Last week I managed to finish up my Constellation quilt, which is currently winging its way to its new home in Indiana.
I started this quilt a while ago, after I got my hands on some treasured pieces of Lizzy House’s Constellation line. I have been a big fan of Ms. Houses for a while now…she designs the most fun novelty fabric. I love her bright colour choices and graphic illustrations… and I do not just use them in my charity quilts for kids, I try to sneak Pearl Bracelets into nearly every quilt I make!
I loved the blues and touch of purple of this line and it was so easy to put this quilt together using just the Constellation fabric line, some Pearl Braceletss and a few supporting solids.
I paper pieced the six-inch cross blocks… you can find the free pattern here.
To quilt this baby up I just used my walking foot and followed the lines of the crosses. I love how the quilting echoes the crosses, while adding a nice grid pattern to the quilt.
I wanted some denser quilting on this quilt, as it is for my new nephew, Tobias…and I knew from the experience of his big brother’s quilt, that this quilt needed to be able to stand up to pretty constant washing and hardy wear and tear.
For the back of the quilt I used three different Lizzy House prints…two of which are from her recent Natural History range. These fabrics just worked perfectly with the front… and I could not resist sneaking this marvelous gem print into the quilt.
Now I must warn you this is only one of several Lizzy House quilts I have been working on. I am slightly addicted to Lizzy’s fabrics and am eagerly awaiting her new line, A lovely Hunt, in September… it has unicorns in it!
Name: Constellation Crosses
Pattern: Paper Pieced cross blocks
Fabric: Lizzy House Constellations
Finished size: 36 x 42 inches
Last year the Modern Quilt Guild did a fabric challenge using Michael Miller fabric. If you follow me you will have seen a few quilts with this fabric in it, including my own Challenge entry. When our Guild handed out the fabric to its members we said that if anyone was so inclined they could use their Challenge scraps to make some blocks for the charity program. This is one of the resulting quilts…
This beautiful quilt was pieced and quilted by the wonderful Cris Pera, who is this years Guild Programs Co-ordinator.
Cris took the Michael Miller Challenge blocks and made this darling sampler quilt… using white sashing to bring the blocks together.
The blocks are all so different and there is so much amazing piecing in each block…
But I love how they all come together to make a lovely coherent quilt because they are all using the same fabric line. There should be at least one more of these quilts finished up by the end of the year…fingers crossed!
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…
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…
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…
Really big trees…
And really small 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….
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.
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.
For the back of the quilt one of our fabulous volunteers, Betty, made a huge tree block….
..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.
As July comes to an end so does my red, white and blue pinwheel blocks….
I mixed the colouring up this week and I love the red background…I hope it works with the other blocks being made for the Quilting Bee…
There is another fun way to make this block, which gives you a very different looking block…still with a lot of movement in it.
If you would like to use the free pattern just download the PDF by clicking the link…Fireworks Pinwheel Block.
This week I have been having a blast making a wedding quilt for a darling friend… but this quilt is not you usual pretty, demur wedding quilt… it is fun and foxy all the way…
This week I have been using Elizabeth Hartman’s fabulous Fancy Fox pattern to make foxes…lots and lots of foxes…
I have been surprised how quickly and easily these blocks come together. After selecting my fabric and precutting everything it has been a fun process of chain piecing and cutting and chain piecing some more.
There has been a fabulous sense of achievement as I have finished up a fox and put it up on my design wall. The hardest part (and most fun part!) was selecting the fabric. I knew that I wanted the traditional fox colour of red…
and then I threw in a little orange…
and to add tonal variety I added some apricot and pink foxes…
The foxes I love the most are the ones with striking patterns… it was such a fun process to audition fabrics, thinking about what sort of foxes they would make.
I have only a few more foxes to go before I have them all done. For the background fabric I went with Hatch fabric from Time Treasures in Coal…and I love how it makes the foxes pop.
I have a few weeks to get this quilt finished so I am heading back to the sewing machine to finish up the last of the blocks. I really seem to like working up against a deadline… but as a friend kindly reminded me the other day wedding quilts can be given after the wedding. So how late do you think is too late for a wedding quilt?