After some miserable weeks of rain here in Portland it has recently fined up enough for me to drag Mr Wombat out and about to photograph some quilts. It used to be much easier when I hung the quilts on the back fence, but not as much fun. The first of the recent quilts I am going to share is a Do Good Stitches finish….
You might recognize the block as I shared the details for making the double plus block in November and if you are interested you can find the pattern here…
It is a fun block and a real scrap buster…and my fellow Do Good peeps did a great job with their Double Pluses. Mr Wombat was also on good pinkie form don’t you think?
In true scrappy form it is full of fussy cut goodness and fun bright colors… and is wonderfully gender neutral I think. I do love my charity quilts to be cheerful and worthy of a good game of I spy. I was talking to a friend today about stashes and I realized where other people (aka. grown ups) go for simple blenders, I will always go for a novelty print if I can.
The quilt was quilted and bound by one of the fabulous PMQG members. Our Charity program receives quite a few quilts from different Do Good Circles (or Bees), and each one is sent to our local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Every month or so we send to the hospital between 15 to 30 quilts… some of them are panel quilts but most of them are beautiful handmade masterpieces.
I am constantly in awe of the people of my quilting community and the wonderful work they do. I have always made charity quilts – it has been my passion/obsession for over 20 years… but I never expected so many people to jump in so enthusiastically and help out. I am constantly speechless at the generosity I see. There is such good in the world.
Pattern: 12 inch Double Plus block
Fabric: Scraps…nothing but scraps.
Quilt Size: 48 x 60 inches
Ah yes it is that time again… I am setting another block for my fellow Do Good Stitches gang… and this month snuck up on me so I have resorted to a variation of an old faithful….the wonky star…
For this 12 inch block I used:
- Fifteen (15) low volume 3 1/2 inch squares
- One (1) black/dark grey 3 1/2 inch square
- Eight (8) black grey triangles – I used scraps but you can cut a 3 inch square in half to make the triangles.
Step one is to make the star points:
To make the star points you will need 4 of your low volume squares and your triangle pieces.
Take one of the squares and sew a triangle onto one corner, making sure the pattern sides of your fabric are together and when the triangle is flipped it covers the corner of your square.
Next trim the excess low volume fabric from the corner and press the triangle over into place.
Then add another triangle of fabric to the other side of the square…. sew it down … trim the excess low volume fabric and press over.
Your next step is to trim your block back down to 3 1/2 inches square.
The back of your block should look like this…. now repeat the process until you have 4 star point sections.
Lay out your block as illustrated….
Sew the block together in rows… then sew the rows together to make a completed block.
What I love about this block is that has built in negative space which allows for you to stagger the stars layout when putting the quilt top together. You can also make a couple of blocks that are just low volume squares (no star) to break up the layout of the quilt.
In the coming months I will have two different variations of this quilt to show you, as I also used this block recently at out Guild charity sew day. For the sew day we used a rainbow of solids and a white star which gave us a really fun bright quilt. If you want to see a work in progress shot of that quilt head over to my Instagram account.
This week I am sharing a quilt that I finished up a while ago but I completely forgot to share…. though the photos are not brilliant as they were taken quickly before I gifted the quilt.
This quilt is one of the rare quilts I have made for and given to a friend… a friend who has an affinity with foxes needless to say….
I actually started making this quilt a few years ago, well before I taught classes on making Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest. I learnt so much teaching and I wish I had known how to make her patterns before I started this….
Some of things I learnt the hard way is to make sure you are cutting accurately (there is no wiggle room in her patterns)…sew with a scant quarter inch to give yourself some leeway …. and make sure you trim the subsections to the correct size before you sew the block together.
As this quilt was a gift I sent it out to be quilted and loved the wood grain that was used to finish it up. I also learnt with this quilt it is worth taking the time to take decent photos… and I now try very hard to get good photos before I send the quilt out into the world. Mr Wombat did not even get a chance to stick out his pinkies…we were in that much of a hurry.
But my friend shared a great photo on Instagram which shows the quilt in the wild…
Pattern: Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric: Various orange/red scraps.
Kona White and Windsor for faces and Cross Hatch in blue grey.
Size: 60 x 72 inches
So this is my favorite Cotton & Steel quilt I have made so far…. and yes it uses the same block as last week’s quilt – the Ohio Star. I always use the wonderful tutorial by The Sewing Chick when making this block.
Same quilt block but such a different quilt…. the Cotton & Steel fabric really make this quilt sing…
…modern, bright and fun. It always surprises me how different quilts can look with different fabric…
This version feels so much more scrappy because of all the different low volume fabric used (there is not one repeat!)…
Oh and all the colors used… I did have a blast fussy cutting the centers for these blocks…
The beautiful quilting was done by our wonderful guild member Kazumi Peterson, who is so generous to our Charity program with her time and talent.
I finished the quilt with just a solid navy binding… the quilt is so fabulously busy it did not seem to need anything else.
So this is Cotton & Steel quilt number 5 and I have just finished the top for number 6. I may have a C&S problem and they are not helping at all… have you seen the latest collection to hit stores? It is called Spectacle and is by the amazing artist Christian Robinson. Now in my defense I have not bought EVERYTHING they have released but they really do make fabulous fabric.
Quilt Block: 12 inch Ohio Star block
Fabric: Various lines from Cotton & Steel
Size: 60 x 72 inches
I am finally getting around to finishing up and sharing some of my long over due Do Good Stitches quilts…
With the Do Good Stitches quilts I do try and challenge myself to do gender neutral or boy orientated quilts. As a card carrying pink lover it is always difficult to try and keep to a less girly palette.
With this quilt I went with a very traditional block but got my fellow Bee members to mix up the blues and to throw in some boy based novelty prints.
It really like the way it turned out. The fun quilting was done on the long arm at my local Quilt shop – Modern Domestic. I can not tell you how much I love having a local shop… and one that is just 5 minutes drive away. I am very very spoiled.
In the next month there are two quilt shops in town closing down, which makes me a little sad. I love going into Modern Domestic and petting the fabric, getting advice and teaching/taking classes. I can not imagine what I would do if my LQS shut down. If you are lucky enough to have a local store make sure you appreciate them and frequent them – they are such an asset and it would a sadder world if we could not physically go and touch the fabric…. stepping off my soap box… and now back to the quilts…
For the back of the quilt I used an IKEA pillow case (cut open of course). I am having a blast using sheet sets and Doona (duvet for non-Queenslanders) covers for the back of my quilts. Between IKEA and Martha Stewarts Whim sets the novelty print choice is too fun.
And it is thanks again to my trusty quilt holder and pinkie model… Mr Wombat. He really is getting good at this quilt holding thing!
Pattern: 12 inch Ohio Star blocks
Makers: Do Good Stitches Hope Circle
Fabric: Scraptastic – blues & cream/whites
Size: 48 x 60 inches