A New Year and a new start…

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….

finished eh quilt

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

 

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.

white star detail

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…

pink quilt

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.

pink backing fabric

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.