This week I am sharing another PMQG Charity quilt…
This is definitely one of my favorite quilts we have made at the Charity Sew Days EVER! I may be slightly biased by my love of Polaroid photos. I became obsessed with Polaroids during my days in the film industry… I have hundreds and hundreds of them still.
This quilt started as a pile of fussy cut squares and yards of navy and white solids. The end result is so much fun..
This quilt was quilted on a domestic machine by one of our guild members Chelsea. She did an amazing job and I love how the swirls work with the Polaroid.
The other thing I love is the navy binding… I have never done a quilt where the binding is the same colour as the quilt background. It is so effective in making the blocks pop off the quilt. I can tell I will be using matching binding on one of my quilts in the future.
The back of the quilt shows off the wonderful quilting Chelsea did… and highlights the fun piece of turtle fabric I found in my stash that just had to go on the back.
As summer is coming to a close here in the US I took the opportunity to make the most of the sunshine recently and get some quilts photographed…. I actually have a stack of quilts finished but have not got all of them photographed.
I got a little bored with sticking the finished quilts on coat hangers and hanging them on the back fence so I have been venturing out with them when I can…
My latest adventure took me to the Oregon Coast with my cousin (aka. the quilt holder)…
This quilt was made at one of this years Charity Sew Days. Actually we made two of these tops in one day. This year the charity program has exploded in a wonderful way.
This is a fun block that I have made before but I love this all solids version. The pattern was designed by my talented friend Michelle Friedman several years ago and you can find my step by step of it here… We did vary the pattern a little, using pre-cut 3 1/2 inch squares instead of strips, but the result is pretty much the same.
I absolutely love the quilting on this quilt, done by one of our talented long armers, Nancy Stovall. She used fluorescent green thread which was a daring choice but works wonderfully with the quilt.
This quilt has now been labeled and set aside for next years Camp Erin. The sister quilt, which was slightly smaller (4 blocks x 5 blocks) has already headed out to our local PICU.
Block: 12 inch Urban Chicken block
Fabric: various solid cottons including Kona, Bella Solids and Cotton Couture
Finished quilt size: 60 x 72 inches
I have been so very very very very very slack in posting finished quilts this year… so I am going to spend the next couple of weeks playing catch up, just so you can see what I have been up to…. starting with this quilt…
This was a little baby quilt I made using a ton of half square triangles and lots of Lizzy House fabric. You can find details of the block I used on my original post…
I struggled to get a good photo of this quilt, but the stark lighting really highlighted the fabulous quilting that my friend and fellow Modern Domestic collegue, Michelle did.
The colours and prints are fun and bright and the there is just so many things to see in it – from ghosts to ducks to dinosaurs. I love Lizzy House’s fabrics as they make every quilt you use them in just perfect.
The finished quilt has already been dispatched to the local Pediatric ICU and hopefully is doing the job of providing some comfort.
Block: 10 1/2 inch Octagon block
Fabric: Lizzy House fabric lines (Natural History, Catnap, Castle Peeps, Lovely Hunt. 1001 Peeps, Pearl Bracelets & Whisper)
Finished quilt size: 42 x 52 1/2 inches
In my work room I have a box that I throw all my low volume scraps into as I am working. This box fills up pretty quickly, not surprisingly with all the quilts I have my hands in/on and every time it gets to the point where it is over flowing I make a Scrap Vortex quilt…
This is my second one of these quilts I have made and I really do love how they turn out…. you can see my first version here… and with both these quilts I have struggled to get good photos.
they really are just an excuse for me to throw in as much fussy cutting goodness as I can… which makes for the best game of I spy…
plus this was a fun break for me from the complex butterfly blocks I have been making….
This finished quilt is already in the hands of the local PICU for some kid to snuggle under.
Block: 12 inch Scrap Vortex technique by Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric: Various low volume scraps
Finished quilt size: 48 x 60 inches
Another Friday finish for you…and this week is a darling little baby quilt I made using some small wonky star blocks I had floating around…
Usually when I make wonky star quilts I use 5 inch squares to make the stars , but for this quilt I used my stash of 3 inch squares and a pile of scrap pieces to make 8 inch (unfinished) stars.
Actually these stars had been sitting in my WIP pile for a while when I dug them up and started playing… I did not want to make any more stars so instead I used a pile of low volume scraps to play with the star layout.
I tried to lay the stars out randomly and used filler pieces – mainly 3 inch squares, 3 x 5 1/2 inch and 3 x 8 inch strips to fill in the gaps. I wanted the background to be just as scrappy as the stars so I did not use any really big low volume pieces.
The scrappy background also gave me more opportunities for fussy cutting, allowing me to cram in even more novelty prints (have you spotted the squirrels yet!).
My binding choice was a little different from usual with this quilt too… I went with low volume soft colours to frame the quilt instead of my usual wonky star binding – navy blue or scrappy brights. I liked how this choice lets the stars jump off the quilt instead of containing them inside a frame.
The wonderful free motion quilting on this piece was done by my friend Michelle of Mariposa Quilting. I was so pleased this quilt was not ruined by my clumsy straight line quilting.
Once washed this quilt will head off to the our local Pediatric Intensive Care unit where it will hopefully be used for a couple of good games of I Spy….
One of the quilts that I recently finished up was one that had been languishing in the WIP pile not because I was bored with it but because I was not emotional ready to deal with finishing it.
The quilt was started in 2015 while I was recovering from surgery after an ectopic pregnancy. For the last year or so I was not ready to deal with finishing the quilt up… then one day I looked at the quilt top and decided it was time. I bundled it up and sent it to my friend Kazumi to finish up…
The quilt top was made using a paper piecing pattern that I designed…and making the top was a slow and deliberate process for me as I healed. If you are interested in reading more or using the pattern you can follow the links to my earlier posts.
This quilt is our new couch quilt and my new comfort quilt. I have not kept many of my quilts but this one will be treasured. I look at it and see all the pain but also all the strength it took to keep going.
I also see lots of little treasured bits of my stash, including some fabrics which were bought decades ago when I started quilting.
I am really proud of this quilt… it is not my most creative masterpiece -my most creative quilt to date is my Michael Miller challenge quilt I think – but as I made this quilt piece by tiny piece I stitched myself back together. I am proud of that.
And I could not have done any of it without the support of my wonderful quilt holder and partner in crime. Thank you Mr Wombat.