Last week I said had a Cotton and Steel…and to prove it here is Exhibit B….
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.
The prints are all Cotton and Steel prints, of course with Kona Snow background….
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!
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…
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
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
Again I raided my stash for a backing fabric and found some fun IKEA fabric to play with…
…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…
Fabric: Cotton & Steel various lines
Block: Simple nine patch cross
Quilt Size: 54 x 54 inches
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week I wanted to share a recent finish that was actually started years ago… so many years I am a little embarrassed.
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…
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!)….
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.
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…
This quilt has already made its way to the local PICU where it definitely brightened some kids stay, I am sure of it.
Fabric: Michael Miller Neon fabric and Cotton Couture
Blocks: various paper pieced blocks
Quilt Size: 52 x 52 inches
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…
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…
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.
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!
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!
Another 2017 finish for you this Friday, this time a little baby quilt I made…
This darling little quilt was made using the AccuQuilt 3 1/2 inch Drunkards Path die… I ran some of my pink and grey scraps through my cutter and had some fun. The main problem with the cutter is that the curved units are so small and I did not have the patience to make a ton more curved blocks, so I improvised…
Or you could call it cheating… but I added some simple 4 inch patchwork squares in the middle of the the circles to get a decent sized quilt quickly.
I liked the effect and I had another die to cut those squares too… really cheating. I also kept the quilting simple and viola I had a finished quilt pretty quickly.
Some scrappy binding and a single piece of fabric for the backing and I was done and the quilt was ready to gift to the local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Block: Drunkards Path using AccuQuilt 3 1/2 inch Die
Fabric: Pink & grey scraps
Size: 36 x 46 inches
After I posted the scrappy quilt on Friday I had several requests for a link to the block pattern, which was hard to do becauseI had not followed a pattern. I had been inspired by some log cabin blocks I had seen and some quilts I had seen on the internet and so worked out the math and then did a step out for our charity sew group.
So on the weekend I photographed the steps just in case you want to play with your own pile of mini charm squares. There are two blocks that make up the quilt…
For this block you need:
When making these blocks I sew the mini charm squares into strips first…
The block is then put together as a log cabin block would be… adding the smallest strip to the side and working my way around. If you are using mini charm squares cut by manufacturers be aware that they do come in slightly different sizes… some cut with. straight edge and some cut with a crimped/pinked edge. The squares with the zig zag edges can be slightly larger than 2 1/2 inch. If in doubt trim your mini charm strips to get a clean sewing edge.
For every block 1 you make you will need a Block 2:
For this block you will need:
Please note that I made a mistake with this photo, so follow the words not the picture and make sure you have two strips of 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
Both finished blocks should measure 10 1/2 inches square unfinished… trim blocks as needed. Make as many blocks as you need to get the sized quilt you want. My quilt on Friday was 60 x 70 inches finished and there were a lot of hands making blocks for this quilt, which made it a quick process.