Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Quilt Rulers: Pro-Tip Tuesday

Last week on Pro-Tip Tuesday, I shared how you can easily square up your quilt blocks without needing a special ruler for each quilt block size you make.  This week, I'm taking it a little further and showing you the rulers I actually use, after buying all the different sizes.

Here's where you can find each of the rulers I talk about:

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Squaring Up Quilt Blocks - Pro-Tip Tuesday

Welcome to Pro-Tip Tuesday!! 

This week, I'm hoping to help you not make a mistake I made when I was a new quilter.  See, I had this idea that I needed a special ruler for every size block I made, so I could square them up.  I was wrong!  It was silly of me, and I wasted a lot of money on rulers that sit in a drawer now.

Here's what I do now to square up by blocks...

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

TGIFF - Crossing Paths Quilt

Hello and welcome to TGIFF!  I always love when my turn to host comes around, so I can connect with all of you. <3

I have a fun quilt finish to share with you today.  I started and completed this top at the beginning of the year, but then I got busy with custom orders and didn't get a chance to pick it back up until last week.  I just love how it came out.

It's been years since I've done any strip-piecing, so this was really fun to make.  In fact, I bought another jelly roll to make a version with pink in it!

I recently completed Angela Walters Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, and I really wanted to try the continuous curves pattern over an entire quilt.  With all the little squares on this, I knew it was the perfect fit.

My curves are FAR from perfect, but the nature of the design makes it soooo forgiving.  You just don't see all the mistakes in the overall pattern.

I think the back is just as pretty as the front, even though I only used an off-white solid.

Of course, I had to take just a couple more "artistic" photos!

Here are all the posts about this quilt if you want to see some of the process:

Piecing and Top
Starting the quilting
Livestream on how I did the quilting

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see all the pretty things you've finished!  Link up to your finished project below, then please link back here and put the TGIFF button in your post or on your blog!  Be sure to share the love, by visiting the other links and leaving comments.  Everyone loves getting comments. <3

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Matching Seams & Corners: Pro-Tip Tuesday

Hooray for Tuesday and another edition of Pro-Tip Tuesday!

If you're like I was when I was a new quilter, I couldn't get seams to line up for anything.  In fact, for my first few projects...I didn't even know that was a goal!

So, for this Pro-Tip Tuesday, I'm sharing a super easy way to get your seams to line up.  Enjoy!

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Have a great day!

Friday, May 4, 2018

T-Shirt Quilt - Finished Friday!

Hello hello!  Hooray for Friday!  Not only is Friday my favorite blogging day, but we have favorite friends coming over tonight for game night, so it's even more special.

So, today...I finally get to show you the finish T-shirt quilt!  Check it out!

I had some artistic license, so I did some special quilting.  First, I used wishbones for all the sashing, then I gave each of the larger shirts different designs...keeping some of the quilting with the style of the shirt design.  Here are some of my favorites. <3

It was really, really fun to quilt this!  I finished it off with a red tone-on-tone binding and sent it off to its new home.

If you missed any of the previous posts on this quilt, here are the links so you can catch up. <3

Design and Beginnings
Pro-Tip Tuesday - Sewing Stretchy Fabrics
Putting on the sashing
Pro-Tip Tuesday - Basting a Large Quilt on a Small Table

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great day!

I'm linking up today with TGIFF, Finished or Not FridayCan I get a whoop whoop?, and Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Placemats and Quilting - WIP Wednesday

Hello!  Yay for Wednesday!  I've been stitching away this week, and I can't wait to share.

I've continued working on my Scrappy Star Placemats.  I got all the tops done for a set of four, and I decided to use a silvery gray from my stash for the backing.

I got them all quilted without any drama, going for a close meander instead of anything fancier.  I didn't want to take away from the design and colors.

Now it's time for binding...I'm having a hard time deciding on the gray stripe or the turquoise print.  What do you think?

While I'm figuring that out, I decide to go ahead and baste a quilt top I've had in my "to-quilt" pile.  I pulled out my Crossing Paths top and started working on it.  It should be a relatively quick finish.  I'm using a free-motion continuous curves quilting design, which I think is really going to be lovely with all those squares.

Well, that's what I'm working on this week!  If you've been checking in regularly, I want you to know that I've finished the t-shirt quilt and will have all the pictures and details for my Friday Finish post. <3

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social, WOW, and Wednesday Wait Loss!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Pro-Tip Tuesday: Basting a Large Quilt on a Small Table

Good morning and welcome to this week's Pro-Tip Tuesday!!

This week I sharing with you how I'm able to baste large quilts without a lot of room.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Elea's Quilt - Friday Finish

Happy Friday to you!  I've another large quilt to share today!

This one is a simple charm quilt for a teenage girl with an "old-fashion" heart. <3

I used Lario by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabric and a few squares from my stash to fill it out.

This one got the swirl treatment, just like my last finish. <3

I backed it with Kona PFD and bound with a pretty medium blue I found at my local quilt shop.

I'm super happy with how pretty this one came out AND how happy the girl is to have it.  That always makes it all worth it. <3

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm linking up today with Can I get a whoop whoop?, TGIFF, and Finished or Not Friday!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

T-Shirt Quilt & Placemats: WIP Wednesday

Hello and happy Wednesday!

Well, I'm still plugging away on the custom T-shirt quilt this week, and it's coming along quite nicely.

Here's my progress since last week. :)

I got all the columns and the bottom row finished on Friday.

Monday, I started adding in the long sashing strips. If you missed my Pro-tip Tuesday yesterday, I talk about all those pins and sewing stretchy fabrics.

By the end of yesterday, here's where I left it.  All the sashing strips finished and attaching the border!

I also started a smaller project since last Wednesday.  I'm trying to find balance between custom orders and working on my shop, so I started another set of my Scrappy Stars Placemats.  I thought it would be to try the pattern with ombre fabric, and I'm not disappointed!  I got 2 tops completed, so hopefully I can fit in the other 2 tops tomorrow.

Well, that's what I'm working on this week...thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm linking up today with Wednesday Wait Loss, WOW, and Let's Bee Social!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pro-Tip Tuesday - Sewing Stretchy Fabrics

Hello there and welcome to the very first Pro-Tip Tuesday!

My goal is to bring you a tip or trick that I've discovered over the last 8 years that helps me be more efficient with my time and sewing.  I know there are lots of ways to do things, so I'm not saying these are the only way to do them...or even that they're the best...but rather, these are things that help me.  My hope is that I can help YOU make the most of your sewing time. <3

This series will be done in video (talk about scary!), so I'd love it if you'd subscribe to my Summer Lee Quilts Youtube Channel!  Not only will I have the weekly Pro-Tip Tuesday videos coming up, but I'm creating a Beginner Quilting Series as well, AND I'll be posting random fun videos of stuff going on in my corner of the quilting world.

For this first Pro-Tip Tuesday, I'm going to talk about working with those tricky stretchy fabrics.

I hope this will be a help for you!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Julie's quilt

Hi guys!  Aren't Fridays great?  I especially love the Friday quilting community, seeing everyone's finishes and making connections. <3

I've got a fun quilt to share with you today!  This is Julie's quilt...it's based on the tutorial by Christie at Lemon Squeezy Home.  I just expanded it to make it a twin-sized quilt.

We decided on Ethereal Fusion by Art Gallery Fabrics, and since I didn't think I could lay this one out on a whim...I broke out my EQ7 and planned it digitally.  It was a lot of fun!

I show you that, because, I don't know about you...but for me, seeing something go from paper into "being" is soooo satisfying.  So, here's the finished product.

I free-motion quilted swirls over the entire quilt, although I did consider doing some fancy custom quilting...the swirls just make everything extra special.

Finally, I chose a light pink solid for the binding.

*sigh*  I just love this one...I may need to make another for keeping.

Anywho, thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great one!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Custom T-Shirt Quilt - WIP Wednesday

Hello there and happy Wednesday!  I love Wednesdays, because I get to share what I'm currently working on without feeling like it has to be all finished and perfect yet.

Over the last week, I've had the pleasure to start working on another custom T-shirt quilt.  This one is especially fun, because it's using all child-sized shirts...and lots of them!  I have 51 designs going into this one to make a generous twin-sized quilt.

As always, I start my T-shirt/memory quilts on paper.  I measure out the designs and the width of each shirt to give me the range of size I can use for each design.  Then I break out the graph paper and start figuring out the math....it's like playing a game of tetris.  I usually erase lots, and often it takes a couple days before I can make it "click".  I love this part, even though it's probably the hardest part.

Once that's done, I only cut and sew one column or row at a time, marking them off on both of my sheets as I go.  It may seem redundant, and time-consuming, but if I don't do it like that...I'm bound to either mix something up, or lose my place.

It seems like I always have at least one column that needs to be all the same width.  This quilt will have 2, but here's the first one completed.

Then here's where I left off yesterday...2 Columns down!

So, that's what I'm working on right now!  I'd love to hear if you're working on anything or if you start your T-shirt quilts with a different method.

Have a great day!

I'm linking up today with Let's Bee Social, WOW, and Wednesday Wait Loss!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Butler T-shirt Quilt - Finished

Hi there!  I have a finished t-shirt quilt to share with you all today.  I really do love t-shirt quilts, because of how they celebrate a past and carry so many memories.  <3

I shared the story and process of this particular quilt on this post.

I went back and forth about the border (with the help of those of you who sent me messages), and I finally decided on the gray because I thought the ombre effect would be especially striking with the gray sashing.  Thank you all who helped me pick. <3

I did something different with the quilting on this one, than I have in the past.  I quilted through the designs, instead of around them, which the exception of a couple that had designs that were particularly thick.  I was afraid that my machine might skip and leave holes in those.  But I'm pleased with the overall quilting effect, and it was easier to quilt over the designs than I thought.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm linking up today with Finish it up Friday!