Memory Quilting Online Classes Available!!!!

Memory Quilting is so much more than t-shirts. I am so happy and proud to announce that my online Memory Quilting Series of classes with The Quilting Company are now available online.  These classes, five in total, are geared toward your specific memory quilting needs.  Are you making a quilt with Ties?  Then check out my tie class.  Have a pile of children’s clothes that you don’t know what to do with?  Take my children’s clothes class.  There is something for everyone. In each class you will learn the techniques and supplies you need to take your clothes items and make them into quilts.  I will explain how to make decisions on what will work and what won’t in your quilts.  I will discuss what stabilizers are best and give you lots of other tips to help make creating your quilts a breeze.

Go to The Quilting Company at www.quiltingcompany.com and look for the following class covers to find your way into the wonderful world of memory quilting.

Check out all my classes for lots of techniques and tips on all the things you can do to make your memory quilts extra special.

If you have any questions about the classes feel free to contact me here or via email at quilter@happymemoriesquilts.com.

Happy Memories

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Fussy Cutting Shirts With Difficult Designs

I am working on a project for a client that is a combination of the Mom’s/Grandma’s and Dad’s/Grandpa’s clothes.  They want four quilts that are the same design and they wanted squares as that is what Mom/Grandma liked the best.  I felt the squares needed to be big enough to show off the designs in the clothes. Many of the shirts had large patterns and some had only a few repeats in each shirt which made it a challenge to get four blocks out of them that were close to the same.  The block we decided on was a 10″ finished Uneven Nine Patch.  The center block was a 5 1/2″ cut which worked out perfect as I could use my 5 1/2″ All Squared Up Tee’s template to fussy cut the center blocks for the squares.

When you are using clothes for quilts sometimes you can just cut them up just like you would regular fabric.  I was able to do that with many of the shirts in this project but some of them needed special treatment. I am going to go through some of the blocks here for you to give you an idea of what my thought process was when I was cutting the blocks out.  Since I was in design mode not teaching mode I didn’t think of taking pictures of the shirts before cutting so please forgive the lack of before and after photos. OOP’s :-).   I am sure you will get the idea without them.

I had several men’s Hawaiian style shirts that had patterns with large elements that were spread out across the whole shirt.  When you have a design like this you want to pick the element that will pop the memory of the shirt the most and use that in the block.  In the case of the shirt below the little scooters were a focal point in the shirt so I needed to use them so the memory of the shirt would come forward when looking at the block. Using my 5 1/2″ Template I fussy cut 4 squares making sure the scooter was in the block.

Below is the final block.

Using the same 5 1/2″ template I cut the other shirts. For this one I made sure the flowers were in the center square and leaves and part of the volcano were in the corner blocks. This shirt had a row of the pink building across the front and back.  Using the template I was able to cut 4 different portions of the building so it was included in all the center blocks. I cut the leaves that were on the rest of the shirt to make the four corner blocks.On these next blocks I made sure that each block included a portion of the overall design.  I tried to make sure the center block was a major design that reflected the shirt.  The corners took in any other portions of the shirt I felt needed to be included to reflect the whole shirt design such as design elements or other colors.   The shirt cut for the block below was mostly the geometric black but it had large pops of the red with some orange.  For this block I made sure I got the red in the large block and then made sure each 10″ block also got a pop of the orange in it to reflect the overall design of the shirt.

The shirt that gave us the block below had all the different purples as well as the lime green and blues.  I made sure when I cut the pieces for the blocks that it represented all the different colors in the shirt.When designing quilt blocks using all these different designs it just takes a little bit of thought to make a quilt that will bring back all the fond memories your clients have of the person wearing them.  When they see the quilt block they don’t just see the block but a picture of their loved one wearing the item.  This technique can be used with any item such as dresses, skirts, coats etc.

Don’t forget to pull out my small All Squared Up Tee’s Templates for these projects. They really make fussy cutting the blocks a breeze.

Happy Memories, Trish

Layers, Layers, Everywhere!!!!!

Hope this finds all going well for all of you. I have been doing well getting into Pilates classes and working on stuff around the house. The weather here has been gorgeous. We finally got a real spring, which we haven’t had in several years. We spent late last week and weekend doing spring-cleaning and planting of flowers on our lani. It is so nice to have everything clean and fresh again with flowers spilling over pots.

On the work front I have started a new quilt for a West Point graduate. I have done quilts with these uniforms before, including one for my hubby, but this time I am keeping all the uniforms together and making the blocks out of the full fronts, including collars. I certainly like to challenge myself. J I have been taking the uniforms apart this week and it amazes me what all goes into the uniforms they make for the cadets. My husband, who is a graduate, made the comment that it is no wonder they weighed a ton with all the layers they have in them.

The photo above shows the different layers in the full dress uniform jacket. There are three layers under the wool fabric top layer. Two layers of thick woven interfacing and one thin layer of batting type interfacing, When I tell my students they need to debulk their items these uniforms take this step to a whole new level. Some layers you just can’t get rid of like the bottom one here in this photo. With the stitching on top of this layer this will need to stay in or I will loose the decorative stitching on the top. (Shown in the photo below.)

These are just a few examples of the challenges memory quilting can give you. Every quilt and every item that goes in them has the potential to pull you outside your comfort zone. I normally practice on similar items, and highly recommend it to my students and customers, but I really don’t want to practice on my husband’s uniform and there aren’t any in the local thrift shop so what do you do? In a case like this I wing it. I know that sounds scary, but if you take it slowly one step at a time you can do this. I take pictures and notes as I take things apart so if I need to put something back together I can. I seam rip as many seams as possible and not cut so this is possible.

This is definitely a quilt that will have to be specialty quilted.

There are always ways to get around clothes “problems” and put them in your quilts. You just need to be willing to take your time, make a few compromises, and be willing to do some special quilting to make it all work.

Hope this inspires you to think outside your box when designing your next memory quilt.

Happy Spring, Happy Memories,

Trish

 

And It’s A Wrap

The last few weeks have been crazy but so neat.  I went a week ago to Golden, Colorado to the offices of F&W Media to tape five Memory Quilting online classes for The Quilt Company.   The crew that did the taping was just wonderful.  They all worked together so well and made me so relaxed that I ended up enjoying the process instead of being intimidated by the camera.

Sabrina, Ginger, Andrew, ME, Corey and Jon.

You don’t realize all that goes into one of these classes until you do one.  It takes months of preparation organizing what you are going to teach, getting all the step outs together, and making sure each lesson fits into the time you have allotted.   I had requirements for taping such as the clothes I could wear, including colors. Nails, of course, had to be manicured.

The taping started everyday at 7 am with me coming in for hair and makeup.  For any of you who know me you know that in and of itself was a major accomplishment, I am not a morning person LOL. After Nikki was finished with me I started getting things together for the class we were taping that morning.  The crew would come in and get the cameras and lights together for the day.  Corey always set me up with a mike and Jon, Ginger and Sabrina would go over with me what was going to be taped and how they were going to tape it. Jon was the Director and worked with Andrew & Corey running the cameras.  It was so wonderful to work with people that respected each others opinions and ideas and genuinely seamed to enjoy working with each other.  Speaking as “The Talent” they made the whole experience so much nicer and easier for me. We had a lunch break around noon and then went till 5:30 each night except for the last day Friday when we stopped at 3:30.

I wanted to share some more photos with you so you could see the studio and more of the process involved.

The young lady who made me look good for the camera every morning. Thank you Nikki!

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Here you can see the monitor/seating area for the boom camera that Andrew used.  There were a few times it got really close to my head but he always warned me. LOL  I am in the back right where I set up all my step outs for the days taping.

 

This is Ginger, the producer, and I talking about the next segment.  She and Sabrina, the Instructional Designer, were wonderful listening to what I wanted to teach and helping me to do it in the best way possible on camera. On the left forward you can see the white stool with a little heater on it, this was for the cold Floridian :-).  We had lots of snow while I was there, about 10 inches total. Luckily I had a heavy winter coat. Even though the temperatures were in the single to low double digits most of the time Doug and I were there it was a dry cold, so we did pretty well dealing with it.  You normally think of the lights during filming as creating heat but these are all LED’s so no heat was generated, therefore the little heater was put on off camera to keep me warm.  Corey did a great job as sound/camera man shutting it off during taping when all of us forgot it was there.

 

Jon, Ginger, and I setting the scene for the taping of the Children’s Clothing Class.  You can see the boom camera in front of me and one of the other cameras to the left.

 

Ginger sitting at the table in the back with screens for all three cameras.  Sabrina sat back here as well when she wasn’t running around taking pictures 🙂

 

The gang discussing the next step and having a good laugh.  They kept it so light and fun everything went really smooth.

 

The Filmslate/Clapperboard used on the set.

 

Me behind the table getting ready to tape.

 

It was a great experience but exhausting. Friday night it was time for my hubby and I  to celebrate a successful week with a great meal and a great bottle of wine at a wonderful restaurant called The Fort.

The classes are slated to be put online in May.  I will keep you posted as things move forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions or I can be of help with any of your projects don’t forget I am a phone call or email away.

Happy Memories

Trish

Announcing Memory Quilting Online Classes

I am so excited to announce that I have been asked by the Quilting Company to work with them to create my memory quilting classes as online classes. The Quilting Company has numerous classes available online. Their classes cover the entire spectrum of interests and techniques in quilting. I will be taping 5 classes that will be available online for those interested in making their memory quilts extra special. I will be teaching how to take T-shirts, Dress Shirts and Polo’s, Sports Jersey’s, Ties, and Children’s Clothes and make them into wonderful memory quilts for family, friends and clients. I have always done things a little differently, with that little extra, which many memory quilters don’t do. I am hoping these classes will allow anyone interested in making memory quilts beyond the norm to spread their wings and have fun with the process.  Memory Quilts including T-shirts are so much more than just cutting a square and I am excited to be able to share my expertise and ideas with a larger group of quilters.

I head to Golden, Colorado in a week for the taping. It should be really interesting and fun. I promise to take lots of pictures and keep you posted on my adventure.

Have a wonderful, productive weekend.

Trish

How To Make A Small Ironing Board For Your Studio

I have a great little ironing board in my studio that I love.   It is compact and collapsible so you can easily store it but I rarely put it away as I use all the time. The size is perfect for ironing tricot onto t-shirts and it fits just right next to my sewing machine for when I am piecing a quilt.

Attached is a video on how to make it.

Making an ironing board

Hope you find this ironing board as great an addition to your studio as I do.

Happy Memories and Happy Sewing.

Trish

 

 

Having Your Quilts Appraized

There are a lot of people who have quilts that have been passed down from generation to generation. We have three quilts that are from Doug’s grandmother and great-grandmother. Over the years we have talked about getting them appraised for insurance purposes but never managed to get it done. There are normally quilt appraisers at quilt shows but I have either been working the shows in my booth, teaching classes, or I am there with friends and just haven’t been able to take advantage of the opportunity.

The quilt above was made for Doug’s grandfather as he was leaving for service in WWI by his mother and sisters.

There was a quilt show in Orlando last week and I was going to the show with my girlfriends one day to shop and look at all the quilts on display. I realized there was going to be an appraiser there and decided to take advantage of the show being local to go a second day and finally have the quilts appraised. I found that it really isn’t difficult to do. For this show I just had to register online in advance for admission to the show and schedule three half hour appointments with the appraiser, one per quilt.

The day of my appointments I took my quilts to the booth. There were several tables put together where the quilt was spread out. The appraiser, Joyce, looked over each quilt individually, taking pictures of the quilt, the embroideries and the fabrics used. She asked questions about who made it, as well as when and where it was made. We talked about the types of fabrics included in each quilt. In our case two of the quilts are crazy quilts. Joyce noted they were made from all kinds of fabrics: corduroy, suiting, dress and shirt fabrics. She asked if they were made by a tailor or seamstress since there were so many different fabrics. Doug and I found this really funny considering I make quilts for people out of those very kinds of fabrics now in my memory quilting business.

Thia quilt was also made by Doug’s great-grandmother.

I learned a lot about how appraisals are done by doing this. Joyce wanted to know everything I could find out about the history of the quilts. Knowing as much as possible about the quilt helps her to date the quilt and fabrics and give the best appraisal possible. You could also tell that she really enjoyed hearing the stories that went with the quilts and had a genuine interest in the history of the quilts beyond her job.

Since in this case the appraisals were taking place in a booth in the show I had to pay admission to the show and then pay her a fee of $50 per quilt. I have found this is a pretty standard price for appraisals. For those of you who don’t know much about quilt appraisers it is something that takes a lot of knowledge and education in the history of quilting and quilt fabrics & textiles. There is a certification process involved so you know they know their stuff.

There are many reasons to have your quilt appraised:

Secure Insurance Coverage

Making a Donation for the Quilt

Settle an estate

Shipping a quilt for a show or contest

Selling a quilt

Curiosity

If you are interested in having a quilt appraised check out any area quilt shows to see if they have an appraiser scheduled. You can also contact Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles at http://paaqt.com for the names of appraisers in your area.

Whether you are a quilter or just have family quilts that have been passed down to you this is something you should think about doing. It would be expensive for a quilter to do all of his or her quilts but you should definitely get appraised those quilts that you have taken a great deal of time with and are of a more intricate nature.

Hope you have learned something from my latest adventure as I have.  If you have any questions about the process please feel free to ask.

Have a great weekend.

Trish

 

 

 

Christmas Present Quilts

Happy New Year!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday. Most of us are socked in with the cold.  I know, I know who am I to complain about cold when I live in Florida.  Well, for us it is pretty nippy but I really am enjoying snuggling under my quilts in front of the fire.  We don’t get to do that much here and this past week I have spent many an hour doing just that – which is just fine for now.

I gave several quilts to my great nieces and nephew for Christmas just in time for them to snuggle under as the storms go through PA.  I wasn’t able to share them before as I didn’t want to risk anyone seeing them before they were given but I thought I would share them with you now.

This is the first one I made.  I kind of did this one backwards as I found the fabric for the back first. One of my great nieces loves turtles so I started out with the beautiful turtle fabric for the back and then designed the front to go with it.

The next one I did was for my other great-niece who loves Paris.  I used fabric that I had bought as a kit years ago and has been in my stash since waiting to become a quilt.  I teased my husband that I knew all those years ago that I would have a great-niece who loved Paris and would need to make her a quilt, which is why I have been moving this fabric around from PA, to Virginia and now Florida. 🙂

The last one I made was for my great-nephew who loves to fish. This was actually made out of two panels from two different designers.  I used one full panel and used parts of the second one. I love how they blended together.It was a lot of fun designing and making these cuties their quilts. I hope they keep them warm and snuggly for many winters to come.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday and are excited about the year to come.  I have gotten some other projects from my stash done in the last couple of weeks, which puts me ahead of last year already so I am on a roll.  What are you working on?  Don’t forget to share. We all love to be inspired and encouraged by other quilters.

Have a great week.  Trish

 

Snowmen and Holiday Blessings

Hi everyone, hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.  Doug and I had an amazing holiday.  For the first time in two years we had all of our children in one place, it was such a blessing. Our daughter arranged for us to have family pictures done as you have to take advantage of the those special moments when you have them.  I look at them now in their frames and my heart just glows. We came home after that special time and I threw myself into decorating for Christmas.  I love decorating for Christmas.  I have boxes and boxes of decorations.  It takes me days to get it all done, but I love it.  I put on Christmas movies and Christmas music and watch the witches of Halloween and pumpkins of fall get replaced with adorable snowmen of winter.  A lot of people collect Santa’s but for me it has always been snowmen.  I keep them up into February, especially since I have lived in Florida, as it fills my need for the cold north without having to go there.

Here are some pictures of the snowmen I have collected over the years.

Even with all the snowmen we never forget the reason for the season. xoxox

As we approach the holiday season we want to thank all of you in the quilting community, quilters, friends, family, students, clients and customers for all of the wonderful fellowship and blessings we have received from knowing you.  Your stories and encouragement have been awe-inspiring and we are so happy to be part of this wonderful community.   Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe or any other holiday Doug and I wish you all the blessings life can bestow.  May your time with your loved ones be cherished and joyous.

See you in 2018

Love Trish

Fussy Cutting with All Squared Up Tee’s Templates

How are your Christmas projects coming?  I am in the process of getting some of my Christmas presents made.  The quilt I am working on is being made from fabric I have had in my stash for years.  It is so funny how you can buy something because you really like it but not know what you are going to do with it. Fast forward 10 years and you find it in your stash and have the perfect person to use it for.  I had some cute Parisian Cat fabric that is perfect for a niece who loves anything Paris.  One of the fabrics i used for fussy cutting into blocks.

My 6 1/2″ All Squared Up Tee’s Template was perfect for the job. I even cut the blocks on point.  See how you can look right through the template to the design.  With no lines in the way you can see what you want to put in the quilt perfectly.  The templates are perfect for this kind of quilt block and the blocks can be made in a variety of sizes.  4 1/2″ up to 16 1/2″ if you want them that big.

Do you have a project where you want to fussy cut the fabric.  Check out the various sizes of All Squared Up Tee’s Templates. I bet we have the perfect size to help you make your quilts easily and your centering and cutting perfect.

Have a great weekend.