School House Tunic

These past couple weeks, I have been working a lot and been sewing up a storm! I am so thankful for my sewing machine can put up with me.

A couple years ago I replaced my Pfaff with a Bernina and my Bernina puts up with my “abuse” a lot better.

One thing it does for me is it continues to keep working when I forget to change the quarter inch foot to an open foot when I am doing a zig zag. I haven’t forgotten very often but when I do….bam there goes a needle.

Worst feeling in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But after changing the needle and taking a break to stop and clean out the bobbin case and of course add a couple drops of oil, it keeps running like new.

One of my finishes that I got done was this School House tunic by Sew Liberated.

School House Tunic

*Photo credit goes to my lovely sister Hannah…to see more of her work head over here.

I had bought the pattern at a quilt shop in Nebraska last fall and I finally found the perfect fabric for it.

I decided to go with a Hoffman batik. I haven’t made clothes in a long time and I had never tried making a dress out of a batik before. But I love the look! You definitely won’t see other people wearing batiks.

One thing I was worried about when making this dress/tunic was the fact that I have rather broad shoulders for my frame. The thing I liked about this pattern is that the pattern writer combined the sizes, because I had one of those problems where you are in one size in the bust but in a different size in the hips and the waist. What a dilemma! This pattern takes that problem out for you and just combines the sizes.

The first day of wearing the garment I did find that the shoulders were a little tight but after the second day the shoulders weren’t that bad at all. Go figure. (it probably has to do with the fact that batiks have a tad bit of stretch to them.)

Also I had a birthday! The day was busy filled with church, a quiz meet and then finally crashing at home to watch the Amazing race.

IMG_20140302_171737My littlest bro decided it was his job to guard my presents. He did a good job too!

IMG_20140302_214104Here are a sampling of some of my favorites!!!!!

I haven’t had too much time to look at them but they make me so happy to look at all the pictures! Thanks Mom!

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Monterrey Medallion

One quilt that I have finished recently is Terry Atkinson’s Monterrey Medallion. A book that she release in 2005 and at the shop where I work we kept getting calls for this book. The cover isn’t too impressive. I kept wondering what is so cool about this quilt????

We would ship out what we could, warning people that there weren’t many books left!

Well looks like Terry fixed that problem! She printed more books!

My boss wanted me to do a new version. When I agreed I had no idea what I was going to make the quilt out of. I decided that I wanted to do something with batiks….because well they are one of my favorites.

But I also wanted to try to mix batiks and cottons like Edyta Sitar at Laundry Basket Quilts does.

The shop happened to just have gotten in Laundry Basket quilts’ newest line so I decided to mix her batiks with some of our Jo Mortons

This is how it turned out!
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I have made several quilts for the shop but I don’t think I have made a quilt before that was this popular.

The kits are literally flying off the shelves!

What are some quilts that you have made that are winners?

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T-Shirt Quilt!

My sister Hannah is graduating from high school this year and she asked me last summer if I would cut up her t-shirts and make a t-shirt quilt. I said yes, expecting that she wanted a t-shirt quilt with all the t-shirts the same size and lined up on the quilt in an orderly fashion. Then she showed me what she wanted.

That was a different story. The t-shirts in this quilt were all different sizes. I would look and look at that quilt and couldn’t figure out how those pieces fit together!

After some digging, I found a site online that sold a book explaining how to sew all these t-shirts together with out interfacing *gasp!* and how to fit all those odd size t-shirts together!

It took me awhile to just pay for the pdf version of the book….being the quilter I am, I thought I could just figure it out! When I did bite the bullet and buy the book I was really glad that I did! It helped so much through every step, and I know that I couldn’t have figured it out on my own!

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Here are the t-shirts starting to get all cut up! That was the easy part. It was kinda fun seeing all the blocks getting cut out and recalling all the memories that went with the t-shirts. I also was greatly amused at how my mom cringed as she watched me cut out the focal part of the t-shirt and throw away a good part of the rest. (She is a keeper…I am a thrower…you get the picture)

This was one of those quilts where you work on it one day…..and then because you don’t really know how to start the next step you set it aside and work on other things until you finally pull the quilt out again and figure it out.  The cutting part took me two sessions partly because Hannah had more t-shirts to add to it, and I couldn’t start planning out this quilt until I had all the blocks.

The planning part took awhile…..I cut out little pieces of graph paper and it was like a puzzle trying to figure out how to fit all the pieces into the box. (This was also a good time to watch a movie)

I found though when I started sewing the t-shirts together they went together sooooooooo fast! I was a little nervous not using interfacing, but the book had great tips on the sewing, like always,always holding your top and bobbin thread when you start a seam…that was a life saver! It warned that you might need to practice unsewing…..and I thought “yeah…I am gonna skip that part”. It was actually a miracle! I didn’t ever have to touch that seam ripper.

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Here are first two sections.It was so cool to see the T-shirt quilt coming to life as I sewed! It literally took me only two evenings to sew the whole quilt together when I finally made up my mind to do it!

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Here is a rough picture of the finished quilt!  It ended up roughly 72″ by 92″. When it gets quilted I will post a better picture. Stay tuned!

Teaching Time!!

Yesterday I was able to get some sewing time in.

No, I didn’t work on my Amazon Star.

And actually I didn’t really even get to sew. Lets say I was sewing vicariously. Isn’t that what teaching is all about anyway? 🙂

One of my friends was visiting from Pennsylvania. I only get to see her once a year and she asked me if I could teach her how to quilt.

We didn’t have much time cause she is leaving tomorrow. *sniff* *sniff*

So I told her I could help her make a bag to take home.

This was her first time ever using a sewing machine.

Finished product!!!!

And next week I have another teaching session with her cousin.

I don’t have to wait a year to see her.

 

A Blue Ribbon Winner!!

This past week our nearby County Fair was in full swing.

I managed to enter a few items in the open class barn. It was just items that I had finished this past year….a quilt, an apron and other sundry items. I wasn’t expecting much. I haven’t had a big record in my open class endeavors and because of my age I was in a huge age group.

I also entered the purse I told you that I was going to make in my last post.

It turns out that the judge must have liked it cause I got Reserved Champion! Second place in the whole clothing category!!!!

Tonight I went to go pick up my projects and I realized that I got blues in everything I entered!! That kinda made my day.

I was so impatient to use my new purse that after I finished it on Sunday, I used it Monday and Tuesday before I had to turn it in to the fair on Wednesday. I could hardly wait to get it back today. 🙂 Now I can use my sparkly new purse 🙂

Nash

We needed a quilt for a benefit.

Mom gave me leave to make anything in her stash. (hehe)

I found Nash, a Schnibble from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. (uses charm packs..that’s a plus)

It was already cut out and ready to sew (another plus!)

So I was able to quickly piece it. It was a good break from all the little non quilting projects I have been doing lately.

Then came the quilting. Normally I would just meander the whole thing, but after looking at how the quilting was done on the pattern picture and getting encouragement from my mom and my earlier efforts on a much larger quilt, I decided to dive right in and step outside my comfort zone.

I am so glad I did!

My mom didn’t have the heart to give this one away(it matched our house perfectly)

We will have to give another finished quilt away. 🙂