Monday, March 9, 2015

Quilt Con 2015

Yes, it has been a while and I could say we have been very busy, which is true.  But who isn't busy.  Last week we attend the Modern Quilt Guild's Quilt Con 2015.  Let's just say we were happily exhausted from our trip, but we had an amazing time.  Both Jackie and I (Kim) were Super Volunteers during Quilt Con.  Here is a group picture of the volunteers with our leader Colleen-who was a lot of fun and I LOVED her purple hair.

2015 Quilt Con Volunteers
Why did we volunteer?  Well we only got into one class with Allison Glass to learn some new embroidery techniques.  We will share our finish product in another post.  By being super volunteers we were workshop assistants and boy did we hit the mother load.

Here is Jackie with Victoria Finlay Wolfe (yes we stalked her during the show, we didn't mean to, but it happened).  She is this super nice and friendly lady and we both hope to take a class with her someday!  Jackie purchased her 15 Minutes to Play Book and templates, so hopefully we will get to play with them soon.

Jackie and Victoria
And who was I lucky to be with, again the luck of the draw.  Both us being in the volunteer room at the right time.  I (Kim) was with the Gee's Bend Quilters.  They are amazing women with great voices and a strong faith.  It was an honor to be with them on the first day of Quilt Con.  In this photo, you will see our friend Phoebe who was taking the class.

Kim and the Gee's Bend Quilters
My quilt, Lowcountry Sunset was accepted to be at Quilt Con.  It was one of 600 quilts and it was exciting for me to have a quilt hanging there.  Something to check off the bucket list you could say.  They gave me this button at the end of the show, because you know that I would have been annoying with it from the start.  Of course I will tell you all about my quilt in an upcoming post.

The great thing about this type of event is meeting everyone that you have been following on Face Book, Instagram, Flickr, and you have their books.  It is nice to meet the person in person and hopefully we did not embarrass ourselves too badly.  Another popular thing to do is have you pictures made in the vendor booths.  Which we did a couple of times, here we are on a big sewing machine in the Stitch Lab booth.  I know we had a great time and if you were there, I am sure you did too.  Hope you can join us for the next trip.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blast from the past...

Jackie's Baby Holst Quilt
Jackie made this quilt for a friend of ours back in 2004.  She was a brand new quilter and knew no fears about making a baby quilt out of his Father's baby clothes.  Yes, it is made with baby clothes and the backing is a Duke of Hazard bedspread.  Our friend Lynda brought it over this past week so we could take pictures of it.  To say the least-our friend Jackie is amazed at what she did, which is a great job!

Isn't it amazing that sometimes the longer you do a craft, such as quilting, that you might not take chances like you did when you first started.  As a beginner, you don't know any better and will try anything.  Jackie would probably say that I can be like that at times-take us making a quilt out of Air Force uniforms.  Doesn't sound new, but it is when you keep the uniform in tack.

So quilters and friends be fearless, take a chance on doing something new!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Love All - Serve All

Happy New Year!  

Okay, now for a quilt we can now share with you made for a friend-which we love being a part of.  Love All - Serve All, do you know whose motto this is?  Hard Rock Cafe, who knew.  Well our friend Frank is in the know.  Frank and his friends have been to Hard Rock Cafes all over the world.  We were asked us to make a quilt using his t-shirts.  The best part for us, he create the design for this quilt for his friend and wife.  What a great gift to start the New Year!

Hard Rock Cafe Quilt

Are you wondering about the red corners of the quilt?  Well they are the labels from the t-shirts.  Here is a close-up of the corner and the label.

So now we hope that Frank's friends love their quilt and sometime this year there are plans in the making to make Frank a quilt with more Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts.  Thank you for letting us be a part of your quilt's journey.

Again, we wish you a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Ya'll!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.  We have missed writing to you and now we need to catch up with each other.  Jackie and I have been busy making t-shirt quilts for holiday gifts, so we couldn't show them until now.  Today we can share two of the quilts that were received as gifts for Christmas, oh I hope they love them.  Mrs. Boatwright asked us to make two quilts for her daughters.  We met at the local Hobby Lobby to look for fabrics and technology stepped in.  We used Skype to talk with the daughters to make fabric/color choices.  We had pulled some fabric that we thought each girl would like before we called them.  So, out of what we pulled one became Anna's quilt.  Then we walked around showing Sarah fabric on the shelves.

The first is Anna's quilt.  She really liked the yellow/blue stripes, so we paired it with cute little six-inch friendship stars.

Anna's quilt
Now for Sarah Wade's quilt with three-inch 9 patches squares.  We wanted them to look like little daisy flowers floating on the blue fabric.

Sarah Wade's quilt
Mrs. Boatwight we hope you love your quilts and your daughters will love them too!  Merry Christmas and stay tuned for more new quilts.  In the upcoming year we have a waiting list already-which is great!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

All the while I was away, you were with me everyday...

What a great sentiment - "All the while I was away, you were with me everyday".  Nicole I hope you don't mind me sharing this with our friends.  We were asked to make a quilt out of Air Force uniforms (later to find out it was winter uniforms, which are heavy).  Of course I answered the phone that day, Jackie is scared for me to take orders now, because my motto is, "we can try to do anything one time, right?"  Nicole, our customer, and her husband are serving our country in the Air Force, which we admire and respect those who do.  But after working with their uniforms, even more respect.  Did I tell you about how heavy their outfits are?  We don't know how they work in them and carry all of their equipment.

Anyway, Nicole called and asked if we would make this quilt keeping most of their uniforms in tack.  The pockets are still usable and patches can be reattached.  So this is a one of a kind quilt from Quirky Quilts-I learned my lesson (until the next time of course).

Air Force Quilt 93" x 103"

Our friend Geri bailed us out by quilting it and she did a great job so that we can still use the zippers on the flight suits, jacket and pant pockets.  Geri, thank you!!!


So here are some facts about this queen-size quilt:
  • It weighs 15 pounds
  • 52 buttons were sewn onto this quilt (and no I did not keep the left over buttons for my collection)
  • There are 4 zipper openings (jackets/flight suit)
  • 25 Button pockets
  • 5 Velcro pockets
  • 11 Zipper pockets
Nicole, thank you for letting us be a part of your quilt.  From Jackie and me, to you, your family, and those serving in the Military, thank you for your service.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

So much has been going on.

It has been a while, and quilts have been made, now to catch you up.  Since we have last chatted there have been so many quilts for customers and for the Comic & Monster Con in Greenville, SC this past weekend.  So let's get started.

This is Nancy & Scott's t-shirt quilt, a couple quilt from their Mother/Mother-in-Law.  It is made with t-shirts belonging to the couple.  We used a row quilt style and added granny square blocks.  Nancy picked the fabrics which is a Moda marble and batiks, which is amazing in person.

Nancy & Scott's Quilt
Now this quilt is for Kylee and is a graduation present from her Mother.  Kylee picked out the fabric and she had her mind set that the t-shirts would be next to each other.  You have to love a girl with her mind made up.  It is a queen size quilt and heavy, t-shirt quilts are nice thick quilts.  We told her Mom that if she takes it to college with her, she will not be able to get out of bed, did we say the quilt was heavy?

Kylee's Quilt
Now for MonsterCon, we had a booth this past weekend in Greenville, SC.  We had a great time and met some amazing, nice, friendly, and scary people.  We have some items left so if you are interested in our quilts, pillows or pillowcases.  Check out our facebook page to see our new friends.

Us and Monster Con items for sale
So, as you can see we have been busy and now back to work on a new quilt.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Another memory quilt.

We have finished one of two t-shirt quilts for a dear friend of ours, Lynda.  This quilt is made with personal shirts and those belonging to her Mother.  Lynda wanted a memory quilt representing times spend with her Mother, children, grandchildren, and their favorite activities.  We added a sleeve so that she can hang it on the wall or snuggle on the couch with it.  Of course she was moved to tears when it was picked up, but there is no crying at Quirky Quilts.  So here wishing her new good memories with her quilt.  Now to get start on Nancy's quilt, Lynda's daughter.  Stayed tuned, we are thinking of doing it as a row-style quilt.

Lynda's Memory Quilt