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.

16 thoughts on “Quilting with friends

  1. What an enviable space to work in, and what a productive day you all had! I do so wish I had something like that here…. No modern quilt guild, all they are interested in here is lots of traditional stuff, and it’s just not me.

  2. The quilts all look wonderful. About a year ago I took a course on craftsy called free motion quilting a sampler quilt with Leah Day, it got me started and I’d really recommend it. If you want to use a walking foot instead they have a class about that too (among many others), I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard it’s good. I just looked and if you go here: ttp://freemotionquilting.blogspot.co.uk/p/take-class.html
    you can get her classes for 50% off.

  3. Sounds so fun! And I agree about the importance of the final quilting. I started trying free motion about a year ago and finally produced something that isn’t embarrassing. Kizumi did a great job of finding a pattern that enhanced the block. Which I find harder than it looks.

  4. i would have loved to participate but was on a mini retreat with some of the gals in my small quilt group. I had better put it on my calendar for next time!

  5. Did you use a pattern for piecing the gorgeous floral quilt? If so, would you share the name of the quilt. I have lots of left over Kaffe Fasset squares and would love to try to make this. Thanks so much. Beautiful!

  6. Love all these quilts. I also wanted the pattern for the Kaffe Fasset fabric quilt but will make my own. Thanks for giving us the information in your answer to Wendy.

    • Hi Cathy. This quilt is decades old (like 20 plus year old)…and even back then I did not really use a pattern. The quilt used 9, 6 and 3 inch squares (finished) to make it and I just randomly played with their layout. Sorry I cannot point you to a specific pattern.

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