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August 7, 2018
Three Memorial Quilts from our Longarm Renters from Quilted Joy

Some of us are hoarders. We like to keep things that have long past their usefulness. But how do you throw away something that reminds you of happy times? How do you throw away something you’ve held onto for decades? Some of us just can’t do it. But then the question is what do we do with it? T-shirts, clothes, anything made of fabric can be transformed into a useful item. There are many different ways to make a memorial quilt. Our longarm machine renters quilted these three examples of unique memorial quilts.

Vintage quilt made with scraps of clothing and other materials

Judy quilted this memorial quilt ...

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July 12, 2018
Joanne’s Harley Davidson T-shirt Quilt from Quilted Joy

Can you imagine having the opportunity of traveling the world? What souvenir would you buy to commemorate each of those destinations? Some buy snow globes, or magnets, or postcards. One gentleman bought Harley Davidson t-shirts. In total, he collected over fifty of these shirts but lacked any way of displaying them. That is where Joanne came in. She is a very generous woman and volunteered to make him not one, but several (she had 50+ shirts to use) quilts to show off his impressive collection. This is but one a half dozen or so quilts that she has brought to ...

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June 25, 2018
Three Quilts for Three Musketeers from Sew Preeti Quilts

The assignment was simple - Make a quilt from old baby clothes.
The tricky part - Not one, not two, but three quilts.

Getting the fabric ready for a t-shirt (or onesie) quilt is a slow, labored process.
The painful (for me) part of the whole process is cutting up perfectly nice and cute baby clothes.  It generates a lot of trash - seams, buttons, zippers and oddly shaped fabric slivers.

Aligning fabric pieces on SF101

The tedious part - interfacing each piece of salvaged fabric.  This is slow, because I cannot hurriedly iron over it. Holding the iron down in each section for ...

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June 9, 2018
T-Shirt Quilt - The Rest of the Story from Sew........This Is My Blog

In the last update in this post Josh's T-Shirt quilt was ready to deliver to my long-arm-quilter friend, Shirley Jackson.   We chose a pantograph, selected a thread, and she got to work.

Getting regular photo updates from her was fun.

After watching the progress I was pretty excited to open the box when it came in the mail.

My friend, Denise was kind enough to make a label for me.

Next up was binding - my favorite part!


Then, it was time to deliver it.  Actually, that is my favorite part.

Oh, wait!  That smile.  That is my favorite ...

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May 12, 2018
Our Renters Make Fabulous Quilts with Simple Blocks! from Quilted Joy

Intricate complicated piecing designs are amazing to look at. These are the show stoppers that demand attention at competitions or hanging on your living room wall. But not every quilt needs to be ornate. A lot of times, we just want a warm quilt to curl up in on a cold winter’s evening. The following quilts are simple, but fabulous!

Nancy made this fun block quilt with snowmen prints. I like the diagonal line that she created by placing her blocks in the same order for every row shifting by one.

Nancy quilted this sweet and simple quilt with adorable snowman fabrics!

She quilted this free hand edge to edge ...

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April 24, 2018
Memory quilt and pillow for a friend from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

The mother of one of my friends passed away a little over a year ago.

While she was not able to get many pieces of clothing from her stepfather she was able to get a couple of the favorite shirts that her mother would wear.

She asked me to try to make something that she could use on the couch as a memory.

Here is what I was able to come up with:

Here is another picture of it.  There are 9 squares from the shirts; the rest of the pieces are fabrics from my stash.

I am hoping that ...

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April 16, 2018
Goal Met - T-Shirt Quilt Update from Sew........This Is My Blog

It took a while, but I met my February goal.  The t-shirts are officially a flimsie, and it's ready to be basted and quilted.  

I'm pretty excited about this one.  I really laid out a challenge for myself when I decided to be creative with it.  I was able to incorporate all the elements I had hoped to.  I was able to use the fabric from Hawaiian shirts Josh's Gramma Lopez had made for him .....

..... and Grampa Lopez's sweatshirt from Josh's University.

I used several t-shirt necklines .....

..... some mildew stained, raggedy sleeve edges .....

..... even a ...

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April 13, 2018
Star, I'm Thinking - Part 2 from Ravelly1

I've added a row at the top and bottom of the body of the quilt to lend some length and that's that!!!

Now to get to work on the backing which sometimes takes longer to do than the top.....sigh
I'm using a couple of the t-shirts provided and the rest of the HSTs.

Finally done with the backing. Yeah!!! 
Now I'll need to quilt everything and present it to her.........I'm going to buckle down and get this done. You've heard it here!!

This is my own design that I sketched out a ...

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April 4, 2018
April Goals and Whatnot from Sew........This Is My Blog

I may have bitten off more than I can chew.  That is to say, "I may have set more goals than I can accomplish." Actually, so far this year of the 6 goals I set I'm only behind by one, and I'm making great progress with that one.  Josh's T-Shirt quilt top (which was my February 6 & 6 in 2018 goal) is almost finished.  I had to order more fusible interfacing in order to prep the last two shirts that need to be added.  In the mean time, here's a little preview.

But, I digress.  My ...

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April 3, 2018
Make-a-List Monday - Moving Right Along! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  We did - lots of fun with the kiddos, as we not only did the Easter basket thing, we celebrated Emmy's sixth birthday (which is actually tomorrow, but we had the whole family together already!)  It's hard to believe that little girl is already six, but it's a lot of fun watching her grow up!

It was a super busy week, pulling together Easter baskets and birthday gifts, and taking the dogs to the vet for their annual shots - but I did manage to make a good dent ...

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March 13, 2018
A Scrappy WIP, A UFO, A Commision, and a New Machine! from Quilting Studio Adventures

  I started these cross-ish blocks 6 years ago and am finally figuring out what to do with them.  Looking at this picture, it doesn't look like much, does it? But look at the next picture - there's handwork which isn't quite showing up on the big picture.  The outer 14 blocks may need more stitches for texture, but meanwhile I'll work on the big circles in the middle, and see what develops.  The back of these blocks and the batting - all wool - are leftovers from other projects.  And the texture and weight of the quilt will be ...

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T-Shirt Quilt Update from Sew........This Is My Blog

The farther along I get on this T-Shirt quilt the more I want to work on it.  I spent the entire day in my sewing room last Friday getting this far, and boy did I have fun!  (And, boy did Hubby like coming home to a happy wife!)

The first three columns are put together, and I am loving it.

I haven't been taking enough photos along the way.  I must be "in the zone" when I'm working on it.  So, I just took some close-ups instead.  Josh has some pretty cool shirts.   

And then, right up there ...

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March 6, 2018
Hawaiian Shirts and a Stash Report from Sew........This Is My Blog

Josh's box of T-shirts had two Hawaiian shirts his grandmother had made for him, and I really wanted to use them in his quilt because they're pretty special.  Originally, I wanted to figure out a way to use the actual shirt fronts, but it just wasn't going to work without taking up too much space.   I didn't have any room to spare because I was already using 25 shirts, and for 10 of those I need to use both the fronts and the backs.  

Thinking it would be easier to use the fabric from the shirts ...

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March 4, 2018
So About Those T-Shirt Necklines from Sew........This Is My Blog

The last time I updated you on the T-Shirt quilt progress  I was wanting to incorporate some of the shirt necklines into the quilt.  I decided to try several different methods.  I didn't need to.  I just wanted to.  Actually, it was because I didn't really know what I was doing.

On the first shirt I pinned the neckline to another piece of T-shirt fabric and hand stitched it down along the curves then trimmed it.  I used a lighter color for the inset so it would show up.  I mean, if you couldn't really see it ...

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February 21, 2018
A Quilt Fit for a Soccer Star from Quilted Joy

What’s the perfect gift for a soccer star who has it all? A T-shirt quilt made with their jerseys of course!

Sue asked me to quilt this awesome soccer jersey quilt! I was so impressed with the way she played with the sashing and cornerstones, and how she cut some of the jerseys in really surprising ways.

What do you think of Sue’s Soccer Jersey quilt? I love the black and white sashing and cornerstones. The nine-patch blocks remind me of the pattern on a traditional soccer ball. Isn’t that clever?

Sue asked me to quilt this awesome soccer jersey quilt! I was so impressed with the way she played with the sashing and cornerstones, and how she cut some of the jerseys in really surprising ways.

At first glance, all of the jerseys look very uniform. Sue has each shirt cut to the same size blocks. But as I quilted this with a simple wide open meander, I realized some of the jerseys are cut slightly different.

Sue asked me to quilt this awesome soccer jersey quilt! I was so impressed with the way she played with the sashing and cornerstones, and how she cut some of the jerseys in really surprising ways.

This ...

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February 20, 2018
T-Shirt Time from Sew........This Is My Blog

My February goal is to have all of Josh's T-shirts sewn into a quilt top. I've been working on prepping the shirts for a while, and I've been doing lots and lots of pondering.  I'm always a little nervous approaching something I haven't done before so I usually end up overthinking it.   The first thing I did was watch this You Tube video by Rob Appell from Man Sewing. After that the huge stack of shirts in my first post about this project turned into a small stack after they were deconstructed and trimmed.

Being ...

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February 18, 2018
A Little Bit of Sunshine...... from Ravelly1

Look what happens when the sun comes out!
I've got a bit of my Mojo back....Yay! One of my girlfriends asked me to make her a throw from her old t-shirts a few months ago. At the time I was very busy with the play and now that the performance is over......I could "think" about starting but with the drab weather, I was having a large dose of the doldrums! Just yesterday the sun came out and my spirits rose to peak levels and off I went to my sewing room.  All I need to do now ...

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February 7, 2018
I May Have A Scrap Problem...But I'm Working On It! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

have to say, my February Scrap Attack goal has really got my cutting mojo going!   I spent the last week cutting up scraps all the time, it seems.  

I got started with this bag, which contained a lot of the remains from some of the last few t-shirt quilts I've made...

...and started cutting the largest pieces I could from the remains.  I used either my 20" wide template or my 15" wide template, and cut either full or partial squares, depending on the size of the t-shirt.  Most of my blocks ended up being 15 ...

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February 6, 2018
Rock Legends Cruise T-shirt Quilts {3 Cruises - 3 Quilts - 3 Finishes} from Little Pink Rose Quilting & Sewing

As I prepared to write this post on my latest finish, a T-shirt Quilt for Native American Heritage Association's Rock Legends Cruise, I realized I had failed to share the quilts from the previous two cruises.

After the whirlwind finish of two quilts at the beginning of 2015 the Association contacted me about the possibility of making another quilt for the 2016 cruise (Rock Legends Cruise IV), of course my answer was yes. I had enjoyed making the first two so much and it was for such a great cause I couldn't say no. Click HERE for info ...

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Make-A-List Monday - Victories! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome to Monday!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and have recovered from either your Super Bowl Sunday, or your crying jag after This Is Us!  Both were nail biters, for sure - but I think that ball game was the most fun I've had in a long time.  I did spend some time Sunday afternoon cutting up scraps (always a fun project on Super Bowl Sunday!)  But now, let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Quilt the second t-shirt quilt.
Done!  Both quilts are finished and will be delivered tomorrow!

2.  Make a ...

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