Friday, January 16, 2015

High School T-shirt Quilt

I have been working quietly on a huge t-shirt quilt.

It is the biggest quilt that I have ever made (93"x96"). There were times when I wondered what was wrong with me; why was I making such a big quilt?

In the end, as always, there is a love for making things and the thanks and love from the recipient.

As I quilted this quilt I thought of the person that would get this quilt and all of the memories that she held in these t-shirts. I hoped for the best future for her as I worked on her pleasant past. As I thought of these things, the size was not a problem and the quilt was finished quickly. It also helped that I made a decision to quilt four blocks a day until all 49 of them where finished.

First, I quilted a straight line from top to bottom on the piecing line, then I quilted each quilt block with free-motion quilting.

These are just a few:


I wanted to have a different quilting pattern for each quilt block, but it was getting difficult. Instead I used many similar patterns but tried to make them a little different in each one.

I was able to finish this quilt just in time for Christmas. It felt really good to make a decision, set a deadline, and make it happen. It feels even better to give a gift that is loved so much.

So, here is a full view of the quilt top before quilting:
Forgive the office supplies in the corner. Just keeping it real.

Monday, January 12, 2015


This will not be the first quilt of 2015, nor will it be the last for 2014.
I got a good bit behind blogging my quilts in 2014 and plan to catch up this month.

Also, I thought that I had already revealed this quilt, but I guess I just missed it.

Here is the gorgeous Serenity:
The back is a beautiful castle fabric that has what can only be thought of as princesses and a few frogs. I is the perfect fabric for this quilt in colors and for the fact that this little girl is called their little princess. I gave my friend a choice of fabrics and this is the one that we both chose.
Perfect? I think so.

The binding was a pink fabric that I had on hand. It just looked absolutely perfect with this quilt!

One last picture to show off the quilting. I think that the quilting shines on this quilt and really adds to the appeal of this quilt. It helps to liven the patchwork up a little. I think all in all this is a perfectly sweet little girl's quilt.
Maybe I should rename it Perfect Serenity. It would be a perfect name, right?

And we have a perfect-sweet little princess quilt and the only fabric bought was for the backing.
Love it!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Challenges/ Resolutions

This past year I made a few quilty challenges/ resolutions:

2014 Challenges/ Resolutions
This is new for me and maybe a little late in the month to post. I do not make New Year's challenges or resolutions, although I usually have a few plans. This year I have plans, but I want to put them here so that I will feel more of a push to complete them.

So, plans/ challenges/ resolutions for 2014:

Crown Royal quilt-I have been promising a quilt for my husband made out of the bags that he has saved over more than a decade. I have been gathering inspiration on
Pinterest. So many possibilities and possibly more than one quilt with what I have. I hope to have it finished by December. That should be plenty of time.

Three "Finishing the Unfinished" quilt tops-as I have stated, I have three more quilt tops to finish for my friend. I plan to have these finished before mid May.
Also, I hope to make a series on my blog using this title. I have in the past finished quilt tops that others have made. I feel that there are many quilt tops that should be finished, and I plan to continue this.

I also currently have two baby quilts to make with varying completion dates.

That is really all the quilty goals I have planned this year. I am sure there will be a lot more quilt than these six, but this is a good start, right?

I have a really big non-quilt goal/plan for this summer-fall. Let's just hope it works out.
As I am sure you have noticed, I did not complete most of this. That is not to say that I haven't worked on any of it or even thought about it.
I worked on the Crown Royal quilt several times, but never got things rolling.
I finished one of the quilt tops for my friend and will get on that for the other two. I have backing fabric already; I just never worked any further on the other two. They are next on my list after I finish a t-shirt quilt that needs to be finished asap.
I did finish the two baby quilts and several more, as expected.
Most of all I wanted to complete the  last goal. I concentrated on it more that any thing, and it really took a lot of my time. It in many ways drained me. It is a BIG life goal that will continue to draw much of my attention.
So, what about challenges/ resolutions for 2015?
*t-shirt quilt
*finish friend's quilt tops
*Auburn Strip quilt
*Jewel Tone quilt
*Crown Royal quilt
*hound's-tooth quilt
*batik square on-point
*BIG life goal

I have put these on my white board at home with dates. I plan to get most of these quilts finished before June and the Crown Royal quilt before August. With these written where I can see them, I am sure I will have  better success rate in 2015.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2016 Finished

 I am in LOVE with this quilt. Be prepared for photo overload.
Go Tigers!
Look at the date quilted in the back! It looks so good! Also, this is black with white dot fabric. I am not sure why it looks grey, but I just had to show this picture.

I looked and looked for a fabric that I liked for the backing but could not find what I imagined. So, I looked in my stash for something else that would work. I found this black fabric with white dots and then added the white fabric and the white with black crisscross lines. It is not what I envisioned, but it is better.

I had planned to use the black fabric for the binding, but I used more than I thought I would in the quilt and did not have enough left for the binding. So, I used some of the other fabric that I had left over and I think that looks really wonderful also.
It was well received and treasured. Although this was made for a momma, she plans to use this for all sorts of graduation stuff next year. I am ecstatic that could make this happen for her. It seems that I am most excited that she plans to use this to keep warm at games.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Serenity Quilting

I really felt this quilt needed some extra quilting to give it some dimension.
So, I divided each block into four...

...then I got out my headphones and a cup to draw petals.

 Then I went to town sewing petals. This is about the best way for me to make these look good. I have to draw a sewing guide line.
All finished.
I really like how the quilting turned out. It really adds to the quilt.
Now to bind it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Serenity's Quilt

I have a friend who has had six children. Although they were not trying for a girl, her first five children were all boys. They had decided after their fourth child that he would be their last. Then they had two more surprises and the last was their girl.

She is the first granddaughter for this family and everyone is excited. Of course since I have made baby quilts for all of her brother, I just had to make one for her.

Colors requested were: pink and purple. So, I pulled  pink and purple scraps and trimmed and squared them up. Do you not just love a little pile of trimmings?

After all of the trimming, squaring, and rearranging, I wound up with this.
I think it is kind of cute even though I think it is slightly boring, but I think I can pep it up with some awesome quilting and a super princess backing fabric.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Binding 2016

I have finished binding the 2016 quilt. I love how this quilt turned out!
Binding start to-


Don't you just love a crisp binding?
Pictures coming soon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2016 Flimsy and Quilting

2016 quilt top is finished!

It is so much better than I thought it would be! I love the numbers and the colors! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt!

I have started to quilt this and am using the wavy quilting. I am going to quilt around the numbers in black so that it echoes the numbers. So, I made the wavy quilting go up to the numbers. I will bury the knots later.

This is the wavy quilting on the top of the quilt. It won't be long until it is finished.

Did I say that I LOVE this quilt? ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tammy's Quilt Fiish

And have another finished quilt.
I know that she is going to love it.

It is so nice to have a finished quilt.
I did a straight quilt line on each strip and then put at least one wavy quilt line on each strip. The back fabric was the inspiration fabric and pulled it all together. Since she is a lover of the English language, this backing fabric has words all over it.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tammy's Strip Quilt

I decided to make a quilt for a friend as a thank you.
She is super sweet and helps so many people. It seems that she does not get a lot of thanks for all of the things that she does for people and me.
I asked what colors are in her living room and she told me red, brown, green, and tans.
I hope these fabrics work well.