Continuing my Lizzy House infatuation…

Last week I managed to finish up my Constellation quilt, which is currently winging its way to its new home in Indiana.

Finished Constellation quilt

I started this quilt a while ago, after I got my hands on some treasured pieces of Lizzy House’s Constellation line.  I have been a big fan of Ms. Houses for a while now…she designs the most fun novelty fabric.  I love her bright colour choices and graphic illustrations… and I do not just use them in my charity quilts for kids,  I try to sneak Pearl Bracelets into nearly every quilt I make!

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I loved the blues and touch of purple of this line and it was so easy to put this quilt together using just the Constellation fabric line, some Pearl Braceletss and a few supporting solids.

constellation detail

I paper pieced the six-inch cross blocks… you can find the free pattern here.

constellation detail 3

To quilt this baby up I just used my walking foot and followed the lines of the crosses.  I love how the quilting echoes the crosses, while adding a nice grid pattern to the quilt.

constellation quilt

I wanted some denser quilting on this quilt, as it is for my new nephew, Tobias…and I knew from the experience of his big brother’s quilt, that this quilt needed to be able to stand up to pretty constant washing and hardy wear and tear.

quilt back

For the back of the quilt I used three different Lizzy House prints…two of which are from her recent Natural History range.  These fabrics just worked perfectly with the front… and I could not resist sneaking this marvelous gem print into the quilt.

fabric detail

Now I must warn you this is only one of several Lizzy House quilts I have been working on.  I am slightly addicted to Lizzy’s fabrics and am eagerly awaiting her new line, A lovely Hunt,  in September… it has unicorns in it!

Quilt Details:

Name:  Constellation Crosses
Pattern:  Paper Pieced cross blocks
Fabric:  Lizzy House Constellations
Finished size:  36 x 42 inches

A growing EPP obsession…

Over the last couple of weeks I have been gallivanting to a wedding in Southern California, traipsing around Disneyland and teaching a bunch of wonderful 8 to 10 years old sew doll clothes.  It has been fun and action packed, but there has been only a sprinkling of quilting… and all of it has been English paper piecing.

My go to travel project has become my new obsession…  For the California trip I packed my mini Liberty dresden kit…

dresden travel kit

… I managed to get quite a few dresdens blades done while sitting on the plane or by the pool…

Liberty dresdens

… I have become a little obsessed with finding little scraps of Liberty to add to this project…

Liberty dresden scale

… and I really do mean mini scraps.  I can get two blades easily from a 2 1/2 inch square!

My other ongoing summer travel project, my hexagon pelt, has gone with me to games nights, picnics and camping….

travelling hexagon kitI grab this kit regularly when we are heading ona  long drive or out to events… just in case I get time to baste a few  hexies….

hexagon travel kit

I also have just started basting some mini Cotton and Steel hexies.  I had so many little scraps of fabric left over after making a couple of Cotton and Steel mini quilts for the swap (check out the post here to see two of them) that could not got to waste so…

cotton and steel hexagons

The C+S hexagons were made from scraps that were too small for my main hexagon pelt (main pelt hexie size is 1 inch)…

hexagon sizesNow three EPP projects on the go at the same time might seem excessive, but I am sure I can handle a couple more…. you see, last week for my birthday I got these books…

EPP books

..and the July copy of Love Patchwork and Quilting which had this free gift with it…

I heart patchwork packet

…plus I also discovered that you can use the EQ7 quilting program to print out quilt blocks in segments….. I think my obsession with hand work may have only just started…

Re-purposing Challenge Fabric

Last year the Modern Quilt Guild did a fabric challenge using Michael Miller fabric.  If you follow me you will have seen a few quilts with this fabric in it, including my own Challenge entry.  When our Guild handed out the fabric to its members we said that if anyone was so inclined they could use their Challenge scraps to make some blocks for the charity program.    This is one of the resulting quilts…

Michael Miller sampler

This beautiful quilt was pieced and quilted by the wonderful Cris Pera, who is this years Guild Programs Co-ordinator.

Michael Miller quilt detail 2

Cris took the Michael Miller Challenge blocks and made this darling sampler quilt… using white sashing to bring the blocks together.

Michael Miller quilt block

The blocks are all so different and there is so much amazing piecing in each block…

Michael Miller quilt detail

But I love how they all come together to make a lovely coherent quilt because they are all using the same fabric line.  There should be at least one more of these quilts finished up by the end of the year…fingers crossed!

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 went 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.

kelly quilt detail 4

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

kelly quilt detail 2

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…

Kellys quilt detail 2

The end result is one of the most fun games of eye spy ever in a quilt.  I 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.

do not fit

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 took a bag of blocks and whipped up this amazing top… using fun strips of solid colours to make the different sized blocks work.

quilt detail

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

quilt detail 2

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!

quilting detail 4

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

quilting detail

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

quilting detail 3

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.