Happy Sizzling Thursday! It’s 90 today and it feels every bit 90. The weather app says it feels like 96 and I believe it! But I’m thinking about Christmas and cold weather because my Poinsettia Passion table runner just came out in the Quilter’s World Autumn issue!
It’s a beautiful runner in bold colors with easy, fusible applique. It’s on sale now in your favorite fabric stores so pick up a copy and get a jump on the holiday stitching!
So, I have to brag about my students again!! How fabulous are they? Look at the t-shirt quilt that Gail made for her daughter. This t-shirt quilt is giant. I mean GIANT. It’s king size (100″ by 90″) and it was heavy. Gail quilted all of it on her domestic machine! I’m so proud of her getting this big job done and never giving up on it. It took months and it was worth it!
Now we are moving on to a fun Minnie Mouse quilt with fusible applique. It’s going to seem to like a piece of cake after that big t-shirt quilt!
Last night I had dinner with my childhood friend, Sheila. It’s so nice to catch up with a friend and have it be like you never missed a beat even though we see each other infrequently. After a delicious dinner and much laughter, we headed to her car where I picked up a bag of t-shirts for her daughter’s quilt. I’ll be working on her t-shirt quilt over the next few weeks. All that practice with Gail’s has me primed and ready!
And this lovely lady, Leah, had her 15th birthday this week. My baby is no longer a baby and hasn’t been for quite some time. She is as sweet as she looks. Love this girl.
Happy Wednesday! Hope you are all making some decent progress on your projects this week. I’m thrilled to have finished up the t-shirt quilt I was working on for my friend’s daughter. She had a combination of 23 t-shirts, sweatshirts and tank tops. We used the fronts, some backs, and even a sleeve! It was quite a project and took many hours of planning and prepping. I sashed it in a printed black cotton fabric and backed it with fleece. The quilt is heavy as all get go but is durable and warm!
When I wasn’t working on the t-shirt quilt last week, we were getting ready for the dance recitals. Both Lindsey and Leah were in all three shows that day. It was Lindsey’s 6th and final recital and Leah’s 10th recital! Leah has been dying to get her hands on a 10 year trophy since the day she received her 5 year trophy! Lindsey had a long day as she still is feeling affects of her concussion. She wanted to be able to wrap up her dance career though and she did just that. Greg and I are so proud of both of them.
Leah getting one last practice in!
This week we are moving on to the music recital where Amanda and Lindsey will both be performing. I’m hoping the raffle quilt I made will take in some good ticket sales.
I received some great news from the lovely people over at Quilter’s World that one of my projects will be included in the Spring 2016 issue! I love working with them and I’ll be busy now for a few weeks completing the project. It’s due the day we leave for Hawaii in August so I’ll be working on that sooner rather than later!
I had an idea to research some Block Of The Month programs and to possibly design my own. I’m wondering if there would be interest in that? I’ve always wanted to organize one but haven’t had the time. I’ll keep you posted if I move ahead with that.
I think that’s it for today! Have a good one.
Ever feel like you’re moving at turtle’s pace? That’s how I’m feeling this week. I have a million things to do but every day life is getting in the way of progress. It’s the urgent v. the important all day long. Everything seems urgent this week and some of it is important but the lines are blurred amongst the dance rehearsals, dentist appointments, doctor appointments and influx of school paper work. I kind of feel like giving up. Of course right when I wanted to throw in the towel, this amazing article arrived in my mailbox on the topic of giving up or gutting it out. This one section stood out to me the most:
This Is Life
Life is a constant balance between giving into the ease of distraction or overcoming the pain of discipline. It is not an exaggeration to say that our lives and our identities are defined in this delicate balance. What is life, if not the sum of a hundred thousand daily battles and tiny decisions to either gut it out or give it up?
This moment when you don’t feel like doing the work? This is not a moment to be thrown away. This is not a dress rehearsal. This moment is your life as much as any other moment. Spend it in a way that will make you proud.
So I’m gutting it out right here with you now. Yesterday I worked for a few solid hours on the T-shirt quilt. I completed all of the measuring, remeasuring, stabilizing and cutting.
I laid them all out and started making sashing strips. The sashing will be black which is by request of the young lady. I took a quick picture and sent it to her to confirm that is wasn’t too much black but in typical kid fasion, that is what she likes best. So I’ll continue with that this week. The quilt will have a pretty red fleece backing.
I had some great news last week that my Hanukkah Celebrations mini quilt pattern will be offered on the beautiful 1-800-dreidel website. The pattern isn’t up there yet but should be by the end of the week.
Hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend! The actual 4th was a washout for us around here but we had fun on the 5th instead with a cook out and pool party. It was nice to see all the cousins enjoying each other’s company. Rachel was here and I had the opportunity to give her the t-shirt quilt I finished up a few weeks ago. She was happy to receive it!
Over the weekend, the Twilters participated in a July 4th Sew In which was termed #J4SI over in Twitter land. I was able to work on the Window Pane 9 Patch for a few hours. I stitched the borders to it on Sunday.
I didn’t have anything large enough or quite right for a backing so yesterday I ran over to Joann’s and picked up this cute red dot fabric which will serve as the backing and possibly the binding. I have another cute yellow fabric in the stash that I am thinking about binding it with instead.
So here is the red dot…
I also picked up a yard of each of these flannels to make more of the angel baby buntings…
Yesterday while I was sitting at the pool with the kids, I pulled out my English Paper Piecing bucket. I made an executive decision to let the apple core EPP be discontinued. I had about 20 or so finished and you can see one in the corner of this picture…
And while the shape is adorable and I had been so excited to make them, they are HARD!!! They are hard to baste and hard to keep the fabric secure around the shape. My plan was to make several rows of them and attach to a pillow with fabric to match the Christmas Jelly Roll quilt I made last year. I realized that I have been avoiding all EPP ever since because these are a pain. So I’m relieving myself of apple core EPP duty effective immediately. The red hexie flowers are the start of something but I don’t know what other than that the color blue will also be involved somehow. I wanted a 4th of July type table mat. I did make up a graph of how this would go but I don’t have a photo of that handy. I’m back to standard hexie EPP and I am thrilled. I’m hoping to bring my little hexie kit along to the pool in the afternoons and make some progress.
Do you EPP and if so, which shape is your favorite?
Wow! What a week it has been around here. School got out last Thursday and we’ve been moving at the speed of light ever since. We had a nice end of year pool party for the girls and their friends. That was in the midst of a very busy week of rehearsals for the Godspell play which was held over the weekend. It was fantastic. It was moving and beautifully produced…hence the amount of rehearsals in the month of June. Those were met with some grumbling but usually quelled when I asked, “How do perfect plays happen?” The answer was always “Rehearsals.”
Here are a few pics from the play.
This week we are gearing up for the “Big Show” which is the recital for the music school that the girls attend. It’s a long show but worth every minute. The talent is amazing and the girls always seem to leave with an armload of certificates and trophies and last year, a scholarship.
So as you might have guessed, I haven’t been quilting much this week other than working here and there on the Window Pane 9 Patch. I did also finish the T-Shirt quilt.
I have been out in the garden fussing around here and there and enjoying it…I’m happy to say. It’s usually not my thing but with all these pretties happening, it’s hard not to embrace it.
Update on the postcard swap…If you haven’t been to visit the Flickr Group for the postcard swap, please do! The photos are piling up in there and each one is unique and beautiful and a reflection of the creator.
Here is the link…go visit!! https://www.flickr.com/groups/2608989@N25/
How are you all doing today? This is quite a busy week around here with school finishing up and an upcoming play for Lindsey this weekend. She is in two performances of Godspell. I’m looking forward to it as I know it will be fabulous!
Last week I took advantage of Southern Fabrics $2 charm pack deal and purchased April Showers. I have decided to go with a Window Pane 9 Patch quilt made with the charm squares. Torie recommended this quilt tutorial and I will work on it on the Featherweight this week. Click the link below to see the tutorial video from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Here are the charm squares being laid out while I figure out a decent configuration for the 9 patches.
As it turns out, Southern Fabric is running another charm pack deal. This time it is a $2 Weeds Charm Pack by Me & My Sister for Moda. It looks like a lot of red and black colors in this pack. The code to use is weedscharm80 Here is the link:
This week I’m still working on my niece’s T-shirt quilt. I have the top done and I’m in the process of quilting it now.
I finished reading this book last night. I picked it up in Hawaii in August and I kept “saving” it until the right moment when I could “savor” it!
It’s a wonderful book about the history of not only traditional Hawaiian quilting but also contemporary Hawaiian quilting. I enjoyed it very much and will go deeper into it in an upcoming podcast episode.
That’s it for today…time is short and the to do list is long!
This week I’m working on getting the art quilt of my daughter to the basting stage so I can begin some thread sketching. I spent yesterday trying to get the logo on the t-shirt to look similar to what’s in the photo. The actual t-shirt has a lot of detail to it but I’m ok with just getting the idea of it across and not having it be exact. I also spent time painting the skin with a mixture of textile paint in an aloe vera gel medium. My aloe expired a few years ago but it was still ok to use mixed with paint.
I used the paint to give the skin some tone and variation.
I also broke out the Inktense blocks and created some highlights in the hair and some fold marks on the shorts.
I’m thrilled with the progress and the next step now will be to layer, baste and do some quilting/thread sketching.
This week I received an awesome picture of my nephew, Jon, sporting his new t-shirt quilt! My mom delivered this out to him over the weekend and I heard from Jon shortly after that he loved it. My sister sent me a message later saying that she was snuggling up under it too. I have the sashing and fleece all purchased for his sister’s t-shirt quilt and will start working on that soon.
I finished up my nephew’s T-Shirt quilt yesterday. He had a collection of t-shirts from baseball, basketball, vacation and sports teams that he assembled for me to make his quilt. I found a cool, green fleece to back the quilt with and now it’s very snuggly and super warm! Some light quilting holds the layers together and it’s ready to be handed over to Jon! It measures 55″ x 55″.
I was a nervous about my sewing machine handling the fleece but it worked out fine. I know one of my machines is finicky about it but it must not be the one I was working on.
Next up is my niece’s t-shirt quilt which will be all about marching band and figure skating! I’m looking forward to working on this for Rachel.
Leah is eyeing some dance recital t-shirts for when it’s her turn!
I spent some time this week working on my nephew’s t-shirt quilt. I have the top finished and just need to back it with fleece and quilt it lightly.
I have a beautiful green fleece to put on the back of it. It’s turning out to be a great size too. It will finish up at 55″ x 55″ which is a perfect throw size.
I did a little bit of custom work on one square because there was so much room under the Terminators graphic. Luckily, the shirt had a number 11 on the back that was easily removed and blanket stitched onto the front.
I’m looking forward to wrapping this one up and starting my niece’s t-shirt quilt next.
When I find something I love, I like to pass that along and this week it came in the form of a pack of new pens. These are Papermate Profile pens and they just write.so.smoothly…I love them. They feel nice in your hand too. I got this pack of four colors at CVS for about $5.
I’m not going to lie, the purple is my favorite 😉
I have so many beautiful photos from our trip to Maui last summer and I felt like it was a shame to keep them to myself and the hard drive so I opened up a store on Society6. Society6 is a marketplace for all things art and I am offering some art prints that can be framed or made into canvas through the site. Take a minute to check out my art prints as well as the others that are listed. Here is my link: