Hurricanes………….

T-shirt quilt, that is!!! A client/friend had been a teacher at our local high school until her retirement this past Spring and she had acquired a really neat collection of themed t-shirts. With her newly found “free time” she put together this keepsake/lap quilt. Her teaching expertise/fields were physics, chemistry and biology (although, I’m sure she’s proficient in others!), so check out the backing fabric she chose (last photo)! Her/our school is the Houston “Hurricanes”.003

In keeping with the theme, I tried to use a stitching motif that would be appropriate. I call it “Windy Swirls”.

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And that oh-so-perfect backing fabric………………………………..

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I could not find the name of the above fabric, but the selvage says it’s by Timeless Treasures, Pattern #GAIL-C 5523 (?). I used Sulky Viscose rayon thread in a wine color (top thread) and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly “Turkey Red” for the bobbin. The quilt measures 51”x67”.

This was a very enjoyable project. T-shirt quilts do present some unique challenges, even when properly prepared/backed. The shirt parts still have some knit stretch to them and many have a very heavy logo that is vinyl/rubberized so there is a probability of thread breakage while sewing through those areas. Also, like leather and other vinyls, once a hole is made…..it’s there permanently so no ripping unless the replacement stitches fall in the same spots!

I do hope you are enjoying a beautiful Autumn. Ours, here in the upper Midwest, is amazing! The most brilliant tree/foliage colors have passed but it’s still most colorful. Now, on to my next project………………………………

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“Circuit Board”……………

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It’s a fun little baby/youth quilt that measures 41”x50”. The fabric prints are such a mix of fun geometric patterns (with some elephants thrown in for good measure!) that this quilt design seemed just the ‘thing’, don’t you think???? Some more photos………..

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And a full view……………………..front:002  

And back: 001   The color of the backing is really a medium-dark slate gray and lovely……….a hard color to photograph well!!

Thread used: Isacord, 40wt, #1220 (a bright pumpkin orange) for the top thread. Coats & Clark (regular sewing thread) deep red on the bobbin.

Til next time……………………………..

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A sweet little flannel………….

Baby quilt that will be gifted soon to a yet-to-be-born little boy. I just love doing these little stitchings! Cloud soft flannel, both pieced top and backing, will be a cherished addition to the future layette. The client’s request was that the center block contain the letter ‘M’ and that it be in such a way that the quilt could be reversible. This is what I came up with…………056   I think this will work out ok. The letter is not done in a “directional” fashion, 057 so it will be just fine when the quilt is flipped over. I went with a loopy cloud motif…….soft as the fabric.059   Awesome texture!!! I’m really pleased with it. Some close-ups………………………….060

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The quilt’s dimensions are 38”x 46”. Thread used: for the “M”…Robison-Anton rayon, “Sun Blue” (top thread) and Isacord poly, “Summer Gray” (bobbin). The rest of the quilt was done with Sulky Viscose (rayon) in Ecru (top thread) and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly in an off-white.

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Wordless Wednesday…………………..

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Red and White Final…………..

Missouri Star Quilt Co. “Disappearing Pinwheel…version 3” is completed (you can find the beginnings of this quilty journey here)…….stitched, washed and beautifully crinkly……………………….005  The lighting was not the best for the above photo so there’s a ‘ton’ of color distortion. Below is how it actually turned out (washed with 3 Shout “Color Catchers” which are quite pink now!!!!!)

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Threads used were, once again, Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, 70wt in Turkey Red (top and bobbin) and Invisifil, 100wt, white.

The days are counting down to the approaching holiday season and the “pressure” mounts!!!! On to my quilting…….. Thanks so much for stopping by…..I really so enjoy our visits and, please, come again…………………………

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More Inspiration “Seeds”……..

Were shared yesterday at quilt guild meeting. My, this group must never sleep! The day began with a “workshop”, led by Janice, on making an apron from a pair of (men’s) bib front jeans. I wasn’t there for most of the morning but was informed there was a ton of giggling and talking………and ripping out of side seams to prep for the actual ‘making’! It turned out that the gals will finish the project at home but here are the 3 samples that were shown…………..046This one was made using the narrower/smaller back of the bibs.049   And these utilized the fronts. Such a cute idea. The apron on the left will go to a fella who does a bit of grilling. Janice, on the right, is showing my fave…love the red plaid…..even peeking out of the pockets! Now, of course that leaves the pant legs, so Carol went ahead and made a wonderful see-through little tote using those!!!!!!018 Such a clever gal!!!!

“Lottery blocks” are still coming in and 2 more sets were made (for each block made, your name goes into a drawing to win all the blocks and then you choose the next pattern to be made).035055 

Several QOV (Quilt of Valor….quilts that are given as a ‘thank you’ to returning military personnel) were made and added to our needed number of donation quilts……..024031033034   Yvonne is a “mega quilter”……I absolutely know she mustn’t sleep!!!!  043This little quilt was a donation to our group’s QOV for someone who might need/want something smaller. 052054026This block had many possible settings and Barb’s hubby decided the one below was his choice (after he ‘sneaked’ into her studio and rearranged the blocks on her design wall!!!!)027

And some “shares”…………..012013016022This gal purchased this as a single train runner but needed to separate it ‘cuz of the grandkids she has (more than 1!!!) and she had stash fabric to complete the individual sections that resulted!!!!!!!

025Ruth completed this paper-pieced little quilt……it really is amazing “in person”. It had been a UFO (Unfinished Object) for years! Yay, Ruth!!!!!

Carol is always on the lookout for all things clever/cute and this is the latest. Take 1 wine glass, add a small battery operated candle/tea-light and a shade (she devised the pattern) and you have this…………019020

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036037038  A couple of little tree quilts from a Sandi Irish pattern. Pam has been busy! She was along on our bus trip/shop hop last June and wasn’t going to buy anything……..well, she spotted a quilt pattern in a magazine that was passed around on the bus (one of several that were give-aways) and the result was some fabric purchased and this…………040  One gorgeous quilt!!!!!!!!

A couple of tablerunners from Linda……. 

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So, as “they” say “a good time was had by all”!

Til next time………………………….

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A Recipe…………..

For a really enjoyable day. Put together 4 quilt-obsessed gals in a motorized vehicle, add 1 beautiful sunny Autumn day in Iowa and 3 quilt shops. Mix all together with generous amount of laughter and visiting.

The day started early…..7:00a.m. (earlier for one Kathy, who needed to get to the starting point by driving an additional hour!). Heading south to Decorah, a slight jog to Calmar and continuing to Jesup and Merry’s Stitchins. You have seen this shop before, here, and it has proven the saying…….”If you build it, they will come”! The location is accessed by several gravel roads, surrounded by cornfields, 1+ miles outside the little town of Jesup, IA. It began in Merry’s home……..and then she built this beautiful building right across the driveway and the house became a retreat center!!! Photo highlights………..001 002

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Above are just a few of the wool felt samples. Along with a generous number of fabric bolts, the quilts adorning the walls are amazing! 006007008009010011012013   This last photo was taken from a mezzanine level/area used for making up the many kits that are available!!! I picked out these little project “seeds”………035  I do have some thoughts on their direction………

On to Independence and Quilter’s Quarters. 4,000 bolts of perfectly displayed fabric and a wonderful selection of notions/threads to fill every quilter’s need…..and then some!!!!!014015016017018019020021022023  Oh, there’s Kim……..we can say “Hi” in a moment. I’ve always said that it would be quite “dangerous” for me to work in such a place as my paycheck would find its way right back into the shop! In Kim’s words, she “volunteers” for “payment in kind”…….would work for me, too!!!! Only a few small “treasures” from this lovely spot……….036  I’m still in love with Asian prints! 1 Yard of loveliness!037  Spied some fat quarters…….only $1 each!!! No resistance here……

Next up…..on to Oelwein and Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat Center. We almost missed this one, except for the sharp look-outs in the back seat!!!!!! A quick U-turn and we were parked right outside the front door!!!!024  Lou Ann was there to share many pleasantries as we ooh-ed and aah-ed throughout her inspiring spot.025026027028  She really was all smiles, once she recovered from our “bursting on the scene”!!!!029030031032033034

We continued our journey north and home. Not sure of the total miles but the smiles and the ringing laughter will continue for days ahead. Thank you Kathy, JoAnn and Carol for your apt “guidance” deciphering the various possible routes and bearing with the numerous U-turns!!!

Til next time……..it’s back to that which we all love so much……..the quilting continues……………………

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One (or more) Word Wednesday………………

Silence. Quiet. No talking. NOT!!!!

This is the 2nd Disappearing Pinwheel quilt….version 3 (read about version 4 here). Unlike the last red/white, I’m back to Ms. Sweetie (HQ Sweet 16) and ‘motoring’ right along. Totally different “feel” to this one!!!!!021

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Once again, the thread is Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt, Turkey Red (top & bobbin) and Invisafil, 100wt, white w/ Essential Pro white on the bobbin.

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A Friday finish……….

A bridesmaid dress, that is. It’s for a wedding on the 18th and in need of a hem and, since it’s strapless, some ‘taking in’ at the very top. Just 2 layers of hem this time………….. 001     The chiffon overlayer is hemmed after the lining in order to double check the length (trust me….it’s best done that way!! Chiffon is a bit(!?) unstable to work on!!!)      And, now, it’s hanging….ready for the upcoming occasion.    002 Always a little sewing variety goin’ on at my place!!!!!! Have a great weekend!!! We’re off to the RV……….time is “ticking” away on this all-too-short season!!!!!!

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One Word Wednesday……TEXTURE…………

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