Turns out a lot of the things I’m working on are secret commissions that I can’t show you. I will say I made this lovely little stack into a baby quilt last week
Whew, I did not mean to take 6 weeks off. But I will admit, it was a nice break. Now I’m back to show you some things I’ve been working on.
When most people think of t-shirt quilts, they imagine the shirt designs cut into blocks to be showcased and maybe surrounded by quilting cottons (like this one a did awhile back). So when I received Holly’s box of her old hardcore shirts, I got to work cutting them out, into all different sizes. Then we actually talked about what she was envisioning, which turned out to involve the shirts being cut apart and used in traditional quilt blocks.
The change of direction really threw me off and it became something I frustratingly picked up for a few hours every few months. I had gone to a local quilt shop where I knew they teach a shirt quilt class to ask about interfacing and they sold me something really thick and expensive that turned out to be pretty terrible. Through some internet research I found French Fuse and then a trip to JoAnn’s turned up something similar and really cheap.
I finally decided on making mostly stars. Since the shirts had been cut to different sizes, I couldn’t just make the same block multiple times so each one took different math and fabric pairings and there were a lot of partial seams. It was also hard because I couldn’t iron directly on most of the shirt designs so pressing became more complicated. Yet, s l o w l y but surely, everything came together.
I also owe many thanks to Cait for all her cheer leading! I long arm quilted it in a sort of angled meander with grey thread, it’s backed in a vintage sheet and the 108″ wide crosshatches from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics, machine bound in scraps, and labeled.
A friend of mine commissioned a quilt from me and wanted a sneak peek in time for Christmas, so I whipped up this pillow.I used the Arkansas Traveler quilt block as shown on Freshly Pieced, though I changed it a little to eliminate the additional seams in the background. I used the few yellows I have in my stash, Free Spirit solid cosmic blue (the quilt will use assorted greys), and a couple fabrics from my stash for the back with a label and exposed zipper.
I did a lot of sewing leading up to the holidays that I haven’t shown yet.
Krankies Craft Fair was the weekend of December 13th and it was better for ::kaitcetera:: than I could have imagined! I sold 4 quilts (the three on the left and one not pictured)!Two of the quilts included some custom embroidery work that I just recently completed and was really happy with. It makes the gift so much more personal and sweet.
On the Far Far Away plus quilt, I embroidered the recipients name over the quilting, which I had never done, and it turned out great. The label on the back was embroidered first and then sewn on. I made some iPad and Kindle cases for the fair that were fun and did well. I also made a few more crayon and colored pencil rolls which people love!
I most enjoyed making some quick patchwork Christmas pillows. I started cutting 2½” squares of red and green to make stockings for me and the pups but decided on pillows instead. I quilted them with a heavy 12 weight Aurifil thread and I loved it. It really makes the simple stitching pop.
I’ve always said I’m not a New Years Resolution type person, but I usually do set goals for myself in Januarys. This year I’m not even feeling into that, though it is a good time to take account of all the things that I’ve started. Some I am eager to get completed while some will languish for a while longer, and I’m okay with that :)
- Wonky Crosses. Gift.
- Arkansas Traveler. Commission.
- Flying Geese. Trade for blog design!
- Selvedge Spiderweb.
- Between the Lines. Gift.
- Voile strings.
- T-shirts. Ridiculously overdue commission.
- On A Whim by Thimble Blossoms in Rapture by Pat Bravo.
- Four patch HST in “rustic forest” theme.
- Star’d in scraps.
My lovely friends Sam and Amanda, who I made this quilt for last year, asked me to make a set of placemats and napkins for a wedding gift. Amanda suggested grey and mustard yellow so I set off to The Little General and got a lovely stack.
Each of the eight placemats and napkins are different. I roughly used this tutorial though I used fusible fleece, quilted the front with a variegated grey thread, and used the pillowcase method.
The placemats measure approximately 13″ by 18″ and the napkins, white on the other back sides, are 17″ square.
I wish I’d gotten better pictures but that’s what happens when you finish something 5 minutes before the deadline! Sam and Amanda loved these and had a hard time giving them away. I can only hope their friends Chris and Clair love them too! (Sam and Chris made a documentary together called Wagonmasters that’s super awesome.)
I have been a bit obsessed with the idea of sewing clothes lately. While I’ve never felt up to taking The Sew Weekly challenge or anything, I love the idea of making everything I can.
I learned to sew clothing about 6 years before I learned to quilt. I still have my first dress and although I never fully sewed on the lining and the zipper was inserted incorrectly, it’s not so bad. Currently, half of my dresses are made by me and while I’ve dabbled in tops and pants, I’d really like to expand my skills.
I completed this Cynthia Rowley dress a little while ago, made from a Khristian Howell fabric I fell in love with last year. I didn’t love the dress while I was working on it but by the time it was finished and I tried it on, I loved it.
I am currently working on the Banksia top from Megan Nielsen and it’s needing a little altering. Hopefully though, it will be a staple piece. Then after that, I have this whole stack of fabric all washed and ready to become more dresses and tops, including my first ever voile purchase!
I have focused on clothing lately because I’m beginning to doubt my ability to do quilt commissions. I usually work well under pressure but the couple of times I’ve gone past a deadline, I’ve completely torn myself up about it. I don’t like disappointing people. I don’t like having to tell them that I’ve let them down. But is avoiding situations where that might happen the best way to deal with it?
Do you make quilts by commission? Do you have a contract of some sort you give the person? What does that entail? Is trial by error a good way to develop a business?
This was a quilt commission that I finished last week.
Gina passed my name along to a woman and after meeting at the Little General and talking it over a bit, we settled on a log cabin quilt made from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee. The blocks finished at a large 27″ each and I loved working on such a large scale.
Lindsay so graciously did a rush job on this quilting and I love how it turned out. I bound it in scraps from the quilt and sent it on it’s way. I hope it gets lots of love.
Remember this quilt? The guy I made it for is having a baby next month, Connor, and the first-time grandmother commissioned me to make a quilt for him.
It’s based on Oh Fransson‘s Baby Roller Rink pattern from her book “Modern Patchwork.” I pulled blue and green scraps and bordered the strips with FreeSpirit solids. It is backed in a Denyse Schmidt fabric from JoAnn’s and some scraps, quilted in a meandering square pattern with pale green thread, bound mostly in Madison from Happyland, and labeled.
I hope Connor and his parents (and his grandma) love this quilt for a long time.
This last week has been one of the most productive in a while. I’ve been pleasantly busy making some gifts.
My friend Sarah asked me almost a year ago to make her a Kindle case and it finally happened. She told me she loves the tiny clothes fabric by Aneela Hooey so I pulled some coordinating scraps and used this pattern with a couple minor adjustments.
This pillow is for my best friend Catherine. She accompanied me to the Little General last year and bought some fabric that she left with me. I used the Virginia star from Carol Doak’s 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars because Virginia is where we met and became friends (though I now live in NC and she in KY).
I started with the Anna Maria Horner velveteen and pulled coordinating fabrics. The velveteen was definitely a little harder to work with but it made for a really cozy pillow. I fussy cut a few sections but you can’t really tell.
It has an envelope closure and measures 18″ square.
I made another pillow as a sneak peek of a quilt for a baby shower. I didn’t have the quilt done in time but I wanted to send them something useful instead of just a picture so I made this small pillow.It’s based on the Baby Roller Rink pattern from Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman using blue and green scraps. The pillow made it to California just in time (I photographed it at the post office!) and was loved. I’m hopeful they’ll love the quilt too, which I’m sending off on Monday.
It has an envelope closure and measures a very snug 12″ x 14″.