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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Hanging By A Shirt Tail!



I have projects that I can't even CALL UFOs....because there are only a few blocks of this pattern or that one that I did just to try to see if I liked it or not, and it isn't a UFO unless I intended it to go anywhere. I guess you can call these FALSE STARTS!

A while ago I was on a plaid shirt fetish....remember? I now have unassembled thrift store plaid shirt parts coming out of my ears and pushing past the conifines of their bin. I also had 3 false start projects that I started with them. Jacobs Ladder, Some sawtooth square in a square thing that I saw in an antique quilt but don't have a name for, and these plaid rose bud blocks. I love the look of plaid quilts, but for some reason, the colors are so subdued that I lost interest in working on them and moved on to something else. Has that ever happened to you? I know Mary was talking about the same thing happening to her on her blog.

Today found me working from home, and while digging for something in my bins, I came across all three baggies of these blocks. they all seemed to want to go together so I thought what the heck, laid them out on the floor and started playing. In the baggies for the rosebud blocks were some 5" plaid strips and some 3.5" plaid strips, destined for making more blocks. I used these for the sashings.

When I first got the quilt to what I thought was the finished stage....it was too long for the width. For some reason I don't like really narrow tall quilts! So...I sewed more strips together and added two more side borders.

Again..I have no clue when this will be quilted, butit didn't take long at all to throw together from blocks I had laying around that were going nowhere. I think this quilt is also crying out for baptist fans. You know, maybe if I broke my leg I could sit and quilt and stop piecing and actually finish some of the gazillion tops that are stacking up around here?

Let's see what else! Oh, I turned in the "love in the lost and found" quilt last night along with some others for the show. I'll get pics when they hang. I'm glad I have that off my plate, all labels and bindings were finished by the end of guild meeting. Talk about the nick of time!

Sunday I came home from choir with an overload of ripe bananas. They were going to throw them away, and I snatched them for banana bread. Today I made 4 loaves, and they will go back with me to choir tomorrow night for our break time snack!

Here is a pic of Jeff in all his glory.....his "blame the dog" Tshirt! It seems to be all we do lately, blame sadie for chewing quilts and deck posts and whatever else she can get her mouth on that she shouldn't! (And yes, we have supplied her with LOTS that she can chew, she just chooses to be naughty...)

Bonnie

17 comments:

Mary said...

I love the quilts you toss together from bit and pieces you have laying around. I bet this quilt is more interesting than any of the original ones would have been. It looks great.

Lucy said...

You are a miracle Bonnie!! good to see Jeff in his fun t shirt :-)

Bingo~Bonnie said...

Yes I do remember your plaid shirt fetish just a few months ago - you got me started collecting them too - although I haven't been to the $.50 sales at the Goodwill in some time. I am pretty sure I have more than enough to make a quilt!!!

Your blog title "Hanging By a Shirt Tail" sounds like the perfect name for this quilt. I love how you played with the blocks and let them form their own unique quilt pattern. Those colors all work great together!

DebZ from the HGTV board posted photos of the Quilt Fair she just attended in OH and I just have to share with you this link to one of the photos - it is a string quilt with all plaids - maybe a way for you to use up any left over shirt scraps??? ~Bonnie in SE Texas


http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/deb_z_44/detail?.dir=8f99re2&.dnm=7621re2.jpg&.src=ph

Charissa said...

I don't like skinny quilts either! I think it's because I think of the person sitting on the couch, or rolling over in bed, and I don't want them to struggle to stay covered.
Your son's shirt is hilarious!!

Ms. Jan said...

I tell ya, Bonnie....the things you do with scraps. Still waiting on that book of yours!!

Elaine Adair said...

Yes, I also remember your shirt/plaid thing, because YOU got ME started on the same fetish! Off I went to our Mission Store, resulting in 15 GOOD shirts for $7.50! What a bargain! And I even made a few Jacob's Ladders (a favorite block) -- kept 3 of the shirts for actual use and cut up the rest of them. They are under a bed somewhere around here. My gosh, the notions themselves are worth more than that! But hey, I still plan to use them - they ARE wonderful and great fabric, so I'm not sorry I caught that fever from you.

AmysBabies said...

I have had a quilt like this in mind for some orphan squares for quite some time. I love how they all came together!

atet said...

Love what you did with your "false start" blocks. They really compliment each other.

Linda C. said...

I think the whole phrase is, "False Starts and Promises" . . . and you certainly have the ability to find the promises in your false starts!

anne bebbington said...

That quilt top looks 'meant to be' - lovely!

Love Jeff's Tshirt

Kim said...

Great quilt top! I guess I wasn't following your blog during your thrift shirt phase--that's a good idea. I do the same thing to collect wool.

swooze said...

Great quilt! I love these happy accidents. You really got a great diamond out of the rough. :D

Alycia said...

Beautiful! I love how you did that. I really like the plaids too - have been saving dh shirts as he outwears them, but the idea I had in mind isn;t as beautiful as that. Great job!

Judy said...

The blocks look they were meant to be together all along. Fabulous design!

If you want her to stop chewing you might try something called Bitter Yuck...or something like that at the pet store, for dogs. I used it to keep my cat from licking his incision and it's so nasty they won't touch the thing again. I know..I got it on my fingers ever time I applied it and it's gross!

Patti said...

I've always loved tbis way of using up spare blocks and other odds and ends of the design process. Seems like ever so often I see a picture of a quilt like this. My favorites are two quilts in one of the Country Threads books - one by Connie and one by Mary. Your's is marvelous, of course - since everything you do is marvelous. I've got a drawer full of this type of thing - some day . . . .

Dawn said...

MMMMmmm, bananna bread! And I love your False Start quilt. You are amazing! I'm at a no start place right now!

Sue in western WA said...

I've been doing a similar thing with the piles of blocks I'd accumulated over the years. Mostly I'm trying to turn them into preemie quilts right now as I am not up to working on bigger quilts at the moment. Always feels good to put what looked useless to good use doesn't it?!