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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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February 4, 2018
6 & 6 Report for January from Sew........This Is My Blog

It's the end of the first month of the 6 & 6 in 2018 Challenge.  This year I'll set a goal in odd numbered months to work on a new project, and in even numbered months to I'll set a goal to work on an old project or UFO. In this post I shared my January goal - to make a baby quilt from a Zen Chic jelly roll.  It took less than two weeks to sew, baste, and have it ready to quilt. 

I'm hand-quilting this one so I've been working on it in the evenings ...

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February 2, 2018
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Great Workspace... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Friday is here once again - and that means it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


I did finish up a few things this week...

First up was this bright little quilt for a 2-year old boy with cystic fibrosis.  It was VERY windy, as you can see in the pictures above - I managed to get pictures of the flimsy (sort of) but didn't get any of the finished quilt before I delivered it!  Oops....

I also finished the two t-shirt quilts!  

But my favorite finish of the past ...

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January 31, 2018
Caterpillars, T-Shirts, and Purses from Quilting Studio Adventures

 My sister (yes, the sister who made me pick my funeral song when I was so sick two and a half years ago), has small grandchildren who love the Hungry Caterpillar.  So Paula bought fabric and gave it to me.  Above is a queen-sized quilt (107" x 112") - it's finished.  So is the crib quilt just to the left (30" x 42").  Still in process are two small wall hangings below.  Both will be bound with that wonderful green fabric.  Since I think Paula might have a career as a photo stylist, I'll be happy to show her ...

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January 30, 2018
Make-A-List Monday - A Good Week! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I had such a great week last week!  The stars aligned and I got so much accomplished - so let's see exactly what happened...

1.  Finish the second t-shirt quilt top.
Done!  Here are both of them (since I don't remember which one I finished first!)

2.  Quilt the second Scrumptious Scraps top.
Done!  You can see a teaser in the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along button in the right sidebar...

3.  Piece the third Scrumptious Scraps top.
Done!  I really love this top - it was a collaborative effort! (This is just a teaser...)

4.  Quilt at least one ...

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January 26, 2018
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Pair of Quilt Tops... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's hard to believe, but Friday has rolled around again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  I honestly don't know where this week went, but I've been doing a lot of sewing - some I can share now, some that will have to wait for a little while.  So let's get started!


I have had the joy and pleasure of making a pair of t-shirt memory quilts for a customer this week.  Her sister died recently and she wanted to use her t-shirts to recall the ...

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December 29, 2017
Three Ways to Go from Quilted Joy

There is never just one way to do something right, especially with artistic endeavors. Multiple choices should be seen as multiple opportunities to try something new. With longarm quilting there are so many choices to be made like thread, color, density, and design. In fact, our renters have three different ways to quilt their quilts.

Judy quilted her super cute Arrow quilt with a meander design board.

They can use a design board. These are hard boards with the path cut into them so you can maneuver the machine with a stylus. It allows for precision, though it can take a little longer. Judy chose the design borads for both of her ...

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December 8, 2017
T-Shirt Quilt Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

We have had a rainy week (now snowing), so I only have inside pictures of an already darker quilt.  A high school graduation gift - my first T-Shirt quilt.  I made a couple of practice blocks with old glad I did.  To those who make the T-Shirt Quilts for a living-- bless you!   

Loaded on the long arm and basted the whole quilt first, then went back and quilted in a circular pattern. it is fresh off the long arm frame.  I am hoping for a picture (outside) when presented to my great nephew.

Linking up with ...

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November 10, 2017
A Travel Agent's T-Shirt Quilt from Quilting Studio Adventures

 Judy is a travel agent who has been collecting t-shirst for quite a while.  Several years ago she talked about wanting a t-shirt quilt.  Last year she sent me an e-mail, just checking in.  This fall her emails took on a serious tone - I could tell she was committed.  She came to the studio with all her t-shirts and a good friend and began to make some basic decisions.  And the above is the result of our collaboration.  The quilt grew bigger and bigger - it is 90" x 108" - and my favorite longarmers, Terri and Frank, did the quilting, quite ...

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October 24, 2017
Make-A-List Monday - Winter Is Coming! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, fall has "done fell" here in Middle Tennessee!  We had some vicious winds, rain, and cooler weather today - I actually jumped out of my skin when a large branch came down on the roof and made a heck of a racket as it proceeded to the ground.  When I walked outside I realized that it really was fall - it smells different, have you noticed?  And that reminded me that winter (and Christmas) is just around the corner!  Time to get busy!

Here's how last week went....

1.  Finish the t-shirt quilt and deliver.
Done!  It turned ...

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October 20, 2017
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Paying Work Rocks! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

This week has just flown by, and it's finally Friday!  And that means it's time to get our whoop whoop on - are you ready?  I know I am!  Let's get started!


I am happy to say that I finished this commission T-shirt quilt!  And just ahead of the deadline - SCORE!

Slowly but surely, these puzzle-style quilts are getting easier.  This one actually laid flat the first time I put it together!   And I didn't rip out any hair trying to do the quilt math....  That's a win in my book!

The front...

I ...

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