Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The more I hurry...

I've got far more ideas than time!

I'm not ungrateful, I know that I have much more time for quilting and crafting than many of the talented people I admire. It's just that every time I finish a project, two more seem to take its place!

Don't get me wrong: it's the way I work, the way I keep enthusiastic and interested, but it is rather like a kid in a candy shop. That's why I used the blog title above. Isn't there a quotation along the lines of "The more I hurry, the behinder I get" ? That's me. So what have I been doing?

The latest batch of sewing has been delivered.

Two Advent calendars now in use:

Two cushions claimed by the little girls whose artwork is on the fronts:

I sewed together some of the squares on my Hunter Star quilt. Up to the dark blue is sewn together now. It will be bigger than this, there just wasn't room to put out all the squares! It's a barnraising layout, for those who know. You'll be sick of this quilt if you read my blog. Feel free to skip ahead!

A while ago I came across a Block of the Week posting of paper pieced Harry Potter themed blocks. The project finished a couple of years ago, but all the patterns are still available. The quilt is like Harry Potter's bookshelf. You can read about it here. I fell in love with it! Never mind that I'm a paper piecing newbie! So when I have a few minutes I make a block, it's so much fun. I've raked through all my scraps loads of times.

I've done more than these, pictures next time!

While I was visiting my son, we talked about turning his cherished concert T shirts into a quilt.  I must admit, I'm a bit nervous. I even put most of them in my carry on on the flight home!
Feel free to offer any advice!

Isn't this a long post!
More next time,


Linking to:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. What a great idea! Making concert Tees into a quilt! I may have to borrow this idea ;) Thanks!

  2. Oh my gosh you have been busy! The t-shirts will make a really cool quilt! I've never made a t-shirt quilt so I'm not going to be of any help. Good luck! :)

  3. Ooo! Love the Harry Potter Project of Doom! Fandom in Stitches is one of my favorite paper pieced pattern resources.

  4. I'm doing the Harry bookshelf too, it's great isn't it. I love your blocks, that clock fabric is perfect!

  5. That Harry bookshelf is so funny, I have not seen that before and I love it. It looks like a fun paper piecing project.

  6. Love the paper pieced blocks! Neat shirts too! I've never done a t shirt quilt, but hear that it helps to fuse some interfacing onto them first to stabilize them. I think there even may be a specific type of interfacing just for this. Good luck!

  7. T-shirt Quilts are so fun..I love the idea of Concert t-shirts. My advice is this.. I cut the shirt open, so I have the front full size of the T-shirt(don't cut to size yet). I iron on "Stacy" interfacing from Pellon (usually 20+ inch square).
    Now I audition how to cut the T-shirts. Take your large square ruler, usually 12-16" and make sure the whole design from the T-shirt fits in the square(remember seam allowances). When you find a size that will work for the majority of the shirts you can start cutting. If you have a lot of smaller designs too, you can 4-patch those together for a square.
    I usually border(sash) my T-shirts with a print fabric, then piece it all together. Add a Border and you are good to go.
    If I have alot of circles I offset the final squares, so they don't look crooked. Sorry this is so long..I hope you have fun with the Quilt.. Cecile


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