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Ms MoomMist replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:14 AM | Locked

Maggie:

Moomby, very pretty braid.

 

Beth an Nana, you are so far ahead of me in FMQ.  Great work!

I did discover that if I draw lines with the F&P ceramic pencil I can follow along and it looks a lot better than if I try to eyeball it.

 

thank you. I used the FriXion pens... I just love them... thank you to whomever suggested them. I couldn't eyeball them either, they turned out wonky when I did.

It isn't hard, once you get your fabric. I had purchased a Bundle on line of Paintworks, Fandango, it worked out great. for me even though I'm not crazy for scrappy quilts. I  am going to use this as a summer table topper and make one out of 30's repros for a doll quilt.

 

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Barbara replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:17 AM | Locked

Ms MoomMist:
thank you. I used the FriXion pens... I just love them... thank you to whomever suggested them

MMM We have Thea to thank for the pens ,I love mine ,They are so great to use for applique .Barbara

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Barbara replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:18 AM | Locked

MMM I love the Sunbonnet Sue very pretty , I really like the quilt so bright and cheerful .Barbara

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Barbara replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:19 AM | Locked

Beth , very pretty little quilts ,good job on the quilting. Barbara

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Georgia replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:38 AM | Locked

Rachel Young:

I worked on a quilt yesterday...although not on my sewing machine.

I have a friend who's husband is a police officer. She has collected 30 of his t-shirts (and t-shirts of his fellow officers...including one of my late uncle's) and asked me to make a t-shirt quilt.

My problem is that I'm struggling with the math. If I have a pattern to go off of, I'm fine. But figuring out how much I need for the binding, borders, and sashing has got me stumped.

I'm following this idea and making a full-sized quilt: http://www.goosetracks.com/T-Shirt%20Quilt%20Instructions.html

Any idea how much fabric I'll need for the BB&S? Because of the varying colors in the shirts, I'm going to make all 3 from the same material.

Thanks in advance! It's gonna be so special and I really want to make sure I do it justice.

Rachel

Rachel -- The blocks in the quilt you referenced are 14 1/2" finished.  If you use all 30 of your tshirts in a 5 x 6 block layout with 1 1/2" sashing between the blocks, 2" border of the same color around quilt center you will need 2 1/4 yards of fabric for sashing and border.  The picture in the goosetracks quilt looks like there is another border.  I added a 5" second border that will take 1 3/4 yard of fabric.  You will then need 5/8 yard for the binding.  Here is a picture of the layout I used:

The finished size of this quilt is94 1/2" x 110 1/2".  Hope this helps.  If I've misunderstood the layout you were planning, let me know and I'll try to work it out in EQ7 and come up with yardages for you.  I love my EQ7!

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Nana replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:42 AM | Locked

MMM

Beautiful braid quilt.  Love the colors.

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Nana replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:43 AM | Locked

Beth

I think that both of your toppers turned out great.

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Rachel Young replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:04 AM | Locked

Georgia:

Rachel -- The blocks in the quilt you referenced are 14 1/2" finished.  If you use all 30 of your tshirts in a 5 x 6 block layout with 1 1/2" sashing between the blocks, 2" border of the same color around quilt center you will need 2 1/4 yards of fabric for sashing and border.  The picture in the goosetracks quilt looks like there is another border.  I added a 5" second border that will take 1 3/4 yard of fabric.  You will then need 5/8 yard for the binding.  Here is a picture of the layout I used:

The finished size of this quilt is94 1/2" x 110 1/2".  Hope this helps.  If I've misunderstood the layout you were planning, let me know and I'll try to work it out in EQ7 and come up with yardages for you.  I love my EQ7!

Oh Georgia, that's magnificent! I didn't know there was SOFTWARE or programs to make quilts! OUTSTANDING!

Thank you so much! That's exactly what I was looking to do!

I know I should probably ask this question on one of the other forums, but do y'all have a preferred batting you use? (Again, this quilt's pretty near and dear to my heart so I want it to be just awesome.s pretty near and dear to my heart so I want it to be just awesome.)

The last quilt I worked on (the one with FMQ and stippling) feels more like a sheet - even with the batting! It's sooooo thin after I get done quilting it! I wasn't sure if it was customary to double or triple-up on the batting layers, or if it was just supposed to be one layer and that I should look for thicker stuff next time.

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Nana replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:07 AM | Locked

Rachel

My favorite batting is Quilter's Dream.   There are several options in there line of battings... their wool batting makes a puffier quilt.   Their cotton is really nice and soft and I think it gives a good weight to a quilt if you don't want something really heavy.    They also make a polyester / cotton blend that is thicker.

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Rachel Young replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:12 AM | Locked

Nana,

Do you just use one layer?

Is it that I'm buying cheap batting and that's why it isn't as thick as I'm expecting?

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Barbara replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:12 AM | Locked

Rachel I to use Quitler Dream ,I like it because it is made form recycled soda bottles ,its easy to work with and washes up well . Don't let the green color throw you off ..LOL  Barbara

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Barbara replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:14 AM | Locked

Nana I just had to tell you my big fabric order came today ,I'll try to get a picture posted later as I have some running to do first . Barbara

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Barbara replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:17 AM | Locked

Rachel , batting for quilts is not suppose to be thick, It you want thick you use the polyester fluffy stuff that comes in the big bags . You really  want to use 100% cotton batting ,or 80/20  there is also wool  batting and I think bamboo batting . Barbara

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Rachel Young replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:34 AM | Locked

I looked it up on Amazon (they don't sell it near me). I would only need to buy one of these, then? (assuming the quilt is 94.5" x 110.5":

http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Dream-Cotton-Batting-Mid-Loft/dp/B004XTXL6O/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1331314045&sr=1-2

I think the reason I was getting caught up in the fluffiness of it is because the ones my great grandmother made seemed so heavy and warm.

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Georgia replied on Fri, Mar 9 2012 11:56 AM | Locked

Rachel -- I really like Quilter's Dream and there are many different options in their line.  Here is the link to their website that gives a really good listing of their battings and uses -- http://quiltersdreambatting.com/

Don't forget to post pictures of your spectacular masterpiece when you're finished!

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