Miniture Quilts Paper Piecing Monday

I am back… sorry about the radio silence last week… I was kind of forced to take a little break but we are now back on-line and ready to go… starting with Paper Piecing Monday miniature style.

The Portland Modern Quilt Guild is currently taking part in some miniature quilt challenges, so  I just had to give it a try.  Because of the size of the quilt blocks usually used in these quilts, precision is incredibly important.  Even the slimmest of miscalculations can cause big issues when you are working at such a small scale, unless of course, you work with a paper piecing pattern.

So I decided to use a simple 3 inch log cabin block for my Metallic Challenge mini quilt…

3 inch log cabin blocksOf course I had to use one of my fave fabrics, Michael Miller’s Mirror Ball.  It was just perfect for this challenge and worked well with the small scale block.

metalic quilt detail copyYou can find the paper piecing pattern I used here…. miniature log cabin pattern.   The blocks came together really quickly and my final quilt is 15 inches by 15 inches square and now all I have to do is work out how I want to back and quilt it.

metalic miniture

Another log cabin done and dusted…

I managed to get my Blush log cabin quilted and bound this week.  I am so thrilled with how this quilt finished up and can not wait to see how it washes.

scrap log cabin quilt

I quilted Blush using the diagonal lines of the log cabin block as a guide.   I love how the how this simple quilting adds extra interest to the log cabin.

blush quilting detail

I must admit I am looking forward to trying some of the free-motion techniques I learned last week at the PMQG Meet Up, but I have a few weeks before my wrist is up for the challenge.  So the next few quilts will involve straight lines in some shape or form and in the meantime I will do my free-motion exercises in my new graph paper note-book.  As instructed by Rachel (of 2nd Ave Studios) I will be using pen only for the doodling. No erasing.

blush quilt detail 2

I found the perfect fabric piece in my stash for the back of this quilt – the Weekend by Erin Morris fabric worked perfectly with a little bit of pink supporting fabric.

blush quilt back

The final touch was a solid binding in Magenta which just bought the whole quilt together.

quilt bindingNow I am just a few stitches away from finishing my Yummy quilt so it is back to the sewing machine.

I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF.

Getting back in the swing…

After a month or so of being off my game I am pleased to say I have FINALLY finished a quilt top.    Pausing for applause.                 I can not believe that the last time I posted a finished quilt/quilt top was the end of May.

So without further ado… here she is.

modern scrap log cabin quilt top

Yep I finished my Blush log cabin quilt top.  I first posted about this block a couple of weeks ago… here.   I wanted to make a quilt that used peach/apricot fabric, having seen a post on a Modern quilt site about how you should NOT use apricot in modern quilts.  I really do love hearing that you should NOT do something, it just makes me want to do whatever I am not meant to do.  (This feeling may possibly be the result of having an Army Colonel for a father).

My response was to find a way to make the colour work.  I pulled this stash of fabric and started playing.

fabric for blush block

After a false start or two I got it to work… with this block.

modern scrap log cabin block

Which turned into this…

modern scrap log cabin block

Scrappy modern fabulous fun.  And I think the peach/apricot fabric works perfectly.  It is not at all dated or dowdy.

blush quilt detailThe fabulous array of pink and purple scraps help.   What are your thoughts on the often maligned apricot/peach?  Have your used it in your modern quilts?


Revisiting blush – WIP Wednesday

A month or so ago I pulled this stash of fabrics that I thought was lovely, soft and pretty (original post here).

fabric for blush block

The block I originally made with this fabric pull did not excite me as much as I would have liked.  Fast forward a month, and after working on  a collection of graphic, bright quilts, I wanted something different.  This is where I ended up….

scrappy log cabin block

I am loving how this quilt is coming together.  It is fabulously easy, fabulously scrappy and fabulously girly.

modern scrap log cabin block

It is being made almost completely from my scrap bin, and I have only had to cut some of the longer strips so far.   I have not been stressing at all about choosing the fabrics – I have full embraced just going with the first strip of fabric that I pull out of my pile.  It is very liberating.

blush log cabin detail

There is an “I Spy” element to these blocks which will make for a great baby/kids quilt.  I want to finish this one in time for SwimBikeSew’s 100 Quilts for Kids drive which started this week.