February 20, 2019

Maroon Out Aggie Quilt

When I was a freshman at Texas A&M University, some students decided to sell $5 “Maroon Out” shirts the first year we played Nebraska in the Big 12 (1998).  We wanted the whole stadium to be maroon to drown out all the red, so it was a mass produced shirt that everyone could easily afford. It became a thing, and lo and behold 20 years later, the company that makes the shirts re-released every Maroon Out Shirt and offered a package deal to buy them all. My dental buddy, and then-president of his local A&M club in Corpus Christi, offered to buy all 20 shirts if I’d make a quilt to donate to his club for a raffle. How could I say no?


The box came!  And I had some laundry to do, because maroon bleeds bad. 

I got all the shirts cut up and ironed on to the interfacing. 
Didn’t I say I’d never do another t-shirt quilt?

And here it is!  I needed a bit of filler in order to lay out the shirts in chronological order and get it big enough. I turned to Texas history and included the de Zavala flag, the Dodson flag, the current flag, and an outline of the state in maroon, all done with piecing and appliqué. 

I added a few borders and machine quilted it with a lattice pattern. 
I did a pieced backing with solid remnants. I don’t think it’s been sold at this point, but I hope it raises some money to help a deserving student with a scholarship!

February 12, 2019

For Miss Lucy

It all started with a text from a dear friend that a sweet little girl was going to be theirs!  
Then came the really tough decisions for me...

I chose the City Weekend charm pack and saved the others for littles yet to come, not knowing her little brother would get one of them (more to come later!)

I used the Darling Grannies Tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop website  by Sterling LaBosky.

It came together in a snap!  I love how the colors of the City Weekend line aren’t too girly, but have enough pink to make it fun. I backed it with a red gingham fabric and quilted it on my home machine with an overall meander.  

It was a super fun surprise for them at the baby shower where I got to meet sweet Lucy. 💗

Spencer’s Quilt

My cousin was expecting her first child and I had enough of this cheater fabric to make Mr. Spencer a cute boy quilt.  I cut out a big “S” appliqué using the freezer paper method (this is a great tutorial), and sewed it to the top by hand. Then I hand quilted around the blue gingham “S”. The back is the same blue gingham. 

I machine quilted on the diagonal through the squares and it looks great!  It was nice to use something in my stash for a quick project!

February 4, 2019

Jesse Tree Ornaments

Do you know what the Jesse Tree is?

According to my sweet friend Jacki at The Jesse Tree Project:

The Jesse Tree is a way of telling the story of God’s plan from the beginning of time to redeem His people by sending a Savior.  It follows the lineage of Christ’s family and key people in the Old Testament that God uses to tell His story from Creation through Christ’s birth.  It is a countdown daily to Christmas with the telling of a story, and an ornament that acts as a symbol and visual reminder of the story.
shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.    The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD— and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. 
Isaiah 11: 1-3
Once the kids were old enough to really sit and listen to a story (3ish? for us), I jumped on the bandwagon with the Jesse Tree Project and ordered the devotional book download.  While the Jesse Tree Project is really meant to be done as a group of women each making one "day" of ornaments to share with the group, I went solo with this and created my own set of ornaments, using various sources for inspiration.  I actually made two sets, so that each of my daughters could have one of their own one day.  I made them with felt and embroidery thread and they have proven to be my kids' favorite tradition that they start asking about as soon as Thanksgiving is over!  Each ornament correlates to a story in the Bible that we read every day in December as we lead up to Christ's birth.
My setup: I had tons of this brown felt, so I used it as a backing for all the ornaments.  I cut different colored circles for each design background.  After I embroidered each felt piece as necessary and attached with a blanket stitch, I placed a small circle of batting between the front and back circle, and attached a small loop of white ribbon to hang each ornament.

The Root of Jesse


The First Sin

Noah and the Flood

 Abraham and God's Promise 

The Offering of Isaac

Jacob's Ladder

Joseph and His Coat

Moses and the Passover

Moses and the 10 Commandments

Joshua and the Battle of Jericho

Ruth and Boaz

God Chooses a New King

Elijah and the Big Fire

Jonah Hides

The Coming Light in Isaiah

Daniel and the Lions

Queen Esther

God's Messengers

John the Baptist

Mary and Joseph 

Christ Born in a Manger

The Big Announcement

Follow the Star

Isn't it fun?  I've tossed around the idea of producing some sort of pattern that others could use to cut out the shapes and make there own.  If you have interest in me doing that, just let me know!

January 31, 2019

A Quilt for Me!

I fell in love with Hope Valley by Denise Schmidt when it came out and waited...a little too long...to get some.  But I found a pack of these charms, a jelly roll, and a bit of yardage on Etsy before the prices skyrocketed, so I had my chance to make a quilt for me!

I slowly began to add some Kona White around those charms, and used the strips to make a square in square block...

until I had a bunch of happy blocks! 
I worked on this all through dental school, so it was a long work in progress.

I had in mind that this would be a graduation quilt for me, 
but by the time I graduated, I was having my first baby, and if you've
had babies, you know that life changes, and this got put off for about four years!

When all was said and done, I got it pieced together, borders added, 
basted, and did a bit of hand quilting.

I love it!