Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A few of my own projects

Here a few of my own projects that I've been working on lately.  I'm making a quilt for J's bed, using a pattern from this book:
Scraps & Shirttails by Bonnie Hunter

I'm using red, white, and blue scraps from my collection of fabrics, and also some recycled cotton shirts.  I love this fabric with the words to the Pledge of Allegiance on it. 

This is a really easy pattern- you start off with 2.5" strips, 18" long.  I sewed 40 strips together, and then sub-cut into long 2.5" strips.  So far the body of the quilt you see here measures 62" x 80".  I'm going to add some borders, and I also saved 3 strips of 2.5" squares to put in the borders, too. 

And, here's a table runner I put together on Saturday (just the top- it's not quilted yet).

I used some leftover blocks from the border of this quilt:

Very easy & fast since the half-square triangle blocks were already done & just waiting for a home. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Loading 2 quilts on one backing

I have a $30 minimum per quilt, but sometimes when there are 2 or 3 small quilts that can be mounted on a large backing I can waive the minimum charge.  This is especially true if the quilts are similar in size and can use the same thread color and pattern, like these quilts below. 
If I can use one large backing piece for all the quilts, I only have to mount that once on the frame, and this saves me time.  These quilts all had the same backing and thread color, so I just zipped the backings together with the serger & loaded the one large backing piece. 

T-shirt quilt

Some pictures of a customer's t-shirt quilt I quilted.  This is done using Dave Hudson's "Stars" pattern.  I haven't used this pattern often, but I really like how this turned out.  With most t-shirt quilts, I go right through the logo's on the shirts.  Unless there is a really thick section that may bend a needle or cause it to skip stitches.  Then I will go around that area.  Most of the time, I can go right through with no problems. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

A few recent quilts

If you're a Cyclone fan, you'll love this one!  All Cyclone fabrics, and a soft red flannel backing.  This was quilted using the "square spiral" quilting pattern.  It looks like I didn't get a picture of the whole quilt, just a close-up of the front.

And here's a small baby quilt panel- I outlined the printed borders, and added the "puzzle piece" pattern in the middle section.  One of my favorite patterns for a kids' quilt. 

And this is one quilted with "Hearts Surfing".  I think this is the first time I've used this pattern.