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.
One of the quilts that I recently finished up was one that had been languishing in the WIP pile not because I was bored with it but because I was not emotional ready to deal with finishing it.
The quilt was started in 2015 while I was recovering from surgery after an ectopic pregnancy. For the last year or so I was not ready to deal with finishing the quilt up… then one day I looked at the quilt top and decided it was time. I bundled it up and sent it to my friend Kazumi to finish up…
The quilt top was made using a paper piecing pattern that I designed…and making the top was a slow and deliberate process for me as I healed. If you are interested in reading more or using the pattern you can follow the links to my earlier posts.
This quilt is our new couch quilt and my new comfort quilt. I have not kept many of my quilts but this one will be treasured. I look at it and see all the pain but also all the strength it took to keep going.
I also see lots of little treasured bits of my stash, including some fabrics which were bought decades ago when I started quilting.
I am really proud of this quilt… it is not my most creative masterpiece -my most creative quilt to date is my Michael Miller challenge quilt I think – but as I made this quilt piece by tiny piece I stitched myself back together. I am proud of that.
And I could not have done any of it without the support of my wonderful quilt holder and partner in crime. Thank you Mr Wombat.
For some unknown reason I have been struggling to get motivated to blog… I mean I have got procrastinating and deflecting down to a fine art by now. I have been quilting away the last month or so, creating and having fun, but I have struggled to get back into the habit of photographing what I am doing.
The weather here in Portland has been unhelpful… I am sick of sticking my quilts on the back fence and photographing them… I have found no end of excuses to NOT post. Finally last weekend my husband gave me a stern talking too and dragged me out to photograph some of my finished quilts. Have I mentioned how much I love him!
Anyway here is the first quilt from the selection we photographed last weekend…
This is one of my projects from 2014 (wow has it been that long!)… I am trying to get some old WIPS finished up. I love this quilt… the solids play so nicely against the black and white prints. You can see my original post for this quilt here…
For the quilting I used my domestic machine and walking foot to quilt round and round and round and round. I picked one of the circles that was a little of center as the start for my quilting which means the finished radiating result is not dead center.
I still struggle to get a neat start to the circle quilting…it definitely gets easier and neater as you move outwards.
The back of the quilt was pieced using bits and pieces I had floating about my stash… including a nice chunk of old Ikea fabric (the black and white illustrations).
The finishing touch was a scrappy binding using some of my left over solid scraps. I am really thrilled with how this quilt finished up… and I am feeling motivated to try some more curves… they really are fun and easy.
Despite the Portland snow…we have had 10 inches in my neighborhood… I managed to get a few snaps of my latest finish…
The snow has prevented me from getting to my backyard and hanging the quilt on my the back fence, so the photos are a little different. This quilt began last year with me playing with a Go Baby cutter a friend had lent me…and you can see my process for making the block on my original post…
I must admit I would never make curves this small without the help of a cutting machine and a glue pen…. It was incredibly addictive and I must admit I have already used the cutter again…another drunkard path quilt is underway…
I loved using my Cotton & Steel stash on this project… these fabrics are so fun, colourful and full of fussy cutting goodness. I may have got a few more fat quarter bundles from Santa that have inspired me to start a new C&S quilt… but more about that next week!
The quilting on this quilt was done by my friend Michelle Freedman using Modern Domestic’s Bernina long arm. Michelle is the queen of the Q24 and the stores machine has just been automated… I can not wait to play using the computer assist.
This quilt is now headed to the washing machine and then on to a local Pediatric Intensive Care unit. It is going to make for a fun game or two of “I spy”.