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

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

February 5, 2018

Rock Legends Cruise T-shirt Quilts {3 Cruises - 3 Quilts - 3 Finishes}


As I prepared to write this post on my latest finish, a T-shirt Quilt for Native American Heritage Association's Rock Legends Cruise, I realized I had failed to share the quilts from the previous two cruises.


After the whirlwind finish of two quilts at the beginning of 2015 the Association contacted me about the possibility of making another quilt for the 2016 cruise (Rock Legends Cruise IV), of course my answer was yes. I had enjoyed making the first two so much and it was for such a great cause I couldn't say no. Click HERE for info on the Native American Heritage Association and HERE for info on the Rock Legends Cruise, with proceeds going to support the Native American Heritage Association.



Just as with my previous Rock Legends Cruise T-shirt Quilts I used the "Too Cool T-shirt Quilt" method of construction. If I have my choice it's the only method I'll use for all the  T-shirt Quilts I have the privilege to make.

 I hear you out there, asking, "What is it I like so much about this method?" first the fact that there is no need for adding a stabilizer to the back of the T-shirts, which saves a bunch of time and money. Best of all with no stabilizer the quilt is wonderfully soft and cuddle worthy.  Secondly the fact that each block is custom cut to the design so that no design is cut off and lost and small designs aren't left floating in a huge square of fabric. In my humble opinion it's simply the best T-shirt Quilt method out there.

On the design wall - working out the puzzle and the partial seams.

I hear you protesting, "But look at all those partial seams, aren't partial seams hard to do!?!"

Not difficult at all. They just take a little forethought and some planning. Probably the biggest thing is figuring out the order of your seams, making sure to pay attention to which seams you need to leave open until later. On those seams leave a couple of inches or so open so that when the other seams are sewn together you've got room to come back and finish up the seams as you go.


 When it comes to quilting I choose to custom quilt in and around each t-shirt design. Then after custom stitching each design I go back and do a medium meander across the open areas between the designs.



Finished December 2015 for Rock Legends Cruise IV - January 2016

Quilt Name: "Rock Legends Cruise IV T-Shirt Quilt"
 Finished size: 64" x 72""
Pattern Method: "Too Cool T-shirt Quilts"
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875Q


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Rock Legends Cruise V - 2017 at the Fundraising Auction during the cruise

 When I'm handed the box of T-shirts for the next quilt I always feel a surge of anticipation and excitement, as if looking at a blank canvas ready for those first brush strokes.  I start with washing and drying all the T-shirts to remove any sizing, loose dyes or allergens that might be an issue while working on the blocks. Then out come the rulers.  I absolutely love this set of rulers ranging in size from 4.5" square to 16.5" square with the ability to combine the rulers for larger blocks when needed.

The best investment I've ever made for making T-shirt quilts



Layered and ready to pin

Quilting with my Artistic Quilter SD18. Love this machine!!


Finished January 2017 for Rock Legends Cruise V - January 2017

Quilt Name: "Rock Legends Cruise V T-Shirt Quilt"
 Finished size: 72" x 80""
Pattern Method: "Too Cool T-shirt Quilts"
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Artistic Quilter SD18
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Finished January 2018 for Rock Legends Cruise VI - February 2018


Quilt Name: "Rock Legends Cruise VI T-Shirt Quilt"
 Finished size: 76" x 84""
Pattern Method: "Too Cool T-shirt Quilts"
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Artistic Quilter SD18

 If you're interested in having a soft, cuddle worthy T-shirt Quilt made from your T-shirts send me an email to info@littlepinkrose.com and we can discuss creating a treasured quilt just for you.

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



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