Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Project Update

Looking back on my January post there are a couple of projects I've finished but haven't shown final pictures of.  Here is a look at a couple of them.  Unfortunately, I realize I've given quilts away without taking a picture of the completed quilt. 

Autumn Leaves
This quilt is finished.  Quilted and bound and off to its new home.  I'm very happy with the final project.  The pattern is from the book All for Fall by Anne's Quilt Loft, published in 2003.  I used a batik mottled dark blue for the background of the leaves, a second slightly lighter blue batik print for the sashing.  The squares in the chain block are cut at 2".  Blocks finish at 8".  Don't know how I missed getting a picture...hmm seems to happen a lot.  Got to figure out how to remedy that. 

Nick's T-shirt quilt

Nick is on the left and my older son is on the right.  I really had a good time making this quilt.  I designed the layout based on helps from the book "You Did What with my T-shirts?" by Judy Bobbitt and Katie Reed.  The book suggested putting a border around every t-shirt to get them all to a uniform size.  I used a stripe cut at 1" for the first border around each t-shirt then the "background" fabric around that to get each shirt to about 20.5".  There is one long narrow shirt in each vertical row.  Those finished at 11 x 20".  What I like about this is that the T-shirts appear to float on the background; there are seams inbetween in the red fabric.

Backing of T-shirt quilt
 This is the backing layout for the T-shirt quilt.  I've been trying to USE my stash and this backing emptied out some of my reds, blacks, and whites.  I did have to buy a couple more white FQ's.  The design for this is from the book "The Original Turning Twenty" by Tricia Cribbs.  I used more than 20 fabrics because some of them were not Fat Quarters.  If I only had a strip of something I cut what I could from it.  My version is bigger than the one in the book (of course! I'm always doing that!) so I needed more blocks.  This setting is 5 complete blocks across and 7 down.  I used about 12 black blocks, about 17 white blocks and about 7 or 8 red blocks.  Basically, you sew the block with large pieces and cut it in half on the diagonal.  Join halves of different colors to get the zigzag.  So many possibilities...Get this book!  

I am making progress on my Scrappy Trips blocks.  I've completed 35 of 63 blocks.  I don't work on it that often.  I would like to cut some more strips for it, too.  But, the more blocks I make the better I like it.  It has a different feel than what I thought I would get but I guess that's what my stash looks like, interesting, huh?

Well, lots to do today so I better get going...I hope you have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Your t-shirt quilt back is amazing! I need to find that book!