Monday, February 15, 2016

Memory String Quilt

Nancy's Memory Quilt

Hello everyone, it's time to share a little adventure of string quilting with you.  I have a set of blocks made by my Mom where she used newspapers as a foundation, and no, it's not a quilt yet.  But interesting blocks to say the least, it's on a very long to do list.  I have been working on a Memory string quilt for our friend Nancy using her husband's shirts.  Once you see it, you will want to make one. What did I tell you?

So you begin by cutting shirts into 2 to 2 1/2 inch strips and cut 10 inch muslin squares.  If you use fabric as your foundation, then you won't have to tear the paper out of your blocks.  This saves you some time, but it provided extra body to the shirts and I was worried if the batting might eventually leak through the woven fibers.

Start with two strips right sides together and lay in the middle of your foundation square and sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance through all layers.  Press and then continue to sew strips side by side until you have covered the foundation.  Then you can square up your blocks to the same size.  Ours were cut 9 1/2 inch squares (finished at 9 inches).

Now to the design wall to have some fun.  Nancy had a picture of a quilt for us to go by, so we followed her instructions.  If you don't have a design wall, get one, you need it.  Jackie's husband made this one for us using insulation sheets.  We covered it with batting and it hangs on the wall.  We like the insulation sheets because you can stick pins in it to hold fabric that won't stick or t-shirts.

Here is the final quilt, which is the very last king size quilt I will ever make (saying this with my fingers crossed).  Our friend Alice let us use her porch for a photo opt, doesn't make you want to snuggle under this quilt.  Thank you Alice.

Nancy, we hope you love your quilt, sweet dreams.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It is that time of the year

Hello all, things are starting to get busy here with Jackie and me calling our next two customers on the waiting list.  We have updated our order form, and with that our prices for quilts.  Our increase is due to fabric cost, which we use quality fabrics so that your quilt will be here at least a hundred years from now, if it's taken care of.  As you may or may not know, we send our quilts out to a professional long-arm quilter for quilting and they are raising their prices.  So, we hope you will continue to want to use us.  As always, we make sure that our prices are in line with other's who make quality quilts.

Happy New Year!  Keep checking back to see our progress.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Here's wishing you a very Happy New Year!  Have you made resolutions for 2016?  In the upcoming year we hope to be busy making t-shirt quilts of course and I am making a promise to practice free motion quilting with my home sewing machine.  Jackie and I have signed up to do a sew along with Project48quilt, We will make making 4 blocks a month, 2 traditional and 2 modern blocks.  So you will get to see our works of progress for this quilt sampler.  Have a great night and a safe one if you are out.  Jackie is watching tv and  I will be doing some hand sewing.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays and yes, we are still here.

Happy Holidays from Jackie and me!  Yes, we are still alive and kicking.  Our friend Jackie recently had surgery, but recovering nicely and Hillman (my Dad) broke his shoulder the week before Thanksgiving.  I am (Kim) his caregiver, which is the hardest and most special job I have ever had.  I am very lucky to have great friends, Piedmont Hospice Care, and Griswold Home Care who step in to help.  It takes a village.

Our t-shirt quilts have been pushed to the back burner, and for this we apologize to those of you on our waiting list.  Yes, we have a waiting list of 15 which we are thankful for and please know that the next person will be called soon so we can start the New Year getting busy!

Our friend Susan hired us to make a North Carolina State t-shirt Quilt for her Father's Christmas gift.  Susan, her Mom, and family members added their NC State shirts to make this quilt-too sweet!

NC State t-shirt quilt

What do you think?  Great present huh.  It is interesting that a few weeks ago we were getting calls for us to make t-shirt quilts for gift tomorrow.  Yes, we told them know and did not laugh.  If you don't know anything about making a quilt, sometimes it takes more than two weeks.  Our quilts are sent to a professional long arm quilter to be quilted and sometimes it takes 3 to 5 weeks to get a quilt back from her due to her waiting list.  

Happy Holidays from Quirky Quilts!  Thank you for all of your support.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paper piecing.

We delivered a great quilt today, yes we made it and you could say we are bias.  It is based on a storm at sea block and made with t-shirts from the Cooper River Bridge Run.  Jason gave us free rein-which was great.  We created our paper pieced pattern (4" x 13" finished).  

Here is Jackie working on a piece.  Why would you want to paper piece?  Your blocks will be accurate, especially the points.  Give it a try, there are some great patterns on-line for you to try.

Jason's Cooper River Bridge Run T-shirts
Here is Jason's t-shirt quilt.  What do you think?  It was delivered today and we hope he likes it.  It was fun creating it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Graduation time.

Shelby's quilt

Congratulations Shelby on your graduation from high school!  We hope you love your quilt.  It was great working with you and your Mom on this.  Best wishes to you and your bright future!

Isn’t this a great quilt?  It is using the format of a BQ Quilt pattern by Maple Island Quilts.  Jackie thought of this and it turned out amazing.  Our friend Shelby picked the colors and the layout of her t-shirts for us.  So it was an easy quilt to put together.  Lucky for us the t-shirt designs were about the same size. 

So now onto the next order which will be for Jason using his Cooper River Bridge Run shirts.  Stay tuned for that one!  We will be paper piecing part of it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Winner, lucky number 24

Thank you for the great responses to our blog post on May 18th and for stopping by for a chance to win a copy of Sherri Lynn Wood's new book.  Go out and get a copy to amaze yourself with the quilts you will be making.

Our winner is...

Congratulations Tamie, you were lucky number 24.  Hope you will enjoy this book and can't wait to see the quilts you will make.

Again, thanks to all of you who made a comment.