I am finally getting around to finishing up and sharing some of my long over due Do Good Stitches quilts…
With the Do Good Stitches quilts I do try and challenge myself to do gender neutral or boy orientated quilts. As a card carrying pink lover it is always difficult to try and keep to a less girly palette.
With this quilt I went with a very traditional block but got my fellow Bee members to mix up the blues and to throw in some boy based novelty prints.
It really like the way it turned out. The fun quilting was done on the long arm at my local Quilt shop – Modern Domestic. I can not tell you how much I love having a local shop… and one that is just 5 minutes drive away. I am very very spoiled.
In the next month there are two quilt shops in town closing down, which makes me a little sad. I love going into Modern Domestic and petting the fabric, getting advice and teaching/taking classes. I can not imagine what I would do if my LQS shut down. If you are lucky enough to have a local store make sure you appreciate them and frequent them – they are such an asset and it would a sadder world if we could not physically go and touch the fabric…. stepping off my soap box… and now back to the quilts…
For the back of the quilt I used an IKEA pillow case (cut open of course). I am having a blast using sheet sets and Doona (duvet for non-Queenslanders) covers for the back of my quilts. Between IKEA and Martha Stewarts Whim sets the novelty print choice is too fun.
And it is thanks again to my trusty quilt holder and pinkie model… Mr Wombat. He really is getting good at this quilt holding thing!
Pattern: 12 inch Ohio Star blocks
Makers: Do Good Stitches Hope Circle
Fabric: Scraptastic – blues & cream/whites
Size: 48 x 60 inches
Last week I said had a Cotton and Steel…and to prove it here is Exhibit B….
This pretty little thing was made using a pattern from V & Co called Hop Skip Jump. It is just one block but two different color ways to give the scattered affect.
The prints are all Cotton and Steel prints, of course with Kona Snow background….
The block is made up of half square triangles and broken dishes sections…. I became quite proficient at matching my points by the end of this process. I may have cheated a little by using glue basting to match my seams for the broken dishes section of the block… but don’t tell anyone!
What I really love about the Cotton and Steel selection in this quilt is their “kind of grey” color that they use. It is not quite a grey and not quite a bone color. It is really a unique color shade that they use over and over again in their prints. I must admit my stash of this color took a big hit with this quilt particularly because…
I used a swath of it on the back. This print did not work in the block so I kept it whole on the back. I know the typewriters are the wrong way but I love them anyway… and as always the kid that gets this quilt is not going to care at all.
Pattern: Hop Skip Jump by V & Co
Fabric: Assorted Cotton & Steel prints and Kona Snow
Finished size: 60 x 72 inches
Expert quilt holding: Mr Wombat
This week I wanted to share one of the Do Good Stitches quilts I have finally got finished… the guilt over the number of DGS tops I have done is weighing on my conscience a little…
These blocks were a year or so old before I finally got them into a presentable state. I really like this block but it was a little problematic as a bee block…
Not all the seams matched perfectly as different people made the blocks on different sewing machine. I learnt from this quilt that I needed blocks that had a bit more wiggle room for variance – i.e. do not have seams that must align for the pattern to work.
I do like the finished quilt regardless of my seam issues… it is a rare boy appropriate quilt. There is always a desperate need for boys quilts at the hospital and I am trying to make more gender neutral quilts but the call of pink is hard to resist!
As an added bonus you get a shot of the scrappy back just so that you can admire Mr Wombat’s finger pose. He is obsessed with sticking his pinkies out when he holds the quilts… which means you have a couple of months of quilt photos with feet and pinkie fingers. He insists it is his signature move!
Another 2017 finish for you this Friday, this time a little baby quilt I made…
This darling little quilt was made using the AccuQuilt 3 1/2 inch Drunkards Path die… I ran some of my pink and grey scraps through my cutter and had some fun. The main problem with the cutter is that the curved units are so small and I did not have the patience to make a ton more curved blocks, so I improvised…
Or you could call it cheating… but I added some simple 4 inch patchwork squares in the middle of the the circles to get a decent sized quilt quickly.
I liked the effect and I had another die to cut those squares too… really cheating. I also kept the quilting simple and viola I had a finished quilt pretty quickly.
Some scrappy binding and a single piece of fabric for the backing and I was done and the quilt was ready to gift to the local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Block: Drunkards Path using AccuQuilt 3 1/2 inch Die
Fabric: Pink & grey scraps
Size: 36 x 46 inches
This week I am sharing another PMQG Charity quilt…
This is definitely one of my favorite quilts we have made at the Charity Sew Days EVER! I may be slightly biased by my love of Polaroid photos. I became obsessed with Polaroids during my days in the film industry… I have hundreds and hundreds of them still.
This quilt started as a pile of fussy cut squares and yards of navy and white solids. The end result is so much fun..
This quilt was quilted on a domestic machine by one of our guild members Chelsea. She did an amazing job and I love how the swirls work with the Polaroid.
The other thing I love is the navy binding… I have never done a quilt where the binding is the same colour as the quilt background. It is so effective in making the blocks pop off the quilt. I can tell I will be using matching binding on one of my quilts in the future.
The back of the quilt shows off the wonderful quilting Chelsea did… and highlights the fun piece of turtle fabric I found in my stash that just had to go on the back.