Kelly’s Quilt in the spotlight…

In the continuing showcase of Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s charity quilts, today’s quilt is Kelly’s Quilt.

Kellys quilt

This bright, fun, scrappy improv quilt was made at our Guild’s March Charity Sew Day.  During the course of the day the group took a huge box of bright, kid friendly scraps and a handful of stray orphan blocks cut them up and turned it all into a pile of 12 inch blocks.

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The quilt got its name during the Sew Day when this block when up on the design wall…

Kellys block

Joy, one of our members commented that the girl in this block looked liked one of my fellow Board members from last year, Kelly.  Everyone agreed and the quilt was then referred to all day as Kelly’s quilt.

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In the spirit of improv and anything goes, the top grew into a loud riot of novelty print fun…

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When it came time to quilting this top,  it fell,  of course to none other than its name sake, Kelly Cole of Blue Bird Sews.  As soon as she knew the quilt was named after her, Kelly felt she had to quilt it.

Kellys quilt detail

And boy did she quilt it.  Kelly did a wonderful job free motion quilting a different pattern into each block…

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The end result is one of the most fun games of eye spy ever in a quilt.  It love the riot of colour and texture of this quilt.  You know it is going to make some kid extremely happy.

 

Making paper piecing Lemonade…

So a couple of weeks ago I realised I had made a hideous paper piecing miscalculation…. it all started in December last year when I had lots of time sitting around hospitals with my darling husband.  I wanted to bring hand work but my hexie pelt…

hexagon pelt

..had become unruly and unmanageable.  I had taken the cardboard papers out of the center to help make it easier to handle but it was too big for me to keep adding hexies easily.  The solution was of course to start a second pelt that I could just sew to the first pelt when it got big enough.  Great solution right?….

In theory yes… in practice I stuffed it up big time.   Fast forward five months and I go to attach the second pelt only to discover my second pelt would not fit my first pelt.  The two pieces would not align no matter what way I put them.    My huge miscalculation resulted in a tantrum, lots of tears and copious amounts of swearing.

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My darling husband, who has claimed the hexagon pelt as his quilt, tried to comfort me…but somehow failed to grasp the complete heart ache of spending months hand sewing something together only to realise you are going to have to unpick it all.  The worst bit was that I had removed all but a few of the papers which made the flowers almost impossible to reattach to the main pelt… it is very tricky to get neat, even stitches without the cardboard supporting the hexagon.

paper less hexagon

So I put everything aside, not sure when I would be ready to face the horrible task ahead of me, and uncertain about what to do with the hexagons that could not be re-attached.  Then Sunday it dawned on me what I needed to do….

The idea came from a special quilt that was made for Rachel of Stitched in Color…. I had made hexagons for this quilt and watched it slowly come together.  This was the solution to my problem.

new hexagon blocks

And so I have started gluing….

glue down hexagon

and sewing my hexagons onto a 6 1/2 inch square low volume background…

sewing down hexagon

and I am loving the effect.

Design wall shot

I will have enough flowers from my second pelt mishap to make a baby quilt.  I  can not tell you how excited I am to find such a pretty solution to my issues.  I have definitely made lemonade out of those lemons!

Modern Sampler Quilt

Today I wanted to share with you another one of the beautiful quilts members of my Quilt Guild made for our charity program.

modern sampler quilt

This amazing Modern Sampler quilt was pieced using blocks that members of the Guild made a couple of years ago as part of our BOM program.  One of our members, Michelle Micaela took a bag of blocks and whipped up this amazing top… using fun strips of solid colours to make the different sized blocks work.

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I love the colour way… that purple and aqua in particular make me very happy.

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Another of our fabulous members, Colleen Barnhardt of The Quilted Thistle then took the top and wove her magic all over it.  Colleen has only been quilting on a long arm for under a year which is so hard to believe because she is so AMAZING!

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She quilted the most fabulous array of patterns over the different blocks…

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The quilting adds so much to this quilt…. and my photos do not do it justice…

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And all around the border of the quilt, Colleen added a geometric pattern in variegated cotton that just adds the most perfect border and bought the quilt together.

edge quilt detail

Yesterday I dropped off this quilt, and 11 others (including Wonky Trees) to Camp Erin, a local camp for kids who dealing with the death of someone close to them.   I am so proud that our Guild does such great work for such good causes.

Not just one tree in the forest…

Today I am spending the day delivering the latest batch of Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity quilts to a couple of charities around town…. so over the next couple of days I would like to share some of the beauties that are being dropped off starting with…

wonky tree quilt

Our wonderful wonky tree quilt.  Now if you have been following me for a while you will have seen a version of this quilt last year, when we made our first wonky tree charity quilt…  you can check out my original post for tips on making the blocks

Finished quilt top

This quilt block has become an annual exercise and makes for such a fun Sew Day.  Basically anything goes tree wise and this year was no different.  We had differently shaped trees…

different types of treesReally big trees…

different size trees

And really small trees….

some tiny trees

The forest is so varied and every one has a blast just making what ever type of tree they wanted… there is no right or wrong but most people kept within the 8 inch square guideline….

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We used lots of our donated scraps, and I love this exercise in particular because it allows us to use up  some of the browns and olive greens we have in our donated charity stash… colours that are not always easy to use in kids quilts.

one of my trees

I always throw in some bright greens to the mix to add a splash of vibrancy to the forest.

To finish it all off the amazing Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting, did an awesome job.  She choose an all over pattern that hints at the wind blowing through the trees.  I love it so much.

quilting detail

For the back of the quilt one of our fabulous volunteers, Betty, made a huge tree block….

quilt back

..that was just perfect for the back.  This quilt was truly a wonderful group effect… thanks goes out to everyone who played along and helped make this wonderful forest.

More red white and blue…

As July comes to an end so does my red, white and blue pinwheel blocks….

Fireworks pinwheel block

I mixed the colouring up this week and I love the red background…I hope it works with the other blocks being made for the Quilting Bee…

fireworks pinwheel pieces

There is another fun way to make this block, which gives you a very different looking block…still with a lot of movement in it.

colour alternative

If you would like to use the free pattern just download the PDF by clicking the link…Fireworks Pinwheel Block.

Enjoy….

A low volume scrap vortex…

This week I finished up my scrap vortex quilt… I actually started this quilt a couple of weeks ago in a bid to use some of my low volume scraps and after I found the wonderful QAL at Crazy Mom Quilts.

finished scrap vortex quilt

Amanda Jean leads the Scrap Vortex Quilt Along and does a great job of taking you through, step by step, making these blocks.. and makes dealing with all your scraps easy and manageable.

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You start by sewing similar size scraps together and then sew those bits together and before you know it you have a quilt block.

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For my quilt I trimmed my blocks to 12 1/2 unfinished.

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It was so much fun putting this together.  I was surprised by how many fun novelty prints I had that were low volume.

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When I was selecting scraps for this project I chose only fabrics that had a white/cream background with a print on top of that back ground.   There are probably five or six scraps that were pastel (a soft light colour fabric with a little white in it) but I wanted to predominantly white/creams.

quilt detail example

You can see an example of one of those prints in the photo above… there are three little blocks that are a soft background with a white print.  It seems like such a little thing, but the fabric reads differently than those around it…it reads darker and more solid than the print would suggest.

greyscale

So if you are doing a low volume quilt, audition your fabrics carefully and if you can, use the camera on your phone to take a photo of the fabric and turn it into a greyscale image to see how the fabric actually reads.

quilt back

For the back of the quilt I used bigger scraps and my left over bits and pieces to make an extra large block…with more novelty goodness in it… including my favorite bit…

koala

Yep I managed to squeek in a koala bear…

For the binding I used the left overs from last weeks quilt….solid Kona pastels.

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This quilt is headed to Project Linus for some kid to love and treasure…

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 Quilt Details:

Pattern:  Scrap Vortex by Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric:  Various low volume Scraps
Finished Size:  48 x 48 inches