Tuesday, March 13, 2018

It's Going To Be HUGE

Bets and I are dusting off Big Bertha and starting to finish a quilt that I have been commissioned to do...years ago, right before Mark's dad passed, then my dad has had issues with his bladder cancer and then there was the little broken arm thing and rehab.  We have tried to do bits and pieces for a long time.  But now, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we will be working on this HUGE monster every Wednesday until it is finished.

Steve found me from my blog.  The man knows what he wants and how he wants it.  Now if can just deliver.  One of my issues has been that I have been so scared to cut one of the t-shirts to make it fit the 12 inch square.  Simply because if I messed it up there was no way on God's green earth to replace it.  It made we sweat just thinking about it.

Each of the t-shirts represents a marathon in each state (50 of them) that Steve finished a marathon in under 4 hours! Impressive indeed.  We figured and then re-figured.  It will be a little over a queen size quilt once we get it finished.

Last Wed we started.  We made sure that the squares were all 12 squares, made sure the backing was secure, made sure we had them in the right order, and this week I will be figuring how much black sashing and backing fabric to buy.

We stacked then and rechecked them.

We made sure one more time that the t-shirt squares were square and in the right order.

Then the lights went out!  SERIOUSLY, right at the very critical part of cutting the t-shirt to fit.  We figured and re-figured.  We even made a pattern from newspaper.  We cut and re-cut.

Then it was time.  We were positive after many discussions that we had it right.  My right are isn't as strong as it should be yet so I asked Betsy if she would cut for me.

We laid the quilt out on the floor and measured two inches around each square for the sashing.

And then the lights came on!

Now, I know that some of you quilters are multiplying rows up and rows down...there are actually 56 squares.  One front for each state and then a few backs of the t-shirts.  And one in training t-shirt.  This is BY FAR the largest quilt I (we) have ever attempted.  Wish us luck.  

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Better Start Now

Michael achieved the rank of Star Scout on Monday night.  I was flipping through Pinterst  and found this.  I better start now so I can have it finished by the time he earns his Eagle rank.

It is on 32 count linen, over two squares.  Hope I will be able to see it!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Dewey's Finished Quilt

Betsy and I finally got Dewey's quilt finished.  I think he loves it!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Dusting Off The Old Machine

Awhile back Emmy asked if I would help her make a quilt to give to the principal of Hyde Park School for International Day.  Sure no problem.  Well there seems to be a problem...things beyond our control have caused us to be behind the eight ball.  We have spent the last to nights up until 1AM working on the quilt.

The Art teacher had the 6th grade students make batik squares.

Problem number one...not all the squares are the same size.  We trimmed them to 11 inch squares for the front and 10 inch squares for the back.

I love all the colors.

Emmy likes the looks of the front.
11 inch squares

The back.
10 inch squares

You woud think that two college graduates would be able to figure out the math...a real challenge for us.  And Emmy is really good with math.

We set up shop in the basement...lots of floor room to spread out in.  Only problem is that we have to pick it all up when we finally call it a night.

So today after all the yahoos go home I will be pinning and quilting two quilts now instead of one.  Keep your fingers crossed that I get them both complete by Wednesday morning early when Emmy leaves for work.  International Day is Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Just A Little Something

At Christmas Emmy was in charge of an activity for some of the classes at Hyde Park Elementary School.  Instead of playing games at the school party, several of the classes made blankets for a homeless shelter.  The kids were in charge of cutting the 4 inch corner pieces, cutting the strips and then also tying the strips together in knots.  They had a ball doing it.  I asked Emmy to save all the four inch squares so we could make some baby blankets for Wammyville.  There was one little girl that asked Emmy if she could have one of the blankets.  Sadly Emmy explained to her that they were making blankets for other people but she said that she would she if she could make her a blanket.  Emmy asked her what color.  The little girls smiled really big and said pink.  So today I sewed as many pink 4 inch squares I could find in the scrap bag she brought from school.  I washed it and put it in the drier with some tennis balls to make it even softer.  

I think she is going to like it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dewey's Quilt

Betsy has been working every spare minute she has on this quilt.  Those minutes have been few and far between these days.  Life seems to have taken a big right curve for her.  But last Friday night Ms Yvonne and I were able to help her get the quilt top started (Yvonne cut, Betsy sewed, and I pressed the seams) and then she got her second wind and she was off to the races.

Betsy chose photos of family and things that they have done as a family so when Dewey see the pictures he will remember the fun times they have shared through the years.  She added some of his favorite t-shirts and a few cowboy squares.  Dewey loves a good western.

The top is complete.

The back is finished.  Now all we need to do is lay it out, tape it down, pin it and then Betsy will quilt it and adds the binding.  We have plan to pin on Thursday night.  We usually do that at church because we need a large piece of floor space to lay it out.  It won't be long before he is cuddled up in it by the fire watching John Wayne win the West.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sam's Welcome To The Family Quilt

After making the first quilt I knew I wanted to make a quilt for Sam.  I knew that I wanted it to be a Gees Bend Quilt.  I love the history about Gees Bend, Alabama.  I  love the quilt maker because they used hat ever they could find to make a quilt.  No set pattern, no fancy needle work, just a quilt to keep family members warm in the winter.

I went to the fabric store and picked out and handful of fat quarters.  Came home and cut the into strips..all different widths.  Then I just started sewing.  With what i had left after squaring the center up I made the border.  I used regular weight batting.

I cut the backing the width of a yard stick bigger than the quilt top.  Lizzie, my Amish friend taught me how to finish a quilt without having to cut and sew a binding.  I love it...quick and easy.  I always wait and wash the quilts when they are complete.  I like the way the fabric looks like it is used and well loved.