Crazy beach!

8 12 2017

I used a pattern from Four Paws Quilting, called ‘Not So Crazy‘, to make this quilt from a heap of beige scrap fabrics. I added some aqua scrap fabrics as well, and some brownish ones. As I was putting it together, I realised that the colours reminded me of the beaches near where I live — white/beige sand, aqua water, brown seaweed washed up on shore, colourful umbrellas (the stripe fabric), swimsuits (dotted fabric), and eating fish and chips at the beach (the chips/fries fabric and the newspaper fabric). The name ‘Crazy Beach’ comes from that, plus a play on words…

I added an aqua border to the quilt top and finished it with a beige binding. For the quilting, I stitched undulating lines (representing waves) across the quilt, leaving some areas unquilted (the calmer water between the waves). In the border I stitched a very stylised up-and-down scallop shell motif I made up. The back is a soft Egyptian cotton in a mid-beige.

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Signs seen in Albany, Western Australia

8 12 2017

We were in Albany last weekend, and on the drive out to Emu Point we saw heaps of signs warning us of turtle crossings (their nesting time is October to December), and quite a few for bandicoots, neither of which are very common signs in Australia. I like how they think turtles can go 40 km/h!

 





Community Quilt 357

8 12 2017

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks and borders, around the circles containing the birds, around the scalloped edge inside the circles, and then around each bird. I then did a smallish stipple in the white space around each bird to make the bird ‘pop’, and continued the stipple in the brown borders.

I left the cream and green borders unstitched, then did a straight stitch following the direction of the striped in the main border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Military Gold’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 27407)
  • 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 356

8 12 2017

How to quilt this quilt with all those Dresden plates and all that white space?

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the plates and into their centres, where I stitched a little floral motif, then around the brown border. I decided to leave the ‘arms’ of each plate unstitched, letting the ditch stitching make them pop.

For the outer border, I did a large meandering stipple, and for all that white space surrounding the Dresden plates, I did some McTavishing.

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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/