The PMQG Orphan sampler

At this week’s PMQG meeting we delivered a large stack of quilts to a local Charity, Camp Erin.  It was so wonderful to see the beautiful quilts that people had created for this charity.  Among those delivered were three quilts made at our Charity Sew Days and the Orphan block sampler I put together….

Orphan Block quiltThe blocks in this quilt are fabulously diverse and really kind of fun…

quilting detail

Some of the blocks I trimmed, some I added borders too and others I cut in half…

PMQG Orphan quilt detail

There are hexagons, scrappy trips, churn dashes, nine patches and modern improv blocks.  We have it all…

quilt detail 2

For the backing I found a wonderfully bright and slightly obnoxious Kaffe Fassett orange floral print that was just perfect…

backing detailThe beautiful quilting was done by PMQG member Kazumi Peterson.  Kazumi added an overall floral motif which went perfectly with the back of the quilt and added such a pretty cohesiveness to the front of the quilt.

quilting detail 2I then finished things off with bright orange binding.  I knew that I had to highlight the orange of the quilt – the blocks and the backing.   I had originally tried putting an orange border around the quilt, instead of the grey, but I found it fought with the blocks for attention.  Orange binding was the perfect compromise.

binding detailMy darling husband had originally called this an ugly quilt but I think he is very wrong.  The finished product is fun and bright and pretty…but I am a little biased.

We are up and running again…sort of

This week I have been trying to sort out what is going on with my laptop.  I have a work around while my computer expert (i.e. the husband) works out what the cat has actually done!  In between the computer dramas I have been playing with some wonderful fabric from Monaluna’s Haven range.  The PMQG is doing a fun fabric challenge with this pretty line….

monaluna-garden-709x220I decided to make some modern 12 inch blocks and just went for it… I used a couple of blocks from “Modern Blocks” including Louise Papa’s Everything Equal block…

Monaluna block 3and Faith Jone’s Boxed In block…

Monaluna block 2and Yvonne Malone’s Seeing Double block..

Monaluna block 1I also did a little improv triangle play…

Monaluna block 5and finally I did a block that used a block from Tula Pink’s City Sampler book.

Monaluna block 4

Whoops

I am sorry about the lack of posting last week, and possibly this week. My computer has given up the ghost which makes writing a blog with pretty pictures very hard (I can only seem to access Instagram photos on my ipad). I am hoping to have a working solution by Wednesday, so please bare with me.

Thanks

Cath

Ps. I am of course blaming the cat.

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My highlights from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

I beg your indulgence as I replace this week’s Paper Piecing Monday with a selection of highlights from my weekend at the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show.  First up has to be…

Fireman twoThe firemen putting up the quilts.  We arrived early (around 7.45am) to set up the PMQG bits and pieces for the show and managed to see quite a few of the quilts go up.

This was my first time to the Sister’s Show and I was blown away by the volume of quilts.  Everywhere you look there were quilts hanging from building… over a thousand of them in total.

Quilts everywhereWhat follows is a smattering of the quilts that caught my eye on Saturday, starting with some of the PMQG quilts…

Ann Marie Cowley's Pantone Quilt
                                             Ann Marie Cowley’s Pantone Quilt
Cheri Langley's Converging Corners Quilt
                                          Cheri Langley’s Converging Corners Quilt

And on the other side of the building Elizabeth Hartman’s new Sampler quilt was hanging…

Elizabeth Hartman's sampler quiltThere were modern quilts scattered all over town including…

Parts Department by Jeanette Pilak
                                                 Parts Department by Jeanette Pilak
Untitled by Maren Johnson
                                                      Untitled by Maren Johnson

This quilt is made up of the same little block, the detail is just amazing….

Detail of Untitled

Detail of Lines and Spaces by Carol Webb
                                     Detail of Lines and Spaces by Carol Webb
Detail of Teal Zeal by Elizabeth Beck
                                                  Detail of Teal Zeal by Elizabeth Beck

In the air-conditioned library (it got close to 100 degrees outside)  local quilt artists Wendy Hill and Pat Pease had an exhibition of their amazing work…

Wendy Hill Quilt detailWall quilt by Wendy HillSide two of Wendy Hill quiltAnd the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild had a wonderful exhibition of its members quilts, which all used the Ohio Star block in the most wonderful ways including Katy’s Camp Fire Ohio Star…

Ohio Star quiltand this wonderful quilt with the Ohio Star printed onto the quilt… genius!

Ohio Wedding by Christy Merrit
                                             Ohio Wedding by Christy Merrit

Scattered around town there were a number of quilts that used denims in their construction including…

Aerial View by Diana Jacks
                                                       Aerial View by Diana Jacks

The details in this quilt are amazing..

Aerial View detailI can not imagine piecing such a thick fabric let alone quilting it… but Diane Jackson managed to do the most amazing quilting on her piece “Red Square”.

Detail of Red Square by Diane Jackson
                                              Detail of Red Square by Diane Jackson

Animals were also well represented in the show with my favorites being this fellow…

Dog quiltand Elizabeth Hartman’s Liberty Fox quilt…

Elizabeth Hartman Foxes DetailThere were of course hundreds of more classic quilts including the fabulously scrappy…

Pineapples for Joanne by Jane Jensen Davis
                                    Pineapples for Joanne by Jane Jensen Davis
Poppy Blaze Big Bang by Sheree Lloyd
                                        Poppy Blaze Big Bang by Sheree Lloyd

 As well as some beautiful vintage quilts….

Hawaiian quilt detailVinatge quiltBut my favorite of the show has to be this beauty…

Under the Waves by Malleva Abenes
                                                Under the Waves by Malleva Abenes

It is a seriously amazing quilt… and that wave… wow….

To finish up I leave you with our Modern Quilters group shot.  Towards the end of the day a group of modern quilters from all over gathered to say hi before scattering to the wind…

Modern Guild group

 

My Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

I finally finished my MQG Challenge quilt this week, just inside the deadline.  This is the first of these fabric challenges I have done it was fun to challenge myself to use the fabrics given with only some solids in a supporting role.   The fabrics I started with were:

mmfabricchallengegraphicAfter a month of umming and ahhing I finally settled on a plan… log cabins.  A classic block that I approached in a completely different way (for me anyway).

stain glass topAs soon as I started cutting the fabulous challenge fabric into 1 inch strips I saw the patterns and the colours so differently.  With the help of a couple of yards of Couture Cotton in Soft White and smattering of Couture in Breeze, Sun, Apple, Dirt, Spa and Fog the 7 inch log cabins came together.

Miichael Miller challenge quilt copyI placed the colour strips randomly around the log cabin., and was not afraid to chop up a log into different colors.

quilt detailI managed to use every scrap of fabric I could.

quilting detailThe wonderful flower print in particular was great fun to work with, as every piece was so different.

Michael miller challenge quilt detail 2For the back of the quilt I “borrowed” some of a friends extra fabric, as well as some of the scraps left over from my top…

quilt backFor the quilting I went with straight lines in a plaid formation, dictated by the log cabins.  I used a cream thread and stitched right down the middle of the logs and I love the result.

quilting patternThe finishing touch was to add some white binding.  I played with other colours but the white was the least intrusive binding.  There is a small splash of blue amongst the white binding, but you have to really search for it!

binding detail I must admit it was a challenge for me to work with this much white.  I am not particularly neat and if you add to that a black cat and a clumsy husband and you have a recipe for disaster.  Luckily I managed to get it photographed before it got too dirty… about 5 second after the photos were taken it got its first splotch of dirt thanks to the cat!  So the quilt is heading to the washing machine now…

Quilt details:
Name: Chopped petals
Pattern:  7 inch log cabin block
Technique: Paper piecing
Finished size: 42 x 42
Fabric: Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels & Couture cotton

Wee Wanders WIP Wednesday

This week I have been playing with  a selection of the Wee Wander’s fabric range by Michael Miller.  I love this fabric and have had a blast playing this week.

wee wanders fabricUsing the fabric for inspiration I pulled supporting fabric from my stash and ended up with this lovely bundle.

fabric pullAs soon as I bought the Wee Wanders, I knew what block I wanted to use – the Rolling Stone Block which dates back to the late 19th century…

wee wanders block 3I found this block, and great instructions on the Dont’ Call me Betsy site. I went with the traditional block layout but no matter what layout you use, it is an easy block that is made up of three units.

1.  A single fabric square… perfect for highlighting the wonderful fussy cut horses …

2.  A block made up of a rectangle of your chosen neutral (for me it was Kona Snow) and a rectangle of your coloured fabric.  This was a great opportunity for me to chain piece, something I do not often get to do…

chain piecing3.  A square in square block, that is paper pieced, but can be done traditionally as well.  For my blocks I removed the paper from this unit before I sewed the block together (a first for me, but it worked perfectly).

square in square blocksThese units are then laid out to make a finished 12 1/2 inch block.  I must admit for my block I enlarged the block slightly to room for the horse blocks.  My unfinished block is 14 1/2 inches square.

Wee wanders block layoutThis week the weather here in Portland has been gloriously hot and I have not got as much of this quilt done as I would have liked.  I have three blocks completed…

wee wanders block 2and…

wee wanders block 1and as the design wall shows, a number in process.

Design wallI am determined today not to be distracted by the sun…or the cat… of the World Cup.  AUGH!