Shirt Stripe Boxes Quilt

About 3 years ago, I saved a Pinterest picture of a really cool quilt made from striped men’s shirts.  My mother loved stripes, so I come by this fascination honestly :-)

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Fast forward 3 years–now I have a new sewing room, with a design wall just begging for a project.  The Shirt Stripe Boxes quilt came to mind, and I started to work.  It took some doing to figure out the right way to make the blocks, because the picture I pinned had incorrect instructions!  But with some experimenting, I figured it out.

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I had several blocks done, when I saw that I needed more variety of fabrics.  The local thrift stores were no help…and then I remembered a bag of striped scraps under my bed!  What a treasure trove it was–quite the walk down memory lane, with some scraps from maternity clothes, and an outfit worn by my son 24 years ago.  But it was just what my quilt needed to really make it pop!

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And here it is, in all its glory!  The design wall was absolutely essential, because there were 3 sizes of blocks to fit together.  And I also took a picture of the layout before taking blocks down to sew them, just in case I forgot which way they went!  This is a couch quilt, and instead of using batting, I just backed it with a flannel sheet and quilted it in 3 inch squares.

This pattern was created by Kaffe Fassett, an incredibly talented artist and designer.  If you like bright colors, you should check into his fabric lines!

So many possibilities!

One of my favorite things about quilting is how you can take a set of blocks and arrange them in many different ways, and each one looks completely different!  I have found over the years that the best way for me to compare the different options is to arrange the blocks on a design wall (flannel covered so that they stay put) and take a picture of each arrangement:

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The first photo shows the pile of blocks I ended up constructing, and the last photo shows my final selection with a border fabric around it.  But isn’t it amazing how different all these possibilities look!

I guess my trigonometry teacher was right when she kept saying, “Just try all the different possibilities, and you’ll find the answer!”  (Trouble was, I wasn’t smart enough to see all the “possibilities.”)

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Here’s a picture of the final quilt–perhaps you didn’t realize how small these blocks are, until you saw the ruler!

Where have you been?

My occasional readers may have been wondering–where have you been?  I haven’t seen a blog post in months!  Well, big changes have been going on in our household, and will continue for several more months.

My husband had a wonderful ministry opportunity present itself, and so we made the difficult decision to leave behind our friends in Jefferson and our home in the woods.  This new adventure has been great so far, but we are still working on the logistics of finding a house and getting all our stuff under one roof.

Which brings me to our photo today…

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When we moved to Jefferson, my motto I reminded myself of was “bloom where you are planted.”  I felt a bit uprooted, and so I was encouraging myself to “dig in” to the new place.

The motto for this move is “There is a place for you.”  We have been blessed with a temporary home for as long as we need it, and this picture shows my humble little sewing nook.  Most of my stuff is still packed away, but there is a place just for me.

IMG_2439And of course, I packed projects for this in-between time.  This little quilt was hand-pieced while attending kung fu class with a certain young man, and I recently finished it.  I think it adds a nice touch to the sewing nook, don’t you?