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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Sewing Pedal to the Metal and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  I have been sewing like crazy this week, and actually have three finishes to share with you.  I'm currently working on a series of five memory quilts from men's shirts, and these three are the first set.  

I had originally planned to make the entire set of five quilts in one giant batch, but realized that I don't have enough safety pins for basting to have five quilts basted all at once.  So, breaking them up into two smaller sets was a good alternative.  

I've chosen to keep the background, binding, and backing consistent in all five quilts.  The Kona Khaki background works really well with the earthy colors in the shirts, and the Kona Chocolate binding creates a nice frame around them.

I quilted each quilt with a nice relaxed stipple which serves a couple of purposes.  Since clothing fabric is more worn than brand new fabric, it shouldn't be "quilted to death," and the stipple pattern blends right in, allowing the shirts to take center stage.

Each quilt also has a consistent chambray backing with a stripe of Kona Chocolate down the center.  I feel like pairing the shirts with these fabrics is almost like putting them with jeans or khaki pants.  It's just classic.

I am so pleased with the way these have turned out, and I'm also loving the way they look photographed with the sunlight and fall leaves behind them.  It makes them look extra snuggly and perfect for the season.  I already have the fabric for the final two quilts all cut out, and tomorrow I'll get busy on them.  This wasn't really a Christmas order per se, but I think it will be nice to get them finished and sent off as soon as I can.

Okay friends!  It's almost time to show what you've been working on this week, but before you do, take a look at some of the fantastic projects from last week.  Gretchen's Little Corner linked up this awesomely scrappy quilt-

Dreamworthy Quilts shared this pretty quilt.  It looks so warm and homey.

JanineMarie at Quilts From the Little House showed off this amazing quilt.  The quilting adds so much movement!

Quiltpiecer linked up this oh-so-amazing stunner-

And finally, this scrap-happy snowball quilt is by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal-

Are y'all ready to party?  Let's do this!

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  1. Your shirt quilts are each wonderful! Yes, you picked the right colors to compliment them. Khaki and denim are spot-on choices, and stipple quilting is perfect for taking backstage to the shirt patterns. You did an excellent job, and I'm happy for you to have them off your plate well before the fast-approaching holidays. Good for you!

  2. I'm loving the t-shirt quilts you're making!

  3. You’re right! That Kona khaki is just the perfect complement to those shirt fabrics. That’s one I need to file for future reference!

  4. I love that each quilt is similar but different. :)

  5. Those memory quilts look great, Kelly. I really enjoy seeing how you've used the same fabrics to create three very different quilts. They are sure to be cherished!

  6. Would you be willing to share the block size in the quilts?? They are lovely and I’d like to make some for a friend whose husband passed away

  7. Love how you are unifying these quilts with the khaki and the backs.They will surely be cherished.

  8. Ah, these quilts are just so perfect to show off those shirts. Khaki and chambray! Genius pairing. These will be such wonderful treasures, and I’m so impressed with how quickly you are getting them all together. (And thanks for the shout-out. ;) )

  9. I think the link for the lovely quiltpiecer quilt misdirects to my site. Do you think you might change it so we can link back to that beauty? Thanks!

    1. whoops! fixed. Thank you SO much for letting me know.

      :) Kelly

  10. Love the quilts. Khaki is a great background colour. I haven't used that Kona colour. Good luck with the remaining two quilts.


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