Micki’s Leader Ender 2016 Quilt

January 10, 2017 in QUILTING

Is this a 2016 or 2017 completed quilt? I guess, technically, I finished it in 2017 but the quilt center was done by October 2016. Over New Year’s, I finally found some time to add the borders.

2016 Micki’s Leader & Ender

All of the fabrics used in this quilt were recycled shirts except the dark blue outer border.

My inspiration was a photo that a reader sent to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltsville. The quilt is adorable and loved the variety of colors but since I was working with recycled shirts I stuck to the blue and white adding a splash of red and gold. I removed the sashing which made the setting triangles of the blocks become half square triangles.

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Ralph Lauren quilt top is done !

December 23, 2014 in QUILTING

This is a very busy time at work with lots of year end deadlines and huge projects. Haven’t had much time to work on quilting lately but was able to get my Upcycled men’s shirt quilt top done.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

My brother, clever guy, has named this quilt ‘Ralph Lauren’. Men’s shirts = mens’ clothing designer. It is my scrappy version of a ‘plus’ quilt finishes at 48″ x 60″. I am leaning towards no borders at this time but will leave it on the design wall and see what happens. Fall Leaves 2 is still on my design wall waiting for the blocks to be sewn together. Hopefully, there will be some quality quilting time soon. Do you have a project you will be working on during the holidays?

I wish you and your family and friends a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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Design Wall Wednesday

December 10, 2014 in QUILTING

Made some progress with Fall Leaves2. The blocks are all made and now I need to decide on border(s). I am thinking it might need a small black inner border. The outer border will be the fabric that is in the center of the beige blocks.

Fall Leaves 2

Fall Leaves 2

I am also putting together the ‘Upcycled men’s shirts’ blocks into rows. Won’t take long to finish the quilt top once I have the rows done. It will be 48″ x60″ quilt if I don’t add borders.

Upcycled Men's Shirts

Upcycled Men’s Shirts

What are you working on today?

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Upcycled men’s shirts

November 18, 2014 in QUILTING

My next project is working with all of the men’s shirts I have purchased at Goodwill. The most popular color must be blue since I have more light, medium and dark blue shirts than any other color. Most of them are either striped or plaid ranging in size from medium to 2X. To add a bit of sparkle and interest I am adding a few yellow prints.

Carla (fellow quilt group member) has made a couple and I thought it was time for me to make one. I am using the book Wonder Blocks by Terry Martin. (only adding link so that you can see what the book and quilts looks like – no affiliation/sponsor). Terry includes a chart showing the sizes of the units that make up the 7 different block layouts. I decided to make the blocks 6″ square in three different layouts.

Took awhile for me to figure out the best way to get maximize the fabric. This is what the shirt front looks like when I cut up the squares and rectangles.

Cutting up the shirt

Cutting up the shirt

People who know me – know that I can’t just randomly sew pieces together. I take the pieces I have cut and individually position them into blocks.

Putting them together

Putting them together

Only the darker blocks are sewn but you can see the other fabrics I am using.

Blocks

some of the blocks

Winter garden – Normally, you never know how many small critters run through your yard. That it, until you get a fresh layer of snow. There are hoards of little bunny tracks. I am optimistically hoping it is only one bunny and not a herd. They are cute to look at but they can destroy plants. Eating the young shoots from many plants in the spring and in the winter them seem to really like my spireas and even have attacked my blue spruce tree.

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