Playing with dolls – wip Wednesday

Recently the Portland Modern Quilt Guild set it’s members a challenge to make Doll Quilts to help raise money for the  Oregon Ballet Theater.  I had never made a doll quilt before and it seems like a great way to practice my free motion quilting while helping out a good cause.

So I started with some 3 inch squares and came up with these…

Doll quilt wonky star

Aqua star doll quilt

What is so strange about both this little quilts is that they have made 3 inch blocks seem too big.  I am going to have to go smaller – which scares me a little, but should be interesting.

I have also started playing with some 1001 Peeps scraps I had and have this little wip on my design wall.

1001 Peeps doll quilt

Just in case you were wondering why I am supporting this cause so vigorously…

206652_17937208024_2981_nYes that is me in my bright pink tutu!


Square in Square fun – wip Wednesday

This week I have been playing with the  “square in square” quilt block (also known as a diamond in a square block).  I stumbled across the pattern on the weekend and decided that I had to see what I could do with it.    The first experiment is  with colour –  navy, emerald and pink/purple.

square in square quilt block

I am excited about how this quilt is coming together. The colours work well together and the pattern allows me to use those scraps I love so much!  To make the square in square blocks I used the paper piecing pattern below.  There is some good instructions on how to make this block using traditional piecing on the web, including some great instructions from Why not Sew? which you can find here.

square in square block

I also used this simple pattern this week to start a 1001 Peeps quilt.  I have a stash of Lizzy House fabric including quite a collection of her Arabian Nights themed fabric.  I have used little bits and pieces here and there but I wanted to use one of the lines colorways to make a quilt for Project Linus.  It is such fabulous kids fabric.

1001 peeps squrae in square block

This pattern makes it easy to use fussy cut bits and pieces.  I love how it really frames the wonderful prints  in this range.  I am half way through making these blocks and the quilt is coming together so quickly.  I have used a few prints that are not from the line including some tone on tone fabrics and a couple of prints from other Lizzy House lines.  Too much fun.

1001 peeps block pile

I am now off to buy a new ironing board.  We somehow managed to put a hole in ours which is making ironing and quilting a little more challenging than it should be!