Monday Musings & To-Do Tuesday #11

Two of our friends host a weekly linky party. Brenda at Songbird Designs has a Monday linky party called Monday Musings. Our friend Carol at Quilt Schmidt hosts To-Do Tuesday with a linky party as well. We will share our weekly updates on both of their websites.

To-Do for last week:

  1. Work on our “last” t-shirt quilt
    • Add the binding on several recently finished quilts
    • Two limit list for a stress-free week

    To-Do #1

    Yikes, we haven’t posted in TDT for a few weeks. I guess the SAHRR23 has been prominent in my mind. We had a chance to really get a good start on the t-shirt quilt for the granddaughter of a coworker. We were given a nice assortment of t-shirts and jerseys. Using the June Tailor t-shirt interfacing, we began ironing that on the reverse side of the shirts. It gave us a bit of an issue with the jerseys, which is a thinner fabric. We persevered and won the informal war. Interfacing – 0, Us – 1 on the scoreboard. Once that was complete, we started working on a layout.

    A few of the t-shirts were a smaller size. We aimed for 12.5″ but for some of them we were lucky to get 10.5″. We’ll add a small sashing to those so we can throw them in the mix without regard for the size.

    Here’s the layout and then a black/white check before we made the layout final. We’ll be sharing more details about this project soon.

    To-Do #2

    I’ll be sharing another longarm escapade experience with you soon, but we managed to get FOUR quilts on and off the longarm. Also, very exciting for all three of us was the loading of a Cubs t-shirt quilt Carol is making for her son. It has been an albatross on Carol’s back for several years. The Cubs printed backing fabric gave us a bit of a fit. It seemed like the fabric was printed crooked but Carol resewed the seam in the middle. With our encouragement, we were able to load all three layers.

    Carol was beaming once she sat down to start quilting. She used a really pretty blue Glide thread that matched the t-shirt colors just perfectly. A new pantograph was tested out, purchased especially for this quilt called Modernish #1 by Urban Elementz.

    The size of this panto seems just perfect for this quilt. Two passes per block will be needed. When we left her, she had the first row of four blocks complete.

    To-Do Stay-At-Home Round Robin

    The Stay-At-Home Round Robin 2023 has its quilt parade starting on March 13th. We all hope you consider joining us. Quilting Gail will host the final linky party before the winners of the sponsored gifts are announced by the 27th.

    To-Do for the week ahead:

    1. Start to work on Chase’s dinosaur quilt for his big boy bed
    2. Continue to work on the t-shirt quilt
    3. Low-stress limit!

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    15 Responses

    1. Roseanne the tshirt quilt is going to be a great finish for a young lady. I’m glad you won the battle. Another longarm adventure? that will be fun to hear about. It’s good to see Carol’s smiling face as she anticipates some fun with a new panto. That is a lovely one from Urban Elementz. Thank you for linking with To Do Tuesday. I do hope you have been having more stress free fun. I can’t wait to see the progress on Chase’s Dinosaur quilt.

    2. Nanette Chopin Cook says:

      Never did a T- Shirt quilt…. Hum…. Great post! and you are not the only one not achieving things to post! Hugs

    3. Susan Nixon says:

      I like #3, low stress limit! I need to learn to use that one myself. LOL Wonderful progress on the T-shirt quilt, and I’m really looking forward to the parade of quilts. I’ve seen quite a few on friends’ blogs, but I know I’ve missed some. Is this something you are going to do again, or was it a one-shot deal?

    4. What a good idea to combine Brenda’s linky with TDT! You guys did great on the T=shirt quilt and 4 quilts quilted! I won’t finish my SAHRR, but I have a start on it and that’s what matters. I think I’ll link up anyway, just to keep myself on track.

    5. Chrisknits says:

      I need to do a T-shirt quilt in the future so I need to get some of that. Hope you get to everything on your list!

    6. T-shirt quilts are a lot of work and not fun at all. SF-101 is my friend. The owners absolutely love them. I try and focus on that while I am doing the grunt work. Linky parties come and go. Remember Lorna used to host a Linky party and Crazy Mom Quilts party had over 150 link-ups. I would join the TDT but sometimes I can’t show my work and what’s a post without pictures. Groan… Enough about me. You are doing great and I wish you good luck and continued success on this hump day!

    7. Cheree Hull says:

      You know, I have yet to make a t-shirt quilt–and the cadet has a bajillion pole-vault tees from competitions etc all throughout his high school years. Those look great, and the panto should be perfect for it. A friend showed me a pic today of some stitching issues (a few skipped stitches) she had while quilting on one. She thought maybe the knit required a different needle or something (maybe there were just some unusual knits)? I’d love to know your experience on that. Any needle issues?

    8. I’m so glad you won the battle of the t-shirt quilt interfacing! A black and white photo is a great way to check the balance of your colors, too. Looking forward to seeing the dinosaur quilt! Have a great week!

    9. Vicki in MN says:

      I love that you are getting more longarm time and really seem to enjoy it! The t-shirt quilt is coming along nicely. Have a great week girls!!

    10. Kathleen McCormick says:

      Oh, that T-shirt quilt….looks great. Well, both of them do! I have 2 to work on. One was one a friend commissioned and someone else made. They didn’t quilt through it, so I will. The other is one for my son I started a long time ago, but it isn’t on the front burner at all. SAHRR is time consuming but I am working on my bits in between quilting today. Binding needs to go on next, just taking a desk break! Keep those stress free weeks coming!

    11. Rochelle Summers says:

      So glad you are sticking to the stress free list. It looks like you are having fun with the LA quilting. It so wonderful to have a friend like Carol who shares and I love the way you help each other out. Seeing the birthday pics of Chase, I understand why you need to be working on a big boy quilt for him. He will love it for sure. Have a great weeks. Hugs.

    12. Michele McLaughlin says:

      Wow! You are getting so much done right now! Yowsa! So this is the last t-shirt quilt you’ll do? Is that what you meant? I don’t blame you, it’s a lot of work…more than non-quilters realize! Wishing you a stress free week my dear! Hugs!

    13. Karla says:

      You’ve been busy! I have a suitcase full of t-shirts from my daughter’s friend to make her another quilt — T-shirt quilts aren’t hard just not fun — for me! I really like the modern pantograph you all used. Have a great week!

    14. You have been busy!! Four quilts quilted – that’s awesome! And loading quilts is always the hardest part for me. DH does a good job helping with the “heavy lifting!” LOL The T-shirt quilt you are making looks awesome! That is one thing I’ve never made. Have fun with your binding this week, the T-shirt quilt, and the beginning of Chase’s new quilt. Carol does look SEW happy sitting behind her longarm and her quilt looks great too! Thanks for linking up with Monday Musings. Have a great week!

    15. Wendy says:

      I have two t-shirt quilts (for my kids) that I’m ignoring; they aren’t that difficult, but I just don’t enjoy making them. You have a good start, and I’m glad you were able to help Carol with hers. I need to get back to my regular posting, but there’s been busy stuff going on here!

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