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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 448374 views.

Can't wait to see photos. I bet it gonna be spectacular!

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jun-14

Yep. 

Right now I am out of Schmetz Microtex 10s which is what I prefer for 50 wt. piecing threads.  My local JoAnn store is always out of them as well so must be a lot of us here in my small town that like to use that fine needle with fine piecing thread.  wink So now I'm using Micro 12s and can't say that I'm noticing any difference.

There's a handy chart on the Superior Threads website about which needle is best for which thread; of course they talk about their threads that they sell but you can figure out which needles to use with anyone's threads.  A 40 wt. thread will use the same needle option no matter which brand ...

https://cag-st-images.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/EducationalCenter/EcPdfs/home-machine-thread-reference-guide.pdf

after turning all those tiny tubes I decided I wanted some mindless sewing.  And I've had the squares cut & interfacing on the back for a t-shirt quilt for a retired marine, but was waiting to see if his wife could sneak any more shirts out of the house before I put it together.  I decided to go ahead and put it together with the last 2 she gave me about a month ago- actually ended up being a decent sofa quilt size even though I didn't have many shirts.  She gave me several patches he had and I put those on squares of left over t-shirt material.  Now to get some olive green or gray fleece - it didn't look right with bright blue.  I'll go by JoAnns when I'm in town tomorrow.

And since I'm going to be quilting I decided to go ahead and load my scrappy B&W on the frame last night - I can quilt it tonight before I get the fleece tomorrow for the marine quilt.  I had bought this fleece several weeks ago but wasn't in any hurry to quilt it.  The fleece is really soft and I love the color.  Kind of excited to have a new finished quilt just for me.  Most of my quilting seems to be for someone else.

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

Jun-16

Ah...a T-shirt quilt is mindless sewing?

Jo

I'v?e done soooo many of them, yes pretty mindless.  I think I'm up over 30 now.  And they are all just Big giant blocks with sashing.  These shirts were already cut out, interfacing on and squared up, ready to go.  There was little bit of figuring to lay them out and make sure the columns end up the same size.  But no points to match, no triangles to cut, no fussy cutting fabrics.  just lots of sashing.  very boring honestly.  but everyone seems to love them.  I had been trying to convince my friend to let me make her one with all her softball t-shirts but for some reason she is reluctant to let me cut them up.  So she asked me to make one for her husband instead - a handful of marine shirts in green & black with a couple of red ones.  yup, boring.

I pretty much make all my t-shirt quilts the same way, I cut the shirts out in a standard width, using sashing to widen any that aren't quite the right width.  Then I sew them into columns, trimming as necessary and adjusting with sashing to get the columns to match.  not a lot of creativity needed.  Most of the time I don't even add borders as they are usually pretty large already.  Sometimes I get a little creative with the odd sized shirts or with borders but mostly people want to see their shirts, not my "creativity".  

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jun-16

Jo, you might have forgotten that Dee is our T-shirt quilt Superstar.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

Jun-17

DONE!!  oh my goodness!  I am FINISHED with the quilting!  Whew.

The not-bound measurements are 104"x120" so when I got done with everything top to bottom on the 104" side, I needed to turn the quilt so that I could quilt the side borders as one long, horizontal row .. so much easier than advancing the quilt every 13" or so to do the borders.

But, I had one small problem ... my frame is 10'.  10' * 12" = 120" of rails.  There is some dead space at each end, yielding about 108" of useable length.  Well .... 108" < 120", so I had a problem.  But, I employed some "creative" thinking and was able to quilt the very ends, as well as (obviously) the easily accessible part of the row.

I am SO pleased that this behemoth is done.  Next step: trim and bind.  I already have the binding made ... and I even know where it is!  A major accomplishment.  :-)

Gosh, I'm glad to have this huge piece of real estate completed.  :-)    This was one of my longer Forever Projects, as I started making the hexies in 2013.   I wasn't in a hurry, so it took some time to get the top one.  I still wasn't in a hurry, so the flimsy sat for a good long while.  And I still wasn't in a hurry to load and quilt it.  But now, 7 years later, it is out of the storage, I've used up a BIG roll of king-sized batting and this long term project is *almost* done.  Hooray!  :-)

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jun-17

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

I already have the binding made ... and I even know where it is!

Congratulations on creating such a breathtaking quilt!

You have set a good example for one and all. We have read many stories about lost bindings over the years here on the forum.

That's a lot of binding to stitch down but you will be humming a happy tune while you work on it, I'm sure.

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

Jun-17

Congrats on the finish, won't be long now til that beautiful quilt is decorating you bed.

Jo

I bet you are glad to get that huge real estate off your quilt frame!!!! I have a 14' frame and have actually had 4 quilts on there that took up all the usable space. True story I have also loaded rug mugs on this frame LOL!!! Your quilt is beautiful and I am sure your DD will treasure it on her bed. Now go load the next quilt ASAP so you will have it there when you are ready to quilt again. Loading is my least favorite part of longarming so I always try to get a quilt loaded as soon as I take one off. There have been time when they sit there for a long time but when I feel ready to quilt that part is done and it is ready to go.

I have a blue and orange mountain majesty quilt loaded on my frame and have already done quite a bit on it so far but I am in New Mexico AGAIN for a few days so it is waiting for me to get back to Colorado.

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