Sunday, November 09, 2008

Shirt Quilt #2, Top Done, and Good Tools

#2, Ohio Star Mission Shirt Quilt top is DONE, bordered, and ready for sandwiching. Yeah, it looks a LOT like the previous one seen here! LOL My lost geese never materialized -- one of those mysteries. In the meantime, I wanted to get this DONE, so I used up MORE of the shirtings with the Flying Geese. There is something warm and inviting about these plaids, that made it most pleasurable to sew. And I felt very frugal and sensible. Only the sashing was purchased - less than a yard, and I'll use the leftover sashing for binding.
There's the pocket (below). The pens are there temporarily so you can see it! I will leave that area unquilted. DH and I BOTH love the pocket! I also sewed some labels on the front. Isn't that orange fabric just wonderful? I don't think that orange shirt was ever used.

I recently purchased this Creative Grids ruler (below) and LIKE it, because of it's size -- 2 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in. - a size we use very often. I found using just that size was less stressful on my eyes. The non-slip dots on the back ??? uhhh, I'm not impressed.

This quilt took a LOT of Flying Geese. I've made them many ways, but my favorite is still Eleanor Burns method, and using her ruler. My next favorite is the No Waste method - I made a few of those also, and I DID buy the ruler, but once you know the formula, you don't need that ruler. My least favorite method was cutting a 2 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. rectangle and sewing squares diagonally to the corner, trim, press, then sew a square to the other corner, trim press. It works OK, but for me, is not as accurate. However, when you just have small pieces to use, it's OK but needs care not to stretch or distort with the iron. Some of my geese were made from pieced bits. (Yes, Mom, I have learned to be frugal and "Make Do".) And some of my geese values are reversed - hey I already had them!

I broke down and purchased the Blade Sharpener, on sale. So far, I used it just once on a dull blade that had a small nick in it, and voila! not like new, but MUCH better and the nick is gone -- a good purchase.

14 comments:

Candace said...

I love your shirt quilts. I have always liked the stars and geese, and the plaids of the shirts, my type of quilts.

Vicki W said...

You should be very pleased - it's lovely!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I love both the quilts. I'm sure you are an expert at making flying geese now and could make them in your sleep. Tee Hee Hee! Ruth

dot said...

I like it and I like how you left the pocket there. How clever.

Cher said...

cool pocket and the top turned out lovely way to go on using up so many fabrics

Joyce said...

I have one of those blade sharpeners but I need to buy new sandpaper for it. I bought a more expensive one but it doesn't work as well. I really want one of those creative grid non-slip rulers. The one I bought in Flin Flon with the little pins is not all that good.
Your quilt is beautiful. All those flying geese!

Purple Pam said...

I like your shirt quilt, and I love the pocket in the side triangle. Great job! Also, I like the different methods you mentioned about making the flying geese units. It is good to try something new, even if it does not work out for you.

julieQ said...

It turned out so well! You know, those flying geese will turn up somewhere now. I love the pocket idea! What a fun surprise.

Sharon said...

Your quilt looks so good! What a job making all those flying geese, no matter what method you use! But the effort seems to be worth it, because your border is perfect! I love that some of your values are reversed. And that orange fabric is a knock-out! It sure helps the eye travel around the quilt. I'd call that quilt a job well done!

~Joan said...

Another wonderful quilt, Elaine. I have a couple vintage antique quilts made from men's shirtings. I cheated and bought them at estate sales. There is definitely something more cozy about them than newly-bought fabric.

I'm eager to see how you quilt this one, and I'm sure you are, too, LOL!

Have a great day.

~Joan

Libby said...

I love this!! Especially the pocket...too cute...

Tanya said...

That quilt came out fantastically! What a wonderful lesson in using fabrics!

YankeeQuilter said...

What a great quilt! I find that sometime I change the method I use for things like flying geese is dictated by the type of fabric I am using. That is why having choices is so nice!

Michelle said...

I had to click over to your blog to see the pocket and, without the pens, I neveer would've known it was there -- what a neat idea!

I think my rotary blade sharpener is one of my favorite quilting gadgets.