Saved the best for last…

So this is my favorite Cotton & Steel quilt I have made so far…. and yes it uses the same block as last week’s quilt – the Ohio Star.  I always use the wonderful tutorial by The Sewing Chick when making this block.

C&S Ohio star quilt

Same quilt block but such a different quilt…. the Cotton & Steel fabric really make this quilt sing…

c&s ohio star detail 3

…modern, bright and fun.   It always surprises me how different quilts can look with different fabric…

ohio star detail 5

This version feels so much more scrappy because of all the different low volume fabric used (there is not one repeat!)…

ohio star detail

Oh and all the colors used… I did have a blast fussy cutting the centers for these blocks…

ohio star detail 4

The beautiful quilting was done by our wonderful guild member Kazumi Peterson, who is so generous to our Charity program with her time and talent.

ohio star detail 2

I finished the quilt with just a solid navy binding… the quilt is so fabulously busy it did not seem to need anything else.

So this is Cotton & Steel quilt number 5 and I have just finished the top for number 6.  I may have a C&S problem and they are not helping at all… have you seen the latest collection to hit stores?  It is called Spectacle and is by the amazing artist Christian Robinson.  Now in my defense I have not bought EVERYTHING they have released but they really do make fabulous fabric.

Quilt Details:

Quilt Block:  12 inch Ohio Star block
Fabric:  Various lines from Cotton & Steel
Size:  60 x 72 inches

Finishing up some more quilts…

I am finally getting around to finishing up and sharing some of my long over due Do Good Stitches quilts…

dgs ohio star quilt

With the Do Good Stitches quilts I do try and challenge myself to do gender neutral or boy orientated quilts.  As a card carrying pink lover it is always difficult to try and keep to a less girly palette.

ohio star quilt

With this quilt I went with a very traditional block but got my fellow Bee members to mix up the blues and to throw in some boy based novelty prints.

ohio star quilt detail

It really like the way it turned out.  The fun quilting was done on the long arm at my local Quilt shop – Modern Domestic.  I can not tell you how much I love having a local shop…  and one that is just 5 minutes drive away.  I am very very spoiled.

pinkie detail

In the next month there are two quilt shops in town closing down, which makes me a little sad.  I love going into Modern Domestic and petting the fabric, getting advice and teaching/taking classes.  I can not imagine what I would do if my LQS shut down.   If you are lucky enough to have a local store make sure you appreciate them and frequent them – they are such an asset and it would a sadder world if we could not physically go and touch the fabric…. stepping off my soap box… and now back to the quilts…

quilt back

For the back of the quilt I used an IKEA pillow case (cut open of course).  I am having a blast using sheet sets and Doona (duvet for non-Queenslanders) covers for the back of my quilts.  Between IKEA and Martha Stewarts Whim sets the novelty print choice is too fun.

helpful helper

And it is thanks again to my trusty quilt holder and pinkie model… Mr Wombat.  He really is getting good at this quilt holding thing!

Quilt details:

Pattern:  12 inch Ohio Star blocks
Makers: Do Good Stitches Hope Circle
Fabric:  Scraptastic – blues & cream/whites
Size:  48 x 60 inches

I was not joking about my new obsession…

Last week I said had a Cotton and Steel…and to prove it here is Exhibit B….

hop skip jump cs quilt

This pretty little thing was made using a pattern from V & Co called Hop Skip Jump.  It is just one block but two different color ways to give the scattered affect.

Cotton steel quilt

The prints are all Cotton and Steel prints, of course with Kona Snow background….

hop skip detail

The block is made up of half square triangles and broken dishes sections…. I became quite proficient at matching my points by the end of this process.  I may have cheated a little by using glue basting to match my seams for the broken dishes section of the block… but don’t tell anyone!

hop skip detail 2

What I really love about the Cotton and Steel selection in this quilt is their “kind of grey” color that they use.  It is not quite a grey and not quite a bone color.  It is really a unique color shade that they use over and over again in their prints.  I must admit my stash of this color took a big hit with this quilt particularly because…

cs quilt back

I used a swath of it on the back.   This print did not work in the block so I kept it whole on the back.  I know the typewriters are the wrong way but I love them anyway… and as always the kid that gets this quilt is not going to care at all.


Pattern:  Hop Skip Jump by V & Co
Fabric:  Assorted Cotton & Steel prints and Kona Snow
Finished size:  60 x 72 inches
Expert quilt holding:  Mr Wombat

Cotton & Steel is my new obsession…

I have a confession to make… I am obsessed with Cotton and Steel fabrics.  I have been hoarding (and using) them a lot lately.  Today I am sharing one of the many C&S quilts I have made lately…

cotton steel cross quilt

This quilt used tons and tons of different Cotton & Steel Prints – actually there is a print from every fabric line they have released… all cut into 3 1/2 inch squares.  I must admit I cheated a bit and used my Accuquilt cutter to cut all the fabric which made things much quicker.

cotton steel cross quilt 2

Because so many of the C&S fabric lines have the same or similar color stories it makes it easy to mix and match all the fabric…

cs quilt detail 2

And oh the fussy cut potential.  I had so much fun. All the blocks have a navy blue center and there is a plethora of low volume goodness as well…

cs cross detail

I quilted this quilt myself on my Bernina and using my walking foot.  I just followed my seam lines… simple but serviceable for this simple patchwork quilt.

cs cross quilt detail

Again I raided my stash for a backing fabric and found some fun IKEA fabric to play with…

quilt back

…and no matter how much I try I can not get Mr Wombat to put his pinkies down.  No amount of pleading or bribery is working…

Quilt details:

Fabric:  Cotton & Steel various lines
Block:  Simple nine patch cross
Quilt Size:  54 x 54 inches

Slow stitching…

What do you do when your get a creative idea in your head?  Sometimes I am able to jot it down in my notebook and move on and other times I have to just see if I can make it work.  My latest obsession started with some gifted Heather Ross fabric – some precious small pieces that I felt I needed to make good use of.

And so my latest EPP project was born…

pinochio octagon block

Last year, on a whim I picked up a Octagonal block kit during Paper Pieces sale.  I wanted to have some hand work that was NOT hexagons but I am not brave enough yet to do a complex project… my long term goal is to one day be brave enough to try the La Passacaglia block!  These Octagons seem a perfect step up from hexagons.

alien octagon block

Unlike my hexagons I am glue basting the sections of these blocks which is saving time… my Sewline glue pen is getting a good workout.

epp pieces

I have put together a little kit that I have been throwing into my handbag when I head out the door, just in case I have some down time.

my tools

Every good EPP kit needs some small sharp needles, a needle threader (if your eye sight is as bad as mine), wonder clips, thread conditioner, a good thimble and of course a nice thread.  I have only just started using Aurifil’s 80 wt thread in my hand piecing and I am loving it.  It is really thin but does not break or tangle.  I may be in love.

Miss piggy octagon

This is really a fun little project and I have tons and tons of Heather Ross fabric to cut into.  I got three blocks done during the Super Bowl party I was at and I am hopeful I can get a block done a week… and if I am lucky maybe more.

An oldie but a goodie…

This week I wanted to share a recent finish that was actually started years ago… so many years I am a little embarrassed.

neon pink quilt

Photos can not do this neon pink justice… it really is vibrant and a little crazy.  The grey and white does a good job of calming the pink a little…

neon quilt detail 3

A few of these blocks were left over from a Portland Modern Quilt Guild challenge in 2013… the rest are ones that I added (some I even designed the paper piecing pattern for!)….

neon quilt detail

Okay I have to admit I have a problem letting things go and this was particularly true of the couple of blocks I inherited for the charity program.  They just screamed to be made into a quilt, but they were so bright that they did play nicely with any of the other orphan blocks I had… you see my dilemma right, I had to make more blocks to go with them.

neon quilt detail 2

Someone who appreciates pink in all it’s glory – actually my kind of person…. is going to love this quilt…and just in case the front was not enough to sell it I found some fabulous Ikea fabric in my stash for the back…

quilt back

This quilt has already made its way to the local PICU where it definitely brightened some kids stay, I am sure of it.

Quilt Details:

Fabric:  Michael Miller Neon fabric and Cotton Couture
Blocks:  various paper pieced blocks
Quilt Size:  52 x 52 inches

Another Good Finish…

This week I wanted to share one of the Do Good Stitches quilts I have finally got finished… the guilt over the number of DGS tops I have done is weighing on my conscience a little…

dgs cross quilt

These blocks were a year or so old before I finally got them into a presentable state.  I really like this block but it was a little problematic as a bee block…

dgs detail 2


Not all the seams matched perfectly as different people made the blocks on different sewing machine.  I learnt from this quilt that I needed blocks that had a bit more wiggle room for variance – i.e. do not have seams that must align for the pattern to work.

dgs quilt detail 3

I do like the finished quilt regardless of my seam issues… it is a rare boy appropriate quilt. There is always a desperate need for boys quilts at the hospital and I am trying to make more gender neutral quilts but the call of pink is hard to resist!

dgs quilt back

As an added bonus you get a shot of the scrappy back just so that you can admire Mr Wombat’s finger pose.  He is obsessed with sticking his pinkies out when he holds the quilts… which means you have a couple of months of quilt photos with feet and pinkie fingers.  He insists it is his signature move!