Friday, May 25, 2018

T-Shirt Lap Quilt - Friday Finish!

Hello and happy Friday!  I have another t-shirt quilt finish to share today.  This was a quick "hey, can you squeeze this in before the end of the month" quilt.  

I'm really glad I took it on, because it was the absolute smoothest t-shirt quilt I've done.  For example, it usually takes me at least 2 days (read sewing sessions) to be able to cut the shirts, measure designs, and graph the quilt.  For this one, however, I was able to cut the shirts, measure, graph, AND cut and sew the first column in one day!  I was pretty stoked.

I also was able to pull the sashing from my stash, which was a great blessing.  I knew I wanted to use gray, but when I pulled this hashed, tone-on-tone fabric...and I had exactly the amount I needed...I was so excited. <3  I love the added look of texture.

I kept with a meandering quilting pattern, and I picked up some adorable black and while polka dot fabric for the binding.  I love the fabric, because it reminds me of strings of pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Happy quilting!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

How to Put a Border on a Quilt

Hey all!

I did a Facebook LIVE video on how I put borders on quilts and thought you might enjoy it!

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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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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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