Bountiful Mini Quilt Challenge

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to share with you my mini quilt entry for a collaborative contest between the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and Art Gallery Fabrics. We used the Bountiful Fabrics collection by Sharon Holland. Our challenge was to create a mini quilt to celebrate the beauty and scenery found across the mid-west.

My entry is called “Bounty in Every Direction” and is inspired by all the wonderful farms and ranches that I’ve seen while flying. The arrows are my own foundation paper-pieced design. I used free-motion quilting in a circular shape to represent the center-pivot irrigation system used on many crops.

The dark brown border is made from faux leather and represents the ranches in the mid-west. The appliqued flower with beaded center represents the farms and growers.

I hope that you enjoy this little quilt! It will be on display, along with all the other entries, at the PMQG Quilt Showcase on October 19th at the Lagunitas Community Room in Portland so come check it out if you’re local.

“Bounty in Every Direction “Mini Quilt

“Bounty in Every Direction” Mini Quilt

Close-Up of “Bounty in Every Direction” Mini Quilt

“Bounty in Every Direction” Mini Quilt

“Bounty in Every Direction” Mini quilt

Happy Quilting!


Star Light Star Bright QAL Fabrics

Happy Friday, everyone!

Melissa over at Happy Quilting has once again designed a great quilt-along for everyone called Star Light Star Bright. This is a weekly QAL with the cutting instructions posted this week.

For this project, I’m going to make the 3 block by 3 block baby quilt size. I found some wonderful Charley Harper fabrics that I’m going to use along with some other bird/fall themed prints that I think will work well together.

Here’s a look at my fabrics before cutting. They looked so pretty that I almost hated to cut them!

Star Light Star Bright Fabrics

Star Light Star Bright Fabrics

See the beautiful red cardinals peeking out in the back? I’m saving that piece for something special!

You know that you need to take a break from cutting fabric when your quilt inspector jumps onto your cutting table and gives you this look:

Time to Stop Cutting Fabric!

Time to Stop Cutting Fabric!

I finished cutting all my pieces this afternoon. Here they are all lined up nice and pretty:

Star Light Star Bright Pieces

Star Light Star Bright Pieces

These are the fabrics in the photo:

  • Background is Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax by Robert Kaufman.
  • Brown twiggy fabric is Bark from Birds of a Feather Nest by Michael Miller.
  • Yellow/gold fabric is Meadow of Gold from Reminisce by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
  • Bird and colored dots fabric is Bank Swallow Fall from Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics.
  • Red arrows fabric is Feathers Sun Print A-7244-0 from Andover.
  • Brown with white swirls fabric is Brown Rings from Honeycrisp by Dear Stella.
  • Multi-floral fabric is Flea Market Fancy Posie in Grey for Freespirit.
  • White with brown swirls fabric is Cream Rings from Honeycrisp by Dear Stella.
  • Grey floating floral is Twig Fall Shroom by Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics.
  • Colored leaves fabric is Octoberama Fall by Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics.
  • I really hope that these fabrics work well together!

    There is still time to join the QAL and follow along. We’ll start sewing beginning next week so come join in on the fun.

    Happy rotary cutting!