Monday, July 6, 2015

First Memory Quilt from Dad's Shirts

I started this Wonky Log cabin quilt a year ago from 4 of Dad's shirts.  When Mother started going in and out of the hospital last June, I spent a lot of time at her house.  So I took my light weight Brother sewing machine and set up camp on the dining room table.  I got the 20 blocks made in a couple of weeks & then had to put the project to sleep. 
So about a year later now, I have revived this project. Trimmed the blocks down to 10 1/2inches.
My new rotating mat I bought in Florida this past winter, made the trimming job a breeze.
I'm SO thankful for my work space that Mr. G helped create last spring. I'm getting to use it a lot right now.  I've caught up on birthday projects and such, and am now getting busy cutting up a room full of Mother & Dad's clothes to make memory quilts for family and Caregivers.

I was inspired by Bailey's Quilt video on You Tube to make this quilt.  I'd already started a Wonky Log Cabin quilt, which I have not finished, and really enjoyed the easy going method. My cutting board and rotary cutters didn't have to travel with me to cut the strips to make the blocks.
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Best ~ Little Ole Chapel

Somewhere in Virginia

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Quilt Shot Block #32 ~ Wonky Pinwheel

12 ½ inch block

Idea from Queen of Stitching while looking for combining QAYG blocks.

Goal: To make a 12½ inch square
I over did the size of my beginning squares with 8 inches.  Seven would work.
Two of each color for one block.

Stack all 4.

Cut a diagonal at any point.  No measurement needed.
You could cut all four separately at different points for more of a wonky look.

Match up pieces and sew.  You will find out why the original squares needed to be oversized.
It's very hard to match the edges to be even.
Arrange with smaller end of print meeting in the center to make the block & sew.
See other quilt blocks on Quilt Blocks Link above.
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Pictures taken with Galaxy 4 Phone

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fri Foto- Barn Charm ~ Framed by KY CoffeeTrees

Midway/Versailles Rd?  
Drive by shots with Nikon D5300 & Tamron lens
When I taught KY history, the Kentucky Coffee tree was our state tree?


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday ~12~ Snoopy's Friend?


Did I make you think?
 Posting @ Creative K Kids

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday #128- Really an Alligator?

@ Alligator Farm
South of St. Augustine, FL

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Deboning & Stripping a Shirt- Making Strips for Quilts

        I started a memory quilt from 4 of Dad's shirts last July while I was staying with my Mother when she became very ill. I decided I would make the Wonky Log Cabin for this quilt, because I wouldn't have to carry my rotary cutter and board with me to Mother's since strips do not have to be precisely cut. 
     As when cutting up a chicken, there is no "right" way to cut apart a shirt, it's just your way.  You want to turn out the most usable fabric as possible.  This is how I cut strips out of Dad's shirts.  Squares might be another process.

     First start cutting the tabs off by starting at the bottom. You can rip the tab off, but the shedding threads become annoying to me.
      Next, cut off collar.

Cut shoulder seam.

Cut around arm hole.

Trim hem and seams off sleeve.

Trim seam off top of yoke & cut along INSIDE seam of bottom of yoke.

Leaving the back intact & releasing the yoke facing.

Start cutting the sleeves in strips of desired width.
I wanted my strips to be somewhat consistent, so I used the length of my thumb as a guide as I cut.

Close the shirt, and turn up curved hem to make a straight line to cut off shirt tail.

Keeping the shirt closed, notice I didn't take apart at side seams, continue to cut shirt into strips as shown.

Then to save time when quilting so you don't have to scratch around for long vs. short strips,
fold, or roll strips. I'm not taking time to sew strips together.  I will sew pieces together later if need.

For this block pattern, I sorted into long, medium and short strips. 
Notice my scrap pile.  I'll also salvage & collect the buttons.
Would the tabs sew together to make place mats?

I will keep pockets and labels intact, & they will become a part of the quilt.
I'll even quilt this little fellow back onto the quilt somewhere.

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