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

Challenged.

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.