Community Quilt 297

21 11 2016

How to quilt this beige jelly roll quilt? The simplest thing would’ve been straight lines to emphasise the strips, but I wanted to do more than that. Instead, I stitched an all-over ‘square’ stipple. I like doing this motif, but it takes a long time — I think it took about 3 hours to quilt this quilt (no rulers).

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Affinity ‘Wheat’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 60300)
  • 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 296

21 11 2016

I think this little quilt took me longer to quilt than some of the big ones! I started by stitching in the ditch around everything, then echo stitched around the border applique, followed by straight-ish piano keys lines from the echo line to the border’s seams. I McTavished the centre area.

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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 295

21 11 2016

How to quilt this very geometric quilt? I wanted to do something round to counteract the points, but also wanted to incorporate some of the triangular shapes. I made up a new motif that I’ll call ‘Windmill’, ‘cos the ‘blades’ are shaped like those on windmills seen across the farmlands of Australia. It starts with a central arc, surrounded by the windmill blades, then a really big arc to encompass the motif.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Earthen Tan’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2569)
  • 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 294

21 11 2016

A baseball fan is going to love this quilt! The fabrics were so busy, I just went with a simple large meandering stipple in red.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF188)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (red)

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





Community Quilt 293

21 11 2016

I hadn’t touched my quilting machine (Sweet Sixteen) for several weeks, so my first foray back into Community Quilts was a simple ‘muscle memory’ motif that I’ve done many times before.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Driftwood’ (40 wt, cotton, colour 14069)
  • 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/





Meeting long-lost sewers and their burial places

18 11 2016

When you’re a sewer (or ‘sewist’ as some would like to call us), you have an affinity with others who sew, especially those who have passed. In my recent US travels I came across the burial places of many sewers 😉 You only have to look down to find them — they are scattered and memorialised in the streets of cities like New York and Boston! Here are some I found, and some other pieces of beauty seen when looking down…

In memory of B5, a Boston sewer of great repute

In memory of B5, a Boston sewer of great repute

Drain, a cousin of a sewer

Drain, a cousin of a sewer

No-one is buried here, but there's beauty in the things you walk on

No-one is buried here, but there’s beauty in the things you walk on

Not a sewer, but it should be -- that's a quilting pattern!

Not a sewer, but it should be — that’s a quilting pattern!

The tomb of the unknown sewer

The tomb of the unknown sewer

Ah! Our friend, the sanitary sewer!

Ah! Our friend, the sanitary sewer!

Look carefully -- this was our XXX-rated sewer

Look carefully — this was our XXX-rated sewer

Not a sewer, but a beautiful art deco way to surround a street tree in NYC

Not a sewer, but a beautiful art deco way to surround a street tree in NYC

NYC is full of people from all over the world -- our Indian sewer is buried here

NYC is full of people from all over the world — our Indian sewer is buried here

Tampa/St Petersburg, March 2017

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QV2016: Day 20: Heading home

11 11 2016

It’s all over. I said some goodbyes at dinner last night, expecting to see many of the group later today because we were catching the same flight from Dallas to Sydney. However, it was not to be. I had an early morning breakfast commitment with some Houston friends, so checked out of the hotel early. After breakfast, one of my companions drove me to the airport where I had a long wait for my 2:10pm flight. Except it was an even longer wait than expected.

They boarded us, then told us we’d be waiting on the tarmac for at least an hour because of weather delays at Dallas. We took off about 3:30pm, getting in around 4:30 — Dallas was shrouded in heavy rain and low cloud and visibility was very low. I had plenty of time before my flight to Sydney, due to leave at 8pm, so cooled my heels in the Qantas Premier lounge. Most of the group were scheduled to fly out of Houston around 4:30pm — the hour-long delay saw them racing to get to the gate on time (one missed the connection as she was coming in from Hobby airport in Houston). I saw them briefly at the gate, fully expecting to see them on the flight. But Qantas doesn’t encourage fraternisation between different classes on board! I had received my points upgrade to First Class, but it was impossible for anyone in Economy to join me, or for me to go to Economy. And when we arrived in Sydney, most were on the 8:30am flight to Perth, so they had another dash from one terminal to the other to make their flight. I was booked on the 10:30am flight out of Sydney, so had a leisurely transfer time, allowing me to shower and relax in the Qantas Business Lounge. Which meant I missed saying my goodbyes to a great group of ladies!

The flights home were uneventful — just as I like it! There was a bit of turbulence leaving Dallas, and some midway across the Pacific (usual), but otherwise there was nothing out of the ordinary about the flights. I even slept a few hours of the DFW to SYD flight!

Some photos taken from the plane going across Australia:

Salt lakes in the Western Australian wheatbelt

Salt lakes in the Western Australian wheatbelt

Straight line of clouds

Straight line of clouds

The Cooyong, South Australia

The Coorong, South Australia





QV2016: Day 19: Houston International Quilt Festival

7 11 2016

Our last full day in Houston today, and the last day of the 2016 Houston International Quilt Festival.

I was off to the vendor mall first thing to get a sewing machine tote that will double as an extra suitcase. Got a reasonable deal too 😉 Then it was off to view the quilts I wanted to see more closely.

I was particularly taken with one small exhibit — the Cherrywood fabric challenge, which this year was on The Lion King. Each participant got a yard of the same colour fabric from Cherrywood, then had to use other Cherrywood fabrics to complete their 20 x 20 piece. These were small art quilts but they were just stunning. There was some superb artistry in these works. I’ve highlighted a few of them here; you can view all 450+ photos I took at the Quilt Festival here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/albums/72157674850354320

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We have our farewell drinks and dinner tonight and then it’s back to the normality of everyday life.





QV2016: Day 18: Houston International Quilt Festival

6 11 2016

Again, no photos today as I’ve been busy with classes. The morning one was on a design method taught by Laura Lee Fritz. It’s quite clever, but I’m not sure I’ll use it a lot. I did enjoy the class, though.

The second was a long-arm quilting design class by Dusty Farrell — I liked his approach (‘bread and butter’ quilting) and the opportunity we had to play on the long-arm machines.

I then tackled the vendor mall for the last time, and was pleasantly surprised by how quiet it was after 5pm on a Saturday — I must remember that for the next time, if there is a next time.

I passed on dinner tonight (I had a BIG serve of ‘to go’ guacamole from Pappasito’s at lunch), and instead shared 12 Cadbury salted caramel bites with one of the other girls from our group while we had a hot chocolate and a natter in my room.

Tomorrow I go back to look closely at the quilts that inspired me on Wednesday night. Then packing for the trip home. We have our final drinks and dinner as a group tonight, where farewells will be said, and hugs will be given.





QV2016: Day 17: Houston International Quilt Festival

5 11 2016

No photos today! I was too busy learning and doing in my all-day class with the awesome Melinda Bula — Fantastic Fusible Flowers: Hibiscus. What a wonderful teacher she is.

Tomorrow I have another full day of classes — one in the morning on designing, and a long-arm quilting one in the afternoon. Then my classes are all done, leaving me Sunday to return to the quilt exhibition and study the quilts more closely. And pack. We start our flights back to Australia on Monday.