Some more urban chickens…

As summer is coming to a close here in the US I took the opportunity to make the most of the sunshine recently and get some quilts photographed…. I actually have a stack of quilts finished but have not got all of them photographed.

I got a little bored with sticking the finished quilts on coat hangers and hanging them on the back fence so I have been venturing out with them when I can…

My latest adventure took me to the Oregon Coast with my cousin (aka. the quilt holder)…

finished urban chicken quilt

This quilt was made at one of this years Charity Sew Days.  Actually we made two of these tops in one day.  This year the charity program has exploded in a wonderful way.

quilt detail 3

This is a fun block that I have made before but I love this all solids version.  The pattern was designed by my talented friend Michelle Friedman several years ago and you can find my step by step of it here…  We did vary the pattern a little, using pre-cut 3 1/2 inch squares instead of strips, but the result is pretty much the same.

quilt detail

I absolutely love the quilting on this quilt, done by one of our talented long armers, Nancy Stovall. She used fluorescent green thread which was a daring choice but works wonderfully with the quilt.

quiltng detail

This quilt has now been labeled and set aside for next years Camp Erin.  The sister quilt, which was slightly smaller (4 blocks x 5 blocks) has already headed out to our local PICU.

Quilt Details:

Block:  12 inch Urban Chicken block
Fabric:  various solid cottons including Kona, Bella Solids and Cotton Couture
Finished quilt size:  60 x 72 inches

 

Another lot of love….

Yesterday I shared the group Quilt for Pulse we made… today I am sharing my the quilt I also made for the cause.  I had actually started making this quilt when we decided to make a group quilt.

my pulse quilt

For my quilt I used some more of my pre-cut solid squares, but worked with my 3 inch stash this time… I have a lot of pre-cut squares and both of these projects did not even start to dent my pile!

block detail

I played around on my design wall to find a heart shape that I liked and then went to work making these blocks in a rainbow assortment of colours.

quilt for pulse detail

I made sure there was a good mix of lights and darks in each heart and used a variety of whites and creams in the background.   For the background I also threw in some pastel pinks, purples, greens and blues but I made sure I did not put the pastels right next to the heart so that there was clear definition to the heart shape.

quilting detail

I also quilted this quilt on Modern Domestic’s Q24 longarm… I quilted this one after I had done the huge heart so I was over loopy hearts and went instead for straight line boxes.  It was nice to do something more structured on this quilt.

I think I am going to revisit this block.  It was easy and really effective…plus I still have shoe boxes full of 3 inch solid squares!

Rainbow Crazy

This week I finished up my Rainbow Improv quilt just in time to ship it to Sisters for their quilt show next month….there is nothing like an impending deadline to get you working hard!

rainbow improv quiltI started this quilt a little while ago, making the blocks in between some complex paper piecing projects.  It was so much fun to do something so free from rules and constraints.  You can read more about the process on my original post

quilt detail 2I just used a rainbow of solid fabric scraps and played with colour.  I must admit I did not know what the end product would look like, I just enjoyed the process of making the blocks.

quilt detail 3Because this quilt was going to Sister’s I wanted to do something modern for the quilting, but I did not want to distract from the blocks too much.  In the end I went with my beloved straight line stitches but used a rainbow selection of thread for the quilting.

threadEach row of blocks got their own colour, which was so much fun to do.

straight line quiltingI just used my walking foot as my line guide…I did contemplate marking up the quilt top but this was so much easier and worked out perfectly… I got 16 lines of stitches per row and only went a little off course, one or two times.

improv quilt backFor the back of the quilt I went with a patchwork of solid Kona greys (Ash, Charcoal and Medium Grey), which was perfect for highlighting the change in the thread colour.  If you look closely you can see the rainbow effect of the quilting.

quilting detailThe final touch was some scrappy grey binding, a label and I was done.

bindingI am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out.  It is so different from what I usually do, but was just so much fun to make…

Quilt Details:

Blocks:  6 inch improv blocks
Fabric:  Variety of solids – Kona, Michael Miller, American Made and Bella.
Finished size:  48 x 48 inches

A little bit of Improv fun…

Over the last month or so I have been slowly making a quilt top, using nothing but my solid scraps.  This week I finally finished sewing it all together to make this piece of modern crazy….

modern improv quilt It all started when I began cutting up my solid scraps into useable squares…

my 5 inch block collection

I was left with a pile of long strips, small square and random shapes.  As a scrap quilter I could not just throw them away, so I started making Improv blocks.

improv orange blockMy first step was to sew lots of the small little bits together to make bigger units.

aqua improv blockIf I found a curved piece in amongst the scraps I used it…

improv pink 2The same with triangles (there was no shape biased here!)…

red improv blockI was not afraid to slash through a block and add extra bits…

purple improv block And I always made sure that there was tonal variation in the blocks…

green improv blockI worked colour by colour….first I pulled out all my yellow scraps and made blocks….then my orange…then my red etc.  Working row by row, colour by colour I could make sure that there was some flow between each line of blocks…

improv quilt detail 3My blocks finished at 6 inches square and not one of them is even remotely like the another.  I found an amazing freedom in making this quilt….there was no pattern to follow, no measuring or pre-cutting to do.

quilt detail 1 When I needed a break from paper piecing or just wanted to do something quick and creative I grabbed a handful of scraps and made some blocks.

quilt detail 2So much fun…I can highly recommend this process… it is perfect for letting go and just playing.  There is no right or wrong, just colour and creating and fun.

Cross Stitch Sparkle Pattern Testing

Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some pattern testing for the fabulous Sara at Knottygnome.  The block I have been playing with is called Cross Stitch Sparkle…

hst quilt blockIt is a block made up of half square triangles, lots and lots of HST’s.  When I got the pattern I was umming and ahhing about what colours to do and what scraps to use… you know my usual style.  In the end I decided to do something completely different for me and go with solids.

cross stitch sparkle detailI used just Kona for the white fabric but I really raided my solids stash for the rest – there is Kona and Couture Cotton and Bella Solids and who knows what else in this block.

With Sara’s pattern she gives directions on two different ways to make HST’s.  I went with the version that makes 2 at a time because I wanted the colour variety and I was not making a huge quilt.

detailSara’s other directions make 8 HST’s at a time and would be very handy if you were making a full quilt out of this pattern.  Each block is 18 inches square so I made 4 blocks and called it good…

cross stitch sparkle topI now have a fabulous wall hanging or baby quilt…. I am not sure which one it is yet!   Sara’s pattern goes live next week on her website if you are interested.  The block is really easy and the resulting quilt top is striking.

I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.