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T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Finally got out those old t-shirts and made something with them! These are from my hikes, walks, and rowing days of yesteryear.

And of course, the “sensitive artist” t-shirt was placed on the back in case anyone decided they didn’t like the quilt…ha! What’s not to like? Lots of color. Nothing matches. Perfect. And in case you too need a “sensitive artist” t-shirt, the designer is Fred Babb. I picked up this shirt at a museum when traveling to Sacramento years ago.

Striped fabrics are really fun to work with, and lo and behold, when I went into my stash I found quite a few. Amazingly I still have a lot of striped fabrics left, even after making this colorful quilt. Who knew?

Yes, I’ll keep working on stash busting!

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Modern Baby Quilt Design

This is a stash-buster baby quilt! OK, so you don’t need a lot of fabric, but it’s challenging and fun to be able to design a quilt from your stash. I designed this block using just three pieces, and then placed them in rows facing the same way (although I think it would look good if the blocks were randomly turned too).

As this baby is going to be a girl, I wanted the quilt to be modern and happy and playful, I added my own hand-dyed pinks, some crazy lime colors, and a variety of large scale mixed bits and pieces of happy fabrics. For the quilting I did a simple swirly overall pattern. All in all, I think it turned out just the way I wanted it to. A modern baby quilt for a modern mom!

I bound it in the hand-dyed fabric, put a label on the back, washed it so it was ready for it’s first use (soon!) and it was delivered to the baby’s mom today….in advance of her little girl’s birth. Who knew I could stay on schedule? Ha!

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Pin Placement

You know all those enamel and other pins you collect over time? Well I had them in a drawer and could never SEE them. I wanted to SEE them!

So I made a simple little “quilt” and pinned them all to it, and then hung it where I would see it every day. And I love it. So simple, and it brings back the memories of all the pins I’ve collected, and what I was doing when I collected them. Some came from my dad, some were from quilt shop hops, others purchased from an artist during an Alaskan cruise.

Now is a good time to get those pins out of your drawer and make a display of your own!

Happy quilting!

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Next Level Placemats

Green fabric (I know, my camera didn’t pick up the right color of green that this really is!), a hint of leaves, and a bunch of feathers. A friend needed placemats, and this design just popped out of my brain. Swirly, windy, leafy, feathery fun!

Yep, I did it on my longarm even though they are so tiny (by comparison to a regular sized quilt). It’s super fun to turn my brain loose and see what comes out.

Happy quilting in the new year!