Got the blues…

This weeks game of catch up involves a lovely little scrap quilt I made last year…

Irish chain quilt. Scrap quilt. Modern quilt.

The pattern is an Irish Chain variation and I had a blast using all the little bits of blue scraps I had accumulated…and it was surprising how many little bits I had.

quilt detail 2

I used 2 1/2 inch squares for the nine patch block… lots of little bits from mini charm packs I had accumulate over time… and the snowball block started as a 6 1/2 inch square of low volume blues & white prints.

quilt detail 3

Again I was surprised by how many of those I had in my stash.  It always surprises me when I get an idea in my head and then find everything I need in my stash…. though sometimes it disappoints me too as I loose my excuse to pick upnbnew fabric when my stash provides.

quilt back

The back of the quilt was also from my stash.  Awhile ago I picked up a few yards of this wonderful Laura Ashley print at a Thrift store.  I do not often thrift my fabric but I could. not leave this fun print behind…. and as all the quilts are washed before donating I was not worried about using it as a back.

quilt holder

This was actually the last shot of an afternoon of quilt photography.  Mr Wombat was such a good sport… patiently humoring me as I drove around the neighborhood looking for fun quilt locations.  I think sometimes he misses the days when I used to just hang the quilts on the back fence!

Quilt Details

Size:  42 x 54 inches
Pattern:  Irish Chain variation
Fabric:  Mini charm squares and scraps.

Time flies when you’re…

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…

find the quilt

This quilt was a store sample that I made for Modern Domestic from Elizabeth Hartman’s fabric and pattern.

Potted plant quilt

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…

plant detail

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.

quilting detail

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.

pot plant quilt

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 Details

Quilt Size:  44 x 44
Pattern:   Green House by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric:  Terranium by Robert Kaufman

Return of the pinkies…

Yep you heard that right… the pinkies are back after an extended vacation…

solid wonky star. Modern quilt.  Quilt bee block. Scrap quilt.

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.

wonky star quilt

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.

solid wonky star detail

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.

quilting detail

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.

quilt feet

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

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.

Quilt Details:

Block:  12 inch wonky star variation
Fabric:  Kona and RJR solid scraps
Size:  60 x 72 inches

A little Friday Improv

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….

golden improv quilt 2

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…

quilt detail 4

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…

golden detail

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…

quilt detail 5

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.

golden improv quilt

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…

the struggle is real

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…

quilt back detail

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.

Quilt Details:

Block:  12 inch wonky log cabin
Fabric: black & white scraps with a smattering of mustard.
Size:  60 x 72 inches

Catching up is fun….

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…

finished scrap quilt

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.

block detail

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…

quilt detail

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.

quilt detail 3

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.

quilt detail 2

This quilt went to the PICU over 6 months ago so it’s new owner should have warn it in well by now.

Quilt Details:

Block:  Sister’s Choice
Fabric:  both color and white on white scraps
Size:  50 x 50 inches