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I Love Making Quilts

I love making quilts.

I recently made a t-shirt quilt as a surprise from a mother to her son. Her son is eleven and the family moved rather unexpectedly. Rory has played a lot of youth baseball and Donna kept his jerseys through the years.

I added a few details from the shirts on the quilts

and received this note.

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just got home and TORE open the box.  Patty it is magnificent!!!  It is the most awe inspiring t-shirt quilt i have ever ever EVER seen.  It is so much more than I ever hoped for I can’t thank you enough.  Rory is overjoyed – he loves it.

THANK YOU!

I am keeping your card because I have to come up with more projects for your gifted hands.  Thank you, Patty.

Best. Thank you. Ever.

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Beautiful words

Last fall a lovely woman asked me to make a quilt for her daughter for Christmas. Her daughter had recently gone off to college and she wanted to make her high school t shirts into a quilt. I was happy to make it for her, and I love making t shirt quilts. She picked up the quilt a few days before Christmas. She promised me she’d email and let me know what her daughter thought and send  a photo.  As promised she sent such a kind email I thought I’d share it.

Here it is:

Happy New Year, Patty!  I bet you thought I forgot to send this!  I have
been trying since Christmas to get the quilt, my camera, and L with
her hair combed all in one place to take this picture!
Patty, she absolutely LOVES it – she was blown away when she opened it and
realized what it was – then the more she looked, the more amazed she was at
the work you put into the quilt.  Every time we look at it we talk about how
intricately the pieces fit together and the color combinations, and each
time we find some new piece we hadn’t noticed before.

Your work is fabulous, amazing, incredible – more than I ever imagined!  You
should be so proud to put these works out into the world – please know that
this one is loved and will be loved for many, many years.   I am driving
L back to Illinois this weekend and the quilt will be going with her –
all her friends agree it is the best gift ever!

I hope you don’t mind if I give your name out – know you’ll be busy with the
new baby in March, but please keep me in your email list if you ever have
any shows or contests – I will be there rooting for you!

Good luck, and many, many thanks – D

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Two for the Road

Yeah, yeah. Not talking about alcohol, but the two quilts I made for Mrs. T. Over the years she kept all her sons’ soccer and basketball jerseys. I’ve assembled them into quilts for them for Christmas. I finished sewing borders on the quilts today.

You can barely see it, but in the corners of the quilt are pieces of a baby blanket. The green outer border will have all basketball and soccer patches on it once the top is quilted.

Quilt number 2.

I loved making each of these. Such fun!

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I’m a little monkey

Wow! I cannot believe I haven’t updated my blog in over a month. The holidays will do that to you! We were so busy,
and as fun as S’s first Christmas was, I am glad it’s over and we are getting back to our normal routine.
I didn’t take my camera out once in Blairsville. My sister and Dad took tons of photos. Unfortunately I don’t have copies of them. I did manage to snap a few pics at Nana’s. Grand Dad  had a good time with S. S, however, seems less interested in us and more interested in the fan.
He asks, “Why is the fan dead?”.
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Nana enjoyed hanging out with S. Nothing like sitting with the Matriarch!
He loves his Nana!!
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I even managed to get a photo of uncle, who hates having pictures taken of himself. We cannot figure out why.
What a handsome devil!!
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And, my favorite photo…..Grand Dad and S.
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What a cute pair!!! And, they have the same hairline!
Even during the holiday insanity I somehow managed to find time to quilt. I am teaching a new class at the shop this quarter. Quilting 102.
Basically the class will teach beginning quilters how to sew triangles and get perfect points, flying geese and a few new quilting techniques.
I hope the class is a success. The sample is rather small, but full of half and quarter square triangles, and flying geese. There’s no better
way to perfect triangles than to practice!
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My Pi Phi T Shirt quilt is also finished. I prepped the shirts over a year ago and finally just went for it! It’s not a great photo, but for the time being it’ll do.
I am trying to be a closer this year – you know, finish the projects I have started before starting new ones.
It might not work all the time, but it will be my driving force.
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And, B’s quilts are finished too! I think they look pretty fabulous! The photos don’t quite do them justice, but hey, I was on my way out the door and
my only helper can’t even stand up yet!
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This is her Maryville quilt.
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Here’s a close up of it!
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And, here’s her “miscellaneous” t-shirt collection.
My little helper….hmmm….what to do with all these keys….
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So, perfect timing….the baby’s awake now. Guess this post is finished.
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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Thanksgiving was great. Husband and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Nana had a good time with her grand and great-grand kids. A didn’t want to stop moving. She had lots to see and do before leaving Aunt S’s. No time for a photo she says!

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K came into town. It was so nice to see her, and I think she had a good time playing with S. Her boss M, and his assistant, C, gave S the green sweatshirt. It’s a 2t, but all the cool kids in LA have one. I am certain that Sean will love his green sweatshirt once he grows into it.

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We spent the entire weekend with husband’s family. It was lovely. We even managed to all watch the Georgia/Georgia Tech game without too much heckling. Of course, my team was winning, and I was outnumbered by Georgia Tech fans so I kept it to a minimum.

I took S to meet Santa on Monday. He was fascinated with Santa’s beard. I did have to tell Santa to watch Mr. Grabby-Grabby. I’d hate for S to start off on the wrong foot and pull Santa’s beard. Ouch! S was very happy to sit on Santa’s lap. Of course, he had no idea what was going on, but I did. And I had a good time with it!

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I managed to get him to smile! Not bad for his first visit to see Santa. Oh, and his shirt says “Who needs Santa when I have Grandma”

So, to digress for a bit, the show I was in last month wasn’t so great. I am glad I did it, but I don’t think I’ll participate in that particular show again. It was rather disappointing, but other vendors mentioned that they were less than thrilled with the turnout too. I was glad it wasn’t just me. I did sell a few barrette holders and there were several people interested in my quilts. If just one person has me make a quilt for them then the show will have been a success for me. Thus far no one has called. bummer. I did enjoy having Mom in town for a day. She, S and my Aunt  got to hang out. Mom even gave S a bath in the sink. He didn’t like it.

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MA has her quilt now. It’s all finished and lovely. I think it turned out rather well myself.

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I have the body of B’s two quilts assembled. Here’s a close up of one. I am hoping to get borders on this week. Yeah! Oh, what a relief that will be for me!

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T-shirt quilts are so much fun to make, and I was on a tear after putting B’s quilts together that I started on my Pi Phi t-shirt quilt. Finally. I have had the shirts prepped for a year but hadn’t made time to assemble the squares. Go figure. I have most of the squares finished. I had originally planned to have each square finish at 15 inches, but the larger shirts that don’t have any borders look funny, so now they are all going to finish a bit larger. I think. I have to look at everything again. I put one row together the other night and decided that I didn’t like it, so I’m in brainstorming mode again. I’d love to go with what I have and plan to tweek the larger squares, if possible, thus making the top go together a bit faster. I know what I want for the inner and outer borders. Hopefully the planned fabric will work once the body is assembled.

Autumn is coming to an end. I just loved the golden leaves. They are so beautiful. Really they are. When I was a little girl, my sister and I used to collect brightly colored fallen leaves and iron them between two sheets of waxed paper. Well, Mom would iron. But then my sister and I would cut out the leaves to send to my grandmother in Florida so she could decorate her Thanksgiving table with real leaves. L and I thought we were the deal doing that. To this day I think about sending leaves to my grandmother. I’m sure she’d get a kick out of it.

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This isn’t my house, but a house in my neighborhood. Look at the leaves?! Aren’t they amazing?!