Friday, April 21, 2017

T - Shirts and Me Two

Here's another installment in the t-shirt quilt saga. Over the last few days, I've gotten two more tops done.

These two are similar in layout, though one had five shirts to work with, and the other four. The one yard border pieces have made for great additional blocks, an idea to consider for any quilt.

This one, with the fun 'grandpa' shirt, is for his granddaughter,


and this one, with the wild electrical cord background, is for his daughter.


So far, so good! Two more to go, then it's on to the quilting. See you next week, as I'm off to create!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Midweek Makers #68

Back again for another Midweek Makers!


Not much to report in my quilt world, as hubby and I spent the weekend ripping out our kitchen counters in preparation for new ones. Which means no kitchen sink or stove for two weeks. Thank goodness for take-out!

Two of our party goers had a large viewing audience last week, and both of them struck a cord with me too. The first topic relates to scraps, as Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts has a scrap vortex quilt in the works.

                                           

Seems everyone is working on whittling down their scrap bins, and Preeti has a great start! My scrap bin usage has slowed to a crawl - how about yours? Inspired?

The other attention grabber last week was the Friendly Advice About Quilt Alongs by Julie at Pink Doxies

                                      

It's always fun to join in on a quilt along, and Julie has some sage advice for participating and seeing the project through to the end. Be sure to go read it if you haven't already. And Preeti and Julie, grab a 'Featured' button!

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Now, before everyone bounces away, be sure to show us what you're working on! Link up your current blog post (not your main page), and let's see your fabric creations! And be sure to stop in and say hi to the other party goers - everyone loves comments!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

T - Shirts and Me

Everyone loves T - shirts, right? Soft and comfy, they can be plain or decorated. Being a cotton girl, I've got plenty of T - shirts in my drawer, with this one being my all time favorite:                

procatstination shirt

So true, right? Lots of people comment when I wear it! By the way, it's still available over at shirt.woot.com (no affiliation).

Why all this T - shirt talk?? Because there's more T - shirt quilts happening in the house! A good friend of mine commissioned me to make six quilts from her late husband's T - shirts, along with tool fabric that he talked her into buying at shop hops. Though I never met him, he must have been a sweet guy!

So I have been having a blast playing with really fun fabrics and creating special quilts for her, her daughters, and grandchildren. Two tops are done, measuring approximately 55" x 70".

granddaughter t shirt quilt

grandson t shirt quilt

A third one is almost finished, as it just needs sashing and borders. Some quilters don't want to deal with t -shirt quilts but I think they are a lot of fun - endless possibilities! And I've been so inspired by this project that I may finally make one for my hubby (and clear out my closet at the same time!!). I'll keep you posted with my progress.

Have a great weekend quilting!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Midweek Makers #66

Welcome to Midweek Makers! 

Spring is in the air! Ignore the pollen - feel all of the renewing energy instead! Feels good, doesn't it?

I had an epiphany of sorts this week. The last purple scrap project using these



had a thin orange border on it, which I took off because my search for more background fabric came up empty.
The plan switched to using the orange fabric as binding.

I then proceeded to prep the background, which was a very pretty solid purple. With no time to load the quilt, I walked away, leaving the top hanging on the background.

The next day came the epiphany. The top looked fantastic with a border of purple! 



One problem - the orange pieces in the design ended abruptly against the border. And so the pieces are now back on. 



I have yet to add the purple border, but this gives an idea of what it will look like. Just little peeks for now, as this design may be made into a big quilt later.

Now, let's look at some creative pieces from last week.
Sandra at Quilting at the Cro's Nest has this fun circle piece, Happy Days, she's working on.

                                          
I like what she's got going so far, don't you?

Anna at Sew- Knot Often Enough made the Moda Bake Shop Simply Woven blocks, then cut them up for this great design. Fabulous, right?

                                      

And last but not least in the creative department, was Serena at Sew Giving, who used every frog fabric she had to create this modern design for her daughter, who luckily, still loves frogs.

                                      

Sandra, Anna, and Serena - grab a 'Featured' button for this week!

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Now it's your turn to show off what spring has jump started for you!
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Santorini, Greece

It's a beautiful day in Santorini, Greece!


Santorini Greece

The sun so bright, the sky so clear and blue. The beautiful church steeple absolutely shines!


Santorini windows and steeple



As do the walls of the buildings, with their fascinating twists and turns.


Santaorini buildings



Makes me want to visit Santorini all over again!


Santorini

I hope you've enjoyed the visit as much as I have! 

For more closeup pictures and landscape quilting tips, check out: 
Santorini - Landscape Quilting Part 1
Santorini - Landscape Quilting Part 2
Santorini - Landscape Quilting Part 3

and to view the original picture and the making of the quilt in fabric, check out this post, So Long Road2CA 2015.

Happy Quilting!