Monday, August 21, 2017

THE Memory T-Shirt Quilt...

Several months in the making, this is NOT the standard Memory T-Shirt quilt for MANY reasons - one being it is NOT for the standard recipient, since the intended just happens to be my DGD, Jade ;-)

Jade's Memory T-Shirt quilt

Quilt label complete w/personal kitty sigs

'Miss Betty' & I have made several Memory T-shirt quilts in the past, AND they have ALL been very special but, understandably, this one would hold a very special place in this Grammy's heart.  (Many of you may not know I'm even a 'Grammy', since I am VERY protective of my family, and especially my one and Only DGD, Jade!)  Now that she's fully grown and college-bound, guess I can loosen those Grammy reins a tad...but NOT too much!!

It started out with T-shirts submitted in secret by the intended recipient's Mom.  And because the intended is not only a cat-lover and avid book reader BUT a lefty, fabrics were chosen carefully from the TAG Collection at, including this 'Left-Handed' Dot fabric.  (The intended requested a black & white theme be incorporated...WE happily complied, since it's one of our favs, too!)

Left Handed Dot fabric

Along w/texting fabrics and two of our favorites - the Abcedery and Famous Last Words fabrics, shown here in one of the pillowcases, created solely from Memory T-shirt quilt 'leftovers'.

Reversible pillowcase created w/leftovers

A few notable facts regarding this unforgettable Monster quilt:

  • All T-shirts were cut/stabilized in one (1) day
  • The ENTIRE Memory T-Shirt Quilt was sewn together in one (1) day through tears of sadness and JOY - although it took (1) one week to lay out in various design layouts prior to the oldest daughter and her fiance showing up and contributing layout design ideas...which were worked into the final Memory T-Shirt Quilt  (Thanks Jessie & Greg!)
  • Took two (2) FULL hours to load this Memory T-Shirt quilt onto the quilting frame, due to the directional design of the front of the quilt AND the backing, plus the sheer size!
  • Quilted in one (1) Day - and it's King Size, quilted w/walking cat digital quilting design
  • Bound/laundered/labeled in one (1) day
YES, I was definitely under deadlines w/time constraints thus, LOTS of motivation to finish...and Finish we did w/one (1) day to spare...Whew!

Additional Memory T-Shirt photos:

Vintage corduroy Peace Sign fabrics from the 70s - from this Grammy's stash!

Tie-dyed T-shirts w/signatures of friends/family from the intended's childhood

Memory T-Shirt Quilt coming off the frame

And now - it's residing on the bed in the college dorm room of the intended.  We hope it keeps her ALL safe & warm as she embarks on the next journey of her life...

For now - even though I should be binding the HUGE pile of quilted quilts I have ready to be bound, this Grammy is getting back to sewing a personal postage stamp picnic quilt out of 1930s reproduction fabrics w/a few patriotics thrown in for good measure, while watching the August 21, 2017 Solar eclipse happenings going on at Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale, IL:

1930s Reproduction Postage Stamp fabrics for personal picnic quilt


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What's UP Wednesday?!

We started something similar to this on a recent online group and had quite a bit of FUN with it soooo, thought I'd continue on here, just to share a 'few' things Miss Betty & I have been up to lately.  Soooo, here we go!

It's been a very busy summer!  Between dodging thunderstorms and weeding and mowing when it's NOT raining and storming - even lost one of my primary notebooks during one of our recent lightning storms, managed to get a few projects started and even finished.

First is a patriotic quilt top one of our Volunteer Members of our East Central IL QOV Group, Doris, started the interior, we added borders and readied for quilting:

A Doris original - ready to be quilted into a QOV!

This 'surprise' quilt is currently on the frame, almost finished!  This is a wedding/anniversary quilt for a very special bride & groom...and it's a Surprise!  So, you won't get to see the BIG reveal until 'after' it's been presented ;-)

Just a 'peak' of this Surprise quilt ;-)

Once this quilt is off the frame, a very special T-shirt quilt will take its place asap, since the intended starts college in less than 2 weeks...yikes!

LOTS of piecing of quilt tops and Mystery Quilt(s) are currently in various stages of progress:

Marathon of strip-piecing

ALL the piecing paid off...

Enough blocks and panels to create at least TEN (10) patriotic quilts for our Vets!

...and a few embroidered Eagle blocks thrown in for good measure ;-)

We need a few more to begin assembly!

Plenty of quilt tops are ready and awaiting to be ALL bordered out - here's a few we are working on:

Borders cut for nine (9) quilt tops, three (3) borders per top = 27 borders!

And the final clue to this Patriotic Mystery has just been released!

Patriotic Mystery ready to be finished - hopefully over the weekend...

Time to sew & quilt!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July from the Kingdom!

Enjoy the Fireworks:

Be Safe and Have FUN Celebrating America's 241st Birthday!

Monday, June 26, 2017

It was a Good Day!

It's a Good Day when I get to quilt and embroider and sew - ALL in the same day!

First the quilting:

Another QOV coming off the frame

This quilt just quilted out beautifully - maybe it's because I'm getting comfortable w/E2E quilting with a computer, I don't know but, I do know - another QOV quilted without nary a hitch ;-)

A close-up of this quilting w/Gold Glide thread in the needle:

Stars & Bars quilted out in Gold

and the back in Silver:

Quilting pattern shows up even better on the back in Silver bobbin thread

Once the quilting was finished, time to embroider our East Central IL QOV Group's quilt badge:

Embroidering our East Central IL QOV quilt badge

Just nine (9) more to go for the current batch of Quilts of Valor we now have ready for quilt labeling!

East Central IL QOV quilt badge -
one goes on EACH one of our Group's QOVs

Once the binding is complete, will be time to start sewing on quilt badges and labels.  Time to get back to it!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Quilting a Special Patriotic Denim Quilt of Valor

This one may go to a very special IRAQ Veteran nominated by my youngest daughter, Jaclyn.  It quilted out great!

Denim Patriotic QOV coming off the frame
The fabric used in this border is one of my favorites!

Neat Patriotic denim border fabric

And didn't it quilt out great?

Quilting out this wonderful Stars & Stripes quilting design

Even the back looks good - this is also one of my very favorite quilting designs!

Quilting back - up close
And one last look:

Quilted and trimmed - ALL ready for binding!

Now that the quilting and trimming are complete - Time to Bind...


Friday, May 5, 2017

Quilting During the 2017 Spring Flood!

What else can you do when surrounded by water - quilt, of course!  'Miss Betty & I' have been busy trying to get ALL caught up in time for ALL the May festivities.  And we've made a fairly good dent on our accumulated quilts.

This is our latest Finish!

QOV to be awarded to a very special Navy Veteran

Getting ready to quilt!

Isn't this a neat quilt?  This is one of Alycia's Patriotic Mysteries

Becker's Shooting Star Panto w/Gold thread really works on this quilt!

Weather and 'other' challenges have tried to slow us down from time to time BUT, we're committed to getting to the quilting finish line, even during a major area flood!

UPDATE 5/5/2017 - Flood stages have been updated to include latest rainfall.  Currently at 25.4' and projected to go to 26.1' by Midnight, when we are expecting MORE rain!  Flood stage is 14.0' - we will be more than 12.0'+ over that:

High ground flooding of one of our fields across from my quilting studio,
taken from second level studio window
And seep water has even reached our home - you may not be able to tell it but, there's a frog  in the lower right-hand corner of this pic, swimming in the water underneath our house!

Water under our house in the crawl space -
so much for previously installed sump pump!
In the meantime, we have quilts to bind!

Binding a QOV

First side is 'almost' sewn...

Just two more to go to finish up for today!

Stay High & Dry EVERYONE!  ( my quilting friend, Julia recommended to me earlier ;-)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Quilting, Quilting and even MORE Quilting! w/Updates

Miss Betty & I have been having soooo much FUN quilting, we kinda forgot to post...ooops!

Miss Betty & I have been busy...QUILTING!  10+ and counting!!

So, without further ado - here's a min-quilt show for you ;-)

Doris's Patriotic Quilt #1 - a TEAM effort!
Doris - one of our East Central IL Volunteers, generously creates the 'interior' of many of our patriotic quilts, we add blocks & borders to bring them up to 'required' sizing, quilt/bind/label.

Here's a close-up of some of our patriotic quilting:

Becker's Star panto w/Rainbows Patriotic machine quilting thread

Patriotic Quilt #2 - originated w/'our Doris':

Isn't this a colorful quilt?

Check out some of these wonderful patriotic fabrics Doris chose for this neat quilt:

Such a great assembly of Americana fabrics

Doris Patriotic Quilt #3:

One of our very favs - love how this quilted out!

Star E2E w/Superior's Fantastico Grain Acres - gorgeous Gold highlights

Doris Patriotic Quilt #4:

Patriotic fabrics and strips make this an eye-catching favorite!

More close-ups of the quilting:

Quilting back of Feathered Star quilting
Quilted using Premo-Soft Honey Gold in needle, Signature gray/silver in bobbin

Alrighty then - Doris's Patriotic quilt #5 is on the frame waiting.  Had a few family challenges to address this past week, or we'd probably be farther along quilting ALL of our Doris's March Quilts.  Now that things have settled down a bit - can get back to one of our favorite things to do...Quilting! 

UPDATE 4/15/2017 - Patriotic Quilt #5 of Doris's gets ALL quilted:

Quilting out w/Superior's Grain Acres GOLD thread
brings emphasis to the Star quilting

Close-up of Star Spangled Delight panto

Close-up of backing w/quilting

Finished quilting and coming off the frame...Next!

UPDATE 4/16/2017 -  Doris QOV #6:

Coming off the frame...

Close-up of quilting and some gorgeous Star fabric - Thanks, Lisa!

One of my fellow quilting friends, Alycia, claims that her fabrics 'talk to her'.  I swear, not only does Miss Betty 'tap her foot' but, I think I hear her YELLING my name!  Time to get busy gettin', as Niecy likes to say...;-)