Friday, April 7, 2017

Aurora Borealis T-Shirt Quilt

So, this just happened....

My cousin sent me these shirts from Montana and told me to think of the Aurora Borealis for colors. 
I used some ombre fabric for the sashing and the binding.  I love how this turned out and wait till you see the fabric on the back!

I  quilted a freehand topographical-meander-spiral.

I had one orphan shirt that just couldn't fit anywhere, so I put it on the back.
She has worked and lived in Glacier National Park for several years. 

I love the backing!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

T Shirt Quilt

Fun, fun!

Last week, I received a box of T-shirts from a little cousin that lives and works in Montana.

I am making her a quilt.  I love making these.
Today I boned the shirts and got the interfacing ironed on.

Now comes the fun part, putting these all together, trimming, adding the small logos, and mixing them to fit.

I was able to get all the random logos appliqued onto the blocks, i love this part. The words, "Where the road ends..." and "adventure begins" wrapped around the bottom of the shirt, the small round logo was on the chest, the block is cut from the back of the shirt.  I also use interfacing on the appliques.

There were 3 shirts alike and I tried to make the blocks look different with the appliques.

When shirts have a only a long narrow logo, I often cut them down and sew 2 of them together for a block.  Here are 2 different shirts sewn together and I made sure I had room for the small logo on the grey one.   

 I like to use this feather stitch to applique these because it lays nice and flat and smooth.

Ready to start cutting the sashing.

She likes blues and greens and her prompt for me was Aurora Borealis.
 I only have 2 rows to sew together and it will be ready to quilt.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Leaders and Enders Charity Quilt


I used a Hobbs Cloud high-loft batting so this quilt is more like a comforter.

I made all the blocks during the piecing of  2 other quilts using the charms as leaders and enders.
  You can check it out here. 

Since I only needed 16 blocks, I used all the remaining charms to make a strip for the backing...

...because, I love pieced backings. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

I Spy Baby Quilt

Finished this I Spy quilt last night.
I just did a simple stitch in the ditch with a fun squiggle down the sashing.

I have 2 bolts of this yummy dark chocolate minky...
...and since it is for a little boy, I cut a piece for the backing.  

I explored my thread colors and finally came up with this So Fine thread called "Sagebrush"t hat really blended with all the colors.  I used it top and back, because it never shows your color on minky anyway.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Design Wall while I was waiting for a packet of fabric in the mail...

I started this large block quilt and it was on my design wall for a couple of days.
Now, before you get excited, the applique center is made from cheater fabric.  I could never do this type of applique.  I would never have enough patience.

I need to make an I Spy baby quilt for a boy, so I ordered a packet of pre-cuts from Etsy.
Once it came, I took this down. 

Here is what I replaced it with, I just finished this I Spy flimsy tonight and am excited about the bright colors.

 All the blocks are bordered with leftover fabric from this quilt.

How fun is that? 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Leaders and Enders Quilt

Well, I started using a single charm pack as leaders and enders about 2 years ago.  Without even trying, I finished up all these blocks while sewing other quilts.  Last week, I added some borders to make this into a twin sized charity quilt.
After I got all the charms sewn, I just used what was in my stash to put it all together, very simple quilt and I am looking forward to quilting it next month.

I have a link to an older post telling about my leader and ender project here.

 I even used up the last of the charms to make the best use of fabric yardage for the backing.
I love pieced backings!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Granddaughter's Quilt

So, this is the last quilt for my they all have one for their beds.  It took me almost a year to finish this one.
I was able to stitch the entire quilt in black. 
I didn't use a pattern, but I made it from a layer-cake of black and one layer-cake of bright solids and one matching jellyroll of bright solids.

 I have a link to a previous post how I made the half square triangles here. 

I have a link to how I sewed them together here.

 I knew when I saw this fun print, it was meant to be the backing for this quilt.

Hazel Hedgehog Pillow

Hazel Hedgehog.
This super cute pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.
First, I went to my stash and picked out the perfect batiks.

It was quick to cut and sew...and fun to do!
Here she is before I appliqued her horn rim glasses.

Oh my, this makes ALL the difference! 

...and look at her cute "fuzzy" little legs.

 Here she is after freehand spikey meandering.

 The pillow back, I just made parallel wavy lines

 Now, all she needs is a pillow form... tuck inside.  Easy Peasy!

QOV #79 & #80

Quilt of Valor #79 & #80

Finished up my last 2 Al Lind tops last week.
What an honor to quilt 22 of his tops over the past 6 years.

I used Square Spiral by Karyn Emmerson on both of these quilts.  Thanks to June Moore for sending this perfect blue fabric.  I had enough to make the borders and use for the backing.

 The border fabric and this backing I pulled from my stash, I have a whole bolt of it and I love it!

Here they are awaiting a destination.
The 3rd one with the yellow binding I quilted some time ago, and blogged about it here.

Presentation cases done.

Washed and stacked...I love walking in the studio and seeing these silently waiting.

I will follow up when I get a destination and let you know where they are sent.


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