Quilt top done – almost

Been working like crazy on a t-shirt quilt for Debbie, last night finally got the top done!  Almost.  I’ll add the border tonight.  It really looks awesome.  I love it and hope she will, too.  Had a bit of an issue with the t-shirts shrinking at different rates, but with a bit of pulling and tugging they all fit.  This quilt also has 3 pictures that she took that I scanned onto fabric – they look wonderful. It helps that she’s a great photographer.  (will post a picture this weekend)  Then it’ll be ready to layer and quilt.  These shirts were from her family vacations at Bent’s Camp up in Wisconsin.  I’d love to do some quilts for the rest of her family. 

Enjoy the sunshine after 3 days of rain!

Yes – they are real t-shirts

Hello – we had a wonderful weekend in Atlanta, GA, sailing at the Gilbert Beer’s Memorial Regatta (aka The Beers Regatta).  Being around the people you enjoy and doing an activity you love is just delightful.  I wish every day was like that.  The weather was warm and sunny, sailing winds were darn near perfect, and the fun and laughter was the best anyone could hope for.  They did an excellent job hosting the regatta.

Anyway – back to quilting – I displayed a t-shirt quilt (see my other page) to show everyone what I could do with their sailing t-shirts.  The t-shirt quilt I displayed was not sailing t-shirts but bar t-shirts (some people do collect those – like my husband).  Some people couldn’t believe they were really t-shirts.  Let me assure you – yes, they were at one time a real t-shirt.  Most of them were the designs on the back of the t-shirt.  Once the shirt is made into a quilt and run though the washer and dryer a couple times – that is what it looks like.  And it’s great!  It’s a very usable quilt.  It’s meant to be used on the bed, take a nap on the couch and cover up with it, send it with your son or daughter when they go off to college, and even take it camping.  Use it, love it, and remember all the good times you had while collecting those t-shirts.  Gather up your t-shirts and figure out what you would like to do with them.  I’m here when you’re ready.

Also, Allison (daughter of a good sailing friend from Mattoon, IL) and Becky (daughter from a very dear friend from down in Bloomington, IN) asked about making a quilt from clothing.  This is called a Memory Quilt, and yes I can make those, but I’ve not worked up any kind of price list at this time.  Since there is some interest, I’m gonna have to work on that.  I’ve got some quilt patterns in mind that would be suitable, so I’ll put together a price list to go with it.  Keep an eye out for it – I’ll post it once I’ve pulled it all together.

Get out and enjoy this wonderful fall weather!

Magazines? What magazines?

Yes, I have way too many quilting magazines.  I can’t help myself!  I subscribe to 3 and occasionally pick up one at the local quilt shop.  The problem is, they were stacked too high on the table in front of my TV in Wandaland.  I could hear it, but couldn’t watch it.  In fact, I had to stand up and hold the remote control above my head so it could connect with the DVD player.  Now how sad and goofy is that?!  So, Sunday evening I sat down with the stack of magazines in front of me and went through each one.  I tore out patterns that I liked, tips I wanted to glue into my little notebook, articles I wanted to read, and ads I wanted to actually use.  The quilt patterns I put into page protectors and put into 3-ring binders.  (That’s how I found the pattern for the Nationals Quilt – flipping through old patterns.)  This process took over 4 hours!  Now, I have the patterns organized and I can actually watch the TV now.  Ah, the simple joys of life, an organized sewing room.  (well mostly organized anyway)

Have a great day!

Champions Cup Regatta – donation quilt

The Champions Cup Regatta held at Geist Reservior last weekend was a fund raiser for Special Olympics.  A couple weekends earlier – when it was so blasted hot, I pulled this UFO (un finished object – aka unfinished quilt project) off the shelf.  Open the box – surprise – it’s a Christmas quilt!  And, it wasn’t even started!  Ok, so I’ll sew little snowmen when it’s 100 degrees outside.  Wow – look at the cute quilt!  I donated this to the silent auction.

Clothesline Fabric Bowls

How totally cool is this?!  I love these fabric bowls.  I was going to make one at the ISQG winter reteat – had the pattern and fabric and ready to go.  But – the pattern I had was messy to do, another method I saw someone else do was just as stupid and time consuming.  So, after chatting with another quilter, he taught me his method.  So much better!  After you make one, you want to make one more, then another and another…so far I’ve made about 20 of them!  And I’m teaching a class on this October 15th for the Quilt Connection Guild.

Diamonds in the Water

This is a quilt I made as a fund raiser for our Y-Flyer Sailing Nationals in Mattoon, IL, June 2011.  It is queen size and done in various blues.  The original pattern was in American Patchwork Quilting (I believe).

This is the Double Wave quilting pattern.  Doing this pattern over the entire quilt nearly made me seasick – but it really fit the quilt and the theme.  This is a pantograph pattern, which is what I do mostly.  I’m practicing on free motion quilting, but that certainly takes a lot of practice!

What do you think?

Hello world!

Good Afternoon – Just getting started

This is my new blog about me and my business.  My quilting business is called WandaLandQuilting.  That name came about, well, my name is Wanda, and sometimes I get that faraway look when I’m quilting and my kids called it WandaLand.  Something like where Peter Pan goes.  Now the term WandaLand simply refers to my sewing / quilting room.  I’ve been quilting for over 20 years and have recently purchased a used Gammill Long Arm quilting machine.  I’d like to start my business of quilting other quilters quilt tops.  I’ve also done some t-shirt quilts which I find great fun!

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