Welcome to my journey

I design art quilts, table runners, table toppers, mug rugs, place mats, wall hangings, and quilts and sell them on Etsy. I sew from chosen patterns and well as create unique patterns for custom and commission work.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Crazy Next Two Months -  T Shirts and Surgery 

I found out Wednesday that I will need a 4th abdominal surgery.  This one is more dangerous and more complicated then the last three.  At least two months of recovery rather than about six weeks.  Sigh.  Nothing but liquids for Thanksgiving (my favorite eating holiday) and a smoothie for Christmas.

Oh well.  I won't be able to pick up things (like quilts) for awhile so I am scrambling to get two t shirt quilts done before the 15th, the day of the surgery.  Can't tell a fabulous customer the bad news about her Christmas gifts.  And that's fine - It keeps my mind on better things.

I love t shirt quilts.  What other way can you be reminded of your memories and be hugged at the same time!

I like to make each memory stand out on its own by adding sashing.  This Baylor quilt was especially fun as I alternated the borders yellow green and green yellow.  I also like to do an all over meander so that the quilt will never separate from the batting and backing.

The quilt above was done by putting all the squares that are the same size together in the middle then adding the various other lengths along the borders.  I would love to make a t shirt for you.  just contact me through my Grammies Inspirations    Etsy page.

Others make quilts with the t shirts with no sashing and it gives it a more scrappy look to the quilt.  Since lots of scrap quilts are also memory quilts, it makes sense.

Above is a sample of a scrap quilt.  I found it on LoriLynneQuilts Etsy page.  That was a lot of work to get all those pieces to fit together.  Kudos to Lori Walker.

So off I go to start the second top for my customer.  How do you like your t shirt quilts made.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Okay let's try this again

My last post was in 2014.  I guess I fell asleep and I'm waking up.  Then all heck broke loose with my health.  I've had three emergency surgeries, hundreds of tests, days and days of recovery after each surgery.........

There is now another pain in the same place, so who knows what is coming next.  But in every case, as soon as I'm allowed, I start quilting again.  So I thought I might share a few pictures of what I have been doing and then get back into the groove of posting the details.

So, I've made some pillows:


And some snack mats

I love nature so here are some bird snack mats

I'm on another project that I'll post about soon, but I just thought I should show you a little bit of life after surgery. See you soon!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

More Commitment

I have a digital design student coming over on Thursday.  I am going to show her my blog, Etsy shop, Pinterest pages, and my pattern ideas.  I am hoping she can help me develop a consistent look that I can use for these pages as well as business cards, thank-you cards and pattern packaging.  I have worked with Monica through the school year at the pre-school where we work.  She is hardworking, funny, and most of all, young!  I would like a fresh modern look.  I need pictures of my process and updated photos of my quits and items for sale.  I also told her that my having to meet with her regularly commits me to deadlines, something I really need.  Welcome Monica!

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Funny Day

It's thundering.  Not usually a problem but in the last five years our home has been hit by lightening three times.  So, if it thunders, we run around unplugging everything.

It did take me away from my sewing machine.  I am currently creating a t-shirt quilt for a client. She contacted me on Etsy and sent her shirts all the way from Hawaii. I am flattered that I was chosen to make her quilt.  It's fun to see t-shirts from an area I haven't been before.  It's also wonderful to share a bit of someone's history with them.

By moving away from my sewing machine,  I sat down at my design table and started working on a new pattern. This one has cats and bees involved in it and playing with the different facial expressions has been enjoyable.  It's interesting to see how just a slight change in a line add create a completely different mood in my cat.

But why is the day funny.  I've been to my computer, my machine, my design board and a few other places.  One of those places is now the home of my glasses!  They blend into many backgrounds and at the moment I do not know where they are.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Moving Forward

I'm committed to create my first pattern for publication.  I purchased EQ7, Electric Quilt 7 to help with drawing.  There is a steep learning curve, but that is because I am jumping straight in with drawing the original design.

I have tried coloring and editing established patterns that are in the quilt libraries. That is fun.  I could sit and play with that feature for hours!  But I need to focus on reality and learn the harder stuff.  I think once I get going it will all fall into place.

I bet you're wondering what the new pattern looks like.  Hint... it involves heaven and earth....

More anon.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Commission Quilt Banner

I've been hired to make a quilted banner representing the state of Texas.  The vertical banner will include the Texas star, a blue bonnet and a pecan tree.  I will use raw edge applique, thread painting, and FMQ.  The blue bonnet will be similar to this one (perhaps two), but with a darker background.

The trick will be that the person I'm doing the commission for wants a dark blue background.  I need to be sure to provide enough contrast between the flower and the background.  At the moment, I am trying to decide between two Kona Bay solids Razz-05 and Pass 05 as the background.  The rest of the blue bonnet will come from my many batik scraps, some the same colors shown here. 

The pecan tree will have an outline of the tree made by thread painting and a close up of the leaves and husks from clip art similar to this.  I'll draw the outline of the tree on wash away stabilizer.  This worked very well on another commission I did.

Again thread will create the detail and batiks will provide the shading.
The third element in the quilt comes from the client.  She sent me this picture of a TX star.
Round Emperador Texas Star Mosaic
The trick will be to get the shadowing just right so that the star still has the mosaic pattern and dimension.  The outer stones have some crackling in it.  A very fine, maybe grey, thread for that.  I am going to add a little extra batting under the star because I want the quilting to create some depth.
I'm going to make each of the three parts separately as they are all quite different in the way they will be quilted.  I'll probably do "quilt as you go" and then join the three pieces with a narrow sashing.  The quilt as you go will work well for the three panels, but I'll have to decide how to create the outer border.  At this point, I think it will be a very narrow border.
Back to looking at fabrics.........  This project is due to the client in three weeks and at the moment I work from  7:30 to 3:30, so I will be a busy bee in the evenings.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Measurement Chart for Setting and Corner Triangles

If I add this to my blog, I'll know where it is when I need it.  Quiltsy Team just put it up on Facebook. I love the look of blocks set on point, but I've been too lazy to look for this chart and end up with straight square sets.  By posting this where I can find it I created more potential to design on point.

Here's a little cutting chart that may be helpful.