Thursday, February 20, 2020

Pin It Weekly (sometimes) #306

Hahaha, how do you like that honest title? First there was that depressive episode, then Rich and I took my sister to Houston to a doctor's appointment, and now we have what must be the flu. I'm not sure. But before you ask--yes, we both got the flu shots this year. Have you? Let's Pinterest, shall we? We'll start with A Touch of Hippy, who has only one board, called "boho" which is full of the cutest ideas. 

Here's Emily Taylor. I don't know if she follows Fleur de Lis Quilts, but I do follow her. Here are a few reasons why:

Products – Collage Quilter

Vintage log cabin blocks made with fabric scraps

You know someone willing to use up fabric scraps is a girl I'm gonna like! Last one is BuzzinBumble

Flowers and herbs embroidery hoop art gift for her / Floral | Etsy

Red & White Quilt "Walk This Way" by Carrie Nelson, Quilted by Carrie Straka -

All The Pretty Colors Quilt Kit

I Fell in Love with Zippers in 2015 + a Giveaway! | Jaybird Quilts

Have a great weekend. Here's praying you don't have the flu (or whatever this crud is).

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Tee Shirts

I've had several friends ask me about the tee shirt quilts that I've made. That got me thinking about layouts, so I thought I'd share a few with you. This first one is probably the easiest one to use because you can cut all the tees the same size.
Cara's T-shirt quilt.

24 super ideas for t-shirt quilt layout ideas

KeepsakeSewing: T-shirt Quilt - I Arted Shirt - Ideas of I Arted Shirt #artedshirts - KeepsakeSewing: T-shirt Quilt

Tshirt quilt tutorials!!! I started mine (Mizzou, too, how funny!) a long time ago, but was only going to sew shirt squares together... I'm SO glad I kept my scraps, because this one looks SO much cooler!! I can't wait to get working on it! :D

21 Ideas T-shirt Quilt Ideas Layout Squares #tshirt

tshirt quilt idea - never seen one on the diagonal like this. Much better!.

Jersey t-shirt quilts made from 9 to 49 tees. Memory T shirt

49+ Ideas T-shirt Quilt Layout Design For 2019

has some info on working with irregular shapes

As you can see, making a tee-shirt can be quite creative. If the goal is to get as many tees as possible into the quilt, this last one is a good way to go--cut the designs as small as you can and play with placement to get everything to fit. It's difficult until you get the hang of it. I like to work in chunks and keep a few designs out that I can use as fillers. (I don't cut them until I see what size I'll need.)

24 super ideas for t-shirt quilt layout ideasSome people create a grid before cutting. If you decide to use this sort of aide, remember to add the seam allowance when cutting and know that you can't deviate from the plan, so measure your shirt designs carefully. 

And finally, while you're cutting out designs, keep in mind that it's possible to use any design on a shirt. Pockets, logos, appliques and embroidery can be used in the small areas. To get to a sleeve design, simply cut the sleeve off the shirt and cut seams open from wrist to armpit. You'll be able to lay the sleeve flat. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Of pills, blood pressure and bags

I have sisters. Lots of sisters. Seven, as a matter of fact. 

We all grew up in very close proximity: three bedrooms and one bathroom--for a family of 10. 

Nothing special, all utilitarian.

There are no brothers. That seems to make us unusual: eight girls and no boys. If I had a nickel for every time...

The orange paper is the size
of a medical card or ID.
We are all adults now. Growing old together, it turns out. Most of us are grandmothers. I said just a couple of days ago that it was wonderful to grow up with many sisters close in age, because we always had friends. But as we grow older, we realize that we are experiencing aches and pains at about the same rate. Hmm, I hope we take care of each other like we did when we played together. 

Lots of space for pill bottles

Our families call us "the sisters." And they aren't always being nice about it.  "The sisters" text each other.  "The sisters" have secrets.  "The sisters." It's almost as though we're an anomaly or a rock band. 

Anyway, two of the sisters are experiencing medical issues. One is taking quite a bit of medicine and must carry a blood pressure cuff. Hence these two small bags. The smaller one for her cuff; the larger one for her meds. If there aren't many medicines, the cuff bag can fit into the larger bag. Convenient, no? Do you think they'll work? I didn't take time to quilt them, because hopefully, these are a temporary necessity. I'll be happier when she doesn't need them.

On Friday I brought her a small sampler quilt that I made years ago to cheer her up a bit. It fits nicely in their living room decor, so if it gets tossed on the sofa, it may look like a planned thing. Before we left I held it up to get a picture since I lost the ones I'd taken before.  Can you tell that I'm not tall enough to do this? My arms don't reach to the edges and I was stretched with all I had. There has to be a better way of taking quilt pictures on the fly. Do you see the house in the background? Won't this work?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday Quilt Inspiration

 How about some spiritual inspiration? I found these and pinned them to my "graphic sign decor emblem words inspiration" board. Note: you will not find any derogatory, crude, or foul language on any of my boards, including this one. What is inappropriate in my Godly life, I do not allow in my life.

               AA Serenity Prayer Inspirational SIGN by WeHaveAGreatNotion

This is a wood pallet sign that measures either 16 x 16 or 24 x 24. The background is painted White. Wording is Black.  I will handpaint, sand for a distressed/shabby chic/vintage look and seal the piece.  The back is left unfinished and comes ready to hang with sawtooth hanger.  When you place your order, be sure to specify: *Names (if desired) *Date (if desired)  Thanks so much for looking & I hope to be able to make this special piece for you

Large Wood Sign - A House is made of Bricks and Beams, A Home is made of Love and Dreams - Subway Sign

FAITH Sign/It Does Not Make Things Easy/It by TheGingerbreadShoppe, $24.95

AND I THINK TO MYSELF WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Sign Size: 25 x 10 (may vary by up to 1/2) Background: Antique White Lettering: Charcoal Gray Frame: Farmhouse Walnut Back: unfinished wood Turnaround Time: Please See Shop Announcement This is a 100% hand painted and distressed

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Cotton Quilters' Guild - February 2020

Welcome to the February meeting! We have lots going on. I have no idea how Maggie managed to get all this into one meeting. It was definitely fun! We started off by taking care of the business end of things but soon moved on to our January challenge. Each member got to choose a magazine from a couple of stacks that were passed around. Then we were told to turn to page 44. I'm calling it the Page 44 Challenge. Just because, there doesn't seem to be another title. On page 44 we were to find something that could be rendered into a block. (Turn the page if you have absolutely nothing.) I am not participating as I ended up with a mag that didn't spark my interest. I'm a little ashamed but I'll try to contain my regret. Time is too short, don't you think?

 These are the pictures I was able to get. 

Two of our members are participating in block of the month challenges. Irma is on the left and Pam to the right. They caught us up on their progress. 

Our February BOM is the busy bee block. 
And here is something that we're trying in an effort to get some of those UFOs out of the closet and finished. Members were to bring an unfinished project to the meeting, show it, and tell the rest of us what she challenged herself to do. I, for example, brought in the the Sherry Lynn Wood pieces that I wrote about here, explained what it was, and told them my challenge to myself is to return with a completed top. It's possible that some people will get farther than their challenges (I could have a completed quilt) but we encouraged each other to make the challenges possible goals. 

Of course, we had a learning presentation. Irma showed everyone how to make the fat quarter bag, which holds two regular-sized quilts. It uses six fat quarters, two yards of coordinating fabric and heavy elastic. I really want to make one, but where I'll find the time, I don't know.

And we moved on to Show and Share. Some of these may be tops that people brought in for the UFO Completion Challenge. So you may see them again. Can you tell which ones are quilted and bound?