Another Do Good finish…

I am back with another finished Do Good Stitches quilt… actually the weather in Portland has been lovely these last couple of weeks so I had the chance to photograph a few quilts which I will share over the coming weeks… but first up…

do good stitches wonky star quilt

These blocks were made by myself and my fellow Hope Circle Bee hive members.  I love a good wonky star and this block was extra fun because of the low volume background.

modern scrap quilt

Using blacks and dark grey for the stars meant that the fabric we used as the background could have more color and interest in it.   The stars were going to stand out against just about anything we threw at them… so we went fussy cut, novelty print crazy.  The background does make for a good game of I spy.

easy kids quilt

The only low volumes that were a little problematic were the black and white ones… and only when they were used in making the star points.  When choosing your low volume fabrics for a project it is always a good idea to:

(1) double check that they read low volume…. I do this using the mono chrome setting on my phone camera.  Some low volumes can be deceiving and are tonally much darker than they appear.

(2) check that the print does not interfere or intersect with the foreground or main fabric.  I have had this happen when the low volume print have had a strong print with the same color in it as my foreground fabric (this is why the black and white prints could be problematic with this quilt).

wonky star detail 3

Because of the structure of this block you have a bit of built in negative space to play with.  The block uses 3 1/2 inch squares, so one side of the block is just negative space (you can find the directions for the block here)…

Modern scrap bee block

Scrappy wonky Star 12 inch block

This allows you to play with the layout of the stars on the finished quilt.  The layout can be uniformed or more off grid, like I did.

quilt detail

I must admit I loved the randomness of the star layout in this top… I think it gets your eye moving around the quilt in interesting ways.

As always this quilt is heading out into the world to do some good… at our local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  So many hands help make this beauty and I am constantly reminded how many good people there are out there in the world, trying to make a difference.

Quilt Details:

Block:    12 inch off set wonky star
Fabric:   Scraps and more scraps
Size:       60″ x 60″

Got the blues…

This weeks game of catch up involves a lovely little scrap quilt I made last year…

Irish chain quilt. Scrap quilt. Modern quilt.

The pattern is an Irish Chain variation and I had a blast using all the little bits of blue scraps I had accumulated…and it was surprising how many little bits I had.

quilt detail 2

I used 2 1/2 inch squares for the nine patch block… lots of little bits from mini charm packs I had accumulate over time… and the snowball block started as a 6 1/2 inch square of low volume blues & white prints.

quilt detail 3

Again I was surprised by how many of those I had in my stash.  It always surprises me when I get an idea in my head and then find everything I need in my stash…. though sometimes it disappoints me too as I loose my excuse to pick upnbnew fabric when my stash provides.

quilt back

The back of the quilt was also from my stash.  Awhile ago I picked up a few yards of this wonderful Laura Ashley print at a Thrift store.  I do not often thrift my fabric but I could. not leave this fun print behind…. and as all the quilts are washed before donating I was not worried about using it as a back.

quilt holder

This was actually the last shot of an afternoon of quilt photography.  Mr Wombat was such a good sport… patiently humoring me as I drove around the neighborhood looking for fun quilt locations.  I think sometimes he misses the days when I used to just hang the quilts on the back fence!

Quilt Details

Size:  42 x 54 inches
Pattern:  Irish Chain variation
Fabric:  Mini charm squares and scraps.

Time flies when you’re…

Avoiding blogging… I am not sure why I am finding it so hard to get into the rhythm of blogging again but I really am.  I have had photos that I have wanted to post since Summer and I have just found every excuse I could to just not post…. until today.

Today I got a lovely note from someone who follows my blog who was just checking in with me to see if I was okay.  I had kind of forgotten that people liked my quilts and missed my posts.  I had convinced myself that no one really was missing my blog in the sea of things to do/read/look at.  It was a nice reminder that there are a few people out there who like what I do.

So without further… for the Sandra’s out there… here is a quilt I made last year that I have been meaning to share…

find the quilt

This quilt was a store sample that I made for Modern Domestic from Elizabeth Hartman’s fabric and pattern.

Potted plant quilt

I do not usually post photos of my store samples but I loved this quilt.  It was so easy to put together and turned out better than I could have hoped…

plant detail

The plants are darling and such a fun idea.  The quilt did get me into a little bit of trouble as I kept talking about the “pot plant” quilt.   Now where I come from a pot plant is a potted plant… a plant in a pot.  Unfortunately I realized too late that in Portland it meant something a little different…. everyone thought I was taking about a Pot plant (aka. a marijuana plant)… whoops.

quilting detail

Things really did get lost in translation with this one.  What did not get lost on this quilt is the amazing quilting that my colleague Lane did on this piece.  He used the store’s Bernina Q20 and did some amazing ruler work on this piece.  This was one of his early pieces as he was learning to use the long arm machines.  If this was one of his first quilts you can imagine what his quilting is like now.  He is a natural… and I am only a little jealous of his quilting skills.

pot plant quilt

I make all my store samples with everyone involved knowing that they will end up at the local hospital’s PICU.  I hope the kid that gets this quilt loves it as much as I do.

Quilt Details

Quilt Size:  44 x 44
Pattern:   Green House by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric:  Terranium by Robert Kaufman

Return of the pinkies…

Yep you heard that right… the pinkies are back after an extended vacation…

solid wonky star. Modern quilt.  Quilt bee block. Scrap quilt.

We made the most of the brief bout of sunny weather here in the Pacific Northwest and took some finished quilt photos over the summer.  I actually wanted to take all the quilts I had to photograph (about 12) to Hawaii with us on holiday but Mr Wombat did not like that idea.  So instead we stayed local.

wonky star quilt

I choose this as the first quilt to share with you after such a long break because I LOVE it.  It is so bright and fun.  It was made a one of our Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity sew days from my large stash of 3 1/2 inch solid squares.

solid wonky star detail

I process all the small scraps I make and am given into 3 1/2 or 5 inch squares using my trusty Accquilt cutter.  It has made charity sew days so much easier for me having the Go Cutter to work with… I have spent many a happy evening cutting bits of fabric while watching trashy tv….somehow I am less guilty watching bad TV if I am doing something constructive while doing it.

quilting detail

The blocks are 12 inch finished blocks and use a 4 x 4 grid or 3 1/2 inch squares.  They are so easy to make and even though there were at least 12 people making these blocks I had no trouble matching seams.

quilt feet

This was truly a team effort with PMQG members sewing the blocks, quilting the quilt and binding this beauty up…. and finally Mr Wombat helping with the photography and supplying the quilt feet and of course…

the pinkies

The pinkies…. this was the last quilt we photographed and by the time we found this great yellow wall he was pretty close to divorcing me… but all has been forgiven now.

Quilt Details:

Block:  12 inch wonky star variation
Fabric:  Kona and RJR solid scraps
Size:  60 x 72 inches

It is not easy being green…

First of all I want to thank everyone who reached out to me after my last post. I was scared to post about what was going on with me personally but you all made me feel so loved and supported… thank you… you may have even made my mum tear up a bit.

Now onto the business at hand… quilts.  Today I am sharing a recent Do Good Stitches finish.  This one was a simple block that chose for the Bee… you can see directions on making it here

DGS green quilt

This quilt top came together quickly, once I had received all the blocks from my fellow DGS peeps…

green quilt detail 3

I want to use the palette I selected for this project again… but this time I want to just use the colors with no white…it is such a fresh color scheme and I want to really get the citron to pop.

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On Pinteres I have a whole folder full of color schemes and I love taking inspiration for how other people put together palettes… particularly when I am having a color block (which is a quilters equivalent to writers block).

green quilt detail

I also find it easy to point my fellow quilting bee mates in the direction of a color palette when setting a block for them to make…. and so far the results have been spot on.

green quilt detail 4

I got a wonderful mix of colors back from my team and also a variety of tones… does anyone else use other peoples colour palettes?

green quilt detail 2

I had fallen a little behind with my Do Good Stitches finishes so this quilt got an all over stipple… thanks to my darling friend Sam Hunter… and a Martha Stewart sheet for the back…

quilt back

This quilt has already headed to the local PICU and is hopefully giving a warm Quilty hug to someone.

Quilt Details:

Block:  12 inch Double T block
Made by: DGS Hope Circle
Fabric:  Green, turquoise and citron scraps
Finished size:  48 x 60 inches