More finishes for 2015…

I am really really obsessed with getting some of my quilts finished this year… and I am running out of year.  So the push is on… I have recently finished up a quilt top I made for the 100 Quilts for Kids drive, but my health hindered me finishing it on time.

rainbow squares quilt

This was a fun and easy quilt to make.  I used some of the thousands of 3 inch squares I have cut over the last year or so from my scraps.  The background fabric is a grey/blue hatch fabric by Timeless Treasures.  I love how it plays against the solids.

quilting details

Came together so easily using chain piecing.  I just sat at the machine sewing a background fabric to a solid, one after another.  I had an impressive string of fabric pieces by the end of the first stage.

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I kept the quilting simple, just straight lines through the background fabric.  For some reason I did not want to run stitches through the solid fabric… and I love the plaid feel this quilting added.

For the back of the quilt I found the perfect piece of Ikea fabric…

quilt back

Somehow those bathing beauties just seemed to work.  I have been hoarding this fabric for a little while and was waiting for the perfect quilt to use it with.   To finish it all off I used a selection of Kona solid greys to bind the quilt.

I spent yesterday morning at Project Linus Portland processing quilts… including this quilt.

Quilt Details:

Pattern:  Simple four patch using 3 inch squares
Fabric:  Solid scraps and Hatch in Steel by Timeless Treasures
Size:  40″ x 50″

Yummy Quilt finished

The weather in Portland has finally turned, and the rain and cold of the last two days has spurred me onto finish my Yummy Charity Quilt.  I do struggle in summer to finish quilts, partly because the sun beckons me out to play and partly because it is too hot to be working under/over/on a quilt.  Here is what my rain inspired burst of activity produced…

Easy modern kids quilt

This quilt started life as 20 packets of 2 1/2 inch squares of  “Happy Mochi YumYum” and some Kona “Snow”.  You can read/see more about its humble beginnings in my original post.

Yummy quilt detail

I had fun randomly placing the squares and messing up the one white one print pattern.  I like how the finished quilt feels a little off kilter.

Yummy quilt detail 2

To back the quilt I used the few remaining blocks and spare squares of fabric.  The back is random but kind of fun.

Yummy quilt back

I kept the quilting simple – I am still only able to manage straight lines at the moment, and bound the quilt in a fun green leaf print I had in my stash.  A dislocated thumb makes basting, quilting and binding in particular hard work.

quilt binding

The finished quilt is part of the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, which the Portland Modern Quilt Guild is supporting. If you are interested you can find out more about the Challenge here.

Now it is back to enjoying the rain…