A fabulous finish for Friday…

This week I am pleased to share another Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt… actually one of my favorite so far I must admit…

Finished PMQG charity quilt copy

The blocks for this top were made at one of our Charity Sew days (check out my original post for more details) and then shipped off to be quilted by one of our wonderful members. This time it was the amazing Nancy Stovall who did the long-arming.

pmqg charity quilt detail 2I love the pattern that Nancy chose for the quilting and extra love that she did it with yellow thread….

pmqg charity quilt detail

…it just pops against the grey and makes the whole quilt come alive.  I am constantly amazed at how the quilting and binding can bring a quilt together… you think I would have that figured by now, but no, every time total amazement.

binding detail

The quilt is backed with a mixture of Michael Miller challenge left over fabric and some very cool donated pieces.

quilt back detail

This quilt will be heading to Raphael House, a local women’s shelter here in Portland, hopefully to provide some warmth and comfort.

Quilt Details:

Block:  9 inch wonky pin wheel block
Quilt size:  45 x 54 inches
Fabric:  Riley Blake charcoal solid and lots of red/orange.yellow scraps

Wonky Pinwheel blocks PMQG style

This week we had another Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity Sew day…and this time I had everyone making wonky pinwheels…loud, wonky, scrappy, fun pinwheels…

photoWe started with a stack of Riley Blake solid grey squares and a huge pile of orange, yellow and red scraps.  You may be having a feeling of deja vu because  a couple of months ago I made a version of these blocks for Do.Good.Stitches.

Pinwheel blocks Both these blocks used the fabulous tutorial from Greenleaf Goods but for the Charity Sew Day I went with 5 inch base block rather than 4 inch.  After a day of sewing, our small but productive team had 30 pinwheel blocks, each measuring 9 1/2 inches, done and dusted.

I then took them all home and sewed them together to make this…

easy wonky quiltSo many fun fabrics were used… all warm and bright.  This is such a fabulous quilt to make if you want to use those piles of scraps you have accumulated…

wonky pinwheel block close upOur finished quilt measures 45 inches x 54 inches and will now head out to be quilted and bound before heading to our Charity for this quarter, Raphael House.

wonky pinwheel quilt top close up

I am also pleased to say the cat has inspected the quilt top and deigned that it is acceptable..

kitty inspected


PMQG Medallion WIP

In the past week I have been working hard to catch up on my Portland Modern Quilt Guild Medallion quilt.  I was officially two borders behind… and now I am all caught up…

PMQG Medallion wipAs an officer” of the Guild this year I was gently persuaded to take part in this Medallion along but really wish I had thought my colour scheme through a bit better.  As my husband loudly stated last week “why on earth are you making a pastel quilt!” .  I have been asking myself that question for a couple of months now!

Medallion detailDon’t get me wrong I am loving the process of making this quilt, I just wish I had thought about the fact I would have to live with pastels for months and months!  But the process…oh I love the process.   Each month another border is added and each month, where possible, I turn the border into a paper piecing pattern.

New border detailsFor this month’s border I made a triangle/flying geese paper pattern (which you can find here PMQG Medallion Border 4 pattern) and the corner-stone pattern as well (you can find that pattern here  PMQG Medallion border 4 cornerstones)

Medallion border detailIf paper piecing does not float your boat but you like the borders, check out the PMQG Medallion site.  My fellow officers have done a great job of explaining how to make the borders with traditional piecing.  You will also find all the directions and measurements for our Medallion if you are interested in playing along.

As it is Wednesday I am of course linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.