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/





Community Quilt 389

5 04 2018

This pink and grey quilt was very different, and posed some challenges for quilting. The centre circles were quite raised and I suspect had been filled with even more batting to make them puffy. And the diamond shapes separating the blocks were loose — they’d been stitched into the seams, but the whole piece floated above the surface of the quilt. I certainly didn’t want to stitch them down, not after the quilt maker had gone to all that trouble to get that floating effect!

So, how to quilt it? As usual, the first step was stitching in the ditch around all the blocks and borders (using a light grey thread), avoiding the floating diamonds. Then to emphasise the raised centre of each block, I free-motion stitched flower petals (in pink thread) around each one. In the main border, I stitched swags and petal shapes, with a flower in each corner block.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF484); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Pink’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 70189)
  • 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/





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/