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.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters and me

Thank you for stopping by today to read about my experience of being a test quilter for The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, by Sherri Lynn Wood.  Last year, I was one of the score testers.  The interesting part of this book is to get you to be creative by not providing patterns, but to inspire you to make a quilt using your creativity.

I procrastinated a little bit to start because this was out of my comfort level.  I love my rulers.   I was lucky to be in Sherri’s Round Robin Improv at the 2013 Quilt Con and learned so much.  But I will be the first to say I am not comfortable with just sewing strips without a plan, but I am learning and trying to relax. My quilt started with a lot of strips and here is what I love to call my noodles.

This quilt also used some primary colors and all solids, which I like and don't use too many brights in my quilts.  Here is my finished quilt using the String score from Sherri's book and yes, that is Sherri Lynn Wood in the picture!

It is a wonderful book with beautiful pictures.  Now you have a chance to win a copy of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by leaving a comment answering the following question:

Have you tried quilting without your rulers yet?

We will select a winner on May 25, 2012.  Thank you for coming by and please continue on the tour.  

May 2Sew Mama Sew – Score for Floating Squares Gallery
May 4 STC Craft – Score for Rhythmic Grid Gallery
May 4Plaid Portico – Score for Strings Gallery
May 6During Quiet Time – Test Quilter Amy Friend – GIVEAWAY through May 10
May 11Studio Notes – Test Quilter Penny Gold – GIVEAWAY through May 15
May 13Quiltville – Score for Modern Block Improv Gallery and GIVEAWAY
May 15Peppermint Pinwheels – Test Quilter Stacey Sharman
May 18Quirky Quilts – Test Quilter Kim McPeake
May 20PoppyPrintCreates – Score for Patchwork Doodle Gallery
May 22The Last Piece – Test Quilter Sara Fielke
May 25Cauchy Complete – Score for Layered Curves Gallery
May 26Diary of a Quilter – Score for Bias Strip Petals Gallery
May 28Getting Stitched on the Farm –Score for Improv Round Robin Gallery
May 29Spoonflower – Score for Showing Up Gallery
May 30Fresh Modern Quilts – Test Quilter Rossie Hutchinson

Monday, May 11, 2015

Goodness, it has been a while.

Hello all,  it is time to update you on a finished quilt.  Yes a finished t-shirt quilt that is now living in Chicago.  It was scary mailing it two weeks ago, but now it is with its new owner.

A quilt for Suze
This quilt was made for Suze by her Mother, Clare.  This was our first client that we only communicated through emails, which is unusual for us.  Our friend Kathy of Kathy's Kreations quilted this one for us and did an amazing job.

Detail of quilting on Suze's quilt.
Clare and Suze, it was a joy working on your quilt and we hope you love it.

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!