Sunday, November 23, 2008

Still quilting along

This is STILL my same project, Mission Shirt Quilt #2, and it is as pleasant to make as Mission Shirt Quilt #1. I only purchased the sashing fabric - the rest is from scraps from shirts I've made, or Mission Store Shirts purchased at 50 cents each. Yes, that's a shirt label in the first photo. I had the backing fabric already, a green/tan small check that hides stitches very well.
It's difficult (for me) to come up with an all-over quilting design, when you have blocks and sashing and side and corner setting triangles, so ... in my infinite wisdom (actually, it's my inability to concentrate on ONE thing!) I decided to use A LOT of designs! Almost every block is different, as are the side setting triangles. I did feathers, and wispy weeds, swirls, stipples, water, leaves, teardrops, and vines/hearts. Great practice! I'm working on sashing now ... what to quilt? what to quilt? Probably a leaf on a vine but ... time will tell. The Flying Geese border is almost done and now I need to find the binding fabric around here somewhere. (My lost Flying Geese never appeared.)

Any odd almost-straight lines you see are my water-soluble basting thread stitches that will wash out. It's going to crinkle and pucker up just perfectly and will hide imperfect stitches! 8-)

These are 9-inch blocks on point, and the quilt is finishing to about 65"x78" - a perfect TV watching size.

16 comments:

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I love the variations you are doing. I love that current quilt too..... love the applique at the top.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

It looks great! Can't wait to see it finished! I decided to start collecting some shirts for a future quilt. We went to some garage sales and I got 3 shirts. I like your Ohio star (I think that's what it is) and that would be a good pattern to start one. I'll have to think about it. Ruth

Martha said...

I think that a scrappy quilt looks great with a varied quilting theme. I also use spool ends when making such a quilt. (Couch watching quilt for my house!)This is a beautiful quilt.
As for shirt quilts, I'm going to ask everyone in my family to give me an old shirt to make my 82 year old dad a memory quilt.

Joyce said...

I like the idea of a different pattern in each block. It's a great way to practise and find out how they look for later reference. Since I got my big frame I almost always meander or loop. I don't really like following pantos.

paula, the quilter said...

Now you will have a form of sketch book of quilting patterns. And you can go back and tell yourself, "yes, that was fun to do" or "no, I don't think I'll repeat that one" as your fingers trace the stitches.

meggie said...

Love this as much as the first one.
Your quilting skills are very impressive.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

It looks so great! Have a great holiday!

Sharon said...

Wow, I love your quilting "plan" - a cool sampler of patterns! I think this is gonna be another great quilt. What a treasure for your family, too. Can't wait to see an all-over picture.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

The Faerie Queen said...

A very cool quilt design. I cant understand how you ladies do it, it looks so complicated to me.

SuBee said...

What a great idea! The quilting looks great! I have the same problem with "what to do?"
Boy, I have quite a few entries to catch up on - you've been busy!

Nebraska Quilter said...

It looks great! I am learning a great deal from your blogger site. I finally got some pics up on mine.

KathieB said...

I love the variety of quilting designs. This is going to be a fabulous quilt.

You will have to keep your eyes open for any errant Flying Geese blocks showing up on any friends' quilts. Then you will have them red-handed! LOL

Nettie said...

Ohio Star is a great pattern for shirts, i think. So wholesome and prairie feeling. Love the idea of varying quilting on the different blocks.

YankeeQuilter said...

I love your comment on the Flying Geese being still lost...I've done that with blocks too only for them to resurface long after they were replaced and the quilt finished. I guess that is another source for orphan quiltblocks (or perhaps they are just rebellious blocks?!) Your quilting looks wonderful...can't wait to see it finished!

Tanya said...

Great idea~ I love the different quilting in each block.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I love it! I just couldn't picture quilts made from shirts even though Bonnie does it all the time and I've seen pictures. But I was so amazed at the look of them in now that I saw one in real life!