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!
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!
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.