Memory Pillows and Animals the Possibilities are Endless

Many of us want to make a remembrance for a family member that is not a quilt. There are really unlimited possibilities to do this.  I thought I would give you some examples to get your ideas flowing.

Pillows are an easy way to share memories with someone special.  They can be any size or shape such as square, rectangle, round, or heart shaped.  They can be single sided or two sided and use t-shirts, polo shirts, or dress shirts.  You can also applique children’s clothes, dance costumes, etc., onto fabric and make them into pillows as well.

This pillow was made by Chris from a t-shirt.

Chris added a nice touch when she included a heart similar to this one with a message to the recipient.

This is a pillow made from a dress shirt, tie, and suspenders.  You can make one of these with or without the tie and/or suspenders. You can also do this with a polo shirt.  If you are not sure how to make a block out of a dress shirt or polo shirt, check out my book “Easy Memorabilia Quilts, ties, t-shirts photos and more” or my Dress Shirt class on The Quilting Company.   A pattern for the pillow below is included with the class.

When you have a costume that you can’t include in a quilt because of the decorative sequins etc., a pillow is a great way to save the memory.  The pillow below is an example of that.  I couldn’t include this dance costume in the quilt I was making for my client without charging them for custom quilting to get around the sequins.  Since it was the only item that was an issue I offered to make it into a pillow and they loved the idea.

Many people do bears, but you could really do any type of stuffed animal.  How about the school mascot or a child’s favorite animal?  There are so many patterns out there. Don’t limit yourself to what everyone else does, think of who you are giving it to and who the memory is about and you could come up with something outside the box.  “Google It” and see what ideas are out there.  I Googled “Stuffed animals made from clothes” and found patterns for Elephants, Monkeys, and Bunnies to name a few.  Go to your local fabric stores and look through pattern books and craft books. There are all kinds of things made from cloth that can be made from clothes that might be perfect for the loved one you are thinking about.  As I said the ideas are endless, just think outside the box and look for ways to do what you have in mind – there is always a way. Remember anything made from fabric can be made from the clothes you have, just spread your wings!

These are bears made by Chris for her grandkids using t-shirts of their grandfathers. She did a great job. The lettering isn’t perfect but, as Chris said, the kids get the idea and remember him wearing them which is what counts. They don’t have to be perfect.

Check out the ears of the bears.  I love how Chris used a logo and a helmet to accent them. Just shows how you can add little touches to make your memories special.

I always tell you to think outside the box.  If an idea comes to you go for it! Look online and in books for patterns that will help you make your idea.  Don’t be afraid to modify how something is put together so you can accommodate the design your trying to make and the designs on your shirts.

I would love to see what you have all done with your memories other than making quilts out of them.  Have you found a pattern that really works well for this?  Let us know we would love to see them and try them for ourselves.

Happy Memories,  Trish

Setting goals for the New Year & A Special Sale

Happy 2019, hope your holidays were wonderful and filled with joy, love and family. Now that the holiday craziness is behind us its time to set our goals for the new year.  Mine are totally selfish. As many of you already know I have decided to stop my Jersey Girl Quilts business, where I make quilts for people.  I may start it up again someday but I have so many of my own projects that have gone by the wayside these last 10 years that I just felt it was time to concentrate on my stuff for a while.  I want to get my UFO’s done and learn how to use my “new” sewing machine, serger and ScanNCut as well as work more on getting myself healthy.  My UFO list is so long it is scary! I am not sure where to start so I am just plunging in with the projects I wanted to get done for people, including wedding and baby quilts and sprinkle in a few holiday projects for me so I don’t feel neglected. LOL. Do you have a huge list of projects to do?

When I decide on the projects I want to do I go through my stash to see what fabrics I already have. Then I put them with the pattern and make a list of any fabrics I need to buy to finish out the “kit”.   I also either put any tools or rulers I am going to use with the project or write a note to remind myself what tools I have that would make the projects I want to do easier.  This is especially important when they are tools that you don’t use very often.

I am sure all of you have a list of projects like I do and many of you have a memory quilt on the list as a gift for a birthday, high school or college graduation this year.  I know this because many of you have been taking my online classes through The Quilting Company.  I have found that my All Squared Up Tee’s Templates have made making these kinds of quilts so easy that they go together like a dream.  Since many of you have been taking the classes I thought I would give you a special discount on the templates, book and stabilizer to help make the process so much easier for you.

Keep me posted on your projects I always get motivated and inspired by other quilters.  Hopefully I will be posting some finished projects of my own in the coming weeks.

Happy Memories, Trish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays and The Night Before Christmas, a Quilters Version

 

I have spent the last few months traveling on an extended vacation abroad with my hubby, watching Army Beat Navy YEAH!!!!!! and getting ready for Christmas.  I hope you have all been doing well and having fun doing all your holiday projects.  We get to spend the holidays with our family, minus sadly our son-in-law who is deployed this year.  As you spend time celebrating whatever holiday your heritage honors and are cherishing those moments with your families please remember and pray for those families who are minus a person because they are defending our freedom to celebrate whatever holiday we choose.  There are many soldiers and their families who won’t be with their loved ones so that you can.  Our families prayers go out to all the men and women in our armed forces, police, first responders, and all the hospital staff that are sacrificing their family time for us.  Keep them safe and give them your blessings this holiday season.

I would like to share a quilters poem I found by Brenda Groelz, Kathy Rockbugs, Marilyn Root, Cindy Swafford

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem
(A Quilters’ Version)

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The only one sleeping was a Quilter’s dear spouse.
The Log Cabin stockings were almost completed,
“Just a few stitches left,” our sweet quilter repeated.

“Then I can hang them and head off to finish
the pillows I’m making, fulfilling Mom’s wish
For something quilted to put on her couch and spoke,
as she pricked her poor finger, our quilter said, “Ouch!”

When from out in the kitchen there arose such a crashing,
she sprang from her work, and she dropped all her sashing.
Away to the doorway she flew like a plane,
wondering just what was happening and who she would blame.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but Old Mrs. Claus and her bag of quilt-gear…
With her elves bearing gifts, through the kitchen she came,
she directed and pointed and called them by name.

“Now Elna, now Pfaff, now Bernina and Viking,
the Hoffman and Mumm should be just to her liking.
To the sewing room – there, it’s just back of the hall,
now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”

“My Dear,” said The Claus (as she liked to be called),
“There really is no need to worry at all.
Your projects will all be completed this night,
I’m terribly sorry we gave you a fright.”

“Sit down. Have some tea. It’s relaxing, you’ll see.
My friends and I’ve come a long way to help Thee.”
She thought she was dreaming, our dear Quilter did,
In fact she quite feared that she near flipped her lid!

But the flash of the needles and twist of the thread
soon gave her to know she had nothing to dread.
They spoke no more words, but went straight to their sewing.
How the work went so quickly she had no way of knowing.

The stitches, how fine! The corners, how straight!
This Claus-woman’s talent was awfully great.
They finished the pillows, then started to quilt.

Before they all knew it, the whole thing was built!

Now old Mrs. Claus, she knew quilters real well,
and she knew they’d need help on this night most of all
So she said to our quilter, “Just move over dear,
I’ve brought my own needle. We’ll get done, never fear.

I told dear old Santa about what quilters do.
How they plan all these projects but have other work too.
So he taught me his magic for doing things fast.
There, that pillows done. Now this is the last.

They tidied their thread snips, and picked up the scraps
and chased our dear quilter’s six cats from their laps.
As they scurried away with their thimbles still gleaming
dear Mrs. Claus paused, her cap ribbons streaming.
“Merry Christmas, my dear, now just have a ball!”

God Bless and I will be in touch next year.

Happy Memories, Trish

The Quilt Barns of Carroll County Maryland

Doug and I have a friend, Mark, who is an avid photographer.  He and his wife Jane do a lot of traveling so of course he takes pictures of their travels but his favorite pictures I think are the ones he takes of wildlife.  Mark takes a lot of photos out at the Wetlands, an area by our home in Florida that he and Jane volunteer at and he has gotten some beautiful shots.  This past summer they went back home to Maryland for a few months and Mark decided to take photos of the quilt barns of Carroll County, Maryland.  The photos are wonderful and he is letting me share them with you. Go to his blog at https://www.markpollittphoto.com/blog/2018/9/the-quilt-barns-of-carroll-county-maryland and read the story of his adventure and check them out.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I know it is only October but lets get real if we are making things for people on our Christmas lists we have already started planning and designing.  Many of you have memory quilts on your list.  Some will be made from T-shirts, some from ties, and some from that special person’s clothes.  No matter what your quilt design Happy Memories has the supplies you need to get the job done and done beautifully. Whether you are making your first T-shirt quilt or are using new to you items in your quilt such as dress shirts and polo shirts there are tools, supplies and information available on our website for you. And right now you can get all those tools and supplies for 30% off if you go to the web store at www.HappyMemoriesQuilts.com/our-store.htm!

Also, check out the links below to go directly to my classes that will teach you all you need to know to get those projects done easily and without stress.  Don’t want a class, check out my book, Easy Memorabilia Quilts, Ties, T-shirts, Photos & More for how to take just about anything and make it into a block. Also, tips and patterns that will make your gifts a breeze to design and make.

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

Making Memory Quilts: Neck Ties
Making Memory Quilts: Children’s Clothes
Making Memory Quilts: Dress Shirts
Making Memory Quilts: T-Shirts
Making Memory Quilts: Jersey’s

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

Happy Memories

Thoughts and Prayers

There are many of you who are dealing with Hurricane Florence.  Some of you have had to leave your homes, or you have taken in loved ones to keep them safe.  You are first responders or families of first responders who are working through this horrible storm or you are just neighbors out there trying to help neighbors, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.  I have family, our daughter, her husband and grandchildren who are riding it out in inland NC not sure what she will bring to them and friends who are closer to the coast who have been evacuated.  Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers as the days unfold.  God Bless

Fabric Designer and Quilt Shop Owner in the Making!!!

About a month ago our daughter sent us a photo of our 5 yr old granddaughter, Caelyn, showing off her first Quilt. (Sorry, I don’t show pictures of her on my business sites as they go out to everyone so I cut off her adorable head.) Her Momma had this piece of fabric and she took her crayons and drew a picture in each of the “blocks”.  She was so proud so GiGi, me, is going quilt it with fabric she picked out for the back and make it into a full-fledged quilt.

A few weeks later we went to visit them and Caelyn asked if I could make a special friend of hers a dress.  Her little friend has major medical issues. She has been through a lot and Caelyn wanted to do something special for her.  I told her it would be difficult to make a dress for a little girl I didn’t know but asked what if we made her a quilt instead?  Caelyn loved that idea, so after she approved my quilt design we went to a fabric store and she picked out a special unicorn fabric and a matching fabric for me to use.  The next day we were all doing things around the house and Caelyn decides to play quilt shop so she colors some white scrap fabric and lays it out with price signs.

It was the cutest thing.  I couldn’t believe she came up with this after only 1 visit to a fabric shop. I see myself working for my granddaughter in a quilt shop some day, I would love that.  Time will tell.

Do you have a little quilter in the making?  Do you have ideas for teaching children to quilt?  Would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.  When I finish her quilt I will show you how it looks.

Have a great week. Happy Memories, Trish

The Final Details of My Uniform Quilt

Hope you are all doing great.  For some of you school has started and for some of you there is still a few weeks left of summer. I have had a busy summer with lots of fun, travel and lots of work.  We were finally able to do the quilting and the last details of the uniform quilt I have been working on and I was really happy with the results.

The quilting was time-consuming as we had to do “cut outs” to get around the thicker areas of the uniforms.  As I tell my students and anyone who will listen you can use pretty much anything in a quilt, but if you are going to have it quilted you need to talk to the person quilting it to know if they will be able to deal with the extra thick areas.  I have a Gammill Statler Stitcher and we are able to stop and start the stitching in certain areas so it doesn’t go over bulky areas.  Sometimes no matter how much bulk you remove from a garment it still is too thick for a quilting needle to go over it.  Many of these garments were thick wool which made it difficult to get some areas flat enough. I removed the patches and chevrons from the uniforms so we didn’t have to go around them which made the quilting a bit easier.

Once we got the quilting done I had to sew the patches and chevrons I took off back on.  In order to do this and not totally kill my fingers I used a curved needle and a round thimble.  It worked great. Any thimble will do. The object is to protect your fingers as you’re pushing the needle through the thick patches and material.

These pictures show the sleeve quilted with the chevron in place and the curved needle with round thimble. Here are a few photos of the sleeves with the chevrons sewn on,This is a picture of an army uniform with the patches.  Some I took off and some I kept on.After all the patches were replaced I had some extra patches and epaulets the client had given me so I designed the label to accommodate what was left.  It is a large label but since the quilt is king size there was no problem having a label that big.  I did apply some SoftFuse to the back of the label to hold it more securely than just doing the stitching around the side.Here is the final quilt.  The client loved it which makes all the hard work worth it.

This quilt is an example of how you don’t have to cut all your uniforms up in order to put them in a quilt. I love how you see each uniform as it was not just in pieces.   Hope these pictures and tips give you some ideas for your own uniform quilts.

I would love to see pictures of the quilts you have all made and are working on. Please feel free to share.

Until next time, Happy Quilting and Happy Memories, Trish

Making Memory Quilts With Large Pieces.

Over the last months I have been working on a memory quilt for a client that contains West Point and Regular Army uniforms.  I decided to keep the uniforms intact as much as possible so you can see what they looked like.

This is the heavy black parka.  I removed the hood and the sleeves and took out the zipper and pockets. The is the dress gray coat that I removed the sleeves and zipper.  I kept the collar intact – just debulked it.

I took one of the sleeves from the dress gray and made a block out of it.

This is the summer India uniform. As with the dress gray I removed the sleeves and debulked the collar. I also removed all the buttons and stitched down the epaulets.

The full dress uniform I removed the sleeves and kept both of them for blocks.  I debulked the collar as shown in previous post.

The dress gray sleeves were attached without the gold rank as it is too thick to quilt through. They will be added via hand stitching after the quilting is done.

There were two Army BDU’s, one a shirt and one a jacket.  I used both of them, removing sleeves and stitching down pockets.  I choose not to remove these patches but to quilt around them.  You may want to remove them, do the quilting and then sew them back on afterwards.

I was given a pair of pants from the India uniform and the Dress Gray.  I cut them up and made two of this block set.   This is the quilt top put together and ready to quilt!! This kind of quilt shows how you don’t have to cut everything up into pieces. You can keep things whole, just like you do in other memory quilts.  Spread your wings and try different things. It makes for very special and individual quilts.

Happy Memories, Trish

Baby, Oh Baby

Hope you all had a great and safe 4th of July.  We spent the day and night with friends in St. Augustine.  It was great and the fireworks downtown were wonderful.  I have been busy on two quilts.  One is a baby quilt for a friends granddaughter.  They like butterflies and I found a really cute fabric by Susybee for Hamil Textiles.  I designed a simple quilt that would accentuate the fabric but also have a little whimsy to it with a pin wheel block.  I gave the client the choice between having all the pin wheels the same color and they would pick the color or mixing it up.  She chose mixing up the pin wheels.  I am so glad they did, I love all the different colors.  I picked a dark and a light of each color on the quilt and then mixed them up in the quilt.  The mom doesn’t like purple but likes turquoise so I made sure the purple/blue color in the quilt went more to the blue in the pin wheels and made the inner border turquoise.I love working with my clients to give them the quilts they want for their loved ones. Most of my quilts are memory quilts but sometimes I get to make quilts that will be the foundation of many memories to come.  Those are really special too.

Are you working on anything this summer or are you taking a break?  I love seeing all the things people do so please share your projects with us so we can be inspired.

Have a great week.  Trish

 

Debulking a Collar

We had a wonderful few weeks of celebrating our son’s wedding and our 40th anniversary and now I am getting back into work again.  I have been working on a quilt using West Point Uniforms. No matter how many of these I do it still amazes me how many layers of stabilizer are used in these things.  I wanted to show you how I did the collar so you see how you sometimes have to take things apart to debulk them and then sew them back together. This is the collar before debulking.

After I have removed the facing fabric you can see there are four layers of stabilizer in this collar several of them are fairly thick.  It is no wonder it stands up so stiff and straight.

In this instance when I took out the stitching that was holding down the stabilizer I also was undoing the black cording that decorates the lower front of the collar. When these kinds of things occur I make sure I take good pictures as I go so I can put the item back together again looking the way it is suppose to.This is the collar minus all the extra layers.

This is the front of the collar showing the cording now loose.

When you get the collar placed the way you want and resewn you can then reapply the black cording the way it is suppose to be. You can see that I use my open toe foot so I can see the cording and needle really well to sew it on.

Don’t be afraid to take a lot of pictures as you are taking things apart so that you will have an easier time putting them back together again.  I would rather delete photos not used than to waste time trying to remember and figure out how something had been before ripping it apart.

Hope this gives you some more “behind the scenes” information on how I do things and makes it easier for you to do your quilts.

Take care and have a wonderful, safe 4th of July weekend.

Trish

 

 

Scrappy Clothes Quilt

This is a crazy time of year with all the end of school functions, graduations, and vacations. This last few weeks I have been finishing quilts for clients before we head north to Syracuse and Utica, New York for our son’s wedding next week. We are so excited and are busy getting all our stuff together for the trip and the big day.  I thought since I had shown you how i fussy cut some of the blocks for my clients quilts that I would show you the end product. The clothes I was given were from the clients Mom and Dad so there were an equal amount of bright colors and bold patterns from Mom to offset the more subdued colors and patterns of Dad.  The end result made for a really colorful scrappy quilt.

Hope you are enjoying all the end of school activities and have some really neat things planned for the summer.  I know I do.

Happy Memories, Trish

Happy Memorial Day!!!

On this Memorial Day weekend I would like to say thank you to all the men and women of our armed forces and their Gold Star families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  Without their selfless acts we would not be enjoying the freedoms we have. As you are off having fun at the beach, lakes and parks please do not take those freedoms for granted, someone gave their life and someone lost a loved one to give them to you.

God Bless Our Military and their Families Now and Always.

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

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