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.
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…
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.
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…..
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…
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.
I love the improv days because everyone gets to do their own thing… and anything goes.
There was a flurry of wonky stars made, spear headed by one of our charity sew day regulars Betty.
Other people took the scraps and trimmings from other peoples blocks and made something fun.
We of course embraced novelty prints, because this is a kids quilt after all.
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!
This week I finally finished up my hexagon flower baby quilt. This quilt came about after a small mistake with my hexi pelt… but it is definitely lemonade and not lemons…
For this quilt I took the hexagon flowers I had hand pieced and attached them to a low volume back ground… if you want to know more about my process for this you can check out my original post…
When it came time to put this quilt together I decided to use a high loft wool batting… which gives the quilt a plush softness that I think is great for a baby quilt.
I did not want to over quilt so I echo stiched the block lines, leaving a puff flower center. Because the flowers were stitched onto the blocks before the quilt was quilted the flower has a raised feel to it.
Plus there is enough fussy cut goodness in it to make for a good game or two of eye spy….
Since I made my hexie mistake I have been avoiding my hexie pelt. I have over 100+ flowers made but I have not been brave enough to attach them to my pelt. I am hoping finishing this project up will get me over my hexagon hump… but the pelt at the moment looks like this…
This week I managed to finish up my Cotton and Steel Economy block quilt…and I am very pleased with myself.
You see I signed this week for the 2nd Quarter of the 2016 Finish Along and I am determined to get more done than I did last quarter. I am finding having a bit of accountability in my quilting a good thing… it really is making me conscious of finishing things up instead of just adding them to the large pile of works in progress.
This quilt is such a fun one to start with. I really had a blast fussy cutting up my Cotton and Steel stash. I had been collecting bits and pieces of the C&S since the line first came out but it was not until I started this project that I realized how well it all works together.
I have used prints from just about every Cotton & Steel line (including some of their new Garland line which has just come out).
And definitely have a piece of fabric for all the Cotton & Steel designers. I must admit for a brief little bit I was thinking that I might hold onto the blocks and wait till the next line comes out and add more to the quilt, but in the spirit of getting things finished, I just put what I had together and called it good.
I kept the quilting simple… lots of straightish lines using the lines in the block as the guide for my walking foot.
For the back of the quilt I used some larger pieces of my stash…
And to finish it all off I used a navy blue scrappy binding…
So my first finish of quarter two is done and dusted…. now to get another quilt out of my WIP pile and finish it up. I am highly motivated at the moment…I just hope it lasts.
Name: A Cotton and Steel Economy
Pattern: 7 1/2 inch Economy blocks
Fabric: Cotton & Steel collections
Finished size: 45 x 60 inches
I wanted to share another one of Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s charity quilts… the blocks for this quilt were made in October 2014 and we now have a beautiful finished quilt….
I love the wonky cross block for group sewing because it is so easy to make… with lots of wiggly room and creative options for any miss-sizing issues.
I love the pink and brown colour combination… the brown tones down the pink so the finished quilt does not feel to bubblegum or over girlie…
When we were putting the quilt top together we also used some solid squares of fabric to give the eye somewhere to rest…
…which also gave our fabulous quilter, Coleen Bernhardt from the Quilted Thistle, room to play.
And Coleen really had fun and the back of the quilt shows just how much variety she put into the blocks…
For the back of the quilt I pieced together a collection of brown and pink scraps…
Add some binding and you have another wonderful quilt ready to give some comfort.
It has been quite a while since I have posted photos of some of the charity quilts that members of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild have made, so I hope you will indulge me as I share some of the recent projects…
First up is a scrappy trip along top… the blocks and extra fabric was donated to the Guild by the wonderful Elsa and all I had to do sew the blocks together and make the back….
We put this top on the long arm at one of our Charity Sew Days and a number of people had a blast quilting flowers all over it….
And for the back of the quilt I pieced together the left over fabric and a few extra fat quarters and viola…
Another donation to the Charity program was a couple of charm packs of fun Bernstein Bear fabric, which were easily turned into disappearing nine patch blocks…
This fabric is so fun and bright not to much was need too make a fabulous kid friendly quilt…
And it would not be a Charity quilt showcase without some orphan block quilts starting with this fun number.
I love all the quilting on this quilt….each block has a different pattern but all the pattern use straight lines.
And last but not least is this orphan block quilt that one of our wonderful members, Juline, put together. I love Juline’s use of negative space with this quilt… she made a handful of similar blocks into a wonderful modern quilt.
I will try and get some photos of our group quilts up in the next couple of days as well, if the Portland weather permits.