Hi, I am happy to share the completed Work Shirts Mosaic flimsy that was inspired by a charm square quilt designed by Emily Dennis. I made this one from 4-5 different shades of denim/chambray work shirts and one blue plaid shirt that I know I purchased for my Father inlaw for his birthday one year.
This one was the easiest of the three quilt tops to complete this week as it was just sewing the squares in order. Of course, I caught myself before a big oops, when I picked up a row wrong and wanted to sew the next one to the wrong side. Clarence tried to help mix up the laid out squares at times too.
I really love how this turned out. How something simple can have such WoW. And I only had to cut like 3 more charm squares in one shade of denim to be able to finish my graphed out design. I think it finishes at approximately 76 inches square.
This shot shows the difference in the shades of denim and chambrays.
Clarence, our 3 legged rescue cat of course had to sit on this quilt top as well. He wasn’t happy to shooed away to smooth out the quilt for photos. He has not been a happy camper this week, since we wouldn’t let him outside in the cold or snow.
I plan to quilt this with some all over straightline quilting. I am still deciding on backing options. I have a fairly simple blue and white plaid that could go into a pieced backing.
This is where this top got it’s beginnings.
You can read more about how this quilt came about here, if you missed last week’s post.
Thank you to all of you that are following my blog. I appreciate all the support and well wishes. Welcome to all the new readers this month! Hope you will look around.
I will be linking up this flimsy finish with Finish It Friday and Oh Scrap linky parties.
Hi, I am happy to share my completed My Guy quilt top made from my Father inlaw’s shirts. It is made from the My Guy quilt pattern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. It was originally published in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine in the June 2009 issue.
I do like how this looks finished. I decided to add the navy blue solid side borders to add to the width of quilt top. This makes the top finish at 60 by 85 inches.
Well, these photos looked different when taking them, but not much difference when edited. LoL
I plan to keep quilting simple. Straight line rows, maybe rows of serpentine stitching?? I do think I will use the railroad print for the backing. The yardage I have should cover most of the back of the quilt. It needs to be used, and the all over design would be lost cut up into blocks.
This was how this project was started. I am glad it went together so easily.
You can read more about the piecing of this top, if you missed last week’s post.
I will be linking up this blog post with Crazy Mom Quilts and Oh Scrap Sunday. Links are at top of the page.
Stay warm this weekend! It is a cold one out here!
Hi, I am happy to share my completed Plus Squared quilt top. It is a memory quilt made from 21 different plaid and striped shirts with one denim work shirt as an accent. These all belonged to my Father inlaw who passed away suddenly in March of this year.
The Plus Squared quilt pattern is by Emily Dennis and was first published in the Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine but you are able to purchase it now from her website.
I really do like how it all come together in the end. But getting here was a bit of a chore for me. The between blocks sashings were no problem to attach. The long row sashings were a bugger. I am not sure what was happening. I have had this trouble on a couple other quilt tops. It all depends on whether you sew with the sashing on top or bottom. I needed to always have the strip on top and let the feed dogs help ease the blocks in. The last few were much easier.
Clarence,the three legged rescue cat had to help take photos this morning. All of today’s quilts were Clarence approved.
Even Clarence’s tail had to photo bomb a quilt shot.
I feel very accomplished to have finished all three of my memory quilt top projects this week. I plan to not make the quilting too complicated for myself so I can get them completed more quickly than my more recent tops.
Please check out the other individual blog posts for the other memory quilts. Many thanks to all the commenters last week with the lovely messages about all my memory quilts and offering their condolences on me losing my dog, Abbey Rose. They were so greatly appreciated and will be finishing up my replies this weekend.
Welcome to all the new followers to my blog. I greatly appreciate your support.
Last week’s snow storm wasn’t as bad as it was predicted. We had bitterly cold weather this week and now it is snowing, blowing and going to be even more bitterly cold Sunday. Yuck. Stay safe out there if you are experiencing similar weather.
I will be linking up these blog posts with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Friday, Oh Scrap Sunday and possibly some other linky parties. You can find the links at top of the page.
Hi, I would like to share my current works in progress. I am working on creating as many as possible memory quilts from my Father inlaw’s plaid western shirts and some of his chambray/denim work shirts. I have managed to gather 21 different plaids/striped shirts and 7 chambray/light denim shirts. I do hope to get more in the future, as I think there is a whole closet of summer shirts to go through yet.
At first, I thought it would be quite a bit of work to disassemble the shirts into working material. I saw a couple tutorials on Pinterest. I laid each shirt out on the cutting mat, and with my rotary cutter cut along the shoulder seams freehand taking off the sleeves. I rotary cut off the entire collar next and separated the collar away from the band as well. I opened up the shoulder seams next and if there was yokes on that particular western shirt, I cut them away from the fronts and back of the shirts. I cut open the side seams and made piles of the shirt fronts and backs. If the shirts had long sleeves, then I cut off the cuffs. All sleeves were opened flat by cutting off the seam. I cut away the plackets that had snaps and if shirts had buttons, they were saved in a ziplock bag. So far there was very little tossed away, just serged seams.. If there was double layed yokes, they can be used for a small square of fabric or in some string pieced or paper pieced project. Some night I will take a seam ripper to the shirt cuffs, to make salvageable pieces as many didn’t have the interfacing totally fused to the cuffs, or maybe only one side of cuff.
My first quilt design that I am working on from all these fabrics is called My Guy. It is a pattern by Weeks Ringle and was published in the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine June 2009 issue. I missed that issue, but after discovering this pattern found a used copy of the magazine on Ebay. I have had this quilt design pinned on my Pinterest boards for years.
I found a chambray colored solid cotton at JoAnn’s. I had a gift card from my birthday and purchased 10 yards navy, 5 of the chambray and 5 yards of a steel gray. I first intended them to be backings for up to 4 quilts. I decided I needed the chambray for this quilt. I am left with close to a yard that will be an accent color in another quilt project.
This is a mockup of the first My Guy blocks. I used a shirt front around the pockets to get material for these blocks. I had to go back and cut 6 rectangles as I was short on two completed blocks to make the entire quilt as the pattern called for.
This shows the start of the rows needed to complete the My Guy quilt. I needed to finish 3/4 of the block piecing yet.
This is the quilt top waiting to have all the blocks assembled into their rows. There is a 5 inch all around border in the chambray to be added yet. The quilt top finishes at 54 by 85. I wonder about adding a possible navy solid border to add extra width, but I really do not want to add to the length.
Here is the quilt layed out cross wise so one can see it all. Ireally like how it is all coming together. I have an allover railroad scenery themed print fabric that has alot of chambray blue colored sky background. It will work for both Dad’s and my husband’s likes.
My second quilt project that I am working on this month with these fabrics is a charm square mosaic design for lack of a better name. I took inspiration from a charm square quilt that Emily Dennis showed on her blog, that she created from white and navy charm packs. I sketched out her design on graph paper and decided to fill out some of the design to make a slightly larger quilt top. I am known for bigger is better, but I am trying to keep all these quilts with in the finished quilt batting size 81 by 96 as I can get poly batts for $5.97 (budgeting and it is winter so I do not travel too far, works with what I can get my hands on.) I plan on our quilts being used and washed alot.
I ended up with 4 different shadings of chambray or denim to cut squares from. My Mother inlaw thought I was off my rocker when I asked about Dad’s workshirts. But they are all plain??? Yes, can use as accent or sashing etc. That was before I read this blog article on Emily Dennis website. I had various different ideas saved to Pinterest and didn’t realize how easy it would be to work out the designs.
This was a quick mockup of the charm square mosaic on my work desk. Definitely calls for larger working space. I am adding one of my favorite of the plaid shirts as an accent. I remembered purchasing this one for his birthday one year.
This what the full width of the quilt design will look like pieced together. I need to cut more of the chambray shirts into squares. I decided to move the blue plaid design down to the center of the quilt.
Here is the top in squares taken at an angle so one can see more of the design elements. This photo was taken just before Clarence, our three legged cat woke up and decided to sit in the middle of my squares. He walked off with a couple charms stuck to his side from static cling. I crawled around the floor and picked up and numbered the first 10 full rows and then the next 5 partial rows.
My third quilt project is Plus Squared by Emily Dennis. A pattern first published in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine issue 32 which was out in March 2016. She has since released the pattern in paper and pdf from her website as well. I have an online copy of the magazine through the Zinio app I read on my phone and tablet.
I actually have the most completed so far on this quilt project. All blocks pieced and just need to add sashing between blocks and the rows. Adding that will take the most of my patience lining up the blocks to the rows with alot of pinning. I used all the 21 plaid prints with 4 different ones in each block with one shade of chambray workshirt as the center square.
This is Emily Dennis’ finished Plus Squared quilt from the Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
This is a mockup of four of my blocks and what they will look like with the sashing added.
These are all my completed Plus Squared blocks. I started out pressing all the seams open on the white and gray strips. I was planning to press all seams open on the entire block but I started having trouble getting the center row to match up with the first row, if I pinned or didn’t pin. I found out that centers matched up almost everytime if I pressed the seams to either side and nested them together no problem. The plaids are very soft and stretchy since they have been washed multiple times. I eliminated shirts that were too thin and well worn. That was why I ended up with less chambray shirts as well.
Here is one more shot of the Plus Squared layed out crosswise. I really like how this is coming together as well. My Mother inlaw thought it was quite pretty.
(August 2005 to December 3, 2016)
The last couple weeks including Thanksgving were quite rough for my family. My 11 year old Black Lab/German Shepherd cross dog Abbey Rose was in poor health. We thought her arthritis was getting worse when she fell down the upstairs around Halloween. She started to be able to maneuver stairs and getting in and out of the house less and less. She had lost alot of weight. The night before Thanksgiving, she wasn’t eating and drinking like she should. Last week, she really went down hill fast, and hadn’t eaten much for 3 days and couldn’t go out on her own with out being carried. We hated to have to make the decision but she was put to sleep Saturday morning. I had really hoped to never have to experience that again, after losing my husband’s 14 year old Aussie last year. Life has not been fair to lose 2 dogs and 1 cat to old age in 18 months and a puppy in that time to a car accident as well. Abbey was my 40th birthday present and was my best friend. We went through alot together in our 11 years together.Lyric, our rescue Aussie is not sure what to do. We know she misses Abbey. She followed Abbey around all the time. Lyric will still not allow my husband to touch her other than eat food out of his hand. This past week, she has taken to sitting very close to him while he eats, but don’t touch me. We look forward to adding an Aussie or Black Lab puppy to the family in the new year.
It is snowing here today in Iowa and supposed to get bitterly cold the beginning of the week. My plans are to keep sewing and do some Christmas shopping online. I spotted 2 additional quilt patterns today that would work with these fabrics. I plan to get a few tops made and then family can help decide which one goes to whom. I did finally get all the quilting stitches removed safely from my Jelly Roll Slice quilt top and I hope to finally get it back on the machine to quilt it. I have plans to list a couple finished quilts for sale before Christmas. I need to help pay off some medical bills and such.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am told that an update to my blog should take care of the problems of why many were no longer receiving word of new blog posts. I will be linking up with various end of the week linky parties. The links can be found at the top of the blog.
Hi, I am happy to share that I had a Friday finish this week. I had to wait til this morning to get photos of it. I have completed a squared off queen size (88 inches square) Watchtower quilt. The pattern design is by Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter.
I was delayed a couple weeks in finishing this top because I hurt my shoulder. I am not quite sure what I did. I am right handed and guess it took a bit of abuse from all the finger pressing seams open, rotary cutting and trimming up HSTs. The final straw was then trying to keep all the seams open while hitting them with the iron. I was able to meet and keep pretty much all points, only struggle was was adding in the center strip to the blocks. I would try to sew with out pins, with pins, flip over the other direction to allow feed dogs to ease in any extra fabric. Some times it would turn out great, others off a thread or so. Ugh. It will quilt out and/or crinkle up with wash and dry.
I have not had a chance to start quilting on my Lightning Striked quilt. My shoulder is feeling better and I didn’t want to hurt it more. Lightning Striked is at the top of the list to be quilted. I still have Jelly Roll Slice still pin basted and plan on working on finishing quilting that this week as I need to make room to work and free up the pins.
Thanksgiving is coming quick just a little over 2 weeks and we are having dinner for our family this year. My husband plans to smoke the turkey. This is our first Thanksgiving with out Dad, and the start of us making new family memories. I have Alot of house cleaning and rearranging to do by then. I do not plan to start any new quilts before the holiday, but do hope to get a few quilted as I have a good dozen tops needing quilted.
Hi, This week is my turn to host TGIFF (Thank God It’s Finished Friday) linky party. It is also my birthday weekend, with my actual birthday being on Sunday. I hosted TGIFF last year on my birthday. I look forward to seeing what you all have accomplished lately quilting and sewing wise.
I have been off grid the last month as my desktop computer (my lifeline) was struck by lightning. The motherboard was fried. We did have insurance and I was able to get a different computer. Unfortunately, I lost pretty much all my quilt patterns and photos. This has been a very big blow since we lost personal photos of Mom who passed 3 years ago and my Father inlaw who just passed away 6 months ago.
I didn’t have a true inventory of all of my quilt patterns that were stored on there. It has been stomach wretching to look at all the quilt photos on my Pinterest and find yet another pattern I lost. I was able to retrieve quite a few that had been purchased off of Etsy and Craftsy. I use Gmail and thankfully it is web based so it can be accessed from anywhere, so old emails turned up download links that still worked so I could re-upload my purchased patterns. I lost half off all my May is for Maker’s pattern purchases. I hadn’t printed out very many patterns in recent years, choosing to work off the computer screen. A couple of my quilting designer friends have generously helped me replace my most recent pattern purchases from them. All retrieved and future patterns are being saved in three different (2 cloud/web based) ways and also soon printed out making a hard copy. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has an option creating a password and you can save your pdf files to the Cloud. Backup your files. This ends my public service announcement.
I am currently working on making a queen size quilt top from Diary of a Quilter Amy Smart’s latest pattern called Watchtower. I am making a scrappy patriotic version. Because my gold solid was a tad short of the required amount, I am resizing the queen which finishes around 86 by 104″ to be 86″ square or instead of making 20 blocks, I will have 16. I love big blocks. These finish at 19 inches.
I hope to have a completed flimsy to show you before Friday is over.(There were 192 HST).I apologize for being late in getting the linky party linkup up running and live. We have a family wedding on Saturday, which wasn’t in the works yet when I first signed up to host.
My last big quilt project before the lightning problem was making a quilt from the block I designed for the 2016 Cloud 9 Fabrics New Block BlogHop. My block was called Harvest Berry Baskets. I came up with many ways to layout the blocks and the one I decided on has now been renamed in quilt form as”Lightning Striked“. My quilting blogger friend Sandra from Musings of a Menopausal Melon suggested Lightning as a name.
(Well, Friday is now over and I didn’t get all my blocks pieced together to make my top. I have been up 2 nights in a row til 2 sewing and I am pretty tired now. I have to shorten a bridesmaid dress yet before bed, as the girls have an early morning appointment for hair and makeup. My plans for the upcoming week is to be able to come back here on Friday and show you my finished Watchtower flimsy and hopefully have the Lightning Striked top quilted and bound. )
It’s time to link up your Friday Finishes. Please visit as many of your other linky party neighbors as you can and share your support. Everyone loves comments! Thank you for hanging out with me on my birthday. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
(Thanks to everyone for the early birthday wishes. Lots of great quilty projects to check out this week. I will be visiting everyone later this weekend and get comments posted on Monday. Family wedding and birthday plans the rest of weekend.)
Hi, I am happy to finally be able to share the tutorial I have written for a quilt I made from my Harvest Berry Baskets block that I designed for the 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop. I fully intended to share it last week but my computer was struck by lightning and the motherboard was fried. It has been a rough week trying to find some way back online and if we could save our data from our hard drives. All my quilt pattern pdf files were on that computer and most I never had printed out a hard copy yet, so I have been freaking out. I am currently limping along on my Mom’s old computer, so please forgive any odd formatting issues on this blog post.
This is the layout of my blocks that I chose to make my quilt from. I think I came up with 5 other designs as well but this was my favorite. I finally got a felt design wall put up on one of the only free walls in the house, the hallway upstairs. The last row of blocks would not stick to the felt.
I really love the bold graphic lines of this layout. Those solid blue squares would be lovely for all kinds of FMQ or maybe some embroidery etc. I do not FMQ as of yet, but I am going to do my best to be more creative and make the most of the negative spaces in this quilt design.
Our families on both sides are very interested in genealogy and history. On my Mom’s side, we are descended from some of the first Amish settlers to Pennsylvania. My 8th Great grandfather was Jacob Hochstetler who settled in the Northkill Amish Settlement in Pennsylvania. This week marks the 259th anniversary of a most tragic time for this family. There is much written about it and many different sides to the story about the Hochstetler Massacre, which happened during the same period as the French and Indian War. I have always wanted an Amish inspired quilt, at least color wise. I would like to come up with something more fitting for a name for the new quilt design since the original Harvest Berry Basket design has kind of disappeared.
This is what the finished quilt top looks like. I do hope get better photos when finished quilting it.
This is a closeup of my two finished blocks in the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids which are such lovely organic cottons. I just love that all my points matched and when seams pressed open, it lays so nice and flat. I accidently cut off part of my blocks when zooming in for the closeup.
If you are still with me, you would probably be interested in reading the tutorial for how I put together this quilt. You will find it below in the next five photos. I had to remember how to use some older technology and software, so apologize that my tutorial is in photos.
I hope that this all makes sense. I created all the HST and QST ( in the specific color combos) at once and squared them up and then went about piecing the two different blocks. There is alot of potential for chain piecing which is my favorite way to go about it. I used a 6.5 inch Bloc Loc HST ruler. I have started back to pressing my seams open and was amazed at how accurate my points and seams became with doing that. I did start out pressing to the one side to be able to easily use the Block Loc ruler. I finger pressed my seams open as I pieced the blocks together and then finished off with a good iron pressing to set them.
Here is a refresher look at the few possible block layouts that I can up with.
And here is another peak at my finished quilt flimsy.
I will be linking up my quilt top finish and tutorial with the weekend linky parties you find links for at the top of my page.
Comment section can be found by clicking on actual blog post title, and when post comes up there should be the comment boxes at the bottom.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please let me know if you make a version of this quilt.
I have been having computer problems since Thursday night. I do have my quilt top completed but my computer crashed before I could type and upload my planned tutorial. I will start replying back to my blog comments today as I can access them from my phone.
If you have access to my blog’s Facebook or my IG #shelleymichellefolkerts , you can see additional work in progress photos.
I will upload my tutorials and photos as soon as I can get back online.
Hi, I am Shelley and welcome to my stop on the 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop. Cloud9 is generously sponsoring a New Block Blog Hop featuring their Organic Cirrus Solids. The blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, have curated the “Berry Harvest” bundle, and Cloud9 is supplying each participant with a fat quarter bundle. Blocks made for the hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation.
I tested out my block design twice in fabrics I had on hand before cutting into the lovely Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids.
My first test block in the more subdued colors was made from fat quarters I had from JoAnn’s Fabrics. The second block is in the colors that I am making a quilt from these blocks out of. I will share the finished quilt top and tutorial for the quilt on Friday.
Here are the instructions on how to make my Harvest Berry Baskets quilt block. Blocks are sewn with a scant 1/4″ seams. I have pressed my seams open.
These are all the cut squares needed to create the two blocks.
We will be creating Half Square Triangles and for the center of the block a three colored Quarter Square Triangle. I have only sewn QSTs once before this, so was excited they came out on the first try.
These are the color combinations needed to create the HSTs.
Here are the created HSTs before trimming. I am a new convert this year to the Bloc Loc Ruler for trimming all my HSTs. I fought purchasing a new ruler but it truly is amazing how much easier and more enjoyable creating HSTs are with it. I am using the 6.5 inch ruler.
This photo shows the finished QSTs and HSTs. I will now share how I created the Quarter Square Triangles.
In the photo above with all the HSTs, at the top I showed the larger 6 inch HSTs. After creating them, they were pretty much 5.5 inches without need of trimming, so I laid the Shadow gray square on top and marked the next diagonal line for sewing. Be sure to peek at your HST below to make sure that you will see the two shades of blue, to ensure proper sewing. You will create mirror images.
After creating all the HST and the QST, we are now ready to start assembling our pieces into rows to create the two blocks.
This is how the first block goes together.
This is how the second block was assembled. The finished set of Harvest Berry Basket blocks is below.
I really enjoyed working with the Cloud 9 fabrics. I have never worked with this type of fabric before. It has a wonderful tweedy texture. It is a little hard to get a proper photo of the true colors from my dark sewing room.
I am currently working on creating a quilt tutorial from these blocks. It will be 72″ square made from 36 of the blocks. I am new to creating patterns/tutorials and figuring out all the quilt math. It was kind of comical . I purchased way more fabric than what was needed and cut more than needed pieces. Not all was lost. This is where I figured out the second block. I will have it all figured out for you and should share it on here on Friday.
I do have a couple block layouts to share. I am still deciding which one I will be making. This definitely needs the use of a design wall.
To show one way that this block would look like in a quilt, I scanned my first test block and entered it into the Photoscape photo editing software. You can tile your design to create a quilt. This design is made from just the first created block. I flipped and flipped the blocks around. Now that I understand how the opposite QSTs effect the design, this design might not actually lay out this way. Because the centers were opposites, and changing the direction that the two blue large triangles were created, I purposely swapped the two purple colors in the second block to create true opposite blocks.
Pinwheeled quilt concept layout using test block in a 36 blocks layout creating a 72 in quilt.
I would like to thank our group leaders (Cheryl, Yvonne, Stephanie) for all their help and support. Thank you to Cloud 9 for the generous fabric donation. Please check out all the lovely quilt block tutorials this week. Stephanie is having a drawing for some lovely Cloud 9 fabrics and shares her designed block as well.
Here are today’s block tutorials:
- Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
- Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
- Allison @Woodberry Way
- Paige @Quilted Blooms
- Kitty @Night Quilter
- Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
- Seven @The Concerned Craft
- Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
- Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
- Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
- Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
- Francine @Mochawildchild
- Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
- Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
- Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
- Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
- Jessica @Quilty Habit
- Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
- Deanna @Stitches Quilting
- Denise @Craft Traditions
Tuesday’s tutorials can be found here:
Tuesday, September 13th
Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Monday’s tutorials can be found here:
Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed my block tutorial. If you decide to make some Harvest Berry Basket blocks, please send me a photo or share on Instagram #harvestberrybasketblock
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Hi, I have been sitting on a stack of tshirts and sweatshirts that I inherited from my Mom passing away 3 years ago. My sister thought we should make some sort of memory quilts out of them. Mom machine embroidered on almost everything. My sister and I each inherited a Viking Designer 1 sewing/embroidery machine.
Back in July, I read an interesting blog post over at I’M Feeling Crafty titled A Memory Quilt Using the Complete Quilt Design Planner. The Complete Quilt Design Planner is a neat quilt pattern idea designed by Blair Stocker who designs as Wisecraft. It comes with printed graph sheets to help you design your own quilts all from 5 inch squares.There are other sheets that will help you do the “quilty math” to figure out how much fabric you need. I had been thinking about purchasing the pattern since the May is for Maker’s Indie Pattern Designer campaign. After reading about and seeing what I’M Feeling Crafty was creating for memory quilts by using this pattern., I had to have the pattern.
I decided to dive head first into seeing what we can create from what we had for shirts. There was 16 decorated tshirts and 54 decorated sweatshirts. I have left the sweatshirts in their tall bag, as I am still not sure what to do with them. Most have seen their better days and some I do not think Mom embroidered them, maybe just a purchased sweatshirt.
These two photos show the various embroidered tshirts that I had to work with. The top photo shows how I chose to cut out some of the embroidered designs. I think I chose a 7-8 inch square if the design placement allowed it. Mom would alter the necks on some shirts and almost all shirts were shortened as she liked her shirts to sit a certain way .
I managed to cut anywhere from 26 to 32 – 5 inch squares from the various tshirts, depending on whether it had much of a sleeve. Since we do not have many colors to work with, I am adding in a couple thrifted gray, black, navy and white tshirts. I have purchased a new set of men’s 4X white shirts for a different sewing project and will cut up one or two of them to add to the mix as filler blocks. I still have a small stack of tshirt panels to cut down to add to these piles yet. Everything is stashed away in two of the extreme big ziplock bags you can find at Dollar Tree stores.
I decided to do some test sewing and quilting on the knit fabric scraps. This is with no interfacing and seams pressed on. I used the multi step zigzag I have used to quilt with, over the seams. It lays quite flat and didn’t really pucker any. And this was a normal sewing needle not knit specialty needle and standard foot not walking foot.
I sewed up a sample granny style quilt block made from 3.5 inch squares from leftovers from shirt sleeves. All seams pressed open and again no knit needle. (I do own about every proper needle under the sun, just decided to see how the knit would handle.) I have intended to get this sample quilt block quilted but got sick after getting this far with the project this summer. It is hard work rotary cutting tshirt knit, it causes havoc on the blades.
There can be a heated discussion on whether to use fusible interfacing in making tshirt quilts. I will admit that I have not personally made one myself yet. I do understand the concept and even my Mother who was not a quilter had told me before that one would have to fuse the tshirt backs all with some sort of interfacing. I have not done that yet. The embroidered tshirt designs do have stabilizer of various sorts on them still. I would expect to apply a fusible to them when we decide how we intend to use them in a quilt project. If you will read the blog post by I’M Feeling Crafty that started me on this memory quilt project, you will see that she only fused interfacing on the thinner of her knit shirts. A couple other quilters have written me and told me that they had success combining various different materials into a quilt top with out interfacing everything. I intend to go along without it until I determine the need for it. I want to see how the above pieced granny square quilts up without interfacing.
Our family recieved sad news on August 15th. Our dear friend, Glenn passed away. He fought liver cancer for 7 months. I made him and his wife the Double the Plus quilt for their 60th wedding anniversary in May. (My crazy quilt project that had me up 38 hours straight.) We were fortunate to have a few wonderful visits with him and his family this summer. He will be greatly missed. Such a sweet man that is like losing a Dad all over again.
On August 27th, our family had the honor of riding and participating in a memorial speeder car ride for my father inlaw, Lee Folkerts.
Dad belonged to the 1st Iowa Division of the North American Railcar Operators Association. This memorial ride was attended by over 40 railcar operators from across the Midwest. We rode on the Iowa Northern Railway from Clarksville, IA to Manley, Iowa. I never had a chance to ride with Dad on one of the many rides across Iowa and other parts of the US that he participated on. I did have the honor of riding along in the yellow car in the single photo which was owned by Mike K. of Illinois. My job was to wave the flag at all the intersections we crossed. We all had a great day. We all even made the local newspaper.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me share a few more of my quilt projects from this summer.