After a couple ISpy fabric swaps, I was all set with fabrics with creatures, fruit, and silly objects.  I pondered over doing a traditional 4-inch square quilt, but just could not settle for that.  So I decided on a Ticker Tape Quilt.  And the puzzle began.  I took a twin sheet, sprayed basted it to an aqua polka dot minky back, and then started laying out the pieces.  Fancy cutting the pieces as I went.  Each square was pinned down.  After several were pinned down, each square/rectangle was sewn down with a 1/4" seam -- leaving the rough edges exposed.  Once filled, a simple stripped binding was added.  Next was a trip thought the washing machine and dryer.  Then the hardest part, cutting all the threads! 
 
Recently we traded out our banana yellow retro fun, yet uncomfortable, couches for a soft cozy brown velvet sectional -- that came with three pillows.  Three pillows that simply were not my style.  So I took them apart and added a new front panel and leaving the back panel because is the same as fabric as the couch. 1 down 2 to go!
 
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Finishing a project is always so gratifying,  BUT completing a project that has been in the works for three years and is being given as a gift, is even more gratifying.  For my family Christmas we draw names.  I selected my sister-in-law Kelly.  I immediately thought of this quilt.  It would match their red couches and wood floors perfectly.  

The quilt top uses the pattern Simply-a-Bloom from the Moda website.  I did change the border width and chose not to add the flower appliques.  The fabric is a layer cake, named Simply Abundance, is by Bonnie & Camille.  For quilting, I chose a simple stippling. While quilting, I added the name of each member of the family.  It turned into a fun ispy game as they are pretty tricky to find!  The back is a chocolate brown minky fabric.  Oh, I love that stuff!  It makes the quilt so warm and comfy.  

The best part, I believe they appreciated and love the quilt -- always a bonus when you give a homemade gift!

 
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My Sewing Room is a MESS.  Really.  So I decided to complete some unfinished projects in hope to clear some items out. I found that my husbands 40 t-shirts were taking up quite a bit of space.  I wanted a down and dirty and comfortable quilt that he would use.  I have made t-shirt quilts before with interfacing on every t-shirt, but that takes time and stiffens up the quilt a bit.  So I decided to wing it and make up the quilt pattern as I went.  First of all I took all 40 t-shirts and cut out the most important graphics, front and back.  Don't worry, I did not toss all the remaining pieces!  There are plenty left to make lots of pajama pants for the kiddos.  

For the backing I used 2 yards of fleece.  The tiki pattern is perfect for two reasons.  First, I knew he would like it.  Second, it does not have a lot of colors which means I could use a basic brown thread in my bobbin and it would blend nicely.  


Next comes arranging.  I laid out the t-shirts onto the wrong side of the fleece, overlapping the edges by about 3/8 inch.  Then comes pinning.  And boy did I pin.  Over 200 of them.

And finally came sewing.   To do this, I sewed all the horizontal seams with a 1/4" allowance first.  Then I turned the blanket and sewed all the vertical seams.  When sewing the vertical seams it was important to tug on the fleece a bit to make sure the fabrics were taught together and no gapping happened.  I would be lying if I said there are not any gaps or puckers in my quilt.  BUT again, this is a down and dirty quilt, not up of for an award at the state fair! 

Finished the quilt off with a traditional binding in quilters cotton. The best part, Hubby loves the quilt.  It is the perfect warmth, weight and softness for him.  

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