Woodland Creatures Baby Quilt

This quilt was for a friend as a surprise at her baby shower.  I knew we wanted to tie in to her overall theme of woodland creatures, and I did several searches for different images.  In the end, I went with the images on her actual shower invitation.  (She loves sloths, so we snuck in one of those as well!)

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I traced the images onto basic copy paper and then retraced them backwards onto fusible interfacing.

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From there, the layering process began.  I had to trace each layer backwards onto the fusible interfacing as well and then iron them on top of one another.  I’ll admit there were several times here where I thought of different ways to simplify, but in the end it just wouldn’t do.  The fox was simplified accidentally, but that was about it.

 

 

From there, I ironed them into place and used a large mushroom top to hide their bottoms behind because the original images were cropped as well.  It look some rearranging before I finally hit this layout.

 

 

Going back and adding in the white “light spots” on the eyes was one of the best moves I did.  Before that, they looked cute but kind of flat.  They had a deadpan look that kept them lifeless.  The sloth, especially, looked somewhat stoned.

And one again, I added a close-set zigzag stitch to finish off the applique elements.

The reason everything was right at the bottom was because we intended for people to be able to sign the quilt with well-wishes for the new family.

 

Here’s a video of the sweet soon-to-be parents receiving their surprise!

 

 

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So. Many. Projects.

Hey everyone, I’ve been busy on my other pages, but this one has been still for a bit because I haven’t finished any projects.  That doesn’t mean I’m not working on them because…boy oh boy…I am swamped!

I was able to finish my t-shirt quilt commission and baby Flash quilt commission right when school started.  Now, I’m on to another undisclosed project, a bookshelf quilt for a church retreat, a Star Wars quilt (or two) for the upcoming craft fairs, finishing my comic book quilt and second guitar quilt.  I also have a partially begun other undisclosed project as well as a promised project that hasn’t even been started.  Oh, and there’s another t-shirt quilt waiting to be started, but the timeline is very generous, so it’ll be a while before I start it.

Whew!  Stay tuned folks.

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Flash quilt detail
Newest roll
Star Wars quilts jelly roll
Bookshelf scraps
Scraps for a bookshelf quilt
comic book quilt
comic book quilt top
Guitar quilt
guitar quilt in progress

An observation on blankets vs quilts

I was given an unusual task recently of taking a t-shirt blanket and turning it into a t-shirt quilt.  Unfortunately it involved taking the whole thing apart.  So I sat down with a movie and a seam ripper last night and got to work.  I was surprised when I finished taking that entire blanket apart right as Dazed and Confused finished up, and it got me to thinking.

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A blanket and a quilt really are two very different things.  Don’t let anyone tell you they are the same.  A blanket is one or two pieces of fabric connected at the outside edges.  A quilt is a “sandwich” with a top layer, usually pieced or highly decorative, a back, and a thin middle layer of some type of stuffing – polyester, cotton, wool, or any blend therein.  Those three layers are then quilted together with thread.  They can also be tied together using yarn or embroidery floss.  The effect is two layers of design playing off one another. The layers blend and create an overall effect.

If someone sat down with a seam ripper to pick apart a well-made quilt with appropriate quilting throughout, there is no way that they will finish picking it apart by the end of a single movie.

 

Productive day!

Well today was quiet and more productive than I’ve been in a while.  I finished two tops and added a border to one that I wasn’t quite happy with.  I also prepped backing for all three of these quilts as well.  My goal is to pin all three tonight and begin quilting them tomorrow.

In progress: sloth t-shirt quilt

I’m at the beginning stages of a sloth t-shirt quilt and thought I’d share. This one isn’t a surprise, so I can post along the way.

I’ve seen some online tutorials and such on t-shirt quilts, but unless the person is an actual quilter they all forget one thing: stabilizer. T-shirts are made of jersey knit fabric, and that stuff likes to curl, shift, and stretch. So you NEED stabilizer to make your shirts look properly flat and keep the picture straight.

I’m cutting these blocks in a smaller one than usual. They’ll be 12″x12″.

I am happy when shirts are such as I don’t have to re-center them or add on fabric at the neck and shoulders so that everything is squared properly. It makes for a quick evening’s work!

Here’s the layout design.

Craft Shows

I decided to participate in my first craft show in November of 2016. It was a school show, and I enjoyed myself.  That being said, I didn’t have any ready-made items, and I never did receive any orders. I was already full on Christmas orders, and I didn’t have time to take on any more.  I figured I would get my orders from that school once graduation season came around.

Nope.

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My show set-up has come a long long way since my first show. 

 

But it was so much fun I decided to try again in the Spring at  a craft fair that was much closer to home.  I did have ready-made items this time – the stadium quilts.  Well, it turns out folks don’t want to buy flannel-backed quilts in weather that is in the upper 80’s F.  I ended up getting only one order from that show – many months later.

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Second show set up.  It had rained not long ago – hence the straw.  

But the fairs themselves were awesome!  It’s an ego boost because I get to hear people gush over my work and talk about my love of quilting for a whole day!  This in mind, I decided to give it one more go.  There was a huge show in the fall, and I decided to try it.  I would use this show as the gauge on whether or not I would keep on doing these.  As fun as they were, they weren’t paying off.

Well the fall one was a completely different experience.  People bought stuff!  I sold three quilts along with wallets and casserole carriers!  I. Was. Stoked.  I’d also squeezed in another smaller show that fall, and I managed to sell the Braves quilt!  So yeah, I was pretty jazzed that the fall ones had paid off after all.  And the BEST part was that for both of the fall shows I had a t-shirt quilt order placed within 24 hours of the show.

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Putting this quilt facing out was the best choice I ever made!

 

This past weekend I tried another spring show, and I was floored at how well I did, especially considering the crowd was mostly my fellow church members.  I wanted to cry I was so happy and honored and flattered.

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Next weekend I’m going to give a craft fair another try – the same one that was so hot the year before.  I have new items and am hoping that I do well.  Wish me luck!

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Crafting Weekend!

In my other life, I’m a language arts teacher. Today is the beginning of Spring Break, and I’m celebrating the best way I know how. I’m getting together with three other friends for a crafting weekend!

I’ve been looking forward to this so much, and I could barely concentrate at work today – which put me on equal footing with my students.

I’ve made kits for sewing, bought new rotary cutter blades, a new iron, and I’ve found my favorite coffee creamer.

I cannot wait to see all my friends and sew!

My obnoxious goal for this weekend is to complete all eleven kits I’ve precut.

Here we go!

Auburn T-shirt Quilts

This was a Father’s Day commission.  I’ve never really been into sports unless I was actually on the team, so I had no qualms about making an Auburn quilt or two.  I’ll admit it was a good thing I didn’t care or have any loyalty to another team because I was up to my elbows in orange and blue for a long time.  Right after this commission I had an order for a Detroit Tigers quilt, so MORE orange and blue.

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Detroit Tigers quilt with alternating frames style

It was fun, though, because these quilts had a lot of “trash talk” shirts, and I chuckled at more than one of them.

I also had some baby clothes to try and work in – a couple of hats and a bib along with a pair of shorts and a couple of baby shirts.  I was able to do it with the help of fusible interfacing and invisible thread.

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One of the trash-talk shirts and above it is a baby hat.

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One of the quilt was my standard size and sashing look.  The first row, second from the bottom, was a handkerchief, and I used the back of one of the other shirts and made it into a block.

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The other one took a little more thought because it was what I refer to as “jigsaw”.  I spend a lot of time working on my graphic paper pad for the jigsaw style because everything has to fit together just right.

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The backing for the jigsaw quilt was fun because we decided to split the back between orange and blue.  I kept my usual method of fold-over binding, so the binding is also duel-colored!  I also did my usual loops and swirls quilting pattern.

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Star Wars Quilts: Episode 4

This is the last episode to compliment episodes 1, 2, and 3.  Thanks for sticking with me!

At this point, both the Luke and Darth Vader quilt and the Rey and Kylo Ren quilt were ready for my mid-arm quilting machine.  On the original one I made, I had quilted a very close pattern because of the different fabrics I’d used.  The quilt has a nice “hand” (the weight and how it hangs) and works wonderfully, so I decided to keep a good thing going.

You can see here the details and tight horizontal swirls pattern I used.

On the original quilt, my son chose the backing and picked a blue mottled stars and sky fabric.  It looked awesome but was among the more expensive fabrics.  For these, I went with a simple black to help tie together the silhouettes themselves to the overall look of the quilt.  With so many blue variations, the black was needed.  I also liked how you could see the impressions of the characters on the back.

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Here are the final results.

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I had originally wanted to wait and begin selling these at my next craft show, but I decided to go ahead and place them on Etsy.

So here is the link to the Luke and Darth Vader listing.

Here is the link to the Rey and Kylo Ren listing.

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