Small world’s colliding

30 03 2018

There are about 7 billion people on Earth, so what are the chances of two people from opposite sides of the world (US and Australia) being on the same tour in India and Nepal at the same time, and both knowing me??? I don’t even want to try to do the maths on that one!

Sharon lives near Los Angeles and is a friend of mine on Facebook — I first met her at technical writer conferences we both attended in the US. Julie lives in Perth and is a quilter — Julie knows of me, probably because of the work I do for the Community Quilts program of our state quilt guild, but I don’t know if we’ve met. However, Julie is quite well-known by another West Australian quilter, Michelle, who is a good friend of mine.

With that background, imagine my surprise when Sharon messaged me yesterday from Nepal telling me there was a Perth lady on her tour who’s a quilter and knows of me. I’m not sure how they got to me in their conversation, but I expect it was something like ‘Where are you from? What do you do in your spare time?’ ‘Perth; I quilt’ ‘OMG! I known someone in Perth — Rhonda Bracey — and she’s a quilter’, followed by ‘I know of Rhonda! Wow!’

Normally when a Facebook friend is off on a trip somewhere, I sort of follow along, but not very closely. But this time was different – I’d done a trek in the Annapurna foothills in Nepal back in 1988, so I was interested in what Sharon was doing there, where she was going, and how different it might be from my trip there 30 years ago. She went to some of the same places I went, so we’d been chatting about that on Facebook, when all of a sudden she asked where in Perth I lived. That must’ve been about the time she found out Julie was from Perth and was a quilter.

What are the chances? It certainly is a small world! And in this case, two of my world’s collided — my quilting world and my tech writing world. In Nepal, of all places.





Community Quilt 388

30 03 2018

This was a big nautical-themed single bed quilt, with lots of blocks ripe for different styles of quilting. As usual, I started by stitching in the ditch around all the main blocks and elements. Then I stitched different motifs in various areas of the quilt, leaving the inner border and sashings unstitched.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Paris Blue’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2283); Robison-Anton ‘Shimmering Gold’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2471); Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF 487)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white; light tan; lead gray)

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





Community Quilt 387

30 03 2018

For this quilt, I stitched a continuous line, all-over pattern — squared-off ‘open headbands‘, one of my ‘go to’ motifs that’s stored in my muscle memory.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Shimmering Gold’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2471)
  • 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 386

30 03 2018

For this scrappy quilt, I started by stitching in the ditch around all the main elements. In the long blocks made of horizontal fabric scraps, I stitched long vertical lines, and for the chevron block, I stitched in the ditch every few chevrons. The border fabric was on a consistent angle, so I stitched straight lines (free motion, so not perfectly straight like you’d get with a ruler!) following the pattern of the fabric. I left the other areas unstitched.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF 487)
  • 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 385

30 03 2018

How to quilt this scrappy quilt made from a wide range of fabrics and colours? As usual I started by stitching in the ditch around the main blocks, then did an overlapping spiral motif using a neon orange thread. In the border, I stitched large ‘u’ shapes of various heights in a dark gray thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Neon Orange’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 90811); Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF 487)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan; lead gray)

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





Community Quilt 384

30 03 2018

The blue in this quilt top was a denim colour, so in keeping with that theme, I used a murky blue thread for all the quilting. After stitching in the ditch around all the main elements and blocks, I kept it simple by stitching circles to counter the geometric shapes, then an outline stitch around the elements in the main quilt top. I stitched the large floral border with a large meandering stipple.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Isacord (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour Fb 3842)
  • 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 383

30 03 2018

This pretty quilt had a few issues with uneven, mismatched, and wonky seams and sashing, but I stitched in the ditch around every element, then did a medium-sized stipple in the white space to help tame it. I stitched a large petal shape inside each applique flower petal to reduce the puffiness.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-TEc Glide ‘White’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10000); Fil-TEc Glide ‘Peach’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 50473);
  • 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 382

30 03 2018

For this sea-themed quilt, I quilted free-motion wavy lines horizontally across the quilt, after stitching in the ditch around the main blocks.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF074)
  • 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/





Macaw! Macaw!

21 03 2018

I finally finished the macaw art quilt I started last year. Actually, I finished it late last year, but since then I’ve entered it in an art competition (textile category) where a condition of entry was that it had to be for sale. That competition is over now, so now I can put up the pictures of it.

The finished size is 28″ [width] x 29.5″ [height] (71 x 75 cm) and it has a hanging sleeve.

As you can see from the close-up photos, it has hundreds of thousands of stitches and uses many different fabrics and threads.

This art quilt is now available for sale from my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/605106886/macaw-macaw-art-quilt

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Back:

In situ at the art exhibition:





Christmas tree quilt

17 03 2018

When I was on my quilting retreat with friends in February, I put this Christmas tree top together — I’d made the trees back in January, but hadn’t had a chance to finish off the quilt top with the extra white fabric. The trees are made from fabric scraps in blues, greens, and purples. I based my trees on this pattern from Craftsy: https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/article/scrappy-christmas-tree-quilt-block/. I added a yellow, orange, or red swatch of fabric at the top of each tree to emulate a star or light.

I quilted it with wobbly vertical lines, with the occasional ‘snowflake’ interspersed in amongst them. And I added Christmas stars and radiating ‘lights’ at the top of each tree, in a gold metallic thread. It’s bound in the same white fabric as used in the rest of the quilt top.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘White’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10000); Fil-Tec Glisten ‘Gold’ (40 wt, metallic, colour 60088)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white)