Feathers for 2015

A fun & scrappy feather pattern for our next donation quilt.

This is the chance to make use of all those scraps that accumulate and try something a little more complex than our usual 🙂

We’ll use osnaburg, a lightly textured, inexpensive cotton, as a background to unify all our blocks. It is available at West Seattle Fabric Co. in Admiral, as well as many other fabric stores & online.


The feather block is from the Feather Bed free quilt pattern designed by Anna Maria Horner.

She shows one block as having 2 feathers, but we’ll make them as ones and arrange our layout depending on how many feathers we get made 😉





Read Ms. Horner’s blog about her lovely design here.

And download her pattern for free here.

While you’re there, be sure to check out all of her amazing work!

Another blog  OliviaJaneHandcrafted.com, has an interesting tutorial on doing the feathers, lots of clear pictures!

Our next meeting is coming right up on Monday, Jan 26th, 4pm – 8pm

Last meeting of 2014

Join us for our last meeting of the year.

We’ll reflect back on all we accomplished in 2014 and look ahead to 2015.

And, of course, there will be cutting & sewing!

*We’ll meet on Tuesday, Dec. 30th at 11:00am at the Southwest Library*

Be sure to check the quilt gallery to see some of the latest quilts.

Vintage elephant

Upcoming meetings

Our next three meeting dates have been set: Sept. 17th (in one week!), Oct 15th and Nov. 19th.

We’re talking about adding some baby sized quilts to our donations for the women who come in with their small children.

Give some thought to ideas for lovely scrappy baby quilts!

Here is some inspiration from a quick Google search:  http://bit.ly/1lW4tSA

West Seattle Garden Tour Quilt

WSGT quilt 3

Our donation to the WSGT raffle is finished, bejeweled, photographed and gone!  It came out bright and cheery, Lee did a glorious job quilting it and then we added a little bit of sparkle just for fun.  Somehow it ended up a bit bigger than we recalled and will make a lovely snuggle/lap sized quilt.


WSGT quilt 2

Be sure and join us at our next meeting!

Raffle Donation to West Seattle Garden Tour

Gaea has gotten in touch with the folks at WSGT and committed us to donate a garden themed quilt as a raffle item, to be displayed during this summer’s tour.  WSGT supports many wonderful organizations, we are happy to be supporting them.
Our next meeting will be focused on creating a piece for donating, as the deadline is just a couple short months away!
Remember to bring any petals you have made and we can also work on layouts.


Flower petals in play

Log cabin lanternsLee completed the lovely quilting on the lantern quilt in recorded time – it looks fabulous!

Another fun way to make something beautiful from strippy scraps!

She also got our stack of finished quilts delivered to the new charity we are supporting.  It is also a domestic violence shelter.

We’re moving onto the petals for the flower quilt (directions found here  4 patch flower).

We’ll need a total of 80 petals and 16 white squares to complete this quilt.

Colors in the warm family with fabrics that read generally as solids.   For more inspiration and images see this earlier post

Bring all your petals to the next meeting (4/23) and we’ll have fun creating the layout and stitching the top together!

Lanterns and future flowers, part duex!

At the March meeting, we will be laying out the courthouse steps/Chinese lanterns and sewing the sashing on. So bring any blocks you have for that quilt! 

We will also discuss the upcoming flower quilt and talk about whether we want to offer to hang our quilts in the gardens at the West Seattle Garden tour this year.  You can review the options for the flower quilt design  below.

We’ll be feeling festive at our December meeting and making burrito pillowcases for a change of pace.

Check out the links below to get an idea of what we’ll be making!

Most directions suggest the following supplies per pillowcase…

3/4 or 1 yd of main fabric

1/4 – 1/3 yd of cuff fabric

1/8 yard for the trim fabric

The fun fabric combinations are limitless!




Finishing lantern blocks and looking toward the next quilt

Last month there was lots of laughing, cutting and sewing – a our favorite kind of meeting!

It was fun to see the lantern style courthouse steps blocks coming together as everyone worked away.  Bring your blocks to our next meeting and we’ll get them laid out.

There are a couple of our finished quilts being displayed in the meeting room at the SW Library for their annual Art Show.  The Fun Fish quilt is up and the Strippy ZigZags.

Onto the plans for our next quilt!

There was some enthusiasm for doing a wonky flower petal quilt, an idea that we have been kicking around for a long time.

There are a few inspirations for this next quilt.

The Begonia block from this book was our 1st inspiration

Then we found this wonderful strip pieced variation from Cindy Carter – the link will take you right to her pages which have many wonderful patterns

And finally, we really enjoyed this variation which included a secondary wonky star pattern.

It is designed by Angela Nash of MyThreeSonsQuilt

book quilt

It can be found in the book “Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe”

Our next charity quilt will be based on this version.

Here are the notes on changes in measurements of the petal blocks for our version of the flower quilt – 4 patch flower

Added note:

Just discovered this fun variation by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh! Fransson

She calls it Sparkle Punch   

Her quilt highlights the starts instead of the flowers – fun to see the different looks possible!