Long, long ago a dear friend started making a quilt from her late husbands shirts. Her progress was slow due to many unfortunate circumstances.
It took her about 2 years to hand applique all the little shirts.
Her plan was to make several quilts for her and their children from his shirts. Quite a job for a lady that had never made a quilt. So after many discussions about how she thought she'd never get the job done I offered to help. Oh boy did this man have a lot of shirts.
She trusted me to get the job done. So I started planning for her quilt by drawing up an applique for the center of her quilt. The plan has changed a little and there's 5 more quilts to make. Oh boy, I've got my work cut out for me. One of the 5 quilts is already cut and ready to be pieced and another is in the designing stage. Now to come up with a plan for the others. At this point I'm open to suggestions. Over the next few weeks you'll be seeing more of these quilts. I'm hoping to make them all before March. Short deadline, huh? I think it's doable if I keep the other quilts simply pieced and simply quilted. Cheerleaders may be required!
I manage to get the wreath applique made and glued to the background fabric before losing interest(about 2 years ago) The original background fabric we chose was way to dark and just not the right color. This weekend I pulled a better fabric from my stash. The little white flowers in the wreath kinda blend into the fabric but it staying as is.
I'll be doing invisible machine applique to stitch this down. It will make this go along much faster.
My favorite part of the quilt so far is these little love birds and tulips.
This little basket is so darn cute I might just make a few for myself, in bright colors of course.
Designing quilts for me is more often than not a design as you go process. The first plan for the shirt blocks was for them to be in a quilt all by themselves. The quilt top was complete and I hated it, so I took it apart and let my imagination take over. Now I'm obsessed with making these quilts even though it's WAY out of my comfort zone. Quite the challenge. So here's my plan so far. I want to add their names and the date they were married. The letters will be raw edge applique, much easier and faster. She loves yellow and blue, so I'd like to add some more yellow and blue flowers somewhere. The quilting will be simple because she's not a quilt it to death kinda gal.
Well I better get stitching, the clocks a ticking, wish me luck!
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~ Lea Anne ~Pin It