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

Friday, April 25, 2014

It's been a while...

It has been a while since our last post - a month.  Well we have been busy of course trying to get things organized and completed.  But you know how time slips away from you.  So our biggest excitement, we are now accepting credit cards through Pay Pal.  We are moving on up in the business world.

We have one quilt getting machine quilted at this time, but can't share pictures until after June 6, graduation present you know.  But our graduate selected the fabric and assisted with the design stage.  The finished product will be a surprise.  But here is a peak at the design process for this one.  As you can see the shirts will be next to each other, as requested-we do that sometimes.

Melton Quilt

We delivered the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival Quilt and received raved reviews during the festival.  Quirky Quilts was one of the sponsors of the festival weekend and we have a t-shirt to prove it.  It will be turned into a pillow soon.

Here is a picture of the final quilt, it did turn out pretty good if we say so.  You know we would love to hear from you, drop us a comment here or on facebook.

East Coast Paddlesport & Outdoor Festival Quilt
So, enough for now.  We plan to have a sew/organizing day tomorrow.  Until then...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Born to be wild.

Get your motor running and get out on the highway...
Another busy week here for Quirky Quilts.  We delivered the Harley Davidson Quilt and Keith loved it.  Which is what we love to hear, what do you think?  The border is flames and skulls, can we say bad to the bone.

Keith Boyd's Harley Davidson Quilt
And here is the back using his bandannas' and yes that is motorcycles printed fabric for the back.

The back to Keith Boyd's quilt.

So it is done and delivered and we picked up two more orders this past week.  Hoping to take Lynda's quilt to the long-arm quilter tomorrow or the next day.  It is a sweet lap quilt with a daisy print fabric, too sweet.  We are starting to get orders for graduation gifts, which needs to be placed soon if you want it back in time for June.  It is time for us to get back to the drawing board.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy National Quilters Day!

Oh my goodness, did we have a great "Worldwide Quilt Day" here at my house.  Please tell me you at least did some sewing or read a quilting magazine.  Jackie and I worked on two t-shirt quilts and our blocks for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild today.  We are now worn out.

This is Jackie working on the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival t-shirt quilt and I am working on Lynda's t-shirt quilt.  Yes, this is the dinning room table, my mother, if she were alive, would shake her head and then join in the fun with us.  This table has been used more in the passed two years than it has in the forty years it has been in the house.

If you are into paddle-sports and outdoor stuff you might want to attend this festival April 11-13, 2014 at James Island County Park.  We are one of the sponsors of this event.  Yes, I said sponsoring.  If you are wondering how in the world did we get involved, well Jackie works for Charleston County PRC and I retired from there.  But all the staff there know as much about quilting as we can force onto them.  Staff were under the illusion that quilters were cute/adorable little old ladies.  We have fixed that misconception, if you run into them and start talking about quilts.  They will ask if you know us, just say yes.

This is the quilt top using the first 20 t-shirts from the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival, which was delivered to our long-arm quilter a little bit ago.  But we wanted to share this picture, because it shows off our new quilt stand.  No more quilts laying on the floor to take pictures.  Of course we will share a finished picture with you.

Today we also worked on our blocks for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild.  Those of you who are quilters have been seeing this block everywhere lately.  The Missouri Star Quilt Company has a great tutorial on this, except in a bigger size.  They are now publishing a new magazine/idea book called, BLOCK.  It is a wonder and beautifully printed book.  We love it and are planning to make several quilts from it.  So here are our blocks which will be made into a charity quilt.

Can you see the envelopes?  I love this pattern because it looks like opened envelopes and who doesn't like getting cute little notes and cards in the mail.  Well, I think this is enough for this week.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Well, you asked for it.

Well I (Kim) wanted to write before today to tell you the GREAT news - I won first place in my division of the Cobblestone Quilt Show last weekend.  If you will recall this was a challenge quilt that won first place with People, Places and Quilts.  So very please, and those around me might be having problems living with me and "my award winning quilt".  I was very surprised.

Kim's Sunflower quilt with a blue ribbon
So, back to the show let me tell you my story, because everyone has been enjoying the tale.  I was on the quilt show committee, in charge of admissions.  The show set-up began Thursday, which I had to leave a little early since I had developed diverticulitis, just what I needed to start the weekend.  I had some great volunteers helping me all weekend.  No, I did not win viewers choice, though I picked up enough blank votes off of the floor each day of the show.  My quilt is wonderful, but you and I both know, that there are just amazing quilts at shows and mine would not make that cut.  I did try my best to get the husband votes as they came through the admissions table.  So you are now thinking, what did your family and friends find so funny.  Well, most of the vendors and show committee ended up with food poisoning and yes, on top of me already not being well, I got that too.  When it rains, it pours.  I think this is a funnier story in person, but Jackie was like, write it, tell everyone about it.  So today is the first day that I have been feeling human.

Jackie and I had a work day and got a lot done today.  We have a very busy week starting two t-shirt quilts and meeting a past client to work on a new quilt for her. So check back with us to see our progress.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The weekend...

The weekend is finally here and that means there will be a sewing day.  Today's excitement has been booking rooms for the 2015 QuiltCon in Austin, Texas.  You have to love going to Texas - barbque, Blue Bell ice cream, cowboys.  Well, the times I have been to Texas I didn't see too many cowboys, but LOTS of quilters.  Maybe next year.

Quilt in QuiltCon banner is "Fireworks" by Tara Faughnan
Isn't this quilt amazing, hope we will see you there.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Heart Quilt 2014 by Kim McPeake

Happy Valentine's Day!  

I just finished sewing the binding onto my heart quilt.  I love reading blogs, especially quilter's blogs and was inspired to make the above quilt.  Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella created a tutorial for "The Big Love" Quilt".  I fell in love with this quilt and had to have one of my own.  Are you like me and drool over quilts on blogs, books, wherever and say, "I am going to make that quilt someday".  You put the idea of that quilt on your excel spreadsheet of projects and that's where it ends.  Me too!  But this time, I made the quilt. 

It is very easy, just half-square triangles.  I did change the size of mine, the squares finish at 6 inches instead of 9 1/2 inches.  So my quilt finished at 36" x 42".  I quilted a straight line every 1/2 inch with pretty pink thread.  This is the back of my quilt.

Heart Quilt Back
Too precious for words.  Have a great weekend and thank you Nicole Daksiewicz for sharing this pattern.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow or Ice

So, Charleston was closed today for snow or should we say ice.  I know you may think that its funny, but when you don't have this kind of weather every 10-15 years, it is exciting for us.  The main reason for this is due to bridges.  Remember, "Bridges Ice before Roads", and we have a lot of bridges in town.  You do not go anywhere in Charleston without going over a bridge.  But we do enjoy our day or two of office/school closings, then love it when the sun comes back out to melt it all away.  So here is a picture of the "snow" in the front yard.

But, we have small icicles.  This is on a bush outside the front door.  Don't you love the speck of red berries.

Well, back to work on the Harley quilt, just have the borders to attached and to finish the back.  We are hoping to quilt it with this motorcycle pattern.  What do you think?

Stay warm and safe wherever you are.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Starting 2014.

Well, it is time for us to get started on a new tribute quilt.  Can you guess what kind of shirts we will be using?

Yes, we are making a quilt with Harley-Davidson t-shirts, fabric with skulls and flames.  Stay tuned for more...