Zombie Pinup Girl Lap Quilt

I’d seen this really fun fabric in the Halloween fabric section at JoAnn’s.  It has a soft green background and features retro pinup girls with a slight twist…they’re zombies! It was hilarious to me! However, it was also some of the more expensive quilt fabric I’d seen, especially for JoAnn’s.  Well getting close to Halloween, most of that seasonal fabric went on sale, and at 60% off it finally was at a price I didn’t mind paying for it.

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I decided to work in a soft light pink and a bright hot pink as a nod to fun “girly” colors and lipstick shades.  Since all the figures were different sizes and scales, I knew I’d have to do something that allowed for plenty of variation and didn’t rely on straight lines.

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At first, I just focused on the blocks, getting the figure outlined with plenty of space to play around in.  The smaller squares came as a result of the fabric’s price.  It was so pricey that I knew I didn’t want to waste any, so I started cutting out smaller images from the spaces between where I’d cut the original girls: faces, manicured hands, sassy shoes, and a brain burger were all isolated.

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I liked the idea of bold black lines separating all the images.  I was thinking of some of those older shows and how they would have thick black lines around the words or on the poster itself. Something like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

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The result of all that black trim was a retro cinema feel with the smaller pieces actually looking like film strip!

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I went in to this quilt with only a vague idea of what I wanted, and I am so thrilled with how the end result looks.  I love it when a quilt helps design itself and surprises me.

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Hocus Pocus Quilt

I have wanted to make this quilt since last year, so I decided to go for it before finishing up some of my other commissions.

I couldn’t find an outright silhouette or image that I liked, so I free-handed them and then made them bigger with a projector.

I went back and forth a bit with what kind of background I wanted to do, and I ended up going with a crazy quilt style because of the hodgepodge feel of the witches themselves and their outfits.

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I was pretty pleased with the backgrounds over all, but there are some choices with the green fabrics that I wouldn’t include next time. I added a black border and quilted in some rough swirls to mimic the cauldron heat.

One last detail I had fun with the adding a cord to Mary’s vacuum since it played a bit of a role near the end of the film.

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For the backing, I went with a black fabric that featured a simple swirl design.  I felt like it was just perfect for the overall feel of the “magic.”

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I am planning to put this one up on the Shop page in a few minutes.  I will also have it up at the next craft fair or so until it sells.

Eagle Scout Quilt

I’ve been sitting on this one for a bit because it was a surprise. In fact, many of the quilts I’ve been working on have been presents, so I couldn’t post about what I’ve been up to.  Hence another factor in the radio silence from me.  This one was presented tonight, so I am free to write about it.  I am so happy to be present when they’re gifted because that usually isn’t the case.

This quilt features the Riley Blake Modern Scouting line.  The center is an Eagle Scout themed panel, and the fabric in the border is all from that line as well.  I did add a burgundy sashing outside the panel as well as around the border to help tone down all of the busy fabric and badges included. I went with a navy backing to tie it all together.  I’m a fan of darker backings, sashing, and borders as I feel like they help maintain some form of control and order with the other fabrics.

This one had about 75 badges I had to include, ranging in size from 1.5″ to 8″ across. They also ranged from Boy Scout badges all the way to the newest Eagle Scout badge. I used invisible thread to sew the badges down.  It went a bit quicker than I thought it would, to be honest.  I pinned them all in place one afternoon while a friend was over, and then I sewed them all down later that week.

The Eagle Scout received this right at the end of his ceremony.  My little Tiger Scout and I went to see it, and I loved hearing all the stories and seeing how much this young man had accomplished.  I am hoping my son picked up some inspiration along the way, but I’m thinking he was pretty focused on food the last 1/3 of the time.

I truly enjoyed both the ceremony and the project.  It was a nice change of pace from the t-shirt quilts, and my kids and I loved looking at the different badges as I worked with them. I didn’t learn until the ceremony that this was a mere fraction of the badges he possessed.  I could have looked through them all afternoon; they were so neat!

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Hello, I’m still alive – promise!

I realize it’s been since the end of July since I’ve posted.  Of course, that post was about getting ready for pre-planning, so I’m sure you’ve probably picked up on the fact that school started back.  So yes, I’m back in my classroom.  That being said, I made about 16 quilts over the summer and up to now.  Some of them were t-shirt quilts, and others were more creative projects.  I’m still working on others, but I cannot post about them just yet.  Not until they’ve been gifted.  Sometimes, honestly, that’s the hardest part of finishing them – the wait.  So stay tuned for later on this month when I can show you all the one I’m particularly proud of.

I’m also wanting to gear up for a couple of shows in the fall, possibly a new one in December.

Until then, I’m bushed!

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British Monarchs Wall Hanging

My main job is teaching, not quilting, and I love when I can bring my quilting ability into my classroom.  I teach British literature, and often my students get lost in the 2,000 or so years of timeline.  Years ago I made a bunch of demotivational posters about the British monarchy to help my students know “where we are in time”. Those little posters have sparked many conversations, and they are definitely one of my best teaching tools.

However…there are 60 of them, and putting them up and down from my classroom walls repeatedly as I’ve changed rooms/schools has taken a toll.  A while back I’d considered making a wall hanging instead of putting up the individual posters.  I knew it would be an undertaking, though. When I found out I was moving from my trailer classroom (where there wasn’t enough room for them) to an indoor classroom, I decided it was finally time to undertake this project I’d been sitting on for several years.

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I printed the posters onto fabric, and then I color-coded the historical periods/families.

Blue: Anglo-Saxon
Green: Norman
Yellow: Plantagenet
Light Blue:Tudor
Red: Stuart (Bright red embedded for Interregnum)
Green:Hanover
Purple: Saxe Coburg Gotha
Light Purple: Windsor
The last two are both purple because it’s the same family branch…just a name rebrand thanks to WWI. 

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I used fabric I already had on hand, some pretty green, yellow, and black shirting flannel. Between the front and the flannel backing and the huge size, the wall hanging was getting heavy, so I decided to leave out the usual batting and quilting.

In the end, I’m loving how it turned out!  I can’t wait for my co-workers and students to see it.

Dog Scarf Quilt

This commission was unique in that it was a memory quilt for a sweet little dog, Munson, who had passed away.  His owner was so sweet, and she loved him very dearly as was evidenced by her getting choked up just talking about him.  Apparently he had a scarf for every occasion: Thanksgiving, Halloween, 4th of July, Christmas, and many other colors and patterns in between.

After taking a look at them, I realized there were so many variations of fabric and size that my options were limited.  The best option to include them all was a crazy-quilt style design.  I sorted the scarfs by occasion and/or color and went from there.  The owner did give me one t-shirt that she wore, so I made it the centerpiece and worked around from there.

I like that she chose a light blue backing.  It reminded me of the sky, and I thought it fitting.  This was also one of the first times I’ve added a label onto the quilt.  Hopefully I can remember to do it more often.

So here it is – the dog scarf memory quilt.  I just love it, and it was wonderful to work with something new.

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Newest item – bibs and burp cloths

A friend of mine is expecting, and I was going to buy her a bib set as a small gift.  But as I looked through the shelves over at the baby store, I just didn’t see anything that really struck me. So I finally told her I’d just go home and make one for her. I wanted to make her the kind of bib I would have loved when my kids were babies – a terry cloth back. I bought a gray towel from the store and headed home.  From that towel, I was able to make 2 burp clothes and 4 bibs using a gray woodland themed fabric.  I loved it, actually, so I decided that this could be another way to use some of those awkward-sized pieces of fabric. So I bought some terry cloth from JoAnn’s, but most of it came from cut up towels I’d bought.

I really got in to making them and worked on the bulk of them while watching Stranger Things 3 with my husband.  I even put him to work turning them right-side out.

I’m happy with how they all turned out.  I decided to stick to cutting up cheap towels because the terry cloth on the back had more plush than the terry cloth off the bolt at JoAnn’s.