The quilt I am sharing today was made during one of our Guild’s Charity Sew Days. For these sewing adventures I usually pick a block to make in advance, pull and cut all the fabric and do a couple of sample blocks. There is quite a bit of prep work… but not on Improv days….
On Improv days I get to pull fabric but I do not have to cut anything…. I really like those days… and Improv log cabins are the best…
This quilt was inspired by some mustard metallic that had been donated to the program – some Mirror ball and some Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets. I also had a stash of black and white scraps which needed using and a plan came together…
There are some wonderful novelty prints in this quilt and some great fussy cutting. That dog looking out put a smile on my face every time I see him…
The color scheme is gender neutral and I think a little more grown up than some of the brights I usually do… and I thought this would be a great quilt for an older kid.
The photo shoot for this quilt (and a few more I will share in the coming week) took place at a local garden. Mr Wombat was very patient and a real trooper as some of these quilts are quite big…
And the wind did not always co operate with us… I finally gave us trying to get a decent shot of the back of the quilt… and went for a close up instead…
The close up gives you a better look at the fabulous ostridges and their golden butts that are on the back. This is actually part of a sheet set I bought at Macy’s… I have become obsessed with the Whimsy sheet sets Martha Stewart does as they are perfect for backing kids quilts.
Block: 12 inch wonky log cabin
Fabric: black & white scraps with a smattering of mustard.
Size: 60 x 72 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
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
This week I wanted to share a recent finish that was actually started years ago… so many years I am a little embarrassed.
Photos can not do this neon pink justice… it really is vibrant and a little crazy. The grey and white does a good job of calming the pink a little…
A few of these blocks were left over from a Portland Modern Quilt Guild challenge in 2013… the rest are ones that I added (some I even designed the paper piecing pattern for!)….
Okay I have to admit I have a problem letting things go and this was particularly true of the couple of blocks I inherited for the charity program. They just screamed to be made into a quilt, but they were so bright that they did play nicely with any of the other orphan blocks I had… you see my dilemma right, I had to make more blocks to go with them.
Someone who appreciates pink in all it’s glory – actually my kind of person…. is going to love this quilt…and just in case the front was not enough to sell it I found some fabulous Ikea fabric in my stash for the back…
This quilt has already made its way to the local PICU where it definitely brightened some kids stay, I am sure of it.
Fabric: Michael Miller Neon fabric and Cotton Couture
Blocks: various paper pieced blocks
Quilt Size: 52 x 52 inches
Welcome to 2018…the year I actually get my act together and post more of the quilts I have finished and share more of the work I am doing. I am determined to get back into good habits…
To that end I am going to play catch up and share some of my finishes from last year starting with one of my favorite quilts that was made during the PMQG Charity Sew Days last year….
This quilt was made using hundreds of mini charm squares of Elizabeth Hartman fabric. Elizabeth is a member of our Guild and very kindly donated the fabric to the charity program.
The quilt is made of two alternating blocks – one starts with a patterned square in the middle and the other starts with a white square in the middle. I love the overall pattern these blocks make.
The colors from her fabric lines works so well together – we have bits of Rhoda Ruth, Paint Box basics and Pacific lines all together. I must admit I am waiting for Robert Kaufman to make a wide-back fabric from her butterfly fabric.
My quilt helper on this overcast day was my cousin who was visiting from Australia. Claire was battling with the size of the quilt and the wind this morning…
As always thanks to the army of people who help make these quilts… the volunteers that show up to sew, the wonderful long arm quilters who quilt these big quilts and to Elizabeth for her generous donation – last year we backed 18 quilts with her fabric, thanks to her donation.