Tuesday, June 13, 2017

O Christmas Tree ...

I recently bought a new tool and wanted to try it out ... The Tri-Recs ruler set intrigued me, and to make blocks out of triangles that are different than my usual 60-degree or 45-degree ones, it made sense to have the special ruler set.

ProsperityStuff pic of Tri-Recs ruler tool

It happens that I had collected a bag of super-random Christmas prints for pennies at thrift stores, and I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas Tree quilt ... something like the ones I've pinned on Pinterest ... this pin or this pin or this one.

ProsperityStuff Christmas Tree Triangles

ProsperityStuff Christmas Tree Triangles with Tri-Recs ruler tool

In between other things (and to test my most-recently-cleaned-and-oiled sewing machines), I sewed together a few dozen of these:

ProsperityStuff Christmas Tree Quilt blocks made with Tri-Recs ruler tool

I think they'll make a fun Christmas quilt ... eventually!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Little Red and White Patchwork

I recently came across a bunch of red fabric for a bargain price in my thrift-store shopping.
Looking for a simple/fast pattern to make, I found this pin on Pinterest.

So, here's the beginning of a little quilt top (un-ironed, and photographed with my phone) ...

I'm not sure if I have enough contrast between the "reds" and the "whites" in some cases. And also, some of the solid reds are maybe a little too intense. 

But for now, I'm going with it. It's a fun, fast design ... 4-patches made from squares cut at 4.5", and 16-patches made from squares cut at 2.5" -- my favorite sizes!

I started off doing these Leader-and-Ender style, then spent a little while putting these few blocks together.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Joanna's Nautical Quilt

I recently finished this nautical-themed quilt as a custom order for my friend Joanna.

ProsperityStuff Nautical Quilt made of Shirts

This was a fun design challenge, and a special project to work on.

A couple of months ago, Joanna sent me a message, asking if I could work on a quilt for her family. A dear relative of theirs was cleaning out his closet, and had given them a stack of shirts. Not being able to use the shirts, but not wanting to give them away, Joanna had the inspiration to ask about turning the shirts into a quilt.

A nautical theme was chosen, which is a perfect fit - many of the shirts were nautical prints and colors, and this relative loves all things nautical.

I started out with these stacks of shirts, and a list of nautical quilt-block ideas ...

ProsperityStuff Shirts to make into a quiltProsperityStuff More shirts to make into a quiltProsperityStuff notes for nautical quilt

 After some design work, I sent Joanna this drawing as the plan ...

ProsperityStuff Concept Art for Nautical Quilt

And then, there was a lot of cutting and measuring and figuring and stitching and quilting!
I may have mentioned before on this blog that my favorite "quilt fabric designers" involve shirt fabrics! I've made quite a few quilts out of men's dress shirts (see the label in my blog sidebar "Dress Shirt Quilts"), and this one was a lot of fun.

Here are a few close-ups, in various stages of assembly ...

Mariner's compasses, and life preservers ...

ProsperityStuff Mariner's Compass for Nautical QuiltProsperityStuff Life Preservers in progress for Nautical Quilt

Lighthouses, of course! Just pieced, before quilting in the details ... 

ProsperityStuff Lighthouse in progress for Nautical Quilt ProsperityStuff Lighthouse in progress for Nautical Quilt ProsperityStuff Lighthouse in progress for Nautical Quilt

Nautical knot and rowboat  ...

ProsperityStuff Nautical Knot in progress for Nautical Quilt ProsperityStuff Rowboat for Nautical Quilt 

Ship's wheel getting some "wood grain" quilting ...

ProsperityStuff Ship's Wheel gets "wood grain" FMQ for Nautical Quilt

An assortment of blocks in progress ...

ProsperityStuff Blocks for Nautical Quilt: Anchors, Lighthouse, Palm Tree, Mariner's Compass, Swordfish


ProsperityStuff Blocks for Nautical Quilt: 3 Varieties of Sailboat!

Lake Houses and a sunset ...

ProsperityStuff Block for Nautical Quilt: Lake HousesProsperityStuff Block for Nautical Quilt: Sailboat in the Sunset

Sea gulls, made from a fleece shirt ...

ProsperityStuff Block for Nautical Quilt: Standing SeagullProsperityStuff Block for Nautical Quilt: Seagull standing on wood

With plenty of shirts (about 2 dozen), I made the borders and backing out of shirt fabric, too!

Here are borders in progress ...

ProsperityStuff Border for Nautical Quilt: Piano-Key style

The back includes big shirt pieces, small shirt pieces, and quite a few shirt tags!

ProsperityStuff Back for Nautical Quilt: Shirts and Tags

Here's the entire quilt back.

ProsperityStuff Complete Back for Nautical Quilt: Shirts and Tags with Piano-Key style border

I decided to use a quilt-as-you-go assembly method (like I used for this quilt and one of these ones), to give each block its own custom technique. This was helpful, since I had a variety of pieced and appliqué blocks that need a variety of quilting techniques. Each block (or border row) was put together: front, batting, and backing, and it was quilted all by itself before being put together with the other parts of the quilt.

One of the fun things about this quilt is that all of the fabric in it came from that stack of shirts, except for the tiny gray borders between each block and row, and the solid white fabric. 

Even though I don't usually, I decided to take this quilt outside and lay it on a sheet for a whole-quilt photo. That seemed like the best place to get a full view of the quilt.

ProsperityStuff Nautical Quilt made from men's shirts

ProsperityStuff Nautical Quilt made from men's shirts

I know how much my family enjoys having quilts around to keep cozy, and I hope Joanna's family will get just as much enjoyment out of theirs!

One of my favorite quilt blogs, which is full of lots of quilt-y inspiration, has a weekly link party for finished quilt projects. I'll be linking this post to this week's Finish It Up Friday at CrazyMomQuilts, and I'm looking forward to seeing what other quilters have been working on and finishing up this week.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Weather Quilt ... 19 weeks down!

It's been a few weeks since I've posted about my weather quilt, so here's a quick picture update.

This past week was a landmark week for the quilt: the first orange fabrics (90° days)!

The quilt top is getting bigger, so it's getting harder to take a quick photo of the whole thing at once ... So here are 2 pictures: 

left side ... 

and right side ...

Already, it's fun to see a bit of the seasonal change in temperature ... Lots of highs in the 80°s (yellow) lately, compared to almost none early in the year. 

I'm collecting my red scraps for the many inevitable 100°+ days coming up this summer!!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Raggedy Ann ... From the attic!

Occasionally, my husband's parents find fun things in their attic that they don't still need. If they think I might use them, they pass them along. A few years ago, they gave me a couple of preprinted Raggedy Ann doll/dress sets ... the kind that are preprinted on fabric. I kept thinking that one of these years, my girls or I might sew them. 

I finally took the time to finish up a Raggedy Ann doll!

I had some extra sewing time one weekend, and worked on that orange quilt project leader-and-ender style, in between getting this Raggedy Ann doll and her clothes sewn.

I had fun trying out a new tiny-rolled-hem presser-foot for the hems on the little clothes ...

It's about a 20" Raggedy Ann doll, so it was small, but still, I was surprised to get so much done in one (long) sitting!

What fun! My baby daughter got this Raggedy Ann doll for her recent birthday.

I got this much done in that one (long) sewing session: (the doll + clothes, but no yarn hair) while also assembling this much of the center of that orange quilt top.

A couple weeks later, I stitched in the yarn hair. 

Black hair on a Raggedy Ann doll? Yes!

When I was little, my sister and I had a giant Raggedy Ann doll, made by our great-aunt. The doll's yarn hair was black. So, of course, decades later, when my sister made giant Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls for my older girls, she made them with black yarn hair. And, so, it only made sense, that the newest little doll have black yarn hair, too.

Weather: a month in quilt

The weather quilt is coming along! One of the nice things about this project is that it's easy to catch up if I get behind!

I've been keeping a daily high-temperature list, and translating that into fabrics, usually a week at a time. (See my previous posts here, here, and here about this quilt.)

Here are the first 5 weeks of the year, temp-quilt style. (The rows are supposed to be horizontal, but the photo came out better this way.)

Here's the basic rundown - each day's color is based on that day's high temperature:

30°s: Purples
40°s: Navy Blues
50°s: Blues
60°s: Turquoises
70°s: Greens
80°s: Yellows
90°s: Oranges
100°s: Reds

Using a basic color for each high-temperature range lets me use a variety of fabrics (scraps!) that I already have (yay!) AND has the advantage of making this look "scrappy" and "quilt-y", which is just what I want.

Here's the quilt all scrunched up for a close(er) look.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

UFO or WIP ... Whichever!

This quilt block set has been in the works for a while ... see posts here and here ...

So, the orange nine-patches and the orange triangles are becoming the middle of a medium-sized quilt.

I worked on it, leader-and-ender-style, during another project a few days ago. (More on the other project another day.)

As I may've said, this one has been sort-of in-progress for quite some time. I guess that makes it a UFO (un-finished object) ... I've been trying to get some more of those finished up!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weather Quilt, Week 2

Here's week 2 of the weather/temperature quilt ... (See last week's post for week 1, and the intro post for my inspiration.)

Again, the quilt is going to be kind of huge ... Actually-Queen-size (instead of kind-of-Queen-size, which is my usual), so that's good.

To help me stay on track, I made a chart that I can fill in and color-code. (This should help me avoid accidentally stitching rows upside-down!?)

In case anybody else ever wants to try a similar quilt design, and needs a chart, here's a link to a (.pdf) download of the chart I designed. It's probably not exactly to scale, but it's close(ish). And it's printable, and free. And it fits on a page. 0

I'm liking that this will be a big quilt top, easily made during just a few minutes each week, in some pretty fabrics that are way better in-a-quilt than on-my-shelf!

Below is another (maybe clickable?) link to the chart. (If you try the links, leave a comment and let me know if/how they work; I'm new at the embedded-pdf thing ... Thanks!)

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