Pink is the new….

Another Pink themed Paper Piecing Monday…

pinwheel snowball quilt blockToday’s block is the last one for my baby quilt.  It is another EQ inspired block that I turned into a paper pieced pattern.  You can find the free PDF pattern for this 12 inch block here…Pinwheel Snowball

pink block piecesNow that I have completed four of these blocks, I have been playing with the layout for the baby quilt.  For the first time I had a plan for my paper piecing Monday blocks before I started making them…

baby quilt wipI knew I wanted to make the most of the scrappy black and white background fabric so I cut a stack of 6 1/2 inch square blocks from my b/w stash and started playing with the layout.

design wall wipI have a bit more rearranging to do with the blocks, but I am close to being happy with the layout.  My hope is to have the top done by Friday…weather permitting!

Wee Wanders finish

This week I managed to get a proper finish on one of my old wip quilt tops…finally.

wee wanders quiltThis darling quilt has been made for a friend’s daughter who lives on a horse ranch.  When I saw the fabulous fabric I knew I had to make her a quilt with these horses on it..

horse detailThe block I used is a modern interpretation of a classic block.  You can see my original post about starting this project from July last year, which includes a link to the block pattern HERE.

wee wanders detailMost of the fabric is from the Michael Miller Fabric’s Wee Wanders by designer Sarah Jane with a number of different blenders thrown in.  I love the warm colour palette floating on the crisp white background.

wee wanders detail 2I must admit it was pouring rain this morning when I photographed this quilt, which means I did not get as many shots as I wanted.  The quilt and the photographer were getting way to wet!

wee wanders backI did manage to get a quick shot of the quilt back which uses some of the left over pieces of Wee Wanders and Kona Snow.   To finish up I used Kona Flame, a wonderful tomato red, for the binding.

quilt bindingQuilt Details:

Pattern:  Rolling Stone – traditional and paper piecing
Fabric:  Wee Wanders by Michael Miller
Size:  55 inch x 55 inches

Constellation crosses

In a moment of crazy at the end of last year I decided that I would not start any new projects in January or February this year.  I have so many wips and unfinished quilt tops I thought I needed to do something to clear the backlog.  This “resolution” saw me pulling out some old unfinished blocks this week and getting this quilt top done…

Constellation quiltI actually started making these blocks in March of last year.   I had made a 4 inch paper pieced version of this block for the PMQG medallion and then blew the pattern up to 6 1/2 inches to play with. There is a link on my original post to the free paper piecing pattern in two sizes (4 and 6 inch) in you are interested.

Constellation crossesSo this week I made a pile more blocks and this morning finally got them all wrangled into a top.

lots of crossesThe quilt uses the wonderful Constellation range by designer Lizzy House.  I love the fun bright fabrics that Lizzy makes and though I was late to discovering her fabrics, I have been hoarding and using them for a couple of years.  I do not think there is a quilt I have made in the last year or so that has not had Pearl Bracelets in it somewhere.

constellation blocksThis range is all about stars and fun Constellations, but you could easily use this pattern in any fabric range…the trick is to make sure you have a nice contrast in your blocks and that you embrace the light and dark fabrics from the range.

Constellation quilt detailTo really up the contrast with this top I also pulled in some solid white fabric as well as the white on white Pearl Bracelets.  I also did not shy away from adding a touch of red/purple.  One of the fabrics in the line had a touch of this colour and I thought I would embrace it…just a little.  I used the design rule of three and added three blocks with the purple.

constellation block detailI just love how the quilt seems to sparkle and your eyes are forced to move around the top.    Now all that is left for me to do is remove the paper and quilt this sucker up!

paper removalI am linking up today to Crazy Mom Quilts Friday Finishes.

A Briar Rose finish

This week I finished the first of the quilts that I am dragging back to Australia in November.  I know I am cutting it close, but I am a girl who works well with a looming deadline…

briar rose quilt

This darling quilt, made using just Heather Ross’s Briar Rose and Kona white, is for my cousin’s daughter, Annabel.  I started it in October last year (I really am slow to finish stuff without a deadline), and you can find out more about the pattern on my original post.

briar rose quilt detail

A few years ago I made Annabel a baby quilt, but never got it to her (I am also slow to post things!).  After she was no longer a baby, I gave her quilt to Project Linus and started making this quilt… which is much more young lady appropriate.

briar rose quilt detail 2

I used about 1/4 yard of each of the fabrics in the line, which means I still have enough of the fabric in my stash to make something else.  I love these prints, but am particularly smitten by the bees…

Briar Rose bee detailFor the quilting I used some of the lines of the block as a guide and ended up with a really cool pattern of stitches, some straight and some diagonal.

Briar Rose quilt back

I pieced together a back using a large cut of one of the floral prints and some little bits of my favorite strawberry prints…. and finished it all off with some scrappy pink binding…

binding detail

So one Aussie bound quilt done, two to go!

Quilt Details:
Pattern:  Labyrinth by Red Pepper Quilts
Fabric:  Briar Rose by Windham Fabrics
Size:  52 x 52 inches


Group effort quilts

First up I wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful, supportive comments that were left on my last post.  After being so nervous about sharing my story, you made me so glad I opened up.  Thank you.

Now back to the regularly scheduled programming….today I am thrilled to share two finished quilts that were made as part of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity Sew days….

Finished PMQG Charity quiltA fabulous group of ladies helped make blocks, piece and quilt these beauties which were made for local charity Camp Erin.  If you are interested in making your own simple quilt like this check out my post about the block we choose for directions.

Finished PMQG chairty quilt 2

The block was so simple but really effective – we managed to get two large tops made in one day.  At the same time we also managed to make sure that each top had its own unique flair.

PMQG charity quilt quilting detailFor both these quilts we used the Guild’s left over Riley Blake Challenge fabric. We had quite a few of our Guild members share their left over pieces with us with some added touches – Rachel supplied the coolest airplane fabric, Michelle supplied the navy umbrellas and I raided my stash for some Pearl Bracelets in navy, yellow and grey.

Quilt 2 detail 2Our two completed tops were then handed over to two of the Guild’s fabulous longarmers, Dawn and Jolene, who set to work weaving their magic.

Quilt backFor the backing we used some of the bigger pieces from the Riley Blake stash and I then add some scrappy binding for the finishing touch.

Scrappy bindingWe now have two fabulous teen boys quilts done and ready to add to our growing collection of quilts for Camp Erin.