Friday, February 12, 2016

#2 Quilt top finish, Connie's Quilts

Shake it, Shake it!  Yes mam' that's my happy dance.  Tickled pink doesn't even begin to describe how I feel this morning after getting the final borders on this quilt.  All the fabrics except the blue inner border are men's shirts.


 Stealing a few minutes here and there to get this one together quickly really paid off.  I've always said with each quilt I learn something new.  This quilt was no exception.  The lesson was ...cut BIG pieces.  The bigger pieces made the quilt go together quickly and it actually makes it look less busy.  Now I've heard Bonnie Hunter say "If you think a fabric is ugly you just haven't cut it small enough."  Not true in this case.  Cutting smaller only  makes these uglier and very busy to the eye.  Don't get me wrong, I love Bonnie and her quilts, but her rule of thumb didn't work out on this one.


 The little pups were so much fun to put together.  


 As I stitched them down I sang an old song...."How much is that doggie in the window?  The one with the waggily tail?" 


I'm still humming it this morning as I race around preparing for an afternoon of more applique. 


Here's whats left of Connie's husbands shirts and fabric she wanted worked into the quilts.  Not sure I can make 3 more quilts from them but I'm going to give it my best shot.  The goal is 6 quilts, lightly quilted by March 1, that's Connie's Birthday.  In order to meet my goal I'm planning on taking my sewing machine along with me while I care for mom.  Being away from home for about 12 hrs a day, 4-5 days a week doesn't leave much time for sewing after doing the cooking and cleaning.  


 Today's plan is to start stitching down the applique for the "Main" quilt.  


If you missed my previous posts, the quilt below is Connie's quilt (the main quilt, with her origami shirt blocks).  All the other quilts made from the shirts are for her 4 children and a grand daughter that she's raising.


Wish me luck, cheer me on and if you live near by, get over here and bring your sewing machine and chocolate!  ....LOL!

~ Lea Anne ~
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12 comments:

  1. Lea Anne, you nailed this one! It is absolutely adorable! I'm not a dog person, but these pooches are so cute. I love the big blocks, too. What a treasure!

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  2. I just adore this one! No, Bonnies cut it up would not work with this. Shirts from a loved one need a bigger, bolder setting - to touch, smell, love you.

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  3. If it's warmer over there I'll come help, LOL Geesh it is windy and cold today here. I love the doggie quilt, I knew it would turn out cute! The plaid shirts were definitely made to go with the scotties.

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  4. My goodness - I wish I had half your energy! Quilt looking awesome. Brenda UK

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  5. Just an adorable finish on your "Doggie" quilt--No wonder you were humming!! I do that a lot, too...Hoped over from Barbara's blog...she is so FAST--I mean, quilting, of course lol hugs, Julierose

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  6. If I lived closer I would love to come help you sew!

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  7. Connie is going to be one very happy lady with this quilt and I know the others will be equally good.Good to know you are spending so much time with Mum, she is still on my prayer list and was telling a lady from church how we are all praying for her and she was not the least bit surprised that God is working with us

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  8. so right about the size. Bigger gave the wovens room to calm down. The dogs are just so cute.

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  9. Great job! Love what you did with the Scottie Dogs, they're so cute. I like the big pieces of fabrics, as they will bring back memories of the man who wore the shirts that meant so much to them. :o) Cheering you on toward your goal, you've got a great start!!

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  10. Wish I did I would be glad to help and chocolate is my fuel

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  11. These are both great quilts! Love your use of those plaids - especially the baskets.

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  12. That Scottie quilt turned out very cute!

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