Avoiding blogging… I am not sure why I am finding it so hard to get into the rhythm of blogging again but I really am. I have had photos that I have wanted to post since Summer and I have just found every excuse I could to just not post…. until today.
Today I got a lovely note from someone who follows my blog who was just checking in with me to see if I was okay. I had kind of forgotten that people liked my quilts and missed my posts. I had convinced myself that no one really was missing my blog in the sea of things to do/read/look at. It was a nice reminder that there are a few people out there who like what I do.
So without further… for the Sandra’s out there… here is a quilt I made last year that I have been meaning to share…
This quilt was a store sample that I made for Modern Domestic from Elizabeth Hartman’s fabric and pattern.
I do not usually post photos of my store samples but I loved this quilt. It was so easy to put together and turned out better than I could have hoped…
The plants are darling and such a fun idea. The quilt did get me into a little bit of trouble as I kept talking about the “pot plant” quilt. Now where I come from a pot plant is a potted plant… a plant in a pot. Unfortunately I realized too late that in Portland it meant something a little different…. everyone thought I was taking about a Pot plant (aka. a marijuana plant)… whoops.
Things really did get lost in translation with this one. What did not get lost on this quilt is the amazing quilting that my colleague Lane did on this piece. He used the store’s Bernina Q20 and did some amazing ruler work on this piece. This was one of his early pieces as he was learning to use the long arm machines. If this was one of his first quilts you can imagine what his quilting is like now. He is a natural… and I am only a little jealous of his quilting skills.
I make all my store samples with everyone involved knowing that they will end up at the local hospital’s PICU. I hope the kid that gets this quilt loves it as much as I do.
Quilt Size: 44 x 44
Pattern: Green House by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric: Terranium by Robert Kaufman
Yep you heard that right… the pinkies are back after an extended vacation…
We made the most of the brief bout of sunny weather here in the Pacific Northwest and took some finished quilt photos over the summer. I actually wanted to take all the quilts I had to photograph (about 12) to Hawaii with us on holiday but Mr Wombat did not like that idea. So instead we stayed local.
I choose this as the first quilt to share with you after such a long break because I LOVE it. It is so bright and fun. It was made a one of our Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity sew days from my large stash of 3 1/2 inch solid squares.
I process all the small scraps I make and am given into 3 1/2 or 5 inch squares using my trusty Accquilt cutter. It has made charity sew days so much easier for me having the Go Cutter to work with… I have spent many a happy evening cutting bits of fabric while watching trashy tv….somehow I am less guilty watching bad TV if I am doing something constructive while doing it.
The blocks are 12 inch finished blocks and use a 4 x 4 grid or 3 1/2 inch squares. They are so easy to make and even though there were at least 12 people making these blocks I had no trouble matching seams.
This was truly a team effort with PMQG members sewing the blocks, quilting the quilt and binding this beauty up…. and finally Mr Wombat helping with the photography and supplying the quilt feet and of course…
The pinkies…. this was the last quilt we photographed and by the time we found this great yellow wall he was pretty close to divorcing me… but all has been forgiven now.
Block: 12 inch wonky star variation
Fabric: Kona and RJR solid scraps
Size: 60 x 72 inches
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