A special quilt show…

I have been a little AWOL from the blog for the last couple of weeks because I have been feverishly finishing up quilts….

The first lot of finishes involved putting the finishing touches on some of the Guild’s charity quilts in time for this month’s display at Modern Domestic.

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Usually when we finish up a charity quilt it is bundled up and sent off to the appropriate charity but for the last couple of months I have been collecting them so that they could be put on display at our local quilt store…

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I can not explain how excited I was to see all our recent quilts hanging together.  It was just so wonderful…and bright…and affirming.  There are so many people who have had a hand in these quilts and there is so much love stitched into every one.

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I also wanted to spotlight the newest PMQG quilt finish, so that you can see it in more detail…just in case you can not make it into the store to see it in person…..

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For most of the charities we give quilts to there is a pressing need for boy quilts, and this quilt was made to as a gender neutral option…

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Our colour scheme for the day was grey with a splash of aqua/turquoise.   For a couple of months I had been putting all my grey scraps into a large bin, knowing that  they would be perfect for an improv sew day.

improv quilt detail2I love the improv days because everyone gets to do their own thing… and anything goes.

improv quilt detailThere was a flurry of wonky stars made, spear headed by one of our charity sew day regulars Betty.

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Other people took the scraps and trimmings from other peoples blocks and made something fun.

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We of course embraced novelty prints, because this is a kids quilt after all.

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The fabulous quilting was done by another charity sew day regular, Kazumi.   Kazumi is a professional long armer and you will see more of her work in the coming weeks as she has done some quilting for me recently!

Finish Along 2016

A week or so ago I signed up for the first quarter of the 2016 Finish Along.  This is a online project that is run every 3 months… basically you sign up at the beginning of a quarter and say what you want to finish over the next couple of months.  I am using the program to keep myself on track to finish up things before I start anything new.

If you are interested you can check out what people are doing there is an Instagram account – @finishalong and She Can Quilt is hosting the link up at http://www.shecanquilt.ca.

Anyway the goals I set myself for the next four months are…

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Now I understand I may have over committed but I thought I might as well shot for the stars.  But so far I have one of my Do Good Stitches quilts done…

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This was such a fun quilt to finish up… I originally set this block for the Hope Circle of Do Good Stitches to do back in June last year.  The block pattern is from Clover and Violet and you can find the directions here scrappy christmas star.

scrappy star block

I was a little nervous about setting a Bee block that needed to be pretty accurately pieced to align, but it all worked out fabulously.  I was able to coerce all the seams into alignment without too much effort…

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One of the things I love about doing these scrappy blocks is seeing everyone’s fabric choices and extra love the wonderful selection of low volume novelty prints that were used…

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There is so much happening in the quilt as far as print variation but the overall quilt is so quiet and gentle.

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For the quilting I went of course with straight lines, which was perfect for this pattern.  I used a cream Aurifil for the quilting (No 2309), which blended nicely between the teal, yellow and white/cream background.

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For the backing I found the perfect Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman piece in my stash – and I had enough to do the whole back!

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For the binding I used two different teal Kona Solids I had in my stash and of course hand bound it while watching the Australian Open Tennis.  I am going to make the most of the last couple of matches to get another Do Good finish bound…..

So one finish down… at least 5 more to go….

 

Dinosaurs for everyone…

This week I finished up my Lizzy House Dinosaur quilt….

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Over the summer I taught a wonderful group of young ladies (aged 10 – 14) how to make a quilt.  Blocks from my test run of that class are what made up this wonderfully fun quilt…

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The pattern is a simple rail fence variation….

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all you do is cut strips 3 inches wide by the length of the fabric (usually 42 inches long)… then you sew four of these strips together… then you cut out 10 1/2 inch blocks… easy peasy.

The highlight of this quilt is of course the dinosaurs…. oh how I love those dinosaurs….

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Oh and there is butterflies as well, of course….

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A simple backing…..

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and binding using a fabulous ombre fabric I found in my stash and a couple of scraps.

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And there you have it, a simple fun kids quilt….and I have another quilt done for 100 Quilts for Kids.

Quilt Details:

Name:  Dinosaurs for Everyone
Pattern:  Rail Fence
Fabric:  Lizzy House Natural Histories, Pearl Bracelets and Butterflies
Finished size:  50 x 60 inches

100 Quilts for Kids

It is my favorite time of the year… and I am a little late to the party this year. It is the 100 Quilts for Kids drive which this year is being hosted by Quilts in the Queue. 100 Quilts for Kids is an annual charity quilt drive to encourage quilters to make a quilt, donate it to a child in need, and be entered for fabulous prizes for their efforts. In 2015, 100 Quilts for Kids will run from August 1st-September 30th. When you have finished a quilt you add it to the Link party to be entered.

For me it is not about winning a prize (though that is nice), I use this drive as a kick up the butt to finish up quilts for Project Linus. So to kick off this years Quilts for Kids run I finished up these two beauties…

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I used the Gigantic Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.  I love this pattern, it was so easy to finish up a baby quilt in no time…. so I made one in pink and one in blue.

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A selection of Kona solids, some simple quilting, a single cloth back and I have two lovely quilts to drop off at Project Linus this week.  The quilts finish up at 30 x 36 inches which is a great size for a baby.

So for the next couple of weeks I will be trying to finish up as many of my work in progress quilts which I have been procrastinating about and encourage you to do the same.  Make a simple quilt or dust off some old WIPs or orphan blocks and finish a quilt or two for a Kids charity in your area.

Kelly’s Quilt in the spotlight…

In the continuing showcase of Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s charity quilts, today’s quilt is Kelly’s Quilt.

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This bright, fun, scrappy improv quilt was made at our Guild’s March Charity Sew Day.  During the course of the day the group took a huge box of bright, kid friendly scraps and a handful of stray orphan blocks cut them up and turned it all into a pile of 12 inch blocks.

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The quilt got its name during the Sew Day when this block went up on the design wall…

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Joy, one of our members commented that the girl in this block looked liked one of my fellow Board members from last year, Kelly.  Everyone agreed and the quilt was then referred to all day as Kelly’s quilt.

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In the spirit of improv and anything goes, the top grew into a loud riot of novelty print fun…

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When it came time to quilting this top,  it fell,  of course to none other than its name sake, Kelly Cole of Blue Bird Sews.  As soon as she knew the quilt was named after her, Kelly felt she had to quilt it.

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And boy did she quilt it.  Kelly did a wonderful job free motion quilting a different pattern into each block…

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The end result is one of the most fun games of eye spy ever in a quilt.  I love the riot of colour and texture of this quilt.  You know it is going to make some kid extremely happy.

 

Not just one tree in the forest…

Today I am spending the day delivering the latest batch of Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity quilts to a couple of charities around town…. so over the next couple of days I would like to share some of the beauties that are being dropped off starting with…

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Our wonderful wonky tree quilt.  Now if you have been following me for a while you will have seen a version of this quilt last year, when we made our first wonky tree charity quilt…  you can check out my original post for tips on making the blocks

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This quilt block has become an annual exercise and makes for such a fun Sew Day.  Basically anything goes tree wise and this year was no different.  We had differently shaped trees…

different types of treesReally big trees…

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And really small trees….

some tiny trees

The forest is so varied and every one has a blast just making what ever type of tree they wanted… there is no right or wrong but most people kept within the 8 inch square guideline….

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We used lots of our donated scraps, and I love this exercise in particular because it allows us to use up  some of the browns and olive greens we have in our donated charity stash… colours that are not always easy to use in kids quilts.

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I always throw in some bright greens to the mix to add a splash of vibrancy to the forest.

To finish it all off the amazing Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting, did an awesome job.  She choose an all over pattern that hints at the wind blowing through the trees.  I love it so much.

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For the back of the quilt one of our fabulous volunteers, Betty, made a huge tree block….

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..that was just perfect for the back.  This quilt was truly a wonderful group effect… thanks goes out to everyone who played along and helped make this wonderful forest.