Back for some fun little Bear Paws…

This month I am the setting the blocks for our Do Good Stitches Bee… and I find that it is easier for me to blog the block instructions that to try and do it all on Flickr….  Of all the social media platforms I use Flickr is really the one that constantly surprises me that it has not died yet.  It is so clunky and not at all very user friendly for some things.  Anyway rant over… here is the blocks.

color bear paw

I went with a simple Bear paw section… I have a ton of little scraps and this seemed like a great way to use some of my precious little bits… I have decided to do the block in two sizes – 6 inches and 9 inches…

finished blocks

And I worked out a way to make both sized blocks at the same time… so here goes….

fabric requirments

Cutting Instructions:

Background fabric (we are using low volume or white on white):
5 (five) x 3 1/2 inch squares
1 (one) x 2 1/2 inch square

Colored fabric (we are using bright primary colors):
8 (eight) x 3 1/2 inch squares of various prints
4 (four) x 2 1/2 inch squares of various prints

 

Step one:

Choose four of the 3 1/2 inch squares and four of the 2 1/2 inch squares for the center part of the block .  When I was choosing these fabrics I selected the more interesting fabrics for the center squares (ie. the ones with fussy cuts).

The remaining four 3 1/2 inch squares will make the half square triangles (HST).

Step two:  Make the HSTs.

mark fabric

 

Mark a line down the center of the back side of your background fabric, going corner to corner.

Then mark another line 1/2 inch from that line.  These two marks are your sew lines – you will be sewing directly down these lines.

 

 

cut hst

 

Cut down the middle of your sew lines… you are actually cutting 1/4 inch from the center line.  You now have your two HST components.

Press your HSTs (I usually press my seams open).

 

 

 

trim hst Trim each of the HST components .  

Your 3 1/2 inch HST will not need much trimming (it should be almost perfect).

There is a bit of wiggle room with your 2 1/2 inch HST so you will have a little bit to trim off.

 

Remember to use the center diagonal line of your ruler to make sure you are trimming straight.

Step Three:  Sew it all together.

rows

 

Sew your block sections together in rows.

With my blocks I have been ironing my seams open… but you can also nestle the seams.  It is up to you.

iron seams

 

Then sew your rows together to make your blocks… and trim as needed to the finished size.

Just for fun I have made a couple of tiny versions of this block…

3 inch bear paw. Scrap quilt block

This block finishes at 3 1/2 inches… all the bits are 1 1/2 inches which is a little crazy but also kind of fun.  I have been having a blast finding little bits to fussy cut at this size.

I am having a blast with this project.  I have actual work sewing to do and I do not want to do it… all I want to do is cut my scraps up into little bits and play.

It is not easy being green…

First of all I want to thank everyone who reached out to me after my last post. I was scared to post about what was going on with me personally but you all made me feel so loved and supported… thank you… you may have even made my mum tear up a bit.

Now onto the business at hand… quilts.  Today I am sharing a recent Do Good Stitches finish.  This one was a simple block that chose for the Bee… you can see directions on making it here

DGS green quilt

This quilt top came together quickly, once I had received all the blocks from my fellow DGS peeps…

green quilt detail 3

I want to use the palette I selected for this project again… but this time I want to just use the colors with no white…it is such a fresh color scheme and I want to really get the citron to pop.

CW_MoodBoardMonday_BluesGreens

On Pinteres I have a whole folder full of color schemes and I love taking inspiration for how other people put together palettes… particularly when I am having a color block (which is a quilters equivalent to writers block).

green quilt detail

I also find it easy to point my fellow quilting bee mates in the direction of a color palette when setting a block for them to make…. and so far the results have been spot on.

green quilt detail 4

I got a wonderful mix of colors back from my team and also a variety of tones… does anyone else use other peoples colour palettes?

green quilt detail 2

I had fallen a little behind with my Do Good Stitches finishes so this quilt got an all over stipple… thanks to my darling friend Sam Hunter… and a Martha Stewart sheet for the back…

quilt back

This quilt has already headed to the local PICU and is hopefully giving a warm Quilty hug to someone.

Quilt Details:

Block:  12 inch Double T block
Made by: DGS Hope Circle
Fabric:  Green, turquoise and citron scraps
Finished size:  48 x 60 inches

Need to get organized…

I am in desperate need of a some organization… I have not posted anything for the last couple of weeks because I was not organized enough to get the photos up and posted.  I have about 5 quilts finished and photographed but I have not been able to get them sorted and corrected so that I can post.

So here comes the admission… I am not quite myself at the moment… and actually have not been for a little while.  You see it seems the knock to my head a the end of 2016 did a little more damage than originally thought.  I have not been able to read properly for a little while… my eyes and brain are not communicating the way they should be.  It means that blogging has been a much more of a task than it used to be… and I have been reluctant to do it.

The quilting though has been surprisingly easier than my Neuro-optometist thought it would be.  There is a lot to be said for muscle memory.  It seems all those years of mindlessly sewing has helped me continue working during this fun phase… though some of my paper piecing stitches have not followed the lines the way they should…

After keeping this under my belt of the last 6 months I thought I should come clean about the struggle.  I am seeing a large number of people with the word “neuro” in front of their title and things are getting better…slowly.  So I ask for your patience as I try and find a rhythm as my brain heals.

All that being said I do have a quilt to share this week… and it is one I LOVE…

finished solid star quilt

This quilt is another beauty that came out of a PMQG Charity Sew Day.    It took tons of brightly colored solid scraps as well as some cream/white scraps – I spent a lot of time with my Accuquilt cutter cutting 5 inch squares for this one!

quilt detail

The solids worked so nicely and I have become a bit of a solid fan for charity quilts…. though I do miss the novelty fun that comes from using prints…

solid stars quilting detail

The quilting on this piece is beyond amazing.  One of our talented long armers, Cindy Lund had a field day… each star is quilted with a different pattern and the sashing is free motioned.  The quilting really does make this quilt so much more special.

the pinkies

I mean it is beyond anything I had imagined when I handed the quilt over… I am always in awe of the work of our amazing long arm quilters… they do such an amazing job… and it is a job that I am not particularly fond of, which makes me even more grateful for their time and talents.

quilt back

As this is quite a large quilt I used a nice piece of wideback for the backing.    The backing  was donated by Elizabeth Hartman and is part of her widleback collection for Robert Kaufman.  I have a been so grateful for the wide back donation we got from Elizabeth… it has saved me piecing backs for so many of the larger quilts.

quilt detail 2

To finish the quilt off I made the unusual decision to bind in white… because the sashing was not added around the outside of the quilt a darker binding would have made the quilt a little imbalanced I think.

This beauty is labeled up and headed to Camp Erin.  We have a wonderful collection of quilts going to this cause this year.  I was thrilled to run across the documentary “One Last Hug” on HBO last month, which is about Camp Erin… it is always nice to know more about where the quilt are going and who they are helping.

Quilt Details:

Quilt Block:  Traditional block known as African star or pinwheel star
Block size:  12 inch
Fabric:  Solid scraps with Kona white and Snow background.
Finished Size:  54″ x 68″

The weather has finally co-operated…

After some miserable weeks of rain here in Portland it has recently fined up enough for me to drag Mr Wombat out and about to photograph some quilts.  It used to be much easier when I hung the quilts on the back fence, but not as much fun.   The first of the recent quilts I am going to share is a Do Good Stitches finish….

double cross quilt

You might recognize the block as I shared the details for making the double plus block in November and if you are interested you can find the pattern here

pinkies close up

It is a fun block and a real scrap buster…and my fellow Do Good peeps did a great job with their Double Pluses.   Mr Wombat was also on good pinkie form don’t you think?

double cross quilting

In true scrappy form it is full of fussy cut goodness and fun bright colors… and is wonderfully gender neutral I think.  I do love my charity quilts to be cheerful and worthy of a good game of I spy.  I was talking to a friend today about stashes and I realized where other people (aka. grown ups)  go for simple blenders, I will always go for a novelty print if I can.

double cross detail 4

The quilt was quilted and bound by one of the fabulous PMQG members.  Our Charity program receives quite a few quilts from different Do Good Circles (or Bees), and each one is sent to our local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Every month or so we send to the hospital between 15 to 30 quilts… some of them are panel quilts but most of them are beautiful handmade masterpieces.

double cross detail 5

I am constantly in awe of the people of my quilting community and the wonderful work they do.  I have always made charity quilts – it has been my passion/obsession for over 20 years… but I never expected so many people to jump in so enthusiastically and help out.  I am constantly speechless at the generosity I see.   There is such good in the world.

double cross detail 3

Quilt details:

Pattern:  12 inch Double Plus block
Fabric:  Scraps…nothing but scraps.
Quilt Size:  48 x 60 inches

Finishing up some more quilts…

I am finally getting around to finishing up and sharing some of my long over due Do Good Stitches quilts…

dgs ohio star quilt

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.

ohio star quilt

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.

ohio star quilt detail

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.

pinkie detail

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…

quilt back

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.

helpful helper

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!

Quilt details:

Pattern:  12 inch Ohio Star blocks
Makers: Do Good Stitches Hope Circle
Fabric:  Scraptastic – blues & cream/whites
Size:  48 x 60 inches