Sleep Deprivation/Inez’s Clippings

Sleep deprivation is a thing for many people. In our home, it happens to a couple of us—present company not included. I happen to think that my job is one of those that helps you get a good night’s sleep after the day is done. I am thankful for that. This is not to say that those who have sleep trouble aren’t working hard enough. A good night’s sleep is a mystery to many as apparently it’s a challenge to successfully treat.

You have to admit that Grandma’s clipping below is pretty cute.

I just love Grandma's sense of humor!
I just love Grandma’s sense of humor!

This weekend while everyone in Sedalia and the surrounding area is at the Missouri State Fairgrounds (working/riding rides/seeing a concert,eating corn dogs and cotton candy), I’m here at home working on a project for some good friends. They have recently moved but we have a common friend (our daughter) who will transport the project for us once it is completed. In short, I spent Saturday cutting soccer jerseys.

Of all the marking tools I’ve researched, I found these are the best for quilting. Just don’t use the orange. For some reason, it doesn’t wash out the best. As a daycare provider, ask me how I know this. 😉

Hard to see in the second pic, but I’ve pinned the opening closed prior to cutting.

Some factors to consider when making someone a jersey/t-shirt quilt is that the shirts are not replaceable. For this reason, it’s taken me some time and contemplation on how to best begin. If you have a project someone has requested, definitely do the homework first so there are no regrets later. As in carpentry, measure twice, cut once. Don’t let it deprive you of sleep.

Block Cutting Complete
Block Cutting Complete

Stay tuned for the completed quilt in an upcoming post. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

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Part 2- Years Bound Together

Sunday Sampler

I’m pleased to present Part 2 of the ‘Years Bound Together‘ project completed by my eldest daughter and myself last Sunday.

We decided on a layout.

The Layout

sorry for being redundant.

Before the clipThis gives you a view of the way the blocks are sewn together.

  • You need 2 equal-sized blocks, 1 front and 1 back. Our back blocks are 100% cotton.
  • It’s important to place each block set with wrong sides together.
  • While sewing, the back sides will be facing right sides together.
  • You’ll have 4 layers of blocks.
  • This results in the seam exposed to the front.
  • This seam is to be clipped carefully. Don’t clip past the stitch or you may have issues after washing.
  • If you do clip past the stitching, go back before washing and give it a little reinforcement with a zig zag stitch or two. No one will see this 🙂finished rag quilt

 

We used some of the odd sizes for the top and bottom border. Some of these border pieces are from polo shirts that were details about past offices held. You could easily use any decorative or plain piece of a t-shirt that would give you a border. Be creative!

front back view rag quilt

Playing around with color editing really brings out the chevron design of the backing. It is Shiny 🙂  Even after washing.

Quote that seems to go with this project: 
Memories are the architecture of our identity. (Author Unknown)

Hope your Father’s Day 2016 is filled with beautiful memories!

Years Bound Together

Sunday Sampler

  • When your family requests to sew something, you listen.
  • You pull all the stops.
  • You set aside some time.

So is the case this afternoon. While I’m typing, my eldest is fussy-cutting some old t-shirts into blocks for a t-shirt quilt.

Tshirt quilt1

We chose 11 inch diameters and that is not your usual choice. However, 11 is significant to us and so this will make the quilt that much more meaningful for years to come. So 11 it is.

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We’ve even marked the ruler with some masking tape for quicker reference. I recommend this for first time quilters.

Here’s the chevron backing fabric. We’re making this into a rag style t-shirt quilt.

Easy Peasy

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Directional cutting of the chevron fabric squares was left up to me.

More details next Sunday on the completed project.