A Little Finish and a New Project

Happy fall ya'll! Oh wait, it is still summer. Sure doesn't feel like it. Today was a perfect weather day here in east Tennessee. Got in a five mile run, started a new project, was very inspired by our guest speaker at our Village Quilter's Guild meeting. A great day. First, here is a little finish I completed last weekend.

I had lots of left over One Block Wonder hexagrams. This little guy will probably go in my office at work.

I was so worried my backing fabric wasn't going to be big enough, I sewed a couple of 2 1/2" strips to it. Rather than pin my backings on my machine leaders, I've been using the rod/clamp system. It takes a little more fabric. I should have used a lighter thread for the back, but no, I was in a hurry and didn't even think about it. I followed a laser for the center quilting and free handed the filler.

I tried a new technique for machine binding. I really am happy with how it turned out. I sewed it on the front, pulled it around the back as if I was going to hand stitch it, but I pulled it around and pinned it so when I stitched in the ditch on the front, it caught the back. There were a couple of places it didn't catch well, and I had to go over them again. But hey, that is on the back so it won't show when it is hung.

I put fall quilts on our beds, got out the fall lap quilt for the couch, and put my fall table runner on the dining room table. I bought the runner at the Village Quilter's quilt show boutique last year and I really love it. Sure feels like fall to me.

Ever made a quilt from shirts? When I first started quilting, I bought one of Bonnie Hunter's books that told how to use shirts for your fabric in quilts. I went to local thrift shops and bought shirts. Back then (about 8 years ago) they were cheap, $1-$3 at the most. I stopped at a Goodwill on the way home from our meeting today and got a few shirts. They were a little more expensive now -- $4.99-6.99 each.

I can't share this project yet, but the shirts are a little hint. I submitted a block to Quiltmaker for their next 100 blocks issue and thought, "they won't like it" because it was made from shirt scraps, which I'd never seen in one of their block magazines. Well, they did like it! or they were desperate for blocks. I'd like to believe the former.

After hearing that they selected my shirt scrap block, I decided to make a quilt from the block. Maybe it will get in their "Quilts from Quiltmaker's100 Blocks" magazine. I can hope!

I like the frugality of using shirts, but let's be honest, it takes a good while to cut them up. I'm going to see if I can make the quilt with only using four shirts. I always buy the biggest shirts I can find. I use the rotary cutter to cut out the seams, collar, cuffs. Then I'll cut the big pieces into 2 1/2" strips or whatever sizes I need for the blocks.

I like to leave some labels in the strips so you can really tell the fabric in the quilt is from shirts.

My block will be in the November issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine. Watch for it!

Rob Appel (Man Sewing) was our speaker this month at the guild meeting. He was awesome. I loved that he said his quilting wasn't all that great, but man is he creative. He is not a perfectionist, goes at his projects full speed (I could relate), and just tries stuff. Yes, I was inspired. He is so energetic and has an incredible story. He showed lots of his quilts, told his story, and spoke of how Quilting can be healing. He is part of Missouri Star Quilt Company, of Jenny Doan fame. He also told of that business and how it got started. They are all about free education. Go to their youtube channel to learn about how to do anything quilting.

We were in the back row, and Rob sat in front of us before he got up to speak. I didn't get any good pictures of his quilts since we were so far away and it was crowded today, of course. Fun meeting.

One more pic.....aren't these the cutest?!? I'm now officially ready for cooler weather. Since we have hardwood in our home, I enjoy wearing slippers with felt or wool bottoms. They don't make a sound when I'm padding around the house. I've worn two pair out since we've lived here. Time for another pair.

Also, please remember to pray for the Hurricane victims and those in the path of Irma. I can't imagine how scary it would be to know that kind of storm is coming your way. Leaving your home, not knowing if it will still be there when you return.


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