Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Special T-shirt Memory Quilt Reveal for Super-Special Graduating Cheerleader w/Updates

Been a little quiet while Miss Betty & I have been working 'behind the scenes' to create this special Memory T-shirt quilt for a very special graduating cheerleader:

One of the Memory T-shirt blocks
First, getting started:

D-boning the first T-shirt

D-boned and ready for the PRESS

Second step - stabilization w/HOT steam press:

Keeping hands & fingers away from the top of the press
is a very good thing!
Third step - time for ALL D-boned, pressed & stabilized t-shirts to dry overnight:

Let the drying begin!
Stacks of D-boned/stabilized t-shirts ready to dry overnight

Fourth step - the sewing of the sashings and borders:

Borders and sashings all cut and ready to assemble
The sewing begins
Fifth step - assembly of the t-shirts and the sashings & borders but First, time for a little math!  Since yours truly got the brilliant idea to NOT cut each T-shirt the same boring size, especially since said t-shirt wearer/owner is not very big in stature thus, said t-shirts are not very big either soooo, decided to change things up a bit.  The result was - since t-shirts are ALL different sizes, sashings would also ALL be different sizes!

Time for some quick measurements:

Measurements of each block per row
And then adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing to get the final results for each block's sashing:

Never thought ALL that math we learned in school would come in handy...
learn those math facts folks - there isn't a calculator in the world that could take these measurements and determine how to best sash out each t-shirt block!
Alrighty then - time for the final assembly:

Determining 'which t-shirt goes where' can take a bit of time -
kind of like putting together a FUN puzzle
But the final result is well worth the time spent:

All ready for final borders and the ultimate FUN...quilting!
The borders have ALL been attached and the quilt is now on the frame getting quilted.  We chose a quilting design that resembles a Lion's mane that we'll quilt in matte silver - fitting for a Marshall Lion Cheerleader T-shirt Memory quilt, don't you think?

Time to get back to quilting for the final reveal:

ALL ready for quilting
UPDATE 5-20-2015: Quilting is DONE!



Border quilting





Close-up of the pieced back - I always enjoy flipping the quilt over to see the backs ;-)




The final recipient of this T-shirt Memory quilt's Mom, hand-picked each and EVERY one of these coordinating fabrics - including the batiks!  They are indeed gorgeous - due to their nature, took almost two hours to quilt each pass...and there were 12 total passes Plus borders ;-).

UPDATE 5-22-2015: Binding!








Check back for updates of the final reveal w/quilting, binding, special embroidered label.

Later,
~Deb

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cindy's QOV makes it to the BIG National Show - voting has started...Vote NOW!

Hey Everyone - just had to let you know, Cindy's Quilt of Valor Won 1st Place at the local level and has now moved on to the National MODA Piece & Comfort Online 2015 Quilt Show Competition:



Cindy Moreton's 1st Place QOV submitted by Quilters Desert Patchto the National MODA Piece & Comfort Online Quilt Show Competition -Vote NOW!

Cindy's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame

Close-up of one of the MODA fussy-cut fabrics - gorgeous!
Every single fabric in this Quilt of Valor was meticulously fussy-cut to showcase the amazing MODA Because of the Brave fabrics, even the sashings and borders!

The attention to detail is breath taking and the piecing is impeccable!
A short story Cindy shared with me when she contacted Miss Betty & I to see IF we would be interested in quilting her QOV for her:  While vacationing over this past winter in Arizona, Cindy created this stunning Quilt of Valor with MODA Because of the Brave fabrics she purchased at the Quilters Desert Patch Quilt Shop.  Once the quilt shop folks saw her QOV quilt top when she brought it in for additional border options, they asked her, or actually stated in a question, "You're definitely going to enter it in the MODA Piece & Comfort Challenge, aren't you?"

Cindy hadn't really thought about entering it but said IF she could find a quilter to quilt it, she would enter it if possible.  BUT, there were only a few weeks left prior to getting it quilted and entered.  She mentioned her dilemma to one of her good friends, Jackie W. and that's when yours truly got a phone call asking IF Miss Betty & I would be interested in quilting it, and the icing on the cake - it would be submitted to our East Central Illinois QOV Group to be awarded to an area Veteran.  Of course we said YES!

When we received it, there were less than two weeks to quilt, bind, label, prepare QOV documents and ship back in time for the MODA Piece & Comfort Competition at her local shop in Arizona, Quilters Desert Patch.  And to top it ALL off, Miss Betty II was still not functioning properly.  After multiple attempts at trying to fix Miss Betty II, we finally had to bite the bullet and let Miss Betty I, aka HQ16, quilt this gorgeous Quilt of Valor.  And since we didn't want to worry anyone, we haven't revealed this info until now ;-).

And to her quilting credit, Miss Betty I stepped up to the quilting plate and quilted her heart out:

Quilt of Valor 'dog tag' label w/piano key quilted border...Thanks, Miss Betty I!
Miss Betty II and I had planned much more elaborate quilting for this quilt.  But all-in-all, we think the final outcome resulted in the best quilting choices to enhance Cindy's remarkable fussy cutting and piecing, which showcases Moda's wonderful Because of the Brave fabrics, and especially to honor the final Quilt of Valor Award Recipient with a comforting and healing Quilt of Valor.

Miss Betty and I are unashamedly promoting and voting for Cindy Moreton's Quilt of Valor in this MODA Piece and Comfort Quilt Competition, and we are asking you to do the same, Please and Thank YOU!  There are a whole bunch of gorgeous QOVs in this competition - each and every one a Winner!

Good Luck to EVERYONE and especially to Cindy Moreton of Quilters Desert Patch...Thank YOU!

Go Vote NOW before you forget! http://blog.modafabrics.com/team/quilters-desert-patch/ 

To vote for Cindy Moreton's Quilt of Valor, search for the Quilters Desert Patch Quilt shop, click on their voting button next to their name, scroll down and click on the VOTE button and you're done...Thank YOU!

And just remember - You may vote EVERY DAY up and until the Competition closes!  Miss Betty & I will be happy to have you stop back by for a visit and to provide your daily voting link...;-)

To read and see more of this amazing Quilt of Valor, Please visit our sister blog at the following blog post: http://eastcentralilqov.blogspot.com/2015/02/sharing-our-2015-goals-wish-list-and.html

Alrighty then - I'm off to cast my vote for Cindy Moreton's Quilt of Valor via Quilters Desert Patch Quilt Shop...

Later,
~Deb

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The last Quirky Quilters QOV coming off the frame...

Look what just came off the frame!

Irene's wonderful Quilt of Valor coming off the frame...FINALLY!
We've had this QOV quilt top for far longer than we should have.  Been trying to get all caught up now that Miss Betty is actually fixed and back to quilting after 5+ months of struggling to get her back on the quilting track.

Getting started:

Miss Betty w/Pug getting ready to quilt

Feather and Star quilting


Feathering close-up w/Rainbows Patriotic quilting thread
We chose to try a Brand-NEW pantograph - Starstruck  We first saw this panto over at KatyQuilts blog and knew we just had to give this gorgeous Star Feather panto a try, AND we knew we had the perfect Quilt of Valor for it:

StarStruck panto really shines on this gorgeous Quilt of Valor!


Irene's unique Quilt of Valor w/StarStruck panto quilting

This really neat QOV of Irene's fulfills our commitment to Clairellen and those Quirky Quilters in Michigan and sadly, will be the last Quilt of Valor Miss Betty and I quilt for them, at least for now ;-).  We've so enjoyed quilting their stunning QOVs - each one has been even more beautiful than the previous one.  Thank You for the honor and privilege of quilting each one of your Quilts of Valor. It's been a true pleasure!

And now - it's time to prepare Irene's Quilt of Valor for shipping back to her...

Later,
~Deb

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

She's Baaack...!

Miss Betty II is back!  Possibly better than she's ever been - just look at her recent quilting:

SID, swirls, and McTavishing - ALL quilted out beautifully
Check these out:

Freehand Swirls w/Star Dancing panto

Quilting back - not one bit of snarled/pukey thread any where!
And the back says it all - perfectly balanced tension and stitches, using two different types of threads and colors!  What a true joy it was to quilt this quilt with a machine that works properly...;-)

Doris's third QOV coming off the frame


WTG, Miss Betty II, Thanks once again, to Miss Betty I!

Miss Betty II having some of her finest quilting moments
Time to bind so we can get back to quilting!
~Deb

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Now nearer to You and me...

What a beautiful tribute - Enjoy!



Hope you ALL had a Blessed and Happy Easter!
~Deb

Thursday, March 26, 2015

She gave her all...

Miss Betty I aka HQ16, has just come to my rescue one more time - she gave her ALL, her main hook assembly, so Miss Betty II might finally be fixed:

See the drive shaft w/NO hook assembly or bobbin case?
It occurred to yours truly while trying to figure out one more thing to just 'try' to see IF we couldn't get Miss Betty II back to quilting ALL those Quilts of Valor patiently waiting, to see if a much needed hook assembly part from Betty I might solve our thread shredding/looping problems...

Blue LAVA top thread being yanked to the back in BIG looong loops on this Quilt of Valor

Notice just how sporadic the stitching is - looks good for awhile and then BLAM - blue pukey thread all over the place...

Not a pretty sight on the left!  Notice the 'swirls' in the middle that were quilted AFTER the hook assemblies were swapped - what a huge difference...
And here's the culprit of ALL these nasty stitches:

Multiple scratches and dings can bee seen near the top -
no wonder she was looping and puking thread!
Now that Miss Betty I has graciously 'donated' her precious hook assembly:

Miss Betty I gives her ALL
And look at the quilting stitches of the Avante now:

Checking the 'new' stitching w/old hook assembly swapped for Miss Betty II - looking good!
You can really see the difference here:

Now that's what good stitches should look like, right?
Miss Betty II will now stitch 'right to left' w/NO skipped/shredded stitches!
This was NOT an easy fix and one I'm glad to FINALLY be done with.  You'll remember, it ALL started way back in November: http://donebybettyboop.blogspot.com/2014/11/quilting-bernices-wonderful-quilt-of.html  Course now, we still need a hook assembly for Miss Betty I - I'm sure we'll be able to figure out something...

And of course, this 'intended' Quilt of Valor will need to be replaced with another, since the stitching on this one is completely unacceptable and will most certainly NOT meet QOVF Standards of Excellence.  However, it will serve as a gentle reminder ALL Miss Betty I & II and I have been through together these past few months...Whew!

In the meantime - we're quilting and Quilting and QUILTING away ;-)

Time to get back to it - we've got a QOV Competition quilt to finish up by Monday!

Later,
~Deb

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Irene's QOV is FINALLY on the frame!

I think Irene and those Quirky Quilters of Michigan were about ready to give up on 'Miss Betty' & I, and honestly, we couldn't really blame them!  We've had this quilt top longer than I care to admit - even spent National Quilts of Valor Sew Day adding multiple borders to it.  But now, it is actually on the frame w/Betty 1!

Irene's QOV getting quilted - for real!
What a neat quilt this one is and a real pleasure to quilt:

SID in the borders, a favorite Star panto in the interior - I'm going for 100 w/this panto,
McTavishing in the outer border and...a 'surprise' in the dark red/gold star border ;-)


UPDATE 3/19/2015: a Jamie Wallen continuous swirl it is for the dark red/gold star border!  I dearly LOVE this quilting design - I must since I've lost count just how many QOVs I've use it in...what's not to LOVE - it's Fast, it's FUN to quilt in, and looks wonderful quilted out...win/Win/WIN...Thanks Jamie for sharing such a wonderful continuous quilting design!

Swirls and star quilting
We're quilting with King Tut Olde Gold solid in the needle, and it's quilting out great!

McTavishing the outer print border
Quilting back
And ALL finished up:

Irene's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame!
Prior to loading and quilting, had just enough time to finish up the borders on another of Doris's QOV quilt tops:

3 exterior white/blue/red borders added to Doris's QOV
Only five (5) more QOV quilt tops left to add borders to, and I'll actually be ALL caught up!

Time to get back to it...
~Deb