Hodge Podge continues with Broken Dishes…

This week’s Hodge Podge blocks start with the classic Broken Dishes….

broken dishes block

This is simple little 6 inch block comes together really quickly, with just four block pieces….

block pieces

There are a couple of different versions of this block you can do… with quite a few of the traditional blocks using this colouring version.

block 6

So if you want to add this to your collection you can find the free paper piecing pattern here…broken dishes pattern… and there will be more patterns coming this week.

The Weekender Quilt

This week I am finally getting the chance to share with you a quilt I finished last month.  This quilt started as a small bundle of fat quarters that were donated to the Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity program…. I added some fabric from my stash, a couple of solids and made this beauty…

finished Trip Around quilt

The fabric line that kicked this all off was Weekends by Erin McMorris, an old line from 2012.  I had some of the line, as well as some of Erin’s Wildwood line in my stash so I was able to get enough fabric to make a decent sized quilt.

weekender quilt detail 2

I love the colour palette of this quilt, olive green, apricot, soft purple, dusty pink and cream.  It is a gentle but vibrant colour scheme.

fabric detail

And in amongst the florals of the fabric are a smattering of these darling bicycle…

quilt detail

You probably recognize the pattern I used, it is one of my favorite go to patterns, the Trip Around quilt.  I have made a few Trip Around quilts now and love how easy it is to make and how every quilt is so different…

quilt meta pattern

This quilt top finished up big, particularly for me, and there was no way I was going to be able to quilt it on my home machine…my busted back just will not let me.  So my local quilt store, Modern Domestic, kindly allowed me to throw the quilt up on the Bernina long arm.

long arm 2

It was so much fun to quilt loopy flowers into this quilt using the Q24 longarm.  I am slowly getting more confident with free motion….very slowly….and love the adjustable handles on this baby…. it makes it so easy to find a comfortable position to work the machine in.

quilting detail 2

As a label for the quilt I got creative, inspired by one of our Guild long armers, Dawn… and quilted PMQG into the bottom of the quilt.

quilt label

The finishing touches were a scrappy solid binding of beige… not a colour I use often in binding but it worked wonderfully.

quilt backing

This quilt is destined for NW Impact’s program that looks after Seniors at risk… it is fun to be charity quilting this quarter for an older set, as it has forced me out of my usual bright novelty kids centered world.

Quilt Details

Name:  The Weekender
Pattern:  Scrappy Trip Around The World
Fabric:  Weekends and Wildwood by Erin McMorris and select Kona solids
Finished Size:  60 x 72 inches

More Hodge Podge….

As promised I am posting another on of my Hodge Podge Sampler blocks…today’s block has the wonderful title of Mosaic No.1 and is block number 334 in the 1922 version of the Ladies Art Company Quilt Pattern book (link to this later version of the book can be found here).

Mosaic No 1 block

The free paper piecing pattern for this block can be found here….Mosaic No1 block.

If you downloaded my first pattern, the Arkansas Snowflake on Monday, the pattern is a little small….Monday evening I amended the PDF so everything is fine, but you may want to down load the new pattern just in case…Arkansas snowflake pattern.

Now the final piece of business is naming the winner of this fabric bundle…

giveaway bundle

I had 300 entries for the draw and the lucky winner, selected at random is… Linda who commented “I don’t seem to have much of an imagination when I want to buy fun fabrics, so this lot certainly would give my, umm, somewhat ‘boring’ stash a fresh and happy ‘zing’! I think I would make my first ever hexie quilt; Recently, I punched out a huge bag of hexies, then realized I didn’t have any fun fabrics to make hexies with, so there sits the bag, on my coffee table, making me feel guilty…..”

Congratulations Linda and thank you to everyone who entered.

Paper Piecing Monday’s Hodge Podge sampler…

For a month or so I have been thinking about what I wanted to do for the next Paper Piecing Monday series, and I finally decided I wanted to do a sampler quilt.  Now there are lots of different sampler quilts/patterns/books out there, The Farmers Wife, Dear Jane, the Women of the Bible as well as more modern samplers like Tula Pink’s 100 City Sampler and Elizabeth Hartman’s Patchwork City.

I looked at all my options and made two key decisions… I wanted to got traditional and I did not want to do all the half square triangles that are involved in most of the Farmers Wife/Dear Jane etc. blocks.  So I pulled out some of the reference books I have and trawled through the online copy of the Ladies Art Company Quilt Pattern Book of 1898 (you can check it out here).

So my new adventure will be mainly paper pieced interpretations of very traditional blocks…where I can I will give you the name or names the block goes by as well as any different layouts for the block pieces…with a few of these traditional blocks different fabric placement gives you a completely different block and block name.    All the blocks will all be 6 inches square finished.

So to start I give you my version of the Arkansas Snowflake…

arkansas snowflake block

You can find the free paper pieced pattern for this block here….Arkansas snowflake pattern.

I will be posting more blocks throughout the coming weeks…and not just on Mondays… so stay tuned.

Playing with a Lizzy Rainbow… and a giveaway

Last weekend my darling husband abandoned me to go on a boys camping trip, and as soon as he had walked out the door I knew exactly what I was doing with my free time….

You see just before DH left I took delivery of the latest Lizzy House range, Lovely Hunt….and I knew that I had to use it immediately so I pulled out ALL my Lizzy House fabric….

my lizzy house stash

…and cut out a 5 inch square from each piece of fabric.  Then, using my hexagon mini for guidance I got to work….

lizzy house hexagon mini wip

As there was no husband I could keep working without having to pack things away… I had squares and fabric all over the floor…and it took me a couple of days to get all the blocks up…I kept adjusting and rearranging, coming back to the design wall in between other tasks…I finally ended up with this…

Lizzy House simple patchwork

The first block I placed was the low volume cats and then I just worked slowly from there.  I tried to tackle one or two colours at a time, making sure that there was a flow to the colours…

the cat start

Not all the fabric made it into this quilt top…

Lizzy House quilt detail

I only ended up using 168 different fabrics and had about 20 left over.  I could not work out how to make the brown palette work so it did not even get a look in.

quilt detail 3

A couple of the prints had too much colour variation in them at 5 inches big to make the them work, but all the wonderful blenders…the Pearl Bracelets, the mini bracelets, the Butterflies and the chain links helped make the novelty fabrics play nice.

the king and queen

This quilt is definitely my quilt… it is not going anywhere but onto our couch.  As the weather starts to turn icky here in the Pacific Northwest this quilt will keep me warm and cozy…. all I have to do is finish it up!

Now while I was cutting up my Lizzy Stash I cut an extra fat eight or two for a give away.  By the time I had finished working through my stash I had a stack of 25 different fabrics… including quite a few out of print beauties, as well as some of the new Lovely Hunt….

giveaway bundle

So if you would like to win this fat eight bundle just leave a comment below, telling me what you would do with this wonderful bundle of colour.  I will draw a winner next Wednesday, and as always the contest is open to my overseas friends too.

This giveaway is closed. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to Linda who won.

Paper Piecing Monday’s Little Houses…

This past week I have working away on projects for other people… which has somewhat limited my selfish sewing.  In between finishing charity quilts I have been making tiny little houses…

a group of houses

These little buildings are 5 1/2 inch square and are the only paper piecing I have done in the last week or so….  the pattern is called “Outhouse” and is by Carolyn Friedlander …I am also using mainly her fabrics to make this round of blocks…

pattern and fabric

I am going to be teaching a class on making these little houses at my LQS, Modern Domestic, and this will be my class sample…

a pile of blocks

I am almost done with making the blocks and it has been a fun challenge… and I have employed quite a few tricks which have made the process a little easier.

block pieces

I am looking forward to getting back to some of my other projects later this week…. I hear my Lizzy House butterflies calling my name.