A special quilt show…

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.

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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…

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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.

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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…..

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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…

quilting detail

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.

improv quilt detail2I love the improv days because everyone gets to do their own thing… and anything goes.

improv quilt detailThere was a flurry of wonky stars made, spear headed by one of our charity sew day regulars Betty.

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Other people took the scraps and trimmings from other peoples blocks and made something fun.

wonky star

We of course embraced novelty prints, because this is a kids quilt after all.

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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!

Another group effort…

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….

pink cross 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.

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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…

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When we were putting the quilt top together we also used some solid squares of fabric to give the eye somewhere to rest…

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…which also gave our fabulous quilter, Coleen Bernhardt from the Quilted Thistle, room to play.

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And Coleen really had fun and the back of the quilt shows just how much variety she put into the blocks…

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For the back of the quilt I pieced together a collection of brown and pink scraps…

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Add some binding and you have another wonderful quilt ready to give some comfort.

The joy of quilting with others…

This week I am going to showcase some of the amazing quilts that the Portland Modern Quilt Guild has made as part of its Charity Program.  The PMQG has a pretty active Charity arm and once a month we meet to make quilt blocks for one of our selected causes… our January get together produced this beauty…

half log cabin quilt

During the Sew Day we made a pile of half log cabin blocks…using pink, orange, red, purple and black & white stripes.  Each blocks started with a center square and we then sewed out until we reach 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (or trimmed down if we got a little carried away)…

half log cabin blocks

At the end of the day we had enough blocks to make a big (70 x 70) and a small (48 x 48) quilt…

small quilt

Bright, loud and fun were the words of the day…

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The two quilts were then sent out to two of our Guild members who did a wonderful job quilting them… the small quilt has a straight line pattern that radiates out from the center of the quilt…

small half log cabin quilt detail

The back of the quilt gives you a good view of the overall pattern… I love how effective this quilting is with this block… and I extra love that I could achieve this effect with my home machine, a ruler and Frixon pen.

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On the large quilt each four block section has an amazing feathering pattern on it…

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Kazumi, who quilting the large top, used a ruler set to create the wonderful motifs in each section…

 

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The quilting is so pretty and detailed… and totally beyond my skill level….

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Both quilts are so bright and fun, and the light touches of black and white stop the them from being too obviously loud and garish.  They will shortly go out into the world and provide some warmth, comfort and colour in some kids life.  Thanks to all who donated fabric, made blocks or quilting these beauties.

 

Crossword Complete

I will start this week with a moment of honesty…. this is the first and possible only Crossword I have ever completed.  I have started many a crossword but never, ever completed one.  My mum does the crossword daily, and does a stellar job of getting them complete, but not me.  So without further ado, here is my one and only completed crossword….

finished crossword quilt

I started this Crossword last year, when I was asked to review Cheryl Arkison’s book, A Month of Sundays.  While flipping through the book I saw this pattern and fell in love.

The top came together easily using a collection of white/cream/light grey low volume prints and black and white prints.  The pattern is gentle but very effective.

crossword quilt detail

The black and white prints give you the squares of the crossword, with the creams giving the background a real newspaper feel.

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I dug deep into my stash, as well as the stash of a couple of helpful friends to get enough black and white text prints…. and then tried to keep the supporting black and white prints very graphic.

crossword detail
You may have noticed the fabulous quilting on this project… I can safely say that it was not my doing.  This quilt top is huge and I could not drag it through my home machine, let alone create such a wonderful pattern.  The Crossword was quilted by the talented Jolene Knight, on of our Guild long-armers.

crossword quilting detail

I love the rhythm of the undulating curves of this quilt.  It is soft and gentle and really perfect for this quilt.  Jolene kindly quilted this baby up for me as the finished quilt will be donated as part of the PMQG’s Charity program.

For the back of the quilt I used a slab of text print, which seemed a perfect fit…

backing detail

And the finishing touch was a scrappy grey binding that I machine attached.

binding detail

This is just one of the quilts I decided to get finished and donate.   Earlier this year I took stock of my rather large collection of UFO’s and decided I needed to get most of them finished and donated.  Unfinished blocks and tops do not do anyone any good…while a completed quilt can do so much…

QUILT DETAILS:

Pattern:  Crossword by Cheryl Arkison
Fabric:   Low volume scraps and B/W prints
Finished Size:  68 x 72 inches

The Weekender Quilt

This week I am finally getting the chance to share with you a quilt I finished last month.  This quilt started as a small bundle of fat quarters that were donated to the Portland Modern Quilt Guild Charity program…. I added some fabric from my stash, a couple of solids and made this beauty…

finished Trip Around quilt

The fabric line that kicked this all off was Weekends by Erin McMorris, an old line from 2012.  I had some of the line, as well as some of Erin’s Wildwood line in my stash so I was able to get enough fabric to make a decent sized quilt.

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I love the colour palette of this quilt, olive green, apricot, soft purple, dusty pink and cream.  It is a gentle but vibrant colour scheme.

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And in amongst the florals of the fabric are a smattering of these darling bicycle…

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You probably recognize the pattern I used, it is one of my favorite go to patterns, the Trip Around quilt.  I have made a few Trip Around quilts now and love how easy it is to make and how every quilt is so different…

quilt meta pattern

This quilt top finished up big, particularly for me, and there was no way I was going to be able to quilt it on my home machine…my busted back just will not let me.  So my local quilt store, Modern Domestic, kindly allowed me to throw the quilt up on the Bernina long arm.

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It was so much fun to quilt loopy flowers into this quilt using the Q24 longarm.  I am slowly getting more confident with free motion….very slowly….and love the adjustable handles on this baby…. it makes it so easy to find a comfortable position to work the machine in.

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As a label for the quilt I got creative, inspired by one of our Guild long armers, Dawn… and quilted PMQG into the bottom of the quilt.

quilt label

The finishing touches were a scrappy solid binding of beige… not a colour I use often in binding but it worked wonderfully.

quilt backing

This quilt is destined for NW Impact’s program that looks after Seniors at risk… it is fun to be charity quilting this quarter for an older set, as it has forced me out of my usual bright novelty kids centered world.

Quilt Details

Name:  The Weekender
Pattern:  Scrappy Trip Around The World
Fabric:  Weekends and Wildwood by Erin McMorris and select Kona solids
Finished Size:  60 x 72 inches

Round and Round….

It has been a busy, crazy couple of weeks for me…which can all be summed up by the fact that all the photos I have taken of my quilts and things I have been doing were on a SD card which got corrupted.  I had photos of my quilt at Sisters Outdoor quilt show…photos of my works in progress and photos of the Kids quilt class I taught last week.  All gone.

After lots of tears and maybe a tantrum or two I dusted myself off and decided to let it go… so instead of sharing my recent adventures I am going to share one of my most recent quilt finish…

PMQG Medallion quilt

This week I finally finished my Portland Modern Quilt Guild medallion quilt.  Now to t be honest with you I did not do all the borders that I was meant too… partly because I wanted this quilt to be baby size and partly because I got bored with the pastel colour scheme!

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If you are interested in the pattern and process you can check out my earlier post about the quilt…which includes links to the free patterns we used.

novelty prints

To finish off my quilt I decided to do my first lot of circular quilting… using the walking foot on my new Bernina 550.   I thought that circular quilting would be perfect with this quilt so I started in the center of the quilt and worked my way out.

circular quilting issues

Now if I am honest with you the center quilting was a little tricky.  I took the above photo so you could see just how wonky I was at the start… I did end up unpicking quite a few of my stitches as they were so off kilter and I went back into the center using free motioning quilting (no walking foot) to get the center right.

cronder block

Once I got past the tricky center it was really fun to just keep going round and round and round and round…. it was easy to move my small baby quilt to get a nice rhythm going.  I know there is going to be more circular quilting in my future… I love how the quilt looks and feels with this type of quilting…

binding

To finish it all off I used a selection of Kona pastel solid scraps to make the binding and hand bound the quilt…. and I was done.  As I was putting the last stitches on the binding the wonderful postman dropped off this for me…

Modern Medallion book

I kid you not, I took delivery of this book just moments after finishing my Medallion and I am now inspired to make another one…. this time not in pastel and this time maybe a little more modern.

Quilt Details:

Pattern:  PMQG Medallion QAL
Fabric:  Pastel and low volume scraps
Finished Size:  40 x 40 inches