The Weekender Quilt

This week I am finally getting the chance to share with you a quilt I finished last month.  This quilt started as a small bundle of fat quarters that were donated to the Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity program…. I added some fabric from my stash, a couple of solids and made this beauty…

finished Trip Around quilt

The fabric line that kicked this all off was Weekends by Erin McMorris, an old line from 2012.  I had some of the line, as well as some of Erin’s Wildwood line in my stash so I was able to get enough fabric to make a decent sized quilt.

weekender quilt detail 2

I love the colour palette of this quilt, olive green, apricot, soft purple, dusty pink and cream.  It is a gentle but vibrant colour scheme.

fabric detail

And in amongst the florals of the fabric are a smattering of these darling bicycle…

quilt detail

You probably recognize the pattern I used, it is one of my favorite go to patterns, the Trip Around quilt.  I have made a few Trip Around quilts now and love how easy it is to make and how every quilt is so different…

quilt meta pattern

This quilt top finished up big, particularly for me, and there was no way I was going to be able to quilt it on my home machine…my busted back just will not let me.  So my local quilt store, Modern Domestic, kindly allowed me to throw the quilt up on the Bernina long arm.

long arm 2

It was so much fun to quilt loopy flowers into this quilt using the Q24 longarm.  I am slowly getting more confident with free motion….very slowly….and love the adjustable handles on this baby…. it makes it so easy to find a comfortable position to work the machine in.

quilting detail 2

As a label for the quilt I got creative, inspired by one of our Guild long armers, Dawn… and quilted PMQG into the bottom of the quilt.

quilt label

The finishing touches were a scrappy solid binding of beige… not a colour I use often in binding but it worked wonderfully.

quilt backing

This quilt is destined for NW Impact’s program that looks after Seniors at risk… it is fun to be charity quilting this quarter for an older set, as it has forced me out of my usual bright novelty kids centered world.

Quilt Details

Name:  The Weekender
Pattern:  Scrappy Trip Around The World
Fabric:  Weekends and Wildwood by Erin McMorris and select Kona solids
Finished Size:  60 x 72 inches

Round and Round….

It has been a busy, crazy couple of weeks for me…which can all be summed up by the fact that all the photos I have taken of my quilts and things I have been doing were on a SD card which got corrupted.  I had photos of my quilt at Sisters Outdoor quilt show…photos of my works in progress and photos of the Kids quilt class I taught last week.  All gone.

After lots of tears and maybe a tantrum or two I dusted myself off and decided to let it go… so instead of sharing my recent adventures I am going to share one of my most recent quilt finish…

PMQG Medallion quilt

This week I finally finished my Portland Modern Quilt Guild medallion quilt.  Now to t be honest with you I did not do all the borders that I was meant too… partly because I wanted this quilt to be baby size and partly because I got bored with the pastel colour scheme!

Medallion detail 2

If you are interested in the pattern and process you can check out my earlier post about the quilt…which includes links to the free patterns we used.

novelty prints

To finish off my quilt I decided to do my first lot of circular quilting… using the walking foot on my new Bernina 550.   I thought that circular quilting would be perfect with this quilt so I started in the center of the quilt and worked my way out.

circular quilting issues

Now if I am honest with you the center quilting was a little tricky.  I took the above photo so you could see just how wonky I was at the start… I did end up unpicking quite a few of my stitches as they were so off kilter and I went back into the center using free motioning quilting (no walking foot) to get the center right.

cronder block

Once I got past the tricky center it was really fun to just keep going round and round and round and round…. it was easy to move my small baby quilt to get a nice rhythm going.  I know there is going to be more circular quilting in my future… I love how the quilt looks and feels with this type of quilting…

binding

To finish it all off I used a selection of Kona pastel solid scraps to make the binding and hand bound the quilt…. and I was done.  As I was putting the last stitches on the binding the wonderful postman dropped off this for me…

Modern Medallion book

I kid you not, I took delivery of this book just moments after finishing my Medallion and I am now inspired to make another one…. this time not in pastel and this time maybe a little more modern.

Quilt Details:

Pattern:  PMQG Medallion QAL
Fabric:  Pastel and low volume scraps
Finished Size:  40 x 40 inches

One finished quilt top and one giveaway…

This week, after a little procrastination. I finally finished sewing all my green stars into a quilt top…

finished green star quilt topI alternated the paper pieced blocks with 8 1/2 inch squares of low volume fabric… using mainly fabrics that had been used in the star blocks.

green star quilt detailI sewed all the blocks together, keeping the paper on the stars.  I have found if I remove the paper from the pattern before I sew everything together there can be issues making everything fit properly.  There can be a lot of bias pieces in paper piecing and you want to minimize the wiggle…

piecingWhen I had sewn all the stars and low volume blocks together I realized the quilt needed a border of some sort.  I ended up making four flying geese blocks and interspersed them within the 3 inch border.

quilt top detailI love how the border and those geese bring the whole quilt together.

green star detailTo celebrate finishing this quilt I thought I would do a little giveaway.

prize packageUp for grabs is this 18 fat eight cuts of fabric so you can make your own green star blocks – 12 different greens and 6 different low volumes.  If you would like to win just leave a comment on this post and we will pick a winner on Monday.   As always I am happy to post overseas.

THE COMPETiTION IS NOW CLOSED.  Thanks.  

Back on track….

So I am not sure if any of you noticed…but I have been very slack in my posting lately.  I have managed to keep my Paper Piecing Monday posts happening but everything else has just fallen by the wayside.

Bad bad me.  Last week I was teaching all week and found that my creativity was completely absent.  I have been a little out of kilter for a couple of months now and I am slowly getting my mojo back….and here is the proof.

Do good stitches cross quiltYesterday I had a blast using the new Bernina long arm machine at my LQS (local quilt store), Modern Domestic.  Up until yesterday I had never done a whole quilt by myself, and I was so excited by how much fun I had.  I did an all over squares and boxes pattern which seem to come very naturally to me (that means I did not quilt myself into a corner once!).

quilt detail 2The quilt was one of my unfinished Do Good Stitches quilts…  and I love the scrappy feel to it all.  If you are interested in the pattern we used, you can find the link on my original post here…

do good stitches cross quilt detailI did a simple solid back and a wide navy binding to finish it all off.  In a couple of weeks I am going to go back and give it all another go with one of my other unfinished Do Good quilt tops.  I may branch out and try something loopy!

quilt detailI have a long way to go before I master this long arm free motion thingy but I am pleased with the results of my first step.  I must admit I am now hankering for some straight stitch quilting on my home machine, so I may baste up some more quilts this weekend.  I had forgotten how satisfying it is to actually finish something up.

Wee Wanders finish

This week I managed to get a proper finish on one of my old wip quilt tops…finally.

wee wanders quiltThis darling quilt has been made for a friend’s daughter who lives on a horse ranch.  When I saw the fabulous fabric I knew I had to make her a quilt with these horses on it..

horse detailThe block I used is a modern interpretation of a classic block.  You can see my original post about starting this project from July last year, which includes a link to the block pattern HERE.

wee wanders detailMost of the fabric is from the Michael Miller Fabric’s Wee Wanders by designer Sarah Jane with a number of different blenders thrown in.  I love the warm colour palette floating on the crisp white background.

wee wanders detail 2I must admit it was pouring rain this morning when I photographed this quilt, which means I did not get as many shots as I wanted.  The quilt and the photographer were getting way to wet!

wee wanders backI did manage to get a quick shot of the quilt back which uses some of the left over pieces of Wee Wanders and Kona Snow.   To finish up I used Kona Flame, a wonderful tomato red, for the binding.

quilt bindingQuilt Details:

Pattern:  Rolling Stone – traditional and paper piecing
Fabric:  Wee Wanders by Michael Miller
Size:  55 inch x 55 inches