Monday, April 28, 2014

Two Little Quilts for Two Little Guys

Not long ago, I finished up these two little quilts.

ProsperityStuff Baby Quilts on Clothesline

I may have mentioned bits and pieces of these quilts in the past ... 
The one on the left showed up a few weeks ago when I posted about Playing with Orange Fabric.
 The one on the right was in progress a few months ago, and I blogged about it in a post called Another Shirt Quilt Project FMQ-QAYG-style.

ProsperityStuff Shirt Quilts on Clothesline

These fun little quilts were gifts for my friend Christy's newest little sons.
I mentioned a few months ago (see this post) that my friend Christy would be adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe. As it turns out, God has allowed Christy and her husband to adopt TWO little boys!

ProsperityStuff Shirts-and-Sheets Quilts on Clothesline

So, of course, I wanted to make the little guys quilts to welcome them home.
These quilts are smallish sizes - The square one is 38" x 38", and the other one is a little narrower than that, and a little longer ... The boys are 1 and 3, but small for their ages, so I wanted quilts that would be little, but not babyish. 

Introducing my new favorite combo: Shirts and Sheets! (Perfect for Guy Quilts, if you ask me!)
The squares on this one are all cut from shirts; the beige sashing and binding was a sheet.

ProsperityStuff Quilt-As-You-Go Shirt Quilt (Solids)

Putting together a Quilt-As-You-Go quilt was easier than I expected. (See more on "quilt-as-you-go" here and here and here.)
For one thing, quilting a 10½" square is SO much easier than quilting an 80" x 80" square! Because of this, I've been enjoying "the quilting" part of quilt-making a lot more lately.
For another thing, the method in this video works great for putting the pieces together.

ProsperityStuff Quilt-As-You-Go Shirt Quilt (Plaids)

And the orange fabric was a sheet (and so was the green on the binding & back of the orange quilt) , while the remaining triangles were all shirt fabrics.

ProsperityStuff Half-Square-Triangle Quilt - shirts & sheets
I love the bright, happy look of the shirt-plaids & solids!

ProsperityStuff Half-Square-Triangle Quilt - solids & plaids
I though how fun it would be to take pictures of these quilts outside, on the clothesline.
It was windier than I thought it would be, so, not surprisingly, I ended up with a lot of this ...

ProsperityStuff Quilts on the clothesline on a windy day

... and this ... which made me laugh! I did a lot of waiting around for the wind to settle, so I could snap pics really quick before the wind picked back up!

ProsperityStuff Quilts in the wind

The quilting details for the quilt-as-you-go squares were in this post.

ProsperityStuff QAYG Shirt Quilt

For the triangles quilt, I decided to go with a spiral design, because I figured spirals would contrast nicely with the angular lines of the patchwork.

ProsperityStuff Free-Motion Spiral Quilting

If you look closely at the middle spiral in the picture below, you'll see the "spiral" that's probably my favorite. Even though most of my spirals were tolerably round, and some of them were pretty near perfect, THIS one ... wasn't! I thought about taking it out and redoing ... But more and more, I realize that I'm quilting better and better. AND, more and more, I'm realizing that some things don't require stressed-out perfection. It's O.K.; it's unique. And it was made by a human, and not a robot. :-)

ProsperityStuff Free-Motion (sort of) Spiral Quilting

Speaking of favorites, I LOVE this puzzle-quilting on this block in the quilt-as-you-go quilt. Like I mentioned in other posts about this, the puzzle-quilting inspiration came from here.

ProsperityStuff Free-motion Puzzle Quilting

Probably my very favorite block in the quilt-as-you-go quilt was this rocking-horse one, the last one I finished. Traced this little rocking-horse from a printable coloring page (I think it was this one) and added some details to make it work as a quilting design. Because the little guy getting this quilt happens to have a thing for rocking horses.

ProsperityStuff Rocking Horse Quilt Block

I finished off the little quilts with the boys' names ... stitching them in like the lettering I did at the end of this post and the end of this post.

Many congratulations to Christy and her family on the newest additions to their wonderful family!

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Latest Guy Quilt: NFL, Quilted with Footballs

This was fun:

ProsperityStuff NFL Teams Quilt

Since my oldest son had a birthday recently, and since I hadn't made him a quilt in years, I needed to make a guy quilt.

ProsperityStuff FMQ FOOTBALLS!

When I had the idea to do something with NFL fabrics, I decided to check eBay for a deal on some team fabrics. I wasn't sure what I would find, but I figured the selection online would be pretty varied. 

ProsperityStuff Free-motion Quilting footballs

Almost right away, I found a set of NFL fabrics on eBay -- precut 4" squares, two from each of the 32 NFL football teams. Perfect. Easy. (A little overpriced, maybe, but where else would I find all 32 fabrics in one place!?)

ProsperityStuff Football NFL Quilt, Irish Chain

Pretty quickly, I decided what to do with 64 squares (+1 extra solid square) -- A basic Single Irish Chain layout. 
Simple. No frills. Guy quilt.

ProsperityStuff Throw Quilt, NFL Fabric & Shirt Fabric

I added a border row above and below, made with shirt-cottons (solids, stripes, plaids) to add some length to make a nice-sized throw quilt. (It's about 55" x 68".)

ProsperityStuff Quilt, NFL football FMQ

The fabric combo turned out nice (brown cotton sheet fabric for the top, and something fuzzy-textured-warm for the backing). My favorite thing is how the quilting turned out.

ProsperityStuff Quilt, made from sheet, shirts, & NFL fabric

Free-motion meander with FOOTBALLS quilted in! This was so fun, and surprisingly, not too complicated.

ProsperityStuff Quilt, starting a free-motion-quilted football

Maybe I'll take some more pics and do a picture tutorial on the FMQ footballs sometime. (I was surprised at how little I found online about how to quilt football designs into a quilt! I found a couple of ways that it works.)

ProsperityStuff Quilt, footballs quilted freehand

Anyway. This was fun. And my son loves it. I'm happy about that.

ProsperityStuff NFL Football Quilt, finished

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Playing with Orange Fabric

Every now and then, I find great deals on quilt fabric in unusual places ... 

My kids are amused that sometimes, at the thrift store, when looking at clothing and linens, I don't see shirts and sheets; I see "FABRIC"!

I've mentioned in the past (in one of my all-time-favorite posts) that my "favorite fabric designers" aren't the usual ... and I've made some fun things out of shirts and sheets ... also known as "reclaimed textiles". (For more posts on the subject, see my sidebar labels for Dress Shirt Quilts and Recycled Crafts.)

The bright orange fabric in this post was a 100% cotton sheet, and all the colored fabrics are cut from 100% cotton dress-shirts. 

The nine-patches are still in a stack, awaiting whatever's next.
The triangles have become a little quilt, which I'll be blogging about sometime later on ...

I don't usually work with this much orange -- but so far, I'm liking this orange-plus-solids-and-plaids combo.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

T-Shirt Baby Quilts

I've discovered that T-shirts make really soft, cozy quilts!

I mentioned a different T-shirt quilt a couple months ago (see post here).

I made two little quilts recently for my two newest nieces ... they're not sisters, but they were born just weeks apart, so I'm thinkin' they'll be good friends growing up.

I had fun with the quilting on these ... a regular free-motion meander, with little hearts here and there.

With my machine set up for free-motion quilting, I've discovered that it's remarkably easy to stitch in some lettering to personalize the quilt a bit.

I just draw the lettering on with my handy-dandy wash-out fabric marker, then stitch (more or less) on the lines, and then water-spray to wash out the marker. It's not perfect, but it works!

And I think it makes the quilts a little more personal.

Soft, cozy quilts for sweet little girls!

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