It has been over a year since I have blogged and what a year it has been. Like everyone else I have hunkered down in my house, venturing out only when absolutely necessary. You would think this would mean a flurry of quilting activity but it has not. Like so many I have found it hard to be creative in lockdown… and I have made a LOT of masks.
So to try and break out of this rut I thought I would share a few quilts with you that have been finished in the last year. When I actually looked at what I had shared and what I had not I realized there was quite a bit of stuff that you have not seen… so we are going to start with this beauty…
This quilt was made a one of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG) charity sew days… back when we had charity sew days… oh I miss those days and that wonderful group of ladies. Anyway I digress…
The block was a simple nine patch block with an extra background row on two sides of the nine patch. I love adding the background to the block as it allows for lots of fun negative space when you lay out the quilt. If you are not sure what I mean look at my Bee Block post from May 2018. I used the same technique when I made the wonky star blocks.
I used a ton of pre-cut 3 1/2 inch squares… I have got in the habit of “processing” my scraps through the Accuquilt die cut machine and so have boxes and boxes of squares. 3 1/2 are my favorite size and I have made lots of charity quilts with them.
For this quilt we wanted to be gender neutral and a little more teen than kids – so I picked a black/dark grey printed background with white and cream prints for the cross parts. The center squares were all solid fabrics in shades of aqua.
The quilting on the quilt added a wonderful layer to this design, echoing the squares of the quilt in the pattern of the quilting. I am always in awe of the amazing group of long armers who help make these charity quilts. Their talents always add so much to the finished product. This quilt was donated to last years Camp Erin where I hope it gave comfort to a grieving camper.
Of course I must finish up with a the obligatory shot of Mr Wombat’s pinkies. These photos were taken last year before lock down and he was such a good sport as we drove around town looking for interesting walls to photograph things against. I am hoping to convince him to come with me to photograph a new batch of quilts in the coming week – of course while we wear masks and social distance.
Block: 12 inch Floating nine patch
Fabric: Scraps and selection of Kona solids.
Quilt Size: 60 x 72 inches
This week I am pleased to share another Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt… actually one of my favorite so far I must admit…
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.
I love the pattern that Nancy chose for the quilting and extra love that she did it with yellow thread….
…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.
The quilt is backed with a mixture of Michael Miller challenge left over fabric and some very cool donated pieces.
This quilt will be heading to Raphael House, a local women’s shelter here in Portland, hopefully to provide some warmth and comfort.
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
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…
We 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.
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…
So 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…
Our 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.
I am also pleased to say the cat has inspected the quilt top and deigned that it is acceptable..
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…
As 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!
Don’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.
For 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)
If 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.