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'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'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!