A drunk finish….

Despite the Portland snow…we have had 10 inches in my neighborhood… I managed to get a few snaps of my latest finish…

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The snow has prevented me from getting to my backyard and hanging the quilt on my the back fence, so the photos are a little different.  This quilt began last year with me playing with a Go Baby cutter a friend had lent me…and you can see my process for making the block on my original post

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I must admit I would never make curves this small without the help of a cutting machine and a glue pen…. It was incredibly addictive and I must admit I have already used the cutter again…another drunkard path quilt is underway…

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I loved using my Cotton & Steel stash on this project… these fabrics are so fun, colourful and full of fussy cutting goodness.   I may have got a few more fat quarter bundles from Santa that have inspired me to start a new C&S quilt… but more about that next week!

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The quilting on this quilt was done by my friend Michelle Freedman using Modern Domestic’s Bernina long arm.  Michelle is the queen of the Q24 and the stores machine has just been automated… I can not wait to play using the computer assist.

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This quilt is now headed to the washing machine and then on to a local Pediatric Intensive Care unit.  It is going to make for a fun game or two of “I spy”.

New Year and new start…

One of my New Years Resolutions is to get back to documenting my quilts and process more… between concussions and Influenza A I have had a quite couple of months but I am raring to go.

This year I am going to be throwing myself into charity quilting with gusto…I think I may need it to keep sane during what is going to be an very interesting year.  So without further ado lets get this started with a Do Good Stitches finish…

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The wonky circle quilt is finally done and ready to be donated.  I kind of love this quilt.  I did a post last year on how to make these wonky blocks and I was thrilled with how the Hope Circle embraced the crazy curves.

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There really is a freedom and sense of fun in wonky and it was the fun that I embraced when I threw this quilt up on the longarm.  The quilting is far from precise or accurate but it follows the flow of the weird shaped curves of the block and it was a hoot to quilt.  I had some fun music on my ipod and was laughing and smiling the whole time I was working on this project!

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To finish her off I used a lovely floral print I had in my stash… this is not a gender neutral quilt and so I fully embraced the girly…

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So I can finally cross another Do Good Stitches quilt off my WIP list….just in time for me to start getting more blocks in the post for a new quilt.  I now only have 3 Do Good quilts left to finish… so I am off to the sewing machine..

To start the year off right I am also linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts “Finish it Up Friday“…

Another group effort…

I wanted to share another one of Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s charity quilts… the blocks for this quilt were made in October 2014 and we now have a beautiful finished quilt….

pink cross quilt

I love the wonky cross block for group sewing because it is so easy to make… with lots of wiggly room and creative options for any miss-sizing issues.

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I love the pink and brown colour combination… the brown tones down the pink so the finished quilt does not feel to bubblegum or over girlie…

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When we were putting the quilt top together we also used some solid squares of fabric to give the eye somewhere to rest…

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…which also gave our fabulous quilter, Coleen Bernhardt from the Quilted Thistle, room to play.

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And Coleen really had fun and the back of the quilt shows just how much variety she put into the blocks…

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For the back of the quilt I pieced together a collection of brown and pink scraps…

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Add some binding and you have another wonderful quilt ready to give some comfort.

Everybody loves a wonky star…right….

My final finishes for 2015 and first finish of 2016 has been putting the binding on a couple of wonky star quilts.  If you follow this blog you know how much I love a wonky star, and I found during my recent health issues that I could make wonky stars without too much effort or thought (I seem to have good muscle memory for this quilt block!)….

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What made these quilts so easy for me to make was that I used some of my huge stash of 5 inch squares and lots of scraps.  For this first quilt I grabbed a pile of blue squares and my bag of white/cream scraps and got to work.

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What you can not see too well in the photos is that each center of the star is made up of improv scraps.  This is my favorite bit of the process… sewing all the little scraps together to make my own fabric.

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For all my wonky star quilts I did simple straight line quilting, but with this quilt I used a variegated thread I found in my thread box.  I kind of love how it turned out…

For my next two wonky star quilts I took some scraps of Hoffman batiks that I had been given and had some fun…

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This is my favorite of the quilts… I love how the soft pink and blue play together….

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Plus I got to play with novelty prints which makes me so happy.  The background  for the stars uses 4 different Batiks and with all these quilts the colour variation  in the background adds a nice texture to the overall quilt I think.

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I got to back my pink stars with some of my favorite fabric from Michael Miller.  I love the mermaids so much…and this fabric was so perfect for the quilt it had to be used.

finished aqua baby quilt copy

For the background of this quilt I used creams/beige batiks from a Hoffman layer cake or two.  I do not use batiks much in my quilting but I love how they work as a support to the modern quilting fabrics.   For this quilt I played with batting loft and used a wool batting.

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The batting gives the quilt a lovely warmth and softness… it is nicely puffy.  I can see why long arm quilters would choose to use a higher loft batting, as it really does make the quilting stand out.

So there are my last and first finishes.  Very simple, very easy and kind of fun.  Each quilt finishes at 41 inches square, a perfect size for our local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

On a mission…

Now that I am getting back to full health I feel like I have so much to catch up on…and first thing on my To Do list is to clear some of my WIPs out of the house.  The main impetuous for the clear out is the fact that you can not currently access our spare bedroom because of the pile of batting, quilts and fabric…our spare bedroom is Charity Quilt central!  I have a wonderfully patient and understanding husband who is somewhat blind to fabric piles and quilting mess, but even he has started commenting.

So as we head to Thanksgiving I will be sharing mine and PMQG’s most recent quilt finishes before they head out to their respective charities.  To start proceedings I give you this wonderful little quilt…

wonky log cabin finished quilt copy

This quilt was made, along with a larger version, at one of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity Sew days.  This was a fun day where I bought a huge box of blue scraps, a smattering of white and grey scraps and we all made log cabins.

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Somewhere in the process a touch of orange was added, at the insistence of one of our amazing Guild Members Juline,  and viola you have magic.

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The orange really makes the quilt sing.  All the improv log cabin blocks are trimmed to 12 inches finished and this four by four version of the quilt is headed to Project Linus. The larger version of this quilt (six by seven blocks) is currently out with one of our talented long-armers.

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When pulling blocks for this smaller version of the quilt I made sure to get some great novelty prints in the mix.

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This was such a fun and easy project to do with the group, as once again there is no right or wrong, just playing with colour.   The quilt is backed with a darling Laura Ashley fabric that seemed appropriate and bound with some navy batik fabric which was kindly donated to the Guild by Hoffman fabrics.

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Thanksgiving does seem like the perfect time to share some of the amazing quilts that our Guild has made to help our community.  I am so very thankful to everyone who helps out with this program.

 

Crossword Complete

I will start this week with a moment of honesty…. this is the first and possible only Crossword I have ever completed.  I have started many a crossword but never, ever completed one.  My mum does the crossword daily, and does a stellar job of getting them complete, but not me.  So without further ado, here is my one and only completed crossword….

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I started this Crossword last year, when I was asked to review Cheryl Arkison’s book, A Month of Sundays.  While flipping through the book I saw this pattern and fell in love.

The top came together easily using a collection of white/cream/light grey low volume prints and black and white prints.  The pattern is gentle but very effective.

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The black and white prints give you the squares of the crossword, with the creams giving the background a real newspaper feel.

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I dug deep into my stash, as well as the stash of a couple of helpful friends to get enough black and white text prints…. and then tried to keep the supporting black and white prints very graphic.

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You may have noticed the fabulous quilting on this project… I can safely say that it was not my doing.  This quilt top is huge and I could not drag it through my home machine, let alone create such a wonderful pattern.  The Crossword was quilted by the talented Jolene Knight, on of our Guild long-armers.

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I love the rhythm of the undulating curves of this quilt.  It is soft and gentle and really perfect for this quilt.  Jolene kindly quilted this baby up for me as the finished quilt will be donated as part of the PMQG’s Charity program.

For the back of the quilt I used a slab of text print, which seemed a perfect fit…

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And the finishing touch was a scrappy grey binding that I machine attached.

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This is just one of the quilts I decided to get finished and donate.   Earlier this year I took stock of my rather large collection of UFO’s and decided I needed to get most of them finished and donated.  Unfinished blocks and tops do not do anyone any good…while a completed quilt can do so much…

QUILT DETAILS:

Pattern:  Crossword by Cheryl Arkison
Fabric:   Low volume scraps and B/W prints
Finished Size:  68 x 72 inches