Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

merry christmas 2013 - Merry Christmas 2013 HD Wallpaper

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for following us through our first full year of business.  Jackie and I (Kim) are both thankful to our family and friends who have supported us by putting the word out there about t-shirt quilts.  We are looking forward to a busy 2014 and if you want to have a quilt made, you know who to call. 

Both of us have been busy making gifts for our family for the holidays and we can shared them now. 

Jackie made aprons for her family's annual candy/cooking baking day.  The candy and cookies are amazing as always.  

I (Kim) made Quick Zip Bags and a pillow case for my sister, Robbie.  I ended up using the bags to put their gifts inside and I think they were very pleased.  Yes, those are hippos on the pillow case. One of Robbie's favorite Christmas song is, "All I want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus".  So one year I adopted a hippo at the St. Louis Zoo for her and since I give her a hippo each year.  So, sweet dreams...


Happy Holidays to you and yours.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Time to take a deep breathe.

Well, we finished our last two orders in time for Christmas gift giving.  The first one or should I say second one.  We made two quilts for the Raugh's and here it is.

Raugh Quilt #2
This quilt was made and then remade, or a better way to say it, we cut and pasted new fabric where another style of fabric was used.  Every where you see the plaid fabric was replaced.  But it makes a better memory quilt.  Both of the Raugh quilts were made using t-shirts from a father who passed away.  The plaid fabric is one of his oxford style shirts, which will be an upcoming quilt in the new year.  As you can tell this quilt is not laying flat due to the flannel backing.  It does make the quilt cuddle since it is going to a daughter with two small children.  Can we still say we don't like working with flannel, but we try again and again.

The other quilt which was delivered Tuesday to the Rowand's as a family Christmas present.

Rowand Quilt
This was a quick quilt for us to make.  Jackie designed the layout and it sewed together like butter.  The binding technique is a favorite of mine, faux piped binding.  You can find everything on the internet can't you, even stuff you didn't think you would want to know.  I used a tutorial on TLC Stitches by Trisha, which has great information and pictures of the technique.  If you have tried to do a piped binding try this one, you will be amazed how easy it is.  Another tried and true way is to use Susan Cleveland's, "Piping Hot Binding" book and ruler.

Back to the Rowand quilt, remember Jackie delivered it Tuesday night and it was a Christmas present.  Well, Mrs. Rowand got home with the quilt and gave it to her family right then and there.  She couldn't wait to share it with her family and they loved it.  The picture of them is on our face book page and we would love for you to LIKE us.  The best ending of a quilt story.

Also, something new this week for us, we are now on Instagram.  So it's another way to keep up with us.  Now that we have finished with our customer orders for 2013 we are gearing up for 2014 and having some fun working on person projects.  So stayed tuned for those pictures.  Happy Friday to all of you!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Featherweight sewing machine, just the best thing to have.

This is my (Kim) Singer Featherweight sewing machine, it was one of 30,000 that was manufactured on October 28, 1947.  I purchased it a few years ago at a local church thrift store, I was lucky that my friend found it and called me about it.  This past summer it was finally serviced, it needed a new belt and there was a mess of thread inside of the machine.  Today is the first day I have used it making pillow cases.  Let's just say it has a beautiful stitch.  The only problem I have is making sure to put the presser foot down, my other machine automatically goes down.  But, my Featherweight is quieter than my other machine.  Late night sewing might be in the future.

JK Quilt Campers were asked to make pillow cases for a local nursing home Alzheimer's unit.  As you know Jackie completed hers last month.  Here are mine, which are due tomorrow.  Hopefully they will bright the rooms for our new friends.  Special thanks to our friends who helped us make these, unsure of how many have been made, but will let you know.  We hope to have 30, one for everyone.

Tonight we are both picking up a quilt from the long arm quilters and I can't wait to show you the final results.  Check back soon.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Raugh Quilt #1

The first of three quilts for the Raughs is now completed in time for Christmas.  Yes, that is migrating flying geese in the borders and was very easy to make.  Jackie found the link on the internet and the rest is history.  The fabric is white with tiny black elephants printed all over it - adorable.  There is a lettermans sweater in this quilt along with the buttons.  Let's hope this makes a very Merry Christmas present and keeps the memory of a loving Father for a daughter.

Raugh Quilt #1
Our friend, Kathy of Kathy's Kreations quilted this quilt for us using a pattern called, "Fairy Wings".  Don't you love it?

Fairy Wings quilting
Happy third day of December to you!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from Jackie and me (Kim).  Wishing you an enjoyable day with family and friends.  This is the first year in a very long time that I am not cooking a traditional meal.  Jackie and her family had their Thanksgiving meal this past weekend with family who came from out of town for a visit.

So, between house cleaning and Jackie helping me clean up the dining room (which is our sewing room).  I made two t-shirt pillows for my sister as a gift for someone at her school.  Here's hoping that the recipient will love her pillows.  What do you think?


University of SC - Gamecock t-shirt pillow


North Charleston Elementary School t-shirt pillow

Yes, that is a small Christmas tree in the background.  I wanted to share the back with you because it is a new technique for me from one of my favorite blogs, Sew Mama Sew.  Click here to see the "Add a Zipper to Your Pillow" tutorial.  See the black with with white dots on the back of the pillow?  It is a flap to cover a zipper, yes a zipper.  Try this you will amaze your self and it is sew easy.   Precious, you know.

Again, Thanksgiving blessings to you and thank you for your support.  Special thanks to Sew Mama Sew for the tutorial - first time I have ever worked with a zipper that was so easy.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Block Swap blocks

Well, the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild is not meeting this month or next due to holidays (we meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month).  So we will deliver 2 months (November & December) of blocks for the Modern Block swap at our holiday party in a couple of weeks.  Delynne asked us to make a "Tic-Tac-Toe" blocks for her:

Delynne's blocks from Jackie & Kim

For Ginny we made "Follow the Leader", she supplied the background fabric and we used blues, greens, grays, and browns from our stash.  We made flying geese units from 2 1/2 inches to 5 1/2 inches.  But your blocks had to finish at:  12 1/2" x 16 1/2".

Blocks for Ginny
I think they are going to make some amazing quilts.  So in the New Year, we only have two more people (we started this swap over a year ago) so our block swap will be ending and new challenges will be issued for our guild.  We can't wait to see whats next.

Right now we have two quilts at the long arm quilters in hopes to getting them back a week or two before Christmas so that we can finish our 2013 t-shirt quilt orders.  It has been amazing the number of calls we have received this past couple of weeks for t-shirt quilts as Christmas presents.  While we don't want to turn away customers, we have because it is only a month until Christmas, which is not enough time to complete a quilt.  As you know from our blog, we make the quilt top and send it out to the professionals to be quilted with an all-over design.

My favorite part of quilt making is purchasing fabric and cutting it into little pieces only to sew them back together again.  It is amazing how colors and design can change the same block pattern.  So if we disappointed you by not taking your order, we hope that you will consider us in the new year to make your quilts come true.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Another one completed.

McLane Friendship Quilt

This picture does not do this quilt justice.  We used red and teal colors, which are vibrant, but looking dull here.  I know I say each quilt is my favorite, but we love this quilt.  Maybe because of the quirky design, which is a garden maze setting.  This quilt will be a holiday day gift for a friend from a friend.  I think the label on this quilt says it all, "This quilt is for my best friend.  She has motivated me to be the best I can be.  May God keep her safe and keep her running."

I think that says it all.  Here is hoping you have friends who motivate you to be the best you can be and wish all the best for you.  We are very thankful to know and have people like this in our lives.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

Special thanks to those of you who have served or serving in our country's military.  
We thank you and your families for your sacrifice and service to us all.

Yesterday was a sewing day for Quirky Quilts and here is what we accomplished.  Jackie worked on pillow cases for our friend Mary Kate.  Mary Kate's Father is in the Alzheimer's unit in a nursing home and asked us to make pillowcases to brighten up their rooms a little bit.  These are so easy to make and there is a great tutorial on YouTube.  We are just getting started with a little help from our friends we hope to make 30 pillowcases.

We forgot to post our blocks for October's Charleston Modern Quilt Guild block swap.  This month Phoebe requested house blocks and she provided the sky fabric (grey).  Jackie made the beach bungalows and I (Kim) made a Charleston single house with Phoebe and her husband in the doorway.  It was a lot of fun and no patterns, we just cut and sewed our pieces together.  Can't wait to see the final quilt.  Here are our blocks:

Jackie's Beach Bungalows
Kim's Charleston Single House

And we worked on the second Raugh t-shirt quilt, which is a memorial quilt for a Father who passed away a few years ago.  This one will be a throw quilt and our client wanted neutral and some blues.  This is the first panel and it really is turning out nicely, don't you think.  

Raugh Quilt 2 panel construction

So that's all for now, except we are trying to get to 100 LIKES on facebook by Thanksgiving.  If you haven't seen us on facebook, we would appreciate you becoming our friends.  Have a great Monday!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Holidays are coming...

Here is the first of many Christmas t-shirt quilts that we have been hired to do this year.  Except, this isn't a t-shirt quilt.  We are calling this quilt, "Hats of the Trade".  Mr. Boyd, yes Jackie's Father-in-law, was a long-distance truck driver and collected hats.  His wife, Juanita, careful cut or took patches off of many hats for this quilt.

Each patch was machine blanket stitched around on each block.  The fabric was picked by Juanita during one of their trips.  So, don't let the cat out of the bag - it's a secret until Christmas morning.

So onto the next quilt.  Keep in touch and tell us what you think about our endeavors.  You can also keep up with us on Facebook.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


This past week was busy completing a quilt for the Modern Quilt Challenge issued by our local quilt shop - People, Places and Quilts.  The shop provided fabric for 12 blocks, which we completed back in July (see our July 28, 2013 blog). The quilts were due to the shop yesterday.

Last Sunday, Jackie completed her quilt top and Monday we basted it to the back.  It's not finished, but I can not wait to share it with you when it is done.  I think she did a great job with the setting, but you will have to wait and see.

Sunflowers was delivered for Friday for judging and I am not sure how many members of the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild did this challenge.  But here is my quilt:

So I decided to applique all over my blocks.  I drew the flowers and leaves, which are fused onto the blocks and stitched around each shape with a blanket stitch.  This quilt was quilted on my Viking Quilt Designer (a home machine).  It's not the greatest quilting job, but it turned out better than I expected.  The binding is a plaid fabric that I wanted to use, and it is the only print fabric in this quilt.

Let's just say, I am so very happy that this quilt is completed and now onto more t-shirt quilts.  We picked up two quilts from Kathy Kreations today, so this upcoming week we will be sewing bindings.

Monday, October 21, 2013

How time flies when you are busy.

We have been busy making a t-shirt quilt, and taking a class with Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake.  She is an amazing teacher and if you want to know more about applique, check her out.  Their website offers tutorials and products.

 Look, me and Becky Goldsmith after class.  No, I did not gush all over her, but I love the patterns and fabric lines from Piece O' Cake.  I am thankful to the Palmetto Quilt Guild in Hilton Head for hosting her this past weekend.  Don't you love taking classes and learning new techniques.  It doesn't hurt to have some shopping time with the items Becky brought with her and a local quilt shop in Hilton Head.  These are a few of the quilts shown during her lecture.  Yes, I purchase the pattern for the brown quilt below.  It's now on the list of upcoming future projects.  The best part will be collecting fabric to be used in my quilt.  Who knows when this project will get started.  But, it is on the list.

So here is the latest t-shirt quilt top just finished today.  It will go to the long arm quilter this week.  This quilt is being made for a friend.  I love the red and teal combination.  What do you think?  Do you think our client will like it or LOVE it?

McLane Quilt

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Many people will walk into and out of your life, 
but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
                                                            -Eleanor Roosevelt

Now we begin the McLane quilt and here are the fabrics that were chosen to make this special quilt.

Ms. McLane and her daughter met us at the local Jo Ann's to select fabric.  This is a first for us that all three fabrics are prints, though you can't tell on the red, which is a tone on tone cracked look.  The fabric is the middle is teal and white, looks like a basket weave up close.  Finally, the gorgeous floral print that will be on the front and back of the quilt.  Can't wait to start cutting up fabric.  Great choice ladies!

They have asked us to make this quilt for a special friend out of walk/run t-shirts collected over the years.  The Ms. McLane and her friend completed many walks/runs over the years, at the insistent of her friend.  Sounds like something Jackie and I (Kim) say about each other.  We are always volunteering to do something, which the other quickly says they will help out with.  That's what friends are for.  So stay tune, as we will show our progress on this project.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

As ye sew, so shall ye rip...

The posting title is so true for us today.  Last February when I (Kim) went to Quilt Con in Austin, TX there was a waitress that had "As ye sew, so shall ye rip", tattooed on her arm.  I thought it was a great tattoo for a quilter/sewer and said if I ever got one, this would be it.  No, Jackie, I am not getting a tattoo.  I am also the one that always makes sure there are seam rippers by our machines, because if they are there you probably won't have to use them.

Well today we worked on the Raugh Quilt, our current client.  One section (see below) was ripped out by Jackie once and me twice.  Yes, the third time is the charmed.  So it is very unusual that we are sharing a project this early.  We always post the final products, but friends have been telling us to share photos of ongoing projects.  What do you think?  Our first purple project.

So this memorial quilt is being made as a present for a daughter using her father's shirts, a pair of underwear, and a letter-mans sweater.  This is our first sweater in a project and not sure if we will consider another sweater at this point.  But there is always tomorrow.  I always say yes we can include that and Jackie just rolls her eyes at me.  If you ever were allowed to watch our process we are the "Duck Dynasty" of quilting.  But it works for us.

Tomorrow is another sewing day for us, where we will finish the interior top, plan the border, and of course Sunday dinner.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's my turn.

Yes, it has been a while since the last posting, sorry.  We have been busy with new clients, block swaps, block of the months, and everything else called life.  It is my turn for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild block swap.  I (Kim) have picked a wonky log cabin which will finish at 12" x 15".  I supplied some fabric but can not wait until the end of the month to see what my friends have made for me.  Here is my sample block, not sure what kind of setting I will use.

Both Jackie and I are working on a challenge for People, Places & Quilts, a local shop.  We can't show you the final quilts, yet, because they are not finished yet.  We will be sharing with you soon.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gentlemen start your engines.

Today we delivered another quilt using racing t-shirts.  We added a checkered border for a winning effect.  I know we say each quilt is a new favorite, but this one has some great t-shirt silk screens.  This one kept us on our toes, because it needed to me a certain size quilt (twin/full), but the print on the t-shirts are very large designs.  Shirts were cut 16" squares or 16" x 18" to finish size.

The quilting was completed by Kathy's Kreations using a race car design.  I don't think a caution flag will show up on this quilt.  Can we say amazing?  Do you have a racing fan in your life?  This is a great way to keep your t-shirts.

The quilt was made for Mr. McLean who is working on an extravagant man cave decorating with a a racing theme.  He is considering using the quilt as a wall hanging.  We hope you like your quilt, because we enjoyed making it for you.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Time to deliver another one.

We have finished a quilt for Juanita, Jackie's Mother-in-Law.  This quilt uses t-shirts representing her travels and things she has done, a bucket list quilt.  The ribbon border makes this quilt girly, and using pink and greens.  Let's hope Juanita likes it.

What do you think?

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy Birthday to Percy.

We made a quilt for my (Kim) nephew's 50th Birthday.  The quilt was made with his t-shirts from t-ball, football, high-school senior shirt, umpire shirts, and part of a baseball hat that span his lifetime so far.  Last night was his party, I think Percy liked his quilt, and he was surprised with his gift.  His Mom, my sister really liked it since she asked us to make it for him.  We kept her in the dark about the final design.  The pattern is a version of attic windows, but I have been calling it cuby holes.

Percy's Birthday Quilt

On the back of the quilt, the white square will be used by his friends and family to sign at this birthday party, another remembrance to have.

The back of Percy's Birthday Quilt

I hope that he will like it and cherish it, because he means a lot to me.

The label from Percy's Quilt.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Get ready, set, go...

Another quilting day in Charleston, South Carolina.  Today Jackie and I (Kim) started and completed our "Sew Modern - original block of the month" blocks for People, Places and Quilts.  It is a local quilt shop in Summerville and the owner, Diane C. Frankenberger, challenged the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild to create a quilt, any size, using the current block of the month program.  There were only four packets of fabric to make 3 blocks each month.  How do I explain this without being confusing.  There are a total of 12 blocks and each block will contain 1 to 12 pieces within the block for that month.  So, the first block contains 1 piece of fabric (the red square), block two has 2 pieces of fabric (the blue and green half-square), the third block is made up of 3 pieces, and etc. You get the picture, right.

So we made all twelve of our blocks and we need to figure out what kind of setting and quilting we want to complete them.  At this time, we are planning to quilt them ourselves, yes all by our selves.  We thought of different settings today, but I am not going to tell you our plans (don't want our competition taking our ideas, you know).  So wish us luck and hope we can finish this by October.  We will let you know when you can see our quilts at People, Places and Quilts shop.

Have a great week.

Kim's blocks are on the left and Jackie's are on the right.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Jackie's block swap

It's Sunday, so of course we had a sewing day.  Jackie worked on her block swap for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild.  She is providing the background and a solid piece of fabric for one set of the flying geese.  The block is called "Follow the Leader" and it is from Modern Blocks:  99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers.  But Jackie made a slight change-she wants a 24 inch finished block, yes each block will be 24 inches.  Jackie hopes to receive another 18 blocks from the guild members to make a king-size quilt.

I (Kim) have my block completed, someone had to test the pattern for her.  We put both blocks on the design wall to take pictures.  Isn't it amazing that by turning your blocks, it you get a different view?

We are still working on our racing t-shirt quilt and plan to have it at the long-armed quilter this week.  To give you a preview, here is the drawing/plan to complete this quilt.

Now you know what we have been up to.  Tell us what you think.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Modern Quilt Guild Block Swap...

Busy day catching up sewing our blocks for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild swap.  We have two months to work on.  For the month of June, we were asked to make black and white blocks (to be finished at 8 inches) for Karen.  Jackie made a block (which she enlarged a little bit) from Tula Pink's City Sampler-100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  I (Kim) made a broken dish block.

Blocks for Karen

For the month of July we were asked by Sarah to make a Mother's Dream block from Leila's blog tutorial.  Great directions and Sarah provided all of the fabric to make her block, which included some linen, yummy.  Sarah will be using the blocks to make a quilt for her husband, who is a fan of the 80's.  Loved the records and cassette tape fabrics in the center of the blocks.

Blocks for Sarah

Our turns are coming up in August and September, so we are busy getting our stuff together.  We will update you soon as to what we are asking our guild to make for us.  We have two quilts at the long armed quilters right now and in the process of making another t-shirt quilt for a race car fan.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sewing day...

Today was a sewing day for Jackie and me (Kim).  Our plan is to get together on the first Sunday of each month, but with business picking up we get to sew a lot more.  When the math is working for us, it is more fun than work.  We are working on a new quilt with pink and green fabrics.  Which is a change for us, lately we have been using a lot of blue and red fabric.  Thank you Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton for your "Royal Blue" solid cotton.   So here is the first completed quilt in blue and red for the Leeper's.

Leeper Quilt
This quilt was made for Bill from his Mom using his soccer t-shirts  The hour-glass units in the quilt are 2 inches.  Yes, two inch squares.  Quilt will be delivered tomorrow and we hope they will LOVE it.  Let us know what you think.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Fifty shades of grey... buttons

I have to tell you about my shopping today, yes Jackie was at work.  This is what happens when you retire.  So, back to shopping and buttons were not on the list.  But there was a stop at a local church rummage sale and a Tuesday Mornings store.  The Tuesday Mornings store had the shades of grey buttons, and no there isn't a plan for them yet.  Jackie will tell you that I (Kim) collect buttons, but you never know when you may need one or a hundred.  Lucky for me Jackie's husband will pick up containers of buttons for me at flea markets.

We currently have the Leeper quilt at the long-arm quilters, and have four orders at this time.  Can we say busy?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day.

Thank you to the men and women who have served and currently in our military and their families who are serving our country.

So, we arrived home yesterday from quilt camp.  Lots of fun and a lot of quilting was accomplished.  I wanted to share this quilt which everyone made at least one block, our friend Nancy made 20, and Jackie trimmed most of them.  This quilt was made for a friend and we hope to present it to him at our next guild meeting.  The pattern is a disappearing four-patch, can we say easy, and a great pattern for a group to make.  There is a great tutorial on Andie Johnson Sews blog.  We started making 24 blocks, but then decided that we needed 42 blocks to make the quilt bigger.  So it is now with the quilter.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wish you were here...

Sunset on Seabrook Island

JK Quilt Camp 2013 is now set up for twenty-two of our closest friends.  Jackie and I (Kim) took a walk on the beach after getting everything set up for campers to arrive at 9 am in the morning.  We will keep you up to date on our weekend projects.  More to come...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A great moment today...

Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Oklahoma.

Today  we delivered the Johnson quilt, to celebrate a graduation of a very special girl.  Mrs. Johnson was very pleased over the final results.  It is always nice when clients LOVE their quilts and compliment the work.  (Patting ourselves on the back at this time).  This is one of our favorites so far (but we say that after each quilt we make).  The blue batik and sour apple green from Kona Cotton is perfect for the shirts.

Johnson Quilt

Special thanks to our friend Margaret letting us have a photo op in her home.  Here are the labels from the back of the quilt:

Johnson label

Yes, we have our very own Quirky Quilt care labels.  Thanks to blogs and Pinterest that will show you how to create everything you can imagine.  Yes, a very good day.  Happy Graduation Cara!

For the next few days, twenty-two of our closest friends will be joining us for JK Quilt Camp 2013 on Seabrook Island.  Jackie and I (Kim) are hoping to get some blocks completed for our Sweet Tea and Butter Beans quilt.  I purchased Jen Kingwell's book, "Green Tea and Sweet Beans" quilt pattern during Quilt Con 2013.  A group of us are making it and decided to rename it, since we are from the south.  "Sweet tea, house wine of the South".