Deb’s Baby Quilt

Deb G, the queen of tee-shirt quilts, was at it again. Deb and I have been working together for several years. With the exception of one or two items, the subject of most of her quilts is tee-shirts. For her family, she is the go-to-person. She takes her family’s treasured shirts and turns them into works of art.

Late last fall she delivered a quilt top that was earmarked as a baby quilt. Now when I think of baby quilts I think of pastel colored fabrics stitched together using a pattern. This quilt top did not in any way fit my stereotype. Rather than using store bought fabrics and a pattern Deb used tee-shirts and her own imagination to assemble the pieces.The quilt that resulted from her efforts would have more meaning to the receiving family than any other option she could have used.

The theme of this quilt was baseball. As you will see from the photos below she inserted her own flair by making a few blocks inspired by her creative imagination. Look closely and you will find the two blocks I am referring to. On one of them she made her own baseball out of white fabric then added hand stitching mimicking that found on a traditional baseball. The other block sports a baseball glove and a baseball bat. To add even more flair Deb used fabric printed to look like grass for the sashing between the shirts. This was one well-though out quilt.

Typically Deb chooses one color of thread and one stitch pattern for me to use when quilting her projects. For this one she got very creative. Instead of one color of thread we used four and instead of one stitch pattern we used two.

Here’s how Deb’s baby quilt looked when it was finished.

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So what do you think? Does it look as spectacular as I described? Doesn’t Deb deserve a round of applause for a job well done!

Thanks readers for taking the time to read this post. I appreciate your visit. I know your free time is valuable and most likely in high demand. If you have a few more minutes to spare, how about sharing your thoughts on this quilt. Perhaps you would even like to make an inquiry about having your special project longarm quilted by me. Whatever the case, leave a comment.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

A Baby Quilt

The quilt I’m sharing today was made by my friend Deb G. for a baby gift. We chose a simple stitch motif to accent the already interesting subjects. Matching threads were ordered to make certain the stitching was well coordinated in each area. Here’s how the quilt turned out.

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Deb has a great time showing off her creative talents when making these tee shirt quilts. I hope Deb and the family receiving this quilt are well pleased. I know I was. Way to go Deb G.!

Thanks for visiting!

Cindy Anderson

A Potted Flower

Since the inception of my business I have worked on everything from teeny tiny to king size, expertly stitched to first timers, traditional to modern projects. I have been hired to quilt table runners, wall hangings, lap quilts, baby blankets and bed quilts of all sizes. With all this exposure I thought I had pretty much experienced every possible scenario, that is until I received this one.

I met with the owner early this Spring. She briefly shared the history behind the quilt and its intended recipient. We discussed possible stitch patterns and thread colors but no specified directions were noted. I always appreciate hearing the story behind each project because it helps me to get a feel for the quilt.

At first glance I was instantly drawn to the center of the quilt. The focal point was a large yellow sunflower bursting from a three-dimensional denim pot. I couldn’t take my eyes off the flower and its whimsical nature. The coordinating yellow border added a cheerful frame. I fell head-over-heels in love with the quilt and totally overlooked the challenges I would face when quilting it.

Most long-arm quilters will insist that all quilt tops must be free of embellishment. This means no buttons, snaps, zippers, fancy stitching, to name a few. Quilt machines controlled by a computer can not be programmed to avoid these obstacles. My machine is not computerized. I control when and where my machine moves. This allows me the opportunity to tackle items that would be impossible for computerized machines to handle. Three dimensional flowers and flower pots would definitely fall into that category, both of which were included on this quilt.

When I agreed to work with the project I never once thought about the challenges I would encounter. I was so mesmerized by the flower that I completely overlooked them. The reality of the situation didn’t set in until it came time to load the quilt on the rollers. All of a sudden it hit me. How in the world was I going to load a quilt top with varying thicknesses. There was no way it would load evenly. Obviously the sections containing the three-dimensional areas would absorb the impact of the tension, which normally would be spread throughout and across the entire quilt top surface. The remaining fabric would hang loose.

The best I could do was secure the quilt as evenly as possible by pushing the loose fabric beneath the roller. Then as I moved the machine back and forth, stitching the sandwich together, I made certain I paid close attention to how and if the fabric moved. Preventing the development of puckers in either the top or bottom fabrics was absolutely important. By paying close attention to every stitch and every inch my machine covered I was able to successfully complete my task.

Although I would never have thought it possible I was more in love with the quilt when I finished than I was when I received it. The only regrets I had were the inability to embellish the flower, its leaves and the stem. For one thing the customer had asked me not to touch the area and secondly the thickness would have made it impossible to stitch through. Although, the temptation was there every time I got close to them. I kept thinking if only…….

Not being able to venture into those areas was like being teased by a piece of chocolate; something of which I would always fall victim to. My mind kept racing with all the possibilities. Yet it was forbidden fruit. Perhaps next time I could suggest the artist leave out the stuffing and let me run wild with stitching.

This quilt needs very little introduction so without further delay let me present to you the Yellow Potted Flower!

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Now that you have had a chance to experience the joy I have had while working on this quilt do you have any comments?

Vital Statistics:

  • Quilt Size – 65 1/4 ” x 82 3/4″
  • Hours Spent Quilting – 7 hours 54 minutes
  • # of Quilting Stitches Applied – 240,889
  • Color of Thread Used – Perma Core White
  • Quilting Stitches Used – A Variety

Memory Quilt # 2 for Jason

Two of Two

As you may recall, I recently shared the first of two memory quilts made by my friend Deb. The first was thoughtfully assembled for a grieving mother. Today’s quilt was made for a heart-broken wife.

A Fear of Tee Shirt Quilts

As with the first quilt, this one was also constructed from tee shirts. I have to admit there was a time when the thought of working with a tee shirt quilt absolutely terrified me. With this being the fourth one I have since overcome my phobia.

Add A Row Of Basting

Tee shirt quilts require a bit more prep before being ready for longarm quilting. If the shirt panels don’t have stabilizer on the back it helps to run a basting stitch around the perimeter of each panel. This basting stitch helps to minimize the inevitable stretching.

Something Different

After having quilted the last project with an all-over stitch pattern I was ready for something a little different. For the second memorial quilt I used a variety of patterns. Each shirt had a different theme so it seemed only natural that the quilting treatment for each should be different as well. I let the tee-shirt subject dictate the quilting stitches.

A Variety Of Stitches

Among the patterns used were wavy lines for a camouflage shirt and rolling waves for an ocean themed shirt. The variety of shirts and accompanying stitches made for a very interesting outcome.

Here’s memory quilt # 2.

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Vital Statistics:

  • Quilt Size – 68.75″ x 74″
  • Time Spent Quilting – 6 hours 17 minutes
  • # of Quilting Stitches Applied – 168,093
  • Color of Thread – Omni Sesame Seed
  • Stitch Patterns Used – Many

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting