marking a loaded quilt

I’m still here!  My friend asked if I could make a larger sized quilt so I’m knee deep in block 20-something of 121 total blocks.  It may be toward the end of the summer before I’m finished with this quilt.  I don’t think she has a timeline for receiving it though; if she has, she’s…

Deconstructing a dress shirt

I had a comment yesterday about making a quilt out of men’s shirts so I thought I’d just make a post about it.  In my case, I’m trying to maximize the number of squares I can cut out of each shirt since I have a finite number of shirts available.  There are other blogs that…

feathered heart

I’m nearly finished cutting squares out of shirts and am starting to make the first practice block so I can get an idea of how it’s going to look.  There are 2 alternating blocks for a triple Irish quilt (or any Irish quilt for that matter).  Separately, they don’t look like much but the magic…

cheap ironing table

I feel like I’m the last person on the face of the earth who uses a standard ironing board for quilting.  Until this week, I was having a hard time justifying a reason to replace it. After all, it’s definitely still functional – I just have to move the fabric frequently.  And most of the…

Feathers – complete!

Another crazy week in our house.  We found a crack in the shower in our bathroom and the short answer is that the best thing to do is to replace it.  We didn’t even get one with all the bells and whistles but home improvement is never cheap.  It will be 8-10 weeks before they’re…

still plugging along

I’ve learned a really important lesson from this particular quilting project.  Do not quilt a vertical  pattern on a quilt that needs to be continuous.  I suppose I could’ve done a series of feathers inside each section but since I started off working on one of the horizontal rows I didn’t think this through like…

feathers everywhere

I should start off with a non-quilted story.  We changed insurance a few weeks ago and – wow! That was not a seamless transition.  With exactly 0 days of medication left for our son, I got the call this morning that everything was set up.  I made phone calls to the doctor and the pharmacy,…

Every Direction

So here’s the scoop. That block layout from yesterday was the entire quilt – aka mini (12″ quilt).  The other day I saw that Amy Ellis was starting a new venture called Curated Quilts and the challenge was put forth to make a mini quilt, 10-16″ square, using specific colors from their palette.  I had…

Audience participation!

Here’s what I’ve been working on!  I have one of these layouts in mind but I started thinking…why not get input from other people?  The options are as follows.  If you don’t have an opinion, no worries but it won’t get counted in the tally…since one of these will be chosen.  Yes, there are 2…

sneak peak

I like to road test the quilt top before quilting, just to make sure that it is the size I think it’s going to end up.  Thank goodness this one fits on the queen bed in our daughter’s bedroom.  I loaded the quilt bottom and batting before I ran out of time for the day. …

Labyrinth top

I finally trimmed the rest of the threads on The Splendid Sampler – or at least as many as I’m going to trim – haha!  I learned something obvious about quilting from this that probably sounds dumb to anyone who’s been quilting for a while.  I’ve always pulled the threads up from the bottom…when I…

birthday quilt

My niece, who’s turning 30 in 2 months, asked me back at Christmas time if I would make her a purple quilt for her birthday.  I’m just about “purpled out” after making 4 quilts in the past 12-15 months where that’s a prominent color, but I was flattered that she asked so I’m making it. …