Tshirt Lap Quilt

I’m a little (okay, a lot!) behind on my posts, especially where completed quilts are concerned.  I’ve got a lot going at the moment with quilt obligations, so it doesn’t occur to me to stop and post the pictures.

I recently completed a tshirt quilt for my sister and brother-in-law.  My BIL is kind of known for his great tshirts, so it was fun doing this one. I also love the Kona colors I used, as most of the tshirts had the same tone to them.  This quilt ended up being 62″ x 62″ (if I remember correctly), so a nice-sized lap quilt.  I used Steel and Cadet for the borders and sashing, and Basil for the binding.

 

Here’s a close-up:

 

 

 

I wish I’d had a chance to take more pictures. We were going through a rainy cycle of weather, and we were able to capture these two between storms. I couldn’t even get a picture of the back because it started to rain. The back was wonderful – a nice, soft, cozy, manly flannel down the back, flanked on either side by the Steel Kona I used on the front.

Rumor has it the whole family loves it, and the kids often fight over it : )

If you would like information on having your tshirts or other clothing made into a memory quilt, please see my information page. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

The DAR Mini-Quilt

My mother-in-law, whom I absolutely love, is very involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution (among many other organizations), given her heritage. In 2010, on my birthday actually, we drove up to Chattanooga to attend a luncheon in which she became the elected Regent of the Chief John Ross Chapter of the DAR. This was a very proud moment for all of us. For the last two years, she has served them well.

Paul decided to make pens for her and the women that served on the Board. They turned out beautiful (I’ll have to get some pictures and post them).  I decided two years ago, when she took over as Regent, that I’d like to do something special for her. Even though we don’t see each other very option, the two of us seem to have a very special connection. And as silly as it may seem, I found it interesting that as she was making her way through her two years as the Regent of her organization, I was fumbling my way through the chaotic waters of the AMQG.

Keep in mind, Paul and I made a quilt for her for Christmas back in 2008. It was my first quilt EVER, and quite possibly what made me realize I wanted to improve my quilting skills, which turned into a passion. One side of the quilt had the DAR logo, the other side had the Daughter’s of the Confederacy logo. I cringe when I think about how little I knew about piecing and quilting back then!

After a lot of thinking, I came up with a simple, yet elegant, quilt design that I thought would be great for what I had in mind. I didn’t just want to make a regular quilt for her. I wanted to do an autograph quilt so that the ladies that served on the Board could sign the quilt and/or leave messages of sentiment. And I wanted some negative space for other members of the organization to leave messages, too.

Too bad I can’t actually find the pictures I took of the quilt before I mailed it to her. I fear that in my haste, I accidentally erased the pictures before downloading them when I was getting ready for our vacation.

Lucky for me, she took pictures recently and emailed them to me. So, here they are!

As you can see, I used a log cabin design for each of the 10 blocks where board members signed. The vintage-looking handwriting fabric is from Michael Miller, I believe. The others are assorted red, white, and blue fabrics I found at a local quilt shop.  I used Kona in the center to make the DAR logo applique (with frayed edges).

 

 

 

 

A Walk in the Woods

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February has been an extremely productive month for me, and one that I really needed.  Getting both sides of the business off the ground really takes a lot of paperwork and administrative efforts, so there isn”t much time left for, well, sewing or quilting.  But this month, there was a lot of that.

One of my first big projects was to make a quilt for a donation to Mason”s Cause.  I first learned about Mason”s Cause through a friend.  Her good friend lost a precious son at 4 months old to SIDS.  The Bundy”s are a strong resilient family, and not a day goes by that I don”t think of them in some capacity.  In the wake of their loss, Kari Bundy started Mason”s Cause, Inc., which is a fully-formed 502 (c) (3) that helps grieving families.  Their biggest goal is to help families who are unable to cover the cost of funerals when losing a child.

Please take a moment and check out Mason”s Cause.  Like them on Facebook. Even if you aren”t dealing with such a loss, chances are we know someone who has, or will know someone who could use this support.

The action starts on March 19 and will be an online auction.  You can find the full list of auction items and their starting bids here.  I highly encourage you to support this cause, even if it”s just for a few dollars.  There are so many wonderful items to bid on, most of them are very affordable.  Lots of cute things for babies.

When I started looking at possible quilts for the donation, Aneela Hoey”s “A Walk in the Woods” had just arrived from Moda.  I knew immediately it was the line I wanted to use.  I visited the Moda Bake Shop and fell in love instantly with this Convertible Crib Quilt.  It”s clean and simple, and will go nicely from a crib into a big girl bed.

I have enjoyed all of Aneela Hoey”s fabric collections, but I hadn”t had a close look at this one yet.  I was almost suprised to see the color combinations in the collection.  I love every single piece in the charm pack!

(click on the images to see the enlarged version)

Here”s the front of the quilt:

 

Here”s a close-up of the fabric:

 

Here”s the back:

 

A close-up of the label:

Growing after One Year!!

Making Modern Memories is celebrating one full year of service this week, and it’s clear that we’ve grown and grown!  I cannot thank my family, friends, neighbors, strangers, quilters, non-quilters and good people for the support and encouragement that helped make this year phenomenal.

When I started this business a year ago, I had no idea which direction it would go.  Turns out, both sides of my business grew steadily.  In order to accommodate both sides of the business, it’s time to separate the retail side (for quilters and sewers) from the custom quilt side.

So, I introduce to you, Our Epoch!

Epoch (e’pik) is defined as a particular period of time, especially one considered remarkable or noteworthy.
This is our time to make our mark.

Making Modern Memories will continue to be a blog about the quilts I’ve made, for customers, challenges and gifts.  It will be a little more personal than the Our Epoch blog.  However, we are moving into a community-driven service, as there are many talented people out there with handmade wares to offer and no avenue to promote them.  Eventually, our Making Modern Memories store will offer more than just my items.

Our Epoch is transforming into a full-on community for quilters and sewing enthusiasts.  Sure, we offer great products at great prices, but we’re more than that.  We want to be a place for quilters to congregate, share their knowledge and learn something while there.  Our Epoch will post tutorials, product reviews and previews of new items in the store.  Eventually we’d like to add a forum of some sort.  And we’d really like to display and showcase items customers have made using our items.

Our work is only just beginning.  All areas of the M3/Our Epoch partnership are still in progress.  The Our Epoch blog is just getting started.  The Making Modern Memories blog is in the process of transferring to a new server with more space.  The Our Epoch store is getting a full transformation and moving to a new server.  We hope to have all of this done within the next week.  All areas are still functional, though.  Hopefully you won’t even notice our construction, you’ll just notice that everything looks nicer : )

But we can’t do this without you.  Won’t you please spread the word to your fellow quilting and sewing friends?

To follow the new Our Epoch Facebook page, please go “like” us here.

To follow me on Twitter, please go here.

If you just like to look at quilts and keep up with what I’m up to, please like M3 on Facebook here.

To shop in our online store this week, please go here.

To shop via our Etsy store, which is NOT moving, please go here.

Won’t you join us and Make Your Mark?

 

My Sincerest Thanks,

Andi Settlemoir Barney

asbarney@gmail.com

52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge – Week 3, MBS Dolls

I am so excited about the package I just sent off to my nieces, Regan and Quinn.  It contains a belated Christmas gift that I hope they”ll love.  It”s late because I was having issues with my Featherweight (glitter issues from Halloween) and I was really backed up on quilt orders.  This created the perfect storm for getting behind on the one handmade gift I intended to get finished!

Anyway, I saw this project on the Moda Bake Shop, and instantly thought of my nieces.  I think they are so cute!  They are “flat” dolls.  Kind of like paper dolls, but made with fabric so that the can withstand hours (and years!) of play! (click to enlarge photos)

 

I was afraid they would be a little “weird” without an actual face, but I got a lot of compliments on them when I took them to the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild for show & tell, and everyone thought that added a little charm to the dolls.

The method of making them is kind of like raw edge applique.  The raw edge is one of the things I liked most about them.  You use fusible fleece and fuse it to the front and back pieces of fabric on the dolls, sew the two layers together, sew a 1/8″-ish seam around the inside of the doll pattern, then cut out the dolls.  Same goes for the hair and clothes.

To adhere the clothing to the dolls, velcro is used as underclothes.

 

I made a few sets of clothes for each doll, and intend to make a few sets now and then to send to the girls.  It was a great use Als je gek bent op gokken dan is het goed dat je nu een paar leuke gokkasten gaat ontdekken. of scraps!  I have so many that would make cute clothes!

 

Here”s a shot of both sets of dolls:

 

I also made bags for the dolls and their clothes.  They seem a little plain compared to the bag in the tutorial, but for one, the bag seemed gigantic in proportion to the dolls, and also, I wanted one that could double as a “bed” for when they play:

You can find the tutorial for these dolls here.  I think the tutorial was very comprehensive and easy to follow.  I do have one complaint about the tutorial.  It”s kind of big in my mind, but not really because it”s fixable.  When I go to the Moda Bake Shop for a tutorial, I am looking at patterns that are the best use of that product (charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes).  This was filed under the Layer Cakes section.  Okay, I see how a piece of the layer cake is great for making clothes.  But a layer cake has 42 squares (usually), and who wants to bust open a $40 pack of fabric to use just a few squares.

I wish they”d mentioned somewhere that it”s a good use of leftover squares.  The dolls are made from Bella yardage, too.  Anyway, everything I used to make this project came from my scrap bin except for the bags, which I made with fat quarters.

I do hope to have leftover squares from the Good Fortune by Kate Spain layer cake so that I can make some more clothes.  I think that would be so cute!

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