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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Summer, NTT!

Welcome to the first summer vacation NTT, friends!  If it's not summer for you yet, I surely hope it's coming soon.  I have been super busy these last few days, making the most of my newfound abundance of time.  First of all, I've been working like a crazy person to get my Girl's Best Friend pattern ready to release, and I'm happy to report that it is now available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.  Yay!  I really enjoyed designing and creating this pattern, and I hope you'll check it out!

Another thing that has been taking my time lately is working on a few memory quilts for a friend.  She saw the four quilts I made from my grandfather's shirts and asked if I would be willing to do the same for her using her late husband's shirts that she saved.

The chevron and HST quilt each measure 48 inches, and will go to her two granddaughters.  I chose a pattern using HST's for both of them, because I wanted each to be slightly different, but look like a set.

The third quilt is a little larger, measuring 54" x 57," and is for my friend, herself.  I incorporated all of the pocket logos in the quilt for her.

The trickiest part of these quilts was finding a pattern that wouldn't waste too much fabric, since there were only 17 shirts.  My friend primarily wanted the two quilts for her granddaughters, and the third was to be made only if I had enough fabric.  I am so glad I was able to make this third one for her, and have it be such a generous size.

This is the first time I have worked on more than one quilt in tandem.  When I finish, I'll have to decide whether I prefer my usual one at a time method, or if this is faster and easier.  We shall see!

Okay, time to check out some of the fantastic highlights from last week's party!  Let's rock and roll!

Diana at Red Delicious Life showed off her newly finished scrappy string quilt.  I love all of the bright, happy fabrics!

This turquoise and purple beauty from Jess at Quilty Habit is a stunner!

and I love this Dogwood Blossom quilt from Michelle of From Bolt to Beauty!

Okay, y'all!  I can't wait to see what's going on in your sewing space this week!

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  1. I love these mens shirts quilts... I love how you've incorporated the pocket logos. I wish I had a few more shirts from my Gramps when I see these - I have just a few and I'm afraid to cut it!

  2. Thank you for the new quilt pattern. It is certainly on my list to purchase. The memory quilts are a lovely idea.
    Cheers Di

  3. I made a quilt for my grandmother-in-law with her late brother's shirts. I feel like you get some of the best reactions for quilts like those; they have so much meaning with all those different shirts in them. Awesome job!!

  4. Wonderful shirt quilts! You did a beautiful job with all three.

  5. Thanks for the feature! Your new pattern is so "you!" Beautiful. :)

  6. Thank you Kelly for the party! Your quilts look great! I love men's shirt quilts! Great picks from the last week. Sorry I linked two posts but just now managed to write a NEW post about my scandinavian quilt Project, so I liked to show the latest version. Have a lovely day! x Teje

  7. That is fantastic that you were able to make all three quilts. I am sure they will be cherished.

  8. Love, love, love your memory quilts! I love that they all match but are not the same. Nice work!

  9. Oh those are going to be so special for her and her family. And they're each unique in their own little way. Fantastic!

  10. Really pretty memory quilts. I am so glad that you were able to make one for her as well.


  11. What a fabulous way to keep a memory forever! Wonderful idea!

  12. That's such a great thing you're doing with those memory quilts. When you piece them together do you have to add any sort of interfacing? I know you're supposed to when making t-shirt quilts but I'm guessing with these shirts it would be fine without. Thanks, too, for highlighting my string quilt. My cat Emma has officially taken ownership of it. Even when it's folded in our large basket in our living room where we keep the quilts, she digs into it and pulls it out so she can snuggle with it. It's very cute.

  13. Thx for the kind mention of my Dogwood Blossom Quilt! And thx for sharing the three quilts you made for your friend and her grandkids. Your approach was perfect -- they're unique while still coordinating. Well done!

  14. I think that might be the most beautiful set of memory quilts I've ever seen! I love they way they coordinate but each have their own personality. I'm sure these will be cherished.

  15. Your memory quilts look great. A friend has asked me to make something using her late mother's clothes but I wasn't sure what to do. Thanks for the idea. Thanks for the linking up with TGIFF.


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