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.

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.

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.

Happy customers!

One thing about making t-shirt quilts and memory quilts is that I don’t often get the see the reaction of the actual recipient.  I get to see how much the person who commissioned it likes it, but the actual recipient is rare.

So when a customer shares a picture with me of their quilt being loved by the recipient, I cherish it.  I’ve gone through and collected some of my favorite pictures from over the years of people loving on their quilts that I made.  It’s a good smile for a Friday.

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Most recent graduation quilt gifted!
T-shirt quilt 1
The original memory quilt! First one ever made – for my grandmother.
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I think he likes it!
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She loved hers so much she brought it to school. My heart!
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Pre-school director gets a neat one.
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It’s not a quilt, but my dog is definitely a happy recipient.
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My buddy loves his Star Wars quilt.
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Loved this silhouette quilt almost as much as the new mom.
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My husband with this surprise king-size mariner’s compass quilt.
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Memory quilt 1
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Memory quilt 2
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What a fun baby quilt this was to make!
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Brother 2
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Brother 3
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A memory quilt made from dress shirts and t-shirts. This is the mother holding it after it was gifted to her as a surprise.
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A graduate holding her t-shirt quilt. I think she liked it.
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Baby quilt made from panels for my niece.
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Little buddy cuddling with daddy’s Darth Vader quilt.

Three Memory Quilts

A dear friend and fellow teacher and church member asked me to make memory quilts from her parents’ clothes.  This commission was particularly loaded because I knew some of the back story and had seen at least some of the struggle this family faced.

The father had been through a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia.  As a side note, March is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month.  For more information about this condition and the fight it involves, click here.  Having seen the family go alongside the father in this fight, I knew it had taken a huge emotional toll.  The mother’s passing was most unexpected.  She was a huge figure in the Agnes Scott College community, and friends who I knew from different circles knew of her simply because they were Agnes Scott alumni.  For more information on this fantastic college, click here. So yes, the family and community lost two special souls in a short amount of time.

So when my friend brought in three bags of sorted clothes to make three lap quilts, I knew this commission would need to be perfect.  Before beginning this quilt, like many of my memory quilts for lost loved ones, I said my memory quilt prayer and then got to work.

The colors were chosen as an homage to both parents, green for dad and purple for mom.  Of course, there are numerous shades of green and purple, so we had to get the right one.

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My sewing area has terrible lighting.  I really should fix that. 

After that was the layout and switching around anything that my friend wanted to shift.

Then I sent one picture of one of the pinned quilts and then a last picture of them all ready and folded up.  I like to save the final reveal for in-person.  We met up, and I was thrilled at how happy she was.  It’s a strange hobby when tears mean a job well done.

She sent me follow up pictures of the quilts as they were gifted to her siblings and one of herself underneath her own quilt.  Overall, it was a gratifying commission, and I’m thankful to have helped give a wonderful family some degree of comfort.  Love you, Abby!

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Harley Davidson quilt

A while back I received a request to finish a quilt someone’s neighbor had begun years ago. It was a Harley Davidson quilt.

“The shirts are already cut!” he told me. Normally I brace myself when I hear that because it means more work for me. Folks cut the shirts without stabilizer or with no consistent size. But this fella’s neighbor had done her homework! The shirts were stabilized and mostly consistently cut.

He wanted a different type of border than I’d used in the past, but I could see how’d they’d done it easily enough. The original t-shirt quilt he’d seen was in a museum in Florida.

And typical me…it was raining, so I didn’t get a finished picture.

Here are a couple of in-progress ones. You get the idea.