We have had the privilege of being part of some very special projects.Recently our client Marjorie brought us a quilt top that had been started in the 1930′s by her Grandmother. When her grandmother died before finishing the project she inherited it and had kept it for all these years. In December she learned that her new baby Granddaughter’s nursery would be in the colors of the quilt top. She took it out of the box finished the blocks and sewing and brought it to us to be long arm quilted. She did her research and chose a beautiful vintage looking motif , than we discussed thread colors and density and came up with just the right combination. The quilt has a special label on the back naming it ” The Grandmother’s Gift” and giving credit to the great grandmother and grandma who made it. We hand stitched the binding and to avoid piercing the fabric anymore than necessary , we used bobby pins to hold it in place while we stitched.It was finished and ready to be brought with her when Marjorie flew out to see her new granddaughter shortly after her birth in the beginning of January. What a wonderful gift this little girl received to welcome her into the family, not just from her family that is here, but also those who came before. I always say “quilts are so much more than fabric, batting, and thread, there is love in every stitch” that was very apparent in this project.
We took delivery of our AQPS freedom longarm one year ago, almost to the day, BOY have we learned a lot !!!! We have met some really great people, learned to manage our time, found that some ideas that seem fun don’t pay the bills, while others can be very fun and profitable. We found that Sherie and I are very different from one another but our strengths and weaknesses compliment each other. Sherie is a master quilter, super creative and full of new ideas. Angel is a master organizer and loves to make those ideas happen! We perfected our system for making T Shirt Quilts, we are a whiz on the long arm ( the intelliquilter helps!) learning how to make our design visions a reality. But most of all we learned how much love and support quilters give each other. At our QUIP meeting this week our Guild president moved away, we presented her with a quilt from the members, she was so overcome she had trouble giving her goodbye speech. At this same meeting one of our members who had been in the hospital and was not expected to return to the Guild, came in a wheel chair and was presented with a quilt made by all of the members. She just cried and could not speak for a period of time….. These woman take care of each other just as it should be. At this same meeting we reviewed the year and it was reported that 100′s of quilts and pillow pals had been given to hospitals and local charities, also this year 315 quilts of valor were donated to the Veterans by the our Guild. Quilters know that a quilt is more than fabric, batting, backing, and thread — there is LOVE sewn in every stitch. We look forward to another great year and meeting more wonderful people !!!!!!!
I heard a tragic story this week from a client. She told me about her friend who had saved her son’s T shirts for 18 years. She hired a woman to turn them into a lasting memory quilt for his graduation. This Friend had a big party to celebrate and present the quilt in front of family and friends. When they opened the box, IT WAS A TRAGEDY! The shirts were cut up and sewn back together with no rhyme or reason, numbers and names were cut off or in half. It had been quilted on a domestic machine and there were puckers and folds on the back. The T Shirts had not been properly stabilized so the borders were irregular, the entire quilt was not square. I wanted to cry just hearing about it! I too have spent the last 21 years saving special shirts from my sons life to make him a quilt. I could only imagine the heartbreak as those shirts are irreplaceable. I wanted to help in some way . That is why i am blogging about it today. Please don’t give your shirts to someone , unless you have seen their previous work ! A T shirt quilt is quite different from a regular quilt top. Every shirt needs to be properly stabilized, and then cut. You have to plan carefully…before any squares are cut you need the measurement of the largest graphic so you cut all squares to the proper size. You also need to know how big you want your finished project so that you can plan for all the shirts. A T Shirt/ Memory quilt is not a good beginner quilt. If you would like to make one, we have video’s on our YouTube channel or our Sweet on Stitches Website to help you.
This is what the design process looks like. After all the shirts are cut we lay them out on the back of a tablecloth.( works like a flannel board) When we are satisfied with the way the finished quilt will look, all the rows line up , the length and width are correct, the colors are right. Then we start sewing the rows together. After the top is finished we longarm quilt it with a thread color that will bring all the shirts together and give the quilt a cohesive look.We have been busy designing T shirt / memory quilts all month. I wish I could be there to see their faces when they open these keepsakes!
Sherrie designed and long armed this quilt for Mike and Angel Anderson to honor their wedding anniversary. Mike and Angel have been married for 22 years and have raised 5 children ages 10 through 21, still in love and together for eternity.
Sweet on Stitches will be happy to assist you in creating a family heirloom that will last for many years. We can create special occasion quilts with personalized stitching and embroidering that will honor your loved ones.
We have had so much fun with T shirt quilts. Being close to graduation many parents are trying to come up with a meaningful gift that commemorates their childrens years of school and activities. A quilt is like a hug with love in every stitch. It is a great thing to bring on their child’s next big adventure. We made and posted new videos to our Youtube channel to help people that want to try to put the memory quilt tops together themselves.We love to share ideas and tips with our fellow quilters.
We were so excited to come up with a new way to do a mitred edge on a utility binding and posted that in a 4 part series of videos on Youtube. It has been a busy month but we love busy! When we present the mom with the finished memory quilt and she cries , we know we have done our job right. It has been a pleasure to be part of making these gifts of love.
We had so much fun in March working on our custom nursery project. We started by making a custom crib quilt. Then we used the same fabrics to make basket liners, bumper pads, and a crib skirt. We made some throw pillows covers, a lumbar pillow and a fabric mobile. We are so excited to be part of welcoming this new little life into the world. It was such a joy to work with the fun colors and fabrics!
Also, in March we really enjoyed long arm quilting a beautiful Star Sampler quilt and a brand new Quilt of Valor for the Quip Guild.
Our Web site is coming along. Have you noticed how user friendly it is? Our Web designer is hard at work. Of course we want to bring more to you sooner but we have to be patient. Boo Hoo! Soon we’ll be able to add more tips and ideas to inspire play with fabrics.
This is the quilt we worked on today for the Quilting in the Pines Guild to be donated to charity. We did individual blocks all in a row instead of a standard panto. That way each design would fit “just right” into the quilt square.
Then we designed a small flower and placed it where the squares met , so that everything would be quilted. We used a lavender thread on front and back as there is lavender in the printed fabric. It always feels good to give back and donate time to projects like these. This quilt will be given to a hospital social worker to be gifted as she sees fit. This quilt top was made by members of the QUIP guild and Sweet on Stitches provided the Long Arm Quilting work.
We are so excited to be able to provide Long Arm Services for this butterfly quilt. This quilt will be used in a fundraising effort by Marie Chaulk in Newfoundland, Canada for a large family of 11 that lost their house in a fire.
We met Marie through her Facebook page and was impressed with her willingness to share her love and talent. Marie is sending us this quilt today and we will post the finished pictures in a couple weeks. We feel it a privilege to donate our time to such a worthy cause.
We received this message from Marie Chaulk this week on the finshed butterfly quilt:
Hi Angel the quilt arived, what a wonderful job you have done!!!! It is perfect!!!!!!! Thank you so much for bringing life to it!!!!! We have butterflies all over the place!!!!Wait until the girls see it!!! I am going to post on our group page now and give them you link so go ahead and put the video on, oh my this is just so amazing, You have done great!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and also for the money you paid to ship this quilt and the backing and batting!!! God bless you!!! and all the ppl that work with you and your family!!!!