and sew it grew

Here’s where you hope your hubby isn’t looking!

My hubby wears white cotton t-shirts under his dress shirts for work everyday.  Over the years I have had the kids make handprints and footprints with craft paint (with a few drops of textile fixer) on these t-shirts and given them as father’s day or birthday or Christmas gifts.  Of course white shirts get yellowed and gungy so there is a decent turnover.  And being the saver, I have stashed all these memory shirts away in a drawer.

And now my man is coming quickly to the big 5-0.  Time to put my plan into action.

Manly colour palette, check.

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I started cutting out the prints and using fusible webbing to make the t-shirt material less stretchy. I was short a few blocks, so added some of the boys old favorite t-shirts.DSC04123

I also had the boys do one more set of handprints on quilting cotton.  Some of the bigger prints ended up 12″, so I added borders to make the others come up to size. Then a black border.  The blocks were getting pretty big by now and I still had more to my quilt design. Block 1 with my youngest boy’s current mitt size

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And then it just kept growing

until I got to this…

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those grey tiles on my floor are 1′ square, that makes this quilt 5 3/4 x 9 1/4 feet! Huge! Although it was intended as a lap quilt, this will now work well for on his side of the bed on winter nights when he is cold and I am warm.

I have now pin basted and am starting to quilt.  October 6 is my birthday deadline, so I better get back to sewing while he is at work.

Fabric note; I am not a fussy fabric girl, and this quilt is typical of me.  There are some thin cottons, some stiff cottons and of course the t-shirt cottons.  I square up lots and press lots and seem to end up with pretty good results without worrying about it all being pristine equal weight fabric.

Have a great rest of your week!

 

inspiration into fabric

Phew! Raffia skirts, anklets, wristlets all done.

Now I get to have fun with my machine again.

That wave block has kept me inspired. What’s a good contrast with blue waves? Orange.

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Ooh I like it! And I like it when my idea successfully translates into the fabric I am sewing together.

So onward with an hour of peace and quiet in the house (except for the whir of my Janome) and I got a good start on my plan.

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Yup, it’s gonna be fun. I can barely wait until next weekend to make some more.

On a side note, but definitely inspiring, is my friend Sue Martin’s new business. Check out her cool custom copper jewelry at SMARTin Design .

Making waves

This month the Block Lotto at my Modern Quilt Guild is an improve curvy block. Colour palette …my favorite colour, blue.

And I love curves too!  Happy me.

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I can’t wait to see how the winner of the blocks puts them all together. Maybe it will be me?

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This is all the sewing that happened in this busy first weekend of the baseball season.  But at least I got to sew a bit.  Happy me.