Toy Story – a Finished Quilt

 

Just in case you thought I only made t-shirt quilts these days…sometimes I finish up really, really old projects.

Like this one from 2012. It is the simplest of quilts – some border fabric and coordinates, just four patches and pinwheels. And yet it took two years to make the top. {Obviously not consecutively.} Then it took our friends’ new baby boy to finally get it quilted. I have plenty of baby girl quilts for fast gifts, but people insist on not choosing their babies’ genders based on this information.

I busted out my best Quilt Kisses impression and quilted each row differently. Some better than others – I like the pinwheels a lot, but my wishbones are…not quite right. But hey – it’s practice and it’s NOT LOOPS. {Okay, some of them are basically loops. But not all over loops!}

I like this row because the loops are in the fabric, too. And my orange peels are far from perfect, but I really love doing them.

In shocking news, CC continues to be a brat.

The backing is minky from Joann’s, and I adore the pattern. Just the right colors, and the quilting is barely noticeable. {You know, in case I screwed it up!}

The binding is the same yellow dot from this t-shirt quilt. It’s always nice to nearly use something up before it heads to the scrap bin! And yes, I know, I’m going to fill out the label. I promise.

This goes to the new brother of this quilt, born almost exactly the same day two years later. That’s some decent family planning!

36×42″

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WiP – March

 

Apparently, March is what happens when the weather is still too nasty to have outside fun time, but nice enough that there’s no snow days {still had a snow storm, of course.} I was stuck inside a lot and I got.stuff.done.

To be fair, a few things were done and/or mostly done in February. Like these four t-shirt quilts – one was done at the end of last month, but not blogged. Two were nearly done. {I think I quilted them on March 1?} So only one was really made in March.

Memoirs of an Undergrad / A Million Steps / Nevertheless She Persisted / Bloomsday #1

And in the mini-finishes – all of these were tops before March, and the stars were already quilted. So not hard to finish these up, either.

Flying Geese Mini 2 / Shivaun Place Pillow – my OMG Goal / Star Pillows

But then, on the other hand, I got a lot of other stuff in motion. Toy Story was quilted and bound and now I just need to do the clean up. My Flower mini using leftover pieces is ready to be quilted. I sorted my flannel scraps and pieced a strip quilt using backing pieces – it’s basted and ready to be quilted.

Inspired by Instagram, I pulled out two charm packs and finally made the cracker block quilt I’ve been meaning to do for years. I added sashing and…yeah, it’s a finished top already.

Oh, yeah, and I forgot to take pictures, but I cleaned up all the blocks for my sister’s wedding quilt, and started to plan out what I need to finish it. Mainly, um, for my mother and myself to write on our blocks.

Oh, and there was my BOMs and my next t-shirt quilt!

So, yeah, definitely a productive month. And April looks good, too, as I’m quilting right now. {Well, I don’t actually know when you’re reading this. So maybe.} Another t-shirt quilt and, finally, California Girl Hourglass!

Just, you know, don’t ask how much housework I did in March.

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BOMs Away – Floating Stars

 

I wrapped up my last Quilts of Valor leader/ender about a month ago {slowly hand binding it now!} So it was time to break out a new l/e and stick it in my last BOMs Away slot. I figured it would take a while to build up a stash of these, but it’s going much faster than expected.

I’m part way through the next red one, and I cut out the last four blocks so they’re ready to keep moving forward. There’s not that much cutting, actually. My local QOV chair gave me a “kit” with a stack of 6″ flag background and told me to have fun. I decided on the floating stars because, well, it uses lots of the background squares!

I’m using 3.25″ squares for the star points. And I’m using those big flag prints that don’t work as small scraps! And of course I’m saving the bonus HSTs…sigh. No, really, I’m going to do something with those. I swear I won’t end this BOMs Away project with those suckers in a bag somewhere!

They’re 17″ unfinished, which makes sashing a little more interesting. I was going to go with 6″ scrappy, but now that they’re on the wall, I’m thinking skinnier is better. Maybe 3×6″ rectangles? Anyway, I have about a month to go before I need to worry about that.

So how’s everyone else doing making those parts into blocks and blocks into quilts?

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Star Pillows – a Mini Finish

 

Well, you know how I have a massive amount of unfinished projects just sitting around? Including a whole box just of minis and leftovers from other projects? Turns out, some of them barely needed any work. Like, at all.

Say, for example, these pillows. Leftover blocks from my Fat Quarter Stars sampler, which I last worked on in October 2014. {Ugh. On the plus side, everything else in that post is now finished.} They were quilted a looooooong time ago – probably 2014, too. Look, one of them is even custom quilted! At this point, I don’t even remember why I kicked them out of the sampler…poor things.

{Check out the matched pattern on the blue one! #winning}

I pulled out my box o’ Stars and found two matching chunks of fabric for backings. Whipped together some nice envelope backs, serged the edges, and there we go – two finished pillows. It literally took me longer to order ribbon tags on Etsy to put on said pillows. Which I will NOT delay in doing so once they arrive. Hold me to that, folks.

And considering the actual quilt only needs the last round of borders, maybe it’s time to finish that one up, too…

In further adventures of either ‘CC is a jerkface’ or ‘CC thinks she’s a model’… Every time I put down the board!

Fabric is Minick & Simpson’s Charlevoix…long out of print, of course. They’re about 12″ square. Or approximately one half CC-size.

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Memoirs of an Undergrad – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

 

I know – lots of t-shirt quilt finishes lately! But the cold, dreary weather keeps me inside, working hard. And this one wasn’t too many shirts, with only a little bit of “extra work” adding a 3-D pocket to the green shirt on the left, so it went fast.

Although I’m pretty sure as a former Oklahoma resident, and a soon-to-be-returning Oklahoma resident {<—that’s a hint, right there!} I’m supposed to hate Texas Tech. Oh well. I did the t-shirt quilt for her mother a few years ago, so it was wonderful to have a repeat customer.

Look, no snow! Instead, we have wind. I know, I’m never satisfied…but really, we’ve had sucky weather of some sort for a really long time now. I’m more than ready for spring. Like, any time now, sunshine.

Look, I do fill out labels! And immediately after I took this picture, it started raining.

The flannel is a black plaid, the binding is black Kona. Easy enough! Quilting is loops, in pearl grey Superior thread.

70″ square

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BOMs Away – Eternal Bloom #3

 

It is a good thing I committed to this linky party thing, because I would not have gone back to Eternal Bloom after last month. At least not for a little while! But I had a commitment, so I dug through my pile and found the lowest numbered packet – number two. I don’t know if I’m missing number one, or if it’s the center block that I haven’t tackled yet. Something to worry about in a few months!

Anyway, so these lovely little tulips are done, and not quite as big of an ordeal as last month’s pansies. However… I’m aware that this is a stitch-and-flip project, and I don’t mind little bits off the edges here and there. This block, though, has way more than little bits to cut off.

This is the corner block in action. I pieced the entire block on the top left, just to slap two bigger-than-3″ black squares on the corners and slice off all that work. And then again on the bottom with the stem! And I would normally double-stitch the squares and save the extra HST, but look at those things on the bottom left! Even I can’t make that into a decent block!

These are all the cutoffs from this one 18″ block! Several of these could have planned way better – even things that could be plain old HSTs are done as stitch-and-flip. I need to do a better job reading the patterns and finding those…but really, that’s not why I buy patterns! {Don’t even get me started on the lack of pressing instructions!!}

Anyway, it’s done for another month, and maybe next month I’ll find the perfect combination of easy-to-piece and not-terribly-wasteful. I hope everyone else’s BOMs are going better!

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Pink Flying Geese #2 – a Mini Finish

 

Yes, you’ve seen this before. And pretty recently, too! I made a flying geese mini quilt for my pink swap partner on Instagram, and while I was cutting out hers, I cut out my own as well. And then I actually got it together in a timely fashion! I know, I’m amazed, too. But I’m also determined to clear out the bin of mini projects, because it’s nice to have a fast finish. And nice just to not have as many projects laying around.

It’s almost exactly the same, except a different Tula Pink binding. I debated a different quilting scheme, but nothing else seemed right, so I went with what I knew worked. It’s based on this design, with instructions to do it “my way” on my previous post.

I’m trying to take better pictures, with a better background and being mindful of my light and shadows. However, CC doesn’t care much.

The grey background is Hawthorne Threads’ in-house arrows collection. I don’t know what the aqua is – not quite enough selvage on my scrap piece. The pinks are Lizzy House butterflies, Sandy Gervais leftover charm, unknown polka dots, Lizzy House pearl bracelets, Heather Ross Mendocino, unknown chevron.

It’s 15″ square and ready to go up on my wall!

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Nevertheless She Persisted – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

 

Sometimes, you hear a quote and think, “that’s going to be a t-shirt quilt name before long.” And boy was I right on this one!

It’s a good name for a running shirt quilt, I think. Lots of persistence represented here! Also, lots of Disney. I’m so jealous of people who live near the parks! {Actually, I’m just jealous of anyone who lives in Southern California, because – hey look! Snow!}

Quilting is loops and flowers, but using a light yellow thread instead of my usual light grey. And yes, there’s a hidden Mickey, of which I forgot to take a picture. And yes, that shirt was set on point in the original shirt, and I always want to straighten it! {Lisa had it, too.}

The reason for the yellow on the front was to match the awesome back! She said she wanted her Half Fanatic number as the backing, and it was pretty easy to throw together. And HUGE – 6-20″ letters!

It’s slightly more centered than the fence picture implies.

The binding is the same blue as the letters, making an amazing frame for the back and a pretty great one for the front, too.

blue dotsyellow dots

70″ square

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BOMs Away! – Celtic Solstice

 

Now that Lyn is back to posting {yay!}, she suggested we both post the linky each Monday. Which is great – you can link and view on either blog – except I don’t really have another BOM…and goodness knows, I shouldn’t be starting something new…

But that reminded me that my Celtic Solstice is currently taking up three boxes in the WiP-ville, between the uncut fabric, the cut pieces, and the finished blocks. It’s the Bonnie Hunter Mystery from 2014, and I’m doing it in yardage, not scraps. I adore the fabric…but I also got terribly bored making eighteen thousand four patches that are all.exactly.the.same. So, BOM seems like a good way to tackle this one. {Added bonus – putting off Eternal Bloom for another week!}

So I put the blocks up on the design wall to see how far I had gotten.

…wow, eleven blocks. Um.

And then, after spending the day measuring things, taking notes, making some flying geese, and assembling most of the loose parts, I was up to…

…fifteen blocks. Man, no wonder I gave up on this. But now I have a plan, and with a little math between now and next month, I can figure out how many blocks I need overall. Then this may become a top a little faster than never! But still a little slower, because I am definitely glad to pack it back into the boxes this morning and work on something other than endless flying geese.

And if you’re scratching your head after looking at Bonnie’s pattern, yes, I swapped the pinwheels in the middle for a solid block on purpose. And apparently I flipped the chevron units to make it a star. I don’t actually remember doing that…but I’m sticking with it now!

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A Million Steps – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

 

An appropriate name for a t-shirt quilt, don’t you think? I did a tiny bit of research and the average-ish number of steps in a marathon is 50,000. So one million steps is only 20 marathons. {Only!!} I’d say this group of t-shirt definitely represents at least that!

These are mostly from the New York / New Jersey / Philly area, which is where I grew up. But I haven’t done any of my fifty states over there yet, so I’m always looking at shirts for good designs. {Because running races is allllll about the shirts and medals, you know?}

She’s a Half Fanatic, Marathon Maniac, and Double Agent {member of both.} And this was my first time working with shirts that someone else made {the sparkly HF/MM/DA and the Rebecca 26.2} – they stick very well.

I quilted it in loops and flowers, and a hidden Mickey in one of the Disney shirts. I forgot to take a picture of that because it was very cold. And snowing. Ugh. I’m so over winter.

See? Way too much snow. The backing is “just” a Joann’s flannel, but it was mostly out of stock everywhere. I was about to send my mother, my friend in Florida, and the customer on a mission to each get a couple yards, when the customer found it on Etsy. Whew! She was perfectly okay with waiting to get the backing she wanted, so I ordered it and we waited! {The Etsy shop had very fast shipping, actually. It was delayed – big surprise – by the post office.}

I loooooooooove the binding. I pulled out a bunch of my dark blues, but nothing looked right. So I went off to Joann’s, bought two more {because I can always absorb dark blue into my QOV stash} and she picked this one. It has just the right hints of red, pink, and aqua to blend with the front and the back.

80″ square

{And fully dried before it was sent off!}

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