Thursday, May 18, 2017

Graduation Quilt Top

Our second child will be graduating from high school in a couple of weeks.
I completed her t-shirt quilt top this week and got it sent off to the quilter today.
 Hers looks a little more crazy than what I've done in the past.
However, that is probably because she has attended 2 different high school during her time.
 This is also the first time I've made a t-shirt quilt without any sashing or borders.
It is definitely a bit more random than others I've done.
This is the backing: gray chevron flannel.
So happy that I got the pattern lined up perfectly!

Linked up to CrazyMomQuilts

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scrappy Rectangles #2 Completed

And yes, crazy me, I've started the next round of blocks for version #3. 

If interested in purchasing this quilt you can find it in my Etsy shop.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Wide Stripes T-shirt Quilt

As many of you know we like to make t-shirt memory quilts around here.  What you may not know is that also leaves us with quite a bit of t-shirt scraps--some pieces are smaller than others, but sometimes we have entire blank backs that go unused.

So after finishing my last t-shirt quilt I decided to challenge myself and use up the "leftovers" of the t-shirts and turn them into a quilt of some sort. I've been holding onto these for quite some time.

What I came up with was a brick like pattern using 6 inch and 3 inch strips.  Basically getting the stripes as wide as I could based on what I had. 
 This baby is LARGE!  And crazy, but I am pleased with the final result.
My 6'5" son and I are holding this up--widthwise--because it was too big to hold up lengthwise.

The backing was made from a chambray sheet and then added some additional stripes
so that it would be long enough.

Close-up of the quilting.  I asked Lynn for some simple lines to hold it all in place and then some random pebbling on a couple of the smaller stripes.   I love the pebbling!  If I ever do one of these again I would have her do every other or every 3rd row with the pebbling.

And here is my dad enjoying his new quilt.
He likes them HUGE so he can tuck it under everywhere.
And he also likes the added weight of the t-shirt fabric.

  • Don't forget to interface all the t-shirt pieces so there is no stretching, especially for the quilter.
  • Finished size 82 inches by 105 inches.  Yes, it is HUMONGOUS!!  Just the way this Arizona boy likes it so that he doesn't freeze to death.
  • Quilted by Lynn Peterson.

Links to some other t-shirt quilts we've made or featured here on our blog.

Next up for me in another random improve t-shirt quilt.  It is done and needs a backing and to be quilted.  And I'm almost finished with daughter #2's t-shirt graduation quilt.  Hers will be interesting as it is a combo of 2 different high schools and other random shirts thrown in.  Can't wait to show them off when they are finished.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spool Quilt for my Birthday

This weekend is our annual Sewfest Weekend in St. George.
For various reason I am not there this year.
Mostly I'm O.K. with it.
I am planning on sewing as much as I can here at home while my sisters and cousin
are doing their thing.  I'll post some of my finishes later.

Until then I'll show you what my sisters, Emily and Leslie (and a few of their buddies)
did for me last Fall for my 50th birthday. 

I have to say I was super surprised.  Not that my gift was a quilt, but that it was this quilt.  I knew Emily was working on it but I didn't have a clue that it was coming to me.

I LOVE it!! 

The two different fabrics that make up the backing.

The fun quilt label.

And Awesome binding.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Easy Knit Hat for the New Year

Daughter #2 and her friends all wanted "matching" hats.  Which translated into a chunky knit hat that folded up at the brim and double pom poms attached. My daughter chose black for her hat.  Why, you might ask?  Because she is into neutrals and she knew that no one else would want that color.  (And believe me when I say there was a LOT of drama involving the color choice picks--aren't 13 yr. old girls awesome?)  She isn't a pink girl at all. 

So between me and another of the mom's we got them all done.

Here is my daughter in hers.



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Furbabies on parade

Here are some of the furbabies we've had at our home over the last couple of months.

We only had Buddy for a long weekend until his regular foster family was ready to take him.
He and Red didn't get along real great.  Mostly it was just mutual toleration.  But hey, the poor guy was surrendered by his owner because she couldn't take him with to her assisted living place and he got neutered all in the same time period.   I wouldn't be too happy either.

We watched Dinky here for a couple days while his foster family was out of town.
He is cute, but was quite annoying.  We also watched him while we had Red and he would not leave her alone....if you know what I mean.  My kids got a little more sex education than I would have liked during that time period.

Red was one of our favorites (or at least mine). I have to admit I had a hard time when she got adopted although she went to a lovely family.  They send me updates every now and again.  She loves their 4 kids (2 of which are adopted from China) and they love her.  I think she has been a good "therapy" dog for the 2 kiddos from China who had only been in the US about 2 months before Red came along.

Aspen got adopted about 3 days after having to be surrendered by her owners
who lost their apartment and couldn't take her with where they were staying.
New owners LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her. 
Seriously, an understatement how happy they are to have her.

Watched our friends' Yorkie/Pomeranian, Figaro, over the Thanksgiving break.
I have a changed opinion about little dogs after watching him. 
He was 6 lbs. of awesome!
The funniest was so see how each of my kids felt that he liked them best.

This is our current foster furbaby, Ivy.  She is only about 8 months old and is a lively thing.
We've had her about a month now while she has been treated for mange.  She is recovering nicely and is ready to be adopted.  We hope some outdoor loving family will find her as she loves being active and outside even here in the freezing northland of MN.  She just might be part sled dog.

If you are local in the Twin Citites MN area go to Carver Scott Humane Society to see what animals are currently available for adoption. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Just messing around this evening....

Decided to test out some of the settings on my camera tonight for a little comparison.
I took these all within just a few minutes time of each other.
I only changed the Picture Effect settings on my camera.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Puppy Fix for the day

Here is one of my latest projects:  our current foster puppy, Ryder.

He's a lively one for sure.

Contact Carver Scott Humane Society if you're local and interested.

Friday, September 16, 2016

So this is what have I been doing with my life lately.....

So our favorite youngest daughter has been bugging us about a dog for awhile.  We had a chocolate lab for a number of years that we had to put to down about 4 years ago.  For about a year none of the kids were ready for another dog.  And then we were getting ready to make a move and I wasn't going to do that with a new dog at the house.  It has just been this Summer that I was willing to consider the possibility.

We decided to first start out by fostering some dogs to see what kind we would like next.  Said favorite youngest daughter lasted 3 days before she was "done".  Puppies are a pain and annoying she found out.

This was our first foster, Hawkeye, at 8 weeks.
He's one of 10 St. Bernard American Bulldog mix puppies.
He was so soft and fluffy and chewed on everything he wasn't supposed to.
We had him about a week and he got adopted. 

Everyone asks how we can foster and then give them to someone else.
Well, in Hawkeye's case I wasn't sure I wanted a dog that would end up being 100-150 lbs. when it was fully grown. I don't mind large dogs, but that is a little much.  I already have "big" kids.

But hey, we like them when they sleep, for sure.

After Hawkeye we got these 3 North Dakota rescue puppies.
Piper, the little brown one and her two sisters Xena and Gabby (red collar).
Piper went to another foster family after 2 days with us and they ended up keeping her.
In the foster world that is called a "foster failure", but a win for adoption. 

We had these two together for 2 weeks. We affectionately called them Thelma and Louise.
At times they were a little crazy together.

Last week our Gabby girl got adopted by a nice family.
She was quite happy to go with them and they were thrilled to add her to their family.

 And now we are down to Miss Xena the Warrior Princess.
She's definitely more princess than warrior.

 The kids have all liked her the best from the beginning.
We had a couple close adoption calls, then they changed their mind or picked a different puppy.
I keep telling the foster team leader that we are getting "out cuted" by the younger fluffier puppies.
(And with about 18 more puppies available in the next month or two that might continue happening.)

However, at this point we don't mind.
Xena is a lovely puppy and seems quite happy with us.

This weekend there is another adoption fingers crossed.
If she doesn't get adopted soon we might have to seriously consider keeping her for ourselves.

I am a foster volunteer thru the Carver Scott Humane Society.  If you are local in those MN counties go check out what's available for adoption.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Alexander's Finished Quilt

Within the last couple weeks I got Alexander's quilt back from Lynn (who was in the process of moving for crying out loud!  Thanks, Lynn!!)  She did a fabulous  job as always.

From this distance you can't tell that the print doesn't line up perfectly.
So make sure you just look at the back from you can remain amazed.

I found a nice dark gray on black polka-dot that I used for the binding.
I really like it.

A couple of the individual t-shirt squares.

One of my favorites from his collection.

Strict instructions on the direction of this red shirt on the left.

And since we didn't have any school or team shirts for Alexander I asked Lynn to add his name and his graduation year on an empty space so that it would be completely personalized.

Straight out of the dryer and into his hands.
He was super happy with it.
I got a number of hugs before he left.

  • Previous post here.
  • Finished measurements: approx. 70 inches by 90 inches
  • Used 24 shirts
  • Binding fabric from Jo-Ann's. Needed about 2/3 of yard cut into 2 3/4 inch strips.  I like my binding a little wider than most.
  • Machine binding method from CrazyMomQuilts--basically it is attach the binding to the wrong side and flip to the front and topstitch.


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