This weeks game of catch up involves a lovely little scrap quilt I made last year…
The pattern is an Irish Chain variation and I had a blast using all the little bits of blue scraps I had accumulated…and it was surprising how many little bits I had.
I used 2 1/2 inch squares for the nine patch block… lots of little bits from mini charm packs I had accumulate over time… and the snowball block started as a 6 1/2 inch square of low volume blues & white prints.
Again I was surprised by how many of those I had in my stash. It always surprises me when I get an idea in my head and then find everything I need in my stash…. though sometimes it disappoints me too as I loose my excuse to pick upnbnew fabric when my stash provides.
The back of the quilt was also from my stash. Awhile ago I picked up a few yards of this wonderful Laura Ashley print at a Thrift store. I do not often thrift my fabric but I could. not leave this fun print behind…. and as all the quilts are washed before donating I was not worried about using it as a back.
This was actually the last shot of an afternoon of quilt photography. Mr Wombat was such a good sport… patiently humoring me as I drove around the neighborhood looking for fun quilt locations. I think sometimes he misses the days when I used to just hang the quilts on the back fence!
Size: 42 x 54 inches
Pattern: Irish Chain variation
Fabric: Mini charm squares and scraps.
Yep you heard that right… the pinkies are back after an extended vacation…
We made the most of the brief bout of sunny weather here in the Pacific Northwest and took some finished quilt photos over the summer. I actually wanted to take all the quilts I had to photograph (about 12) to Hawaii with us on holiday but Mr Wombat did not like that idea. So instead we stayed local.
I choose this as the first quilt to share with you after such a long break because I LOVE it. It is so bright and fun. It was made a one of our Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity sew days from my large stash of 3 1/2 inch solid squares.
I process all the small scraps I make and am given into 3 1/2 or 5 inch squares using my trusty Accquilt cutter. It has made charity sew days so much easier for me having the Go Cutter to work with… I have spent many a happy evening cutting bits of fabric while watching trashy tv….somehow I am less guilty watching bad TV if I am doing something constructive while doing it.
The blocks are 12 inch finished blocks and use a 4 x 4 grid or 3 1/2 inch squares. They are so easy to make and even though there were at least 12 people making these blocks I had no trouble matching seams.
This was truly a team effort with PMQG members sewing the blocks, quilting the quilt and binding this beauty up…. and finally Mr Wombat helping with the photography and supplying the quilt feet and of course…
The pinkies…. this was the last quilt we photographed and by the time we found this great yellow wall he was pretty close to divorcing me… but all has been forgiven now.
Block: 12 inch wonky star variation
Fabric: Kona and RJR solid scraps
Size: 60 x 72 inches
Going through my old photos recently I found a couple of quilts that I had not shared on the blog… some of them I was happy to let go but there were a few that I wanted to share… the foxes was one and this is another…
I started these blocks a year or so ago, after I managed to give myself a nice little concussion… the blocks were easy and used up quite a bit of my 2 1/2 inch charm square stash. I used a free pattern I found at the Fat Quarter Shop called Sister’s Choice…and it was the perfect project for my addled brain.
I did not have to cut up too much fabric… just the sashing as I used all my precut scraps to make the blocks. nI was not going to sash the blocks originally but I like how the white gives the quilt breathing room. It really works… and I must admit I have sashed some more quilts since this.
The best part of the process was putting together color combinations…
I struggled a little towards the end to find different color combinations and relied heavily on some neutrals to round things out… grey became my good friend with this project.
I finished the top up and then one of our wonderful charity long armers quilted and bound the quilt for me. I do not usually get this much help on my charity quilts but it was perfectly timed, as I was still struggling with post concussion issues. I love the wave pattern they chose…it is simple but adds great movement to the quilt.
This quilt went to the PICU over 6 months ago so it’s new owner should have warn it in well by now.
Block: Sister’s Choice
Fabric: both color and white on white scraps
Size: 50 x 50 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