Shirt Swap.

May Chappell blog hosted a Shirt Swap last year. The shirts are made with the Shirts pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.

I made 8 shirts and requested 8 Pink shirts in exchange.

This one is from Karen in Franklin, North Carolina:


And these two are from Karen in Winston Salem, North Carolina:

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And this one is from Jacey in Houston, Texas (she has a blog called Jacey Craft.):


These kangaroos and little bugs came from Emma in England:

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This lovely print shirt is from Becky in Pendleton, Oregon (she has a blog called Solar Threads):


Last, but certainly not least, is this lovely graphic shirt from Cynthia in Winston Salem, North Carolina:


Finishing this quilt was one of my goals for 2015, and I am happy it’s now been quilted and hanging on the wall in my laundry/utility room:

Shirt Swap

Shirt Swap

By the way, I used silk pins to attach it to the wall. I hammered them in, making sure to avoid the studs. It’s a great way to hang quilts if you have sheetrock walls.

May Chappell is hosting another swap with a deadline in April. She’s added the Outhouse pattern by Carolyn Friedlander as an option for the swap. I have the pattern but haven’t made any blocks yet. I should get stitching.

2015: Shirts, Hexagons and Canoes.

My quilting goal is to finish three quilts in 2015:

I. Pink Shirts Quilt

Pink Shirts

I participated in the “Shirt Swap” hosted by May Chappell blog. I sent 8 shirts and received 8 shirts in return. It was fun to receive quilts made in fabrics I would not have chosen, but they add character to the quilt. I made 8 shirts to go with the ones I received in the swap. I added frames from solid scraps. The pattern is by Carolyn Friedlander.

To do: Quilt and Bind.

II. Hexies Quilt

Yellow Hexies

On the blog, Modern Handcraft I saw a modern quilt using hexagons as appliques and wanted to do something similar.

To do: Finish Hexies, Quilt and Bind.

III. Crossed Canoes Quilt

Cross Canoes

I love Crossed Canoes. I want to make a lap sized quilt. These are paper-pieced and I worked on them throughout 2014. I have a dozen or so to complete and assemble the quilt top.

To do: Piece, Quilt and Bind.

So that’s Shirts, Hexagons and Canoes.

Coloring Book Bags.

My dear friend Diane’s son and daughter-in-law recently welcomed twins (a girl and a boy) to their family. I wanted to make something for the new arrivals and their big sister. I adapted the pattern, Large Coloring Bag., by Clothesline Quilts by using the Shirts pattern by Carolyn Friedlander. The coloring book pattern didn’t have a lining, but I wanted lining. It was easy to adapt that part of the pattern as well.

They turned out great:

For big sister:big sister

For little sister:

little sister

For little brother:little brother

The backs of the bags:

big sis back lil sis back  lil bro back

Coloring is so much fun, and I think these bags were the perfect gift for a perfect family of five.

I’ve made these coloring book bags for two other little girls and I was told they were used and loved. I’ve made quilts for newborns as well, but I suspect they have not been used as much as the coloring book bags.

Coloring outside the lines,