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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Happy 2024!

Hey there friends, and welcome to the first NTT of 2024.  The last few weeks were a much needed break after a hectic end to 2023.  These last couple of weeks, I've been slowly working on another project using the shirts of my recently passed grandfather (November).

I'm making three quilts from his button down shirts, one for my grandmother, my mom, and my aunt.  And then five keepsake Christmas ornaments for each of his five granddaughters (I'm the eldest).  My sewing room is an absolute MESS, which drives me a little crazy, but when cutting up shirts, there really is no neater way.  I'm using thirty shirts for these quilts and ornaments, and that is a ton of cutting.  It's slow going right now, because this is the most labor intensive part of memory quilting.  

Once I have all of the quilt (and backing) pieces cut out, I'll put all of those scraps in a bag and hold onto them until the quilts are finished.  Then I'll dig through the scraps to make the ornaments.  I'm really looking forward to getting those piles off my table and floor.

In other news, I am super excited to let you know that my first book, Stash Statement, has gotten a refresh and is being rereleased this April!  You may recall that Martingale (the original publisher) went out of business last year, and though Stash Statement had been out of print since 2021, it was still available digitally.  Unfortunately, that availability stopped once Martingale went out of business.  I'm so thankful that Fox Chapel/Landauer decided to purchase the rights and Stash Statement will soon be available in print and digital format.

Clearly, the book has a brand new cover, but that's not the only thing that's different.  It now contains 15 patterns- the twelve original patterns plus three new ones.  It also contains full finishing instructions, including quilting tips!  It's now available for preorder through Amazon, so check it out!

Our last party was all the way back on December 6th, which feels like forever ago!  But there were some great projects linked up, so let's check them out.  This lovely quilt is from Linda @ kokaquilts-

Take a look at this gorgeous appliqué piece by DonnaleeQ-

I'm loving these sweet little fabric postcards from Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio-

These happy stars are from Maggie at Making a Lather-

And finally, Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting showed off TWO rainbow scrap beauties!

Wow!  Y'all really finished off 2023 strong!  Let's kick off another awesome year of Needle and Thread Thursday, shall we?  Bring on the eye candy!

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  1. Your color slabs on your studio walls are gorgeous, Kelly! I'm interested to see the memory quilts and ornaments you make from your grandfather's shirts--what a wonderful way to work thru his passing. ❤️‍🩹 And congrats on your book being renewed!!! I'm very interested in seeing the new added-on projects! Thanks for featuring my rainbow scrap challenge quilts, too!

  2. Happy new year! Your memory quilt will be amazing for sure with special fabric.

  3. Congratulations on the revamp of Stash Statement! Memory quilts take a lot of time and effort, and I am sure that your family will treasure what you are able to create from your grandfather's shirts.

  4. Congratulations on the re-release of Stash Statement. What nice gifts the memory quilts will be for your mom, grandma, and aunt. The ornaments will be special as well.

    I hope you have a very happy 2024.

  5. Congratulations on the reissue of Stash Statement. It's too good of a book to not have it available still. I'm looking forward to what you make with all those shirts. Happy memory stitching too.

  6. Yay you that your first book is getting a refresh and republish! That's such good news for you. It's appropriate for the publisher to choose a new cover, and make changes on the inside. A fresh look will appeal to another wave of new quiltmakers. I hope it does really well for you. And bless you for your commitment to making your grampa's shirts into quilts. That's a huge effort that will no doubt be emotional. I hope the entire experience is therapeutic and peace-giving.

  7. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandfather. I look forward to seeing your completed memory quilts. The set of memory quilts you made from your Dad's Father's shirts was the inspiration for me to create my set of quilts from my FIL's plaid shirts. After 17 quilts, I still have plans for a couple more.Congratulations on the re-release of Stash Statement. I look forward to seeing what the 3 new quilts look like. I love my Detour memory quilt that I made for the book tour. That is a impressive pile of shirt scraps on the floor in your photo.I would hope you could make one for yourself using one of the book patterns. Happy Sewing!


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