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
Another 2017 finish for you this Friday, this time a little baby quilt I made…
This darling little quilt was made using the AccuQuilt 3 1/2 inch Drunkards Path die… I ran some of my pink and grey scraps through my cutter and had some fun. The main problem with the cutter is that the curved units are so small and I did not have the patience to make a ton more curved blocks, so I improvised…
Or you could call it cheating… but I added some simple 4 inch patchwork squares in the middle of the the circles to get a decent sized quilt quickly.
I liked the effect and I had another die to cut those squares too… really cheating. I also kept the quilting simple and viola I had a finished quilt pretty quickly.
Some scrappy binding and a single piece of fabric for the backing and I was done and the quilt was ready to gift to the local Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Block: Drunkards Path using AccuQuilt 3 1/2 inch Die
Fabric: Pink & grey scraps
Size: 36 x 46 inches
After I posted the scrappy quilt on Friday I had several requests for a link to the block pattern, which was hard to do becauseI had not followed a pattern. I had been inspired by some log cabin blocks I had seen and some quilts I had seen on the internet and so worked out the math and then did a step out for our charity sew group.
So on the weekend I photographed the steps just in case you want to play with your own pile of mini charm squares. There are two blocks that make up the quilt…
For this block you need:
When making these blocks I sew the mini charm squares into strips first…
The block is then put together as a log cabin block would be… adding the smallest strip to the side and working my way around. If you are using mini charm squares cut by manufacturers be aware that they do come in slightly different sizes… some cut with. straight edge and some cut with a crimped/pinked edge. The squares with the zig zag edges can be slightly larger than 2 1/2 inch. If in doubt trim your mini charm strips to get a clean sewing edge.
For every block 1 you make you will need a Block 2:
For this block you will need:
Please note that I made a mistake with this photo, so follow the words not the picture and make sure you have two strips of 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
Both finished blocks should measure 10 1/2 inches square unfinished… trim blocks as needed. Make as many blocks as you need to get the sized quilt you want. My quilt on Friday was 60 x 70 inches finished and there were a lot of hands making blocks for this quilt, which made it a quick process.
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…
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.
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…
plus this was a fun break for me from the complex butterfly blocks I have been making….
This finished quilt is already in the hands of the local PICU for some kid to snuggle under.
Block: 12 inch Scrap Vortex technique by Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric: Various low volume scraps
Finished quilt size: 48 x 60 inches
Another Friday finish for you…and this week is a darling little baby quilt I made using some small wonky star blocks I had floating around…
Usually when I make wonky star quilts I use 5 inch squares to make the stars , but for this quilt I used my stash of 3 inch squares and a pile of scrap pieces to make 8 inch (unfinished) stars.
Actually these stars had been sitting in my WIP pile for a while when I dug them up and started playing… I did not want to make any more stars so instead I used a pile of low volume scraps to play with the star layout.
I tried to lay the stars out randomly and used filler pieces – mainly 3 inch squares, 3 x 5 1/2 inch and 3 x 8 inch strips to fill in the gaps. I wanted the background to be just as scrappy as the stars so I did not use any really big low volume pieces.
The scrappy background also gave me more opportunities for fussy cutting, allowing me to cram in even more novelty prints (have you spotted the squirrels yet!).
My binding choice was a little different from usual with this quilt too… I went with low volume soft colours to frame the quilt instead of my usual wonky star binding – navy blue or scrappy brights. I liked how this choice lets the stars jump off the quilt instead of containing them inside a frame.
The wonderful free motion quilting on this piece was done by my friend Michelle of Mariposa Quilting. I was so pleased this quilt was not ruined by my clumsy straight line quilting.
Once washed this quilt will head off to the our local Pediatric Intensive Care unit where it will hopefully be used for a couple of good games of I Spy….