Need to get organized…

I am in desperate need of a some organization… I have not posted anything for the last couple of weeks because I was not organized enough to get the photos up and posted.  I have about 5 quilts finished and photographed but I have not been able to get them sorted and corrected so that I can post.

So here comes the admission… I am not quite myself at the moment… and actually have not been for a little while.  You see it seems the knock to my head a the end of 2016 did a little more damage than originally thought.  I have not been able to read properly for a little while… my eyes and brain are not communicating the way they should be.  It means that blogging has been a much more of a task than it used to be… and I have been reluctant to do it.

The quilting though has been surprisingly easier than my Neuro-optometist thought it would be.  There is a lot to be said for muscle memory.  It seems all those years of mindlessly sewing has helped me continue working during this fun phase… though some of my paper piecing stitches have not followed the lines the way they should…

After keeping this under my belt of the last 6 months I thought I should come clean about the struggle.  I am seeing a large number of people with the word “neuro” in front of their title and things are getting better…slowly.  So I ask for your patience as I try and find a rhythm as my brain heals.

All that being said I do have a quilt to share this week… and it is one I LOVE…

finished solid star quilt

This quilt is another beauty that came out of a PMQG Charity Sew Day.    It took tons of brightly colored solid scraps as well as some cream/white scraps – I spent a lot of time with my Accuquilt cutter cutting 5 inch squares for this one!

quilt detail

The solids worked so nicely and I have become a bit of a solid fan for charity quilts…. though I do miss the novelty fun that comes from using prints…

solid stars quilting detail

The quilting on this piece is beyond amazing.  One of our talented long armers, Cindy Lund had a field day… each star is quilted with a different pattern and the sashing is free motioned.  The quilting really does make this quilt so much more special.

the pinkies

I mean it is beyond anything I had imagined when I handed the quilt over… I am always in awe of the work of our amazing long arm quilters… they do such an amazing job… and it is a job that I am not particularly fond of, which makes me even more grateful for their time and talents.

quilt back

As this is quite a large quilt I used a nice piece of wideback for the backing.    The backing  was donated by Elizabeth Hartman and is part of her widleback collection for Robert Kaufman.  I have a been so grateful for the wide back donation we got from Elizabeth… it has saved me piecing backs for so many of the larger quilts.

quilt detail 2

To finish the quilt off I made the unusual decision to bind in white… because the sashing was not added around the outside of the quilt a darker binding would have made the quilt a little imbalanced I think.

This beauty is labeled up and headed to Camp Erin.  We have a wonderful collection of quilts going to this cause this year.  I was thrilled to run across the documentary “One Last Hug” on HBO last month, which is about Camp Erin… it is always nice to know more about where the quilt are going and who they are helping.

Quilt Details:

Quilt Block:  Traditional block known as African star or pinwheel star
Block size:  12 inch
Fabric:  Solid scraps with Kona white and Snow background.
Finished Size:  54″ x 68″

Cross Stitch Sparkle quilt

This week I managed to finish up another quilt… my Cross Stitch Sparkle quilt finally got quilted and bound….it only took 30 weeks and a friggin ton of half square triangles!

x stitch sparke quiltThis quilt started last year when I agreed to test a quilt pattern for Sara at Knotty Gnome.  I love to challenge myself and I had never done anything with half square triangles before so I jumped in feet first.   Each block is 18 inches square and I thought I could make a little baby quilt.  My original top finish was four blocks by four blocks.

cross stitch sparkle topBut…in a moment of crazy a month or so ago… I thought I would make the quilt bigger and added an additional 5 blocks!  I had just cut a whole pile of 4 inch solid squares so I thought why not use some of them.

x stitch sparkle detail 2Actually I love this size quilt…I think you really get a great sense of the pattern with the extra blocks added.

x stitch sparkle quilt detailI used so many different warm and cool solids in this quilt.  I know I have tons of Kona and Michael Miller Cotton Couture as well as Moda and a sprinkling of American Made in there.  Basically any appropriate solids I had in my scrap bin went into this thing.

quiltingI quilted the top using straight lines on my home machine.  For some reason I did not want to quilt it too densely and straight lines echoing the grey center square seemed to be the thing to do.

quilt backingFor the backing I used part of an IKEA duvet cover I had in my stash… it was the perfect back for this crazy colourful quilt.

quilt bindingFinally I hand bound the quilt using scraps of different greys.  The grey was the perfect way to frame the quilt and contain the colour explosion.

Quilt Details

Pattern:  X stitch Sparkle by Knotty Gnome
Fabric: Various solids
Quilt Size:  55 inch x 55 inches

A solid finish

I committed this week to try to finish a quilt a week for October… and I mean baste, quilt and bind.  I want to try to get as many quilts finished and delivered to Project Linus before the holidays.  A crazy goal I know, but I have to give it a go.

To start this slightly mad schedule I decided to make another trip around quilt. I love these quilts, they are so easy and fun to make.  This one is a little different for me can you tell how?

Trip around pastel quilt

Those of you who know my work will note a distinct lack of pattern on the fabric.  Yep I made a completely solid quilt.  I have only made one of these before and it was a disaster, luckily this one came out much much better.

My Trip Along started life as a jelly roll, that has been sitting in my stash for quite a while….

Rober Kaufman jelly roll  I love the colours of the roll, but did not know what to do with it until I had to make some Bee trip around blocks recently.  Those blocks inspired me to make another Trip Around quilt and so the fun started.  I managed to get 16 x 12 inch blocks out the one jelly roll (with a little finagling to get the last block complete).

With the first Trip Around quilt I did I went scrappy, bright and used the traditional block layout but with this quilt I went with a wave layout.

wave pattern

My hand is still not allowing me to do any quilting other than straight lines, but luckily I think it works perfectly with this quilt top. I quilted diagonally across the top using a nice Sulky thread to add some shine to the stitches, my way of compensating for the lack of print on the fabric.

quilting detail

To finish it all off I had to find a piece of backing fabric that would compliment and offset the solid fabric front.  I was thrilled to find in my stash this AMAZING Alexander Henry print.

quilt back

Here is a close up detail on the fabulous jungle print.  It really is the most perfect fabric for this quilt.

alexander henry fabric

All that was left was to label and machine bind the quilt.  Staying true to the front of the quilt I went with a Kona solid binding in dusty purple.

quilt binding

So one quilt down for this month a few more to go…

Fine print: I do reserve the right to subtly or not so subtly pull out of my “one quilt a week” schedule.  I also reserve the right to call myself crazy for setting such a schedule.