Wanted to share with you a T Shirt Quilt Kelcie, my niece made. She took her husbands KU football shirts and jerseys and made them into this beautiful quilt. I want you to know that this is her first quilt she has ever made and sewed together. She did all the designing on her own. She figured out all the sizes of the blocks and cut them out. The only thing I showed her was how to cut the T shirt and iron on the stabilizer.
Good job Kelcie!!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The grandsons really liked the old cars and I knew my quilts were a hit with them! He was very excited to receive this quilt from his Grandma.
In one of my other posts I talked about panels. Don't be scared to buy one and use it. It's intimidating at first but you can make some really nice quilts incorporating them into your design.
So keep stitch'in,
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I had seen a tutorial on the "Twister" tool and it fascinated me. If you have a chance and you're on You Tube search for the Twister tool and watch it. See if it made you want to try it! Well anyway, I purchased the Twister tool that fit 5" charms called the "Lil Twister." There is another tool that works with a 6 1/2" square and called the "Midi Twister." A short version of the instructions is you lay out all your squares adding sides, top and bottom borders. Tip: Make sure you have different colors that don't match your border. If you notice on mine (right hand side on bottom row) I have a blue charm pinwheel in a corner and it just blends in with the border. You can make this any size you want but I wanted a doll blanket sizeso that's why I chose the 5" squares. Then you start in the left hand corner and match seams to the black x on the tool and cut. Keep cutting across the top row that you've sewn.
Make sure you line these cut blocks up as you go so you're pinwheels will line up right when you sew
When you cut be sure to save your scraps because there is a smaller twister tool for 2 1/2" squares. You're not really loosing hardly any fabric. I have cut all my 2 1/2" squares from scraps and some day will get them sewed up and use the smaller twister tool to make another very small quilt. So keep watching my blog because one of these days I'll have that mini quilt to show.
Well watch the tutorial, get yourself a twister book and start sewing those squares together! It's additive!!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Saturday I returned to Kessler Kreations quilt shop in Hillsboro, Ks that I’ve been sewing for. If you look back through my blog I had made “Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes” quilt blocks. Now you can have a look at them all sewn together. I really thought it turned out cute. It’s so bright and cheery. What little child wouldn’t like to drool all over it!
Now I’m on her next project and that is “Noah’s Ark” blocks. Made from the same company so be ready they’ll be coming soon.
In the meantime,
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Knowing last year I was going to make each of my grandsons a quilt for Christmas I decided this was going to be one of them. I worked on this one first because it probably would take the most time. I have to say I really liked the finished product because of all the colors. Don't be scared to attempt this kind of quilt. It might look hard but its really not. The worst part was trying to keep the colors straight with what colors to put on the next block.
Give it a try! Until next time,
Keep on stitch,
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Several years ago, well more than several, I made my grandsons a train quilt. I had found a panel at Walmart, which is the center of the quilt, and then went and designed from there. Pulling the colors out of the panel I picked the bright colors such as yellow, red, green and blue. Out of these colors I made a 9 patch to go in each corner of the borders.
I fuzzy cut the rails out so they would run straight. I found this material on a shop hop in a little shop in the country. No town for miles around but they had everything. Couldn’t believe it and I bought a large amount because I figured I’d never find it again. Still have some left and probably should sell it because I don’t think I’ll ever use it again.
I seen one of the quilts about a month ago and they have really worn well. The mother says that’s all they use when they sleep or cold sitting on the couch. Glad they enjoy them.
Again don't be scared to buy a panel and make it your own quilt. It's fun and whoever receives it will love it forever.
Here's to keep a stitchin'
Monday, January 6, 2014
The children each took a turn picking out the color of paint and then rubbing the paint on there hand and laying it on the fabric. When the fabric was dry I heat set it by ironing. I then added sashing between each block and joined the blocks together with another long piece of sashing. Added borders of darker material to finish it off. I used 2 pieces of religious material in this quilt with religious symbols and words of many colors.
The machine quilter set off the hands by quilting around them. Then finished the blocks with a stitch in a ditch.
The preacher and his wife were very excited that something this special was made for them and will cherish it.
To end the blog I'd like to let you read what the children said before they presented the quilt:
Our God has sent you to this place
To lead us in the way
That He would have us work and think
And live from day to day.
We thank you for your ministry.
Your guidance and your care.
His greatest blessings for your life
Is our most humble prayer.
Another child read:
When we thank God for our pastor
We must give Him thanks for two.
For when your husband came to us,
God also sent us you.
A pastor's wife must be many things.
You have many hats to wear,
And we say thanks for all you do
And lift you up in prayer.
Another child read:
With our hands we made this quilt,
We each made a special part,
To show you that you warm our heart
And the friendship that we share.
It was fun to watch the children eyes during the time when Dr. Gary and MiMi were opening the gift.
Well keep on stitchin, until next time,