-circular Handi Quilter rulers for these. I filled the background with a large meandering stipple.

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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/