After some miserable weeks of rain here in Portland it has recently fined up enough for me to drag Mr Wombat out and about to photograph some quilts. It used to be much easier when I hung the quilts on the back fence, but not as much fun. The first of the recent quilts I am going to share is a Do Good Stitches finish….
You might recognize the block as I shared the details for making the double plus block in November and if you are interested you can find the pattern here…
It is a fun block and a real scrap buster…and my fellow Do Good peeps did a great job with their Double Pluses. Mr Wombat was also on good pinkie form don’t you think?
In true scrappy form it is full of fussy cut goodness and fun bright colors… and is wonderfully gender neutral I think. I do love my charity quilts to be cheerful and worthy of a good game of I spy. I was talking to a friend today about stashes and I realized where other people (aka. grown ups) go for simple blenders, I will always go for a novelty print if I can.
The quilt was quilted and bound by one of the fabulous PMQG members. Our Charity program receives quite a few quilts from different Do Good Circles (or Bees), and each one is sent to our local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Every month or so we send to the hospital between 15 to 30 quilts… some of them are panel quilts but most of them are beautiful handmade masterpieces.
I am constantly in awe of the people of my quilting community and the wonderful work they do. I have always made charity quilts – it has been my passion/obsession for over 20 years… but I never expected so many people to jump in so enthusiastically and help out. I am constantly speechless at the generosity I see. There is such good in the world.
Pattern: 12 inch Double Plus block
Fabric: Scraps…nothing but scraps.
Quilt Size: 48 x 60 inches
Going through my old photos recently I found a couple of quilts that I had not shared on the blog… some of them I was happy to let go but there were a few that I wanted to share… the foxes was one and this is another…
I started these blocks a year or so ago, after I managed to give myself a nice little concussion… the blocks were easy and used up quite a bit of my 2 1/2 inch charm square stash. I used a free pattern I found at the Fat Quarter Shop called Sister’s Choice…and it was the perfect project for my addled brain.
I did not have to cut up too much fabric… just the sashing as I used all my precut scraps to make the blocks. nI was not going to sash the blocks originally but I like how the white gives the quilt breathing room. It really works… and I must admit I have sashed some more quilts since this.
The best part of the process was putting together color combinations…
I struggled a little towards the end to find different color combinations and relied heavily on some neutrals to round things out… grey became my good friend with this project.
I finished the top up and then one of our wonderful charity long armers quilted and bound the quilt for me. I do not usually get this much help on my charity quilts but it was perfectly timed, as I was still struggling with post concussion issues. I love the wave pattern they chose…it is simple but adds great movement to the quilt.
This quilt went to the PICU over 6 months ago so it’s new owner should have warn it in well by now.
Block: Sister’s Choice
Fabric: both color and white on white scraps
Size: 50 x 50 inches
This week I am sharing a quilt that I finished up a while ago but I completely forgot to share…. though the photos are not brilliant as they were taken quickly before I gifted the quilt.
This quilt is one of the rare quilts I have made for and given to a friend… a friend who has an affinity with foxes needless to say….
I actually started making this quilt a few years ago, well before I taught classes on making Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest. I learnt so much teaching and I wish I had known how to make her patterns before I started this….
Some of things I learnt the hard way is to make sure you are cutting accurately (there is no wiggle room in her patterns)…sew with a scant quarter inch to give yourself some leeway …. and make sure you trim the subsections to the correct size before you sew the block together.
As this quilt was a gift I sent it out to be quilted and loved the wood grain that was used to finish it up. I also learnt with this quilt it is worth taking the time to take decent photos… and I now try very hard to get good photos before I send the quilt out into the world. Mr Wombat did not even get a chance to stick out his pinkies…we were in that much of a hurry.
But my friend shared a great photo on Instagram which shows the quilt in the wild…
Pattern: Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric: Various orange/red scraps.
Kona White and Windsor for faces and Cross Hatch in blue grey.
Size: 60 x 72 inches
I am currently finishing up a few small baby quilts which are part of a personal project I took on at the end of last year. These quilts are part of my “Quilts for Pablo” project.
This project started last year when a dear friend lost her son after only 10 short days. In her son Pablo’s memory I want to make 10 quilts for my local hospital’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The day that I got word of Pablo’s passing I also got a wonderful package from Michael Miller Fabric – I had won a competition that they ran and they sent me two fat quarter bundles which were perfect for my project.
This is the first little quilt I finished up. The fabric line is called Flight School and this is just one of the two colour ways I have.
The fabric just called out to be made into wonky stars and I used as much of the fat quarter for each fabric as I could…fussy cutting as needed.
The layout makes the most of the fabric, using as many 4 1/2 inch squares as had left over instead of just using white in the background. I kind of like how it turned out.
I am also using these quilts as quilting practice…I am using Jacqui Gerings wonderful book “Walk” and I am determined to use as many of her quilting patterns as I can.
Mr Wombat says that this photos is the result of cheating…as I took the photo as he was about to fold up the quilt… hence no pinkies in this shot. But you do get to see a little more of him…
Pattern: Wonky Star using 4 1/2 inch squares.
Fabric: Flight School by Michael Miller
Size: 36 x 40 inches
So this is my favorite Cotton & Steel quilt I have made so far…. and yes it uses the same block as last week’s quilt – the Ohio Star. I always use the wonderful tutorial by The Sewing Chick when making this block.
Same quilt block but such a different quilt…. the Cotton & Steel fabric really make this quilt sing…
…modern, bright and fun. It always surprises me how different quilts can look with different fabric…
This version feels so much more scrappy because of all the different low volume fabric used (there is not one repeat!)…
Oh and all the colors used… I did have a blast fussy cutting the centers for these blocks…
The beautiful quilting was done by our wonderful guild member Kazumi Peterson, who is so generous to our Charity program with her time and talent.
I finished the quilt with just a solid navy binding… the quilt is so fabulously busy it did not seem to need anything else.
So this is Cotton & Steel quilt number 5 and I have just finished the top for number 6. I may have a C&S problem and they are not helping at all… have you seen the latest collection to hit stores? It is called Spectacle and is by the amazing artist Christian Robinson. Now in my defense I have not bought EVERYTHING they have released but they really do make fabulous fabric.
Quilt Block: 12 inch Ohio Star block
Fabric: Various lines from Cotton & Steel
Size: 60 x 72 inches