Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Aggie quilt

This quilt was made for a co-worker for her son who is headed to Texas A&M in the fall.  She fell in love with the Aggie fabric and wanted to use it for the sashing.  It was a challenge to work with as I wanted to make sure it was straight and the pattern repeated appropriately.  That added significant time and required more than the usual 2 yards.  But she is happy with the result.  It's too busy for my taste but as long as he likes it, that is what is important.

Remembrance quilt

Several times I have participated in my company's Time and Talent auction for United Way.  Last year a co-worker won the auction and I made the theater quilt for her daughter.  This year another co-worker wanted me to make a quilt from her deceased husband's shirts.  He had died in a car crash over 10 years ago when her two daughters were very small.  She had remarried a widower and together they have raised a large family.  But she still had this box of shirts.  She brought them to me along with a couple of ball caps, his military fatigues and fireman's uniform.  I had some misgivings about cutting into these things.  Definitely the emotional attachment was higher than in any other quilt I've made.

 She decided to use thin denim as sashing, supplemented by a couple of plaid shirts.  I was able to find some flannel similar to the shirts to use as the backing.  I used medium loft poly batting since with the denim the quilt was very heavy and I felt the poly wouldn't add as much weight as cotton.  Another co-worker who is in the marine reserves advised me on the proper way to display the name and US Marines from the fatigues.   I removed the patches from the fireman's uniform and disassembled the caps.  The only place I had difficulty quilting was the patches so I went around them.  The batting gave a nice puffy result with large looping quilting.  The quilt is still very heavy but not excessively so.  With the left over fabric from the plaid shirts I was able to make a pillow case.  She tells me her two daughters are trading off, one gets the quilt for a while and the other gets the pillow case.  The family is happy with the result and I am pleased with how it turned out.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

A great idea for when you aren't trying to squeeze in a lot of t-shirts

Disclaimer.  This isn't my design.  I ran across it on Facebook. 



 
But to me to looks like the BQ3 Pattern by Maple Island Quilts
 
 
It really does make a nice design for a t-shirt quilt, utilizing the small patches that are frequently on the front of many shirts.  I haven't tried it yet - most of the time I'm trying to squeeze in as many shirts as possible.  But the first opportunity I want to give this one a try.