Sunday, August 17, 2014

Retirement Pillows

Here are two retirement pillows I made.  Both women are Adaptive Physical Education Teachers.  I was asked to make each retiree their own pillow with some mementos of the job.

Running Track and Field Meets are part of the job.  I scanned various medals that have been given out to the children over the years.  I also used the ribbons that are given out to make the backs of the pillow.  On the inside of the pillow are two foam inserts that the medals are stored in. Photos were taken at one of the final track meets. 

Step 1:  Try to fool retirees.  
Step 2:  Hide extra ribbons from them.  
Step 3:  Keep everyone from spilling the beans.  LOL

Steps on making the pillow

The Front:

 I scanned in all the old medals that we have given out over the years.  I Then compiled them as one page in my Print Shop.   I printed them out on my ink jet printer on treated muslin.

I then compiled the track photos and cropped them in my Print Shop and printed on the fabric.
I arranged the photos and medals around the top and quilted it.  I used invisible thread to stitch around each picture. 


The Back:


I used plain muslin as the base of the pillow.  I ironed a layer of Wonder Under on the whole pillow back.  I wanted something to hold the ribbons in place. I considered washable glue then decided against it. I laid the ribbons down and used my Teflon sheet to protect the iron. 


 I did a zigzag stitch around each ribbon with invisible thread. 



The green ribbon didn't show on the final measurement so I used them to make the fringe around the pillows.

The "Pillow Foam": 
At the track meets all the medals come in this foam holder.  Instead of throwing them away I find other uses for them, such as my "Longarm Tool Holder".  Because they are a soft foam they can also be used as the inside of  pillows. I use a layer of old batting around it to make it softer.  



The Final Product:










Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spider-Man Quilt

Spider-Man Quilt




I was asked to make a Spider-Man quilt for my friend's grandson. I have made him several quilts as he has grown. :) She wanted both Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in it.  She also asked for buildings in the background. 


The Web:  I used cording to make the webbing and couched over the cord.












I "graffitied" the grandson's name into the bricks.  






The Web & Chest: 
I used Pigma Micron Black ink to draw the line on the Spider-Man suit.  I used monofilament thread over the lines to pop the chest and webs forward. The center spider was embroidered.

Exploding Pumpkins: used both dark gray and variegated red / orange thread.  I made all the eyes look toward Spider-Man

The Background:   I originally wanted to do a moon, but I felt that if I did I would have to make the background too dark. I used a variegated red/orange thread and  white thread to quilt the rays of the sun.  I didn't have the right blue for the background color so I hand dyed the background. I used three shades of blue dye. This was my first attempt at hand dyeing fabric. I felt like a mad scientist while mixing the dyes. Lots of fun!!   LOL



The Buildings:  I wanted to create depth so the buildings are much larger at the top and the traffic light at the bottom is very small. 


The Goblin: I had a hard time doing his face. Just couldn't get it right, but it's fine. I have smoke coming out of all the pumpkins and his flying device.  I have no idea what it is called.  


The Borders:  I made the red border look like bricks and the outer border filled with webs and spiders!  


I am sure he will love this!!  

The Label






  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Quiltastic- A Little Makeover For My Machine

Just got these stickers in the mail.  They are easy to use and easy to place.  Best of all they look great!   No more boring white machine! 



You can get yours here...  

http://quiltastick.com/   
They have lots of styles and colors combos.  


I even put one on my thread stand! 











Turtle Themed T-Shirt Quilt.

Turtle Themed T-Shirt Quilt. 

 This customer wanted  turtle designs in the border.  From far away they are hard to see, but as you come closer they become visible. I wanted them to be subtle,  so they look as if they were swimming within the vines.   Since the central focus are the shirts,  I didn't want the turtles to distract from the full quilt.




Working up the turtle design for the borders.
Corner Turtle


Turtles Swimming!




On The Frame


Combined two shirts together.


Used front logo and added to the back of the shirt



Used both front and back of the shirt to create this block.





Back side of the quilting.