I’ve finished cutting up all the recent shirts from Goodwill and here’s the last of them.
I’ve got a bit of the sewing blahs…….I sewed the Tipsy Fox blocks (see some blocks below) into an on point setting but ended up air sewing 3/4 of the final long seam (not my fault I didn’t notice as I was watching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup…..THE BLUES WON!!!!!!). Then the corner triangle are too small and using them will require timing, which I can do because I cut the side triangle oversized, but, I don’t want to make the center smaller. So I have to figure out what size square to cut that will yield triangles the size I need……..and still leave enough of the fabric to add borders…….my calculator and I are busy right now.
My sister turned me on to using large TicTac containers to keep earbuds in. They also make excellent containers for corralling the buttons I save when deconstructing the shirts I get at the GW clearance center 🙂
I actually like deconstructing the shirts I acquire….I know, I know! Strange, I am. Anyhoo…..I’ve got a nice pile of shirt fabric ready to pet, cut, share and admire. I’m working on getting brighter colors….not always easy because they tend not be 100% cotton. I’ve gotten to where I can tell almost by looking if the fabric is a blend 😉
We took our dog for a walk along the Metro Bike Link trail and saw these…..kind of fun, no?
After seeing the quilt below at an antique shop while in Paducah for the spring AQS quilt show a few years ago, it stayed with me. I even inquired about the purchase price but alas it wasn’t for sale.
My friend Jan who blogs at The Colorful Fabriholic, drafted the pattern for me and that somehow lead to a group collaboration QOV quilt. Being a QOV quilt set the color scheme and Jan, Kevin (the quilter), Dar & I all dug into our stashes. We all worked on cutting and paper piecing the arcs and Jan helped us all sew the curves…..not as bad as I anticipated!
We got the blocks done and it was amazing how well the blocks went together…..AMAZINGLY well. Four different quilters, four different machines and it went together perfectly (well, maybe not perfectly, but pretty darn close).
I took the top for quilting and somehow it took a wrong turn in Albuquerque. Suffice it to say my husband saved the day by locating the top in my sewing room and the whole sordid event lead to the start of a big sewing room tidy. With the perfect backing Jan found, Sophie, my longarm, and I finally got it quilted. Jan finished it off and check it out!
Pictures don’t do this quilt justice, it is amazing in person IMHO. Really I’m so proud to have worked with this group of friends to make this challenging QOV and it’s an honor to have it go to a veteran.
Jan did a fabulous job on the label and she’ll get the pleasure of presenting it to a family Navy veteran. Check out Jan’s post about this quilt here.
I visited the Goodwill Clearance center after our Alternate First Saturday quilters gathering (alternate because most of us no longer participate in the LQS’s First Saturday program after accumulating several years worth of blocks and not finishing them). I found some great shirts, including three grey, one brown and a RWB shirt.
I also snagged a 2 1/2 yard piece of an old Peter Pan print that I love and think I’ll use for setting some crumb blocks I made ages ago. All for $11 and priceless amounts of fun 🙂
I’ve saved this from the St Louis Art Museum because I’m drawn to the is piece by James Little called Double Exposure. I thought I’d look for some fabrics while in Paducah for the Spring AQS show that would give me the feel of this work. Image is blown up from the picture in the catalog and has some bleed through from printing on the back side but you get the gist, right?
Cherrywood fabrics had just the bundles! Thanks for the heads up, Kathy. I have some grey coming as they didn’t have the right shade at the show.