Monthly Archives: July 2014

Will’s HS Graduation Gift

My wonderful nephew, Will graduated from high school this year. He earned a full-ride to Tulane in New Orleans. So proud of the young man he has become. Back in the spring I offered to make him a quilt for graduation. My son Andrew gave me specific instructions on how big it should be–long enough to tuck under your feet and still pull up under your chin. So off to Jackman’s Fabrics to shop.

Will 6 He wanted a modern feel with some more vintage fabrics. He picked a pattern and a bunch of fabric and set me loose. It took me a while to get a layout I liked.

Will I built a few blocks and then just began auditioning fabric combos. I used the post its to label the type of block each one should become.

Will 2 I was working with with about 15 different fabrics and it was challenging to keep them all straight. I got to thinking there had to be a better way.

Will 3Will 4 I pulled out my stash of small white bags and put one or 2 styles in each. I then pinned a scrap to the outside and hung them on my tool rack. It worked perfectly!  I could stay organized and use the scraps easily. I will definitely try this again!

I was able to get the quilt pieced in time for Will’s graduation party over 4th of July weekend–good thing I took the previous week of work off. I think I spent 4 wonderful days in my sewing room working on it.

Will 7 Used some of the extra fabric for pillow cases.

I took it to the quilters 2 weeks ago and it is back. Pictures coming.

A stitch in time…

I sure wish I had more free motion quilting confidence. It would have been so fun to do some fun designs on this quilt. I was with it a long time before jumping in. I had this past week off and knew it was now or never–besides, the shower is a few days away.

I chose lots of straight lines and a little curve for the flower blocks.

Michelle 5Michelle 4 Only what I can do with my walking foot.

Time to make a label for Miss Scarlett Rose

Conference tables aren’t just for meetings anymore

It was time for my least favorite part of quilting–basting the quilt sandwich. I don’t mind the actual quilting, but the prep- yuck. I feel the same way about this as I do painting walls. Hate the prep (and clean up) but love the painting itself.

Michelle 1

We have a small house with not much space for basting. But I got to thinking–we’ve got lots of big conference room tables at work and this quilt is for a co-worker, so why not!

Michelle 2 Here it is taped to the table. I didn’t quite get it tight enough and ended up having to adjust at home-better tape next time.

Michelle 3 All pinned and ready to go! Even though I worked on this after hours, some of the really dedicated folks were still hard at work. I got into some fun conversations about quilting as they walked by the room. One guy told me all about his mom’s quilts and how much she loves quilting–nice moment!