Another lot of love….

Yesterday I shared the group Quilt for Pulse we made… today I am sharing my the quilt I also made for the cause.  I had actually started making this quilt when we decided to make a group quilt.

my pulse quilt

For my quilt I used some more of my pre-cut solid squares, but worked with my 3 inch stash this time… I have a lot of pre-cut squares and both of these projects did not even start to dent my pile!

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I played around on my design wall to find a heart shape that I liked and then went to work making these blocks in a rainbow assortment of colours.

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I made sure there was a good mix of lights and darks in each heart and used a variety of whites and creams in the background.   For the background I also threw in some pastel pinks, purples, greens and blues but I made sure I did not put the pastels right next to the heart so that there was clear definition to the heart shape.

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I also quilted this quilt on Modern Domestic’s Q24 longarm… I quilted this one after I had done the huge heart so I was over loopy hearts and went instead for straight line boxes.  It was nice to do something more structured on this quilt.

I think I am going to revisit this block.  It was easy and really effective…plus I still have shoe boxes full of 3 inch solid squares!

Quilts of love…

This week I managed to finish up two very special quilts.  If you are a member of the Modern Quilt Guild you may have heard of the Quilts for Pulse drive.  After the tragic shooting in June at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida a member of the Orland Modern Quilt Guild, Alissa Lapinsky put out a call for rainbow heart blocks.  She wanted to make quilts for families of the victims.

The call for help from Alissa gave me, and some of my friends, the opportunity to do something  in a situation where you usually feel as if there is nothing you can do to help.  So one weekend in June  Lisa, Sara, Kristie and I got together and made a quilt…

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I had a tonne of pre-cut 5 inch squares in hundreds of different colours – I am getting in the habit of cutting my scraps into usable sizes and had just cut a pile of my solid scraps into squares.  So we sorted the squares into colour order and started playing.  The end result looked like this…

finished group quilt for pulse

We pieced this beautiful top, working together, in a day.  It was so much fun to make this top with friends and it was so good to do something positive in the days following the tragedy.  It then took me a little while to get it on the long arm at Modern Domestic.

This was the biggest quilt I had every long armed and I must admit I got a little crazy somewhere in the middle of it… my hearts got a little loopy but the overall effect is not too bad.

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I went with a pieced black and white quilt back to counteract the bright loud front of the quilt…

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The three sets of feet you can see under the quilt are our husbands.  The boys helped hold the quilt while we photographed it…. and as one of those boys is over 6 foot it gives you an idea of how big the quilt finished up.

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We finished the quilt off with a label from Story Patches, who kindly donated labels to many quilters making Pulse Quilts.  I had not used one of these patches before but it was perfect for this quilt.  If you have not seen Story Patches they allow you to download message about your quilt using photos, audio and/or video.  There is a QR code on the label that can be scanned so the receiver of the quilt can see the story behind making the quilt.   We downloaded a message and some photos of the day we spent making the quilt.

This quilt has now joined the hundreds of other quilts and blocks that have been sent to Orlando.  I doubt that Alissa knew that she would get the amazing response she did.  Thanks to efforts of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild,  the quilting community has flooded Orlando with love, support and quilts.

A funny thing happened Saturday…

..and when I say funny, I am being very sarcastic…  yesterday I discovered that a Instagram account had used one of my photos from this site on their page without crediting me.

Now I am sure this happens a bit but what made me really miffed is the fact that they watermarked the image with their name… and I found out about it from copy of the image that had been shared by someone (again with no credit back to the original image source).

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So after seeking advice from my Instagram family I have reached out to the party involved  to get them to either credit me or remove the photo.

You will now find a copyright banner on my sidebar…and I recommend if you have not already done it, you should add one.   After some research I found that the copyright notice will help if you have to pursue an issue through the Courts…also it is easy to do, costs nothing and can be a deterrent to plagiarism or image theft.

I usually also watermark my photos but have not been watermarking the PMQG Charity quilts because they are not all my work and it felt wrong.  The photo however is all mine… that is my back fence for sure…so in future I will watermark the photo to protect them but will credit the amazing people involved in making these wonderful quilts.

Please learn from this lesson and (1) watermark you work; (2) put up a copyright notice and (3) be diligent – if you see work being claimed by someone who you know did not make it say something.

This is the end of the community service announcement.  Regular programming will return next week with a showcase of some of the PMQG Charity quilts from the last couple of months.

Yipee a finish…

This summer has been a little crazy, but in amongst it all I have managed to finish up some quilts including this fun one…

postage stamp quilt

This is my second postage stamp quilt using Rita from Red Pepper Quilts technique.  It is really an easy way to get all these little 1 1/2 inch squares sewn together.  To make it easier on myself, every time I cut out a quilt or have some scraps I will cut a 2 x 7 inch strip and put it in a shoe box.  Over the course of a couple of months that shoe box fills up.

postage stamp quilt detail

When you are working this small I do not worry about fussy cutting but focus mainly on colour….making sure I have some darks and lights as well as lots of white in my prints…  That said you can still play a great game of I Spy with this quilt…

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I did have some fun with the quilting on this piece.  For the first time I used one a quilting template…

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I have picked up a couple of these things over the years but never ever used them before… for this quilt I picked a waved pattern and using my trust Frixon bravely drew all over the quilt top.

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Now my quilting is not perfect but it was a fun exercise.  More than anything it was good for practicing this circular technique which is used a bit in free motion.  It is going to take a bit more practice before I am even remotely proficient but it was a fun exercise.  I even got to bust out my Bernina stitch regulator…

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Do not look to closely because even with a drawn line my quilting is very wonky… but from a distance it all looks fine…

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For the back of the quilt I found a lovely Alexander Henry print in my stash that worked perfectly…

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Some solid Kona navy binding and a label and this beauty is ready to head off into the world… hopefully it will bring a smile to some kids face.

My scrap shoe box is already half full (after a busy scrap cutting session last week) so there will be another one of these in my future I am sure.

Liberty Butterflies

It has been a while since I have done a Paper Piecing Monday post, as I have not been doing as much paper piecing lately…. but this week I started a fun little project…. Liberty Butterflies.

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Everyday I am making one butterfly, just to so I am keeping my paper piecing skills sharp!

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The pattern I am using for these darling 5 inch butterflies is a free one from Lillyella… and you can find the pattern for all three of Nicole’s butterflies here...

butterfly block detail

These blocks are a great way to use up some of my little scraps of Liberty… it does not take too much fabric to make a butterfly.

butterfly quilt block detail

I am not sure what I will do with these when I am done but I am sure I can come up with some way to use them all.  You will find the latest butterflies in my Instagram feed if you want to track the projects progress…. now I am off to make today’s butterfly…

 

Triangles on a Roll Lawn Quilt

At the beginning of the year I started making a lawn quilt using a selection of Cotton & Steel lawns.  I had not made a quilt out of this soft delicate cotton fabric before but had been become fascinated with using it after starting my Liberty adventures.   When I got my hands on some yards and half yards of some Cotton & Steels prints I started playing…

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To make this quilt I used some Triangles on a roll... which was another new experience for me.  I managed to get my hands on some rolls of this fun way to paper piece while I was at Quilt Con…

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These paper rolls allow you easily make a continuous line of flying geese with no joins.  Triangles on a Roll also use a pretty waste free method, which I love.

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You are also not having to flip the pattern to look at the reverse side (as you do with other patterns) because the marks for aligning your pieces are printed on the front of the pattern….which is genius.

quilt detailSo for my quilt I did three rows of 14 geese and I made sure that one of the geese in each row was a made from an alternative colour way of my geese fabric.

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When I started this project I did not have a grand plan… I just wanted to play with Lawn and see how it quilted up plus I wanted to play with the triangle on a roll.

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There is a fun optical illusion with this quilt that I did not plan for but which I kind of like.  But more than anything I love how soft this quilt is.  The quilt is headed to the local PICU, and I know it is going to be of extra cuddly comfort to some kid.

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I also know that I will be using lawn again to quilt with as it is just so soft and I am already planning my next Triangle on a roll project.  I love this way of paper piecing….