Thursday, July 3, 2014

New FO for June

2014 NewFO Challenge

June's NewFo linky is up, the first of the summer (Barbara's words), it feels like next she'll be writing about Fall and we'll all wonder what happened to summer. 

I don't have much to show, but I did a lot in June, you may remember the pile of T-shirts I showed you last month, they turned into this:

I'm really pleased with the end result, laying it out was a chore and there's a ton of Y-seams, but it was all worth it.


I made the back out of his childhood sheets that she had saved, it's all pretty special for him. 
Cute little side story, the mom wants another quilt for her daughter when she graduates, one problem, because she wore girly dresses and had pretty princess sheets, the mom passed all of her things on, so now she's watching ebay and haunting thrift stores looking for similar items to pass off as the daughter's. She said she'll just hide them in her closet and hope the daughter doesn't catch on, LOL.

After that big finish I made my Let's Book It quilt:
For the Let's Book It challenge I'm not only getting rid of old magazines, but I'm trying to use up stash, I had the perfect fabric for the backing, so that's a big plus.

That was it for me in June, I spent a few days dying fabric and managed to dye my hands bright red, normally I dye them blue. There is something a little more horrific about bright red, when they're blue people just act like they don't notice, but the red was a real attention getter, LOL. 

Gotta run, summer is calling, please check out what everyone else was doing in June, remember you only have to start something for the NewFo, no finishes required. 

Later Gators,
Dana

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Let's Book It for June


It's time again for the "Let's Book It" link up, Sharon at Vroomans Quilts idea to give us a gentle push to make quilts we already wanted to make, genius right? 

The T-Shirt quilt I made took up a big part of June, but I managed to make this adorable quilt.


They're not elephants, but who doesn't like a nice bright duck?
I really liked the twisty lines around him, it looks like the kind of plumbing I might do. That part was easy, but a "pay attention" type which holds my interest. 

I used this Just Ducky pattern by Bonnie Johnson and Loretta Shriner. I just happened to have the duck die for my GO! cutter so that part was quick and easy.
I left off the large border because...well I just wanted to.

I found the pattern here, McCall's Quick Quilts Oct/Nov 2011 and another magazine is out of here. Yes! I'll be blowing the dust off of another one getting ready for July.

If you aren't already linking up to "Let's Book It" you should be, we all have those books, magazines, patterns, whatever, that we collect to make something from. Pick a pattern, make the quilt and link up. So easy. I wonder if getting rid of an old magazine counts for house cleaning this month?

Later Gators,
Dana 


Monday, June 16, 2014

The T-Shirt Quilt and Cuteness

First let me thank everyone who gave me advice on t-shirt quilts, I read everything and took your advice and got it done. After seeing a picture on pinterest I decided to leave out any sashing and not do straight rows, lots of Y seams, yikes!

This is the original layout I came up with, that's laid out on my king size bed, so you can get an idea of the size. Of course as I sewed them together the lay out changed a few times as the seams ate up some of the size and things didn't fit.

This is the finished quilt, It was big and surprisingly heavy, I quilted each block individually, some just outlined, others had straight line quilting, the one time I sewed into one of the "plasticy" numbers, my thread broke. 

She had also saved his sheets and pillowcases from his childhood and I used them for the back, fussy cutting those strips of football and basketballs really added a lot. 

I'm ridiculously proud of it and have a lot of respect for t-shirt quilters, it's not easy. I won't be jumping in to make another one right away, although I did promise my daughter one from all of her sorority shirts, she's going to wait :)

Now for the cuteness. On Saturday my daughter agreed to drive an hour south, while I drove an hour north to meet up at the zoo. Thank goodness she's indulgent with me because no one else would go, everyone just looked at me like I was crazy, I'm pretty sure that Zoo Miami in June is mentioned as a level in Dante's Inferno. Plus as I drove out of the Key's, traffic trying to get in was backed up for 20 miles, literally. If you live here you know to just hunker down on holiday weekends. 

But this is why we went!
Lion babies were finally on display.

Look how adorable they are

This guy is two months older than the others, his mama died and there was a lot of concern about him, but his aunt took him into her family, even the father lion has accepted him :)

This was our favorite, smaller than the rest she would follow along behind them, get about half way and just plop down and watch the people. 
I took over 150 pictures of them, LOL, well worth the heat to see so much beautiful cuteness.

Later gators,
Dana

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New FO for May


Time for the New FO Party over at Cat Patches better known as the "just start something" party led by the great enabler Barbara.

It's always nice to look back at the month and realize, yes I did get something done, crazy busy but still finding time for sewing.

First up, a string quilt, it would have been easier to make it with just white blocks, but I love the feel and weight of string quilts plus I had a ton of white strings.
It may look familiar, I made one just a few months ago, a woman fell in love with it and had to have it for her future great grand-baby. The other one had pinks and lighter colors and we don't know if it's a boy or girl, so I promised I'd make another in more primary colors and we can switch them out if the baby is a boy :)

Next:
I call this a fake barn raising, it's not log cabin blocks. I made it just so I could quilt feathers on it! I decided I needed to stop practicing and just do it, they aren't perfect, but they're pretty and I'm happy to have finally made the leap.

This is my "Let's Book It" quilt, if you're not familiar with that wonderful idea, click the link and check it out.

And this mess is what I'm working on now, the T-shirt quilt that I had asked for tips on. I learned a lot, Thank You!
This is the pile of shirts

This is the pile after cutting, I left them big so after stabilizing I can cut them down to size without worrying about stretching. The hard part for me was cutting into someone's memories, I think the quilt will go together fairly easy. 

She gave me a bunch of polyester athletic shirts that I haven't cut, I'm not sure about ironing them to the stabilizer, I'll test before I cut, but if you have any ideas I'd love to hear them.

That's it, not bad for a crazy month that had me out of the house a lot. Please jump over to Cat Patches and join in or just check out what everyone has started.

Later Gators,
Dana

Friday, May 30, 2014

Let's Book It for May


The wonderful "Let's Book It" link up over at Vroomans Quilts is up and I was hurrying to get my quilt finished. Not only am I cleaning out old magazines, but this month it got me sewing when I needed to, there's something so peaceful about sitting down at the machine, but sometimes it's hard to get there. 

This month I made this:

It's called Star Burst by Sharla Mansius
If you look at the top corners of the quilt in the magazine you'll see that even the published people make mistakes, I love that the blocks are turned wrong, I tipped my hat to her by turning one of mine the wrong way :) 
Her's is a wall hanging, but I made my blocks bigger so it would be baby sized and I dropped some of the HST's she had so the blue stars would really pop. 

I found it here:
Quilt Dec/Jan 2011
Brady Bug wouldn't stop walking on the magazine and sniffing it, so I told him if he would lay down he could be my super model, thank goodness Maya was off chasing lizards or you wouldn't have been able to see the magazine. 


I'm still enjoying "Let's Book It" so much, instead of collecting quilt patterns I want to make someday, I'm making them. I've also enjoyed reading what the other quilters have made, lots of discoveries and challenges. Why not click the link and join in?

Later gators,
Dana

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Update on Wyatt

I was just getting ready to do my "Let's Book It" post when I got the call that there's a rescue today for a cat, I don't know the story and probably don't want to know, but since I wanted to show you what Wyatt looks like now I took this video off of the rescue's site. In just three weeks, look how good this boy looks now. 


                                    

Gotta run, but I'll try to get my post up later.

Dana

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Heads Up

A few days ago, a friend of mine let me know that when she posted comments to my blog she received a "Delivery Status Failure" notice. I had switched over to my gmail account, so I don't know what was happening there, but I went to my comments list and there were comments I hadn't seen, they never came to my mailbox. This morning that is still going on, three comments left this morning, I received two of them. 

The same friend sent me a link to the blogger's forum where another blogger is experiencing the same problem. Another link sent me to a blog that was saying she can't leave comments on blogger.

You may want to look through your comments list to see if you're not receiving any comments. Meanwhile, I'm looking for a new email place, gmail looks ugly and messy to me, if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Because there must be pictures :)

Thanks Dana