"She seeks wool & flax, And works willingly with her hands" ~ Proverbs 31:13

November 19, 2018

Custom Monogrammed Pillow {A Finish}


When I was asked to make a monogrammed pillow from a teal bridesmaid dress for an upcoming baby shower, I played with a few ideas of how to do the monogram. Reverse applique was the technique that gave the best results with the soft fabric.


I used Michael Miller's Cotton Candy Fairy Frost cotton Fabric for the top overlay and fabric from the bridesmaid dress as the under layer.


To create the Monogram I used Photoshop for Mac. After finding a font I liked I played around with the letters and how they connected to get the proportions.


Once I was happy with the Monogram I printed it out and transferred it the the Fairy Frost fabric and basted the layers together near the monogram.


After carefully cutting only the top layer I began to needle turn the seam allowances using Wonderfil thread until the monogram was complete.


To give the pillow a more formal look I used cording with the pink Fairy Frost fabric to create piping for the pillow edge and butted the ends of the cording inside the fabric tube to complete the pillow.


This project was a custom order from several years ago and I still just love the final outcome!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my quilting journey!
Happy Quilting and God Bless,
Marcia







May 19, 2018

A Royal Quilt {Three Blocks}

Hi all! With the Royal Wedding happening today I thought I would share about the Royal Birthday Quilt I had the honor of helping to make for Her Majesty the Queen.


It all started when John J. Cole-Morgan of the U.K. was inspired to make a quilt for Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday and he invited the members of his Beginner's Quilt Support Group (an International Group) to make a block or blocks for the quilt he had designed. The pattern is available on Craftsy.
photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

The idea of being a part of an International quilt making project was irresistible, so of course I signed up to take on a block or two. John listed the blocks and and those of us making blocks to choose blocks we knew we could handle with our quilting experience.

I ended up with three blocks to make. We each purchased the fabric we needed, John's pattern from Craftsy and began our journey of creating out blocks.


 I had a little trouble getting this block to come out to the correct size so after making the block three times I decided blocking it, wetting it and pinning it to the board to dry, was the best solution. Thankfully this was the perfect solution! Success was at hand.



My other two blocks came together much better for me, no blocking was necessary.  Love it when a block comes together the way it's supposed to!!



As we finished our blocks we started sending them off to John in the U.K.  and flooding his mailbox with packages from around the world. So much fun watching him post as the packages began arriving.
  
Thankfully John had a team of folks local to him to help him with organizing, layout and piecing.

photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

 Searching for my blocks in the whole quilt was extraordinarily fun! Found all three of mine circled in yellow.

photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

 John created a label for each person who contributed to the making of the quilt.

photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

  All the labels ready to become the backing of the quilt.
photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan


John and his longarm quilter chose the perfect quilting design called Fleur.
photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

 Finished!

photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

Before delivering the quilt to the Palace John entered it in The Festival of Quilts Competition for judging and feedback. The jury selected the quilt to be part of the competition. What an honor! 


The quilt during set up at The Festival of Quilts 2016 in Birmingham, England.

photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan
 Judges notes of our quilt. Great feedback for a quilt made by mostly beginner quilters from around the world. Job well done by all.

 photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

 John and some of his U.K. team

photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

photo credit: John J. Cole-Morgan

Once John received official word from the Palace when he could bring the quilt to the Palace, a date he couldn't share with any of us, the excitement shared by this group of quilters around the world grew tremendously.  Once the quilt was delivered to the palace it became part of the Royal Collection.  We dream that it is a quilt that the HM the Queen has placed on her bed and slept beneath, but we will never know for sure.

It was truly an honor and a privilege to be a part of the making of such a magnificent quilt! 


Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my quilting journey!
Happy Quilting and God Bless,
Marcia

March 1, 2018

Lunden's Memory Quilt {A Finish}


When a friend contacted me asking if I could make a memory quilt for her dear friend whose child had recently passed away from of course I accepted such an honor. 


I was thrilled to find the perfect border fabrics on the shop shelves, it was as if it were meant to be.
If you've been reading my blog for very long you already know that I'm using the Too Cool T-shirt Quilt method for the cutting and piecing of these quilts. 

 Normally I don't add any stabilizer to the blocks when I do t-shirt quilts, but in this collection of clothing items were a few pieces that really needed to be stabilized. One was a satin that was just raveled too much with it, another was a seersucker fabric that seemed to stretch when you looked at it, and last was a thin eyelet fabric that was especially thin and needed a little more weight to stand up to being quilted and loved. 



For the blocks I choose to keep the little hat and the bib whole using pieces from other items as the background piece for these applique blocks. Then there were several pockets, bows, embroidery designs, and special tags that I fussy cut to create adorable and meaningful blocks.



When it came to quilting the clothing blocks I choose to use a combination of butterflies and flowers intermixed among continuous swirls, it all seemed sweet and perfect for a little girl's memory quilt.





 Love the swirls and paisley's for the border design.




 On every label I offer space for the giver to add a special note to the recipient.
One can never fail with Scripture.



 Such a sweet quilt.

Quilting Stats:
Quilt Name: "In Loving Memory of Lunden"
 Finished size: 56-1/2" x 60-1/2""
Quilt Pattern: Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil - White #2024, Blossom Pink #2530
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using Artistic Quilter SD18

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my quilting journey!
Happy Quilting and God Bless,
Marcia


February 23, 2018

A Memory Quilt for Mason

 
I've hesitated over the years to write about this special quilt I had the honor of creating. It comes from a very sad time for our family and especially for Mason's mom and dad. When Mason was just 2 months old SIDs took him from us and we mourned deeply.  We take comfort in knowing that Mason is safe in the presence of the Lord Christ Jesus.  A few years after his passing I approached my Sister-in-law and asked her if I could make a memory quilt from Mason's clothing for them. I was truly humbled that she entrusted these precious clothing items and blankets into my hands.
 
On our next visit I received the items and took them home with me to create a precious quilt.
It didn't take me long to realize that I didn't want to cut these items up into smaller pieces to create a sampler type of quilt that I had originally planned. The clothes were so tiny they needed to remain as they were.  The one request my Sister-in-law made when she gave me the items was to incorporate the puppy dog quilt, which was a gift from a dear friend, in the center of this larger quilt. 


 Step one was to carefully prepare the puppy dog quilt so it could be used as the center block.  Since I had chosen to use the blankets as the background fabric for the clothing items it was a matter of deciding how best to lay everything out, which took a bit of experimentation.  I didn't want to cut into anything before knowing what sizes I really needed, I didn't want to regret a single cut I was going to make into these precious items, so I started by folding the blankets into approximate block sizes that would work with each clothing item and laid them out around the center quilt block.


 The only fabric I added to the quilt top was a strip of yellow as the background for Mason's name to be appliqued onto it. With the yellow name stripe in place and a little more rearranging I was ready to start cutting the blankets into the perfect sizes and adding stabilizer to back of each one.


The clothing and name were first backed with Heat n Bond, ironed into place, then appliqued in place with a close zig-zag stitch.
 


 To create Mason's name I used fabric from one of his blankets.

 
 To keep the clothing and blankets the star of the quilt I choose to do a simple meander around the clothing.


 For the binding I chose to use the same yellow fabric I had used as the background behind Mason's name. 


 Finished are ready for an emotional delivery.









The day of delivery was truly a bittersweet day. Surrounded by family and friends the quilt was presented, tears were shed once again as we remembered sweet little Mason's life with us and how much he is truly missed.  I pray that this quilt offers comfort and hope to my dear sister-in-law and her husband.

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Name: "Mason's Memory Quilt"
Batting: Heirloom Premium Cotton 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Husqvarna Sapphire 875Q domestic sewing machine
 
 
Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my quilting journey!
Happy Quilting and God Bless,
Marcia

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