LSU T-Shirt Quilt

Friday, December 26, 2014

Our friend, Matt, is a big LSU fan. He's been collecting t-shirts for quite awhile. When he discovered that I could make a t-shirt quilt with them, he was happy to pick out his favorites!

I had learned quite a bit after making the baby clothes quilt. I knew a better interfacing was needed in order for the finished quilt to be cuddly and not stiff.

After a few conversations with Matt, a plan was born! I waited patiently for the best combination of sales and coupons and ordered LSU cotton and fleece fabric from Jo-Ann's.

I cut each shirt apart at the seams and ironed on the interfacing. I measured all the shirt designs and cut all shirts the same size square based on the largest design.

LSU fleece backed t-shirt quilt

To market! To market!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To quilt market that is!

International Quilt Market is held twice a year. It is where fabric designers, pattern companies, and all companies quilty release new fabrics and products to quilt store owners. There is much hype in the quilting world around quilt market. Designers and quilters dream of having their work at the market, and quilt shop owners flock to the market to find the latest and greatest items.

One large fabric manufacturer that reveals their newest fabrics at quilt market is Windham Fabrics.

In preparation for this year's fall quilt market in Houston, TX, Windham (on their blog) asked for 16 quilters to volunteer to make a mini quilt using their newest fabrics. These mini quilts would be displayed in their booth at the market to showcase the new prints.

Of course, I raised my hand calmly threw my hands in the air and shouted, "Pick me! Pick me!"

Then I got the email saying I was one of the sweet 16!

The catch? I would have less than one week to complete the quilt. And I wouldn't have any idea what fabrics I would be receiving. "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit."

The rules? Make an 18" mini quilt with the fabrics they send in a way that highlights the patterns.

I waited patiently impatiently for the overnighted FedEx package to arrive. It came at 1:30 on Wednesday, October 1st.

Windham Jungle Minis mini quilt
 
I couldn't wait to see what exciting challenge was waiting for me inside!

Flannel Four Patch

Monday, February 3, 2014

While garage saling in Las Vegas, NV one day, I found a bag of flannel. The blocks for this quilt were already sewn together in the bag!

I didn't start working on the quilt until after moving to Missouri a couple years later. A few of the blocks were sewn "backwards" so I ripped out the vertical seam and sewed them together on the other side.

Flannel four patch quilt

Patchwork Fleece Quilts

Sunday, January 19, 2014

In September (2013), I led a crafty service project session at our church's women's retreat. Each group of about four women made a fleece tie blanket for an elderly person. If you've ever made one, you know that the first step is to cut a square from each corner of the two fleece fabrics. Being a quilter, I couldn't bare to throw those out!

I collected all the fleece squares from the service project and cut them into 3 1/2" and 4 1/2" squares. Then I stitched them together into patchwork squares. I added brown fleece borders and brown fleece backs (from Jo-Ann's) to create small baby sized quilts. For one blanket, I ran out of the brown fleece so used a purple fleece remnant from Wal-Mart.

Patchwork fleece baby quilts