Friday, April 28, 2017

Block 4 of the Growing Up QAL

Getting this one done in a nick of time! Here's block 4 from Alida at Alidatweloqdesigns and her Growing QAL.


This one is all about embroidery, something I haven't done since my early teenage years. At first, I thought about couching a white thread, but wasn't happy with the thick threads or yarns that were available. So, I bit the bullet, and actually sat for a few hours to stitch this out. By hand.

I have no idea what this stitch is called, but essentially, it's up through the front, back down 1/8" or 1/4" away, and back up at the end of the first stitch. This created an overlap, and a more defined stitch.


And I also used all six strands of embroidery floss. I want this baby to be seen!

Hate to admit it, but this is probably the only QAL I've kept up with. Couldn't stick with the Honey Pot Bee, (no pun intended!) as I wasn't into the blocks. The RSC17 challenge is still a QAL I want to do, though I'm far behind. All of the January purple quilts took it out of me! Hopefully I'll catch up since the t-shirts quilts are waiting for a batting sale.

Funny how this always seems to happen. I have great intentions, then it all falls apart. Does that happen to you?
Leave a comment, and maybe we can come up with a strategy to deal with it!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Midweek Makers #69

It's Wednesday, and time Midweek Makers! Who has things to share? I've got the last two t-shirt quilt tops to show:

for daughter 1

and for the quilter who commissioned these

The last two days I've buried myself in piecing the backings, which are taking just about as long as making the fronts. But the good news is, just about every yard of fabric is used, meaning I have very little to buy. You know how I am about using everything, and you'll see what I mean when these are finished.

Speaking of a finish, the quilt that caught my eye last week was this pretty pink sampler quilt,

                                      
made by Maggie at Making a Lather. I'm usually not a huge sampler quilt fan, but this one really sang to me. Putting my bias towards pink aside, the color palette of soft pinks, yellows, and greens, and the spaced layout made a very appealing quilt. Maggie, grab a well deserved 'Featured' button!
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Now it's your turn to share!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Link any recent post that has to do with sewing and fabric.
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Have fun!




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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Happy Quilting!




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!