Qantas food

16 07 2017

In the past two days, I travelled on Qantas and American Airlines (AA) from Perth, Western Australia to Burlington, Vermont (via Sydney, Dallas, and an unexpected night in Washington DC owing to an AA flight cancellation). I wrote last year about the points of difference between Qantas and AA (https://rhondabracey.com/2016/10/14/comparing-qantas-and-american-airlines/). This time I’ll talk about the food on Qantas, both on their domestic and international flights, and in the Qantas lounge.

NOTE: I travelled Qantas Business Class domestically — AA call this class ‘First’, but there’s nothing ‘first’ about their meagre food and drink offerings compared to Qantas for similar length journeys! And as a Qantas Platinum Frequent Flyer, I had access to the Qantas International First Lounge at Sydney Airport.

Domestic flight Perth to Sydney, approximately 4 hours

On this afternoon flight, we were fed dinner — see the menu for the food options. I had the soup (with sourdough bread), the lamb chops (two of them!) and the citrus baba.

Qantas lounge

After staying overnight in Sydney, I forgo the breakfast at the hotel, instead choosing to eat at the Qantas lounge. My choices from that menu — eggs benedict with smoked salmon, bircher muesli with hazelnuts (?) and apple, an apple julep (delicious! [non-alcoholic]), and sourdough toast with Vegemite. All very yummy!

Flight from Sydney to Dallas, 16+ hours

Next was the flight from Sydney to Dallas. We get served dinner on that flight not long after taking off, and then breakfast some 12 or 13 hours later, about 2 hours before we land. Because I’d had such a big lunch, I opted for soup (cauliflower I think), the ‘light’ steak sandwich dinner offering, followed by the MOST AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS passionfruit tart with fresh cream. It was SOOO good, I asked if I could have another — and I’m NOT a dessert person. The sharpness and acidity of the passionfruit perfectly balanced the creamy sweetness of the tart. (I didn’t take any photos of my breakfast.)

 





Community Quilt 333

26 06 2017

How to quilt this very geometric and colourful scrappy quilt? I thought about straight line ‘modern’ quilting, then decided to do a variation of ‘graffiti’ quilting. I started in the centre with large overlapping spirals, then a whole slew of flame-style stitching, finishing at the outer edges with a open headband motif. I used a variegated thread in blues, greens, yellows, and purples to match the vibrant colours of the squares.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Superior King Tut ‘Cairo’ (40 wt, cotton, colour 932)
  • 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 334

26 06 2017

Hexies! Lots and lots of hexies! But how to quilt hexies like this???

I decided to do arcs, as per a cathedral window motif, using matching thread colours for each hexagonal ‘flower’. The inner dark green hexies were too puffy after doing this, so I stitched them down too. And for the outer border, I just did a meandering stipple in a variegated dark green thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Affinity ‘Mauve’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 60149);  Robison-Anton ‘Paris Blue’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2283); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Seafoam’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 97494); Mettler Poly Sheen (40 wt, polyester, colour 9405); Gutermann Sulky (40 wt, rayon, colour 2131); Fil-Tec Affinity ‘Forest’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 60293)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white and lead gray)

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





Community Quilt 332

26 06 2017

Hmmm…. how to quilt this one, with all that ‘white space’ in the centre of the blocks? First, I stitched in the ditch around ALL elements, then decided on a free motion checkerboard effect for the small squares, with the dark squares going in one direction and the light squares in the opposite direction. The busy fabric of the outer border was simple — just a meandering stipple was enough. But what to do about those big open spaces?

I grabbed two different size bowls from the kitchen, then marked around each in chalk to create my circles. Then I stitched the circles along the chalk lines and did a flowing continuous-line, cross-hatch matrix inside them. I used a variegated cream, yellow, and mauve thread for all the quilting.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Mirage (30 wt, rayon?, colour SD 32)
  • 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 331

20 06 2017

Another scrappy quilt. How to quilt it? I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks, then did cathedral windows in the outer border strips, followed by extending that motif into the outer cream border. Next I did straight line echo quilting around the central strips, and finished up by doing horizontal and vertical wavy lines through those strips. I used a variegated cream, yellow, and pink/mauve thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Mirage (30 wt, rayon?, colour SD 32)
  • 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 330

20 06 2017

Even though this looked like a red, green, and white Christmas-themed quilt, the fabrics actually contained Hawaiian motifs! I quilted it with overlapping spirals, using two different red and green variegated threads (the first one, a cotton, ran out about halfway through the quilting!).

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Back: 

Threads used:

  • Top: YLI ‘Festival’ (40 wt, cotton, colour 14V); Wonderfil Mirage (30 wt, rayon?, colour SD 21)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (candy apple)

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





Community Quilt 329

20 06 2017

A scrappy quilt made up of many 5″ squares. How to quilt it? I opted for a large cathedral window motif (all free motion, no rulers) using a deep red thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Floriani (40 wt, rayon, colour PF 188)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (candy apple)

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