Another low volume finish…

In my work room I have a box that I throw all my low volume scraps into as I am working.  This box fills up pretty quickly, not surprisingly with all the quilts I have my hands in/on and every time it gets to the point where it is over flowing I make a Scrap Vortex quilt…

low volume scrap vortex 2

This is my second one of these quilts I have made and I really do love how they turn out…. you can see my first version here… and with both these quilts I have struggled to get good photos.

quilt detail 3

they really are just an excuse for me to throw in as much fussy cutting goodness as I can… which makes for the best game of I spy…

quilt detail 4

plus this was a fun break for me from the complex butterfly blocks I have been making….

quilt detail 2

This finished quilt is already in the hands of the local PICU for some kid to snuggle under.

Quilt Details:

Block:  12 inch Scrap Vortex technique by Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric:  Various low volume scraps
Finished quilt size:  48 x 60 inches

A special selection…

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…

trip around quilt

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….

trip around quilt detail 3

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….

quilt back

And for the back of the quilt I pieced together the left over fabric and a few extra fat quarters and viola…

Bernstein bears quilt

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…

Bernstein bears quilt detail

This fabric is so fun and bright not to much was need too make a fabulous kid friendly quilt…

orphan block quilt

And it would  not be a Charity quilt showcase without some orphan block quilts starting with this fun number.

orphan block quilt detail

I love all the quilting on this quilt….each block has a different pattern but all the pattern use straight lines.

orphan star quilt

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.



A blue finish

This week I managed to get my sister in laws quilt finished, photographed and posted.  It took me way longer than I hoped, but I am glad it is finally on its way to sunnier climes.

Christines finished quilt

The quilt was too long to be photographed in my usual spot so I took it out to the local park and hung it on the fence around the baseball practice area.  It was a little to wet and muddy to get more creative but I liked the location change-up.

christines finished quilt 2
The blocks for the quilt were made using the “Trip Around” technique and tons and tons of blue solids.  If you are interested you can read more about the initial design process here.

quilt detail

For the quilting I was originally just going to do straight line stitching in on diagonally on the quilt in one direction.  It made the quilt feel like the water was flowing in one direction, which I loved.  I then had the brilliant idea to add ten lines of quilting diagonally opposite to the flow to represent the ten years that my sister-in-law has been married…the ten years where her path has intersected with someone else. Okay I was being really sentimental and mushy and I will stop now!

backing and binding

I backed the quilt with the perfect print from Lizzy House’s “Constellations” collection and hand bound it with a variety of dark solids.  I am hoping that Christine loves this quilt as much as I do…

An almost finished Friday

Last night I finally finished pulling all the paper off my floral crackers quilt.  80 blocks, 79 different floral fabrics and 1/2 a ton of paper later I have this beauty.

modern floral scrap quilt top

There was finally a break in the rain this morning, so I dashed out to take this photo.  Not perfect conditions but I was glad for any sort of respite from the deluge.

Enough about the weather… back to quilting.  The top is made using the traditional cracker quilt block.  I paper piece this top but you can find links to making the pattern on my original post here.

I used as many bright multi-coloured floral fabrics as I could find and only accidentally doubled up on  one fabric.   There is a lot of Kaffe Fassett in this quilt along with Amy Butler and Denyse Schmidt.

quilt detail focused

I used random black and white fabric for the background of the pattern but if I was to make this quilt again I would probably go with a low volume fabric option with more colour in it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the black and white but I think in hindsight more colour in the background would have made a different type of quilt top.

This quilt already has a home to go to.  I have till the middle of June to get it finished, so it can be presented to a graduating foster kid in the Portland area.  Project Linus every year makes sure kids graduating from the foster system & high school have a quilt to take with them on the next stage of their life.

But for now I am off to clean up the paper mess I have made…. it is the curse of paper piecing!

paper bits

I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for their finished Friday… I think a finished quilt top counts right!

Oh what a week

After last week’s spring clean I felt so refreshed and energized, and it is reflected in the fun I have had this week.  The highlight of the week has to have been having Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studios talk at the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  I love the freedom of Jacquie’s quilts and am sooo inspired by seeing her quilts in person and hearing her talk.  I can not wait to cut my poppy quilt up and try to make something modern and different from it.  Stay tuned.

This week I also managed to finish a quilt.  Surprising I know, but I felt I had to get something completed.  So here it is…

modern bright scrap quilt

This quilt started a little while ago with this modern Ohio star block (posted here)….

modern ohio star quilt block

And it grew into this fun bright quilt.  Once again with the block you can see the star pattern, but with the quilt you see so much more (mainly lots and lots of triangles!).

citron arrow quilt detail

 I struggled for a couple of weeks over the backing of this quilt.  I pulled out and prepared a couple of printed fabric choices but nothing seemed to work just right for me.  Then I woke up yesterday morning with the perfect solution.  I grabbed some solids and little bit of quilters linen and made this backing piece.

modern quilt back

I decided to quilt along several of the block seams to really highlight the triangles in the pattern.  I used lime green thread so that you could really see the quilting on the back.  I do not usually do this, but in the spirit of new things, I gave it a try.

quilting in progress

It does mean that you can see a couple of my not so straight lines but I am embracing the imperfections.

quilt back detail

I am entering this quilt in the Bloggers Quilt Festival in the two colour category.  It is the first time I have entered a quilt and the quality of the quilts entered is amazing.  Check out the site, in particular their quilters focus, for some amazing inspiration.

Now I am off to do some more quilting.  I have a stack of quilts that unfortunately are not going to finish themselves… unless someone will lend me some quilting elves!

An abundancy of turquioise

This month there are a couple of resolutions in our house, that may or may not work.  Firstly my husband thought it would be a good idea if we did not eat any processed sugar during May.  I do not remember agreeing to this at all, but it seems that sugar is off the menu.  If the posts get erratic, the colours get to bright or I stop making sense, it is because I am suffering withdrawals.

The second resolution for May was to finish up more of the quilt tops I have floating around.   This resolution came about as I finished another two quilt tops this week and the pile of UFOs grew to an embarrassing level.  More quilting less piecing.  Combine this resolution with the other one and it could be an interesting month!

Anyway the two tops I finished up this week are both from the same pattern…. I blogged them originally here.  I used this pattern…

free square in square paper piecing pattern make this quilt.

modern scrap square in square quilt

This was a fun scrap quilt to make – lots of turquoise, navy (my favorite colour) and pink/purple.  I really like this colour combination, which I stumbled across while playing with my piles of fabric.

quilt detail

The other quilt top I finished was my 1001 Peeps top.

1001 peeps quilt top

I was battling the wind when I was taking these photos.  It is the problem of photographing tops as opposed to full quilts – there is no weight to hold them in place in even a gentle breeze.

1001 peeps detail

It is another reason why I have to quilt these suckers before I post.  I see a lot of basting in my near future!

A Trip around

Like a lot of quilters out there, I have been seeing Trip Around quilts and blocks on-line for ages and ages.  I had seen some amazing versions but I had never really thought about making one myself…  then the Portland Modern Quilting Guild set it as one of their charity blocks.    That is when the trouble started.

First I checked out the pattern instructions from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltsville.   Looked easy enough.  My initial intention was to make just on block for the charity quilt so I cut 6 strips of fabric and made this.

trip around block modern bright quilt block

What was not included in the instructions was how addictive this process was.  My one block very quickly and easily grew to be this.

scrappy trip around quilt

Lots of black & whites mixed with loud obnoxious colours makes for a fun quilt.

trip around quilt detail 3

I backed the quilt with some Ikea fabric, did some diagonal quilting and machine bound it. I had never bound anything with solid black before but I think it works  well with this quilt.


I am digitally adding my Trip to the growing collection out there on the web and then sending the real thing off to Project Linus for some one to snuggle under.

And in the spirit of Trip Around… here is visual trip around my quilting space (also known as our Living Room) as it looks this morning.

quilting space

That is… wip on the floor… fabric on the table waiting to be cut…. batting waiting to be used…. and my hexies work station on the couch/sofa arm.  Yes I am a messy quilter.