A Slice of Life - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt!

And now, a t-shirt quilt that’s been in the making since 1981! Okay, maybe not exactly that long, but that’s when the first Pizza My Heart restaurant opened in California. My client steadily collected the t-shirts from each location, and following the latest opening in April, sent them along to me.

Pizza My Heart T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

It was so nice of the chain to have 24 stores - they fit perfectly into a 4x6 layout! She requested the checkerboard frame sashing, and we fiddled with the size of the shirts to make the overall quilt square. The only request was to keep Capitola, the first store, in the top left. Other than that, I tried to mix up all the Sans and Los-es and Santas.

I was looking forward to matching the Kona to the logo because I figured it would be fun names, like Pizza Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, and Emo Teenager. Instead I got boring old Red, White, and Black. What a missed opportunity there.

Pizza My Heart T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The requested quilting was loops and hearts - get it? Pizza My Heart? Just wait - it gets worse. She wanted to go all in on the theme, and I am definitely the one to ask to do that. Themes are my favorite pizza topping. (actually, I’m strictly a cheese girl.)

Pizza My Heart T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The restaurants’ theme is surfing so naturally the backing is surfboards. And red surfboards, of course, to go with the logo.

Pizza My Heart T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Oh, and yeah - she found an embroidered patch of a PIZZA WITH HEART PEPPERONI. Can it go on the label? Of course it can! And it’s named a Slice of Life, because…obviously.

Pizza My Heart T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Block 10A

Oh my - I remember why I put this block aside a year ago, and conveniently forgot where it was for a while. Block ten is HARD!

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

I mean, super pretty! But haaaaaard. It only has four sections, but each section is different, so you can’t chain piece at all. There’s no making four buds and four roses and piecing it all together in a circle - no, not for block ten!

So I made the bud for this section, and added it to the already-made rose, and…well, that was it for this month, because I also managed to fall off my back porch and twist the ever-loving-heck out of my sewing foot. I can manage a bit of sewing with extended breaks of foot-resting. Far too long of breaks still. Annoyingly too long. But, hopefully these breaks will eventually add up to a whole foot…which will then make a whole block ten!

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BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Squash

Ah, summer time - time for summer squash! And your summer squash quilt block!

Squash - a Veggie Patch Quilt Block by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

The best part about summer is how little cooking I actually have to do! Just marinate the chicken, toss the veggies in a grill basket, and hand it over to my husband. Twenty minutes later, he returns with grilled squash, grilled chicken, grilled whatever else. And we eat so many more veggies, because they’re just better off the grill!

And the squash quilt block is almost as easy! Just yellows, a bit of green, just a few half square triangles, and voila - a nice summer treat.

Get the printer-friendly instructions here! The block will be free for a month until the next one posts - but don’t be too upset if you miss one. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hopatong Community Garden, so you’ll be helping a great cause run by one of my good friends.

I’m using a variety of Kona browns for the background fabric this time. I also use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #veggiepatchquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog!

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The Second Set of Strips - a Finished Quilt!

Second verse, same as the first, a little bit…well, actually, a little bit softer? And definitely not worse!

SWOK Quilt Guild Strip Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

I told you all about the guild’s strip challenge three weeks ago, with my Scrappy Happy Rails. This week, it’s what happened to the blocks that weren’t quite 9.5” tall. (Which happens in group projects!)

For this one, I really wanted to do something that looked more modern - something that would make the guild say “Well that ain’t your grandmother’s quilt.” Inspired originally by the Seattle MQG charity quilt, I trimmed them to 9” and then cut 60º triangles from the strips. I only had 24 triangles, though, so I knew I couldn’t pull off that design.

I started doodling on equilateral triangle paper, and Pinteresting, and eventually came up with this quilt by Quilt Matters. Uses exactly 24 triangles? Check. Pretty darn modern? Check! I also studied Slice of Pi’s Rough Around the Edges to decide how I wanted to do the edges.

SWOK Quilt Guild Strip Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

Obviously I decided on straight edges. Partly because it was easier (and I was running out of time) and partly because I could cut those triangles from my strips that I was already cutting.

SWOK Quilt Guild Strip Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is Lombard Street again from the book 180 Doodle Designs. The great thing about the book is it shows you how to do the design in a square, in a row, and in a triangle. So it was very easy to move from the squares of Scrappy Happy Rails to the triangles here. Well, not perfectly easy - there’s one triangle where I screwed up the direction. But quit looking for it, mmmkay?

SWOK Quilt Guild Strip Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is from Hobby Lobby, because again, I was looking for a fast finish and I didn’t have anything in my stash that really worked. It’s more of a terry cloth than a minky, but it’s a bright, cheery design, and it’s hella soft. Really adds to the texture of the quilting, and I love how it looks on the back.

SWOK Quilt Guild Strip Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

Seriously, that texture! And the colors are just perfect!

The binding is also a 30s print that I have in my stash - I’ve used it for several other bindings. I’m not a huge fan of 30s prints, but this one works nicely as a Quilts of Valor binding. Since I have 2+ yards, it’ll be on a few more quilts!

SWOK Guild Strip Quilt Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

And though it’s a little squished - it’s hard to get that many quilt in one picture! - here’s the guild with all the finished quilts! We have quite the variety - you can see pictures of each quilt here.

SWOK Quilt Guild Strip Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

48x66”

BTW - Quilting Jetgirl has a nifty little equilateral triangle quilt calculator on her blog, which I discovered after I asked the local math genius how I would know how wide my quilt would be, and he shrugged and said, “Geometry is next year.”

See also: Whoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

BOMs Away - Quilts of Valor May

This month, I’m cheating a bit - these three quilts won’t be awarded until this afternoon. It is Memorial Day in the US, after all! But I’m fairly confident that the veterans don’t read my blog and the surprise won’t be spoiled.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was pieced by a friend’s mother - she’s actually planning on making a quilt for every year of her father’s military service this year. So it’s nice to honor a veteran with a quilt, and also honor her family by making the quilt.

Also, the binding is Sarah Jane’s Children at Play, which is my very favorite RWB stripe ever. I put it on the bias, of course.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Next, a jelly roll top made by my best longarm customer. She helped at my last group award in February, which inspired her to make her own top. She also donated a bunch of fabric, some of which is the binding on this one and the next one.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was also made by my friend’s mom. It’s a little different than the typical RWB, but the wonky stars are really fun. I backed it in a grey-based, RWB stars, used variegated RWB thread, and flag binding, so the USA element is still there, just a bit more subtle.

These three are being presented to Comanche veterans today at a ceremony in their cemetery. It’s, well - not a great way to “celebrate” Memorial Day - but a worthwhile way.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Additionally, I made the three monthly blocks for my almost-local quilt shop’s sampler. They’re looking super eclectic, as always. I need to start thinking about a setting - there will be 18 blocks, but they’re only 6”, so I’ll need a good bit of filler.

I also got my last 16” sawtooth stars from my quarter as Queen Bee, and another package of Friendship Chain blocks from an Instagram friend. So it’s time to put those quilts together now, too!

Friendship Chain Blocks by Katie Mae Quilts

And speaking of Friendship Chain, the quilt guild and Jackson County OHCE group shared a table at a local craft market earlier this month. The guild brought their sewing machines, and the OHCE ladies brought their Accuquilt Go. Their die set had everything we needed for my blocks! So they demonstrated the cutter, handed the pieces back to the sewers, and we showed off the blocks. A win for community outreach and working together!

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