Empty Spools, Asilomar, 2018

19 04 2018

One of the Empty Spools quilt retreat weeks locked in nicely with my conference in the US, so I booked in for Cindy Needham’s class on free-motion quilting, her style (see https://www.cindyneedham.com/).

And what a class it was! Cindy is a delightful teacher, extremely willing to share her knowledge and her magnificent body of work, and it was just a fantastic week with a lovely group of 15 woman from all over the US and Canada, and with me as a ring-in from Australia. We laughed, we shared stories, we helped each other, and we had fun. I even taught them how to eat Vegemite!

Each day started with Cindy talking about a particular aspect of quilting (we started with some basics of needles, threads, tension, batting, etc. and by the end of the 5 days, she was talking about quilting vintage linens, whole cloth quilts, and how she blocks a quilt; along the way we learned how to use stencils and design grids, and how to design the quilting on a quilt, using examples the students brought along). The afternoons were our own to either work on our own projects, or to put into practice some of the techniques she talked about. This was purely a techniques class, not a project class, and it was our sandbox to play in, make mistakes, learn, and enjoy each others company.

Cindy is an early riser, so she had the classroom open by 6 am each day (class officially started at 9, but we could get help from Cindy beforehand), and some of the women worked into the night as well. I was very grateful for the early start — first, I had jet lag the first few days, so it was better to be working than twiddling my thumbs in my room waiting for 9 am, and second I’m an early riser too, so being able to get in an extra hour or two of practice time each day was just wonderful. And we were in the BEST classroom at Asilomar — the Surf and Sand room, which has floor to ceiling windows on three sides and just has the most wonderful light.

Enough talk — let’s get on to the work I created over the 5 days. Remember, these are practice pieces and will likely never see the light of day.

 

Some other photos from the week:





Community Quilt 395

8 04 2018

I made this quilt top back in February, and got it back for quilting! The spots in many of the fabrics meant it was easy to decide a motif — large circles/bubbles/pebbles in the main top (in yellow thread), then a motif I made up in my head of odd-length ‘pipes’ ending in round shapes (bobble heads?). I quite like the effect of those bobble heads and will likely do them again. And yes, I just coined a name for that motif — ‘bobble head’. You heard it here first, folks!

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Marigold’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 80130); Madeira (40 wt, rayon, colour 1047)
  • 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 394

8 04 2018

This was a big quilt, with lots of elements in it. It took several hours to quilt.

How to quilt it? As usual I started by stitching in the ditch around the main elements. For the square corner and centre blocks containing flowers, I stitched a flower motif. Then I followed the log cabin seams in the yellow border, stitching straight lines from one side to the other. Still with the yellow thread, I stitched a single line down the middle of one the yellow borders, and a ‘u’ motif in the other. I left the blue border unstitched.

After switching to a dark grey thread, I stitched a squared-off motif in the large and small black borders, and a small stipple in the setting triangles in the centre block; I left the black borders in the centre unstitched.

Lastly, I switched to pink thread and did a large meandering stipple in the pink border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Marigold’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 80130); Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF488); Robison-Anton ‘Crimson’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2416)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan, lead gray, candy apple red)

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





Community Quilt 393

8 04 2018

As with most quilts, I started by stitching in the ditch around all the sashings and borders. For the centre panel, I stitched a square stipple; for the middle ‘circle’ of blocks, I stitched a square spiral in each; and for the outer ‘ring’ of multicoloured blocks, I stitched a big X, then lines sort-of echoing those Xs. I left the blue sashings and borders unstitched. I only used my Line Tamer rule for stitching in the ditch and the big Xs — everything else was free motion.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Robison-Anton ‘Tuxedo Red’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2420)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (candy apple red)

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





Community Quilt 392

8 04 2018

This was a difficult quilt to quilt. I think there was a heap of high-loft polyester batting behind the main top, even though the borders only had standard low-loft batting — the main top was very puffy, usually an indication of fluffy polyester batting. Then there were the buttons in the centre of all the flowers, plus the applique, plus seams that hadn’t been pressed one way. All of these add to the difficulty in quilting a quilt.

To stabilise it as much as possible, I first stitched in the ditch around all the main elements, including around all the fused applique pieces, and the borders. Then to reduce the puffiness, I did a meandering medium-sized stippled in the white space around each teapot and mug. I was going to do spaghetti lines, but the stripes in the white tone-on-tone background fabric went in different directions, so that wasn’t going to work.

I left the green and gold  border unstitched, and stitched different length ‘u’ shapes in the yellow border.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘White’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10000); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Marigold’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 80130)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white, light tan)

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





Community Quilt 391

5 04 2018

What a bright and cheerful quilt! I think it used a disappearing nine-patch pattern, with the large blocks featuring deep pink orchids.

I decided to quilt it using an all-over, continuous line favourite of mine — open headbands — using a deep maroon thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour PF192)
  • 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 390

5 04 2018

Someone had fun making this convergence quilt! Nice bright colours, and a pond scene.

But how to quilt it? As usual I started by stitching in the ditch around all the seam lines and borders, then decided to stitch horizontal lines about 0.5 inches apart in the main block with bright orange thread. I used my Line Tamer ruler for the stitch in the ditch straight lines, but just eyeballed the lines in between, so there’s not a true half inch between each. I did a similar treatment with the horizontal lines in the green borders.

In the purple borders, I stitched ‘u’ shapes, leaving the borders either side of the purple border unstitched. And in the orange border, I stitched a ribbon candy motif, also with bright orange thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Neon Orange’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 90811); Isacord (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 2900); Robison-Anton ‘Ming'(40 wt, rayon, colour 2322)
  • 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/