Thursday, October 25, 2018

A high school quilt

Dear Readers,

Another quilt I finished about the time school ended was a t-shirt quilt for a client.  I made it using bright clear colors to go around each t-shirt.  The client's favorite colors are brown, gold, green and black.  So I tried to use them as much as I could.

I enjoyed doing the free motion quilting on this quilt.  Here are some close-ups of some of the. blocks.

I had a day off of school, needed a checkup and mammogram and there was a text book meeting in Jackson at 3, so it was a kill two birds with one stone kind of day.  My Highlander had gotten where when it rains water would collect in the driver's side floor after the check up I ran by the Toyota place and had them check it out.  It was a clogged drain from the sun roof!  So if you are having that issue you might check that and save the $60.  All in all though it was a productive day.

Just about to sandwich the third quilt for this client.  Still have more to post from this Spring or summer, so hopefully I can keep the posts coming.

Sew on.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Motive Quilt

Dear Readers,

Last Spring a lady from Colorado asked me to make 4 T-shirt quilts for her.  One of them was using her company work shirts.  She did not want just a typical T-shirt quilt, she wanted one that was more of a custom job.  The issue was that the shirts ran from extra small to extra large and it was a challenge to find a design that would accommodate the difference in sizes and give it the pizzaz that she wanted.  

Since they were company shirts I got a picture of a wall in the company headquarters that had a lot of the company slogan and sayings.  I used those in the border, with some of the logos of companies that they work with.  I also tried my best to come up with quilting designs that would enhance each shirt.

I decided on a kind of snowball pattern that I could adjust to the difference in each size shirt. The client wanted a snakeskin print for the inner part of the snowball and I did a different quilting design on each snowball.  I thought I had taken a picture of each block, but I am not seeing them on the roll.  
Here are the ones I have.

I will do another post in a few days... Let me get caught up with my school work...ugh, it never ends...but I love my job.  It just seems overwhelming at times.  

Sew on,


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Semper Fidelis

Hey readers,

I just have had a hard time, getting myself back to the blogging.  I was working on some quilts for a customer, and didn't want to post about them, then got behind, and could not motivate myself to get back to it.

My plan is to write about the last quilt I did and then add in some of the other projects and quilts as time allows.

 About a month ago, a dear friend, that I have known since about 1975, was diagnosed with Signet Ring Cancer.  Carlos Brown is my best friend's brother-in-law.  He served in the Marine Corp.  He got out after just a short tour and after he got his college degree he served in the Army.   So as a quilter I wanted to make him a quilt.  Will, my son was visiting shortly after we heard, I told him I wanted to use this jelly roll that I had, whose name escapes me at the moment, but when it comes to me I will put it in.  Will found the pattern "Standing Strong" by Shabby Fabrics.   Their pattern comes out to be 58x73.  I added one more row so this comes out to be 60 by 83.   Click here to check out the pattern. We downloaded it and it happened to be sew a jelly roll day and I had just bought a foam core board to use with the Henry the Blue Heron (another post for another day).  So I would use the foam core board to keep the rows in order so I would not have too many of the same fabrics next to each other.  I made the pattern one extra length as Carlos is a pretty tall guy.   I could have sworn I took a photo of that but I can't find it.

Anyway, after I got the top together, I needed to work on the back.   I had some Gamecock fabric left from another project so I put them on the back with a white border so that he would have places for his friends to write scripture on.  Carlos is a USC grad and a huge Gamecock fan.

I took it over to a friend of mines long arm so I could get it quilted quickly, I kind of wish I had done it on my domestic, but hind sight is 20 -20.  Anyway it was done and I sent it off to their home in Dalton, Georgia a little more than a week ago.  I go the sweetest call from Diane and Carlos when they got the box.

Please keep Carlos in your prayers as he fights this cancer.  You can follow his progress on caring bridge.  Here is the link to his page.
Here is a picture of Carlos with his wife Diane and two of his 4 grands, Jude and Olivia.  Please join me in praying for Carlos, Diane and all their family as they fight this disease.

Keep sewing.