Tag Archive for T-Shirt quilt

April Update

I have not written lately and have a thousand reasons why! Seems that my goals for the year have partly been put on hold. My choices of priorities have gotten in the way of some of my goals. My choices though.

I have been spending time redoing my raised bed area by the sewing cottage. (Her name is Ruby Jane’s Cottage). The entire previous area where the cottage now sits used to be my garden area. Since gardening is also in my blood, I have been developing that area.

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End of Graduation Season

The tshirt graduation season is coming to a close.  It
was a very long season this year and I was productive with all the Quilts I completed since January.  Previous posts show some of the Quilts completed.

Each of of them were very different but all were based on a grid system with each block being the same size.  Some blocks contained more than one logo.  This is the last of them!

Whew!  Now I should have time for everything else piling up.  Seems that this time of year is so busy!  I am always saying that I will not fall behind, however, I am on the same swift river as years before.

Speaking of rivers, we are having an issue with flooding this year.  I needed to get a breath of fresh air so we took a drive up to a small town called Pine, Idaho.

I am so sorry for their flooding difficulties.  Past forest fire issues and now flooding,I hope this tragic situation passes quickly.

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January 2016


It is hard to believe that 2015 has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I thought there would at least be 12 months…..oh, wait…..there were and they flew by so fast that I can only hope 2016 will move a little slower.

This is the time of year that we all consider how to make this next year be different in some way.  Some of us have goals.  Some of us have resolutions, some of us make lists, and some of us just hope that this new year brings about some changes of some kind or continuation of things we like that happened last year.

I have never been one to make resolutions, but I do have hopes.  For those of you that know me, I always have HIGH hopes.  I seem to want the moon, but will take a piece of cheese if that is what happens.

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Spring Projects

Scheduling gardening, yard work, and quilting certainly becomes a juggling act at times. My yard is calling to me that it is becoming a hay field while I am quilting in the studio. Thank goodness I am as organized as I am. Nothing would get done if I let my attention drift.

I have completed a couple of projects this last month. I repaired an antique double wedding ring quilt but forgot to take her picture. Too bad. She was gorgeous with a green background and prairie points all around the edges.

I completed this memory quilt for a wonderful woman who lost her mother. I hope this quilt gives her comfort as she shares memories of Grandma with her children. Memory quilts are a fabulous way to use clothing items of the person who passed and create a quilt to wrap around shoulders or lay in a lap and remember!

Karlee's quilt

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Spring Brings Out the Colors

I love spring as the flowers are beginning to have green shoots and the grass is coming alive and not so brown. It certainly is a season to look forward to when it comes to quilting as well.

I have been working on another T-Shirt quilt that turned out very well.


The sashing and border on this quilt really set off the blocks and helped the logos to shine. Two of the center blocks were added from printing pictures and words on fabric. This is a great way to add to the number of logos or to add special sayings or photos.

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Tax Season Always Interrupts My Quilting

It is unbelievable how fast this year is moving. Seems like only yesterday . . . . It also seems that I say that more and more frequently as I age.

I have been very busy during the month of February. Seems like, when it rains, it pours. So I just have to take deep breaths and move forward as best as I can.

As tax season approaches, I am buried in paperwork. I keep thinking that I am more organized this year than last, but I am buried and it needs to be done ASAP. Wish I could just quilt and not be interrupted by such stuff. I am going to try and be even more organized this year. I think I said that last year and here I am once again, complaining. Well, on to the quilting stuff:

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T-Shirt Quilt Fixed and Beautiful

Sometimes I get projects from clients that need some tender loving changes to make them into a great quilt. This T-shirt quilt had been started by the girl that is going to receive it for Christmas.

She had cut the logos (roughly) and tried to make a collage out of them. They had been attached to a piece of fleece with yarn. Of course, they were rolling on the edges and the client did not know how to finish the quilt.

I took the logos apart and reframed them with fabric. Some of the logos were cut to close to the edges and I lost part due to the quarter inch seam I needed to add the new fabric. Even when things do not work out as planned, it is still possible to fix them and create a great quilt to snuggle into.

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From Ocean To Garden

I have been so busy the last couple of weeks that I forgot to take pictures of the projects I have been working on. So I thought I would share a couple of pictures from the trip to the coast last week and the garden and produce waiting when I returned.

I have a quilt top that I will start quilting on Monday, that has an ocean theme, so my vacation to the coast fit right in with thinking about the design for the top. Let’s see . . . waves, shells, crabs, jellyfish . . . maybe not kites though.




It was a fabulous trip. I would like to be able to spend at least two days a week watching the ocean as it is so relaxing.

My return home was not nearly so relaxing. The garden decided to really grow in a week.





The chickens had to do their part as well. Maybe veggie omelettes are in my near future.

I am finishing up this T-Shirt quilt and hope to be ready with my ocean designs for the next project.




Keep quilting and think ocean waves. Sue

The Sunbathers and T-Shirts

The girls just love to sunbath and hang out. I guess you could call this a real hen party. Enjoying the day, clucking about this and that, a little to eat, a little to drink, and good friends to spend time around.

So, while the girls enjoyed the sun, I was working on a darling T-Shirt quilt.

It is always important to stabilize the blocks.

Selection of the logos is also important. Seems that there are always more T-Shirts than there is room for in the quilt.

Placement of blocks and auditioning sashing is also great fun as I begin to see the quilt take shape.

Cardewyn couldn’t be bothered with the girls or me. She felt it was a day of rest. Keep quilting. Sue

New T-Shirt Quilt

Many t-shirt quilts are made in a grid style and others are made with offsetting pieced blocks.  This one came to me from a client that had started the quilt with a vision in mind.  The t-shirt logos had been cut out in the fashion of an applique.  So, I had to begin with the vision of the client, (I usually do) and build on that vision.  The logos needed to be appliqued onto a background and then the borders needed to be added.

  Custom t-shirt quilts have always been a bit more difficult when it comes to interpreting the ideas of the client.  But this one already had a good beginning and I just needed to go from there.


This quilt was for the client’s son so I needed to maintain the masculine feel with the quilting designs.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about the quilting designs.  I thought and I thought and I thought……… when I knew I had it….


I quilted a continuous design behind the appliqued logos using a 4″ grid.  I also wanted a more masculine border design so I chose a rope and half circle type alternating design for the two borders.




 The client did not want the quilting to detract from the logos so I tried to secure them with thread and designs individual to each logo.quilting design







T-shirt logo



    After several hours of quilting, quilting, quilting, it is finished.  I think that it is a great example to show that even if you have cut your t-shirts (which I hope you bring them to me uncut), I am still able to take them, visit with you, and come up with a great quilt with significant meaning to you or to your special person.   Are you ready?….

Well, my picture is not as good as I would like.  It was raining outside and my living room is not quite big enough…

Now, if you will be patient with me, I promise that I will write more posts in the next few weeks.  I just get so involved in the quilting that I forget to go to the computer.

I went to the local quilt store this last week (as if I need more fabric) and found some absolutely darling fabric for a couple of bags that I would like to get made this week.  If I can only add a few more hours to each day, I should be able to get outside and get to the yard work as well.  Sometimes, those rainy days really help keep me focused on the tasks at hand.

“Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell people how much they mean to you.”  Keep quilting and we will visit soon.  sue