Community Quilt 301

27 12 2016

This scrappy quilt had so many different fabrics and colours that any quilting was going to get lost in it, so I opted to do a large meandering stipple to hold the layers together.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Autumn’ (40 wt, variegated cotton, colour 14081)
  • 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 300

27 12 2016

Number 300! 300 quilts quilted for the Western Australian Quilters Association Community Quilts program in the 54 months since June 2012!

This 300th quilt used fabrics in dark jewel tones, and looked to me like a disappearing nine-patch. I decided to quilt it in spirals to counterbalance the geometric nature of the blocks, using a variegated purple thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Harmony ‘Violets’ (40 wt, variegated cotton, colour 14072)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (lead gray)

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





Community Quilt 299

27 12 2016

How to quilt this blue and brown quilt? Well, the star blocks gave me a clue. After stitching in the ditch around the main elements, I stitched big wonky stars in the two brown blocks, and more in the centres of some of the other blocks too.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Best Brown’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2566)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (lead gray)

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





Community Quilt 298

27 12 2016

It was hard to decide how to quilt this small ‘Chinese coin’-style scrappy quilt. After stitching in the ditch around the main colour blocks, I stitched vertical lines to cross the horizontals of the ladder-like strips. In the beige border I did a ‘u’ or ‘n’ motif, and a simple stipple in the green floral border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Aurifil (50 wt, cotton, colour 2310)
  • 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/





Albany for the weekend

8 12 2016

We went to Albany (Western Australia) last weekend, as an early birthday treat for me. We stayed in a lovely fully furnished apartment near Middleton Beach, and ate well at Rustlers Steakhouse (both nights!), Hybla Tavern, and then Plantagenet Winery in Mount Barker on the way home.

I spent a couple of hours at the very sobering National Anzac Centre, on Mount Clarence overlooking the harbour where more than 40,000 troops and 13,000 horses sailed from to fight for Britain in World War One. Many of those men died at Gallipoli, with more dying in the Somme, and still others coming home ruined for life, either mentally or physically or both. Only one horse came back to Australia… It’s well worth a visit but allow yourself several hours to do it justice.

After the museum, I needed to reconnect with nature, so walked to the viewing area at the top of the hill near the Anzac Centre. Hidden in amongst the bushes are gun emplacements from earlier times (likely World War Two, when the Japanese came well down the Australian coast), which was a surprise. And of course, the King Skinks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egernia_kingii). I’d seen them before so knew what to look for when I heard rustling in the leafy undergrowth! They’re big sods!! Speaking of lizards, we saw a couple of big guys (looked like bungarras or monitor lizards, but probably weren’t) on the drive home — we swerved to miss one on the side of the road.

Some photos from the weekend:

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Spot the gun!

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From the National Anzac Centre

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The names scroll by slowly under the water

More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/albums/72157673671910723