Treasures of Your Life - a Finished Quilt

The last quilt of the year, and it’s a gorgeous memory for a sibling! Not mine, but a friend of my parents’. I know the friends, but not the sibling. But after resizing 90+ family photos, I’m pretty sure I know the sibling pretty well by now!

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The client contacted me fairly soon after I finished Worked for Success - when I learned to print documents and photos on Spoonflower fabric. So I was able to say YES immediately, because I knew how to do this!

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

92 photos! I split them in folders, horizontal and vertical, and resized them so they would come out approximately 7” on the longest side. Then everything was set with a 1” strip in between and 2” sashing strips. I measured and added some wider strips on the tops and bottoms of some rows so they all came out the same length. That made it extra collage-y!

The vast majority of the pictures printed exceptionally well on fabric. The pinkish one on the lower right hand size was even a picture of a scrapbook page, and it came out great!

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is QT Harmony Crocus and the sashing/binding, which you’ve seen before, is Dance of the Dragonflies by Kanvas. And I ordered enough to use it in yet another set of quilts coming up, so I hope you like this purple! (The sibling does, obviously. I even ordered a hibiscus shade of quilting thread.)

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts


This was a really fun memory quilt to be a part of - and just goes to show, not all memories are t-shirts!

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Soccer Snuggles - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt

Last t-shirt quilt of the year! And for a total change, it’s not running shirts! Actually, I just checked, and running t-shirt quilts were the minority this year. What’s up, my running friends? Spending all your money on race fees? (I say as I have three races planned by April 2019.)

Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Anyway! This lovely set of soccer shirts!

My client asked for the shirts to kind of cascade from her middle school/club/high school soccer days to college. Which wasn’t too hard to design - everything just about worked out in the right spot, and I had some UCONN filler fabric for one spot. Which I already had on hand, because my sister is a UCONN grad. (What, you don’t have fabric from every college your siblings went to?)

Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The layout worked up a bit smaller (darn you, youth shirts!) so we added a border to bring it up to couch snuggle size. Which is, of course, the most important size.

The borders are Anthology batik ferns - wide back! I highly recommend using wide back for borders. No piecing!

Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts
Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Zav - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt

Finally, the second of two t-shirt quilts I sent off to Italy last month!

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

This one is for the daughter of the Hawaii running lady, using lots of baby clothes. It was pretty…interesting to get the layout just right - and that red dress had me pretty terrified for a while!

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

But I was able to cut everything just about the way I wanted, preserving full onesie designs like the blue Cat in the Hat, smocked dress details, and even jeans pockets!

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The front uses Kona White as sashing. The backing and binding are Quilt Fleur in gray. The quilting is just loops so I could easily steer around the raised designs.

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Just Run - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt!

Finally! This quilt and next week’s finish had a long journey to Italy (to an APO address!), so although they were finished in October, it’s now time to share them.


There’s over 50 shirts in this one, and the runner did her own layout with shirts every which way and lots of partial seams. And lots of shirts that say Aloha!


And as always, they keep pushing the boundaries of what can go in a t-shirt quilt. This Kaua’i block is actually a grocery bag. And there was a canvas bag, but at least canvas attempts to act like fabric and doesn’t melt when you touch it with an iron. (Lesson learned - always go with the silicone pressing sheet if you’re not sure!)


Most of the shirts were from Hawaii races when she lived there with the military. Fun fact - we were both stationed in Spokane, but not at the same time. She was there in between our two assignments there.

It’s also nice to have an inside source on Hawaii half marathons, because my 40th birthday is next summer and that’s what my goal is. I mean, if I can find a race that works in between the kids’ school schedule and a potential move. (How are we already talking about potential moves? Military life, sheesh!)


The backing and binding is this gorgeous herringbone from Robert Kaufman. Seriously, this double-napped flannel is amazing. I could rub it against my face all day. In fact, I might have enough leftover to make an infinity scarf so I can do just that.

There’s also a few bits of Kona grays stuck in here and there as filler fabrics. Luckily after three Minecraft quilts, I have an endless supply of bits of Kona grays!


Worked for Success - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt

And the last of my "secret sewing" - a graduation gift for a young lady in New Jersey! See if you can guess where she decided to go to college.


Her mother contacted me last fall, I think - I made a quilt for her friend's daughter and she wanted the same sort of thing, especially the Catholic school skirt. No problem - I can work with just about anything! 


And apparently she decided to challenge me. She wanted some documents - honors certificates, her diploma, an article about the charity work her daughter was involved in. Oh, and some pictures.

Um, I know I say anything, but...paper? Photos? This is a quilt! Made of fabric! ....wait, you know who prints anything on fabric? That's right, Spoonflower! So I googled and found an article about creating large scale pictures. Downloaded the software, scaled the pictures and documents, dumped them in a yard-size JPG, and uploaded it. And crossed my fingers.


And to my surprise it worked!

I did a little bit of plain white framing to get the photos to the same sizes, and some colored framing to keep the documents from fading into the background. Then I played around in EQ until everything fit, cut some long strips of the red Bama fabric, and pieced away. With the few actual t-shirts in this t-shirt quilt, as well. 


Look at that prom picture section! So now I can officially say that none of you customers have stumped me yet! Keep trying, I dare you! (Not really, please don't. Just t-shirts is much easier!)


Her backing is lovely Alabama fleece, which is very soft and I am tempted to make a scarf with the scraps even though I'm not a Bama fan. (I'm not not a fan, either. I don't have a college team. I went to a Division III school.) The binding is a tame grey dot and the sashing is more Alabama fabric.

It's quilted in loops, and its full name is "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. -Estee Lauder"



And ready for its journey to the South!

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