Okay I finally managed to wrangle the Starry Night quilt top enough to get some photos. I must admit there are a few strangling pieces of paper still attached to the back…
but I promised a reveal today so here goes…
As you know, if you have followed this quilts progress, I did not have a plan of how to put this together. I just went with the flow, putting pieces up on the design wall and jigsawing the blocks into a top (a technical maneuver I do not want to attempt again!).
My design wall was too small for it, so I had pieces hanging off the wall and laying on the floor….
My first step was to arrange the star blocks in a rough layout that made sure that they were as evenly distributed and as balanced as I could get them.
I carefully placed the bigger stars around the quilt making sure that the fractured stars were separated as well as the ringed stars. I wanted the eye to move around the top exploring and I felt this was the best way to do it.
I then I placed the smaller stars in the gaps!
Finally I just filled all the spaces with scrappy blue blocks… and voila… you have a finished quilt top. A scrappy, random, crazy quilt top.
This week I am pleased to share another Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt… actually one of my favorite so far I must admit…
The blocks for this top were made at one of our Charity Sew days (check out my original post for more details) and then shipped off to be quilted by one of our wonderful members. This time it was the amazing Nancy Stovall who did the long-arming.
I love the pattern that Nancy chose for the quilting and extra love that she did it with yellow thread….
…it just pops against the grey and makes the whole quilt come alive. I am constantly amazed at how the quilting and binding can bring a quilt together… you think I would have that figured by now, but no, every time total amazement.
The quilt is backed with a mixture of Michael Miller challenge left over fabric and some very cool donated pieces.
This quilt will be heading to Raphael House, a local women’s shelter here in Portland, hopefully to provide some warmth and comfort.
Block: 9 inch wonky pin wheel block
Quilt size: 45 x 54 inches
Fabric: Riley Blake charcoal solid and lots of red/orange.yellow scraps
Okay I had another slack posting week last week, but I have some good excuses really. Excuse One….camping.
Yep I spent four days camping last week….Four whole days without a sewing machine, a computer, cell phone connection or a shower! Despite the limitations I did manage to get some quilting done….
I hexied up a storm… four days of hand work produced this lovely collection finished and ready to go….
I love the flexibility and ease of English paper piecing. Whenever I am heading out the door to an appointment or event where I think I may have some spare time I just grab my hexie kit, just in case.
So here is a much overdue shot of my quilt top so far… it is growing slowly.
I am adding flowers willy nilly, I am sure there is an easier way to put the top together but I kind of like the “stick and flower here, stick a flower there” approach.
My husband declared a month or so ago that this quilt was going to be his, because (1) this would ensure that he got a quilt eventually and (2) it would also ensure that I did not give this quilt away, as I am prone to do!
The fact that the quilt will be pretty and loud and contains flowers does not seem to bother him at all!
It does not seem to bother the cat either…
Excuse number two for my slack posting will be part of Wednesday’s post….
Summer has well and truly arrived in Portland and I have been making the most of the sunshine… and not posting as much as I usually do. Sorry about that.
This of course does not mean I have not been quilting… I have still been sewing away, just a little more sporadically than usual. For the last week or so the only thing that has been up on my design wall has been my Starry Night quilt.
As you can see the jigsaw is slowly coming together. I have finished with the star blocks and I am now just making sky. Random weird bits of sky.
This week I went through my EQ7 quilting program and found a pile of paper pieced patterns and printed them out (my sky pieces are currently all 6 inch square or 3 x 6 inches). With EQ I have been able to find a pattern I think is interesting and print it out at both sizes.
Now as stand alone blocks they look a little weird but once you add them to the quilt they just blend into the background in weird and wonderful ways….
No matter how hard I tried to hide it you have probably realised by now that I did not have a grand plan when I started making these blocks, and that I am really making it up as I go along. The blocks are not being placed in any sort of grid and I am just going with the flow, piecing bits and pieces together and seeing what works.
It is a crazy way to work…but really fun. If you are interested in exploring the individual star blocks I have used, you can find links to them under the “Paper Piecing Monday” tab and/or under the “Free Paper Piecing Patterns” tab.
This week we had another Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity Sew day…and this time I had everyone making wonky pinwheels…loud, wonky, scrappy, fun pinwheels…
We started with a stack of Riley Blake solid grey squares and a huge pile of orange, yellow and red scraps. You may be having a feeling of deja vu because a couple of months ago I made a version of these blocks for Do.Good.Stitches.
Both these blocks used the fabulous tutorial from Greenleaf Goods but for the Charity Sew Day I went with 5 inch base block rather than 4 inch. After a day of sewing, our small but productive team had 30 pinwheel blocks, each measuring 9 1/2 inches, done and dusted.
I then took them all home and sewed them together to make this…
So many fun fabrics were used… all warm and bright. This is such a fabulous quilt to make if you want to use those piles of scraps you have accumulated…
Our finished quilt measures 45 inches x 54 inches and will now head out to be quilted and bound before heading to our Charity for this quarter, Raphael House.
I am also pleased to say the cat has inspected the quilt top and deigned that it is acceptable..
… yes I finally got my red and aqua stars into a presentable form… a finished quilt top….I can hear the gasps of surprise from here…
These stars were the product of my first Paper Piecing Monday adventures. I loved putting them together each week, challenging myself to make some complex and amazing stars.
Some of the stars were free patterns from Quilting on the Square (you can find the links to the specific patterns under my Free Paper Piecing Patterns tabs) and others were from Carol Doak’s book 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars.
So in the end I had 20 amazing 12 inch paper pieced stars and no real plan what to do with them. After an online survey last year, it was decided that navy sashing did the best job of showing off each and every star to its best, so a plan was hatched. Fast forward a few months (possibly more) and after auditioning a few navy fabrics and ended up using Robert Kaufman’s Quilters Linen in navy. It was perfect the job.
So now all that is left is to remove the paper… which will be quite a task as some of these suckers are really complex…
Then it is off to a long armer for quilting. At no point did I contemplate ruining this gorgeous quilt top with my quilting. It deserves the best…plus the finished quilt is going to my Mum so I want it to be amazing.