Scrap busting quilt…

This morning I managed to finish up the improv baby quilt I started last week.

easy scrap baby quiltI started making blocks last week as a way to take a break from doing old WIP’s (see my original post about the process) and found myself making blocks here and there as I worked on other things.

improv quilt detial 2The blocks are all random improv and used up quite a nice selection of my low volume and pastel scrap stash.

quilt detailThere are lots of novelty prints with enough bits and pieces to play a good game of I spy (aka eye spy).   But for me the most fun of this whole process was the quilting.  If you follow this blog you know I am determined this year to get better at free motion quilting and this week I got some help.

maching bindingLast Friday I took delivery of a wonderful Bernina 550, which I have on loan to play with and oh what a difference a good machine makes.  When it came to quilting this baby up, I was excited to attach the free motion foot and stitch regulator and really play.

quilting detailNow the quilting is far from perfect but it is okay and so much better than anything I have free motioned before…. and most importantly it was great fun to do.  I just free motioned squares and I am now chomping at the bit to try some new things.  I have dusted off my Angela Waters books and bought Christina Cameli’s new book “Step by Step Free Motion Quilting” and I am ready to get serious about this quilting thing.

A heartfelt Paper Piecing Monday

This week I decided to get into the Valentine spirit, despite my husband poo pooing the holiday at every turn.  He strongly feels that it is a holiday that is purely about selling cards and flowers and chocolates.  He feels just a little less negatively about Christmas and I ignore him then too!

So in honor the of the upcoming day of celebration…and to annoy my husband, I  put together a little 3 inch love heart block…

heart blockThe pattern for these darling little things can be found here….3 inch pp hearts.  The pattern sheet has six of the heart patterns on it.   After making my first heart I decided that one little heart was not enough for (1) annoying my husband and (2) making this a substantial Paper Piecing Monday, so I pulled some more fabric from my stash (the first block was done purely with scraps)….

fabric pilesand got to work making this….

heart quilt blockHopefully by the end of the week this will be a darling 18 inch cushion…which I may be allowed to put on our couch…

Better late than never….

Paper piecing Monday just did not happen yesterday. After spending 5 days celebrating Russian Christmas with friends at Hood River we got home late last night and I just could not get my act together enough to post.  I blame the vodka, the lack of sleep and the rip snorting good time I had.  So without further ado here is Paper Piecing Monday’s latest block…

free paper piecing blockI like the pointy light green spike behind the dark green star.  I used the lightest greens for the background points so they almost fade into the sky….

quilt block piecesI branched away from the triangle blocks this week and went with simple square components.  You can find the free pattern here….Star petal  I promise the PDF has a numbered pattern, unlike the one in the photograph!  I once again blame the vodka!

Quilting with friends

Wednesday I had a wonderful day quilting with some of the members of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  We had an incredibly productive day and finished 3 quilt tops and also threw a quilt up on the long arm.

What made the day extra special was that we were working in a space that was displaying a collection of our Medallion quilts…

medallion quiltsOnce a month Modern Domestic hosts our charity sew day.  We get to work in their wonderful space and use the amazing Bernina sewing machines in their work room.  It is always hard for me to go back to my basic Brother machine after a day of luxury sewing on the Bernina!

Sewing on the berninaSo what did we get done I hear you ask….

Kaffe fassett quilt topWe managed to get this floral beauty quilted on the long-arm machine.

Kaffe fassett detailLots of loops and a couple of flowers were stitched into the top by a number of PMQG members.  It is really fun to have a top that anyone can have a turn on, so we usually use a simple free motion technique and people can embellish if they are so inclined.

quilt detailWe also made a collection of wonky snowball blocks that became a sweet little quilt top…

snowball quilt topAnd a couple of orphan blocks also became quilt tops.  Anne made a sweet little disappearing nine patch….

Anne design wallAnd while we are talking about Charity quilts I wanted to share another quilt that was recently finished…

charity quilt topThe blocks were orphan blocks donated by the fabulous Elsa Hart, I put the top together and finally the amazing quilting was done by Kazumi Peterson.

charity top detailKazumi quilted this fabulous pattern into ever block with my favorite bubbles pattern in the sashing.  I really love how this quilt turned out and I am realising more and more how important the final quilting process is.

charity quilt detailI know most of you already know this, but for me every time I see a quilt properly quilted I am in awe of what those top stitches bring to a project.  It is spurring me to really tackle my lack of quilting skills this year.

A spikey little paper piecing Monday…

Okay I had a bit of fun with this block…it is a pointy little number…

WQ Sharp Star

It is a little crest like a little star like…and it is uses the easy triangle format that I am a little addicted to at the moment.

sharp piecesThis free 8 inch pattern involves only 28 pieces and you can down load the PDF here…Sharp Star.

Enjoy…

A special QuiltCon reject

I finally got the opportunity this week to photograph the beautiful wonky star quilt that was made last year at my first PMQG Charity Sew Day.

pmqg wonky star charity quiltI originally posted about making these blocks back in February last year and you can find the original post HERE.  I really loved the quilt top but extra love it now that Rachel at 2nd Avenue Studios wove her quilting magic.

quilt detail

Rachel free motion quilted these wonderful wandering lines that fill the scrappy white space fabulous while also highlighting parts of all the blocks.

block detailAll over the quilt there are these little moments where the lines move around the fussy cutting…

green block detail

…and around and through the stars.   The quilting perfectly compliments the scrappy wonky offset stars.

quilt detail 2This quilt is now in our Charity pool and will be used this year…and I am in the process of preparing for the January Charity Sew Day.  Every month PMQG members meet at the wonderful Modern Domestic and make blocks and chat and hang out.  Every month we make a quilt top together, all of them bright and fun and all of them destined to do good in the community.  It is such a good thing.