This week I am sharing a quilt that I finished up a while ago but I completely forgot to share…. though the photos are not brilliant as they were taken quickly before I gifted the quilt.
This quilt is one of the rare quilts I have made for and given to a friend… a friend who has an affinity with foxes needless to say….
I actually started making this quilt a few years ago, well before I taught classes on making Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest. I learnt so much teaching and I wish I had known how to make her patterns before I started this….
Some of things I learnt the hard way is to make sure you are cutting accurately (there is no wiggle room in her patterns)…sew with a scant quarter inch to give yourself some leeway …. and make sure you trim the subsections to the correct size before you sew the block together.
As this quilt was a gift I sent it out to be quilted and loved the wood grain that was used to finish it up. I also learnt with this quilt it is worth taking the time to take decent photos… and I now try very hard to get good photos before I send the quilt out into the world. Mr Wombat did not even get a chance to stick out his pinkies…we were in that much of a hurry.
But my friend shared a great photo on Instagram which shows the quilt in the wild…
Pattern: Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric: Various orange/red scraps.
Kona White and Windsor for faces and Cross Hatch in blue grey.
Size: 60 x 72 inches
So this is my favorite Cotton & Steel quilt I have made so far…. and yes it uses the same block as last week’s quilt – the Ohio Star. I always use the wonderful tutorial by The Sewing Chick when making this block.
Same quilt block but such a different quilt…. the Cotton & Steel fabric really make this quilt sing…
…modern, bright and fun. It always surprises me how different quilts can look with different fabric…
This version feels so much more scrappy because of all the different low volume fabric used (there is not one repeat!)…
Oh and all the colors used… I did have a blast fussy cutting the centers for these blocks…
The beautiful quilting was done by our wonderful guild member Kazumi Peterson, who is so generous to our Charity program with her time and talent.
I finished the quilt with just a solid navy binding… the quilt is so fabulously busy it did not seem to need anything else.
So this is Cotton & Steel quilt number 5 and I have just finished the top for number 6. I may have a C&S problem and they are not helping at all… have you seen the latest collection to hit stores? It is called Spectacle and is by the amazing artist Christian Robinson. Now in my defense I have not bought EVERYTHING they have released but they really do make fabulous fabric.
Quilt Block: 12 inch Ohio Star block
Fabric: Various lines from Cotton & Steel
Size: 60 x 72 inches
I have a confession to make… I am obsessed with Cotton and Steel fabrics. I have been hoarding (and using) them a lot lately. Today I am sharing one of the many C&S quilts I have made lately…
This quilt used tons and tons of different Cotton & Steel Prints – actually there is a print from every fabric line they have released… all cut into 3 1/2 inch squares. I must admit I cheated a bit and used my Accuquilt cutter to cut all the fabric which made things much quicker.
Because so many of the C&S fabric lines have the same or similar color stories it makes it easy to mix and match all the fabric…
And oh the fussy cut potential. I had so much fun. All the blocks have a navy blue center and there is a plethora of low volume goodness as well…
I quilted this quilt myself on my Bernina and using my walking foot. I just followed my seam lines… simple but serviceable for this simple patchwork quilt.
Again I raided my stash for a backing fabric and found some fun IKEA fabric to play with…
…and no matter how much I try I can not get Mr Wombat to put his pinkies down. No amount of pleading or bribery is working…
Fabric: Cotton & Steel various lines
Block: Simple nine patch cross
Quilt Size: 54 x 54 inches
This week I wanted to share a recent finish that was actually started years ago… so many years I am a little embarrassed.
Photos can not do this neon pink justice… it really is vibrant and a little crazy. The grey and white does a good job of calming the pink a little…
A few of these blocks were left over from a Portland Modern Quilt Guild challenge in 2013… the rest are ones that I added (some I even designed the paper piecing pattern for!)….
Okay I have to admit I have a problem letting things go and this was particularly true of the couple of blocks I inherited for the charity program. They just screamed to be made into a quilt, but they were so bright that they did play nicely with any of the other orphan blocks I had… you see my dilemma right, I had to make more blocks to go with them.
Someone who appreciates pink in all it’s glory – actually my kind of person…. is going to love this quilt…and just in case the front was not enough to sell it I found some fabulous Ikea fabric in my stash for the back…
This quilt has already made its way to the local PICU where it definitely brightened some kids stay, I am sure of it.
Fabric: Michael Miller Neon fabric and Cotton Couture
Blocks: various paper pieced blocks
Quilt Size: 52 x 52 inches
This week I am sharing another PMQG Charity quilt…
This is definitely one of my favorite quilts we have made at the Charity Sew Days EVER! I may be slightly biased by my love of Polaroid photos. I became obsessed with Polaroids during my days in the film industry… I have hundreds and hundreds of them still.
This quilt started as a pile of fussy cut squares and yards of navy and white solids. The end result is so much fun..
This quilt was quilted on a domestic machine by one of our guild members Chelsea. She did an amazing job and I love how the swirls work with the Polaroid.
The other thing I love is the navy binding… I have never done a quilt where the binding is the same colour as the quilt background. It is so effective in making the blocks pop off the quilt. I can tell I will be using matching binding on one of my quilts in the future.
The back of the quilt shows off the wonderful quilting Chelsea did… and highlights the fun piece of turtle fabric I found in my stash that just had to go on the back.