My 1st T-shirt Quilt!

So last week was Kids Clothes Week over at Elsie Marley. Did you make anything? I usually make clothes at least once if not the whole week. But I was super busy finishing a quilt top! And it was made from a friend’s childhood t-shirts. So I was working with kids clothes…. Does that count?

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A teacher from the kiddo’s school asked if I could turn her old t-shirt pieces into a quilt top. And of course, you know what I said…. Yes! I had them for way too long and I finally started my plan of finishing projects that are piling up under my ironing board…. Since hers was just the top, I figured it was an easy one to cross off the list!

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Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt? Well, neither had I. I have started one! HA! That’s no surprise is it! Anyway… I got the pieces from her and she had already fused a feather weight interfacing to the piecing! That made my life easier, for sure. When I started mine, I didn’t use interfacing… Luckily I only finished one block. But the fusible interfacing really helps with the shirts stretching and also with combining different types of knits and if you are introducing other fabrics like we did on this one. The black is a cotton.

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She had also started a little bit of it, so I knew the look she was going for. She had started two rows. So I continued with that, making 4 separate rows, then sewing the rows together. I like how that gave it a bit of an organic layout. I also like the black borders between the pieces being different sizes. A bit impromptu if you will!

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It’s such a small world too. As I was making her quilt I knew I had heard of her high school, but couldn’t place where. Ends up, my co-worker went to high school with this teacher and was friends with her older sister! Funny!

So I handed off the quilt top to her and she’s having it finished by her mother, I believe! I really enjoyed working on it and it totally inspired me to get back to the one I was making for my family!

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Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt?

Third Quarter Finish-Along

ok, I’m doing it too. I’m joining the Finish-a-Long. I make lists. Do you make lists? I like making lists so I can scratch things off the lists when I finish something! And this is kinda like a list… (trust me, everything I”m showing you here is on my list!)

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So, I’ve been seeing a lot of my quilting buddies post about this Finish-Along thing… At first I didn’t know what they were talking about. Then I realized what was going on! You show everyone what you’re working on, but what isn’t finished. And try to commit to finishing it by the end of the quarter! SO I’m in!

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The project I’m going to finish first is the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Challenge! I don’t have much left!

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Then I’ve got to get my do.Good Stitches bee quilt finished for our Nurture Circle.

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And I totally missed the deadline on the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Modern Metallic challenge, but I still want to do it!

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I did start this gnome quilt right before my machine took it’s nosedive.

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I really want to finish my husbands quilt….

And trust me… I have a much longer list, should I keep going???

There’s the BOM of the month neon quilt I want to do… There’s a friend’s t-shirt quilt top… There’s my t-shirt quilt… There’s the tree quilt I started about 4 years ago… There’s the memory quilt… There’s the teacher totes…

I could keep going, but I’m going ot stop now…. What are you working on?

April’s do.Good Stitches Quilt from the Nurture Circle

And here’s another one! This one is kinda funny to me, because it almost seems like the opposite of March’s quilt!

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I don’t really know why it seems this way to me, but it does. The blocks are totally different, but similar! I guess in the March quilt, more people used a darker center, then it went out to a lighter ring. There this one, everyone’s center is white and then the bright ring!

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This quilt was made by one of our new group members, Brianwa of Purple Poppy Designs. Who actually lives quite close to me and I’m hoping will come to our Modern Quilt Guild Meeting this month… (tomorrow…)

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I love how scrappy it looks! I love blocks were I can get almost all the pieces from my scraps! I think all the pieces for this one came from the scrap box!

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The quilt pattern is called Patchwork Wheel and is a free pattern from Craftsy designer, Don’t Call Me Betsy.

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I also love the back of the quilt! Great job Briawna! The May quilt is up to me… I better get going!

Nurture Circle of do Good Stitches, March Quilt

It seems like it’s been awhile since I showed off one of our do Good Stitches quilts from the Nurture Group!

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This one was the dream child of our friend Carla from Modern Bias. I think it might have been the first paper pieced block our group has done!

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We used the paper pieced pattern from During Quiet Time on craftsy. It’s a free pattern (download here to make your own!). Super easy. The long part was just finding the right pieces!

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I love how all the blocks look put together!

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These are my four blocks that I made for the quilt! Can you find them in the real thing?

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And check out how perfect the tag is! The colors are great!

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Have you made one of these?? Thanks again Carla, for putting all these blocks together into a fantastic looking group quilt!

A Couple More Quilts for Oso

Have you been reading along with my collecting of Quilts for the Oso Mudslide Victims? here and here

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Well, I finally got mine done!

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I made two kid sized, fleece doggy themed quilts. These light look familier, e=because Santa made the kiddo one a couple of years back. And then Santa left the scraps at my house…. They have been in a bag taking up too much space since.

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I tried to sell them on Craigslist… No takers.  And on my parents listserve thing. And, you guessed it… No takers. So then I thought maybe I’d donate them to out local fabric shop for Project Linus and get a discount on fabric… But I just couldn’t give it away. Yes, maybe I have some hoarding tendancies… But ys know what? It’s perfect that I never got rid of it because I made it into two quilts and 2 doll quilts!

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The original one that Santa made was a disappearing 9 patch, so there were a couple of already pieced 9 patches in the scrap bag. There was also a ton of already cut pieces for more 9 patches. So I decided to go with that and make a few more for another disappearing 9 patch!

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Do you see the pattern? Basically for the disappearing 9 patch, you piece together 9 blocks, each of the same size. then cut it in half 2 times and turn them all around. So the pattern is a bit tricky to find! Such an easy apptern that almost doesn’t look like a pattern!

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And for each one, I made a little doll or stuffie quilts to go ao;ng with it. This one used a little bit of the nine patch!

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For the second one, I used all my scraps. Just total improv scrap piecing. Piecing until I had nothing left and actually had to reach into my fleece stash to finidh it off! I ended up making four little pieces and then put them all together and then kept going around to the back.

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And of course, it needed a little one to go along with it!

And now I need to go back to getting some kids clothes together before vacation!!!

Quilts for Oso Update

Last month, I know you heard of the horrible mudslides here in Washington.

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And then I posted about the wonderful woman behind the blog, Layers of Hope, who is running a quilt drive for the victims of the mudslides!  Well, I had a great response. Some quilters contacted me and we ended up finding ways for them to donate without the quilts actually going through me to get to Layers of Hope.

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But then this big box showed up with some fantastic goodies for the quilt drive. A lady in California quilts and also spends time in Texas with another group of quilters, the Rayburn Crafters.

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The box was super full with quilts and knitted blankets! I was like a kiddo on Christmas morning going through the box and seeing all the fun pieces. And as I was looking at each one, these cute little things kept falling out….

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Hats! Adorable little hats were packed in throughout the blankets!

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Most of the quilts are baby and toddler sized. They are small in size, but not in detail or love! Each one of these quilts are hand quilted, which I know is a labor of love.

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I picked some of my favorite details to show ya! I love the retro little girl fabric and the funny lady bugs! The embroidery and hand stitching is just always fascinating to me as well!

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Then there was also this quilt in the box. It’s nice and big and I’m totally in love with it! It’s made to look older than it really is. Doesn’t it look like something you’d and in an antique shop? Love it!

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and I’ve started my donations as well, but more to come on that!

I’ve been in touch with Layers of Hope and am dropping of the box this weekend!

 

 

One More do. Good Quilt from 2013!

Our last Nurture Circle quilt from 2013 was quilted by Debi of Tweety Bee Stitches and is a bright and very very cheerful quilt!

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The pattern is Color Study by Kristene Peterson, from Fons and Porter’s Scrap Quilts Magazine (Spring 2013). In case you don’t have the magazine you can find the quick tutorial for our group on Debi’s blog.

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Our group was going through a transition and we were short a member, so I made a few extra… Then I thought one was off, so I made an extra. And I just loved making the bright crazy pieces, so I wasn’t too upset about making a bunch of them! I don’t know, but I just love them!

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One of my most favorite quilts from do.Good and from our guild was Ara Jane’s High Volume 3/4 Log Cabin. And when I first saw what Debi had picked for our groups October quilt, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Ara Jane’s.

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I also love Debi’s choice for the back and for the quilting for this one!

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These are so quick to put together, they’d make a beautiful baby blanket!

So I’ve now showed you every quilt we did as an online group bee for 2013! You can see them all in one place here. And here’s to a great 2014 for the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches!

do. Good Stitches September Quilt

It’s been a while since I shared much about quilting with all this Project Run and Play and then Kids Clothes Week! Wow! I’m still working on my last week of Project Run and Play, so it might be a while before I share it…

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image via Stef’s Flickr

So while we’re waiting for that, what about a beautiful quilt??? Check out this one from our group quilter Stephanie Cole! This one we did way back in 2013! This is our September quilt.

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Stephanie picked the design and we all made 2 blocks. The Stashbuster Blocks we made followed tutorials from Little Miss Shabby’s blog!

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These blocks took a BUCNH of scraps, because we tired not to use the same fabric more than once!! For this one we used the Stashbuster Block number 1!

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And then for the one with even MORE teeny tiny pieces, we used the Stashbuster Block number 2 tutorial!

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image via Stef’s Flickr

The background was to be grey. And of course, when people are sending from all over, each grey is going to be a little different! I love how all the blocks came together! In all honesty, the blocks were pretty simple and fun to make. They look a bit time consuming, but once you get the pieces cut out, they go together quite quickly! Go ahead and give it a try!

 

Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tutorial

Remember yesterday when I had that random mug rug in the picture with the Pillows?? Well, today I’m going to re-share the tutorial on making the block! Back in July at the Fabric Shop I was working in, we had a Christmas in July celebration and everyone made a block! I decided to make a Christmas Tree block! So in case you missed it….

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It’s not a complicated block at all, would you like to try to it?

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I started with fat quarters of each of the 4 prints and just a 2.5 inch strip of the solid.

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Step 1: Cut out your pieces. You’ll need a 2.5×4 piece for the inside of the tree, an 1×18 strip for the outside of the tree, a 1.5 inch square for the tree trunk, and a 2.5×12.5 inch strip for the ground. For the background you’ll need (2) 4×7 rectangles, a 1.5x 6.75 strip, a 4×6 rectangle and a 7.5×10.75 rectangle.

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Step 2. Make the tree. Trim the inside of the tree so the bottom is 2.5 inches wide. Trim the 18 inch strip into a 4 inch piece and (2) 7 inch pieces. Then sew on the bottom piece, then one side and then the other. Lastly, trim the tree. Ha! Trim the tree…

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Step 3: Sew the (2) 4×7 pieces onto each side of the tree. Then trim. Start by trimming along the straight edge of the bottom of the tree. Then the sides so that you end up with a 4×5.5 block.

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Step 4: Trim a 1.5 inch strip from each of the scrap pieces of the side of the tree.

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Step 5: Sew the strips from Step 4 to the tree trunk pieces.

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Step 6: Piece the background. Start with sewing on the trunk to the tree. Then add the 1.5×6.75 strip to the left side of the tree. Next sew on the top square, the 4×5.5 piece. Then the large side is to be sewn onto the right side of the tree. And lastly, sew on the ground.

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Step 7: Trim to a 12.5 inch square.

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And viola! You’re done! Yea! What are you doing to do with yours?

Another Nurture Circle Quilt!

Speaking of, I just finished another Nurture Circle quilt this weekend! But in the meantime, while I photograph that one, let’s check out this one…

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This one was designed by our circle member Kat from Kat and Cat Quilts. She picked the pattern and the colors!

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The pattern is a string block that Kat designed and wrote a tutorial for us. And of course, for you too, if you’d like to make one like ours! It was super simple and quit quick actually! I think I was able to use all scraps for this one! Perfect!

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The colors were just up my alley! A little low volume, mixed with greys and yellows and blues! I loved it!

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image via Kat’s flickr page

And thanks to her speedy quilting, the quilt is ready (has been) and just lovely!

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