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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vintage Baby Clothes

My cousin's son is in his 30s? now, and this quilt contains pieces from newborn to adult.  
 Here are all of the pieces on the floor.  Ready for graphing.    There are little baby Christmas outfits, jerseys, signed and painted T-shirts, boy scout vest, soft toys, booties, and bonnet.  
 Here is the quilt top pieced.   Since I couldn't adequately baste the quilt with the 3D elements, I added those later after the quilting.   
 Finished quilt with extra elements quilted/tacked down.   

 The back is a grey chevron.  

To order your own clothing quilt, send me a message on facebook or email with the subject line "Quilt" 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Oliver's Heart Quilt.

This quilt was inspired by this mini quilt -  I'm not sure who the original artist was but a google search brought me to THIS WEBSITE.  

Melissa wanted these two sleepers to be the "focus" of the quilt.  But since the logos are right next to the zippers, we decided that the best thing to do would be to make each onesie into a "half" heart, and then put them together side-by-side to make up a whole heart.     I took out 3 rows of stitches to try to get more room for the heart shape.    

 It still didn't look quite right. . I think because it was the biggest heart and right in the middle.   So then we decided to make them into two separate hearts.  

After some wiggling around,   we came up with THIS design -  I also added some more color, reduced the size of most of the hearts, and used the booties from the sleepers to add depth and more color.    -  much better!  

The top was complete, but I felt it really needed "something". . . so I decided to try to do a Mock Trapunto technique.    I used a thick polyester batting, and densely quilted in the background area and in and around all the hearts and applique shapes.  

I used stippling in the large open areas and pebbling inside the smaller areas inside the heart and around the text.    
Starting from the outside edges first and going around the edges.    I stippled first, and then once I got to the inside of the hearts, I started pebbling.    This pushes all the batting down, and into the open areas.    Then I outlined around each heart, and they magically POOF UP, making it look like you took a long time stuffing each heart or adding extra batting.  

 I didn't have quite enough of the fabric and they were sold out, so I pieced the backing and made it into a double-sided quilt.   

 Here you can see how poofy the applique shapes are - and also the quilting on the back.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lauren's Graduation Quilt

This Quilt was inspired by a photo online of hexagons made from triangles but the fabrics were solids.   My friend Ang wanted to use FUN bright prints for the triangles for her quilt.   Also we personalized the quilt with the recipients NAME and graduation date ;c)

 A couple in-progress photos -   closeup of the fabrics that make up the hexagons, and the quilting as it was just in the beginning stages.

 Ang chose to use the PINK fabric for the text , and since it didn't show up as much as I expected, I outlined with a darker thread color = purple.     Now it really pops!

I did the quilting with my regular piecing foot on my Juki DDL 8700 - We decided to do a simple straight-line quilting design in parallel lines all-over.     This design is still quite time-consuming. . but simple none the less.   
 my sweet little "helper" 

 the back 

my new label 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Allison's T-shirt Quilt

This Quilt was a Big'N!  

I don't often make Quilts this large. . . . simply because it just takes SOO long to make a bed-sized quilt.

   But on the rare chances that I DO get the opportunity to go. . . BIG. . .  they always turn out ......Amazing.   

  Thanks to Allison, and her mom, Mary Beth, for a super fun and inspirational project.  

And Congratulations to the new Graduate!  

I had to put this quilt sideways on my fence to get a full photo!  
 Here I am starting the project -  Just in the beginning stages -  T-shirt quilts are like a puzzle.  
 Finally I have everything situated and fitting together snugly -  ahhh. . it makes my little OCD heart go pitter patter!  ;c) 
 The first photo of the completed flimsy *quilt top! 
 Here I am trying to take some photos of the BACK of the quilt - and we have some visiting ORBS
 love all the cool orbs in these photos. . .   Yes I cleaned my lens afterwards ;c) 
 And here is our completed quilt  - front views.  

 I just love the way this turned out.    It is always so lovely to meet new people and get a glimpse into their lives via their T-shirts.   <3 nbsp="" p="">
 After I was finished with this one - I felt like this -  tee hee LOL

If you are interested in having a custom T-shirt Quilt created, please contact me:
Katie Wiseman   (price list and info here)

Tie-Dyed T-shirt Quilt

My first ever T-shirt Quilt that had ZERO white shirts!!!!   

So awesome!!  

Contact me to have your own custom T-shirt Quilt made!

Katie Wiseman

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Finished Graduation Memory Quilt

For several years now, I've been making these quilts for a NY private school
I cut up white fabric squares and mail them to the school.
The students then fill them out with signatures and drawings.  
All the kids are so creative and I love seeing what they come up with !
The photos below are closeups of all of the squares.