Since I am on a roll I thought I would share another quilt from last years very productive PMQG Charity year….
This quilt was once again made at one of the monthly sew days we used to have at Modern Domestic…. and once again it is a simple patchwork block using 3 1/2 inch squares.
This time I gathered a rainbow of squares in a selection of specific colors. The block has a particular layout with to give the rainbow some uniformity. I first made this block years ago (2013) using a tutorial by Blue Elephant Quilts… and you can find the layout of the specific pieces on their original post…
It really is amazing what different things you can do with 3 1/2 inch squares. This quilt embraced the bright and the novelty prints which was so fun… and is always the case I swear we had more precut squares when we were finished this than when we started. Be warned do not leave precut squares unattended, they will breed.
To get the full impact of the rainbow splat we decided to do a layout with sashing. I do not usually sash quilts but this one really works with the black and white border. The sashing was expertly done by fellow PMQG charity volunteer Jenny McKee. Jenny has mad skills and was able to add a border without any sweat… were it would have taken me forever and lots of swear words to do it properly.
I did however make the back of the quilt which was equally rainbowy. The fabric for the back was part of a huge donation we received which was full of glorious black and white prints and two pieces of this wonderful print. It really was the perfect back for the top.
And as always we finish with the obligatory pinkies… no amount of begging will get him to hold a quilt like a normal person!
Block: 12 inch simple patchwork Fabric: 3 1/2 inch scraps Finished Size: 60 x 70 inches
This weeks game of catch up involves a lovely little scrap quilt I made last year…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Size: 42 x 54 inches
Pattern: Irish Chain variation
Fabric: Mini charm squares and scraps.
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