Triangles on a Roll Lawn Quilt

At the beginning of the year I started making a lawn quilt using a selection of Cotton & Steel lawns.  I had not made a quilt out of this soft delicate cotton fabric before but had been become fascinated with using it after starting my Liberty adventures.   When I got my hands on some yards and half yards of some Cotton & Steels prints I started playing…

C&S lawn quilt

To make this quilt I used some Triangles on a roll... which was another new experience for me.  I managed to get my hands on some rolls of this fun way to paper piece while I was at Quilt Con…

triangles on a roll 2

These paper rolls allow you easily make a continuous line of flying geese with no joins.  Triangles on a Roll also use a pretty waste free method, which I love.

traingles on a roll 3

You are also not having to flip the pattern to look at the reverse side (as you do with other patterns) because the marks for aligning your pieces are printed on the front of the pattern….which is genius.

quilt detailSo for my quilt I did three rows of 14 geese and I made sure that one of the geese in each row was a made from an alternative colour way of my geese fabric.

optical illusion

When I started this project I did not have a grand plan… I just wanted to play with Lawn and see how it quilted up plus I wanted to play with the triangle on a roll.

flying geese detail

There is a fun optical illusion with this quilt that I did not plan for but which I kind of like.  But more than anything I love how soft this quilt is.  The quilt is headed to the local PICU, and I know it is going to be of extra cuddly comfort to some kid.

binding

I also know that I will be using lawn again to quilt with as it is just so soft and I am already planning my next Triangle on a roll project.  I love this way of paper piecing….

Rethinking Brown

My slight disdain for the colour brown began when I was a kid in art class…when mixing paints it was all to easy to mix too many colours and end up with a dirty brown colour….  and it happened to me all to frequently.

You do not have the same problem when making quilts, but I was still resistant to using brown at all.  In traditional quilting brown has long been considered a neutral colour, but Modern Quilters on the whole tend to be wary of it.

Strangely though I have quite a bit of brown in my stash…not as much as I have pink or navy blue, but more than I should have.  I have also had a few brown scraps given to me over the years and at the end of last year my brown scraps hit critical mass… there was only one thing to do…

Brown Improv quilt

Yep I made a scrappy improv quilt using my brown scraps and a touch of orange… and it was an interesting experience.

Heather Ross fabric

I forgot how many fabulous fabrics Heather Ross has done in brown… I used her seahorses, butterflies, octopus and plants in this quilt.

quilt detail

On of my other favorite designers, Lizzy House, also has done some lovely browns… with mice and cats and of course my all time fav – Pearl Bracelets.

quilt detail 2

And in between all that novelty goodness is a eclectic collection of prints including a handful of batiks.

modern brown improv quilt

It was kind of fun to challenge myself to work mainly in brown… it made me rethink the colour.    The result was I came up with a few more brown colour combinations I want to play with including…

brown and teal

A red based brown with teal….

brown yellow pink

Brown, yellow and pink…

brown and blue

And the classic brown and baby blue (not dissimilar to one of this years Pantone colours).

So you have been warned that there may be more brown appearing in this feed.  So is there a colour you have in your stash that you avoid?

Quilt Details:

Quilt block:  Modern Improv
Fabric:  Various scraps
Quilt Size:  48 x 48 inches

The Weekender Quilt

This week I am finally getting the chance to share with you a quilt I finished last month.  This quilt started as a small bundle of fat quarters that were donated to the Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity program…. I added some fabric from my stash, a couple of solids and made this beauty…

finished Trip Around quilt

The fabric line that kicked this all off was Weekends by Erin McMorris, an old line from 2012.  I had some of the line, as well as some of Erin’s Wildwood line in my stash so I was able to get enough fabric to make a decent sized quilt.

weekender quilt detail 2

I love the colour palette of this quilt, olive green, apricot, soft purple, dusty pink and cream.  It is a gentle but vibrant colour scheme.

fabric detail

And in amongst the florals of the fabric are a smattering of these darling bicycle…

quilt detail

You probably recognize the pattern I used, it is one of my favorite go to patterns, the Trip Around quilt.  I have made a few Trip Around quilts now and love how easy it is to make and how every quilt is so different…

quilt meta pattern

This quilt top finished up big, particularly for me, and there was no way I was going to be able to quilt it on my home machine…my busted back just will not let me.  So my local quilt store, Modern Domestic, kindly allowed me to throw the quilt up on the Bernina long arm.

long arm 2

It was so much fun to quilt loopy flowers into this quilt using the Q24 longarm.  I am slowly getting more confident with free motion….very slowly….and love the adjustable handles on this baby…. it makes it so easy to find a comfortable position to work the machine in.

quilting detail 2

As a label for the quilt I got creative, inspired by one of our Guild long armers, Dawn… and quilted PMQG into the bottom of the quilt.

quilt label

The finishing touches were a scrappy solid binding of beige… not a colour I use often in binding but it worked wonderfully.

quilt backing

This quilt is destined for NW Impact’s program that looks after Seniors at risk… it is fun to be charity quilting this quarter for an older set, as it has forced me out of my usual bright novelty kids centered world.

Quilt Details

Name:  The Weekender
Pattern:  Scrappy Trip Around The World
Fabric:  Weekends and Wildwood by Erin McMorris and select Kona solids
Finished Size:  60 x 72 inches

Playing with a Lizzy Rainbow… and a giveaway

Last weekend my darling husband abandoned me to go on a boys camping trip, and as soon as he had walked out the door I knew exactly what I was doing with my free time….

You see just before DH left I took delivery of the latest Lizzy House range, Lovely Hunt….and I knew that I had to use it immediately so I pulled out ALL my Lizzy House fabric….

my lizzy house stash

…and cut out a 5 inch square from each piece of fabric.  Then, using my hexagon mini for guidance I got to work….

lizzy house hexagon mini wip

As there was no husband I could keep working without having to pack things away… I had squares and fabric all over the floor…and it took me a couple of days to get all the blocks up…I kept adjusting and rearranging, coming back to the design wall in between other tasks…I finally ended up with this…

Lizzy House simple patchwork

The first block I placed was the low volume cats and then I just worked slowly from there.  I tried to tackle one or two colours at a time, making sure that there was a flow to the colours…

the cat start

Not all the fabric made it into this quilt top…

Lizzy House quilt detail

I only ended up using 168 different fabrics and had about 20 left over.  I could not work out how to make the brown palette work so it did not even get a look in.

quilt detail 3

A couple of the prints had too much colour variation in them at 5 inches big to make the them work, but all the wonderful blenders…the Pearl Bracelets, the mini bracelets, the Butterflies and the chain links helped make the novelty fabrics play nice.

the king and queen

This quilt is definitely my quilt… it is not going anywhere but onto our couch.  As the weather starts to turn icky here in the Pacific Northwest this quilt will keep me warm and cozy…. all I have to do is finish it up!

Now while I was cutting up my Lizzy Stash I cut an extra fat eight or two for a give away.  By the time I had finished working through my stash I had a stack of 25 different fabrics… including quite a few out of print beauties, as well as some of the new Lovely Hunt….

giveaway bundle

So if you would like to win this fat eight bundle just leave a comment below, telling me what you would do with this wonderful bundle of colour.  I will draw a winner next Wednesday, and as always the contest is open to my overseas friends too.

This giveaway is closed. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to Linda who won.

A fabulous little Bee Block

It has been a while since I posted any of the Do Good Stitches quilt blocks I have been making.  Every month I make blocks as part of this charity Bee and I love it.  I look forward to the first of the month when the new pattern is put up on our Flickr Group and I always eagerly make the blocks.  I love being challenged to make things that I would not usually make in colour schemes I may not necessarily think to put together.

Twice a year I get to be the Queen and set the block and in June I choose this block and colour scheme for my month….

scrappy star block

The block is from a free pattern by Clover and Violet which they originally put up as part of a Christmas quilt they were making.  The colour tweaks I made changed how the finished block looks and made for a striking quilt top…

Do Good Stitches scrappy star quilt

I love how the yellow strings make a grid pattern and the stars just pop.  Each of my fellow Do Good Bee members made two blocks, so there is so much variety in the stars, which I LOVE.

quilt top detail 2

One of my favorite bits about being Queen Bee is getting to see all the blocks as they come in and ohh and ahh over the fabric used (I may have a bit of stash envy!).

quilt top detail

When these blocks came in I absolutely fell in love with the Barbar fabric one of my fellow quilters used…

barbar fabric

I have not seen this fabric before and am now obsessed with getting my hands on some.  It is so fabulous.  This quilt top is now awaiting quilting and binding and then it will go out into the world to Do Good!  I am Queen again in November and I have already started planning what block I am going to set.