Thursday, August 28, 2014

GRACEN'S EASY T SHIRT FRINGED QUILT FOR GRADUATION

Our family had another of our grandchildren graduating this year-Gracen-my sister, Shirley's, granddaughter who has been involved in sports since she was old enough to hit, throw or kick a ball or ride a horse. For Gracen's graduation, Shirley wanted to make her a quilt from her team shirts as she had done with sister, Alysha's, shirts for her graduation and is at college with hers right now. 

Alysha's quilt was made a little differently. The t shirt squares for the top of the quilt had been backed with flannel with a layer of quilt batting between. Each square was lightly quilted before sewing the blocks together. For that method squares had to be cut from the t shirts, from the batting and from the flannel. The batting was cut 1" smaller than the t shirt and flannel. 

That wasn't so hard but this time around we would be using the method I used for a memory quilt using fleece which takes the place of flannel and batting hince-cutting down on time and $. AND, we had a handy, dandy 15" square just for these quilts-EASY, PEASY AND QUICKER. I used this method for a memory quilt made from my husband's shirts for grandson, Travis, in a former post:
carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-keepsake-rag-quilt

That lovely, lovely 15" square probably brought the cutting time down by 3/4 and that is a lot when you are cutting as much as we were and is more accurate-it was great. Of course, we used our trusty rotary cutters [how did our great, grandmothers ever get anything done?] 

For your quilt you will need: yardages given are for approximate 60"x 60" throw
t shirts for the size quilt you want to make
polar fleece for the back of the quilt [3-4 yards']
contrasting fleece for sashing [2-3 yards]
lightweight fusible interfacing

You can choose other sizes for your squares, of course, but the 
15" size was good for most of the motifs on the shirts. 
cut 15" square from polar fleece for each t shirt square
cut 14" square fusible interfacing for each t shirt square-center and fuse to back of t shirt squares
cut 3"-4" wide by 15" long strips for sashing [adjust for size quilt you want to make]

To assemble:
layer t shirt square to polar fleece square wrong sides facing with sashing on polar fleece side
sew all three layers together using 1/2" seams
seams will be on the top side of quilt to be cut into fringe for the "rag" look when quilt is completely assembled [be careful not to snip into seams]
included my hand drawn graph to demonstrate order to sew-15" block to 15" sashing, etc. to create rows
sew long sashing to rows.
sew border all around 
clip seam allowances to create fringe

And a video tutorial for a little more help if needed:


One of the first t shirt quilts I made is shown in another post @
carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/05/make-quilt-using-uniforms-t-shirts
It was made differently but thought you might like another way to put one together. No matter how you make them, they are well loved and have all those memories from years past.

Thank you for stopping by and God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BORDER PRINT FABRICS ARE WONDERFUL FOR "QUILT AS YOU GO/STRIP PIECING"

I love border print fabrics and the homespun looking angel print border fabric that I had kept squirreled away for a special occasion would be perfect for the quilt I wanted to donate to  Project Linus. Project Linus has given millions [yes, I said millions] of donated quilts to children in need, whatever the need. 

If you have been looking for a worthy cause to make quilts for, Project Linus is it. For further information: http://www.projectlinus.org/. The number of donated quilts has soared to 5 million and there are local chapters so check it out.

The fabric was already in strips ready to be sewn and I needed a quilt that could be done quickly. All that needed to be done was choose a backing fabric, cut it into corresponding strips for the angel fabric and cut batting strips 1/2" less wide than the 2 fabric strips. 

Here is the completed quilt:

                    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial


And here are the instructions followed by a video tutorial to clarify my sometimes clear as mud instructions.

The quilt is sewn with standard 1/4" seams.

first:cut backing fabric into the same width and length as top strips.
width of strips will depend on your print and how wide you want your quilt.

second:cut batting into strips 1/2" less all around than top and back strips [this will keep the batting out of the seams.] 

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Arrange quilt top strips in desired pattern with back strips.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  2. Starting with the bottom strip of the quilt, place the front strip and back strip wrong sides together.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  3. Flip the front of the adjoining strip over the bottom strip with right sides facing.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  4. Flip the back of the adjoining strip to back, so that the right sides of the back strips are facing.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  5. Sew or serge four layers together.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  6. Flip back strip up.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  7. Place strip of batting on back strip.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  8. Flip front strip up over batting.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
     
  9. Smooth and pin so that batting is encased between the front and back pieces of the second strip.
     
  10. Repeat from #3 until all strips are sewn and “batted.”
     
  11. Trim and bind quilt.

So, if you have any border print fabrics laying around or see any on your next fabric shopping foray and don't know what to do with them, contact me and I will be there to take them off your hands. 

God bless you and happy quilting,
Carolyn Wainscott
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

MY QUICK AND EASY REVERSIBLE SKIRT WITH MATCHING POCKETED SCARF-PART 2




Scarves have not been a staple in my closet. I am a coat sweater gal and it needs pockets but I threw a nice sized scarf around my shoulders as my daughter and I were Christmas shopping and it suited the bill just right. It covered my shoulders nicely, wasn't too bulky and didn't slip and slide around.

Now my sister, Shirley, on the other hand wears scarves and accessorizes her outfits nicely with capes, etc. She is the middle child-calm, collected, all pulled together, elegant wearing sometimes vintage, lacy things-you know-she looks good in anything and her house is the same way. Everything looks great no matter what she does. I, on the other hand, am the southwestern type with no really particular style. I have tried a couple of times to copy her ideas-she had a antique portrait sitting on a chair in her entry-it looked just right but when I tried the same look, it just looked like the portrait needed to be hanging somewhere so I dismantled that display. Another time I tried lace as a border around my upstairs bathroom-that was a failure also and had to be taken down shortly because I could barely use the bathroom with all that lace. 

But now this scarf/cape thing is getting a hold on me. I have a couple of nice capes that have been given to me and are as versatile as my sweaters and my scarves [those have all been given to me also] are all handy with my purses hanging on the closet door.

At Christmas, I decided to make my sisters and myself one of those tied fleece scarves  so I didn't have to sew. The scarves would be made from 2 different fleeces so they would be really nice and warm. Then I found the 2 sided bonded fleece. I had never seen that before and it came in several color combinations. I chose the fuchsia/black to match some yarn I had. The fleece would be perfect, easier, no tying, no cutting 2 different fabrics, less bulky but still warm, it would still be reversible-and could have pockets. 

My original plans for 3 scarves turned to a skirt with matching scarf for-glory be-myself. 

A rectangle 90" by 30" was cut for the scarf. 4" fringe was cut all around. 9" on each end was turned up for pockets and the fringe on each side tied in double knots by my great, grandson Ian. a seam down the  center of the pockets was sewn so they wouldn't fall open. TaDa! Quick and easy scarf.

The skirt was cut from the rest of the fleece. See that @ carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-quick-and-easy-reversible-skirt. 

In case my instructions are clear as mud, here is a video to help:
   
I know it is spring, I know I probably won't be wearing the skirt in the next months but I also know all those nice fleeces will be on sale and now is the time to get them or possibly get started on future gifts. Or just file this idea for the future if you like the idea. 

Thank you for your attention, 
God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott
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